Oh my, how has communication changed for mankind during his time on earth.
From cave drawings and sign language, to the development of language and writing, hand crafted books, the tremendous advent of the printing press in the 15th century, to the art of letter writing and the postman, then the telegraph followed by the telephone, along with photography then radio, up to the more recent developments of television, cell phone, internet, and finally social media and blogging.
Yet the original way - word of mouth - probably still remains the most powerful and effective way of passing on news and information, as many people in our village will testify to. But in today’s busy world, as you dash to work, or this meeting, or the school run, or visit your relatives, it is easy not to find the time for talking or even listening.
So here are some of the ways that you can learn more about what is happening in our village, and how you can pass on news/info too.
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You probably already know about The Lych Gate, which is delivered free of charge to every household in the parish, and is paid for by advertising in its pages and on the website.
There is also a village email list run by the magazine’s editor Nick Kendal, which people can request to be on, and they receive occasional local newsflashes e.g. crime alerts, RBWM bulletins and traffic problems.
The Web gives us a place to go and seek information at a time convenient to us, and most of us now carry it around in our pockets.
wsl.link is the community website, with news and information about local events and activities, and has pages for the Parish Council, the Parochial Church Council (PCC), the village charities and so on. You too can have pages on the site for your village organisation, to edit yourself, or else link directly to your existing website. Ask Simon Shaw, the webmaster.
www.wslprimary.com is the school website, and others are listed on the links page.
Also internet-based are a plethora of social media tools, used by many to send out information and happenings, to share photos and comments.
There are quite a few relevant Facebook Pages for the Parish Council, the Church, the Fete, the School and the PTA, the Cricket Club, 3G group, and so on. You’ll easily find them with a search.
Connected to the main WSL page is also the “WSL Link” group - which local people can ask to join for discussion of local news and events.
Twitter-as it sounds, people tweet messages of interest- The Parish Council have a twitter account at @WSL_RG10
Also tweeting away are the Cricket Club @WSL_CC , Shurlock’s and the Bell (amongst many others), and you can also use the #WSL hashtag.
The group of people who work on village communications are aware there are only so many hours in the day, and no one has time to read everything, so we would really value hearing from our community on what is the best way to reach them, and what they would like to hear.
We have set up a short online survey at wsl.link/index.php/information/comms-survey
Please respond by 30 November...
There will be a random prize draw for a £10 voucher from all the completed surveys
Privacy Notice-We will only use your details for the purposes of the survey and if relevant the subscription to the WSL email list, and we will keep them secure.
We will not pass them on to any third party. You can be removed from the list and have your details deleted on request at any time.
If you would like to take an active role in village communications, or want to follow up on anything in this article, please do get in touch.
We’re all just volunteers, but we want to make it easy for people to find out about and contribute to village life.
Maggi Bevan (PC), Fiona Penn (PCC),
Simon Shaw (Web), Nick Kendal (Magazine)