Sibford Scene Archive

Sibford Scene 127 June 1989

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Sibford National Gardens Scheme

The Old Court House, Carriers Cottage, Temple Close, Sunday May 21st

The sun shone! My how it scorched down! Shirt sleeves were the order of the day and the girls were resplendent in hastily ironed summer dresses recovered at the last minute from boxes under the bed.

Couples, arm in arm, sauntered over immaculate lawns or lazed in idyllic shady bowers drinking in the amazing blend of scent and colour – only the “Fortnum and Mason’s ” Hampers were missing from a Glyndebourne in Sibford feeling!

The gardens were delightful and made all the lovelier by the fantastic sunlight drenched backdrop of the rolling Oxfordshire countryside, which enhances all views on this piece of our wonderful island.

A truly typical English day in Spring when thoughts and hopes soar and gratitude flowers from THANKFUL hearts.

Thank you dear friends for opening your gardens.

A GARDEN IS A WONDROUS TREASURE
TO WANDER AT PEACE IS TRUE LEISURE!
SCENT, LOVELINESS BLENDS
TO SHARE THIS WITH FRIENDS
IS SURELY THE ULTIMATE PLEASURE!

How to murder your magazine

Are we guilty of murdering our magazine?

On Saturday 15th April I set out, charged by the Editor, to find out the answer to this question.

The opportunity for discovery lay in a one day conference organised by the Oxfordshire Rural Communities Council at Wheatley Park School which brought together representatives from various local magazines in the county.

Ten possible means of murder are:

Do we:-

  • Make the cover dull?
  • Avoid all visuals?
  • Avoid colour?
  • Use cheap paper?
  • Fill the whole page with type?
  • Use old equipment?
  • Ensure poor print quality?
  • Keep the print size small?
  • Avoid straight lines?
  • Never proof the finished material?

As the day progressed I began to see that there must be some ways in which we could improve our magazine.

What do you think? Its your local magazine.

Please let us know now we could improve the magazine.

The above headings might give you ideas.

Send your ideas, in writing, to the Editor or pop them in the Post Office by 20th June, please.

Above, you may see one or two items of historical interest from this edition. To see the whole edition, click on the front-page image to download it as a pdf.

It will take a while, but we’re gradually building up this archive of complete copies of all editions of the Sibford Scene since its inception in 1977. Yet to be uploaded are editions between 2013 and 2015.