The Christmas issue of Eynsham Roundabout, produced by the three local churches, will be the last in its present format. In future a much smaller publication will appear - at Easter, Harvest and Christmas only. As before, it will provide news of services and events in all three churches and be delivered free to everyone in the village; but it will no longer carry any advertisements or village news.
The ministers explain: “We hope this way to have a bigger impact on everyone in the village since the reduced size and content will make it much easier to find quickly what is happening at each church.
“We should like to thank everyone for their loyalty and input over many years and look forward to your continued support with the new Roundabout starting at Easter 2013. If anyone would be interested in helping with the distribution, please contact Pam on 01865 880725.”
Pam adds: “This step has not been taken without much thought and reflection. Following the loss of two valuable members of the Roundabout team and in the absence of replacements, the ministers felt they were left with no alternative.
“However, if any church members feel they could work in a team to take Roundabout forward again, I should be pleased to hear from them. Meantime, thanks and best wishes to the editorial team, our loyal distributors, our regular contributors - and you, our readers. Thanks also to those who have expressed their appreciation of my time as editor.”
The Parish Council newsletter Eynsham Echo has very limited space for community notices at present. The content was deliberately restricted after a survey and discussions in early 2010, to avoid duplication with Roundabout.
This arrangement is not set in stone, however, and it may be appropriate for the Council to support a broader publication in the new year.