The Wayland News brought local news and stories to the Wayland area from March 1996. What set it apart was that it written by the community, for the community.
The Editor – more correctly called ‘compiler’ – for the vast majority of its life and also of this website, is its co-founder Editor, Julian Horn. Working together with the late Jan Godfrey MBE all those years ago, They set up a paper that grew and helped bring Joy, local information and events to the Wayland area.
By the end of 2021, although content was beginning to recover, distribution was becoming more and more difficult. From the beginning, The Wayland News has only been delivered to a limited number of homes, the bulk of the circulation has come about by readers collecting the paper from various distribution points, many of which had been severely disrupted during the COVID Pandemic.
In November 2021, Julian took the decision suspend publication for a few months until society recovered. To mitigate that decision and support the community and our advertisers who pay for production, this website was established.
After restarting the printed version in Spring 2022, it became increasingly clear that the paper’s sustainability had been severely damaged by the after effects of the covid pandemic and Julian took the decision to end distribution of the paper edition in October 2022.
Shortly after this he was approached by Tom Navarro and Laura O’Neill with a view to take over the paper, by mid October this came to be and Julian handed over the reigns to them to carry the paper forward.
This site offers the opportunity to publish the community content of the paper as it is received as well as including information from across Norfolk that will will be of interest to readers.
There is also an archive of previous print editions in a viewable form. At the time of writing, the first year and the covid years are in the archive of previous editions as well as other local history interest publications – Looking Back by Julian and The Wayland Recorder from the 1970s which was published by Keith Gilbert.
If you have anything you want to tell the community of Wayland about, please get in touch with Tom by email to email@example.com