This week we celebrate the unique way we focus on local life as part of Holding our Community Together, our campaign to raise awareness launched last week.
This focuses on the impact made by your local newspaper every week.
The lives of people living locally are central to our news, with their highs and lows featured on our pages and on our website, just as we have reported on local events throughout our history.
Even when our community was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying lockdowns, we have stayed true to our aim of reporting on what matters to our community.
We hold a unique place in local life by reporting on the everyday stories which social media and other digital news providers do not document.
Continuing our approach of being the news brand of record, we feature the clubs, groups, teams and individuals who combine to make our community.
This includes local youth groups, junior sports teams, volunteers, civic organisations and community figureheads like our mayors.
Nobody, we believe, understands our community like your trusted local news brand, so we continue to feature the community work of our public services, the police, fire service, NHS and teaching staff, as well as all those who work for our local authorities to make a difference to our region.
Recently, we have brought you news such as:
- The ‘Wombles’ young and old giving their time and effort to pick up litter and make our towns and villages a better place for everyone.
- The Liskeard in Bloom crew who are out come rain or shine to beautify the town and lift everyone’s spirits.
- The lifeguards and lifeboat crew on our local coastline going above and beyond every day.
- And the mayors who come out to help move a flock of sheep to their new home on an island, stand in the river to collect ducks in a duck race, roll up their sleeves to powerwash grimy pavements, and throw off the civic robes to dance with Pride on The Parade!
We brought you unique and in-depth coverage of our local elections, giving each candidate across the district a platform in print to reach as many potential voters as possible.
We see it as our responsibility to bring you the human-interest stories which may not make the headlines outside our town or region but mean a great deal to the people living here.
In recent times we have brought you news of the primary school where every pupil member wore yellow to raise awareness of Cystic Fibrosis, and how staff there go to great lengths to make sure that a little girl can have a normal school life despite her illness.
We’ve let you know about the community cupboard-fillers quietly providing donated goods and swaps for families in need, and the young teenager who was probably the first person her age to walk the entire coastal path.
Serving this area since 1857, we believe nobody understands our community and shines a light on everyday life like us.
As part of the community, we hold a unique place in being able to document your lives, giving encouragement to those who give back and a voice to those who need help.
While the printed newspaper is integral to our service, we can use our websites and other digital platforms to reach many more people, driving interest in the life in our community.
With our social media reach we are also able to engage with people far and wide about the work of people in our area.
The technology may change but our purpose remains the same. We want to celebrate the best of local life.
We hope you will continue to send in all the important news for our community to appear in your trusted weekly newspaper or on our website, as we play our part in the recovery from the pandemic.
Whether it is the latest fundraiser event for a good cause, a group of volunteers who have rolled their sleeves up to help, or friends who want to place a memorial for a loved one now gone, we will continue to share your news.
Thank you for continuing to share your news through the Cornish Times, holding our community together.
Nigel Walrond, Editor