ADAWebsite report 2011

Last year I was unable to attend the AGM but sent in a report of where we were. Not a great deal has changed since  then We regularly get about 20 member visits a month and a dozen or so hit by guests from all over the globe. Few of these reply to any email I send, but one or two do.

I have spent the past year accumulating names for faces on the DCGS Panoramas. The state of play is as shown.

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We obtained a better scan for 1974 but it remains the worst photo of the bunch. Maybe someone will lend us a good copy at aome stage, but the coordinates I use depend on a given photo so it is no easy task to change; but not impossible. I must thank a whole host of good folk who have sent me in names; it is their efforts that give the numbers. But it is by no means finished. I have girls names given for obvious boys and vice versa. I have duplications of names; while I may expect several; John Smiths coexisting, I do not really expect multipl e Betty Gunns. 1964 has the best return at 90% which I dare say will not get greatly improved upon. You may wonder why I use coordinates so much. It allow me to be more certain that you are naming one person. Row numbers and counts areless reliable. We have two Panoramas where rows 4 and 5 more or less coalesce and divide so making it arbitrary where one row is or not. I can quickly check with a coordinate which face you are naming.

I have made too many errrors counting along rows of 90 or so. There remain errors in the listing but if people kindly check from time to time, we may get fewer errors remaining.  There will always remain some errors but corrections will always be welcomed.

It is a symptom of what I regard as a defect that I have absolutely no photos from post 1976 to display. We collect more and more photos of prefects and sports groups from the 1940s to the 1960 wh ich we try to caption with the appropriate names. These are stored in the website Gallery and I welcome naming of names there where we lack them and confirmation or correction of those we have. Indeed the website is the major storage place for all Association, DCGS and Ashcombe data records. We list all the World War victims known to us, past Head teachers, appreciations of former staff, all Bursary Awards since1995  It can and should be a place to find out things,report thingsfrom or for our Members. Mass emails tend to be regarded as spam while out Noticeboard remains free from such.

I have always tried to make access to the website as easy as possible. I prefer members to use a login with which they can see all parts. But much is visible with out a login, particularly parts where I welcome information such as names. There are several alternative ways of navigating the site, with tree and menus and options. Nothing is perfect and nothing is immutable. Feedback and opinions are welcome.

Today I have brought paper versions of data available on the website. Depending on what feedback I may get,  we may possibly produce booklets at some stage where you may be able to view these photos and tables of names at your leisure. The website is always being updated and any paper edition is frozen, but I am aware that some still find computers and website a little difficult.Please spare a moment or two to look at these records for 1936, 1947, 1953, 1964 and 1974 and tell me what you like or dislike and if you would like something produced . Maybe just one year alone or several.

If anyone has good quality photos from the past or not so long ago, do please let us know. We have absolutely no originals of the DCGS Panoramas and if anyone has a superb copy we might scan, it might prove better for any permanent print version than what we now have.