WOW! It’s been a very busy but amazingly enjoyable past month as we continue to ease out of Lockdown.

Our April issue was our biggest yet as shops, gyms, hairdressers and some other businesses were allowed to open.

Well, I’m delighted to say that the positivity has continued, and we have been able to maintain the 56 pages.

Our mix of print, website and social media is proving a tremendous success as we reach more people than ever.

Getting the 10,000 copies to the community often depends on where our main outlets are. We are delighted that Eastbourne Pier, The Enterprise Centre, Langney Shopping Centre, and The Beacon are now stocking Bournefree as well as our other key outlets. We thank them all and appreciate each one.

Our website continues to have around 10 new stories each day, and each story is also shared on social media. Log on, make it a daily habit.

Put the three together (print, website and social media), and it’s working well.

This month, for example, we’ve been getting to know new businesses all ready to open on May 17, and others reopening.

We are now working with the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, both online and in print, which is just great.

Clinic 33 is a new attraction to the Meads area, and we will be featuring them both in the magazine and online.

And it was great to meet Andy from Sussex Footcare, which has just opened in Watts Lane, Motcombe.

That’s just three. I could mention more, and you will see them in this month’s edition. We really are over the moon with the response. Join us next month.

It is all about forming long-term relationships which benefit Bournefree and the customer. We are very clear about that.

Finally, I must mention Oliver, the autistic 12-year-old boy from Sovereign Harbour, whose amazing drawings of boats we have printed free of charge. All 800 of them.

Mum Anna and I have been out and about delivering them to people. They are £10 for the pack of eight and we have already sold more than 50 per cent. Every penny goes to the RNLI.

That’s it until June. In the meantime, get involved, message us and suggest how Bournefree can be of assistance.

Thank you