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Polar Bytes - No. 25, December 2002

Polar Bytes - No. 25, December 2002

A few words from the Chairman, Philippa Foster Back:

As you will be aware this is the last time I address you as Chairman. At the recent AGM I was pleased to announce that from January 2003, Dr David Wilson will be in the Chair. He will be supported by Nigel Back as Deputy Chairman. My congratulations, and best wishes to them both.

This year we thanked John Heap and David Powell for their long service and great contribution to the work of the Committee, and welcome on in their place Jennifer Hirsch and Solveg Gardner Servian. Jennifer lives locally and is a regular helper in the Library, whilst Solveg has been a long time member of the Friends, and has recently set up her own polar website (see below).

I am pleased to say that the shop is nearly covering its costs and the Friends reserves at the end of July stood at £66k. These of course have since been depleted with the contribution of £10k to the Institute's fighting fund for purchases at Christies - which as you know was successful.

I leave myself just enough space to thank you all for your support over the years, with special thanks to staff at the Institute and the Friends helpers.

Finally, my best wishes for Christmas and a very happy New Year...

A few words from the Secretary, Ann Bean:

I am sure all Friends would like to express their thanks to Philippa for the effort and hard work she put in during her Chairmanship to transform the image of the Friends to the vibrant organisation it now is.

I am sure you also wish to give a warm welcome to David Wilson and Nigel Back and to offer them both your full support.

Following my request earlier in the year for suggested alternative venues for the Summer Lunch it was decided to hold a quick opinion poll at the AGM - the result being an overwhelming majority in favour of the Lunch being held at the Institute. Plans will go ahead to arrange this year's Summer Lunch at the Institute.

As mentioned Solveig Gardner Servian has launched an on-line magazine, created specifically for people with an interest in the Arctic and Antarctic - www.polarworlds.info - the ideal magazine for the Friends!

Dates for the Diary:

Wednesday 16th April at 7.00pm at the Royal Geographical Society: Lecture - Scott's and Shackleton's Huts: A Century On, will be given by Simon Jenkins, the eminent journalist, who recently visited the huts on Ross Island. Tickets £15 each - please send s.a.e. with cheque made payable to UKAHT to Rachel Morgan, Kingcoed Farm, USK, NP15 1DS.

All proceeds will go directly to Ross Sea Huts. (Tickets will be issued in February)

William Speirs Bruce Exhibition

A major exhibit will be mounted to commemorate the centenary of Bruce's Scotia Expedition, The Scottish National Antarctic Expedition (1902-1904) and to celebrate the life and achievements of William Speirs Bruce. The exhibition opens in March 2003 and will run until June 2003, at The Royal Museum, Chambers Street, Edinburgh.

Lecture List

Please see online at http://www.spri.cam.ac.uk/events/lectures/ .