Letter from the editor – July 2023

I think it’s safe to say now that summer has finally arrived! I’ve been using my garden as my office recently, as it’s been the perfect way to work on this month’s paper. 

The holidays are just around the corner – have you started planning for them? We’ve visited some fantastic places so we can share them with you for inspiration. There’s climbing walls, axe throwing, plays, films, duckpin bowling, high ropes, a zip wire, horse riding, swimming, workshops and sports…in short, lots of ideas to keep your children busy!

There’s also Godstone Farm’s recently opened playbarn: three stories of indoor adventure fun, and that’s before you even get to the animals! And the Festival Theatre has some classic stage shows for kids over the coming weeks, and Hever Castle has donated a brilliant family pass for one of our lucky readers.

Our front page features local celebrity Laura Hamilton. I  enjoyed meeting her at her Tandridge home, and we chatted about sustainability and her new clothing range, which launched this month. (After a sneak preview, I couldn’t resist ordering a dress or two for some summer events!) Laura is working with luxury brand Verity & Me, and they are giving one of you the chance to win a £50 voucher to redeem against anything in the Laura X range. 

We’ve got expertise from our regular columnists, and reporter Rosalind has been on her second Tandridge fire station visit. She spoke to the on-call crew about their routines, and how they differ from Godstone, a station that’s manned 24/7. 

Lord Roberts on the Green in Purley, is offering you a free coffee when you order a meal from their extensive menu – see page 8. And check back with us soon for more news about their Lebanese evenings too. 

Finally, we have exciting news (drumroll please….)! We will be launching our new website on Monday, 10 July and, with it, some new opportunities for both residents and businesses. Please make sure you’re following us on socials to find out more.  

See you in August, when we’ll have more ideas for some grown-up summer fun!  

(PS. I’d like to say congratulations to Caterham’s The Lost Sheep, which has just won Best Lifestyle Store in the 2023 Muddy Stilettos awards!)

Read my past letters here.

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