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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 and a wider emphasis on accepting items from local groups and organisations as well as articles of community interest and stories in a “lighter vein”. 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 24 or 28) which seems to be the way forward and have a successful working relationship with Blackwells as our printers.
After a few years Village Voice separated from the the Parish Council and has operated very successfully as a true 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 and has just passed the editors role on to Regi Alexander. At the end of June 2016 we have just published edition number 187 (cover date July 2016).
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 funded by the small surplus from that advertising revenue. Last year we again allocated £1000.00 for grants to local groups and organisation and we are currently just about to advertise a further round of grants for 2016.
Village Voice is run by a Management Board which at present consists of :-
Ernie Tuxford – Chairman.
Regi Alexander – Editor.
Brian Swan – Admin/Advertising.
Bill Richmond — Graphics
There is one board vacancy.
The Board meets on a regular basis, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Advertising & Small adds – Brian Swan 01493 780776 e-mail email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by the 14th of the month to be included in the next edition.
Please use Rich text format for any text attachments and all photos as .jpg files at a minimum of 240 resolution. We can deal with all file sizes.
Grant Presentations at The JGI on Saturday 13th June 2015
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 Swan