Herald: A voice for the people
Name: Malcolm Loveday. Age: 68. Lives: Chertsey for 44 years, Staines before that. Occupation: Semi-retired research scientist Community work: Tower captain at St Peter’s Church for many years; Has turned the handle on the clock more than half a million times; Has been involved with the Chertsey Society for more than 30 years and the Chertsey Combined charity as a trustee; He is also the bells advisor for the Guildford diocese;
His wife, Sue, is associate vicar at St Paul’s in Egham Hythe and was leader of the 5th Chertsey Guides;
Biggest achievement: The Chertsey Society has been involved in resisting various gravel-raising plans and was instrumental in saving Wheeler’s Green – a 16th century listed house – set to be demolished;
Time dealing with the paper: More than 40 years
Most memorable story: The Trident air disaster in Staines was a really big story and more recently, the sad death of Zane Gbangbola during the floods;
Best thing about a local paper: It is a voice for the local community. The Herald and its sister paper, the Informer, has reporters with local knowledge, and good relationships were established between those in the community and the reporters.