New Editor Wanted for the 'In Touch'
Funding Suggestions Wanted for this Website
This website has the title of www.davidwildman.com. It was started by David Wildman and is, and has always been, totally funded by him. David started the website to ensure that there was local community information available, not only to everyone who is already living here, but also as a place where anyone who has an interest in the area can visit to find out what is going on.
As most readers of this page will also know is that David had also started the community newsletter 'In Touch'. He was the founder, and has been the editor all the way through to the current issue, which, if you didn't already know, is number 43. He built up the 'In Touch' to the point that it won an award as the best Community Newsletter. This must be counted as quite an accolade for someone who does not have a history of publishing, newspapers, editing or community newsletters. It is a tremendous tribute to David that both the 'In Touch' and this website have endured. There is a link on the left of all the pages in this web site to take you to the 'In Touch' index where all issues, from number 1 onwards, can be downloaded onto you computer as PDF files.
Thanks are also due here to the people who have helped David with the finance and distribution of the 'In Touch'. Thanks is also due to Cleddau Press for their help and understanding in getting the magazine printed. Knowing how David actually produced each issue makes me appreciate how difficult it was for him, particularly with all his other commitments. It couldn't have been easy at times. We should also all be thankful to all of the contributors, without whom there would be no content, either in the newsletter, or this website.
David and Margaret have made the decision to move away. That decision is leaving a big hole in the communities of Rosemarket and Burton. The question is how to fill that void. The 'In Touch' needs an editor. It URGENTLY needs an editor. No editor, no more community newsletter. I have been assisting with this website for some time now, keeping it up to date when changes needed to be made. I have also converted all the issues of 'In Touch' to the PDF (Portable Document Format) and posted them on the site. David has kindly agreed to let the site run on for a bit longer but decisions have to be made about it. There is a cost involved.
For those of you who do not know a website is 'hosted' that is stored on a central computer from where it is available to everyone to look at. A hosting package can cost a lot of money but it can be done relatively cheaply as well; it all depends of what facilities you want. This site is not terribly expensive. A new site can be hosted, maintained and updated for around £150/£175 per annum. Compare that to some bigger sites where the cost can easily run into £1,000s.
I will keep the site running for as long as the current hosting contract lasts. But, I am asking for help. If you have any ideas about what should be done about the site, how the community could finance it, please contact me.
If anyone feels that they could take on the editors role to keep the 'In Touch' going also, please contact me. I will do all I can to help.