Although my husband Mark and I were born and brought up in this area (we were actually at school together), we lived away from the area for some years, moving back when we started our family. We found that a very welcome side benefit of producing the magazines was the opportunity it gave us to connect with local people, whether they be advertisers, members of community groups or readers – some of whom have become our friends. Now, I’m not suggesting to anyone that the best way to meet people is to start up a community magazine, but it did occur to me that for anyone who is new to the area, or is just looking for a new hobby or interest, we have plenty to offer on our community pages.
There is a huge variety of groups or interests to choose from here so I’d like to think there is something, literally, for everyone: from art to archery, coffee mornings to croquet or singing to public speaking, there really is a huge choice. So, if you do have some time on your hands, why not find a new interest with some like-minded people?
This month we welcome back local author David Tickner with an interesting article about the upcoming Olympics (see here), while from Terry Took we have the latest of his adventures as a North Sea pilot – this time about a storm at sea (see here). As ever, Terry’s articles make me extremely grateful that I live and work on dry land!
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by Carol Robinson