At precisely 11am on the morning of 1st March 2011, we pressed the button which released the new village website publicly on to the World Wide Web.
A few minutes later the team photograph above was taken, showing L to R, Keith Buck (Triangle Editor), George Dudzinski (Dep Website Editor), Richard Flint (Webmaster) and Jon Boots (Website Editor).
If we look a bit serious and drained, it’s because, after many winter weeks of concentrated work to get everything ready, we were still unsure about how the website would be received and what new difficulties might be thrown up.
There was a great team spirit during those first months. We hope to build a new website team in the coming year to revive this sense of enjoyment and reinvigorate the 10-year-old project.
I’m grateful to the various members of the website team I’ve worked with since 2011. Over time they have moved away or found other projects to occupy them. I’m now the only website editor and as such I’d like to familiarise a couple of people at least with what is involved, while I have the time and energy. I am fortunate that Richard still provides all the technical support, even though he moved to County Durham several years ago. The editing job is easy and requires only a basic knowledge of using the internet. Please get in touch if you think you can help.
The village website played an important role during lockdown, e.g in getting out early information about support groups and local suppliers. As society opens up again, there will be more to report, just as I will have much less time to report it.
What will the future bring? We are all hoping for renewed freedom to visit friends and family, go to the cinema or theatre, get to a music festival perhaps, and much more. And we do need a new website team for our 2nd decade.