What is Esk Valley News?
A magazine for the Esk Valley, Whitby and the North York Moors
Esk Valley News magazine is read by local people and lovers of the Moors. It is a community magazine for local people to share views, write about items of local interest, report about businesses, new enterprises and the achievements of local people, and announce community events. The aim is to connect the community, support local businesses and provide useful information for inhabitants and visitors to the area. Contributions are sent to Basement Press and the magazine is printed with the help of adults with special needs (members of the Camphill Community) at Camphill Press, Botton Village in the North York Moors National Park.
Shops and cafes in villages of the Esk Valley, the National Park Centre in Danby, and the Ryedale Folk Museum in Hutton-le-Hole currently distribute the magazine. The magazine is also sent to a growing number of postal subscribers.
The Esk Valley News website offers free advertising for local fundraising events and commercial advertising for other users. It provides a summary of the monthly magazine contents, including a short events listing, plus additional information about the Esk Valley.
Readers comment and share items of interest on the Esk Valley News Facebook page
The Twitter feed @EskValleyNews keeps the wider community informed of news and events in the area.
How it Began
Esk Valley News began life in September 2004. Ann Bowes took the decision to introduce a magazine to the Esk Valley area covering 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). She handed over the reins to Nicola and Pascal of Basement Press (more about us here). Our first issue, No. 69, was published in April 2010. Since then, circulation figures have risen, we've given the magazine a new look and broadened the distribution area and focus a little.