The Trowse Villager is back - welcome to this October edition! After a six-
month break beginning with April when we were all strictly under lockdown,
we are relaunching the parish magazine as a joint venture between the Parish
Council and St Andrew’s Church. As always, the magazine will be delivered free
to every household in the parish, including all the new homes down White
Horse Lane. We extend a very warm welcome to all new residents, and hope
you will be very happy living in this lovely village. We did have plans to invite
you for an afternoon tea and a history talk at the church. Sadly, these have had
to be put on hold but we hope to be able to go ahead with such events at
some future date.
The magazine‘s aim is to let residents and others connected with Trowse and
its church know what’s happening, with information/adverts from local
businesses and, hopefully, some entertainment. In this electronic age, I believe
a lot of us still value print on paper as a means of communication - not to
mention many who don’t use the Internet, social media or email.
Since the pandemic struck, Norwich Diocese and the Church of England have
been brilliant at providing electronic information, Zoom meetings, day
conferences etc. online, but the thing that I’ve valued most is a small Easter
card - a physical card - from our three bishops, personally signed by Bishop
Graham, with a message of thanks and encouragement to all clergy. It still sits
on the shelf above my computer; whereas, I confess, most electronic messages
have become buried under newer missives and forgotten.
Even if we’re quite at home with technology, many of us still like to flick
through a newspaper or magazine, and curl up with a proper book. There’s
room for all kinds of media, including the traditional parish mag. So I hope
you’ll enjoy the Villager! We’d be grateful for your input. Thanks are due to all
who’ve contributed to this issue, and to our team of distributors - many of
whom turned up at our recent coffee morning - held in the sunshine outside in
the churchyard before it became illegal to meet in groups larger than six. Come
on all you creative writers! Please let us have your stories, poems etc.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch - I always love to hear from people, and I pray for
the safety and wellbeing of everyone in Trowse, and look forward to better
times ahead.