Tilebury's village newsletter.
Editor: F Lennier. BA (hons) (Mrs)
The value of a range of opinions
There is only one thing I should deal with in this editorial. As editor I have received formal notice of a meeting to appoint new trustees of the Harbinger. Firstly I confirm that this newspaper will arrange that meeting and I will attend in good faith.
I will also abide by the decision of the trustees when a complete Board of Trustees is formed. While I cannot stand (being already a trustee) I invite some Tilebury Residents to come forward in support of the paper and to stand as Trustees against Miss D Davies and Mrs Corkerham.
Let us have no doubt - this is a clear attempt to replace me as editor of the Harbinger with Miss Doreen Davies. That may appeal to some people, including those who have supported her through the pages of this paper.
However, I remain clear that it is not in the interests of this paper nor of the village for there to be a change of editorial policy. I have taken an intentional decision to allow all contributors to the Harbinger to take their own unrestricted approach to their own content. That is freedom of speech writ large and the current challenge to it is no more than a, perhaps inevitable, attempt to set up censors to control the thoughts and attitudes of the Harbinger's readers. I have stood up against the conceit and superiority which such believers in censorship exert. If I am replaced I expect the future editor to embrace it with vigour.
I will publish further information about the vote and the reasons for remaining with the current editorial approach in the next issue. But, you may be surprised to learn, I will also continue to publish any such material which my opponents provide so both points of view can be fully understood.
I shall not abuse my position to seek support for my own cause, however, in acting fairly I hope that readers will see what they are potentially losing. For my opponents will never be so bold.
Beautiful words and beautiful thoughts
This month's lyricist may have at least one tongue in at least one cheek as she tells the cautionary tale of care when you encounter cobbles.
A countrywoman's guide to England's Nature - Beautiful Butterflies
Mrs Corkerham describes some butterflies she came across and reminds us that she has taken initial steps to appoint new trustees for the Harbinger.
Tilebury Newspaper Trust
Trust documents and records
Fran Lennier (Trustee Chair as Editor)
We publish certain legal documents concerning the Newspaper Trust so residents of Tilebury are informed about the steps certain people are taking to appoint new trustees.
Solving your personal Problems
Aunt Ali gives sage counsel to the troubled.
Aunt Ali advises the editor of a newspaper and responds to a lady criticising an archer who has taken up an opportunity to advertise an energy drink.
Handy tips from Tilebury's Handywoman
You can do it - Plastering
Kimberley King (No job too easy - quick, sympathetic and effective maintenance and repairs)
Kim has time on her hands so sets about doing some patching plasterwork at home and tells us about helping out a local artist.
Forthcoming Events and Recent Festivities
Our events diarist still remains coy on some of the names of middle aged romantics and talks further about village musicians.
Our Inheritance from our Ancestors - The Newspaper Trust
Dr Harriet Longstepp
Our local historian provides details of the village's Newspaper trust and the assets it holds.
Mens Sana - Village Psychologist
Help keeping your mind healthy
Dr Brenda Dawes-Burritt
Back in harness we hear about how to stave off depression by avoiding boredom.
Items for Sale - new and pre-loved
Private Sellers - the harbinger takes no responsibility for quality or safety of goods bought.
Current listings of items for sale within the Village. Private sales.
Please address all communications for the attention of The Editor, The Mews Office, Market street.
We have a box at the post office for ideas and notes.