||Tel. 01359 242059||
& Peter McGee
|Secretary||Stella Chamberlin||Tel: 01359-242601|
|Meetings Secretaries||Mike Farrow
& Dot Dixon
| Membership Secretary
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|Committee members||Juliet Walker
& Jean Folkard
The site started life in 2001, after I had seen two collections of old postcards briefly displayed at a church fair - normally their owners keep them locked up in fireproof filing cabinets. It occurred to me that if they were published on the Internet then anyone could see them, anytime. It was just about then that, standing in the queue at the library to have my books checked out (as one did in those days!), I spotted a small book on HTML - the code in which one writes web pages, so I borrowed that too; the postcard owners kindly lent me their collections for an evening, and not long after the site was born.
Now it has over 300 "pages" - some of them much longer than any book page, and perhaps 1300 photographs. I welcome feedback, and am always happy to receive contributions, however small, from people who have an interest in Elmswell's past.
My own CV does not boast any historian or computing credentials. I was a graduate researcher in telecommunications, at Cambridge University, at Bell Labs New Jersey, and then at BT Labs Martlesham; later manager of the Visual Telecomms Division there and finally an international standards rapporteur (negotiator). Retiring early, I concentrated on my main hobby, vocal music (mainly classical), as singer (countertenor), composer/arranger, and conductor. So the History Group and website really are spare-time occupations. When the Group was inaugurated in 2000 I volunteered to draft a Constitution for it, and then was not quick enough to step back when a Chairman was required! So for 10 years I was Mr. Buck-stops-here, though I take little credit as the hard work was done by a succession of very able Meetings Secretaries. I was very grateful to Peter Lester for taking over at the 2010 AGM, and wish him every success.