The newsletter began in 1973 and is published quarterly.
Issue 153 came off the press on October 5, edited by Alan Fear. Contents:
• Chairman's report: Alan Fear steps down after 9 years in chair and 12 years planting trees; AGM must choose a new chairmn on November 1
• Our June evening at Coombe House gardens
• The Grange at Street dates back to the Abbey in AD680
• Big change coming for Somerset waste: kerbsite plastic collection begins in 2020.
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Newsletter 150 came out in autumn 2018. To celebrate the milestone, around 400 articles (so far) from the past 25 years of newsletters are now online in full here on the Glastonbury Conservation Society website.
The collage of photos gives a sample of them. Click on any of the miniature photos to be taken to its full article.
Or see the Table of Contents, which gives a complete list of everything published in all newsletters since 1999. Articles that are online in full are flagged with the symbol in the Contents list — click the symbol to go straight to that article.
You’ll find that in many cases the photo that was originally published black-and-white back then is online now in full colour. The text, however, is pretty well unchanged from what was printed at the time, and a line at the top of the page clearly indicates the date of original publication.
Some cross-references have been added so that you can jump to related articles in other newsletter issues.
Overall, the website has had a behind-the-scenes technical makeover to make it visually clean and consistent and fast to load.
Search is a further important new feature. Click the button at the top of any page. Enter any word or phrase and press Go. Faster than Google you get a list of all the articles in which your phrase appears. You can click on the relevant result to go exactly to that page. For this feature we must thank an excellent service called Freefind.
A link to the Table of Contents for all newsletters since 1999 appears alongside the Search box. If you have the original printed newsletters, the Table of Contents shows you the relevant page number for each article.
And what about the newsletters from before 1999? Well, either they exist only on paper or as computer files archived on cartridges from a device no longer in use. They too will appear online after a lot of re-typing or cyber-archaeology.
More articles will be republished online as time permits. If there is one that you would like to see sooner, email Jim Nagel (see link at foot of any page).
From the past, a few random newsletter articles in full
- A grand planting year by the tree troops: we reach 32,696
- 55 years in Glastonbury: John Brunsdon looks back over his time here
- Where was the Swan Inn? (Still a mystery.)
- Earliest pictures of Abbey discovered by art dealer in Cheshire
- ‘Article 4’ of planning law now gives Conservation Area more protection
- Tribunal markers almost lost to asphalt
- Bushy Coombe is now a wildlife area — and path up the hill is mud-free!
- The hidden history of the Roman Catholic church in Glastonbury
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