Stonesfield ~ Oxfordshire
Historic Cotswold Village

The Stonesfield Website - funding announcement and request for contributions

It’s been my privilege to run the Stonesfield village website - - for two years, and with new support from the Parish Council, I’d like to invite more local people to become involved. Some one-off funding means the site can continue for another year, and be further improved, as a resource for the village and potential visitors.

The council will have a method to directly communicate its activities to a broader audience and has begun to release news on progress of the Community Plan.

Stonesfield is lucky to have an excellent local print magazine, but the website, set up in 2003 by David Perkins, is the source of information on the internet for more immediate local news and information. There’s also information on life in Stonesfield, events, photos, a forum, a business directory and is the online host for current and back issues of The Slate.

David established the site after a successful campaign to get more than 500 people to register interest in broadband internet for the village; vital for many businesses then, an essential utility for the home too these days. Having a website to promote local businesses was a logical step, as well as helping communications for the school, clubs and the diverse range of organisations represented in Stonesfield.

I took over the site in February 2010; updating it with more content and, I think, making it more visually appealing.

Now there’s an opportunity for more people to become involved. With the new support I’d like to offer to budding (or experienced) reporters a chance to contribute, and renew the open offer to village organisations the chance to make use of the site to promote their activities.

A number of organisations currently provide information for their members and the public on the site, saving the time and complication of setting one up themselves. Please contact me if you’d like to take up this offer on behalf of a community group.

In addition, it would be good to have a variety of contributors for the News section. While not directly competing with The Slate (usually it’s of a more immediate nature or links to other media). Please contact me to let me know if you’d like to contribute.

Novices are welcome too as a training and (metaphorical) hand-holding event will be offered.

Also, for local business also looking to promote themselves on the number one website about Stonesfield, banner advertising on the homepage is offered at very competitive rates.So, to all those looking to get the word out about their group, business or the community, please get in touch, and even learn a new skill!

I look forward to hearing from you.

Tim Watt.

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