EDITORIAL 

I have had the “book-end” editorial job for the lockdown period…I edited the April edition (the last one to be printed), and we are now back in print again for September!  Although we have still been producing a monthly on-line Chimes, I hope that you will be pleased to receive a paper copy again.  
It has been such a challenging time, in so many ways, and this edition reflects that; within the village pages are many “thank you” messages to those that have offered help and support.  Emotionally I am sure that many of you have also found the last few months a struggle and on Centre Page is an article detailing the Samaritans new self-help service, providing practical help on how to cope and stay safe during these difficult times.
Times have also been challenging for our local businesses; we reached out to our advertisers to ask them how it has been for them - we have had some great comments back - please take time to read them on pages Centre Page
We have missed out on so many events this summer that we would have been looking forward to immensely.  Francine Burns, one of my fellow Editors, was due to receive an award at the Three Counties show this summer.  We celebrate this award on Combined Village News.
But you will also notice within this Chimes that events are once again being planned for, within the constraints of Covid-secure guidelines and recommendations.  The Macmillan Coffee Morning “Event in a Tent” is one such example Combined Village News, There are also some fun on-line activities to get involved with, such as the Upton Bishop virtual pet show, which will provide a few laughs I’m sure.
Hope you enjoy your printed copy and please remember to send in news and pictures to your village representative.     


Gemma

Copy deadline for October edition - Saturday 5th September