The Parish Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, St. Osyth, Essex



The 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 the Editor'.

The picture above shows a copy of the front cover of our earliest surviving magazine from 1888.

The 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.

In 2007 St Osyth News won the competition run by the Rural Community Council for Essex for the best monthly parish magazine, against 65 others.


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From St Osyth News - July 2017

Summer 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.

Well, 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.

This 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.

If 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 summer?
Do let me know what it is and how you are enjoying it.

Have a great Summer!

Revd Sharon












































































































































































































































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