I am most pleased to welcome this birthday Newsletter. In its 50th year the Society is in good shape with its work as important as ever it has been in its history. To mark our anniversary year we have, as you can see below, an exciting programme of lectures and events, some free and some chargeable. As a more permanent mark of our anniversary, the Society is funding a renovation of the 'triangle' between Christchurch Mansion and the Round Pond. Chairs, tables and parasols on a tidily paved area will be our gift to the town. I hope you will attend as many events as possible and help us to celebrate our anniversary year.