A COMMUNITY ASSET

The Village Voice was started in 1995 as a four-page newsletter, delivered in Tideswell by enthusiastic members of the local community association. Tideswell is the Peak District's largest village.

Down its 25 years, slowly but very surely, an independent The Village Voice has developed into an informative, respected and in-demand monthly. The first major step was a change to A5 booklet format and the number of pages started to increase. Distribution widened, taking in several more villages.

A new managing editor took over in the latter part of 2018 and that led to wholesale change. Layouts were revamped and content revitalised into a lively mix of news, reports, features, photos and advertisers' messages. Commercial printing in full colour replaced in-house black and white production.

Print numbers were boosted. The circulation area was extended to involve all villages within a five-miles radius, including copies for cafés, pubs, shops and holiday lets. Requests to receive emailed electronic copies took off and they continue to grow.

The Village Voice today:
32 pages
~ full colour ~ 4,000 estimated monthly readers ~ around 1,900 print and digital circulation ~ free door-by-door delivery

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