Annual Report for 2018/19
At the end of last year I conducted a survey of some of the other village/parish magazine across our county and found that, without exception, the monthly magazines are now offered free, with the invitation to parishioners to donate to the production cost. The resulting increased circulation has resulted in greater support from local advertisers which in turn defray the greater print costs. With sufficient support the Chronicle could adapt to adopt a similar policy.
2018 was the 14th year since I took over editorship of the Chronicle. During that time the changes have been mainly cosmetic, mainly being the introduction of a colour front cover. It should be noted that our advertising income has been falling despite our rates being well below the other magazines surveyed. On an experimental basis I made the magazine available online but it has not resulted in increased advertising revenue.
EMS Design & Print are now responsible for printing and this has resulted in a higher print quality and the introduction of a box spine which greatly enhances the look and feel of the publication.
The aim of the Chronicle is to be an independent publication whose objective is to promulgate and report all aspects of our village life. As such it should be considered to be independent of both the Hartfield churches and the Parish Council, although it is recognised that St Mary’s Church has always acted as proprietor.
After nearly fifteen years as editor it is time to give serious thought to my successor. The editor role has always been voluntary but need not be the responsibility of just one person. (Indeed I must acknowledge the role my wife has played in taking over responsibility for certain regular pages such the monthly diary, church services and regular events page.) The formation of a small team to produce the magazine into a press ready format could be a practical solution. The skills required are not beyond anyone who can use a pc or laptop. Please consider whether you could volunteer to take on this very rewarding task.
Dave Graham – Editor – Hartfield & Colemans Hatch Chronicle