Greetings all. Welcome to Autumn, my favourite time of year.
I’d like to thank Mr Matt Hill for all of his past music contributions with “Audiophile”. Matt is retiring from the VJ scene. Matt, I know your work has really been enjoyed and appreciated by your readers, so, Bravo!
But wait folks, don’t be disappointed, there’s new items coming your way this month:
You’ll notice that we now have “sections” to the Village Journal, and a “What’s Inside?” on the front page. Please contact me if you would like to make a contribution to any of these topics, or advertise in a particular section.
We have our first ‘Elders in Our Community’ article, about my friend and neighbour Georgina Whaley. I’ve discovered that’s it’s impossible to tell a life story in 700 words, so Georgina has kindly recalled just a small part of her history, for now, and it’s fascinating. Do you have someone who you’d like to write about or perhaps have them write about themselves with your encouragement? Please send it in, we want to publish at least one a month.
To accompany the Elders spot, we’re going to have a regular old-style joke section, with illustrations by Alex Mankiewicz, thanks Alex. We also have yester-year handy home hints, where we may take a moment to reflect (and maybe laugh) on the domestics of a by-gone era.
There’ll be a gluten free recipe each month to add to Llyr’s Domestic Goddess contribution, to make a page of yummy eats, as well as a cocktail recipe for those who occasionally like to imbibe.
We have a new music Guru, I’m very happy to be able to report that Vince Lovegrove will be sharing his vast knowledge of music, as well as entertainment in our area. Thanks Vince.
We’re going to have a regular gardening section, including what to do in the garden each month (apart from weeding), thanks to Tas and Barry of Clunes Nursery.
And our schools are back with reports on how our little darlings are progressing.
For those who like a brain tease, there’ll be a regular crossword to solve.
I’ve also added a small piece called “Moss’s Happy Place”, where we learn what makes our readers happy; it’s about the simple things in life. There’s a new piece called “VJ’s Free Plug”, where you get to say something positive about a service, creative course, or café you’ve experienced, to help promote small businesses in our area for free! Feel free to have your say.
To quote a dear but absent friend, “Is this too much?” I hope you enjoy this edition. Happy March.