am glad to see that you have volunteered to take over from
Tony who has done a brilliant job for many years
some members already know I moved to France in December with
the idea of exchanging accountancy for running a holiday let
business. Not ideal with Covid but it will give me time to
sort the building out. I will in the next few weeks write a
little about my adventure and how I coped with selling and
buying in 2020. Not very radio based but thought it might
interest a few of the members
best wishes for a safe and healthy New Year to you all,
It seems my offer of managing the website and newsletters
going forward has been accepted, and so things will be
changing somewhat in the near future.
I offered to take on the role only if I could streamline the
whole process, as it's just too onerous to manually handcraft
every webpage and every newsletter. It's just not fair to ask
one person to commit to all that effort.
I'm sure we would all like to thank Tony for what has been a
marvellous contribution to the club for so many years. I'm not
sure many of you realise just how many hundreds of hours he
must have spent delivering your digital content over that
time. He did look very relieved when I saw him this morning!
Well done Tony, and happy webmaster retirement.
Change is a constant so they say, and there are now more
efficient ways of working. What this means is basically two
Firstly, a redesign of the website. I'll be utilising either
the Joomla or Wordpress platforms to host all the content. Not
sure which yet. It depends on what our web host can best
It will mean me manually converting many of the articles on
the current website over to the new platform. In this regard,
I'll probably only copy the 'current' stuff, and just 'wrap'
the historical stuff. It means the website will look very
different, yet appear to contain the same content, albeit
completely re-organised. Please note, that this is
absolutely necessary to significantly reduce the amount
of effort required to maintain the website in the future. I'm
not looking for a new full-time job. I just want to give Tony
a break and to do my bit for the club.
Secondly the newsletters will change. Rather than assembling
the submissions I receive into monthly newsletters, I will
post the individual articles as I receive them. That way you
get your news faster, and it's way more manageable for me. I
will manually post each newsletter article from any member who
wishes to submit one, including the monthly copy from the
likes of Ken and Russell. If they send them monthly, they'll
be posted monthly. Hopefully we will also enjoy the continued
flow of articles from the creative and innovative members who
have submitted such interesting features in the past. News
will become the focal point of the website, with static
content taking more of a back seat.
I'll commit to performing this one-time setup and supporting
the ongoing posting of news articles to the website for now.
However, I would very much encourage you to submit your own
articles directly to the website, and I will help and enable
you to do that. I will be offering training to whoever needs
it. I foresee my future role as simply supporting and
extending the platform. The content, as ever, will be down to
Please contact me if you would like to have access to the new
website and help create the next generation of MSARS online
presence. There will be absolutely no expectation or pressure
to contribute anything. There will be no possibility of you
'mucking it up'. Everything will be subsequently checked and
moderated by me. If you can use Word, you can post an article
online. Get to learn Joomla or Wordpress. The training will be
available for free, and let's face it - what else are you
going to be doing in Lockdown 3.0?