Following a local initiative for villages to provide their own newsletter/mgazine and with the support of the Parish Council, the Berrynarbor Newsletter was launched in August 1989.
The first issues of this bi-monthly, A4 publication contained 20 pages produced with stencils and an erratic and inky duplicator. The 300 copies produced were 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 commercially 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. Many of these articles are illustrated by the four willing local artists who have enhanced it since its start. Only by the wonderful support of the contributors, especially the regular ones and the many readers, does it continue to thrive 25 years later.
The publication is presently financed by a grant from the Parish Council, a generous donation from the Parochial Church Council and readers themselves, some 100 of whom receive it by post for which they pay an annual subscription to cover postage costs. Advertising, which is kept to a minimum and for local businesses only,and some occasional fundraising events,also help boost the coffers.
The Newsletter has for some years had its own website – www.berrynarbor-news.co.uk – on which can be seen the latest issue and a number of past issues. Although not shown in its entirety, many of the photographs, etc. can be seen more clearly so it is always worth taking a look. Full copies are always available from the Editor on request or from the Community Shop. It is widely viewed on line, including in Europe, North America, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia, but it has yet to receive hits from South America.
Published in February, April, June, August, October and December, items and articles of interest are always very welcome and should be received before the end of the first week of the preceding month, either at the Community Shop or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Judie Weedon – Editor
The cover of the April 2013 issue by Debbie Cook and an illustration for a Local Walk by Paul Swailes