Page 3 - June 2014
FROM THE PRESIDENT FROM THE EDITOR his will be the third issue of Small o the convenƟon has been—and Printer to have been produced gone—and once again was a most in full colour. I have seen few, if enjoyable event, spent amongst friends. any, comments within the pages Thanks to the Dorset Branch, for all but my impression is that the colour adds that you did to give us such a good weekend. It was signiﬁcantly to the look of the magazine. The also really good to see some new members—and Society has already established a good rapport some younger members too. I personally got real with the printers and you may have read saƟsfacƟon chaƫng to some of these new members about the company last month. during the meal Ɵmes, and being able to impart and share knowledge on aspects of leƩerpress with If all goes according to plan this month’s issue them. Thinking back to the days when I was more should have more than a liƩle to say about of a greenhorn, this was an absolutely vital reason the Society’s Annual ConvenƟon. Numbers to aƩend convenƟons where the forum of friends were a liƩle disappoinƟng but from what I made it easy to pick up ‘hints and Ɵps’ within a non could see all those who aƩended made the commercial environment. So a good reason for yet most of their Ɵme there. Certainly the eﬀort more of you to aƩend the convenƟon in Montrose that every member of Dorset Branch put into next year, where we are hoping to lay on a range arranging the event was worthwhile. of prinƟng demonstraƟons, aimed parƟcularly at the ‘Adana Learner’. And it may be that the more The cost of aƩending a ConvenƟon seems to experienced printer will learn a thing or two too!!! conƟnue to creep relentlessly upwards so the As the rather depleted ‘Scoƫsh Branch’ is hosƟng prices for the 2015 weekend, to be held in the 2015 convenƟon in April next year, I make no Montrose, will come as a pleasant surprise. apology for using ‘Small Printer’ to promote this Granted, you have to get to Montrose, but as event and persuade you to travel up to Montrose with Nairn a few years ago many people will from 10th—12th of April. To this end, each month, use the weekend as the basis for an extended there will be a ‘ConvenƟon Corner’ in the magazine holiday. that hopefully will whet the appeƟte of more new members who have not as yet, aƩended this very The Society is sƟll seeking a volunteer to take important event in the BPS calendar. (And of course over from Tony Jewell as AdverƟsing Manager. not disappoint the regular aƩenders!) You may recall This was one of the subjects of last month’s that I have previously menƟoned that it could be “From the President” and this isn’t going to go useful to have a data bank of the prinƟng machinery away. I am sure that Tony would be willing to and plant that members use; for the reason of discuss the job with anyone who is interested. knowing who might be able to proﬀer advice and As those who were at the AGM will know, guidance on the use of similar presses, or help in a the EC has agreed to keep the membership diﬃculty. ConversaƟons with a number of people subscripƟon at the same rate for the coming at Bournemouth thought this a worthwhile project. year but there is a possibility that it will have Over the next few months I will be discussing this to be raised in a year’s Ɵme; this possibility with the EC and working up a way to gather and becomes almost a certainty if we lose our record this informaƟon that I hope will be to the current adverƟsers or recruit no new ones. beneﬁt of everyone. (See Jack Raglan’s leƩer on page 18). Thats all for this month. Please keep your Not everyone is able to give the Society a few copy for our magazine coming in—and have a very hours each month, or willing to take over the good summer. adverƟsing. But everyone (and this includes you) can aﬀord to sit down for half an hour 3 and write something for the magazine. Please do it.