Page 3 - August 2014
FROM THE PRESIDENT FROM THE EDITOR hope that you have been ou will see our President’s enjoying the recent issues of response, to the idea that Small Printer as much as I have. members should provide details There is liƩle doubt in my mind of their prinƟng equipment, that the present-day magazine so that there can be more of far surpasses that of a few years ago. The one an exchange of experience throughout the thing that has made a big diﬀerence is the use of society. (Only the other day, was I talking with a colour—the previous restricƟon of using colour member who has a TP 48 and wanted to know only on a four-page spread made preparing the the circumference of the end roller bearings). I magazine very diﬃcult at Ɵmes. believe that informaƟon exchange is just one of I do edit—and have done for some years—two the prime reasons for belonging to the BPS, in Family History journals (fortunately, these appear that we can help each other and in the process, only quarterly). Apart from the cover, neither of get to know each other beƩer too. these uses any colour; and yet, because of the I would also like to menƟon that whilst our nature of family history, this isn’t a problem. magazine is now produced in full colour, this AŌer all, the majority of ‘historical’ photographs, has NOT raised the prinƟng costs. In fact we are cerƟﬁcates and documents were only ever in paying less than we did for black and white with a monochrome anyway. two page colour spread. What has increased are Compare Small Printer to that of ﬁve or even the postage costs, and this is reﬂected in part, two years ago and the diﬀerence is immediately with the increase of our annual subscripƟon. obvious. Much of that is to do with the I would also like to menƟon that whilst the appropriate use of colour throughout: but we are editorial team are most grateful for the increased also fortunate in having a very talented graphic supply of copy from members, please be aware designer amongst our membership who manages that your ‘bon mots’ may not immediately see to ﬁnd the Ɵme during his busy life to bring our the light of print. Due to the other commitments magazine to life. of all the editorial team, we are having to start I believe the considerable improvement in to prepare the outline of next month’s magazine the appearance of our Society magazine is as soon as the previous copy has gone to the also having an eﬀect in aƩracƟng more of the printers. Inclusion of your arƟcle may therefore membership to contribute towards the content. not be immediate, as it will depend on the Please let this conƟnue! availability of space and the requirement for some arƟcles to get immediate aƩenƟon. We try If you live within travelling distance of and acknowledge all copy received, but at the Wokingham, in Berkshire, I urge you to make an end of the day, have the overriding decision of eﬀort to aƩend the Maidenhead Branch Open whether to publish—and when. Day on 27th September. A great deal of eﬀort goes into arranging this and if you are able to Finally, you will see the booking form for next aƩend you won’t be disappointed. year’s ConvenƟon to be held in Montrose in April 2015. Some special plans are already being I hope that Branches are well advanced with their programmed for this major event in the BPS entry for the Rosen Award, urged on perhaps by calendar. So please get your booking forms in as the review of last year’s entries. It never fails to soon as you can and persuade as many of your surprise me how much care, Ɵme and eﬀort goes member friends to come north with you and into producing a most aƩracƟve piece of work, enjoy what will be a really special weekend— only for it all to be let down by a few missed with of course a “Scoƫsh Flavour”. 3 spelling mistakes or other errors.