Letter from the editor – February 2024

It’s a bit belated to wish you all a Happy New Year but, nevertheless, my team and I are excited to bring you your first issue of 2024, as well as lots of upcoming plans and innovative ideas for the year ahead.

We have our first ever one-stop wedding feature! If you’re currently planning your special day, make a cuppa and have a browse through our centre pages, which are filled with lots of brilliant local businesses. From flowers, Mother of the Bride outfits, cakes and photography, through to beauty and makeup, transport, venues, live entertainment and that all-important dress, we’ve got all your wedding needs covered. 

Our columnists are back! See what’s happening down on the farm at this time of year with Farmer Patrick, Gina Nicolas from E J Coombs Solicitors tells us about Jade’s Law and Greg Barber gets us up to speed with what league leaders AFC Whyteleafe have been doing over the past couple of months.

Rosalind Brookman brings you a front page story that exposes the horrific situation a number of Whyteleafe residents are currently living through, as they are forced to share their space with a rat infestation. We’ve demanded answers from their housing association, as well as asking Claire Coutinho MP to step in and help. We also have a host of lots of much nicer stories, including a well-deserved OBE for the founder of charity Sal’s Shoes, and why Girlguiding needs you!

Ridge Radio recently unveiled their commemorative collage dedicated to the memory of Andy McEniry, who was an integral part of the station community and a friend of mine. I was moved to see his family, as well as many Ridge presenters and friends, in the studio for the occasion.

Don’t forget to enter our fabulous competition this month! Sam Centenera from Bakes by Sam has generously donated one of her gorgeous cupcake bouquets which could be the ideal gift for your Valentine!

Happy reading, and do get in touch if you have any stories for us, or ideas for things you’d like to see in the paper: newsdesk@tandridgeindependent.com

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