Page 3 - April 2014
FROM THE PRESIDENT FROM THE EDITOR LTHOUGH being President of WRITE this knowing that it will appear the Society carries with it some in the ﬁrst ediƟon of Small Printer in full advantages (I’m sure I could think of colour. The editorial team have looked one, were I given long enough), I do forward to this for about a year, so a not see the magazine any earlier than you do thank you to the ExecuƟve Council who have – so I cannot, at this point, make any comment done all the work in draŌing speciﬁcaƟons on the full-colour new look. and geƫng tenders in to consider. We hope that apart from the obvious advantages of the As Tim has indicated opposite, however, I visual aƩracƟon, your magazine will be more can conﬁrm that this has indeed been a interesƟng in that the pictures in full colour long, drawn-out process. The EC has felt it will further the impact of the associated texts. to be very important that the prinƟng of our You now have even more reason to send in magazine is placed in the right hands, as Small your arƟcles, with suitable colour photographs Printer is the only contact with the rest of aƩached of course! the Society for many of our members. This is reﬂected in the Society ﬁnances – last year I know that there are some that would like the prinƟng and despatch of the magazine the ‘drop dead’ date for copy to be put back cost a liƩle over £7,000, which is equivalent to the right, reducing the Ɵme between copy to just over £22 per member. With the closure and the prinƟng deadline. I am certainly membership subscripƟon currently at £27, considering this, but am waiƟng unƟl we you can see that it is incumbent upon the EC get a couple of months experience with the to ensure that we get value for money. new printers and are able to work up a good relaƟonship with them. With three persons Please heed Tim’s plea for new material. I on the editorial team, it is sƟll not easy to know this is an ongoing problem but Small dovetail work, holidays, and other events into Printer really is what you make it. If every the design and pre-press Ɵme that we already member submiƩed just one arƟcle each year have. And I am not at all sure that changing the then it could transform the magazine. ‘drop dead’ date will result in more copy being received. (Apart from the Branch Reports, there During the past few months my leƩer has is liƩle of the general content of the magazine repeatedly brought to your aƩenƟon the that is very Ɵme sensiƟve): But I would be fact that this year the Society celebrates its delighted to be proved wrong! PlaƟnum anniversary. Dorset Branch never fails to surprise us with its oﬀerings – witness By the Ɵme you read this issue, IPEX will be one of the recent Bundle items – and by the over and we will be able to tell you how the BPS Ɵme you read this the ConvenƟon will be only stand performed in the hurly-burly of the Excel a maƩer of a few weeks away. venue. It would be really saƟsfying if we gained plenty of new members from this iniƟaƟve. I have been fortunate enough (there! an advantage of my posiƟon!) to see a leaﬂet Then we prepare for the Annual ConvenƟon at about the hotel at which the Scoƫsh Branch Bournemouth and enjoy all the organisaƟon will be hosƟng the 2015 ConvenƟon. The and eﬀort that the Dorset Branch have done. So publicity will start in earnest later this month we have an exciƟng and busy month ahead. but I shall be sure to make one of the ﬁrst bookings. I look forward to seeing some of you at 3 Bournemouth later this month.