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Local news publication closes after almost 50 years in print

A church magazine which also provided local news for more than a dozen villages has closed after almost 50 years in print following the retirement of its editor.

Roundabout, which covers 13 villages in Suffolk, has ceased publication after 81-year-old David Turner stood down as editor.

David, who is based in the village of Hitcham, had appealed for someone to take over the editorship of the monthly magazine earlier this year.

However, no-one has come forward and the magazine, which was available for a yearly subscription of £3.50, has now published its last edition.

David Turner

David, pictured, told the Suffolk Free Press: “People don’t do this sort of thing now. It’s probably down to social media; people don’t want parish magazines – it’s a sign of the times.

“People will grumble because they will want to look at the magazine to see which events are taking place in their local communities, but it won’t be there any more.

“I think it’s a matter of what people are prepared to do. I don’t think anyone my age is interested, and others prefer their mobile phones.”

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  • December 18, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    It’s a shame when a publication so well established in its local community can no longer be published, due in great part as David says to the changed world we live in, with this in mind maybe it could be continued as an online publication only?
    I’m sure there must be a local businessperson who could put a little money into it in return for an advpresence on the site,and someone web savvy to take it on with contributions and news from local clubs and societies,let’s hope so
    either way I wish Roundabout continued success

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