Newsletter – 13 November 2020

New Season Online

Encouraged by your response to Bringing Up Baby, our first Online film which scored 63% (based on no less than six whole reactions!) we present Michael Haneke’s Happy End (France, 2017) for your further enjoyment. At this point in the year, with the continuing Covid restrictions in force, we are proposing that the next film will be early in January 2021, so look out for another announcement in a few weeks’ time.

Maintaining past ABCD practice, we’ve produced a Programme Note for the film which is attached to this Newsletter, with November 26th at 7.30pm being set for a Zoom meeting to exchange your impressions of it. If you wish to partake in this event, please access the link in the Programme Note for the meeting particulars. (You will of course need to have the Zoom ‘app’ installed on your computer.)

For those who wish to send in reactions individually, please Email info@abfilms with your score (A → E) and comments. These reactions will be published on the ABCD Website (https://abfilms.org.uk) and/or included in the Zoom discussion relevant to the film.

Reviewing Happy End in May 2017, critic Richard Mowe wrote “Haneke is a master of his material, revealing just enough to keep the viewer on tenterhooks but not enough to give any easy explanations”

Something to brighten these dull days!

ABCD Online Prog Note Happy End Nov 20

Newsletter – 27 October 2020

ABCD Online

First of all, a reminder that Thursday October 29th at 7.30pm is the date and time set for a members Zoom meeting and get-together to air your impressions of Bringing Up Baby and, perhaps more importantly, to let us know your thoughts on ABCD’s nascent online presence.

The link for the meeting, which was given in the Programme Note sent out with the film notification, is:-

https://zoom.us/j/93926745055?pwd=V3lBUzNoVHViSlNldmZBa0kzdk40QT09

Meeting ID: 939 2674 5055         Passcode: kekq9U

Note that the duration of the meeting is set for 45 minutes.

Other topics for discussion might include:-

           Your ideas for future film titles

           Suggestions for the next film

           Frequency of ‘screenings’

           Streaming platforms other than BBC iPlayer

Finally, a reminder for those who wish to send in reactions/comments to Bringing Up Baby by Email, the address is info@abfilms.org and a convenient date for receipt of your reactions would be Wednesday October 28th, so that they can be collated for the meeting on the 29th.

As with the old A6 reaction slips, we encourage you to comment freely!

Newsletter – 3 October 2020

ABCD Online

Firstly, many thanks to all of you who completed the recent survey and commented so thoughtfully on the proposal to set up an Online Film Club. The ‘headline’ responses you returned were as follows:-

  1. Your preferred streaming platform: BBC iPlayer
  2. Choice of film: Titles suggested by Committee
  3. Your preferred viewing options: View individually at your chosen time
  4. Your preferred format for post-film discussion: Send reactions in for subsequent publication

For your interest, the full results and all the comments you returned are shown below:-

For questions 1, 2 and 3, the majority preference was unequivocal, so Committee decisions shall be guided by those results.

For question 4, there was almost equal preference for the reaction slip analogue (send in scores (A → E) with comments) and FaceBook posts, so both of these will be incorporated into the Online programme.

Although the Zoom meeting option came some way behind, it is now a widespread means of virtual communication, so we shall endeavour to set this up for group discussions as required.

New Season Online

Based on the results you returned, we’ve selected Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks, 1938) for our first Online film which, after this long period of enforced hibernation, is sure to lift our spirits and rekindle our enthusiasm for enjoying good films in as close as we can get to the ABCD Film Society atmosphere. At this stage, we are proposing to suggest further titles on a monthly basis, so look out for another announcement in about a month’s time.

Maintaining past ABCD practice, a Programme Note for the film is attached to this Newsletter, with October 29th at time being set for a Zoom meeting to exchange your impressions of it. If you wish to partake in this event, please access the link in the Programme Note for the meeting particulars. (You will of course need to have the Zoom ‘app’ installed on your computer.)

For those who wish to send in reactions individually, please Email info@abfilms with your score (A → E) and comments. These reactions will be published on the ABCD Website (https://abfilms.org.uk) and/or included in the Zoom discussion relevant to the film. 

Reviewing Bringing Up Baby in 2012, critic Derek Winnert wrote “Howard Hawks’ 1938 classic is the quintessential ’30s screwball comedy, providing a perfect showcase for the ultimate in polished zany performances from its all-time great stars Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant”

We hope you think so too!

ABCD Online Programme Note Bringing up Baby 20 Oct

Newsletter – 14 August 2020

Loss of Venue

In addition to our continuing state of ‘suspended animation’ we’ve been informed by the Health & Wellbeing Centre that, because of the way they are applying the current lockdown restrictions, they are unable to offer ‘facilities for hirers’ for the foreseeable future. This means that we are effectively homeless as, for similar reasons, our talks with Abbey Cinema re possible future use of the Old Magistrate’s Courtroom are currently on hold, pending mutual agreement on a meeting date following their recent re-opening.

ABCD Online

With so much film content now available elsewhere on various streaming platforms, we’re proposing the formation of an ABCD Online Film Club. Our intention is that this new Club would be somewhat more informal than our accustomed 45-year-old format, which we hope would in turn encourage new members and perhaps attract a wider audience of cineastes and film lovers (see 4. d) below)

To get an idea of the viability of this proposal, we would like to hear your opinion on a few matters regarding streaming platforms and forums of discussion. If you have a spare minute or so please do complete our survey.

A final consideration that we have not put on the survey but that we would like for you to think about pertains to membership fees for attending the online club. We will properly address this matter when the viability of the proposed Online Club has been fully assessed.

Please note that the deadline for receipt of your replies/comments is August 23rd.

We shall publish the results of this poll as soon as possible after the next Committee meeting.

Newsletter – 03 July 2020

Hello members and subscribers. Your Committee would like to express its thanks to everyone for your forbearance in what is continuing to be a long, difficult period for all.

The 2020/2021 season, due to start in October, will of course be subject to significant operational and social changes, about which you will have all heard in the broadcast news but, as soon as our situation becomes clear relative to the restrictions likely to be in force, we shall let you know via further Newsletters how we see the future of the Society and our new programme of films.

Abbey Cinema Re-opening

As some of you may also have done, we’ve received a message from the Abbey cinema with details of their impending re-opening on July 31st. The link to their email is:

https://mailchi.mp/theabbey.ac/29052019-rocketman-461886?e=35d133d3e1

In keeping with ABCD’s founding principle of promoting the appreciation of film and world cinema in Abingdon, we encourage you to support this initiative.

Future of ABCD

Because of the dramatic changes that have affected the Society over the past year or so, we have had to consider how best we’re able to face future film seasons. One option, which we have been actively pursuing, is to achieve an association with the Abbey cinema whereby we can use an additional screening auditorium on their premises to show our programme of films. Being associated with Abbey would be advantageous to us in many ways, not least of which would be use of their established set-up at the Guildhall and the centrality of its location in Abingdon. All of this depends – amongst a number of other yet to be negotiated factors – on the progress of some internal refurbishment work at the Guildhall, about which we hope we can update you in the not too distant future.

So, watch out for further Newsletters – but in the meantime stay safe and keep watching films! 

Newsletter – 20 March 2020

Cancellation of April 2nd Event

You will no doubt be familiar with the Government’s current additional advice concerning ‘social distancing’ and, where appropriate, ‘self-isolation’ as protective measures against infection by the rapidly spreading Covid-19 virus.

In particular, the restrictions on social events and meeting places (clubs, pubs, cinemas, etc.) apply to us, so it is inevitable that we’ve had to cancel our Joint Presentation with Abingdon Twin Towns Society on April 2nd.

As the situation develops nationally over the next weeks and months, we shall keep you updated via further Newsletters, especially with regard to our aim of re-starting a programme of screenings on a monthly basis – which, of course, may not be for some time.

Subscriptions

For those members who booked en bloc at the beginning of the year for Happy as Lazzaro, Sorry We Missed You and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (at a cost of £9.00), we’ve decided to carry forward the ‘unused’ £3.00 towards your next subscription when we start up again (see above). Organising cash refunds in the current circumstances and with your Committee in its
much reduced state is, in any case, just not on!

Change of Film

The film originally scheduled for April 2nd was The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy, 1964) but, because of the intransigence of the rights holder, StudioCanal, we were unable to secure a screening licence for it. Demy’s next film, Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (1967), also a musical (although different in style and character) was substituted and a screening licence obtained from the BFI. Setting next month’s cancellation aside, we hope to include it in our programme at some point in the future – certainly rather sooner than the Website’s speculative 2050!

The Committee extends its good wishes to all for your continuing health and welfare in these grim times

Newsletter – 23 February 2020

2020 Programme Reminder

We shall continue screenings at the on the first Thursday of each month up to Easter.

Thursday March 5th: Die Puppe (The Doll)

Start time: 7.30pm at St. Nicolas’ church, Market Place, Abingdon

As noted in last October’s brochure, we continue our annual tradition of screening a silent classic , with piano accompaniment by Andrew Youdell of the National Film Theatre – and long-time friend of ABCD.

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch, Die Puppe is the comedic story of Baron of Chanterelle’s determination to find a suitable wife for his shy nephew Lancelot, in order to continue the family line. Lancelot finds himself enthusiastically pursued by all the eligible local village girls until
finally Hilarius, a local doll maker, is called upon to assist. However, his daughter Ossi is the only one that Lancelot has eyes for.

Thursday April 2nd: Les parapluies de Cherbourg

Doors open: 7.00pm for 7.45pm screening at the Health and Wellbeing Centre

Our annual joint presentation with the Abingdon & District Twin Towns Society for this bring-and- share social event, with a cheese and light refreshment buffet. Voluntary contributions to cover our costs, please.

As a follow-up to the Ann Miller event last October, when she introduced Agnes Varda’s film Jacquot de Nantes, a loving tribute to her late husband Jacques Demy, we now present his classic film Les Parapluies de Cherbourg.

This delightful, magical and elegantly choreographed musical, with music by renowned composer Michel Legrand (who died a year ago), tells the story of the beautiful, pregnant and impoverished Genevieve (Catherine Deneuve) whose mother owns a local umbrella shop. When Genevieve’s adored suitor, a car mechanic, is posted to Algiers for military service, her mother sets about introducing her to a more suitable, and wealthy, beau.

Newsletter – 3 February 2020

2020 Programme Reminder

We shall continue screenings at the on the first Thursday of each month up to Easter.

Thursday February 6th: Sorry we missed you

Start time: 7.45pm at the Health and Wellbeing Centre

Director Ken Loach and his long-time writer Paul Laverty once again turn their gaze onto the policies of austerity and how they have affected ordinary working people in last decade. Sorry We Missed You focuses on one such Newcastle family, where the father, Ricky, has to work in the ‘gig’ economy as a self employed van driver for a large distribution franchise. His wife, Abby, is an essential worker in the care system on a zero-hours contract: they have two school-age children. Loach, without any sentimentality, portrays a scenario currently widespread across Britain, where the so-called ‘working poor’ struggle to survive without proper job security. An
ensemble cast delivers the naturalistic performances so characteristic of Loach’s narratives.

Thursday March 5th: Die Puppe (The Doll)

Start time: 7.30pm at St. Nicolas’ church, Market Place, Abingdon

As noted in last October’s brochure, we continue our annual tradition of screening a silent classic , with piano accompaniment by Andrew Youdell of the National Film Theatre – and long-time friend of ABCD.

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch, Die Puppe is the comedic story of Baron of Chanterelle’s determination to find a suitable wife for his shy nephew Lancelot, in order to continue the family line. Lancelot finds himself enthusiastically pursued by all the eligible local village girls until
finally Hilarius, a local doll maker, is called upon to assist. However, his daughter Ossi is the only one that Lancelot has eyes for.

Thursday April 2nd: Les parapluies de Cherbourg

Doors open: 7.00pm for 7.45pm screening at the Health and Wellbeing Centre

Our annual joint presentation with the Abingdon & District Twin Towns Society for this bring-and- share social event, with a cheese and light refreshment buffet. Voluntary contributions to cover our costs, please.

As a follow-up to the Ann Miller event last October, when she introduced Agnes Varda’s film Jacquot de Nantes, a loving tribute to her late husband Jacques Demy, we now present his classic film Les Parapluies de Cherbourg.

This delightful, magical and elegantly choreographed musical, with music by renowned composer Michel Legrand (who died a year ago), tells the story of the beautiful, pregnant and impoverished Genevieve (Catherine Deneuve) whose mother owns a local umbrella shop. When Genevieve’s adored suitor, a car mechanic, is posted to Algiers for military service, her mother sets about introducing her to a more suitable, and wealthy, beau.

Newsletter – 3 January 2020

Future of ABCD

Because of the uncertainty about our future, the brochure issued last October listed only films to be screened in 2019 plus the Silent scheduled for March 5th 2020. The revised programme of films for 2020, in our present guise, is given below and confirms the announcements already made.

Following a series of discussions with Ian and Sue Wiper, managers of the Abbey Cinema in Abingdon, the Society hopes to form a mutually beneficial arrangement with them and to relocate to a purpose fitted space on their premises round about Easter time.

Your (much reduced) Committee continues to try and function, with the essential roles of Secretary and Treasurer still vacant. We appeal once more to members to step forward and offer what help you can, as our ability to continue remains uncertain with so few active members

Programme for 2020

We shall continue screenings at the Health and Wellbeing Centre on the first Thursday of each month  up to Easter, starting at 7.45pm (or as otherwise noted).

Thursday January 9th:  HAPPY AS LAZZARO (Italy, 2018, 120mins, Cert 12A)

Rated as one of Sight&Sound’s best films of 2019, Happy as Lazzaro, from director Alice Rohrwacher (The Wonders, 2014), weaves a tale about modern-day exploitation bordering on slavery, here set in a seemingly rural idyll on an Italian tobacco plantation. To amplify the reality of slavery down the ages, where the idyllic beauty of the fields masks a life of endless toil, Rohrwacher gives only hints as to the period wherein the story is set. Triggered by a few clues in the opening section of the film, it soon becomes clear that this is a modern story, where the unscrupulous aristocratic landowner, Marchese Alfonsina de Luna, has contrived to keep her workers in ignorance as indentured servants and prevent them from being able to escape from her feudal control.

Using elements of magical realism in the film, Rohrwacher’s true aim is to portray the strength of the human spirit in its pure form while being subjected to malign and cynical influences.  

Happy as Lazzaro demonstrates the writer-director’s ability to combine, convincingly and charmingly, an aesthetic which is firmly in the tradition of neorealism with elements of a peculiarly Italianfabulism” Geoff Andrew, Sight&Sound

Thursday February 6th:  SORRY WE MISSED YOU (Britain, 2019, 91mins, Cert 15)

Director Ken Loach and his long-time writer Paul Laverty once again turn their gaze onto the policies of austerity and how they have affected ordinary working people in last decade. Sorry We Missed You focuses on one such Newcastle family, where the father, Ricky, has to work in the ‘gig’ economy as a self employed van driver for a large distribution franchise. His wife, Abby, is an essential worker in the care system on a zero-hours contract: they have two school-age children. Loach, without any sentimentality, portrays a scenario currently widespread across Britain, where the so-called ‘working poor’ struggle to survive without proper job security. An ensemble cast delivers the naturalistic performances so characteristic of Loach’s narratives.    

“Loach does what he does best in this persuasive, affecting drama about a couple ground down by zero-hours contracts, where humour and honesty keep sentimentality at bay”

Geoff Andrew, Sight&Sound

Thursday March 5th:  DIE PUPPE (The Doll) (Germany, 1919, 64mins, Cert U)

Start time: 7.30pm

As noted in last October’s brochure, we continue our annual tradition of screening a silent classic at St. Nicolas’ church, Market Place, Abingdon, with piano accompaniment by Andrew Youdell of the National Film Theatre – and long-time friend of ABCD.

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch, Die Puppe is the comedic story of Baron of Chanterelle’s determination to find a suitable wife for his shy nephew Lancelot, in order to continue the family line. Lancelot finds himself enthusiastically pursued by all the eligible local village girls until finally Hilarius, a local doll maker, is called upon to assist. However, his daughter Ossi is the only one that Lancelot has eyes for.

Thursday April 2nd:  LES PARAPLUIES de CHERBOURG (France, 1964, 91mins, Cert A)

Doors open: 7.00pm for 7.45pm screening 

Our annual joint presentation with the Abingdon & District Twin Towns Society for this bring-and- share social event, with a cheese and light refreshment buffet.            Voluntary contributions to cover our costs, please

As a follow-up to the Ann Miller event last October, when she introduced Agnes Varda’s film Jacquot de Nantes, a loving tribute to her late husband Jacques Demy, we now present his classic film Les Parapluies de Cherbourg

This delightful, magical and elegantly choreographed musical, with music by renowned composer Michel Legrand (who died a year ago), tells the story of the beautiful, pregnant and impoverished Genevieve (Catherine Deneuve) whose mother owns a local umbrella shop. When Genevieve’s     adored suitor, a car mechanic, is posted to Algiers for military service, her mother sets about introducing her to a more suitable, and wealthy, beau. 

“Catherine Deneuve brings an unworldly, subtly erotic charm to Jacques Demy’s re-released pastel rainbow of a musical” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Full/One Week Membership 

Note: Full members have already paid for the Silent event on March 5th in their 2019/2020 subscription. At the first screening on January 9th, they can sign up for the other three 2020 events (January 9th, February 6th and April 2nd) at a cost of £9.00 in total.

Otherwise, one-week members/guests can ‘pay-as-you-go’ at £6.00 per screening

For reasons indicated above, no other membership deals can be offered during this interim period

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN 2020 AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF ABCD FILM SOCIETY.

Newsletter – 2 November 2019

Notice of Annual General Meeting

As previously, we are sending you the papers for the AGM in the form of a Newsletter. We ask you to bring the documents with you but there will be a few copies available on the evening.

Screening of the post-AGM feature, Roy Andersson’s You, The Living should start around 20:00.

Abingdon College and District Film Society Annual General Meeting

To be held at 19:30 on November 7th 2019 at Abingdon Health and Wellbeing Centre

AGENDA

  1. Minutes of the last Annual General Meeting, held Nov 22nd 2018: see below
  2. Matters arising
  3. Officers’ reports and Accounts: see below
  4. Matters arising from, and adoption of, Officers’ reports and accounts
  5. Election of Officers, other executive officers and 5 to 7 other members of the Committee
  6. Appointment of Independent Examiner of Accounts
  7. AOB

Minutes of 2018 Annual General Meeting

  • Present: 25 members
  • Apologies for absence: Apologies were received from Noeleen Farrell
  • Minutes of previous AGM: held Nov 16th 2017, were accepted as a true record – Proposed Anita Rendel: seconded Andy Norton: agreed nem con., with no matters arising.
  • Minutes of SGM: held Nov 23rd 2017, were accepted as a true record – Proposed Andy Norton, seconded Anita Rendel: agreed nem con., with no matters arising.
  • Officers’ reports: Officers’ reports (excluding Treasurer), which had been circulated prior to the meeting, were accepted – Proposed Barry Reeves: seconded Graham Legge: agreed nem con., with no matters arising.
  • Accounts: Copies, up to July 31st 2018, were issued at the meeting. Treasurer addressed the meeting and gave a brief résumé of the finances with the overall balance being about £2000 down on last year, due to reduced membership income, increased cost of film licence fees and the repayment of Gift Aid to HMRC. (ABCD had agreed to repay Gift Aid claimed a few years ago because, in hindsight, we had concluded we were not entitled to make a claim, although HMRC had never advised us of this.) The accounts had been inspected and accepted by the Society’s Independent Examiner of Accounts, to whom thanks were extended. Treasurer confirmed that, despite the loss on the year, the Society is still able to continue, as it has reserve funds in deposit accounts – Acceptance of of report and accounts proposed Graham Linacre: seconded John Killick agreed nem con.
  • Matters arising: John Bates asked for details about the decline in membership. Barry Reeves (Membership Secretary) answered that the decline was general, with members leaving – but balanced by only very few new members. John Killick asked whether it was wise to keep so much in the deposit accounts as interest is likely to be minimal. Treasurer responded that the account with the most money was linked to share investments and usually did much better than rates available standard bank deposit accounts
  • Election of Officers and Committee members: All outgoing Committee members confirmed they were willing to stand for re-election: there were no other nominations. Dave Thomas advised the meeting that, as the number standing is less than the allowed number of Committee members, there was no need for an election. All existing Committee members therefore automatically continued to serve but with some role changes.
ChairMartin Johnson
TreasurerJeffrey Karoly
SecretaryDave Thomas
Membership SecretaryBarry Reeves
Programme Co-ordinatorVacant
Ordinary MembersNoeleen Farrell
Mike Bloom
Richard Smart
Andy Norton
  • Independent Examiner of accounts: Steve Lawrence confirmed he was willing to take on this role again and so was re-appointed – Proposed Dave Thomas: seconded Martin Johnson: agreed nem con.
  • AOB: Mike Bloom raised some of the issues facing the Society with falling membership and rising costs and identified some of the possible solutions, which had been identified at a recent Committee meeting. Martin Johnson said that he would welcome suggestions from members, which would be discussed at the next Committee meeting, December 17th 2018.
  • The meeting closed at 19:54.

Officers’ report to the 2019 AGM

The past year was marked, sadly, by the tragic, sudden death on May 30th of Dave Thomas, the Society’s Secretary. On behalf of all members, sincere condolences were sent to his widow Angela and her family. Because of the loss of Dave, and other related circumstances, the Committee became reduced to four active members which, in terms of the future prospects and continued existence of the Society, we considered to be barely sustainable. See Future of ABCD below.

In the year since the last AGM, we nevertheless held 13 meetings in accordance with Charity Commission guidance. These included the AGM on November 22nd 2018 and the Member’s Meeting on May 23rd 2019.
We also put on a programme of 21 films, four of which were introduced by invited speakers, viz Ann Miller (twice), Susannah Brough and Hubert Zawdski. At a member’s suggestion, Adam Simcox, an undergraduate at the University of Kent, gave a presentation about his course in film studies. The Silent screening at St Nicolas’ church was Ernst Lubitsch’s The Oyster Princess, with piano accompaniment by Andrew Youdell. In addition, we provided projection facilities for a local environmental group, Abingdon Carbon Cutters. Following a contact made with ABCD, independent film-maker Sabina Sattar was invited to visit us to introduce and discuss her short film Flowers.

Audience numbers ranged from 41 to 17 with a mean of 27, down on the previous season. Audience ratings ranged from 98% (The Apartment and Jacquot de Nantes) to 67% (La Notte), with a mean rating of 88%.

The full programme and details of audience reactions and scores for each film are posted on the ABCD Website https://abfilms.org.uk

We continued our membership of Cinema for All.

Membership at the end of the AGM year was 33, down 13 on 2018.
It remains the Committee’s objective to attract more members, so that we can continue to show good, interesting films at reasonable subscription rates.

The Treasurer’s report will be issued to members at the meeting.

Future of ABCD

Being cognisant of the continuing fall in membership (see table 1. below), the Committee decided in January to contact the Digital and Media Studies Department at Brookes University, Oxford with a view to assigning a study of ABCD’s current situation, as a course module, to a suitable student. The Department readily agreed and sent a final year undergraduate Peter Coe to carry out a number of membership surveys and prepare a report.

His comprehensive report on possible changes to ABCD’s future modus operandi was noted.

Amongst several recommendations, the following were considered :-

  • That we should have more invited speakers, as these were popular with members
  • In response to a members’ survey, we should start the film promptly 7.45pm
  • Reactions and other preliminary announcements should be completed before 7.45pm
  • Reactions could be screened via PowerPoint, plus some discussion of them
  • Improvements to look/usability of Website, to generate more interest in ABCD

In addition to this initiative, contact has been made with the Abbey commercial cinema, the intention being to form, early in 2020 if possible, an association with them which would allow us to continue to screen a programme of films of our choosing, under their auspices, using their projection set-up and on their premises. Talks with their co-owner/manager Sue Wiper, covering such additional areas as film bookings, membership arrangements, publicity, etc., have commenced, with positive outcomes thus far. The outcome of the most recent meeting (which took place a few days ago) will be presented to members at the meeting.

ABCD Membership

Dates1st half
season
2nd half
season
Notes
2018/193636Current membership 33 compared with 35 at the same point last year
2017/184546Current membership 35 compared with 41 at the same point last year
2016/175354
2015/165050
2014/15 5959

In November 2012, prior to re-locating from the College to the Health & Wellbeing Centre, membership stood at 78. The table above shows the pattern of membership since then.

As can be seen, there was a slight recovery in 2016/2017, probably as a result of strong publicity efforts but there has been a significant decline since then.

Barry Reeves
Membership Secretary
October 21st 2019