MAY 1961

Ella Parker:

As this is my final column for you in my capacity as Secretary, it seems like a good idea to do some rehashing; not only of those plans that have come to fruition, but those too, which for some reason, seem never to have got off the ground.

FRIDAY NIGHT IS BSFA NIGHT: This has been one of the more successful plans. So popular have these meetings become it seems incredible that they've only been going since August of last year. Apart from the hard core of regulars who always turn up, such as Ted Forsyth, Jimmy Groves, and Joe Patrizlo, we have collected some newish members who, in their turn, have attended just as faithfully once they were made aware of the meetings or came to live in London. Among those we can count: Roy Sheppard, Patrick Kearney and Harry Atherton. Then too, we occasionally see Mike Raynor, Don Geldart, Arthur (ATom) Thomson, Ethel Lindsay, Paul Andrews, and Ron Bennett (when he's in town). Harry Atherton especially deserves mention. Harry travels all the way from Cambridge every week just for the sake of a few hours in our company.

Someone, Chris Miller, I think, asked that we should appoint a 'note—taker' at these gatherings to let you all know what goes on. Apart from the fact that none of us can do shorthand it would mean that whoever volunteered for the job would be too busy taking notes to join in the talk, and do we TALK! Mostly about SF, but I have heard politics and religion come under discussion as well as films seen and liked or disliked; we swap magazines or buy and sell them if new. Quite often if any of your publications are ready for the duplicator they are run off with the willing assistance of those present. More recently plans have been discussed for attending the Convention at Easter and, of course. we drink lots of tea and coffee. Usually we break up around 11.15 pm. We never know who will turn up unexpectedly nor yet where the conversation will turn, but of one thing wo can be sure, it's always interesting.

- VECTOR #11 (Spring 1961)

SKYRACK 33 (14 Jun 61):

Last summer Ella Parker, leading light of London fandom, editor of ORION and at that time Secretary of the BSFA and Chairman of the SFCoL, surprised her many visitors by coming up with a workable scheme for attending the 1961 World Convention to be held in Seattle this coming September. This scheme was: “save like mad.” Ella has saved and saved and insisted from the start that the scheme should be kept secret, so that she would not be dependent on fannish charity and so that she could take the CRY Gang, in particular Wally Weber, by surprise. Ella will be flying to the West Coast and the news is no longer DNQ as an announcement was made at the LXIcon. Anyone willing/wishing to contribute to the Parker Pond Fund should contact Don Ford, Betty Kujawa (addresses inside) or Ted Forsyth, 11 Ferndale Road, London SW 4. Ella looks forward to meeting in person the many Stateside friends she has made through fandom and we in British fandom envy them their chance to seattle back and enjoy Ella’s company on such an enterprising trip.

Big SFCoL party May 6/7 at Bruce Burn’s. Among guests were Brian and Frances Varley, married at Easter. SFCoL new members Ian & Betty Peters both Scots. Scots now number *seven* in the Club. The Scottish Fan Club of London says Jimmy Groves....

SKYRACK #34 (July 1961)

ELLA PARKER notes that the SFCoL has another camera-bug, Al Hoch, a fan from Philadelphia, over here for a year....


Yes, I've decided to swell the ranks of' London fandom, and protect the-good name of ENGLISH London Fandom,and all that jazz. So when you get this issue of HUNGRY I won't be at the old address in Irlam, I'll be moved in with fellow antiscot Bruce Burn at the flat at-36, WARRINGTON CRESCENT, LONDON W.9. I've been thinking a lot about moving down to The Smoke, but very inactive thinking it was. But recent events have decided me. I cannot let The Side Down' When Joe Patrizio moved down to London, and I became aware of Parkers' Blood, my true heart of oak stirred within me. Trumpets shrilled their call to war, to defend The Cause, to Fight Back , and to Keep The Flag Flying! The flat would become a place of siege, with piles of tattered Atom Anthologies and Orions on the threshold.

But mainly, it's nearer to Maidstone than Manchester.

- Alan Rispin, HUNGRY #4 (July 1961, ed.Rispin)