Village Voice



The Village Voice will have three new Board members at the beginning of the New Year to take on Administration, Finance and Advertising. These are Suzanna Craig, Anneka Gearie, and Bryan Diggory. We all welcome them aboard. This is due to Brian Swan stepping down from the VV after being involved with it since just after its launch by Malcolm Scott in April 2000. Brian had undertaken many of the essential tasks and now they are being divided to allow a clearer route for all to follow.
We all thank Brian for his great efforts over the past years.

Presentation afternoon with Joanna Cannon

A packed hall at Moorlands School was present to see the author Joanna Cannon present the prizes and certificates to the winners of the Village Voice writing competition. After the presentation she then held an question and answer session with the editor Regi Alexander.

VILLAGE VOICE — Our Achievement and History


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“VILLAGE VOICE” – A Brief History
The first edition of “Village Voice” appeared in April 2000 as a four page mono publication with a sub heading “Newsletter of Belton with Browston Parish Council”, it quickly doubled in size and a coloured outside cover followed in 2002. There was a gradual increase in the number of pages and expansion of the area to include Burgh Castle, Fritton and St. Olaves in its doorstep coverage. A wider emphasis on accepting items from local groups and organisations as well as articles of community interest and stories in a “lighter vein” were included. For a while there was a considerable growth in size when it was agreed to work within the framework of the “Village View” magazines published by our then printers, Advision. However on their closure we reverted to 20 pages (now 28 or more usually 32) which seems to be the way forward and we have a successful working relationship with Blackwells at Great Yarmouth, as our printers.
After a few years Village Voice separated from the Parish Council. It now operates as a very successfully true independent community publication thanks to the hard work of its management board and especially our late editor Malcolm Scott who saw it develop from the start and produced and edited every edition until his illness in the Autumn of 2011 – we all owe him a great debt of gratitude. Brian Swan then produced the next 50 plus editions. In the Spring of 2016 the editors role was passed on to Regi Alexander when we took on the layout of the magazine with a commercial desktop publishing program. We are proud to announce that under his leadership the we have now reached edition 213 (November 2018)
Magazine of the Year
In the spring of 2017, we entered the National Parish Magazines Competition, and in the results issued in November of that year, out of over 410 entries in the A4 size category we came 4th overall and were winners in the ‘ Best Quality Print ‘ class. (We had entered three times in the past and our best achievement previously was to achieve 17th overall in 2013). We currently await results from the 2018 competition

Grants 2018
Financially we run with a healthy backing, income coming from advertising, and have always endeavoured to put something back into the community by way of grants to local clubs and organisations. These being funded by the surplus from the advertising revenue. We have, in November 2018, presented a further £3750.00 to 17 groups and organisations all based within our publication area.
The following received grants from us on November 10th 2018

Belton Ladies Group (A new group being formed).
The Friends of Moorlands.
Bohemians F.C.
Belton Village Web Site
Event Us ( Who provide the Village Christmas Tree).
Belton Bowmen.
St. John Ambulance Belton.
Young at Heart.
1st. Belton Scouts.
Belton F.C.
The Pantry (The Belton food-bank)
1st. Belton Guides.
Moorlands Primary Academy.
The Hub – Youth Group
Rock Solid – Youth Group.
All Saints Church Belton (Costs of WW1 Poppy Soldier on church tower)
Belton Rectory Victorian Pool Restoration Scheme


Village Voice is run by a Management Board which at present consists of :-
Adrian Myers – Chairman.
Regi Alexander – Editor.
Brian Swan – Admin/Advertising.
Bill Richmond — Graphics
Martin Roche.
There is one board vacancy.
The Board meets on a regular basis, usually three or four times a year. Apart from a few general administration expenses our only major cost is payment to our printers – we run totally for the benefit of the local community and rely on local clubs and individuals to provide news and information to enable us to publish on a monthly basis. We always welcome enquiries from prospective advertisers and contributions of news and information from the local area.
Contact Details for Village Voice are –
Editorial matters –
Regi Alexander (Editor) 01493 789035 e-mail
Advertising & Small adds –
Brian Swan 01493 780776 e-mail
How to contribute – If you have material, photos, adverts, information about a club or activity that you would like to have published in the magazine please forward it to by the 14th of the month to be included in the next edition . Commercial advertising and small adds to by the 13th of the month) Please use Rich text format for any text attachments and all photos as .jpg files with a minimum file size of 500K. This allows the correct print resolution to be obtained.

A Great Day was had by all who attended the Norfolk Day/Combating Loneliness/Understanding Mental Health Event held in All Saints Church, Belton.

Rev. Rosie with Mayor of Great Yarmouth
Presentations of £3500 grants to local groups and clubs at the JGI on Saturday November 11th 2017

Grants by the Village Voice were given to, St John Ambulance, Belton Archery, 1st Belton Scouts, The Wednesday Morning Drop In, The Church Youth, Monday Morning Exercise Class and The Village Web Site.
Cheques were presented by the Editor Mr Brian