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New free newspaper launched for newly-created town

A free monthly newspaper has been launched in Devon’s first new town since medieval times this week.

Newspaper publishers Archant South West has unveiled the Cranbrook Herald and this will be followed by a new website for the paper in October.

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.

The new monthly Cranbrook Herald

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.


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  • September 30, 2013 at 7:42 am

    That looks bananas.

    No headline. Splash apparently the ‘superb’ offer, complete with seemingly random picture with half the people cropped off.

    Anyone actually look before it went to press?

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  • September 30, 2013 at 9:39 am

    It was a wrap showing a picture of the first class at the town’s new school.

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