HRH The Prince of Wales visited Britain’s largest privately owned local weekly newspaper group today (13th December) to celebrate the 125th anniversary of one of its publications, Brecon & Radnor Express.
During his visit to Tindle Newspapers The Prince of Wales met the management and editors of The Abergavenny Chronicle, The Cambrian News, The Tenby Observer, The Monmouthshire Beacon and the Glamorgan Gem. HRH also met and talked with the entire staff of the Brecon & Radnor Express and of the Abergavenny Chronicle. He was introduced by Sir Ray to the other members of the Board of Tindle Newspapers Ltd, Wendy Craig, Brian Doel and Sue Yates.
Owned by Sir Ray Tindle, Tindle Newspapers has been providing vital community news to rural areas for decades, with its oldest newspaper being published for over 200 years. The newspaper group is also a generous supporter of The Prince’s Countryside Fund and has given £100,000 to help support people who care for the countryside. The newspaper group was started by Sir Ray Tindle with £300 of demob money at the close of World War II. Today he met The Prince and presented him with a special Brecon & Radnor Express Prince’s Countryside Fund newspaper edition.
The newspaper group has also committed to raising awareness about The Prince’s Countryside Fund and will carry the PCF logo on the masthead of all its newspapers during 2014.
The Prince’s Countryside Fund was set up in July 2010 by Business in the Community and The Prince of Wales, who has a long-held commitment to supporting Britain’s hard pressed rural areas. The Fund has given £3 million in grants in 3 years to rural communities, directly benefiting more than 52,000 people. The PCF also operates an emergency fund for times of need.
During his visit, The Prince of Wales visited the Abergavenny offices of Tindle Newspapers to celebrate the upcoming 125th anniversary of the nearby Brecon and Radnor Express. He met with the editors of six key local newspapers in Wales, heard about their work in supporting rural communities and unveiled two plaques recognising the event.
HRH greeted beneficiaries from two Welsh projects that have received grants from The Prince’s Countryside Fund – Pembrokeshire Beekeepers Association and farmers supported by RABI who benefited from the emergency fund earlier this year.
Victoria Elms manager of the Prince’s Countryside Fund said, “Tindle’s newspapers are a great source of local knowledge and a vital information source in rural areas. We’re delighted to receive such a generous donation, which will go towards projects that are working to protect, improve and sustain rural life.”