Thursday 19 February 2009

A plea from the Shires. (An open letter to the Heraldry Gazette)

Dear Sir,

A plea from the Shires.

May I, through the membership magazine, table a plea from the Shires that the Council of our Society give consideration to holding its lectures and meetings on a Saturday. There must be other members living some distance away from the capital who, through working commitments, find it impossible to attend meetings held during the week regardless of whether they are held during the day or in the evening. For a resident of the Shires to attend a meeting at 6.30 p.m. followed by wine and social discourse at 8.30 p.m. after a normal working day would not only mean leaving work early to catch a convenient train but, more importantly, would mean a very late return home culminating in an exhausting day of work and leisure.

If only meetings could be held early on a Saturday afternoon those in my predicament could make it a leisurely and enjoyable day out, setting out at a reasonable hour and returning home in good time. I am quite convinced that such a move would increase your audience; presently, I find it impossible to attend meetings of The Heraldry Society in London but have much less difficulty attending meetings of The Heraldry Society of Scotland in Edinburgh simply because they are held on a Saturday.

Yours truly,

Martin Goldstraw JP, FSA Scot.

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