A free monthly newspaper has been launched in Devon’s first new town since medieval times this week.
The launch issue of the A4 newsprint publication was put together by the existing East Devon editorial and sales teams and ran to 48 pages, with 56 pages planned for the second issue.
The free paper was delivered door-to-door and given out to 180 children at the new town primary school to take home with them.
Group editor Phil Griffin told HTFP: “The idea is to grow the paper’s print run as the new town grows over coming years.
“Midweek Herald reporters Katy Griffin, Chris Carson and Callum Lawton did sterling work bringing in a host of stories on the fledgling community – while reporting on their established patches at the same time.”
Some 250 homes are already occupied in Cranbrook and plans are in place for up to 6,000 new houses with a low carbon district heating network, community buildings, schools, railway station and country park.
“It’s only early days in the Cranbrook story, but there are strong signs that it will become a great place to live. We want to join residents on that journey to becoming a vibrant community,” added Phil.
The first issue also featured on West Country Television and the new website will include feeds to a Facebook page and Twitter.