The most common question I have been asked as editor over the past ten years is, “Won’t you run out of things to write about?” Well, the answer would seem, rather wonderfully, to be “no!”
A much more recent question which I am often asked is, “Are you going to be focusing on the pandemic in the mag?” Here the answer is “not a lot”. I am not sure there is too much we could add in that regard, but, moreover, the reason we exist and the motivation for running the magazine is, quite simply, to bring you joy: to investigate all things local in an engaging way, to celebrate our heritage, our flora and fauna, the talent and creativity of our local businesses and all that the area has to offer.
In this Spring Issue you can immerse yourself in past, present and future in equal measure. Memories abound, starting with the Bawdens of Cloggs Farm and another chat with the much-loved Bill Liversidge, who takes us into ‘Bill’s Museum’. Tony James travels back in time to explore the Kilve Oil Shale Scandal and also talks with Mike Leach, while Jenny Windsor shares her Lynton and Lynmouth memories with Ann Mold. Nature helps us to enjoy the here and now at its own pace, and on our pages you can revel in Julia Amies-Green’s ‘window wonderwall’, the joys of North Hill with Ranger Charlotte Wray, Julian Gurney’s woodlands for wildlife, brown hares and much more besides.
And, looking ahead, why not start planning for dahlias with the help of Paul Fonnereau, prepare for a walk in the footsteps of the Romantic poets with Sue Viccars and gear up for a spring feast and some Easter treats with the help of two fantastic local businesses, Tarr Farm and Bake Me Crazy?
Wishing you a delicious escape among our pages as we head into a season of promise and colour. Happy reading!
Naomi and Hurley and the mag team