In Llangollen we have a strong tradition of local newspapers: the Llangollen Advertiser (first published in the 1800s), the Llangollen Chronicle and the Broadsheet.
The function of all these publications was to inform the residents of Llangollen of matters relating to their community. Details were given of forthcoming concerts, reports on committee meetings and decisions taken by the Local Authorities. Details of plans for local services such as the Cottage Hospital and housing developments were publicised, residents were then in a position to support or oppose as they saw fit. Notices of births, marriages and deaths were included too and lengthy obituaries were often featured, all important matters to any community. These subjects are still covered by the Llangollen News today.
We started with an eight page publication in 2003 and now regularly produce a paper with thirty six or forty pages. Copy comes from residents and those interested in the town, it is very much community led. Suzanne Williams was a contributor in our first issue and still writes for us today.
Another columnist from Issue Number 1 was Ceinwen Ellis who has recently taken a well earned rest from writing her popular articles on the countryside. Many more have written articles over the past nine years, ranging from interior styling to controversial planning decisions and even the adventures of a Labradoodle. All are of interest to our readers.
The photograph shows our current regular columnists, those who help by collecting and delivering the papers and our proof readers. It really is a team effort.
Communication is so very important. Without the relevant information at the right time incorrect decisions can be made, events may be missed and even in this age of instant communication when we receive news as it happens via new technology, there is still room for a “hard copy” newspaper.
The Editor 01691774878 email@example.com
Back Row. Judie Birchall, Ian Parry, Roger Mansbridge, Sian Glynne-Jones, Audrey Brameller, Kim Price, Gill Thomas
Front Row: Trevor Roberts, Susanne Williams, Margaret Pierce-Jenkins (Editor), Nan Henry with Boris