What is the Newsletter?


Every year the Society publishes a newsletter, the primary purpose of which is to keep all members in touch with St Mary’s. Regular features are news of current happenings in college, details of reunion events, flash backs from the archives, and news of members.

We welcome submissions from members with news of themselves and others, private reunion events, memories of college life, poetry, songs, and anything else you think may be of interest to members if printed in the newsletter. Please send submissions to s.p.spencer@durham.ac.uk.

Traditionally, this newsletter has been delivered as a paper copy to all members, for whom we have a current address, via the postal service. However, in response to the issues of: high inflation in the price paid for printing; a growing membership, and increases in postage costs, particularly for international mail, the decision was taken to move to electronic distribution with the 2010 edition being the last to be primarily distributed as a paper copy. Previous editions can be viewed on the newsletter archive page.

We recognised that some members would be less comfortable with accessing materials online and as a result we contacted  international members in 2010 and UK members in May 2011 to inform them of the changes and afford them the opportunity to inform us of a continued preference for paper-based communications. If you did not respond to these communications, but would like postal  delivery of the newsletter and reunion notifications in the future please inform us by emailing s.p.spencer@durham.ac.uk or writing to our address on the contacts page.

Should you have any questions regarding the newsletter please contact our newsletter co-ordinator, Steven Spencer, using: s.p.spencer@durham.ac.uk.

If you do not currently receive the newsletter, but would like to, email smc.society@durham.ac.uk. It may be that you are not a member of the Society or that your address on the University system is not up to date.

Your eligibility will be checked against the University database of alumni and if you have not already paid a membership fee, you will be invoiced with the current amount, as a donation to cover administrative costs.

You will then be added to the database to receive future copies of the Newsletter.  If you are added to the database, you may also be contacted by the central University Alumni Office.

If it is discovered that you are already a member, your address will be updated on the central database to allow you to receive future copies.

If you know the University do not have your current address, you are missing out on the University publication ‘Durham First’ as well as our newsletter. Please visit http://www.dur.ac.uk/durham.first/details/ to update your details.