The long-established Parish News magazine, containing information and news from and about the parishes of Great & Little Maplestead, Pebmarsh and Gestingthorpe, has undergone a major re-vamp for 2018.

Parish MagazineA Steering Committee, including four parish representatives, has been formed to help the Editor ensure that the magazine better reflects each parish’s needs. One of this committee’s initial decisions was to scrap the magazine’s traditional subscription model and distribute it free to every household, thereby increasing the magazine’s reach by over 50%

To complement this increase in circulation the editorial format was changed to allow the advertising, rather than being isolated in a central section, to be interspersed with the news content. This has resulted in better, and wider-ranging, exposure for those loyal local businesses that provide the essential financial support necessary to fund the magazine’s publication.

While the primary focus of the magazine remains the churches and local communities, the editorial brief now also includes Parish Council news and any relevant information from the District and County Councils.

There will be 10 issues published each year – one a month but with single issues for December/January and July/August.

A version of the current issue can be read here.

Articles/information and photographs for inclusion in future issues can be sent by e-mail either direct to the Editor or to an appointed Village Representative – their details are listed on page 27 of the magazine.

Deadline dates for copy are:


Issue   Copy by:  
March  16th February
April  16th March
May  20th April
June    18th May
July/August  15th June
September  17th August
October  21st September
November  19th October
December/January     16th November