Dear VJ readers.
Welcome to our 300th Edition of the Village Journal. Since its conception in 1987 the Village Journal has been a constant and reliable source of information, providing links and promoting a sense of community to those living and working in the local area. After 27 years we are still, as they say; ‘alive and kicking’.
Working for a grassroots publication like The Village Journal is never an easy job. There is never enough time or money, so it goes without saying it has its ups and downs and fair share of frustrations but above all it is a richly rewarding experience. As we look toward the future at the VJ I would like to take this opportunity to look briefly to the past and to take a few moments to thank a few people. I don’t want to start naming everyone because not only would I be here all day but undoubtedly I would still have forgotten someone. Many people have made The Village Journal what it is. Firstly we owe a huge debt of gratitude to all those people who have written articles over the years, to those who have snapped and sent photos, to those who have donated and those who got stuck in getting their hands dirty. You know who you are - I’m talking about previous editors, volunteers and staff.
Let us not forget all those RCI members’ former and present including our esteemed President Joan Davies and her husband Alan, for doing all the ‘behind the scene work’ and the less glamorous aspects of The VJ such as keeping the t’s crossed and i’s dotted and checks signed.
Of course – our huge heartfelt thanks has to go to Garth and Lydia Kindred, a formidable force of a couple. Lydia in particular has been the ‘fairy Godmother’ of the Village Journal for many moons and hopefully many more.
From all of the Editors I say; your involvement and generosity is so very much appreciated and if it wasn’t for your input and effort we wouldn’t be here today.
So thank you and I hope you will all enjoy the 300th Edition of The Village Journal.