Letter from the Editor

Dear Cousins,

Welcome to our 27th year of Blencowe Families' Association newsletter production.

One wonders how many other families have such an association with a newsletter going to so many different countries. Although our membership numbers wane in some countries from time to time, the overall number continues to grow. A healthy trend is the small but ever increasing number of young people joining up. Blencow Village and Marston St Lawrence pub now have a continual steam of backpackers joining the international, more senior family travellers to these iconic seats of the family.

It has been refreshing to receive articles for this newsletter from members who do not regularly contribute. As I rely heavily on our regular contributors, having others sending in articles makes the job of producing the newsletter easier on all of us.

Being the Queen's Sixtieth Jubilee year and the London Olympic Games, this will be a huge year for Britain no doubt bringing even more Blencowes to the UK looking for their family origins. The Olympic theme begins in this newsletter with articles on former Olympians and ones who will hopefully compete in London. I have not included Adrian Blincoe of New Zealand or Claire Blencowe of England. Both are former Olympians but as yet I'm not sure if they fit the Olympic hopeful category. Perhaps readers can update me on their status for the May newsletter.

Please keep the comments, requests and articles coming in. More varied articles result in a more interesting newsletter.

Anne Burton
February 2012
editor @ blencowefamilies.com