500th birthday for newsletter
LIBERAL Party councillors in Dogsthorpe have celebrated the publication of the 500th issue of their monthly newsletter.
For more than 30 years the party’s Focus newsletter has been keeping local councillors in touch with their constituents.
Championed in the beginning by the highly-reputed Peterborough Young Liberal Party in 1973, it became a monthly publication in 1978, two years before the Dogsthorpe ward had its first Liberal councillor, Adrian Miners, who remains in his position today.
After an inauspicious start that saw the newsletter printed on a hand-operated machine in Cllr Miners’ parents’ house, they are now professionally produced booklets providing useful information for local residents.
With all three of Dogsthorpe’s councillors Adrian Miners, Chris Ash and Bella Saltmarsh being Liberal Party members, they have praised the importance of the newsletter in spreading the word about their hopes for the neighbourhood.
Cllr Miners said: “While other councillors may get into local politics to further the cause of their chosen parties, our party has always been about serving our community.
“People call me quite sad for being around long enough to oversee 500 issues of Focus, but I enjoy the grass-roots of local politics as much as I ever did.”
The party recently continued its dominance in Dogsthorpe after Cllr Ash cantered home in the city council elections with 1,776 votes, which was over 1,000 more votes than the next nearest candidate.
Around £40,000 has been spent over the years to produce the newsletter, which has required the help of volunteers to put in 25,000 manhours to deliver them.
But if the newsletter is to make it to its 600th edition, more volunteers are needed to deliver them.
Areas in need of helpers include Newark Avenue, Elmfield Road, Welland Road, Dovecote Close, Central Avenue, Furze Ride, Lilac Road, Myrtle Court and Sherborne Road.
To volunteer, contact either Cllr Miners on 01733 346728; Cllr Ash on 01733 756573; or Cllr Saltmarsh on 01733 266466.
PROUD: Councillor Adrian Miners with copies of the 500th edition of the Focus newsletter. (METP-29-05-10AS006)