first magazine was produced in 1883, by the incumbent, Rev Henry
Chapman. He called it 'Old and New' and said "All matters
of local interest will be published month by month", although
it was mostly Church news. It took its present name in 1982,
and although still run by the Church, was then described as
"a good community magazine for the whole village",
and was no longer edited by the vicar. It grew by 1997 to 28
pages and is today usually 72 pages, open to all clubs and societies
to keep the village informed. There are also many articles on
practical subjects from gardening to health, reminiscences of
past times, Parish and District Council news and 'Letters to
picture above shows a copy of the front cover of our earliest
surviving magazine from 1888.
village magazine goes to over 2200 households in St Osyth each
month. It contains over fifty articles including reports from
over twenty of the many local organizations. About 100 advertisers
enable St Osyth news to be delivered free to residents, but
costs 80p per issue to visitors and those living outside of
the parish who subscribe (usually ex-locals). Copies are available
from the church or from the Post Office in Spring Road.
2007 St Osyth News won the competition run by the Rural Community
Council for Essex for the best monthly parish magazine, against
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St Osyth News - July 2017
is almost upon us and we are already half way through the
year. As I think back to the beginning of the year I am reminded
that I said I would try something new, exciting and challenging
this year, just for the fun of it.
having given it some thought, I have decided to try and be
creative and have just ordered the appropriate items so that
I can explore the art of calligraphy and painting with acrylics.
To be honest I am not expecting to be any good ,but I do like
the idea of challenging myself to do something different.
I am hoping that I will be able to dip in and out of them
as my spare time allows over the warm summer evenings.
is quite a big step for me because I have always felt that
time invested in hobbies should be constructive and worthwhile
- in other words there should be something interesting to
show at the end of it. I also realise that we cannot all be
gifted and talented at everything we engage in, but if we
don't try then we will never know.
I end up just having fun, then it will be time well spent
and if by any amazing stroke of luck, I end up being ok at
calligraphy or painting then that is a bonus. For me this
is about the journey, the challenge and the potential for
growth - what challenges you and what might you explore this
Do let me know what it is and how you are enjoying it.
a great Summer!