Welcome to the new CHEQS Magazine! It’s now changed from being a church parish magazine, to a community magazine – supported by representatives of the five village communities, Coln St Aldwyns, Hatherop, Quenington, Eastleach and Southrop. To reflect that change, you’ll notice a few differences. Instead of having the vicar’s letter, we’ll be inviting a different person each month to write a short piece.
For this month, I’ve been given that privilege, as the new editor of the magazine. I’d like to thank my predecessor, Stephanie Bailey, for her hard work in producing the magazine for the past few years. I’m aware that this has been no easy task, and I’m grateful to her for keeping the CHEQS Magazine going.
At the start of a new year and a new decade, we face changing times in our national life – and it’s at moments like this that we often pause to consider what is most important to us. Whatever each of us decides that might be, I hope that developing good relationships with people will be somewhere near the top of the list. Getting to know, respect, and care about so many people in the villages (often with quite different views on life to my own) is something I’ve valued very much in the four years we’ve lived here. I actually read some issues of the CHEQS Magazine online before we even moved here, to see what the community life was like! I hope that the CHEQS Magazine will continue to help all of us to be more aware of, and involved with, the people and events in our five villages and surrounding area.
Margaret Stranks – Editor