Some of the eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that Council decided at its last meeting to cease printing and posting our Newsletter, with the April 2012 issue being the last. This is mainly because the cost of this, at about £1,250 per annum for less than 140 subscribers, can no longer be afforded in view of the overall financial situation of the BGA.
The British Go Journal will continue to be a printed magazine and will in future include a section on Forthcoming Events, as the Newsletter currently provides, so that people who don't have access to the Internet will still know about future UK tournaments and other events.
We're planning on continuing with an electronic-only Newsletter that will appear midway between issue of the BGJ. Jil Segerman will continue to edit this, but the exact format is still under discussion. It will likely only contain Forthcoming Events notification as the other main content for the Newsletter (News) will continue to appear in its expanded form in the BGJ.
Part of the reason for the ending of the Newsletter is that the electronic version essentially duplicates what's been available as a News feed from our website for the last year or so, or even clicking on News at the top of every page of our website. So the next issue of the BGJ will contain some information on how people who currently receive the electronic version by email can get our News feed in the way that they like best. We've also created a web page which contains more technical information. Please visit it and ask for help if it you don't understand or you have problems with doing what it suggests. We'll update it with solutions as we find them.
Finally, we'd like to thank everybody involved in the Newsletter for the last 30 years, especially the editors (in date order) Francis Roads, Richard Granville, Bob Cannard, Norman Tobin, Steve Draper, Eddie Smithers, ending with the longest serving editor for some 12 years Jil Segerman, and all the many unnamed and unseen helpers.
More details of the our Newsletter history is of course online, as are many old issues, and names more of these volunteers.