Letter from the editor – May 2023

I hope you all had a fabulous Easter break and the children received plenty of chocolate goodies. I was finally able to take a break in Mexico with my family. Jet lag meant that there were several mornings when I woke up at 5am, but being able to watch the sun rise over the ocean was an amazing and emotional experience which more than made up for it. My team worked around the clock to meet the deadline for April’s issue, and I must admit that I was able to switch off and relax on my sunbed!

As you may have already noticed, the outside of the paper looks a little different this month: we are extremely excited to be collaborating with Godstone Farm and bringing you our first ever wrap! It contains a behind-the-scenes interview with founder of the farm Jackie Flaherty and CEO Nicola Henderson, news about their fantastic new play barn which opens soon, and an exciting competition where you can win a VIP invitation to the farm.

Our front page features the talented George Tagg, 12, whose chess skills won him the under-12s prize at the 2023 Independent Association of Prep Schools National Chess Championships. There’s also an update about the proposed new pavilion for Oxted’s Master Park: they’ve received a £1.8m grant from Your Fund Surrey towards the renovation.

Half-term will be upon us soon and we know how expensive the week can be, so our writer Safiyyah has found some budget (but still brilliant) Tandridge activities that will keep your kids entertained.

We also welcomed back Aaron Sugg for a week’s work experience during his break from university. Organised and proactive, he took on the role of junior reporter with enthusiasm,  meeting and interviewing local residents for several stories.

And don’t forget to enter our regular competition (take a look to the right of this letter!): you could win a delicious afternoon tea at the lovely Blossoms Cafe in Godstone.
Have a great month and, until then…read all about it!

Read my past letters here.

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