VILLAGE NEWSLETTER - THE BRADLEY BUGLE
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The Bradley Bugle: A Brief History
In February 2016 a milestone was reached when issue number 200 of the Bradely Bugle was published! A none too insignificant one given the disappearance of many paper publications these days and with the rise of the computer, what was reported to be the death knell for printing as a whole!
The Village Archive has most of the back issues of the Bugle, though the early ones are a bit fragmented but the birth of the Bugle itself was quite sporadic. It grew out of what was the 'Village Times' in August 1993 (so not that long ago, in many respects). The first copy of the renamed 'Bradley Bugle' appeared in October 1993 – though as yet not numbered – as a single sheet A5 newsletter. These appeared sporadically for a number of years until the first numbered issue was produced in November 1997 – then possibly re-issued, before the new Bradley Bugle became a regular publication early in 1998.
It was produced on behalf of the Village Hall Committee, to disseminate information to villagers and to raise awareness of the project to refurbish the Village Hall. This was a major undertaking for the village at the time and required significant funds and local additional fund-raising efforts. So having a local regular newsletter to keep everyone updated and cajole them along was a key requirement. The Editor during this time was Barbara Buchs ably assisted by Gill Brown. A quick delve into the archives shows how they developed and expanded the Bugle from its initial single sheet into substantial publication with local news, information – often with recipes and reviews, and of course a diary of events and results of the local lottery. The team celebrated with a special issue for the millennium and soon a golden jubilee issue No. 50, in April 2002. Barbara continued in her post, with Gill, until 2006 when she stepped down, but not without racking up the centenary issue.
At the end of 2006 Ann Pigden, Sue Silvester-Bradley and Helen Smith volunteered to take over the reins of the Bugle further developing and expanding the Bugle into more like the publication produced today. They retired at the end of 2012, after nearly 70 issues, when John Barnett and Stuart Wilson took over.
The production of the Bugle has changed dramatically over its lifetime with the development of computers and technology. Gone are the days of correction fluid and cut out the pieces of articles before sending the assembled paper copy off to the printers. Now it is all electronic, but with still a good deal of cutting and pasting. Whether the process has become speedier and easier is another matter of course!
Reading through the archive of back issues of the Bugle had been very interesting and thrown up some intriguing snippets of information; including profiles of new residents, birthday wishes and reviews of local places and services. During this time however, many of the social interests and requirements have remained constant: requests for help and funds etc, as well as similar moans and groans, but above all so has the commitment, enthusiasm and dedication of many many villagers to help out where and whenever required.
A big thank-you to all those who have supported and helped with the Bugle over the years, there are many people behind the scenes who all have played their part, from advertising, to writing articles, printing to distribution and of course creation and editing. It wouldn't have made it to edition 200 without all of your help, so thank-you!