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HELLO! I’m back from my nice little break, I hope you all missed me as much as you were all missed!

So… Matt and I survived the lovely drive-through safari albeit as predicted the monkeys did indeed defecate over my car! My plans to recreate Georgia’s favourite ‘monkey on the car’ skit was a success but this didn’t come without sacrifice… one feisty monkey lifted my rear windscreen wiper and proceeded to bounce on it whilst another was happily chewing and snapping the aerial of the car in front of us! Word of advice, if you ever decide to visit Longleat Safari Park, please don’t take a nice car, especially if it’s new, as you may leave a bit upset!

For those of you wondering how it went with our lovely colleague Niki’s proposal which I mentioned in my previous blog…it was a success! Congratulations to you both Niki, we are all over the moon for you and cannot wait for the wedding!

Anyways, back to business…returning to work after bank holiday was a whirlwind and I’m not just talking about the weather!

On top of catching up on what already was a short week this week, I had many emails to catch up on due to my absence week beforehand and my role in CommunityAd always keeps me excitingly busy – there’s definitely never a boring day! Kelly, Georgia, Jess and myself spent two very busy days at this year’s launch of The Publishing Show at the ExCel Centre in London! I quite frequently visit trade shows, exhibitions, conferences, and I can honestly say the show was definitely a success for us. The Publishing Show was absolutely relevant to our industry and it was extremely insightful to spend two engaging days with some leaders in the publishing industry. My top 3 personal favourite speakers included:

  • Catrin Griffiths, Editor of The Lawyer, Centaur Media
  • Jonathan Bown, Commercial Content Director of Imagine, Immediate Media Co.
  • Tara Lajumoke, Managing Director of FT Strategies

The two days were thoroughly enjoyable and the four of us gained plenty of insight into how to further develop CommunityAd to benefit our readers and advertisers alike, watch this space because more changes are coming!!

Meanwhile in the office, editorial wise…Matt spoke to the Secretary of Ashford Twinning Association, Phillipa Seager who told us about their brilliant flood appeal which has seen them raise over £12,000 for their twinned German town Bad Münstereifel after they suffered catastrophic floods devastating their town.

In our upcoming Bramley & Sherfield magazine, Alice spoke to the god son of favourite author Rosemary Sutcliff. God son Anthony Lawton delved into Rosemary’s novel ‘The Eagle of the ninth’ (historical fiction) and it’s references to a historical artefact that was found at Silchester. This novel was nominated for a Carnegie Medal.

For our Witham edition, Callum spoke to football club Essex Charity FC who have recently created a national affinity cup; a charity equivalent to the FA Cup with 64 teams participating across the country. How amazing!!


It was also a success in print this week; Bearsted, Rye, Old Basing and our first ever combined Rochester, Frindsbury & Strood edition have now all been sent to the printers!

To summarise it all, it has been a great return to work for me this week and now it has gone 3pm, the day is over and I am extremely excited for a nice long nap before the weekend commences! Looking forward to continuing with my huge to-do list next week so for now I’m wishing you all a fantastic weekend and if you’ve got something you want to speak to us about, get in touch! We love hearing from you!


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