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Shape of Things to Come 23 Mar 2013 (Eynsham News Group) The emerging Eynsham News Group ran a short survey in February, to test the continuing need for a printed newsletter

The emerging Eynsham News Group ran a short survey in February, to test the continuing need for a printed newsletter - and asked what people might like to read about, while we were at it. Thanks to Eynsham Library, Medical Centre, Post Office and other venues for hosting forms and drop-boxes; and to Clare Wiles, Alex Thomas, Riddhi Patel, and Xueying Liu from Oxford Student Consultancy for the analysis.

The results have been illuminating ...

  • The sheer number of responses (111 from a chilly 20 days that included a school holiday). In contrast, the Echo household survey in February 2010 attracted only 29 responses.
  • No real divergence of views, whether people use the internet regularly or not.
  • Strong opinions on content - given that contacts, current affairs and what's on would be included anyway.

The clear favourites were:

  • Entertainment (exhibitions, films, concerts, dances, theatre) 19%
  • ‘Helping Hand’ (charities, support groups, volunteering opportunities) 18%
  • Great Outdoors (allotments, gardening, open gardens, walks) 16-17%
  • Local Heroes (profiles, fund-raisers, obituaries) 13-14%.

The Eynsham News will follow these guidelines carefully as it prepares for launch on 15 April. Local contributions are welcome, especially from community groups - so make it work for you!

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