I have received and approved the duplicators' sample of the Christmas charity CD, and MCPS approval also turned up - which was fortunate, as I had already authorised the duplicators to get on with the job.

I should have copies of the CD on Tuesday, and orders will be despatched immediately.

At present, I have about 30 copies of the first batch unspoken-for.

So if you would like a copy, or if you just want to remind yourself what it's all about, please check the link on the front page of

It should also be available from Amazon from the weekend, but not at the concessionary price on


Cathy Homann has kindly volunteered to become our new Competitions Editor.

I shall be compiling my bumper Christmas/New Year quiz to go on in December, then Cathy will take over.

Emails to will now automatically go to Cathy.

I would like to find some way of marking the years for which Pauline Swindells ran so many successful competitions - one idea was to have a small annual prize for the most successful entrant each year. Any other thoughts?