Many of the early Parish newsletters for Kingsdown, Lynsted and Norton are in a poor state, making their transcription difficult to do using OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software - relying instead on manual interpretation. This is a labour of love that will take a considerable time to complete because of the scale of the task - there are more than three hundred issues in total.
The idea for a Newsletter serving three Parishes came from the fondly remembered late Reverend William (Bill) Hill. He was very clear that this publication should serve everyone in our communities, not the Church alone.
The first issue (June 1977) included this, now very familiar, triangle logo that was designed by Lorna Gambell. It features panels of sheep, apples, cherries and hops. We understand that drumming up advertisers in the early years was down to Jenny Bage. The importance then, as now, of the advertising revenue is that the Newsletter is delivered free to every household in the communities of Kingsdown, Lynsted and Norton.
From Issue No.3 onwards, the Newsletter introduced a Directory feature that remains central to the Newsletter's value today. This long list is not transcribed from all issues.
Society Discretion: In more recent editions, we have applied some discretion in transcribing personal pieces that clearly were not intended for consumption outside the Parish. Telephone numbers and email addresses are also removed in the later electronic version. Adverts are also removed as these are the 'life blood' of the Parish Newsletter.
Using the table below, your can browse each newsletter as it is made ready. Should you wish to, you can also download a PDF copy of each issue.
|1977||No.001||No.002||No.003||No.004||No.005||No.006||No.007||"Keep Kent Clean" (PDF)|