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Melksham News is 700 not out!

YOU are reading the 700th issue of Melksham Independent News!

The paper – one of only a handful of independent family-owned newspapers left in the country – was set up in 1981 and is delivered free to the whole of Melksham and the surrounding villages.

It is run by Melksham couple, Ian and Susan Drew, and is based in the Market Place. Over 13,700 copies are distributed free every fortnight making it the newspaper with by far the largest circulation in the town.

Mayor of Melksham, cllr Adrienne Westbrook, congratulated Melksham Independent News on the milestone. She said, “If you want to know what’s going on in Melksham then there is only one paper to read and that’s the Melksham Independent News.

“It is well-used by all local groups and volunteers to tell the residents of Melksham about all the amazing clubs and activities that go on in the town.

“The MIN really is the best community newspaper around. It gives the facts to everything happening in Melksham and is an invaluable resource to us at the Town Council when we wish to inform the public of what is happening in our town.

“Congratulations on reaching your 700 edition and here’s to many more!”

Melksham News, the town’s own newspaper was printed for the first time on the 2nd of April 1981 by Ian and Susan Drew. In 1992, they added a second newspaper in Westbury, White Horse News, with a third title, Frome Times, being added in 1999. The three titles were printed in Holt on the company’s own printing press up until September last year, when all three newspapers relaunched in glorious colour, which was well received by both readers and advertisers.

The newspapers are now printed by Mortons Print who were named last year as the UK’s Newspaper Printer of the Year 2017 by industry bible, PrintWeek.

Ian Drew, who also edits the paper said, “It’s quite a milestone reaching 700 issues. It’s rare these days for an independent paper to survive – most papers are now owned by large national and even international companies. Our success is a tribute to the dedication of our team here and the fantastic support we get from the people and businesses of Melksham. I’d like to thank all the businesses who have supported us over the years; without them there would be no paper.”

61 Responses to Melksham News is 700 not out!

  1. B Warwick

    January 20, 2018 at 11:38 am

    What I particularly like about the Melksham News is that it services our community in a an open and unbiased way. It is free of political influences and enables our community to express their views in a way that many other local papers fail.

    It is extremely supportive of the Voluntary sector and the incredible role they play in the helping to make Melksham a lovely supportive Community. It has remarkable support from local businesses and the whole community. It has also become our Own local and often very vocal mouthpiece expressing a wide range of views. The backing and success for our Christmas lights volunteers is a fine example of how we have all seen them develop into such a incredible success. Though we should not forget those volunteers need more than tacit support, they need the whole support of all sectors of our community and the MIN helps to make sure that message gets out and also encourage young people from within the community to continue to come forward and protect its future growth. The same can be said for other Voluntary groups the MIN continues to support so well including Melksham Seniors for as we try to keep up with demands for more activities & growth the harder it becomes to obtain more enthusiastic volunteers. The tremendous encouragement the MIN provides helps us all to keep going. Melksham would not be the same without its local Informative independent paper the “MIN”.

    That success and it’s so many achievements could not have been obtained without the tremendous enthusiasm of Susan and Ian Drew, many thanks to them both and to all the great people who have worked on the paper over the 700 editions, Brian Warwick


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