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  • What was your favourite cartoon from the Cosgrove Hall Films Family?

    What was your favourite cartoon from the Cosgrove Hall Films Family?

    • Danger Mouse (37%, 22 Votes)
    • Postman Pat (22%, 13 Votes)
    • Noddy (19%, 11 Votes)
    • Jamie and the Magic Torch (8%, 5 Votes)
    • Count Duckula (7%, 4 Votes)
    • The Wind in the Willows (7%, 4 Votes)

    Total Voters: 59

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Best of British is the UK’s premier nostalgia magazine covering every aspect of life from the 1930s to today.

Each issue encourages you to:

  • Explore readers’ own recollections and memories in our Yesterday Remembered section
  • Discover more about days gone past with stories on everything from vintage transport to great Britons and from Christmas traditions to great days out
  • Enjoy regular reader favourites such as Treasures in the Attic, 1940s Post, Postcard from… and of course our Puzzle Page and Crossword

We hope you like reading our magazine as much as we love compiling it. In the meantime here is this month’s letter from our Editor, Simon Stabler

Top Shopping
According to the nursery rhyme, the three men in the tub were the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker. And while most of us have probably never met a candlestick maker before (I hadn’t, until I began researching one of the cover features), we all have fond memories of visiting the local butcher and baker.

Supermarkets have contributed to the demise of the high street and I can understand why people would go there if they are cheaper. However, is it really that convenient? After all, in many cases they’re a drive or bus ride away, whereas the high street was just around the corner. Some of us are lucky enough to still have independent shops nearby and in my village, the butcher may have gone but we still have a convenience store and two pubs within walking distance.

All three offer something a supermarket self-service till doesn’t: conversation. But here, it’s the convenience store that is really the heart of the community. This is thanks to its owner, Jonathan, who’s been running it for 30 years. Not only does it sell all the usuals such as milk, bread and papers, plus offering a gold award-winning Post Office counter, there are sausages, pies and scotch eggs produced by a local butcher, and bread and cakes from a nearby baker.

If there’s something you want that isn’t stocked, then Jonathan can often order it, and if he can’t offer a service (he’s also an agent for a local dry cleaner and sells tickets for village events), he invariably knows someone who can.

Jonathan has had to make changes and move with the times, of course, changing product lines and working longer hours, but it’s safe to say that after three decades, this hub of the community still offers good old-fashioned customer service. Long may it continue.