Newsletters

Eton Wick Newsletter Publication

The Village Hall Committee produces a village newsletter, ”Our Village” three times a year. (Normally in April, August and December).

The newsletter is distributed to all residences in Eton Wick. Reference copies are held in Eton Wick library.

To submit an article, place an advertisement or suggest ideas for future issues please contact Joyce Jackman at etonwicknews@hotmail.com.

Eton Wick Newsletter History

In the 1950’s, for a short time, the Village Hall Committee circulated a newsletter.

During the January 2008 meeting committee members discussed reviving this idea, to inform new residents and remind those who have lived in Eton Wick for some time, of the facilities available to the community.

A small sub-committee was formed. We bounced a few ideas around and decided that the newsletter would be non-political and religiously impartial. We also decided that it should be delivered free to every household in our village (approximately 1,150 homes) three times a year.

Flyers were delivered to the village pubs, churches, school, shops, library and any clubs we could think of and we called back a week or so later for their thoughts. The response was overwhelming. The shops and pubs wanted to place advertisements and all the other organisations wanted to submit articles. Quotes were obtained from local printers and in April 2008 the first newsletter was distributed throughout our village. It was 20 pages in quite large print to fill the pages. The newsletters are now either 36 or 40 pages in small print and as we write this, in March 2011, we are ready to distribute Issue 10.

The listing of local clubs has generated new memberships plus local tradesmen, especially those who work from home, such as plumbers etc., tell of new customers through their newsletter advertisements. It has become so popular that many requests are received from the surrounding areas such as Windsor, Datchet and Maidenhead but the newsletter is strictly for Eton Wick residents, otherwise there will be too many adverts and we need to keep a balance.

Spare copies are left in the library, pubs, churches and Gowers Newsagents as many villagers ask for extra copies to send to friends or relatives who have moved away but like to keep in touch. We have received emails and letters from Canada, Germany, New Zealand as well as UK locations, advising how much they enjoy reading ‘Our Village’ even though it often makes them a little bit homesick.

Obviously the advertising revenue helps towards the printing cost but during the last three years we have been extremely fortunate to receive financial help from Eton Town Council; The Baldwin’s Bridge Trust; The Royal Albert Institute; The Berkshire Community Foundation (Grassroots) and many, many (often anonymous) donations from our community. It never ceases to amaze us how kind people are. One gentleman sent someone to the editor’s house with £250 in cash!

Our grateful thanks to these generous people and also to the small army of villagers who help deliver the newsletters.

We really didn’t think, at that committee meeting in January 2008, that the newsletter would be so well received and still going from strength to strength.

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