Berkshire Life is sadly closing - a message from our editor Sarah Rodi

PUBLISHED: 11:25 13 October 2020 | UPDATED: 13:32 30 October 2020

Some of Sarah's favourite covers from her time as editor of Berkshire Life

Some of Sarah's favourite covers from her time as editor of Berkshire Life


The November 2020 issue of Berkshire Life will sadly be our last. Although the website will still be accessible, it will no longer be updated and our social media pages will be closing. Below our editor Sarah Rodi explains more and recalls some highlights from her tenure

This year, we have seen unprecedented disruption in our lives due to the pandemic, and it is in this context I bring you the sad news that November will be the last issue of Berkshire Life.

On behalf of the team, I want to thank you for reading and engaging with us over the past few years.

When I found out I’d got the job of Editor of Berkshire Life, it was a dream come true. I’d been a journalist for 17 years, but this was a passion project: something I could put my heart and soul into, writing about the people and places of my home county.

And when each issue was printed and I had a fresh copy in my hand, it gave me an enormous sense of pride to be able to go out and be an ambassador for the magazine. This role was a life ambition, and it did not disappoint.

Although coronavirus has a lot to answer for, I feel privileged to have been able to support and entertain the community during this difficult time.

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has shared their stories and opinions with us over the years, and also to our dedicated freelance writers and columnists, our creative designer, Dhruti, and her team, our inspirational photographers, our talented account and sales managers, loyal advertisers and, of course, our wonderful readers.

The most important thing I hope we will all take away with us and carry forward are the connections we have made. Berkshire has such a strong community spirit, and I hope this shines through in the magazine. I will always believe Berkshire is the best place to live.

In this bumper final, yet celebratory issue, we bring you stunning images of Berkshire’s forgotten wonders, captured in time by heritage photographer Matt Emmett. His love for the aesthetics of architecture means he seeks out Berkshire’s hidden gems and it makes for a great read.

We also take a look at Kate Middleton’s connections to the county and explore Berkshire bombshell Diana Dor’s legacy to find out how she set the Fifties on fire.

Of course, it’s Remembrance Day this month, and we remember the fallen by looking back over the 75 years since World War II, plus bring you the stories of local ex-military heroes making a difference.

Whether or not we should compare the pandemic to War World II, I hope our final issue brings you entertainment during this time.

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