Meet the mascots

July 2021 blog

Most companies have mascots don’t they? So as we no longer consider ourselves a brand new company, we decided to get some mascots of our own, AKA the kitties!

Nicky and her family took Wanda under their wings, while Milo and Freya received a warm welcome at Lauretta’s house. In fact, between all the team working on the magazine, I don’t think there’s one of us that doesn’t own a pet.

Pets can bring so much joy into your world – comforting you when you need it most, acting as a loyal companion and just feeling like ‘part of the family’, it’s lovely. The Pet feature in the magazine is always a very popular page and when we’ve asked readers for their pet pictures (usually via social media), we’ve been inundated with pictures of all kinds of pets – from ponies to parrots!

All change

Meanwhile, here at Life In Magazines HQ, if you’ve already managed to have a read of the July issue of Life In Orpington you’ll know that we’ve introduced a few friendly faces.

James has come on board on a part time basis to help with accounts, Zeenat, Tara and Lynsey are the friendly faces you’ll see delivering Life In Orpington every month and we’ve very recently welcomed a new apprentice, Asia, who is keen to get some experience of publishing and magazines, so we’ve welcomed her to the team. We’re also looking at taking on work experience candidates, so if you know someone who’s interested at working in media, tell them to get in touch!

In this month’s issue…

There’s the usual win a £15 App Store voucher by trying the new crossword, plus a new local hero has been named.

And then there’s an introduction to Cllr Mellor, the new Mayor of Bromley and then some great lifestyle features including how random acts of kindness help boost community spirit, plus a new Food & Drink article to offer some inspiration for barbecues in the garden this month. Well, that is, if it ever stops raining!

We also welcome a few new advertisers for July including the Poverest Centre (Bromley Adult Education Centre), Beau Doves, Salur Metal, GutterPRO, Liberty’s Fashion and Hus Barbers. Thank you for your support – and of course to all our advertisers who continue to support us, as we aim to do them.

If you are out and about locally, please do shop local where possible. Putting money back into the local economy helps to ensure we receive the services, entertainment and information at our fingertips, and means that we’re encouraging communities to support one another.

Talking of community, we’ll leave you with a great quote to ponder….

“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much”

– Helen Keller.

Until next month!

School’s out for summer!

July 2020 blog post

It’s great to be back in print! And although we never went away (we published digital issues in May and June – sign up for them here to never miss an issue), it feels right to be back to printing the magazines.

Thanks to all those who sent us words of support and encouragement while we were in lockdown. Please keep sending in your poems, stories, pictures and anecdotes – there’s a £10 Tangent Office voucher to be won for the star response! And if you complete the monthly you’ve also got the chance to win a £15 App Store voucher, thanks to The Bed Post.

In the July issue we put some of your questions to the new Mayor of Bromley, Cllr Hannah Gray, plus we also published a range of interesting articles for you to read – from the health benefits of indoor plants to how to ‘Marie Kondo’ your diet.

Here’s something new…

If you fancy a sweet treat, we’ve got a great ‘Molly’s Cookies’ recipe for you to give a go. Perfect now it’s the summer holidays!

  • 125g unsalted butter (softened)
  • 100g light brown soft sugar
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 150g chocolate chips (or better still, chocolate broken down into small chunks)

The above will make around 25 cookies in total.

How to make them…

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4
  2. Cream together the butter and sugars. Once creamed, combine in the egg and vanilla extract.
  3. Sift in the flour and salt, then the chocolate chips. (I didn’t bother with the sieve and they turned out delicious!
  4. Roll into walnut size balls (for a homemade look), or roll into a long, thick sausage shape and slice to make neater looking cookies.
  5. Place on a baking tray – you can used ungreased baking paper but they are fine on just the baking tray. Ifyou want really gooey cookies, then you’ll only need to bake them for around 7 minutes. But if you want them golden around the edges, bake them for 10 minutes.

When you take them out of the oven, leave them to harden for a minute before transferring them to a wire cooling rack. Enjoy!

Other news & updates

Late last month Lauretta attended the virtual Skills 30:30 event, organised by the FSB in conjunction with the Harris Federation. The Year 13 students from the Harris Academy had the chance to virtually meet local employers.

A huge welcome to People In Sync and Horton Driveways as new advertisers for July, and in terms of networking we’ve also been attending Athena Bromley online Zoom parties and we popped in as a guest on the Lightning BNI networking event.

We’re hoping that it won’t be too long until the virtual online networking meetings become in person meetings, as long as it’s safe to do so of course.

Please feel free to get in touch with your news stories, suggestions and comments – we always welcome the opportunity to engage with our readers.

Until next month…

Nicky and Lauretta