Podcast 2 is here!

New for 2020 is the Fanderson Podcast!

Hosted by journalist and broadcaster (and long-time Fanderson member) Ros Connors, our podcasts will share information, views and stories with fans – just like you.

  • Podcast 2 – Mike Jones talks design and FAB magazine, archive interview with Sylvia Anderson, Ralph Titterton tells all about the Barry Gray Archive
  • Podcast 1 – Ian Fryer discusses Doppelgänger, archive interview clips with Space:1999‘s Barry Morse, and a club update from Nick Williams.

Let us know what you liked, what you’d like to hear in future editions, and anything else at fanderson.org.uk@outlook.com

That’s not Captain Scarlet. That’s Thunderbirds!

We honestly thought we’d sold our last copy of the 4CD Thunderbirds soundtrack boxset at our Supercelebration convention last year.

So, you can imagine Fanderson Sales’ supremo Stephen Brown’s surprise when, during a bit of lockdown housekeeping at our secure storage unit, he found that a box marked Captain Scarlet CDs actually had Thunderbirds inside! This find means that just 40 lucky club members who were unable to get the album before will now get another chance!

To give anyone who’s interested the chance to hear this great news and count their shekels beforehand, we’ll set them live in the Fanderson Shop on Saturday. Prices will be £39.75 UK, £43.50 Europe, £45.75 rest of the world.

Orders will be restricted to just one copy per member. 

We can’t give an exact time, but it will around lunchtime in the UK. And this time, when they’re gone, they’re gone. Honest!

 

 

 

Podcast 1 is here!

New for 2020 is the Fanderson Podcast!

Hosted by journalist and broadcaster (and long-time Fanderson member) Ros Connors, our podcasts will share information, views and stories with fans – just like you.

Podcast 1 – Ian Fryer discusses Doppelgänger, archive interview clips with Space:1999‘s Barry Morse, and a club update from Nick Williams.

Let us know what you liked, what you’d like to hear in future editions, and anything else at fanderson.org.uk@outlook.com

Postage update

Although much of the world is in lockdown, we’re doing our best to get membership packages and merchandise orders to Fanderson members.

Though mail delivery companies are doing their very best to maintain services, the actual service can vary from country to country – even from town to town (see here and here). For this reason it’s impossible for us to predict when a package will be delivered (we’ve had packages mailed on the same day but arrive in different parts of the same town days apart). Everyone’s affected by restrictions, illness and social distancing, so please be patient if your Fanderson order is taking a little bit longer to arrive than you’re used to.

How can you help?

Obviously, we need to know when an order doesn’t arrive so that we can look into what’s happened. But help us to help you by checking a few things yourself, before contacting us:

  • check when you placed your order – you can do this by logging in to your Fanderson account, from the shop page at www.fanderson.org.uk (you should also automatically receive a confirmation email when you place an order)
  • check what you actually ordered – separate orders will be mailed separately, so please don’t write to us when things you ordered separately don’t arrive all in the same package. The other items may arrive within the next few days.

Based on what we’re seeing in feedback from members at the moment, as a guide:

  • please allow up to 28 days if you’re in the UK
  • if you’re outside the UK, please allow another 28 days before contacting us (that’s eight weeks in total).

Thanks for your help and support.

Ensure we send FAB 95 to your right address

We’re getting FAB 95 ready to go to print and then in the post to all Fanderson members around the world in the next few weeks.

We know that some members have FAB and club merchandise sent to their work address which, if you’re in lockdown in the current situation, could mean that you’re not getting your deliveries. So that we send FAB 95 to the best place for you, please ensure we have the right address.

We’re planning an update to our website soon which will enable us to simplify things and take the address from your online account. Until that’s ready, we’re currently managing the mailing database separately (as explained since the new website was launched last year).

 

So, if you need to change your address we mail to, please ensure you:

1 email us at fanderson.org.uk@outlook.com with your name, membership number and the postal address you want us to use,

and

2 update your online club account at www.fanderson.org.uk:

  • log-in from the SHOP page

  • once you’ve logged in, click on My Account

  • click on Addresses to update your address (don’t forget to click Save once you’ve finished!).

Thanks!

 

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.

Alan Pattillo has died

Fanderson is saddened to learn of the death of Anderson writer and director Alan Pattillo at the age of 90.

Alan, who died on 16th January 2020, was responsible for directing classic Thunderbirds episodes such as Trapped in the Sky and Attack of the Alligators. He wrote several other epsiodes and was script editor throughout the majority  of the series. He also worked on numerous episodes of Four Feather Falls, Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray and Terrahawks.

He will be sorely missed.

Thunderbirds Are Go: Buried Treasure premieres this Saturday, 25th January

The latest Thunderbirds Are Go episode, Buried Treasure premieres at 8:30am this Saturday 25th January on ITV and CITV, repeated Sunday at 5:55pm on CITV or catch up afterwards on the ITV Hub.

Virgil and Gordon must rescue a trapped urban-explorer in a trash mine while Brains attempts a risky mission.

Easter Eggs: The Groundskeeper is humming the Fireball XL5 theme song, and this is reflected in episode’s music.
  

Thunderbirds Are Go: Icarus premieres this Saturday, 11th January

The latest Thunderbirds Are Go episode, Icarus premieres at 8:30am this Saturday 11th January on ITV and CITV, repeated Sunday at 5:55pm on CITV or catch up afterwards on the ITV Hub.

While the members of International Rescue attend a prestigious global airshow, a test pilot unveils an ultra-fast superjet.

Easter Egg: The ‘world air speed record’ that Icarus is attempting to break in this episode is currently held by Jeff Tracy.