JUST over a year ago the first ever edition of the Malvern Observer landed on people’s doormats.
Since then, we have tried our best to bring you a variety of news, sport, entertainment and more – getting to the heart of the issues which affect you and your community.
In our first edition we brought you an exclusive story about the expansion of Great Malvern Primary School and since then we have been aiming to interest, inform, advise and occasionally amuse you with a mix of stories which reflect life in Malvern and the surrounding areas.
Among the issues we have covered are the shared chief executive, a police operation to crackdown on shoplifting, the ongoing SWDP and events including Britain in Bloom, Tour of Britain and the RHS Malvern Autumn Show.
Editor Harriet Ernstsons said: “Launching a new paper is always going to be a nerve-wracking time but is also an exciting opportunity. While we have stuck very much to the tried and tested Bullivant Media formula of providing free news weekly to people’s homes, we have also tried to come up with new and interesting ways to reflect what’s going on in your communities.
“Reading comments which have been coming in to mark our first anniversary has been fantastic and I was particularly heartened by the positive feedback about our chief reporter Carl Jackson – we knew he was the right man for the job from the launch but it is fantastic to see the readers agreeing with us.
“There is always room for improvement and we are never going to please all of the people all of the time, but we want to continue to improve and grow – taking our lead from what the community wants rather than assuming we know best just because we are the professionals. You read our paper therefore it is only right you should have your say.”
To mark our first year in print, we have been asking readers what they think of the Observer – regular e-mail contacts may have already received a letter from us but we want as many people as possible to have their chance to give us some feedback.
Whilst we cannot guarantee we can implement all of the changes readers want, we are reading every single response and where possible we will work towards a solution which will benefit residents.
Comments received will also be passed on to Bullivant Media bosses, the company which publishes the Observer, and may be shared with advertisers too.
To take part, simply e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org telling us what you think we have got right in the past year, if you think the balance of different types of stories is right or could be adjusted, where we could improve, how we compare to other local newspapers you read and any additional comments you wish to make.
Alternatively, send your answers by post to Malvern Observer, Webb House, Church Green East, Redditch, B98 8RA.