"Let's start a newsletter!" is how it all started. Having bought a finca close to Camposol, we discovered that many of our new friends had skills to offer and new businesses were starting up everywhere. Many of us were new to the area and we all wanted to know where to buy various things and where to go for a good meal etc. Our idea was to produce a newsletter once a month and distribute it at the Camposol car-boot sale on the first Sunday of each month. Jo was the 'computer person' so she set about designing the newsletter and we had fifty copies printed for the first 'edition'.
We soon increased the number of copies of the Costa Cálida Chronicle, as the newsletter became and began to charge people to advertise in the paper. The money received for adverts paid for the printing and for the first four years we put everything back into the paper, using any money to print as many copies as we could.
The first charity in the Brit community, PALS (Protection and Life Saving), was formed after a small child drowned in one of the swimming pools on Camposol A and Noah's ARC was formed shortly afterwards, so we offered to put a free article in the Chronicle each month to let people know what events were coming up and what the charity had spent any monies on. We now print free articles each month for over 20 charities and organizations in the area. The Costa Cálida Chronicle has sponsored many local charities, groups and events, including Noah's ARC, the Camposol Fiesta, Café Concert III and Cloud Nine Drama Group and of course we raised an amazing 1,300€ for the Poppy Appeal in November 2009. We print articles that are relevant to living here in Spain, some of which are sent in by our regular contributors and keep a good mix of information for our readers and advertisers alike.
Teresa Hicks joined the team in 2004 and through her skills and enthusiasm, the Chronicle has gone from strength to strength. We are the only magazine that covers the whole of the Costa Cálida, from Los Alcazares and La Manga, across to Cartagena and the smaller villages of Fuente Alamo and Las Palas to Mazarrón and up to Northwest Murcia including Fortuna, Mula, Bullas, Cehegin, Calasparra and Caravaca de la Cruz. We personally deliver the Costa Cálida Chronicle as we believe in keeping in contact with not only our advertisers and readers, but also with our distributors. They are all important to us and we are aware where people like to find the Chronicle.
We are more than competitive with our pricing and to help our advertisers, have not increased the price of advertising since 2005. We have our own advert design team and they have worked hard with changes to the Costa Cálida Chronicle and to the newly designed website, which has provided an extra free service for our advertisers.
We would like to welcome Martine Shindler to the team. She will be helping out in the office on Camposol B assisting Teresa with advert renewals and customer service and as the magazine continues to grow, she will be involved in the day-to-day running of the office.
During the last ten years, there have been many ups and downs, but we have always maintained to keep the Costa Cálida Chronicle at the forefront of our lives and those of our readers and advertisers. Here's to another ten years!