Our Winter issue can be found at our distribution points across the city and is also available to download here:
When we first published in 2015, we never expected Winchester Magazine to become such a key part of the community. But 20 issues on we’re proud to say that we’ve made a big difference in the city – not only because we’ve created a quality publication that people really want to read, but also because through our huge Facebook following* we’ve been able to do some pretty impressive things.
Over the last six months, and mainly through our followers, we’ve facilitated freezers and fridges for intensive care and specialist beds for end-of-life care at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, 600 gifts for local carers, art materials for locked-down prisoners at Winchester Prison, grant funding for food for vulnerable people, doughnuts for bus drivers and tens of smaller things that have made a big difference to lives across Winchester.
We’ve supported city businesses with free Facebook posts to help them get back on their feet again. And we’ve done all of this at a time when we’ve had virtually no income ourselves.
Staying true to our commitment to only publish positive news, both in print and on social media, we’ve shared story after story of people going above and beyond for others and have seen these posts receive high numbers of likes and comments as a result.
We’re often the only local media to attend charity and community events, and it’s because of this, and because we’re prepared to roll our sleeves up ourselves, that we have so many pictures of local heroes during lockdown. This issue we’ve dedicated a whole section of the magazine to their contribution to the community.
Winchester may be offering a different kind of Christmas for 2020, but many city traditions great and small continue, and you can read all about them and the people behind them inside.
You’ll also find pages of great ideas for places to wine and dine – from small independents offering great Hampshire fare to local farmers who continue to provide exceptional produce.
Supporting local businesses has never been more important – and we’re absolutely committed to doing that ourselves. Supporting each other is even more important and we hope that you will join us via our regular Facebook appeals to do just that so that everyone in the city can look forward to a happy Christmas – regardless of their circumstances.
*Winchester Magazine has over 9,000 Facebook followers – more than any other city publication.
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