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Friends of Talk of the Town

In last month’s edition of this magazine you may have read an announcement calling for a meeting to form a group called ‘Friends of Talk of the Town’. This meeting was held on 10th November and a formal group have been formed. As readers of this magazine have been made aware, continuing to produce the magazine in its current form is becoming financially untenable. The only objective of the newly formed group is to give support to Ian Tyas, the Editor, in sustaining the future of our community magazine in its current format, style and ethics.

The meeting, initially chaired by Mike Sellars, was

well attended by many concerned citizens including the Editor. In a frank and open manner, Ian explained the ongoing problems of managing the magazine, including the onerous task of obtaining outstanding debts to the magazine by defaulting advertisers. His major concern and wish was to be able to continue to produce the same quality magazine free and delivered to every home in Saltburn. A lively debate followed, where many ideas were raised and discussed. Everyone agreed that they would be happy to pay for the monthly magazine and felt that most of the readers would also be willing to pay. However, Ian was adamant that Talk of the Town should remain a free publication, delivered to every house in Saltburn.

Chairman Paul Chappell, Secretary Richard Dales- Coupland, Treasurer James Haddow, Committee Members George Clayson, Joe Cockfield, Simon Wedgewood, Mike Sellars and Bob Storey. The next meeting will be Thursday, 8th December at 7.30pm at Saltburn Conservative Club. The committee stress that they have no political connection with any party. The meeting place is only a matter of convenience, and all concerned readers of the magazine will be welcome to attend.

We, the ‘Friends of Talk of the Town’ are now

asking everyone who reads and enjoys this magazine to step forward and subscribe but unfortunately setting up the new bank account at Barclays will take some time and at the time of going to press we do not yet have the bank account number for standing orders, but hopefully we will in time for January’s magazine. In the meantime payment is welcome by cheque, payable to, Friends of Talk of the Town, £12 for 12 months. Cheques or payment in cash can be dropped into Saltburn Conservative Club or in Real Meals, Jackie’s Saverstore or the Library. We also hope to soon have in place collection boxes where people can pick up extra copies of the magazine and make a voluntary donation. A full list of these venues will hopefully be published in January’s magazine. See Ian’s ‘Letter from the Editor’ on page 3 for

An agreement was made that the best way to sustain

the magazine within Ian’s provisions would be to ask readers to make a voluntary subscription towards printing and delivery costs. Further it was agreed that a suggested contribution would be £1 per copy per month. It was estimated that even if a third of the published copies were subscribed at £1 each, this would guarantee the future and format of the publication. The formal formation of a group to be known as ‘Friends of Talk of the Town’ would raise and administer these funds to supplement the publication’s costs. The group would also assist the Editor recover unpaid invoices for advertising. Volunteers were asked to step forward and the following people formed the group:-

news of the success of his fundraising musical event on November 5th and an advert on page 50 for another original idea for a fundraising event.

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