At last they exclaim, the Crier is out on time and back to just one month at a time but look more carefully and you'll see that at least the cover picture is a month late (but it was too good to lose just because we missed it last month)! Apologies though for the recent production problems. Caroline has been ill; last month's double issue only appeared because Peter Cook kindly stepped into the breach at the last minute and finished off putting it together and got it to press. This month I've been helped by various friends (Swaffham Prior is great at rallying round) to whom many thanks and also to all those who have sent best wishes to Caroline for a speedy recovery.
It's a smaller issue than usual, I hope not because I've lost some copy along the way. Paper copy particularly, letters and local copy generally were much less plentiful than normal. If I've lost something, sorry, and please resend it for next time if it's still relevant. If you've been put off by its erratic publication, please don't be. With a bit of luck, Caroline may even be back in charge by next month.
I've also not had time to check, as she normally does, whether there are regular/annual items missing which need chasing and adding. Again apologies if I've missed something this way. It's not at all easy this Crier editing! The crossword is one victim of my not having coordinated things as fully as usual. Instead of leaving a complete gap in the lives of its fans, we've reproduced one from a few years ago just for fun.
Of particular note this month, I hope that the letter from Sylvie Short on the book she is planning to write about the village generates lots of interest and leads to a lasting record of bits of our village's history which might otherwise be lost. Those of us who haven't lived here long enough to remember her when she lived in the village may remember that Sylvie was one of those who contributed further very interesting reminiscences to the Crier in 2002 following our publication of Mavis Nickson's memories of the village.
There's less on the church loos this time than I'd anticipated there might be after last edition's deluge of coverage and absolutely nothing about the election but maybe we're getting enough of that from other quarters.
And finally there's an unwelcome crime theme; most seriously and upsettingly the theft at the Prospects Trust but also fly tipping and some petty vandalism with someone walking right over a car parked in the village. It may have seemed funny at the time to whoever did it but it wasn't at all funny for the owner.