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19 June edition published (but the App is not)

Had we stretched the budget and given an (old) penny for your thoughts each week we would now be a shilling the poorer in monetary terms but our kindly contributors have generously enriched us and you, dear readers, by donating the varied content of the dozen digital editions to date. This week you have kindly provided material for 30 pages! Welcome to week 12 and our update on the current situation.

Our regular readers will be well aware that we have been monitoring the C-Number, the rate of contributions, for many weeks and we are pleased with the progress so far. We were hoping that it would not fall away in an exponential fashion. We are delighted to be able to report that it is being maintained at an acceptable rate, but we remain alert to future adverse changes to the trend and a second wave causing a dearth of contributions. This must be avoided at all costs so alterations to the guidance are being introduced in a measured way, slowly and carefully.

Although ever grateful for the contributions we receive for publication from a relatively small number of residents, a village wide Race and Rest system was introduced recently in an effort to encourage more people to Race to contribute to the Village News; and from there we are able to reach the Rest. The results so far have been encouraging with a good number of Racers being identified which, by definition, identifies the Rest.

The editors can report that the Rest and Race App is still in development. While the Rest and Race system could be implemented fairly quickly, our mighty all conquering design for the Rest and Race App is unfortunately taking longer than had been anticipated. It has been through thorough beta testing, gamma testing and even delta testing but, frankly, the whole thing is Greek to us. It has had extensive Field trials and River trials, and was recently subjected to the Apple Orchard trials. However, whilst it will certainly help, we no longer think it will be the master key to unlocking more contributions to the digital editions from the Rest, let alone the normal production and distribution of the printed Village News. Nevertheless we will return to the Apple Orchard to resolve the technical issues that cause the Buefruit variety to fall prematurely.

We continue to be guided by the science, but the public’s discontent with being deprived of their fundamental right to receive the Village News through their letterbox each month must surely lead eventually to widespread demands to reinstate the universal distribution of the Village News around the whole village. In that case we will, of course, interpret the science accordingly.

In the meantime our message is clear and remains the same:

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Thank you for reading this weekly briefing to launch the latest, week 12 edition which is available here.

12 June edition published (as the Rest and Race results start to come in)

We have published edition number 11 “legs 11, number 11”. You will need good legs to follow this week’s walk described by Mr Rambler.

We are very pleased that this week some more people have joined the Race to sign up to this weekly reminder that the Village News is available. Welcome to the Race! This will be your first missive.

We would love more people to Race to sign up. The more who Race to our website and sign up, the more likely it is that the digital editions will keep appearing until the new normal is established.

Ramping up the Racing is a great help. It provides the adrenalin that motivates our contributors and editors to keep on going.

But Racing is only half the story.

So what about the Rest? Well, we hope the Rest of the lovely residents of Nursling and Rownhams will be able to read these editions and feel they can contribute memories, history, creative writing, articles, photographs, recipes, etc.

We are delighted this week to feature some new contributors from the Resting.

We do not advocate Resting on your laurels. This can be mind numbing so we encourage you to keep your brain active and contribute to the C-number (the rate of “contributions for publication”, if you recall).

We will continue to monitor the C-number alongside the Rest and Race results to track the progress of the present epidemic of digital editions.

So, please remember our continued call to action for everyone to follow:

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Meanwhile, we hope you find something of interest to you again this week, dear reader.

If you have something to offer for publication, don’t be shy, please send it to:

editors.villagenews@gmail.com.

Meanwhile, your fix of locally contributed articles and images is now available here along with previous editions.

05 June edition published (while continuing to monitor the C-number)

Well, we have made it through to our 10th digital edition!

So far it has been a weekly endeavour during the lockdown to help maintain and possibly further develop the community spirit that we are so fortunate to have in Nursling and Rownhams.

Like the lockdown measures, we will keep the frequency under review. If contributions are in short supply we may relax our weekly routine as a first baby step towards full reversion to a monthly print copy. However, we should prepare ourselves to embrace the new normal when that time arrives.

In the meantime, we are keeping a close eye on the rate of “contributions for publication” (the C-number*). The unprecedented measures we put in place over the last 10 weeks to publish weekly editions may be relaxed as the C-number comes down: we are over the peak and appear to be on the downward curve.

The publication frequency is conditional on how our readership responds to our present requests for new material. We have been very clear with our messaging so far:

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If the C-number* continues to decline we will move to less frequent publications, but we will always be guided by the less than scientific advice of the editors, who needless to say are the wisest of sages in this matter.

Meanwhile, the many (the editors and our readers) are very grateful to the few (villagers providing material to make our 10th edition possible) and we hope you find something of interest to you, dear reader.

If you have something to offer for publication, don’t be shy, please send it to:

editors.villagenews@gmail.com.

Meanwhile, your fix of locally contributed articles and images is now available here along with previous editions.

*For the avoidance of doubt, given the highly intelligent readership of the Village News, you should take care not to confuse our use of the C-number with the term c-number found in an old nomenclature used by Paul Dirac which refers to real and complex numbers, where it is used to distinguish from operators in quantum mechanics. (Thank you for pointing that out Wikipedia.)

29 May edition published

Once again we are very grateful to a small number of villagers for providing material for our weekly digital editions and we would love to have more.

If you have something to offer for publication next week or in subsequent issues please send it to editors.villagenews@gmail.com. Don’t be shy!

Meanwhile, your weekly fix of locally contributed articles and images is now available here along with previous editions.

15 May edition published!

Have you checked that all your friends and family have seen our weekly digital editions?

We hope you are enjoying the variety of items we are bringing you. With contributions from young and old, we bring you their accounts of how they marked the 75th anniversary of VE Day, what the Cubs have been up to and some more information about two local woodlands: one with historical notes and one full of flora and fauna.

Thank you to all who have contributed this week.

You can find the latest edition here.

8 May edition published!

Your latest digital edition of the Village News is available here .

We have updates from our Parish and Borough Councillors, an article and artwork from one of our young residents, and a walk around Toothill incorporating some fascinating local history.

We hope you enjoy the articles and photographs, and thank you once again to all who have contributed them. Please keep sending them in by email to

editors.villagenews@gmail.com

We are delighted that you have enabled us to maintain a weekly edition to help keep the community spirit going during these peculiar times; and please encourage others to send us some items too.

Do let everyone know that the Village News is available online at nrvn.org.uk . If a search engine does not find us, just type https://nrvn.org.uk into the address bar at the top of your browser.

And, of course, encourage them also to sign up on the website to receive these notifications when we publish another edition.

Click here for the new edition!

We hope you are staying safe and well.

1 May edition published!

Your latest digital edition of the Village News was published here a few moments ago.

We hope you enjoy the articles and photographs, and thank you once again to all who have contributed them. Please keep sending them in by email to

editors.villagenews@gmail.com

We are delighted that you have enabled us to maintain a weekly edition to help keep the community spirit going during these peculiar times; and please encourage others to send us some items too.

Do let everyone know that the Village News is available online at nrvn.org.uk . If a search engine does not find us, just type https://nrvn.org.uk into the address bar at the top of your browser.

And, of course, encourage them also to sign up on the website to receive these notifications when we publish another edition.

Click here for the new edition!

We hope you are staying safe and well.

24 April edition published!

Welcome to the fourth digital edition of the Village News which was published here a few moments ago. We hope you enjoy the articles and photographs. Thank you once again to all who have contributed them. Please keep sending them in by email to

editors.villagenews@gmail.com

We still aim to maintain a weekly edition to help keep the community spirit going during these peculiar times; and please do encourage others to send us some items too.

Now that home schooling has recommenced after the Easter holiday, perhaps parents could persuade the younger members of the community to let us publish some of their work: creative writing, pictures, or an insight into whatever their curriculum has led them to discover or learn will all be welcome.

Finally please let everyone know that the Village News is available online at nrvn.org.uk . If a search engine does not find us, just type https://nrvn.org.uk into the address bar at the top of your browser.

And, of course, do encourage them to sign up on the website to receive these notifications when we publish another edition.

Click here for the new edition.

We hope you are staying safe and well.

17 April edition published!

We are delighted to have received sufficient material for a third digital edition, which was published here a few moments ago. Thank you so much to all who have contributed.

With the lockdown continuing for at last another 3 weeks, please keep sending your items to us at editors.villagenews@gmail.com so that we can maintain a weekly edition to help keep the community spirit going during these peculiar times; and do encourage others to send us some items too.

Finally please let everyone know that the Village News is available online at nrvn.org.uk . If your search engine does not find us, just type https://nrvn.org.uk into the address bar at the top of your browser. And, of course, do encourage them to sign up on the website to receive these notifications when we publish another edition.