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enfield dispatch april 2020The April issue of Enfield Dispatch has been published. See below for the email sent out to supporters by the paper's editor, James Cracknell.

Hello and welcome to your monthly update from Enfield Dispatch. Issue 19 of the newspaper is now being distributed across the borough, so go and pick up your copy. You can also get it delivered to your door by becoming a member.

This is both the most important and most challenging edition we have published to date. Important because in a time of crisis local news plays a vital role in communicating how and where residents can get help - indeed, journalists reporting on the Covid-19 pandemic have been identified as key workers. Challenging because our editorial team was forced to work from home throughout the production process, while our regular distribution network of local businesses and charities is temporarily shutdown. We had to seek new solutions to overcome these challenges, including recruiting volunteers to help us deliver the paper door-to-door, to whom we are extremely thankful! 

Our publisher, Social Spider Community Interest Company, has committed to continue publishing Enfield Dispatch throughout this public health crisis, however long it may last. This will not be easy. Our advertising revenue has collapsed, understandably, as so many local businesses fight for their own survival. We are seeking new revenue streams to fill this gap, including an appeal to government to help support community publications and ensure they can continue to play their vital role. If you would like to support us yourself, you can either make a donation or become a member.

The deadline for the next edition is Tuesday 21st April. If you'd like to suggest an article idea please email .

In April's Enfield Dispatch

  • Our top story is the incredible community effort to help victims of the coronavirus pandemic across the borough.
  • On Page 2 there are bullying claims made against a former council deputy leader.
  • On Page 4 a developer submits plans for 1,800 homes in Southbury.
  • On Page 6 meet the people behind Enfield’s burgeoning craft beer industry.
  • On Page 7 anti-racism campaigners step up their community work.
  • On Page 8 a director from Enfield Archaeological Society explains the value of the under-threat Dugdale Centre.
  • On Page 12 a singer discusses her ambition to succeed in the music industry.
  • And on Page 15, what happens next to Enfield Town FC after the football season is cancelled?

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