Editorial October 2021

Seeking inspiration for this month’s Editorial I thought I would look back 20 years to October 2001. On the cover was the minimalist advert from Clever Cherry, which caught the eye and was commented on for some time. The magazine had fifty-six pages, which meant a fair old weight to distribute. There were a lot more ¼ page adverts, but colour printing was getting easier to do and full pages were becoming more numerous.

Oddly, there were fewer news items, and most adverts were without a website address, but some had all sorts of odd email addresses.

Marie’s Editorial was mostly about loads of meetings including the Urban Village, forging links with the Resident’s Association and the working community.

Parking news which was always in the headlines back then was the parking permit scheme first visited 12 years previously and was shelved for security reasons. Being discussed again in 2001 it was decided not to proceed as likely to be overwhelmed by the number of applicants.

The new IT system was finally working in the much-missed Information Centre. The police station was going to be staffed again, (yes, we had our own police station then) and CCTV donations were flooding in and a mention for the Christmas Market!

Over the last 20 years, some call it progress, but we have lost our Police station, the Information Centre (which used to be on the Big Peg car park) and Christmas market plus farmers markets. What we have gained over the last 20 years is the permit parking scheme which Marie fought so hard to stop for so long, and a new cynical editor!!!!

This could form the basis of a regular column for future issues looking back thirty, twenty and ten years respectively for things in the corresponding months Hockley Flyer. What do you think?
Email , or leave a comment under this editorial on the Hockley flyer website.

Mark Haddleton – Editor

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