Welcome to Issue 527 of The Journal – the final printed edition

Although we will continue to publish The Journal online, the final printed edition comes with a number of farewells. Two of our committee members, Anne Milne and Linda Willis, have tendered their resignations. Anne was our Accounts Manager for many years and was involved with The Journal since its beginning nearly 50 years ago. Linda was the Distribution Manager for several years before taking over as Accounts Manager. We would like to thank them both for their tremendous contributions to The Journal and wish them success and happiness for the future. We also bid farewell to all of our distributors, both past and present, who have delivered between them more than 3 million Journals to your doorsteps in all weathers. We couldn’t have done it without you and we offer our sincere thanks to every one of you.

Front Cover Image: John Harrison received a presentation recently from Narborough Parish Council for his work as Chairman of FONS (Friends of Narborough Station). John was also a former Chairman of The Journal, so it seems fitting that he should grace our final front cover.


The End of an Era

Just in case you missed the announcement in last month’s Journal, this is the final printed edition of The Journal. After nearly 50 years a combination of increasing prices and reduced income from advertising means that we are no longer able to publish our magazine.

However, all is not lost – we will continue to bring you all of the news and information that you receive now, but via our web site. We realise that not all of you are at ease with electronic devices but we have a few suggestions as to how you can find us on the web. Firstly (my usual first call for help) is to ask a young person – often the baffling things appear to be second nature to the young. Secondly, you could pop into your local library where computers are available for use and helpful volunteers are always on hand. Finally, if there is anything that we can help you with we would be delighted to advise you.

Please continue to send in articles, information, photographs and anything else of interest and we will be sure to add it to the website. There will be a lot more room than there was in the printed edition so there will be fewer restrictions on space, and we intend to continue with as many of our regular features as possible, together with some new ones.

Not so much the end of an era as a new beginning!