Lingfield and Area Community News Editorial

Hello again friends, and welcome to this, our Summer 2022 edition of Community News, bringing you the local news and information you need. Summer is on the way, days are lengthening, temperatures are rising, and preparations are being made for a summer of (Covid-free with any luck) fun. So, get out there and enjoy everything that your local communities have to offer.

Platinum Jubilee celebrations

I’m sure we’re all looking forward to the celebrations for The Queen’s coming Platinum Jubilee. There are a number of events planned, including a street party in Church Road, Lingfield on Thursday, 2 June from 5.30pm before a torchlight procession to the beacon lighting that evening.

Dormansland Parish Council is working with a team drawn from all organisations across the village, drawing up a plan for a four-day programme that will celebrate the talents in the village, showcase the community spaces, and deliver a lasting art project for the village.

Rising costs

It can’t have escaped your notice that everything is costing a little more, and money is not going as far as it once did. And things are no different here at Community News. Costs have been rising for a while and we have not passed on the increase to our loyal advertisers, but rather dipped into our reserves (built up in better economic times).

Despite generous gifts from Lingfield Parish Council and the support of our advertisers, over the last few issues we have been losing money. As energy and paper costs rise so do our expenses.

The purpose of Community News is not to make money, but to serve and support our local community, which successive groups of local volunteers have done since 1976. However, we must at least cover our costs. Sadly, we have found that community funding is difficult to secure as it often covers a single project rather than ongoing printing costs.

Over the next few weeks our volunteer team will be working out a strategy to move forward. Rest assured, we are all committed to keep publishing and sharing news from our local villages. We’ll keep you informed of any changes, and we’re happy to hear your thoughts and suggestions too.

Local plans and housing

The Lingfield Neighbourhood Plan, despite a frustrating couple of years waiting for the outcome of the Inspector’s examination of the Tandridge Local Plan, is now making progress.

There will be another public consultation on 18 June to gather opinion on which development sites are preferable. Even though there is an understandable reluctance for large-scale development, with an increasing need for homes we must accept some as a fact of life.

Ukraine

As we go to press, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, causing death and destruction across the Eastern European nation and prompting one of the largest ever refugee crises seen in Europe. Inside, Claire Coutinho MP reveals how several Ukrainian families from East Surrey have been trying to bring their loved ones here. By the time you read this, hopefully they’ll have arrived safely.

New shops

It’s always good to see new shops and businesses opening in the local community, and we’ve seen two starting up in just the last few weeks. Kate Creative offers pottery painting and bear building on a daily basis, adult evenings, school clubs, and events for charity groups such as scouts, girl guides and the WI.

“We specialise in baby prints and the studio can be hired for birthday parties and private groups,” said owner Katharine. “We are also hoping to be able to run further groups soon, including homeschool education classes and further clay and painting workshops.”

Meanwhile, The Attic Shop, situated next to the Red Rum Caffe, has now opened at 22 High Street, selling women's clothing, vintage watches, women's bags, children's clothing, vintage and antique items/ornaments and numerous pre-loved men's garments. I can’t deny already paying a couple of visits, and buying more than a few interesting trinkets.

Think local first and join the team!

Will you think local first and give something back to your community by joining our volunteer gang? How about helping put together this wonderful little local publication, or maybe you’re a fundraising ninja who can help us keep the show on the road! Fancy yourself as a bit of a writer? Is there anything happening locally that makes you angry or happy? Please get in touch.

Or if you like getting out and about locally, you could volunteer to help with Community News’s distribution and delivery. Many of our amazing volunteers have been with us for years (even since we began in 1976) and we could certainly use more deliverers. So if you could spare a few hours just four times a year, please get in touch

That just leaves us to say once again a Great Big Thank You to you, our readers, advertisers, contributors, deliverers, friends, and associates. Enjoy the rest of the summer, look after each other, and we’ll see you all again at the start of autumn.

The Community News Team

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