It will probably be April before this edition gets out.
Blame computer upgrades and other editorial distractions but some of it
is due to the long wait to see how many will renew membership with stragglers
still coming in. We are glad to see you
all back again but if you could all confirm your intentions by, say, end of
January, not only could we get March out earlier but we would also save real
money on postage of reminders. Of all the costs that the club incurs post is
both the largest and the most subject to inflation.
We have tried to encourage on-line membership, especially where air-mail
costs would be saved but this appears to inspire less loyalty than print as
on-line members were prominent among those who did not renew. Anyway something
like this little moan will be repeated next renewal time in the hope that we can
cut the cost of the process.
The net result is that we have lost about 15 postal and on-line members
but are still gaining new ones. With over
100 members we are still very much in business. Two
new members came from a promotion of the Heathrow catalogue
in that airport’s magazine Skyport, together with 15 catalogue sales (Thanks
to Gordon Tutt for the idea to run this feature). These take the Heathrow
catalogue to No.1 on UK sales but still third worldwide.
The new members from this source and others are
included in the members list sent out with this issue and are
Ms P O Middleton Ashford Middx
: David Hutchison Robertsbridge Sussex
Alan Leonard Southampton : David Tustin Solihull W Midlands
With effect from the loading of the March newsletter, the password for www.aviapc.com
will change. Members will also be advised by E-Mail but the 2004 password is “croydon”.
No capital needed this time – so one thing less to remember. The Username is
unchanged as “member”
Returning to catalogues,
progress on Concorde is slow but already it is clear that the numbers far exceed
any of the previous documents. Member Pete Cooper, also of the Concorde Study
Circle has been the prime contributor. He informs us that there is another
catalogue compilation under way in France – but the end product there is
anticipated to be of a print quality commensurate with an €80 price tag. More
on this project next time and there is also more to say on Concorde cards in
“The Cards are Out There”, so
Chester UK March 2004