Westcombe News

The Westcombe News was first published in June 1973.

Links to issues published since 2012 can be found HERE.

A copy of the 1973 issue came to light a few years ago, courtesy of the Greenwich Phantom.

Westcombe News June 1973
You’ve guessed it.. PDF in B/W!

Today the Westcombe News is produced monthly 10 times a year. Over 4,000 copies are distributed to all homes in the Westcombe Park area and to local libraries and some businesses.  Apart from printing, the cost of which is covered by advertising, all this is done by unpaid volunteers.

(Members who live outside the Westcombe News distribution area are advised that copies can be obtained by post if they submit ten, large, A4, stamped, addressed envelopes to Myles Dove, 129 Maze Hill, Blackheath, London SE3 7UB)

It is a lively newspaper covering Westcombe Society News and events, local articles and other news items which affect our area. We are very keen to encourage input from local people.

We try to promote local causes and businesses and strive to keep our local area vibrant and forward looking.

We advertise local businesses and services and if you require further details please contact advertising@westcombesociety.org

We now also publish PDF* versions of  all editions on this website for those who do not have access to paper copies.  Please scroll down this page for links.  We hope this will help maintain a link to the area for past residents, as well as offering an insight in to what it has to offer newcomers.

BorAward

In November 2005 the Westcombe Society was the winner of the Walter Bor Media Awards Class Category 1 (Newsletter) for the Westcombe News and has been regularly commended ever since.  These awards are for publications by local community groups and are sponsored by Walter Bor (Walter George Bor 1916 – 1999 who was an Austrian-born British town planner and architect who was very influential in the development of new towns in the UK and elsewhere). The Awards are organised by the London Forum of Amenity and Civic Societies of which the Westcombe Society is a member.  The Westcombe News is the only newsletter nominated that serves the whole community rather than just the members of a Society – something of which we are very proud.

More recently, we were pleased by a more local accolade by a sister publication in Greenwich, Greenwich Visitor, which has a section called Nelson’s Column, edited appropriately enough by “Horatio”. In June 2013, Horatio wrote: “Congratulations to the Westcombe News, a small but perfectly informed community paper here that has just turned 40. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that it helped to inspire the launch of Greenwich Visitor. Its mix of interesting material, useful super-local news, events and community advertisers shows printed paper remains as vital as ever.”

We are extremely pleased to have had the Westcombe News recognised in this way.

It represents a huge tribute to all the hard work of Neville Grant, the Editor. Neville would like to pass on his thanks to everyone involved in writing,producing, editing and distributing the WN, as well as to those who both obtain and pay for advertisements in it. Your help and support is invaluable to us.

If you are interested, the Westcombe Park/Shooter’s Hill area was also referred to in this Guardian article in late October 2007.