The monthly magazine was first issued in October 1877 as the Saint Mary’s Blechingley Parish Magazine (note minus the t) on one sheet of paper folded in half. The Rector, Rev.C.Fox-Chawner, wrote:
“Intended to be a record of events affecting the more humble as well as the more important features of the parish, especially those connected with the church… Any remarks upon peculiarities of the season affecting the neighbourhood, or observations on natural history, bontanical or geological will be welcome by the editor… Tristing that wholesome reading will find encouragement among you”
The first edition of the magazine cost just 1d and was edited by the Curate. From its start in 1877 to its present day it has continued with very few interruptions.
Janine Marks is its current editor and welcomes copy either over the counter at Bletchingley Post Office or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
At just 40p per magazine it is still great value and can be purchased at the Village Post Office. Alternatively if you wish to have the ‘Blechingley Magazine’ delivered to your door, please contact Jeff Marks on 01883 743269