Following a local initiative for villages to produce their own newsletter/magazine and with the blessing of the Parish Council, the Berrynarbor Newsletter was launched in August 1989.
The first issues of this bi-monthly A5 booklet publication contained 20 pages produced with stencils and an erratic and inky duplicator, the 300 copies being collated and stapled by hand. Over the years it has increased in size to a usual 48 pages, with colour, photographs and original illustrations. It is now produced on a laser printer, collated and stapled by a local printing service.
Not only does it contain news of local interest, forthcoming events and reports of events past, but articles on the village history and topics of general interest, together with a crossword to keep the puzzlers happy! Over the years, many of these articles have been illustrated by the four willing local artists who have enhanced it from the very beginning, one of whom, Paul Swailes, is its Artist in Residence. Only by the wonderful support of the contributors, especially the regular ones and the many readers, does it continue in such a healthy way nearly 30 years later.
A ‘freebie’ publication, it is not only financed by a continued generous grant from the Parish Council but by donations from the Parochial Church Council and readers themselves, some 100 of whom receive it by post for which they pay an annual subscription. Advertising, the policy for which is to keep it to a minimum and for local businesses only, and the occasional fund-raising event also help boost the coffers.
For some years, the Newsletter has had its own website – www.berrynarbor-news.co.uk – on which can be seen the latest issue and past issues dating back to 2004 – a good read! Although not shown in its entirety, many of the photographs, etc. can be seen more clearly on the website, so it is always worth taking a look. Full copies are always available from the Editor on request. It is viewed all over the world, including Europe, North America, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, China, Russia and Malaysia, but it has yet to find its way to hits from South America.
Published in February, April, June, August, October and December, items of interest and articles are always very welcome and should be received before the tenth of the preceding month, either at the Village Shop or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. or to email@example.com.
Normally available on the Thursday nearest the first of the appropriate month, it may be collected from the Berrynarbor Village Shop, The Globe, The Sawmill Inn or delivered with the newspapers from the newsagent in Combe Martin.
Judie Weedon – Editor