What is Esk Valley News?
Community magazine for the Esk Valley and Whitby, North Yorkshire
Esk Valley News is a community magazine, published monthly. It includes articles on local people, places, projects and businesses; activities and events in the area; local history; gardening, nature, farming, wildlife and the natural environment; short stories, poetry and photography; notices and local information.
We aim to give a voice to members of the community - an opportunity to share stories and connect with others through the traditional medium of a printed magazine, and its digital relative. There are many regular writers who contribute stories and other material for publication, and we thoroughly enjoy getting to know all the creative and interesting people living around us.
The magazine is produced at our home in Glaisdale, where we also run a small publishing business (Basement Press) producing other magazines and local books.
Esk Valley News was created for residents of the Esk Valley and Whitby, and the surrounding moors, dales and coastal area of the North York Moors National Park. It is also popular with visitors to the area.
We work as a family team (Nicola Chalton and Pascal Thivillon), as joint editors and publishers. Each month we collect and organise articles, edit and design the layout of the content, and, once printed, we distribute copies to local shops and cafes.
Printing the magazine was carried out for many years with the help of adults with special needs at Camphill Press, Botton Village. Currently the magazine is printed by Jetprint in Whitby.
The magazine is distributed at shops and cafes in villages in and around the Esk Valley, at the National Park Centre in Danby and The Dispensary and Whitby Bookshop in Whitby. It is also sent to a growing number of postal subscribers and is available as a digital file received by email. See our Store for information about buying the magazine.
The Esk Valley News website offers free advertising for local fundraising events, an opportunity to publish additional material (photos, movie clips, etc) and a library of archive material. Readers can also comment and share items of interest on the Esk Valley News Facebook page
www.facebook.com/eskvalleynews, and Twitter feed @EskValleyNews.
Birth of a Magazine
Esk Valley News began life in September 2004. The founder, Ann Bowes, decided there was a need for a magazine in the Esk Valley area which would cover subjects of interest for people living in the valley. Success followed and after nearly six years, with a circulation of 200 copies/month, she decided to retire from the magazine and focus on her publishing company (Fryup Press). This is when she handed over the reins to us – Nicola and Pascal of Basement Press (more about us here). Our first issue was No. 69, published in April 2010. Since then, circulation figures have risen, we've given the magazine a new look and broadened its focus and widened our distribution area.