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Market Harborough


A Branch newsletter was launched on a trial basis in June, 1996 and named In Touch. Its primary purpose was to keep those members who were unable to attend meetings in touch with what was happening in the Branch. It was published in alternate months until March 2001 since when it appears each month. From its early days it contained short articles of general interest and became a mini magazine. Its format is convenient in size and visually attractive and it is printed on good quality paper. Circulation was initially to our members only but copies are now sent to County Office, local RBL, RNA & RAFA branches and a few interested individuals.

In Touch Issue 1 In Touch Too Issue 1 In Touch Issue 137

In August 1997 to bridge the 2 months gap between issues, a second publication was started, In Touch, Too. This was a simple single A4 sheet of news, announcements and a Diary of forthcoming social and other events. It was discontinued when In Touch became a monthly publication.

An important aspect of our newsletters is that as far as practicable they are delivered by hand by a team of volunteers who ensure that even those who do not get to meetings do see another branch member occasionally. These calls can provide a valuable link to the branch Welfare Team.

An on-line version was launched in March 2002 as a web-site.  Each issue was retained and the earlier ones added to create an archive of several hundred pages covering Issues 1 to 140 during the fourteen years to June 2010. The site is still accessible but from Issue 138 March 2010, when a new A5 format for the paper version was introduced, In Touch can be viewed on this site.

In September 2002, a selection of articles and stories, mainly written by Branch members, from the first six years of the newsletter, was complied as a book entitled "Memories are Made of This". It was in A5 paper-back format, of 188 pages and was edited, printed, bound and published by  two members  of the Branch as limited edition work to raise funds for the Poppy Appeal.

Memories are Made of This