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My Local Rag.
East Grinstead Observer
Member Name: wendybull
East Grinstead Observer
Advantages: Local news, very interesting
Disadvantages: Sports and cars
A few years ago I could think of nothing more boring than reading my local free paper as it dropped through my door on a Wednesday evening. These days I love seeing the young lad come down the drive (as does the dog!!) and deliver me my weekly dose of actually very interesting local news.
It's a bit like watching your local news on the TV. It feels a little bit more personal than the national stuff and even better if you actually know the areas they are talking about. I feel the same way about my local paper and the East Grinstead Observer is a particularly well laid out local paper.
The first third of it is always dedicated to local news and somehow they always seem to have good stories to report. For a smallish community there is a whole lot of news to be told. Thankfully it does not tell too often of serious crime or losses but more usually it will be to do with petty crimes in the area and a lot of reports lately on the fact that the council want to build 2300 new homes in the area and obviously there are a lot of people who like to be vocal about this.
The news is always very well reported too and I have not read any insensitive or stupid reporting that tries to sensationalise anything. Unfortunately we do seem to have a lot of animal related news though, such as horses being neglected and cats being hurt, but I would imagine this sort of news is common in any small town's paper.
The next section of the local is for the advertisers and it covers all the local cinema listings, restaurant offers, garden plant nurseries and things of that ilk. I really enjoy reading these bits too as quite often I will read about an event that I was unaware of, for instance Lee "Memphis" King ( an Elvis impersonator from TV) is coming to a theatre near me to do an Elvis evening, so we have booked through the information given in the paper.
You also get a really good selection of local jobs in this paper. I always look through these closely as there could be something where I could offer my secretarial skills at home and so it can potentially be a great source of new income for me.
The back of the paper covers cars and sports and this is a section I always skip. No offence to anyone but it's not something I am interested in at all but my son usually has a read to see how the town's football team is doing as he plays for the under 15's.
Overall, I really enjoy sitting down with a cup of tea and reading through the East Grinstead Observer. It has a property section in the middle which can be taken out and read separately, but since we have recently moved I stick that bit straight in the recycling.
I find it an excellent paper that relates to me on a personal basis and I find it thoroughly enjoyable. It is an exceptional source of information for local events, news and businesses and I have used their advertising section countless times to sell some of my old stuff that is too big to put on eBay. It is free to advertise if your item is under a hundred pounds and it has certainly been successful for me.
My children have been in the paper too, once when it covered a fun day in the town and my son was photographed enjoying himself with the street clown, and then my daughter's pre-school had some photos taken at Christmas and she was in the paper then. Obviously these pages have been cut out and kept but I find myself regularly cutting out little sections and pinning them to the board. Events, things to do, vouchers, businesses - anything I think could be useful comes out.
The only thing that annoys me is the mountains of leaflets that seem to get stuffed inside. I know these probably pay for the up keep of the paper but even so.........
If you live in East Grinstead - don't just recycle the Observer straight away. Have a read first - you might be pleasantly surprised.
Summary: RECOMMENDED xx