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Happy New Year to all our
readers, advertisers and
contributors, can I say what
a great job you all do; may it
carry on throughout 2018 which looks as if it’s going to be an interesting year.
Locally we have lots of new and interesting businesses starting up, which gives us all greater choice. This year, more than any previous years, local is very important, the High Street has got a great deal to offer; so keep using it.
The Coop must be congratulated for the effort they have put into raising funds for local causes in 2017; well done to the various managers of our local stores for organising all your fundraising and the staff who do such a great job. May it continue into 2018. Locally a lot of social media sites have been promoting a much friendlier view of our towns and villages than has happened previously. Let’s hope this ‘coming of age’ continues and, although we must not paint a rosy picture around everything, promoting the better side of life should not be forgotten.
If you take a look at this month’s events articles, ‘Buzz’ and ‘Grapevine’, you’ll  nd plenty to do across Beds, Bucks and Northants.
Sometimes, though, things do take a little more time, so it’s pleasing to see a movement forward on the East West Rail link. A new rail line and superhighway linking MK to Oxford and Cambridge must surely be good for the area.
Someone who would by now have reached his destination is Ted, read his story “My Special Christmas Shoebox Journey” on page 30. I’m sure Ted is proving popular with his new friend.
Have a great month.
Ron Hall, Editor
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What’s inside?
Regulars Features
 10 Readers’ Letters
A look at what you’ve been saying.
14 The Buzz
We chat to Michael Watson.
18 Book Review
What have our reviewers been reading this month?
40 Mercury Report
When will the Oakdown Crescent saga in Olney be finally sorted?
56 Phonebox Foodie
Foodie reviews a year of food in and around our area.
65 The Lions Club Supporting local traders.
70 Local Churches
Wishing you a Happy New Year.
84 Pibworth The three Bs.
36 Coop Community Fund Topped £20 Million.
42 Celebrating 100 Years
Two residents with big birthdays.
44 Mother of the Bride or Groom Make great out t choices.
46 Silhouettes and Style
Choose the perfect wedding dress.
48 Planning Your Wedding Helpful tips and advice.
52 Disabled Swimming Club Wendy Thompson created a club especially for some of our locals.
62 Dickens of a Christmas Can you spot yourself in our
74 Olney Bowling Club Annual Awards DInner.
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