Letter from the editor – October 2023

Three months until the end of the year and I still can’t quite comprehend how it has gone so quickly! There’s lots to focus on, with both the paper and my children’s busy school and social lives, and half-term is on its way, so my planning for that has begun as well!

This month, we welcome our new columnist Farmer Patrick from Flower Farm in Godstone, who will be taking us through what’s happening in the agricultural world.

Upcoming journalist Matilda Gladwell joined us for work experience in September and has researched and written three excellent articles, two of which you’ll find inside, and the third will be in November’s paper. She has been a great addition to our team, and is also our first work experience student to join me on the airwaves during our weekly BBC Radio Surrey slot!

Chief reporter Rosalind Brookman has been looking at the ongoing problems with Royal Mail deliveries in Caterham and the surrounding areas, and we also have some lovely news about Charlotte Dyer, mum to baby Ruben who died last year at just three and a half months old. We’ve been following the family’s story as they raise money for the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital Charity’s research project into paediatric cardiomyopathy, and we were delighted to hear that Charlotte’s tireless fundraising has been recognised with a Pride of Britain award.

We’re also really proud to announce that we are now the official sponsor for the Caterham Pumas U15 Kings football team – we’ll be introducing you to the players over the coming months, starting with a Q&A with captain Harrison on page 18. Go Kings!

Have a good month, and we’ll see you in November.

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