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NEW YEAR - NEW EDITOR
Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Matt Crossland and I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to take over as editor of Bayfair from next year, whilst Jim goes on to enjoy his retirement. I have been a permanent member of our local community for just over two years but I have been visiting Bay for as long as I can remember. My favourite childhood haunts were always the second hand, or ‘junk’ shops as my dad called them that were dotted around the lower village. I was even allowed to buy myself a real sword from one once when I was about six. I haggled the price down to four pounds as I remember and I still have it to this day.
My professional background is as a science teacher but for twelve years I specialised in working with young people from very disadvantaged backgrounds for whom mainstream education failed. Alongside this professional career, I run a photography and videography business and have focussed my skills in working with dance schools, capturing images and footage of their various performances. I hold a third degree blackbelt in Tae Kwon-Do, I have trained for 15 years and have been an instructor for over five years.
Since meeting my wife, Su, in 1999 I have been coming to Bay every Easter as one of the ‘Bogglers’ a group many locals will be familiar with, especially the bartenders and sweet shop owners. Bayfair has always been an integral part of our visits and has always been high on the list of priority purchases when arriving in Bay for our week of walking, drinking and friendship. Its mix of local news, special features and for us, the masses of holiday cottage adverts from which we could pick our haunt for the next visit is a perfect mix. The local trade adverts have also proved useful on more than one occasion when things have taken a turn for the worse in a cottage or with our transportation.
Becoming an active part of a community was an important part of our family decision to leave our professional careers and the big city behind and move to North Yorkshire. We arrived in September 2015 and have worked hard to integrate ourselves into local life. Su runs a dance school for children and adults, I run a Tae Kwon-Do club, am a retained fire fighter at the RHB Station along with being a member of the Village Hall Committee.
I am extremely excited about taking Bayfair Publications forward, continuing its traditions and I look forward to working with Jim, the myriad of contributors and the local advertisers to ensure this cornerstone of our community continues to serve its purpose onto its five hundredth edition and beyond.
Matt has already demonstrated his energy and enthusiasm by playing a major part in getting the November issue of Bayfair into the shops and out in the post to over 300 subscribers. He will be taking full charge from January 2018.