Those of you who belong to clubs, what do you look for in your newsletter
and what would you like to see in it, do you write articles for your letters
and does your letter run to many pages and does it have colour pictures.
John Southall edits the F.M.P.S. newsletter and IMHO gets a good balance of
local Rally reports, articles on Club members visits to local SE orientated
sites bygone museums etc. forthcoming events, engine manufactures history
(currently he is running a fascinating history of Blackstone and Company),
for sale and wanted etc. etc.
I am sure he will tell you however that it gets increasingly difficult to
get members to put pen to paper and often the vast majority of articles he
Not sure if he regularly reads the NG at present but I am sure if you mail
him he will give you useful info on a similar poll which he conducted a year
or so ago.
The Wessex SEC has a monthly A4 newsletter sent to each member by post
unless they get it shoved in their hand at an event.They have a
widely-scattered membership of over 350 people and I think it is the making
of the club. We all know what's going on, where stuff is and reminders
appear to get people to crank ups which are always well supported.
It is a single sheet of A3 although frequently there is an A4 middle sheet
too. I write for it and so do others, so it is not entirely a one-man band.
The content is often rally reports and obituaries (one a month is usual -
very depressing!) with the occasional other thing, but it the feeling of
contact that makes it worthwhile. However, if we are bored with it, we ought
to write more, didn't we? Line drawings appear from time to time, but I've
never seen a photo.
Conversely, my other club is the Bristol SEC and it has no newsletter. If I
could remember when club nights are, I'd go to them. I only get to the
annual rally because dear old Graham Dawes rings me up and tells me it's
coming up. Although much more local to me, I don't feel part of it as
contact is so infrequent.
Newsletters are vital for any group of people with shared interests who meet
infrequently. After all, that's what this NG is, a shared newsletter,
constantly updated and read by the participants.
That's one of the problems without regular contact. Apparently, my
subscription ran out on Jan 31st. No-one chased me, so it never got paid.
The first edition of the newsletter went out on 1st March, so I missed it.
Funny thing is, I assumed I was a still member when I attended the annual
rally in July and was accepted as such by the organisers.
Good job me flywheel didn't scythe off into the crowd then ............
J. Kim Siddorn,