Happy 39th Birthday, Fanderson!

39 years ago today, representatives from clubs Anderpup and the Century 21 Appreciation Society, the Fanderson 81 convention and ATV Licensing met with legendary TV and film producer Gerry Anderson at Pinewood Studios.

Together, they pooled their ideas and talents to form the world’s only official appreciation society for the work of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson.

On behalf of all Fanderson members, a big THANK YOU to Gerry Anderson, Pam Barnes, Mark Jones, Barbara Kitson, Chris Leach, David Nightingale, Phil Rae, Keith Shackleton, Brendan Sheehan and John Williams for giving our club such a great start.

39 years on and the club’s going stronger than ever, so thanks to all Fanderson members – especially the committee members over the years and those who have made a significant contribution (recognised as a Friend Of Fanderson or Life Member).

Join us in celebrating today with something bubbly, and you can read more about Fanderson’s beginnings here.

 

Celebrate 50 years of UFO!

What better way to celebrate 50 years of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s groundbreaking series UFO than with a great read – the long-awaited UFO Annual 1972!

Like most Anderson series there was a UFO Annual produced to accompany the broadcasts, but just the one volume for 1971. Exclusive to Fanderson is this follow-up book, full of features about the series and SHADO, two brand new stories starring your favourite UFO characters and three new exclusive cutaways.

Whilst reading the Annual, why not relax with Barry Gray’s cool soundtrack, courtesy of our 4-CD boxset. And we’ve got lots of other UFO items in the Shop too!

We’re expecting stock of the UFO Annual 1972 in time for the series’ 50th anniversary on 16th September 2020, and you can sure to be among the first to get your copy by pre-ordering from 1st September.

Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, UFO and Space:1999 on Britbox from 20th August

After dipping their toe in the water with a selection of episodes this spring, Britbox (the digital video subscription service created by the BBC and ITV) will launch a raft of cult favourites on 20th August 2020 (coincidentally, Fanderson’s 39th anniversary).

The Out Of This World Collection will be available exclusively on BritBox (in the UK), and includes:

Thunderbirds (1965)

The initial ten episode collection is being expanded and will now feature all 32 episodes of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s cult Supermarionation series.

Also included are the three mini-episodes, based on 1960s mini albums and crowd-funded by fans for Thunderbirds’ 50th anniversary in 2015.

Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons (1967)

All 32 episodes of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s cult Supermarionation series chronicling Captain Scarlet’s battle to save Earth from a Mysteron invasion.

UFO (1970)

All 26 episodes of the British sci-fi series set in 1980 as Earth is being invaded by aliens fleeing their dying planet and seeking human organs to extend their lifespan. Specialist task force SHADO (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organisation), headed by Commander Ed Straker (Ed Bishop), must defend Earth against these mysterious hostile creatures while containing knowledge of them to avoid widespread panic.

Space:1999 (1975)

Every episode of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s popular science fiction series. Commander Koenig (Martin Landau) and the crew of Moonbase Alpha face various alien threats as they drift, powerless, throughout space.

The Prisoner (1967)

All 17 episodes of the television drama created by and starring Patrick McGoohan. A former British secret agent is abducted and held captive in a strange coastal village while those who captured him try to discover the truth of why he suddenly resigned from his position.

Sapphire And Steel (1979)

The complete collection featuring all six seasons and 34 episodes from the 1980s sci-fi series starring Joanna Lumley and David McCallum as Sapphire and Steel, the mysterious agents charged with protecting the universe from the malevolent forces of time with their uncanny powers. Created by P.J. Hammond.

Randall And Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969)

The complete episodes of Randall And Hopkirk (Deceased) starring Mike Pratt as Jeff Randall, Kenneth Cope as his ghostly partner Marty Hopkirk and Annette Andre as Marty’s widow Jean.

Eat chocolate and colour in!

With so many of us in social isolation and/or lockdown, it’s important to keep occupied with a variety of activities.

We’ve dug through the Fanderson Archive to the early 90s, when we offered a series of colouring books with illustrations by club member Jonathan Baxter. They were designed for our young Fanderson Junior members, so none of us should find them too taxing!

Have fun colouring in, and don’t feel you have to stick to the known colours for each series. Play around, imagine you’ve only ever seen them in black and white(!) and let your imagination run riot!

Just click on the link for the page you want – just in time for Easter weekend, today’s additions complete the set.

Once you’re done, share your artistry on our Facebook page for everyone to enjoy.

 

Supercar: The marvel of the age and the Black Rock team

Fireball XL5: Fireball XL5 at Space CityVenus and Zoonie

Stingray: Stingray launch, Troy TempestThe Big GunAtlanta Shore, The InvadersThe Man From The Navy, Commander ShoreStingray in pen, The Ghost ShipPhones, Star Of The East, X20, The Ghost Of The SeaLoch Ness Monster, Troy and PhonesTitanMarinaMarinevilleTroy underwater, Stingray passes LemoyMarineville Control Tower, Stingray and Mechanical Fish

Thunderbirds: Zero X with Thunderbird 2, Pit Of PerilTerror In New York City, The Mole, Thunderbird 2 leaving hangarEnd Of The Road, Jeff Tracy and BrainsThe Mighty AtomLady Penelope and Parker, Gordon and Thunderbird 4Scott and Thunderbird 1Terror In New York City, ParkerJohn and Thunderbird 5, Skyship One, Thunderbird 3 dockingAlan and Thunderbird 3Trapped In The Sky, Thunderbird 3, Path Of Destruction,  Virgil and Thunderbird 2, Desperate Intruder

Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons: Cloudbase briefingSPV and Angel Interceptor

Joe 90: Joe and the BIG RATTest Flight

The Secret Service: Father Unwin and Gabriel

Doppelgänger: Glenn Ross and the Doppelgängers

UFO: StrakerSHADO Interceptors

Space:1999: Moonbase AlphaEagle Transporters

Virtual AGM 2020

Thank you to every club member who voted in Fanderson’s 2020 Annual General Meeting. The results have been checked and independently verified, and are below.

There were no ineligible votes submitted and no duplicates.

Item 1 – There is only one candidate for Fanderson chairman (see www.fanderson.org.uk)

97.1% Nick Williams

2.9% I do not support any candidate

Therefore, your committee members now are:

Chairman – Nick Williams

Treasurer – Stephen Brown

Secretary – John Wilkinson

FAB co-editors – Mike Jones and Ian Fryer

Mailing Secretary – Jackie Dear

Guest Liaison – Mel Rowlands

Public Relations – Jay Mullins

Fanderson Sales – Lynn Simpson and Stephen Brown

 

Item 2 – Proposal to amend Constitution clause 10c(ii) to the following:

“Members may propose other members of at least two year’s good standing (including the incumbent Chairman and current committee members), in writing to the Secretary”

88.2% For

11.8% Against

An updated version of the club’s Constitution can be found here.


Notice of Virtual AGM, posted 13th March 2020

As per item 10c of the club’s Constitution, no one person may be Chairman continuously for more than five years. Nick Williams was elected at the Annual General Meeting on 21st March 2015, so the post is now open for election again.

You can see the Constitution under the About > Fanderson section.

Item 10c continues that at such point that the Chairman resigns (or after five years’ service, whichever is the lesser):

i – the Committee will make the resignation and application process known by the membership by all reasonable means

The nomination process was detailed in FAB 94, mailed to all club members on 13th January 2020 and new members since.

ii – Members may propose other members of at least two year’s good standing (including the incumbent Chairman), in writing to the Secretary

Only one member was proposed by 29th February 2020 for your consideration to be Fanderson chairman. One other member expressed an interest, but failed to provide any of the nomination information, as detailed in FAB 94.

iii – All members will be given the opportunity to vote (in person or by proxy) to elect a new Chairman at the next Annual General Meeting, in the manner determined by the Committee at that time

We held AGMs in 2015 and 2016: no members attended in 2015 and just one attended in 2016. Therefore, the committee agreed not to waste funds on further physical AGMs, though members are invited to contribute and vote online on issues raised at a virtual AGM.

PROPOSALS

1 Chairman election

Nick Williams

Having contributed to Fanderson’s success for over 30 years, I’m standing once again to be your club chairman.

As club secretary (between 1990 and 2007), I was instrumental in turning around the club’s finances. I replatformed the membership database (twice) to make maintenance and preparing for mailings easier. I introduced the card payment facility, and brought in elementary management information to inform the committee when making decisions.

On becoming chairman in 2007 I gave the committee a clear direction and support, with the aim of making the club more accessible:

  • With regularly updated news on our website, potential members would know that we’re thriving.
  • By publishing FAB magazine regularly, existing members would have confidence in the club.
  • By giving a new, inclusive, direction for FAB we’d see more members contribute to our club magazine.

Membership numbers (and, crucially, membership renewals) immediately increased and have stabilised.

I’ve never claimed to have an encyclopaedic recall of every Anderson fact and figure, but I don’t believe this is necessary to be chairman. As a team leader I am a good organiser and ambassador for the club. I’ve never underestimated or taken for granted the responsibility that the position demands. I’ve never been afraid to stand up and do the right thing for the club and its members – even on occasion that it’s made me unpopular with a minority.

I intend that we should keep everything that has made Fanderson one of the very best fan clubs for the last 39 years, but ensure it stays relevant for today (and tomorrow).

I’m proud to have been your chairman since 2007, and ask you to show your support by voting for me.

 

2 Amendment to the club’s Constitution

It is proposed that item 10c(ii) be amended by adding the following bold text, which would enable committee members to also stand for Chairman:

10c(ii) Members may propose other members of at least two year’s good standing (including the incumbent Chairman and current committee members), in writing to the Secretary.

 

VOTING CLOSED

Voting was open 15th-29th March 2020, and the results will be announced on the club website no later than 5th April.

  • Votes are only valid from current members of Fanderson (ie, those mailed FAB 94 or who have joined the club/renewed their membership since 13th January 2020).
  • Votes will be checked against the membership database for eligibility.
  • Eligible members will get to vote once. In the event of multiple votes, the last vote cast will be considered valid.

UFO soundtrack – pre-order now open (with March offer)

Fanderson is delighted to announce that its latest soundtrack is now available to pre-order.

The new 4-disc set of music from UFO is the most extensive from this series that the club has produced.

To celebrate, our March offer of the month is 25% off the Ed Bishop: Identified audio archive disc, if you buy in the same transaction as the UFO soundtrack and use coupon code UFO50 at checkout. You can only use the coupon once, the offer is only valid whilst stocks last (we therefore reserve the right to end the offer before 31st March) and no substitutions/alternatives are available.

We’re expecting deliveries of UFO by 1st April, and your Ed Bishop disc with be mailed together with the soundtrack.

As with all Fanderson merchandise, the UFO soundtrack has been produced by fans, for fans. It’s a strictly limited edition.

If you’re not already a club member, join up now to buy and enjoy some of Barry Gray’s finest.

Thunderbirds Are Go’s finale – The Long Reach part two – premieres this Saturday, 22nd February

The final Thunderbirds Are Go episode, The Long Reach part two premieres at 8:30am this Saturday, 22nd February, on ITV and CITV, repeated Sunday at 5:55pm on CITV or catch up afterwards on the ITV Hub.

International Rescue attempt their most difficult mission ever while defending Tracy Island from a dangerous assault.

Easter Eggs: A dialogue reference to needing to ‘wear the hat’ is a nod to the original uniform hats from Thunderbirds.

Thunderbirds Aren’t (Le)Go!

Sadly, it doesn’t look like Thunderbirds will be go in Lego form, at least not any time soon!

You may remember that last May Fanderson members rallied to get Andrew Clark’s Thunderbirds Are Go Lego Ideas project over the 10,000 supporter line. This qualified it to be part of Lego’s official project review, and the results were announced live on Facebook today.

Eleven projects were considered in this review:

  • Thunderbirds Are Go by AndrewClark2 (click on ‘Updates’ on the page to see the Thunderbirds version)

 

plus Medieval Blacksmith by Namirob and Winnie the Pooh by benlouisa which will go forward to become official Lego sets.

Check out the Lego Ideas site for more amazing Anderson-inspired designs.