In Gislingham, there has been much discussion and comment on the future
of The Six Bells Pub. This month we bring you an update on the latest developments on pages 4 & 5.
As we rapidly approach the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend, we reveal some of the plans for the event in Thornham on page 13 and Gislingham on pages 16 and 17, including details of the Children’s Fancy Dress competition at the Gislingham event.
This issue marks the 12th anniversary of this publication. I would like to thank the members of our publishing team, (past and present) who, regardless of their personal circumstances, have given up so much of their free time to help establish and publish this magazine over the years.
When we started in 2010, the magazine was just 32 pages, was printed entirely in black and white and was published just six times a year. There was no room to advertise local events or promote local clubs, organisations, or charities etc.
Over the years, as we generated more advertising revenue, we have been able to publish a 56 page magazine 11 times a year with a full colour centre spread. We are now delighted to be able to promote local events, clubs, organisations etc., free of charge and, in this issue alone, we are helping to promote 16 different events and approx. 20 different local groups.
However, this is all dependent on us having the revenue each year to continue to keep the colour and this number of pages. So, please don’t take what has become the norm over the past few years, as a “given”! – it is, once again, the time of year when we wait eagerly for our local businesses to renew their Messenger advertising subscriptions for another year, thereby allowing us to make the decisions on what can and can’t be included in the magazine going forward.
We want to continue providing a magazine that offers local information, supports local events, celebrates the achievements of local people and encourages the community spirit that we have in the area. We hope that the magazine meets the expectations of the residents and any suggestions and feedback are gratefully received.
Finally, I want to give a “shout out” to the Junior Road Safety Officers at Gislingham Primary School. Thank you for your email and appreciation! It makes our efforts worthwhile!
Until next month!