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  • The Banbury Guardian has helped save a local scout group from forcing to close.
    Following a burglary in May, Middleton Cheney Scout Group faced repairs of £1,181, but when the group tried to claim on its Norwich Union insurance policy, it was told it wasn’t not covered.
    Group executive Chris Palmer checked directly with the company and was told to go ahead with repairs.
    But his information turned out to be false, leaving the group threatened with closure as it could not cover the costs that Norwich Union were not prepared to pay. After the Banbury Guardian took up the case, Norwich Union agreed to cover the repairs, admitting it had handed out the false information.

  • An environmental project is being backed by the Blackpool Citizen, which has sponsored one of 50 trees at the town’s Stanley Park.
    The idea was to plant new woodland to mark the 75th anniversary of the park’s opening.
    Citizen editor Alec Stuttard said: “It was particularly pleasing to learn that a lot of our readers responded. We were only too happy as a company to support the scheme ourselves.”

  • Families in Whitley breathed a sigh of relief when the Reading Chronicle persuaded a landlord to move a skip full of asbestos after a four-month stand-off.
    The firm that supplied to skip refused to move it until the asbestos was removed – but the contractor failed to act.
    In the end the Chronicle got in touch with the builders and the skip was finally taken away.

  • The Bucks Free Press website is looking for budding reporters to report on Wycombe Wanderers’ football matches.
    Reports for the new recruit, who doesn’t need to have any writing experience will appear in the News on the Blues section of the site.

  • The Beehive Community Network provided by the Cheddar Valley Gazette now has more than 70 Somerset groups online.
    The network was launched locally in March to give non profit-making groups, societies and organisations a way to share their information on the Internet for free.
    Groups can build their own websites, reply to discussions and create messages.

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