Secretary’s Newsletter 60 Spring 2014

Our 2014 Conference at Cirencester Agricultural University begins on Wednesday 30th July, concluding Friday August 1st. Application Forms were sent out with the previous mailing. If you would like to come, but have not yet booked, there is still just time ~ but please do so right away! If you have mislaid your Application Form, please down-load one from the …

Secretary’s Newsletter 59 Winter 2014

The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology was launched in Bristol on 19th/20th October 2013. It is the result of ten years’ work initiated by Prof. J. R. (Dick) Watson, one of our Honorary Vice-Presidents. The monumental nature of this accomplishment was encapsulated in the opening lecture, co-presented with Dick Watson, by American hymn book editor, composer and Emeritus Professor of Church …

Secretary’s Newsletter 58 Autumn 2013

When Radio 2’s Sunday Half-Hour was moved from its 8.30 pm time to 6.00 pm on Sunday morning (albeit doubled in length and being renamed Sunday Hour) there were many protests, including from The Hymn Society. It appears that we were wrong! Between 2000 and 2012 those tuning in on a Sunday evening had dropped from 500,000 to 204,000. Whilst …

Secretary’s Newsletter 57 Summer 2013

We are delighted and honoured that the Rt Revd and Rt Hon. Baron Williams of Oystermouth has accepted our invitation to continue in office as our Honorary President. Baron Williams has, as Archbishop of Canterbury, occupied that office for the past ten years and is notable for the interest he has shown in the work and activities of the Society. …

Secretary’s Newsletter 56 Spring 2013

With the last mailing you should have received your Booking Form for our 2013 bumper 3-Day Conference at Swanwick Christian Conference Centre. Although the deadline is 30th April there are, at the time of going to press, still some places available. Please book now – it should be a really grand time together! The Combined Index to Volumes I–XVIII can …

Secretary’s Newsletter 55 Winter 2013

Please forgive the picture of Lord Kitchener! However, this well-known poster which has been used in many places, even football clubs, sprang to mind thinking about the Society. We have recently been reviewing the Society’s membership. The consequence has been that through deaths, lost contacts, resignations etc., we have lost over fifty valued members. Our best ambassadors and recruiting-agents are …

Secretary’s Newsletter 54 Autumn 2012

Christmas is approaching, followed by the New Year! The recently published Praying Thrice booklet would make an excellent Christmas gift for your hymn-loving friends! (see elsewhere in the Newsletter). Check out The Hymn Society Website for the new and expanding range of ‘Short Guides’ for printing and distribution in your church. And, finally, with the New Year coming, do your …

Secretary’s Newsletter 53 Summer 2012

Would you please note that all enquiries about subscriptions and payments relating to them should be directed to the Treasurer. All other enquiries about membership, requests for Bulletins etc. and other matters, should be directed to the Secretary. Thanks to those of you who were able to respond to the two hymn enquiries in my last Newsletter (No.52: Spring 2012). …

Secretary’s Newsletter 52 Spring 2012

Renewal of subscriptions were due on 1st January 2012 at the revised rates agreed at the 2010 AGM. The new rates are as follows: For those who wish to avail themselves of it, there is also a new, Ten Year subscription rate of £150.00 for Single Membership and £200.00 for Couples. The Full-time Student rate UK remains at £7.50 For …

Secretary’s Newsletter 51 January 2012

It is with much sadness that we record the death of one of our Honorary Vice-Presidents, Dr Bernard S. Massey, on Friday, October 28th 2011, following a short illness. Bernard remained active to the last and those of us present will count it a privilege to have enjoyed his company at our 75th Anniversary Conference. Bernard’s encyclopaedic knowledge, assiduous attention …