Members urged to check annual subscriptions and also join the Society

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A reminder to members to update their annual subscriptions will be included in the latest copy of The Round Tower.

A total of 46 members, including 16 parochial church councils, have not increased the subscriptions to the current £20pa minimum. Some are still paying £5pa, which hardly covers the postage of the quarterly magazine.

Membership secretary Nick Wiggin said that several members, who should have renewed in June, have not responded to a second reminder and will no longer receive copies of The Round Tower.

On a positive note, Mr Wiggin said that many members have added generous donations to subscription payments. A Warwickshire member Mr Helliwell added £100 and another £70 has been received from supporter, Jeremy Short. In total, members added £1,345 in donations in the past quarter.

Membership stands at 511. As a little incentive, new members will receive a free copy of Stephen Hart’s 32-page full colour guide, East Anglian Round Towers Churches. If you like to join, please email or with your details, including address for the free guide and he’ll send the Society’s bank details.

Alternatively, pay online, minimum £20pa (£30pa joint) to the Society’s bank – Round Tower Churches Society. Sort code 53 81 16. Number 04331915. Add a payment reference (nameSUB) and send an email to the membership secretary with your name/address.

Incidentally, if you’d like to receive the e-edition of The Round Tower, let him know. The December 2023 edition will be published by the middle of the month – e-editions will then be emailed.

And, of course if you’d like a suitable stocking filler for a member – Stephen Hart’s guide might be ideal and costs £4 (including postage) from Postal applications – with cheque to the Round Tower Churches society – to Nick Wiggin, Fir Tree Cottage, Witnesham, Ipswich, Suffolk IP6 9EX.

Alternatively, copies may be obtained, price £5, from the City Bookshop, Davey Place, Norwich.