The Pack of Whippets (The Club Newsletter Archive)
- Published: 18 Sep 2010
Here we present, what we hope, will become a full archive of all the various club magazines and newsletters that the club has produced over their history. It was not until the club was nearly 30 years old that we can trace copies of a regular attempt at a newsletter.
The first club newsletter we have dates from the late 1930's. The editors were firstly "T Kelly" & "H A Carless" and then "T Kelly" combined with "H M Hughes".
We have examples of these from 1938 which were then called the "Gazette". It ran to at least seventeen editions. We are grateful to Brian Boyce for these examples.
|1938||N/A||1||Missing - Copy Needed|
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|1939||N/A||14||Missing - Copy Needed|
|1939||N/A||15||Missing - Copy Needed|
|1939||N/A||16||Missing - Copy Needed|
Efforts were made again in 1965 when another regular club newsletter appeared. From this point onwards it was named "The Whippet". The name, "The Whippet", coming from the dog that has been the emblem on club badge since formation in 1910.The first editor was Alan Whittle who then, in September 1967, handed over to Dave Denton.
|1966||N/A||16||Missing - Copy Needed|
|1966||N/A||18||May & June 1966||Typed|
|1966||N/A||19||July & August 1966||Typed|
|1966||N/A||20||September & October 1966||Typed||Cover carries January 1967|
|1968||N/A||25||Missing - Copy Needed|
|1968||N/A||28||June & July 1968||Typed|
We have a small number of "Whippet" newsletters that were produced under the editorship of Doug Fownes.
The early 1980's saw the editorial talents of Pete "Geno" Griffiths & Andy Holden come to the fore. Both Pete & Andy had been Editor of the University of Birmingham's student newspaper ("Redbrick") during their university days.
|1985||5||No. 2||Missing - Copy Needed|
|1986||6||No. 1||Missing - Copy Needed|
|1986||6||No. 4||Missing - Copy Needed|
After another break the early 1990's saw the production and inspiration for "The Whippet" head to Smethwick with Bryan & Pat Clifton shouldering the bulk of the work. An early attempt at providing a website was made in 1999. This was called "The Web Whippet".
After the sad death of both Bryan & Pat Clifton the editorship & production of "The Whippet" moved again. Bryan Mills, Chris Holloway & laterly Mike Buntin producing various paper editions. By now the use of electronic means to compose, edit and print was well established.
The "web" address www.tiptonharriers.co.uk was registered in 2001.
At the same time there was also a regular email bulletin produced called the "eWhippet". This was often circulated on a weekly or an event based basis as more of the club and it's supporters by then had email addresses. These have not been reproduced here.
Since the end of 2002 there has been no regular production of a printed club newsletter/magazine. As the internet took off and more people had access to computers so the club's website was developed for carrying news of club activities and our performances. A growing range of historical material has also been added.
There was an early version of a website from 1999. Major updates have since happened several times, the most notable update in 2007 when it became possible to give access to content editors who could add information without requiring technical knowledge of website coding. It was not until 2007 that regular provision of information was carried using this media. In April 2014 we again upgraded the website.
Bryan Mills continues to develop and technically maintain this public aspect of the club's communication.
Prior to the time of our centenary in 2010 Tom Holden established a Tipton Harriers "facebook" group. David Payne was behind the establishment of the Tipton "Twitter" account in November 2013.
In 2014 we now have many different "social media" platforms that carry information and records on the Harriers activities - e.g. "Facebook", "Twitter" and "flickr". A far cry from monthly paperbased newsletters.
Ideally we would like a digital copy of all the pages taken on a high resoloution scanner but, if not, get in touch and we will let you know where to send us a paper copy.