Two local parish magazines have fought off stiff competition from over 600 entrants to come in the top 20 in the National Parish Magazine Awards for 2016.
Roundabout Lightwater, the parish magazine of All Saints’ Church Lightwater, came fourth overall and achieved Best Print Quality in the A5 magazine category. The united benefice of St Andrew's Cobham & St Mary's Stoke D'Abernon’s parish magazine Together was ranked 14th overall.
The monthly magazine, which was re-launched in full colour in 2014 to build on its popularity, is a guide to Lightwater life, containing news and information about the church, village and surrounding area, including details of local shops, services and tradesmen.
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Pam Newman, Roundabout Lightwater’s editor, said:
“The church has entered the competition three times previously. We entered for the second time in 2015 with the new format magazine and came 24th. We were really delighted with that result, but determined to improve our position so entered again this year. This result was wonderful, and makes all the hard work worthwhile.
“I think the popularity of the magazine is the fact that it gets out the church’s message and still involves the whole community, so there’s something for everyone.”
All Saints’ vicar, Revd Mark Wallace, said:
“In my former life I was a book editor, so I think publications and communication are really important for churches. We brought in a new logo for All Saints’ a few years ago and gave Roundabout Lightwater a fresh new look in colour, which makes it look fantastic.
“For a small, local church to get this kind of recognition nationally is a tribute to our brilliant team and our vision to connect to our local community. I think it must mean we are the 4th best church in England!”
Edna Tipping from St Andrew's Cobham & St Mary's Stoke D'Abernon, who works with David Greenwood to design Together magazine for printing, said:
“We are all thrilled at this result, which is a step up from last year when we came 31st.
“Together magazine dates back to 1988, when it was known as Family - it was renamed two years ago to cover the united benefice. Daphne McFarlane took over as editor almost 20 years ago.”
Together can be read in full at www.standrewscobham.org.uk
The annual National Parish Magazine Awards are run by Parish Mag Printers for editors and their fellow volunteers all over the country who devote their time and effort free of charge to producing parish magazines that serve their communities.
Paul Orsborn, Award Co-ordinator, said: “It is our aim to give magazine editors recognition for the service they provide, which so often goes unrewarded, and perhaps give an incentive to those who are considering joining their ranks in the future.”