Spring Spend & Save – extended for May

Beat the price rises and save now with our Spring Spend & Save promotion!

Rising costs across printing, manufacturing, storage and postage means that we will have to increase prices on some of our range of exclusive merchandise, effective from FAB 100.

As always, we look to make every economy possible before increasing prices. Spring Spend & Save is designed to help you make economies too.

Filling your basket with a range of merchandise is much more economical to package and post than, say, ordering a single sticker, book or embroidered patch. So, until the end of May we’re ofering a ‘spend and save’ discount:

  • spend over £50 in a single order* and enter coupon code SSS50 at checkout to save 5%
  • spend over £100 in a single order* and enter coupon code SSS100 at checkout to save 10%

Our standard terms and conditions apply, plus:

  • members must apply the appropriate coupon code at checkout – the discount cannot be applied retroactively.
  • *offer excludes memberships, our Stingray soundtrack boxset (on another great offer for May), events and Silva Screen products
  • we reserve the right to amend or withdraw this offer at any time.

Where is FAB 100?

Please accept our apologies, but FAB 100 is extremely late!

We knew earlier in the year that FAB 100 was going to be a little late, which is why we changed plans and mailed the 40 FAB Years album and the final set of picture cards a few weeks ago (they were planned to be mailed with the magazine).

FAB 100 is finished and now with ITV for approval. Once we get that we can send it for printing, and then we get it mailed just as quickly as we can. As soon as we know it’s in the post, we’ll publish it as a news story here on the club website and share it on our social media. Hopefully, that’ll just be a few weeks.

Rest assured that we haven’t forgotten the hundreds of members who are still owed the Music From The 21st Century By Barry Gray CD (this year’s membership gift). We’ve been mailing them to members for the last two issues of FAB, and the final batch will be mailed with FAB 100.

If you renewed your membership too late to be included in the FAB 99 mailing, any stock of that we have left as FAB 100 is published will become available to buy as a back issue. We can’t make it available until then as we need them to send to new club members.

Sorry again, and thanks for your understanding.

2022 Annual General Meeting: Voting now open!

Fanderson’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) is a chance for the committee to report on the club’s status and respond to members’ questions, thoughts and suggestions.

All club members are welcome to join the AGM and, to give as many members as possible the opportunity to be involved, Fanderson’s next Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held virtually, at midday (GMT) on Saturday 5th March 2022.

The deadline for questions or registering to attend the AGM is Saturday 26th February 2022. For security purposes, if you’d like to attend please email fanderson.org.uk@outlook.com, including:

  • your full name
  • your Fanderson membership number
  • your post code

We will send you a link to the AGM by reply to your email, after 26th February. Members will have the option to not appear on camera. The meeting will be minuted, as usual, but not recorded.

Voting on the following proposal is now open online until 26th February 2022, in order for results to be verified and available at the AGM:

  1. Various amendments to the club’s Constitution, mainly for clarity purposes.
    1. Click here for the proposed version with changes shown.
    2. Fanderson members can vote here.

Celebrating 40 FAB Years (albeit a year late!)

It seems quite remarkable now, but Fanderson has been a part of all our lives for 40 years.

It’s grown from quite humble beginnings, when producer/writer/director Gerry Anderson recognised the need to bring together various disparate groups into a cohesive club for all fans of his work.

Nowadays, when many other media-related clubs have closed down, gone online, or been taken over by the production companies involved, we’re a rare breed. A club created and run by fans, for fans.

Now, 41 years later, we’re celebrating this milestone (we’d planned to do it in 2021, but Covid-19 and travel restrictions put paid to that!).

40 FAB Years is not a convention, but a relaxed party. The perfect occasion to catch up with friends you’ve made through Fanderson over the years, and some special guests will be celebrating with us. We’ll have a barbecue and, like all good birthday parties, there’ll be music, drink and (of course) a cake!

We’ve got space for just 100 Fanderson members to join us at the Pinewood Hotel, a little way down the road from the world famous studios in Buckinghamshire. We’ll be there from 14:00 on Saturday 20th August 2022.

See more and book your place here.

Century 21 and Action 21 – limited stock of 80s/90s magazines available

The family of Fanderson founding member David Nightingale are in the process of sorting through his estate, and we’ve offered to try to help sell some of his old stock of Engale products.

We’ve now got a limited stock of Century 21 (the successor to the fondly-remembered SIG) and Action 21 magazines. Just click on the Engale Marketing category in our Shop to see what’s available, and we’ll update this as more products become available to us.

Review your purchases to help other fans!

With, perhaps, a little spare time over the holidays, why not review the products you’ve bought from Fanderson and help your fellow fans?

Unlike some online stores, product reviews in the Fanderson Shop are from genuine club members, so you know you can trust what they say. Unbelievably, some stores use robots or even ‘review farms’ where hundreds of low-paid workers sit, relentlessly hitting the ‘review’ button, and writing what they’re told to say about a product.

But our website only allows genuine members to review our products, as we can only sell to club members. So you know what you’re reading is by a genuine fellow fan.

Why not log in now to write your first review.

2022 Annual General Meeting

Fanderson’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) is a chance for the committee to report on the club’s status and respond to members’ questions, thoughts and suggestions.

All club members are welcome to join the AGM and, to give as many members as possible the opportunity to be involved, Fanderson’s next Annual General Meeting will be held virtually, at midday (GMT) on Saturday 5th March 2022.

The deadline for any proposals is Monday 31st January 2022, by email to fanderson.org.uk@outlook.com. Please check our Constitution for the criteria by which proposals should be submitted for member voting. Please ensure you include:

  • your full name
  • your Fanderson membership number
  • your post code/zipcode

Voting on any matters raised that require a membership vote will be open online 12th-26th February 2022, in order for results to be verified and available at the AGM.

The deadline for questions or registering to attend the AGM is Saturday 26th February 2022. For security purposes, if you’d like to attend please email fanderson.org.uk@outlook.com, including:

  • your full name
  • your Fanderson membership number
  • your post code/zipcode

We will send you a link to the AGM by reply to your email, after 26th February. For data protection purposes, the meeting will not be recorded but minuted, and members will have the option to not appear on camera.

Please note that, in order to involve as many members as possible, deadlines are different to those stated in the current Constitution. This in itself will be formally addressed in the revised Constitution that members will be invited to vote on in preparation for this AGM.

 

The last post

As you know, we’re a not-for-profit club run by volunteers so, with the last posting date behind us (for all but first class UK), we’re now putting our feet up for a few days for a well-earned break and enjoy the festive season. We’ve done our best to mail as much as possible so that it might arrive by Christmas, though we cannot guarantee this.

The only exception to this is our The Secret Service Annual. We received stock on the last day for UK first class post, so mailed as many of the UK pre-orders as possible so club members have something lovely to open on Christmas morning!

Thanks to everyone who has supported Fanderson this year by joining or renewing their membership, or buying any of our exclusive merchandise. We’ll start mailing again week commencing 4th January.

UPDATED: David Nightingale RIP

It is with great sadness that we report that David Nightingale, one of Fanderson’s founding members and biggest personalities, has died.

David created Supermarionation Is Go! magazine in 1981 and it was to be the bedrock of the club when Gerry Anderson worked with fans to create Fanderson. The quality of SiG was exemplary for a fan magazine, and continued in SiG’s successor Century 21 and the classic television magazine Timescreen. David’s quality ethos was to spur him on to open not one but two Thunderbooks stores, and then to embrace online trading by opening Star Trader. His most recent work for the club brought him full circle as he worked with Mike Jones on the SiG 21 anniversary special.

Larger than life, with a great bubbly, friendly personality, David was a huge fan of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s work. He was a regular fixture behind a merchandise table at conventions, where he made many friends.

We will have a full obituary for David Nightingale in FAB 100.

UPDATE 7th December: You should be able to join the live stream of David’s funeral at https://www.blackpoolfunerals.live/

UPDATE: David’s son Stephen advises that the funeral will be held at 12:15 on Wednesday 15th December at  Lytham Crematorium, Regent Ave, Lytham Saint Annes FY8 4AB followed by the wake at Blackpool Cricket Club, West Park Drive, Blackpool FY3 9EQ.

The family would like to thank everyone for their kind words and would love to see as many faces as possible at the funeral but understand not everyone can make the day. With that in mind, they have arranged for the funeral to be streamed (details to follow).

The family have discussed donations (“My dad wasn’t a flower man, he was more into his Thunderbird puppets”) and ask that any donations go towards his grandson’s tour with Foxhall Under 11s football team:

  • account: Foxhall Juniors FC
  • sort code: 201003
  • account: 33535924
  • swiftbic code: BUKBGB22
  • iban: GB90 BUKB 2010 0333 5359 24

FAB: Incoming on runway 99!

Have there really been 99 issues of FAB magazine? Yep, we’ve popped FAB 99 in the post today!

In this issue:

  • Inspecting Morse – Ian Fryer’s examination of Barry Morse’s seven decade career
  • Love it? Hate it? Chris Drake is affected by the lambda variant as he takes a look at Space:1999 The Lambda Factor
  • Alistair McGown goes back in time to Blackpool in 1977 to recover Gerry Anderson’s Space City exhibition from his personal memory bank
  • John Wilkinson takes a trip round the UK to see when Anderson shows were first seen in colour in the various ITV regions
  • Jonathan Baxter loves Lady Penelope so much that he surrounds himself with her various Tracy Lounge portraits
  • club members give their views on Joe 90 Project 90 in our regular Timelash column, with an exclusive cutaway painting of the Darota Clinic by artist Graham Bleathman
  • Alistair McGown looks at the life and career of Joe 90 Project 90‘s director – Peter Anderson
  • the fifth part of our exclusive Thunderbirds Are Go photo-strip by Jonathan Baxter
  • obituaries to Shaun Whittacker-Cook and George Gibbs
  • take a look through Lady Penelope’s wardrobe in our competition
  • plus FAB news, FAB Mail and more

With this FAB we’ve mailed a third set of our 40 FAB Years picture cards. Stick with us and by the end of the year you should have a full set (and an album to put them all in – photo corners/Gloy gum not included)!

FAB 99 also sees the second wave of deliveries of our 2021 membership gift – the oft-requested 7″ Barry Gray EPs from 1986 and 1988, together on our exclusive new CD! We can only give this CD away as part of our membership package, so if you get a renewal notice with FAB 99, make sure you renew by the date given on it so that you don’t miss out!

This mailing also includes your 40th anniversary badge, which we stupidly missed out of the FAB 98 mailing!

If you were late renewing your membership, and so haven’t been included in the FAB 99 mailing, we haven’t forgotten you. Your membership will re-start with FAB 100.

Mail is still being affected by the pandemic, so please be patient whilst your FAB 99 wings its way to you. Amazingly, we know from experience that members living in the same town can receive their packages days apart! Nonetheless, if you’re worried your package might have gone missing in the post (having allowed a reasonable amount of time), please check our Shipping And Returns page before contacting us.

Anyone who missed FAB 98 can now buy it as a back issue, and last year’s membership item – Century 21 Complete Puppet Catalogue – is also now available to buy in the Shop.

How to get FAB magazine? Join Fanderson!

FAB magazine is available exclusively to Fanderson club members – we usually publish three times a year, and do our very best to make each issue a joy to read for every fan – regardless of your favourite Anderson series!