40 - Editorial
05:34PM GMT - Saturday, 28 November 2009
Contributed by: Alan Bunting
Membership of the Bunting Society continues to grow strongly. In the last six months or so we have welcomed 23 new members (see page 20). They come from all corners of the globe, from Colorado, Vermont, New Jersey and Massachusetts in the USA and from New South Wales in Australia. New UK members come from places as far apart as Aberdeen and Wimborne, Dorset.
Membership numbers were, at the last count, up to 527, though that total includes many who are no longer with us or who have relinquished their membership for whatever reason. We like to think that none of those reasons can be based on cost. Subscriptions to the society remain modest
- £4.00 annually for an individual in the UK, or £5.00 for a family. For those outside the UK, those amounts are £6.00 and £7.00 respectively.
We should add perhaps that the PayPal facility, which has simplified subscription payments from outside the UK, has played its part in encouraging Buntings from farther afield to join the society.
Of more significance in stimulating interest has been the added content of the society's website: www.buntingsociety.org.uk
Thanks to a prodigious amount of work and dedication by webmaster Jerry Green, the website is now of much greater help to members endeavouring to trace their family history. There are now 53 family trees relating to the surname Bunting . or its variations (eg Bunton) accessible to members on the site. Assigned to those trees are around 15,000 individuals.