If you live within our magazine’s circulation area — the TR26 postcode covering St Ives, Carbis Bay, and Lelant — you’ll have had the new April/May issue of our magazine through the door this week. It’s our biggest yet at 44 pages. There’s another lovely John Chard photograph adorning the cover, welcoming spring, and so many wonderful events.

And there’s the problem. Because of our long lead-in times with our printer and Royal Mail, this issue went to press before the full impact of the Coronavirus knocked at our door. Our lovingly prepared, and extremely thorough What’s On guide is out of the window now, and as for our preview of St Ives Literature Festival, St ives Food and Drink Festival and Liz and Dom Hewitt’s new Crypt Gallery exhibition, well, they’re now just three events on a very long ‘cancelled’ list.

There are, thankfully, many great articles not affected by the pandemic, featuring the volunteering work of stalwart Joan Tanner for the RNLI, the history of St Ives’ fishermen’s lodges, and a focus on the work of short break carers. And regulars, too, such as updates from Plastic Free St Ives, St Ives Archive, and St Ives Bookseller. We hope you’ll find plenty to read and enjoy. (You can view the magazine online here, if you don’t have a copy.)

The challenge now is the next issue. We realise that you are in the dark as much as we are about when any semblance of ‘business as usual’ will return. We don’t want to break the magazine’s run of publication, but advertising is our primary source of revenue, and we are aware that it is unlikely to be a priority for many businesses at the moment. So this is what we are going to do.

For the foreseeable future, St Ives Local will be a virtual magazine, published online every month. The next issue will be for May — as an update of our printed April/May issue — and we then plan to produce virtual magazines for June and July. Using our website and social media, we will be promoting the magazine like crazy, not only to our usual TR26 postcode area, but the outside world as well. We want to show everyone what a vibrant community St Ives is, as well as being a popular holiday destination.

We would be delighted if you want to contribute to the magazine during this time. You might like to highlight how things are for your group or community during the current crisis, or your plans for when life is back to normal — or you may decide not to mention coronavirus at all! Perhaps your group is still meeting online — tell us what you’re getting up to. The deadline for us to receive words and images for the May issue is 20th April.

Without the long deadlines, we will be able to reflect changes to the isolation situation which may come along. We’ll be keeping this website right up to date, too, and launching a new weekly newsletter to keep advertisers, contributors and readers abreast of changes (you can sign up below!).

We hope this makes good sense to you, and would be delighted if you’d like to keep working with us through this difficult and uncertain time. If you have any queries, do get in touch.

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