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What's New?


[14 November 2017]



One new entry in Letters (details of Cranedale Microscopy Weekend in August 2018 - please note that deposits are to be in by early December).



[9 October 2017]



Many of you will have already heard the sad news of Les Larkman's death. He was a long-standing member and committee member, courteous and always ready to help anyone.We will miss his friendly presence.
For those of you wishing to attend his funeral it is at 12:30 on Thursday 19th October at Kettering Crematorium and afterwards at the Trading Post which is right next to the Crematorium, with car parking on site. The post code of the Crematorium is NN16 8XE.




[2 October 2017]



The Balsam Post cumulative index (in 'Library') has been updated. there is a new Related Site link to 'Mo's Corner'. Mo (Maurice) Vaughan intends to cover various topics of interest, starting with diatoms.



[15 April 2017]



One entry in Letters (Mo Vaughan query on holly leaf deposits). One entry in Springtails/Correspondence (Mo Vaughan springtail pictures).



[22 February 2017]



Wants items (Zeiss condenser/Olympus condenser and wave plates).



[14 January 2017]



A belated Happy New Year to all. One new Wants items (Leitz objectives).



[3 November 2016]



Two new Wants items (electric hotplate and hand operated cenrifuge).



[14 October 2016]



The Balsam Post Cumulative Index has been updated (find it under 'Library').



[13 June 2016]



A new microscope club monthly meeting has been set up near Oaksey in Wiltshire with the first meeting on 7th June - for details go to the Club Meetings page.



[24 May 2016]



Update of one e-mail address in Address Book (Dr Guido Santacana).



[28 April 2016]



One new Wants item (Vickers M17 objective).



[28 February 2016]



One addition to Address Book (Robert Ratford).



[10 January 2016]



A Happy New Year to all. The Balsam Post index has been updated - see under 'Library'.



[22 October 2015]



The Balsam Post index has been updated - see under 'Library'.



[23 August 2015]



Mo Vaughan has taken over the PMS library books from John Garret. There is a new entry in the Related Sites section ( Levenhuk biological microscopes) and the Club Meetings section has been updated. For those who would like to study Springtails there is an inexpensive illustrated AIDGAP key to the families of British Springtails (Collembola) which can be obtained from the Field Studies Council.


[19 May 2015]



The Balsam Post index has been updated - see under 'Library'.



[29 April 2015]



One renewed entry in the Wants section (electric 'Hot Plate').



[4 February 2015]


One new Sales item (Zeiss Axioskop).



[27 January 2015]


A belated Happy New Year to everyone.

Alan Wood, the Queckett's web-master, has put onto the Internet a film on the subject of Rhizopods. The film was produced by Keith Brocklehurst and Alan has kindly provided the film link, which can be found at the end of the list on the Related Sites page.



[24 November 2014]


One new Wants item (Orthoplan drawing tube).



[19 October 2014]


One new Wants item (Beck microscope parts).



[15 October 2014]


The 'What is the PMS?' page has been updated (thanks Jeremy).



[7 October 2014]


One new entry in the Wants section (samples of fossil forams, etc).



[2 October 2014]


The Club Meetings section has been updated, in particular the SatNav post code has been provided for the Poole in Wharfdale meeting.



[7 September 2014]


One new entry in the Sales section (Prior microscope with 4 objectives).



[26 August 2014]


The Library list has been updated.



[18 July 2014]


One new entry in the Wants section (cabinets, slides and microscope illuminators).



[28 June 2014]


The PMS library list has been updated.



[26 May 2014]


One new entry in Related Sites section (Kernow Microscopical Society - a new web site).



[11 May 2014]



One new entry in the Wants section (electric 'Hot Plate').



[14 April 2014]



One new entry in Club Meetings (Northampton Natural History Society Annual Exhibition of Microscopy).



[5 April 2014]



One new Sales item (MBS-1 stereo kit).



[15 March 2014]



There is a price reduction on Sales item Zeiss Ultraphot 2.



[5 March 2014]



The Club Meetings section has one new entry (second Keith Brocklehurst Memorial meeting at Lockington village hall).



[27 February 2014]



The sad news is that Ernie Ives passed away on the 26th of February. He was one of the 'real characters' of the Society and was active for many years, running courses on slide mounting and editing Balsam Post. We shall all miss him greatly.



[25 January 2014]



The Club Meetings section has been updated.



[22 January 2014]



There is one new Sales item (Zeiss Ultraphot 2 with various accessories).



[13 January 2014]


A Happy New Year to all.

There is one new addition to the Sales and Wants page under Useful Addresses (a company supplying retro-fit LED units for vintage microscope lighting).



[9 December 2013]


The Balsam Post Cumulative Index on the Library Page has been updated to issue 102.



[30 October 2013]


There is one new entry in the Letters section (request to members for images relevant to the natural history of the central Welsh Marches).



[2 October 2013]


The Balsam Post Cumulative Index on the Library Page has been updated to issue 101.



[20 August 2013]


In the Letters section there is a note from the PMS Treasurer giving details of the generous grant from the Quekett Microscopical Club to the PMS.



[12 August 2013]


The Club Meetings section has been updated, including details of the Pool in Wharfedale meeting, which were missed from Balsam Post.



[3 June 2013]


The Balsam Post Cumulative Index on the Library Page has been updated to issue 100.



[3 April 2013]


The Balsam Post Cumulative Index on the Library Page has been updated to issue 99.



[29 March 2013]


A Happy Easter to all. One new entry in Sales (Lomo Bimam R-13 microscope and accessories) and one new Related Sites entry (PTR Optics Ltd).



[7 March 2013]


One new entry in the Letters section (information wanted on Gillett & Sibert Conference microscope).



[28 January 2013]


Jeremy Poole's web site link in the Related Sites section has been updated.



[13 November 2012]


One new entry in Related Sites section (Leeds Microscopical Society - a new web site). The Club Meetings section has been updated (please note latest details on Ernie's Practical Microscopy courses and also change of venue for the 2013 PMS AGM).



[5 October 2012]


One new Sales entry (10 microscopes and associated items).



[20 September 2012]


The Balsam Post Cumulative Index on the Library Page has been updated to issue 97.



[8 August 2012]


One new Sales entry (several microscopes and slides).



[16 July 2012]


One new Sales entry (Bresser MPO-401 microscope and misc items).



[30 May 2012]


One new entry in the Address Book (Brian Darnton).



[28 May 2012]


The Balsam Post Cumulative Index on the Library Page has been updated to issue 96.



[13 April 2012]


One new link in Related Sites (microscope accessories, manuals, etc.).



[3 April 2012]


One new item in Sales (CZ Jeneval microscope with video camera).



[2 March 2012]


The Library list has been updated and is now a single .pdf file.



[24 January 2012]


A belated Happy New Year. The only activity is an update to the Club Meetings section.



[2 November 2011]


Announcement of the death of Keith Brocklehurst. Sadly Keith died on the 9th of October 2011, aged 88. He was a very keen microscopist and knowledgeable zoologist, who was always eager to assist those wishing to extend their knowledge and yet was never too proud to learn new ideas and techniques from others. Keith always supported PMS activities and for some years was on the PMS committee, first as membership secretary then as 'Anchor Man'.He enthusiastically took part in Field Study Centre weekends, contributed some 20 articles to Balsam Post and was involved in many presentations at PMS meetings. His interest in springtails led him to discover 2 species new to the UK. A full obituary will appear in the January 2012 issue of Balsam Post.



[19 October 2011]


The Related Sites section has a new link (Maurice Vaughan's pollen photographs).



[10 September 2011]


The Library section now contains a link to the Balsam Post cumulative index for issues 1 to 93.



[4 September 2011]


One new Wants item (old slides especially parasites).



[14 April 2011]


One new Sales item (book on British coastal algae).



[22 March 2011]


One new Wants item (information on old microscope). Four new entries in Balsam Post Colour Supplement (issue 91).



[2 February 2011]


One new Wants item (info on Vickers M41 microscope image-splitting/shear unit) new Sales items (P13 bino mic/Leitz/leica mic lamp beam splitter/Zeiss mic projection lens assembly). For those interested in springtails (collembola) visit the Springtails section of the web site to see recent changes including a new technique for filming insects.



[16 January 2011]


One new entry in Balsam Post Colour Supplement (issue 90 pp 3 to 10).



[4 December 2010]


One new letter (this provides a link to a free web site allowing anyone to create an on-line book - an example is given. If any member wishes to use this facility to display microscopy-related pictures, etc. then I will be happy to add a link from the PMS web site). Some letters have been removed as they contain time-expired information.




[3 December 2010]


Savona Books catalogue delivery has been held up by the weather but issue 62 can now be downloaded




[4 November 2010]


Two new Sales entries (Reichert Zetopan microscope/several microscopes+objectives+slides).



[14 October 2010]


One new Wants item (Vickers M17 attachments/ prepared slides for fluorescence).



[4 October 2010]


One new Sales item (3 microscopes - trinocular, monocular, and steroscopic).



[22 September 2010]


Two new entries in Balsam Post Colour Supplement (issue 89 pp 2 to 10/ issue 89 pp 16 to 18).



[19 September 2010]


Two new Sales items (Olympus stereo/Swift M3200).



[5 September 2010]


Update of the Club Meetings page (including date of 2011 PMS AGM).



[3 September 2010]


New Sales items (Vickers M41 mic).



[26 July 2010]


New Sales items (Swift pol mic/CTS mic).



[30 June 2010]


One new entry in Balsam Post Colour Supplement (issue 88 pp 3 to 11).



[25 May 2010]


One new entry in the Wants section (trinocular head).



[19 April 2010]


Two new entries in Balsam Post Colour Supplement (issue 83 cover and issue 87 cover and pp 32 to 33).
There is one new item in the Wants section (please help identify this microscope - it also needs a replacement eyepiece).



[9 April 2010]


A new entry in Balsam Post Colour Supplement (issue 84 pp 24 to 30).

Note: some photos may be too big to fit on your monitor screen. Most browsers now allow you to zoom the screen in/out using Ctrl+/Ctrl- and to return to the default screen using Ctrl0 (i.e. Ctrl zero).



[8 April 2010]


The site navigation has been modified to make it easier to locate 'Springtail Group' and 'Balsam Post Colour Supplements'.
The other items previously in 'PMS Groups' are now in 'Miscellaneous'.
For those contributing to Balsam Post, consider if any pictures in your articles would benefit from being in colour, if so then send colour versions to Ernie who will pass them on for inclusion on the web site (Brian, yours are still in the pipeline).

There is one new item in Related Sites (by reciprocal invitation from the Hamburg Microscopy web site) this site has articles (in English) on techniques and also has many fine photos/videos including some SEM photos.

There is one addition to the Address Book (Ant Astley).

I've had a complaint from one visitor to the web site that there is too much scrolling needed to access the top or bottom navigation bars - the trick is to use your keyboard 'Home' or 'End' keys.



[7 March 2010]


The library lists have been updated.



[25 February 2010]


New Sales items (microtome/centrifuge) and in the Library section 3 new books for loan and a request for a replacement for a lost book.



[25 January 2010]


One new Wants item (bino/trino head for Olympus KHC microscope).



[15 January 2010]


The Club Meetings section has been updated.



[9 January 2010]


A Happy New Year to All. One new Wants item (hemocytometer). Two new Sales items (Zeiss camera and control unit/Zeiss macro stand). One new Letter (asking for advice on diatom slides).



[12 December 2009]


Sadly one of our members, Bill Ells has died. He was very interested in studying freshwater microorganisms, especially desmids. His grandson Richard Ells has written to suggest that members who knew him might want to add their thoughts and memories to Bill's web site. For more details see Richard's letter in the Letters section.



[4 September 2009]


One new Wants item (good quality stereo).



[22 August 2009]


One new Wants item (Vickers M41 accessory).



[13 July 2009]


One new Wants item (Wild eyepiece/tube).



[14 March 2009]


One new Sales item (Olympus CX21 microscope).



[5 February 2009]


The Club Meetings section has been updated.



[28 January 2009]


The Library section has been updated.



[3 January 2009]


For the coloured version of Carel Sartory's 'Cool Pixels (7)' article go to PMS Groups/Balsam Post Colour Supplement and select the appropriate link.



[2 January 2009]


A message from John Birds:-
Would the member, or anyone who knows of a member, who forgot some items left on the stage at the last Poole-in-Wharfedale meeting, please contact me by e-mail or telephone on 01246-415602. This would be to arrange collection of the items at any of the forthcoming meetings in 2009.

Also there is a new Sales entry (Leica stereo/ Schott light/ Olympus CX31).



[1 January 2009]


A very happy New Year to all. For Balsam Post readers expecting to see the coloured version of Carel Sartory's 'Cool Pixels (7)' article there will be a short delay due to an extended Christmas break.



[9 November 2008]


One new Sales item (B&L antique microscope).



[4 November 2008]


One new entry in Wants (Vickers M74 manual) and one new entry in Letters (Sproughton meeting).



[26 October 2008]


One new entry in PMS Groups/Balsam Post Colour Supplement (Issue 81, articles on p 22 and p44).



[8 October 2008]


One new entry in Wants (aquarium microscope).



[28 August 2008]


One new entry in Related Sites (antique microscope slides).



[7 May 2008]


One new Wants item (glass test tubes/phials).



[28 April 2008]


One new Wants item (power supply for 6v 30W microscope lamp).



[19 April 2008]


One new addition to PMS Groups/Balsam Post Colour Supplements (Brian Singleton's 'Plumbing the Depths' from issue 79).



[11 April 2008]


The Club Meetings page has been (belatedly) updated from last year. Thanks to John Garrett for the prod.



[10 April 2008]


Carel Sartory's pictures are now under PMS Groups/Balsam Post Colour Supplements/BP Issue 79.



[7 April 2008]


For those members who have received their copies of Balsam Post and are expecting to see coloured versions of some of Carel Sartory's pictures in Cool Pixels (6) on this website; you will need a little more patience, as I have been away for a bit.



[20 March 2008]


In the Useful Addresses section of Sales and Wants there is an update of information (Gx Microscopes - new web site + new independent E-bay site + offer for members to purchase leftover equipment for nominal sums). There is also one new Sales item (Nikon E200 microscope).



[5 March 2008]


One new Wants item (Microscope lamp).



[25 February 2008]


One new Wants item (Vickers M75 manual,etc.).



[19 February 2008]


One new Sales item (Leitz Orthoplan microscope).



[30 January 2008]


One new Wants item (Phase contrast objectives for Baker Series 4).



[7 January 2008]


One new Wants item (Beck's catalogue/Diamax micros - borrow or photocopy of).



[18 December 2007]


One new Related Sites link (GeckoOptical - a microscopists resource site).



[19 November 2007]


One new Wants item (stereo microscope and light source).



[6 November 2007]


One new Sales item (Biolam microscope c/w accessories) and two new Wants items (England Finder and quartz wedge).



[25 October 2007]


One new Wants item (Neofluar objective) and one new Related Site (diatoms).



[13 October 2007]


One new Wants item (Vickers 5-way objective turret).



[25 September 2007]


For those interested in the Springtails section of PMS Groups there is a new entry in Correspondence showing a short video of a springtail new to the UK list.



[17 September 2007]


There is just one new Wants item (part for Olympus BH2 microscope).



[17 August 2007]


There is just one new Sales item (Brunel Student Compound Microscope).



[26 July 2007]


Apologies to readers of Balsam Post expecting to see coloured versions of recent BP articles on this site. These will appear eventually - watch this space!



[4 May 2007]


There is just one new Sales item (Reichert wooden case) and an update of supplier contact details ( Brunel - see under Sales and Wants/Useful Addresses/New Entries).



[14 April 2007]


There is just one new Sales item (Nikon SMZ800 Stereo Zoom Microscope).



[21 March 2007]


There is one new entry in Related Sites (Zeiss Standard Microscopes - in German).



[13 March 2007]


There is a change to suggested price for latest Sales item (Leitz Orthoplan Research Trinocular Microscope).



[7 March 2007]


There is one new Letter (Moulds, Mildews and Microfungi course details) and one new Sales item (Leitz Orthoplan Research Trinocular Microscope). In PMS Groups/Springtail Group/Correspondence Keith Brocklehurst gives a preliminary notice of a new UK springtail.



[24 February 2007]


The Club Meetings section has been updated.



[8 January 2007]


There is just one new Wants item (Beck Diamax condenser).



[3 December 2006]


There is just one new entry in Related Sites (Scopes and Optics - includes microscopes).



[14 November 2006]


There are three new Sales entries (Aus Jena microscope/cover glasses/Olympus mechanical stage).



[14 September 2006]


There is one new Sales entry (Wedmore microscope) and one new Wants item (wooden slide boxes).



[18 August 2006]


There is one new Sales entry (Vickers M41/ Russian Biolam/ CTS).



[4 August 2006]


There is one new Sales item (Leitz Aristophot kit).



[14 July 2006]


There is one new Sales items (Swift FM31 field microscope).



[8 June 2006]


There is one new Sales items (CTS monocular) and one new entry in Useful Addresses, under Sales and Wants (chemical supply company).



[17 May 2006]


There are two new Sales items (Books - mycology, etc./microscopy tools & materials). Please note that this web site has been moved to a different server - please advise the web master if you discover any broken links.



[10 May 2006]


There is one new entry in Club Meetings (Leeds Microscopical Society).



[10 May 2006]


There is one new entry in Club Meetings (Leeds Microscopical Society).



[8 May 2006]


There is just one Wants item (Watson Service microscope or similar).



[25 April 2006]


In Related Sites there is one new link (Olympus Microscopy Resource Centre). There is one new Wants item (Nikon H or H phase microscope).



[28 March 2006]


Just one new Sales item (Cambridge Rocking microtome).



[13 March 2006]


In Related Sites there are two new links (microscope manuals/images through the microscope). There is one new Wants item (Leitz catalogue) and in Club Meetings more details are given of the PMS 2006 AGM.



[15 February 2006]


In Related Sites there is a new link provided by Patrick Strange (freshwater diatom key) and one new entry in Meetings (Reading Convention 2006). There is also one change of e-mail address (Harry Taylor).



[24 January 2006]


There is one new Sales Item (3 slides of photomicrographs - this item has appeared in the Jan 2006 Balsam Post on page 43).



[10 January 2006]


There is one new Wants item (Watson Service condenser). Patrick Strange has provided a new Related Sites link (AO and Spencer microscopes info).



[1 December 2005]


There is one new Sales item (Nippon Kogaku Model H field microscope - auction finishes 5 December).



[13 November 2005]


There is one new Sales items (Beck 'Popular' microscope circa 1865). In the PMS Web Directory (see entry below for 12 October) there are two more links courtesy of Patrick Strange (ADIAC diatom database/West&West's desmids).



[6 November 2005]


There are two new Sales items (Olympus BH micro (incident)/Winchester SP 50 micro) and one new Wants item (Zeiss Ultraphot II micro).



[12 October 2005]


A new resource has been added to the PMS Groups section entitled "The PMS Web Directory" (compiled by Steve Gill). It gives easy access to an array of web sites on microscopy related topics - do explore it.



[11 October 2005]


Late Change of meeting date. In the Club Meetings section the PMS Pool meeting date has been changed from 15 October to 22 October 2005.



[4 October 2005]


In the Contacting Us section details of our new Editor have been added. Many thanks for the good work carried out by Steve and good wishes to Ernie - may he have many articles submitted.



[3 October 2005]


There is one new Sales item (Biolam microscope+accessories/Lomo drawing-projection attachment) and one new Wants item ( Zeiss DIC sliders).



[16 September 2005]


Address Book has one new entry (Tony Whyte) and there are two new Wants items (phase objectives + condenser/Bracegirdle book).



[3 September 2005]


There is just one new Sales item (CTS compound microscope).



[3 August 2005]


There is one new Sales item (Reichert Biovar/Bausch & Lomb Academic microscope) and two new Wants items (Hund Wetzlar H500 accessories/second hand petrological microscope).



[10 July 2005]


There are two new Sales items (Ultraphot III + accessories/Nikon model H) and one new Wants item (polarising microscope) also the Sales and Wants section has been purged of out of date entries.



[29 June 2005]


The membership fees shown in What is the PMS? section have been corrected and the membership application form - accessed via the Contacting Us section - has been updated.



[24 May 2005]


There is one new Sales item (Watson Service monocular) and one new entry in Club Meetings (PMS AGM for 2006).



[22 April 2005]


There are two new Wants entries (microtome/X2 objective/37-45mm objective converter). For those interested in Springtails (under PMS Groups) there is a new letter (about an interesting experiment with springtails) and a new section (Photo Gallery). A reminder of the Lutterworth AGM on May 14 (details in Club Meetings) if you require a table or are prepared to give a talk please contact  Mick Chaplin. Visitors are welcome.



[30 March 2005]


There are two new Sales items (CTS petro mic/free microtome knives) and one updated e-mail address in Address Book (John Marshall).



[10 March 2005]


There are one changed item in Address Book (Tom Moore - free slide labelling program) two new entries in Club Meetings (Belstead House 2006 course dates) and one new item in Letters (Keith Brocklehurst - blue light/UV LED fluoresence microscopy).



[17 February 2005]


There is one changed item in Sales (PMS ex-NBS stock).



[3 February 2005]


The PMS Diary of Events 2005 is now accessible through the Club Meetings section (the diary is a mine of information about various UK Microscopy/Natural History clubs and their meetings information).
Also in Club Meetings there are details of the 2005 Malham Tarn weekend.
Accessible through the PMS Groups/Digital Imaging Group are details of the Syncroscopy/Auto-Montage 2005 Calendar competition which one of our members entered.
There is an updated e-mail address in Address Book (Harry Taylor).
In Sales there is an updated item (PMS ex-NBS stock).



[22 January 2005]


The new PMS subscription rates, shown in the "What is the PMS?" section, have been corrected and updated. Apologies for any confusion to members/potential members.



[16 January 2005]


The new PMS subscription rates, shown in the "What is the PMS?" section, have been updated.



[5 January 2005]

A Happy New Year to all members and visitors.
One new entry in Club Meetings (Leeds MS June meeting) and one new Sales item (botanical slides).



[21 December 2004]

A Happy Christmas to all members and visitors.
Two new Sales items (Vickers photoplan microscope with Normaski/Olympus Type E microscope).



[7 December 2004]

One new Wants item (Pathology/parasitology/general interest slides) and some Wants items have been removed.



[22 November 2004]

One new Sales item (microtome knife sharpener - giveaway item) and two Wants items (CTS M6000 eyepieces/Nikon H or HP microscope). The Club Meetings section has been updated.



[31 October 2004]

Two new Sales items (Zeiss light sources/Leitz florescent microscope) and one Letter to all 'on-circuit' members (postage problems).



[14 October 2004]

One new Sales item (eyepieces and lenses var).



[30 September 2004]

One new Sales item (CTS microscope) and one new Wants item (Olympus BH vertical illuminator).



[8 September 2004]

One new Sales item (Winchester SP50 microscope) and two new Wants items (fluorescent microscope/Camedia D-340R manual).



[13 August 2004]

Two new Sales items (Wedmore & CTS microscopes/Otto Teichgraber microscope) and one new letter (praise for Sales and Wants plus offer of help).



[26 July 2004]

Just one new item in the Useful Addresses section of Sales and Wants (commercially prepared microscope slides).



[20 July 2004]

Two new Wants items (Holophot/Panphot and Emoscop).



[14 July 2004]

One new Sales item (Vickers Photoplan microscope) one new Wants item (bulb for Leitz microscope) and two new entries in the Club Meetings section (Eastern Counties Study Group and PMS 2005 AGM).



[28 June 2004]

One new Sales item (C Baker microscope) and some Sales items have been removed (Olympus KHC microscope and phase optics set).



[6 June 2004]

One new Wants item (phase condenser).



[25 May 2004]

There is just one Letter (postal charges for circuit boxes - all those on circuit should read this).



[24 May 2004]

There is just one new Sales item (Zeiss Student binocular microscope).



[13 May 2004]

There is one new letter (Bob Town/GX Microscopes - concessions for PMS members) one new useful address in the Sales and Wants section (GX Microscopes). There is also a change in one of the useful addresses (secretary of Manchester Micro Soc).



[14 April 2004]

Details of the forthcoming PMS AGM are given under Club Meetings. Two broken links have been removed from Related Sites (Loes Modderman/Robert Bloodgood). There is one new letter (mystery diatom) and one new Wants item (low power objective). One item has been removed from Sales (Harry Taylor 7/1/04) and one useful address removed from Sales and Wants (Bernard Hartley).



[31 March 2004]

Two Sales items have been added (Winchester Compound microscope & Nikon Eclipse E600 microscope) and one removed (Wedmore microscope) and one Wants item has been added (trinocular microscope). In the Club Meetings section the details of the 2004 Belstead House courses have been revised and moved to the top of the page.



[14 March 2004]

One Sales item has been removed (CTS microscope) and the Contacting Us section has been corrected (corrections shown in red under 'Secretary' - we have been able to accept on-circuit members for some time and the web site now reflects this - apologies if this has confused potential members).



[11 March 2004]

The Secretary's address has been updated in What is the PMS? There is one new entry in Address Book (Harry Roth) and there is one update in the Useful Addresses section of Sales and Wants (Manchester Micro secretary).



[2 March 2004]

One Sales item has been modified (Wedmore SP microscope 7 Sept '03). In Contacting Us, the secretary's contact details have been updated. One more item has been added to the Club Meetings section (Belstead House weekend 2005).



[19 February 2004]

There are two new Sales items (Philip Harris microscope/CTS model'1110'microscope) and one item has been removed from the Useful Address section of Sales and Wants (Light Source Supplies).



[4 February 2004]

In the Club Meetings section there is a reminder of the forthcoming Frank Rowntree meeting. In Related Sites there is a new link to the Auto Montage (Syncroscopy) web site. There is one new Sales item (Carl Zeiss microscope camera) and one new Wants item (low power Nikon objective).



[24 January 2004]

Sold items have been removed from Sales and Wants (2 books). The Amoeba Lore section in PMS Groups has been expanded considerably and will be well worth visiting, even if you have seen it previously. If you are interested in observing live material, amoebae have the definite advantage of moving slowly enough to be able to follow under the microscope, and many are transparent enough to reveal internal features and processes.



[7 January 2004]

A Happy New Year to all members and visitors. We kick off 2004 with one Sales item ( link to Harry Taylor's site for microscope items) and 2 Wants items (Nikon H parts/Zeiss flash body).



[9 December 2003]

There is one new Sales item (various microscope accessories) and one new Wants item (ocular for a Vickers M72c).



[26 November 2003]

There is one new letter (using free application to merge photomicrographs to enhance depth of focus).



[14 November 2003]

Sold items have been removed or indicated as sold in the Sales section.



[31 October 2003]

There is one new Sales item (2 books) and 1 new Wants item (oil immersion objective).



[22 October 2003]

There is one new Sales item (4 microscopes) and 2 new Wants items (pol/petro microscope/ rock sections and Heine ss phase condenser).



[24 September 2003]

There are new additions to the Contacting Us section (circuit secretaries, equipment secretary and anchor man) two new Sales items (objectives and accessories/link to PMS ex-NBS equipment sales) and the first offering in the Balsam Post colour supplement, accessed through PMS Groups (Keith Brocklehurst's Spagnetum article).



[7 September 2003]

There is one new Sales item (Wedmore SP Compound Microscope) and 2 items in the Letters section (change of a related site address and 2 new useful related sites). The Related Sites section has been updated accordingly.



[26 July 2003]

There is one addition to the Club Meeting section (combined PMS/QMC 11/03 meeting) one Wants item (Zeiss Ultraphot objectives/ Nikon Multiphot) and one change to Address Book (Derek Christie's e-mail address).



[17 July 2003]

There is one new letter (useful supplier) and the supplier (Alana Ecology) has been added to the useful addresses section of Sales and Wants.



[9 July 2003]

There are two new Wants items (objective containers and source of marine crustaceans).



[1 July 2003]

There is one new Wants item (objective for Diaphot) and two new Sales items (Reichert phase contrast kit and Olympus KHC bino). There are further additions to the Club Meetings section (entries from other clubs).



[11 June 2003]

There is one new Wants item (polarising filters for a Leitz Wetzlar microscope). We have extended the Club Meeting section to include other club meetings, in an attempt to avoid date clashes.



[31 May 2003]

Dates for two forthcoming PMS meetings are given in the Club Meetings section. There are two new items in the Wants section (CTS M7000 objectives/ Zeiss Ultrafluar objectives).



[15 May 2003]

There is just one item in the Wants section (Nikon model H microscope).



[23 April 2003]

There are two items in Letters (ordering information for remaining NBS stock - PMS members only/ information requested on a Spencer Buffalo microscope) and one item in Sales (Optoblast microscope).



[4 April 2003]

In Club Meetings a map link has been added for the Lutterworth AGM venue - don't forget to let Mick Chaplin know if you will require a table and if you wish to give a presentation. In PMS Groups, Amoeba Lore has been extended; this is a continuing exercise so Keith would appreciate feedback on this topic.



[28 February 2003]

We have two letters (where to obtain microscope bulbs?/ three suppliers of microscope materials and chemicals). The three suppliers have been added to the useful addresses section of Sales and Wants.



[5 February 2003]

Details of the Frank Rowntree meeting are given in the Club Meetings section. There is one new entry in Letters (NBS demise and sale of stock) one Sales item (various Zeiss objectives and accessories) one Wants item (Nikon model H field microscope). In the Useful Addresses section of Sales and Wants, H&E Ltd. has been removed (ceased trading) NBS has been removed and Herts Optical Service's phone number has been updated.

Note: The older entries in What's New have been relegated to a separate page, if you wish to access them use the 'Archived What's New entries' link at the bottom of this page.



[24 January 2003]

The next PMS AGM venue and date are given in the Club Meetings section and Keith Brocklehurst's 'Amoeba Lore' has been added to the PMS Groups section. Keith intends this to be an introduction to the subject and will be expanding it as time permits.



[20 January 2003]


Sad News: As many of you will already be aware, Peter Bruce has been very ill for some time.Sadly, he died on 10th January and his funeral took place on 17th January.

Those of us who visited or spoke with Peter saw how bravely and cheerfully he faced up to his illness and knew that this was characteristic of him.

He was a dedicated member of the PMS, organising and chairing meetings and, latterly, taking on the circuit secretary's job. His strong personality held the society together during a difficult period in its recent history, for which we are all grateful.

Peter was recently made an honorary member, in recognition of his services to the PMS.


Changes to the site:
We have one new Sales item (Olympus BH-2 microscope) three new Letters (sale of NBS stock, information for those on circuit and Derek Christie's web-site). Derek's web-site has been added to the Related Sites section. The Address book has one new entry (John Marshall - one of the two new circuit secretaries).

As mentioned at the last update, a new section , PMS Groups has been added. At present this links to the existing PMS Springtail Group and has a new Ditial Imaging section and a Fred Loxton tribute section, which has been composed by Chris Thomas. Fred has recently been made an honorary member in recognition of his ten years as editor of Balsam Post.

Note: The Related Sites section no longer uses frames to keep the PMS navigation bar always in sight (not always successful anyway, as some sites are quite possessive of your screen space) but opens a new browser window each time you visit a new related site. This means that your task bar could acquire a raft of minimised window buttons. If you wish to re-visit an opened site, including the PMS site, then click on the appropriate button.



[3 January 2003]

A Happy New Year to all members and visitors. The web-site address has been changed to a more recognisable www.postal-microscopical-society.org.uk. The present URL will, however, work for some time. We have one new Sales item (Reichert microscope) and one new Wants item (P W Squire book). Jeremy Poole's web-site address in Related Sites has been updated and a separate direct link added to his Malham section.

In the near future the "Springtail Group" navigation button will be changed to "PMS Groups". This will be a catch-all link to a new section, which will include the Springtail Group but will also give access to other groups/sections. Those currently in preparation are:

  • Balsam Post Colour Supplement - this will provide coloured versions of material appearing in Balsam Post.
  • Fred Loxton Tribute - Balsam Post front covers and contents for the period when Fred was editor - by Chris Thomas.
  • PMS Digital Imaging Group - the formation of a group interested in enhancing images from the microscope.
  • Amoeba Lore by Keith Brocklehurst.
Note on Peter Bruce still applies, also please do not return slide boxes to Peter's address, but send them instead to the librarian, Les Larkman.



[21 November 2002]

Details of the 2003 Malham Weekend are given in the Meetings section and the Wants section has two new items (Watson cabinet accessory & Baker 2008 components).
Note on Peter Bruce still applies, also please do not return slide boxes to Peter's address, but send them instead to the librarian, Les Larkman.



[23 October 2002]

Details of the 2003 Belstead course are given in the Meetings section. There is one new item in the Letters section (plankton net making). One useful address in Sales and Wants (Light Source Supplies) has been updated. Note that the phone number of Optical Instrument Services is claimed to be incorrect, does anyone have the correct number? There is one new Sales item (objectives and accessories) and a change to a Wants item (portable microscopes).
Note on Peter Bruce still applies, also please do not return slide boxes to Peter's address, but send them instead to the librarian, Les Larkman.



[5 October 2002]

The Contacting Us section has been updated. The membership form (accessed through the Contacting Us section) has been changed to remove the option for new members to go 'on circuit' for microscope slide boxes. The Club Meetings section has been updated and includes a reminder of the meeting on 12th October.
Note on Peter Bruce still applies, also please do not return slide boxes to Peter's address.



[22 September 2002]

There is one new letter (Derek Christie - 3 diatom photomicrographs) and 'expired' letters have been removed. The library list has been made easier to use. Two new items have been added to the Wants section (Vickers bulb & holder and trinocular microscope).
Will 'Pearl' (Wants section item on 1st August '02) please contact williamallberry@hotmail.com, as he cannot get your e-mail link to work.
Note on Peter Bruce still applies, also please do not return slide boxes to Peter's address.



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