Ed­i­tor’s let­ter

EDP Norfolk - - Editor’s Letter -

WEL­COME to 2018. Although ac­tu­ally, thanks to the va­garies of magazine publishing, some of you will be read­ing this in the dog days of 2017, pos­si­bly even be­fore you’ve stuffed the turkey and in­haled that first amon­til­lado at 10am on Christ­mas Day.

But that is of no mo­ment; we will as­sume for now that we have emerged blink­ing into the New Year, ex­cited at the prospects that the next 12 months will bring. I hope you had a good New Year's Eve and that you re­mem­ber as much of it as you choose to.

At the time of writ­ing, prepa­ra­tions were well in hand for our cel­e­bra­tions. For the past few years the vil­lage has come to­gether in the hall for a bit of a shindig.

We are lucky enough to have a group of friends in the par­ish who in­clude a cou­ple of creative types who can, for one night a year, trans­form a usu­ally strip-lit, bare room into the most ex­clu­sive of party venues.

Last year's theme was Europe. This year it is the Os­cars and the cre­atives have al­ready fash­ioned a life-sized golden statue out of gold pa­per and who knows what, put to­gether a film loop of clas­sic clips, made a wall of posters and a movie quiz, sorted out com­edy games and decor. Oth­ers have or­gan­ised food (I’m in charge of the mu­sic; oh my days, are they in for a treat!) and all the other es­sen­tials to make the event a suc­cess.

It is fancy dress, of course (op­tional - but who is brave enough to opt out?) which has brought some sea­sonal stress into the Cas­tle house­hold.

To date, al­most ev­ery film star sug­ges­tion I’ve put up for Mrs C has been crisply slapped down. “No, I'm not go­ing as Cruella de Vil/ Lau­rel and Hardy/the princess from Shrek.”

It’s look­ing a lot like she will be a princess though; Leia from Star Wars. Fol­low­ing three mod­er­ately suc­cess­ful vis­its to the gym I am Rambo. I’ll leave that one with you.

The won­der­ful thing about the event is that it re­ally does bring a small com­mu­nity to­gether; 40-50 peo­ple hav­ing a bit of a hoot in the hall, get­ting to know each other bet­ter, putting the place to good use, muck­ing in with the or­gan­i­sa­tion and even, slightly blearily, clear­ing up the next day.

How­ever you chose to see in the New Year, whether at a fab­u­lous party or at home with a glass of some­thing de­cent and Jools Hol­land’s

Hoo­te­nanny, we wish you a suc­cess­ful, happy, healthy and pros­per­ous 2018.

Do­minic Cas­tle Ed­i­tor, EDP Nor­folk Magazine 01603 772758 / 07725 201153 do­minic.cas­tle@archant.co.uk

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