Welcome to our April edition.
“O Wind, / If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”—Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1792–1822
In my last editor’s letter, written in February, I reflected on how COVID-19 has helped us to greater appreciate the more everyday elements of day-to-day life. Now at the time of writing this editor’s letter, there is a “roadmap out of lockdown”; that is to say, there is a way forward.
To encourage us all to carry on exploring our local area, appreciating local life, and—all-in-all—making the most of what is on offer here and now, we are launching an exciting new photography competition. The competition “aims to capture, on camera, the best that Ryedale and York have to offer,” and, this year, the overall prize is having your photo appear on the cover of one of our February 2022 editions. (For details on how to enter, see page 57 [in our Ryedale edition] or visit www.thehandymag.com/photography-open.) We’re really looking forward to seeing your brilliant entries!
According to the government’s “roadmap”, all non-essential shops are due to reopen on 12 April (and, by most estimates, we are on-track to meet this date). On this date, too, restaurants, cafés and pubs will be allowed to serve food and drinks outdoors. These and many other independent businesses contribute immensely to what our towns and villages are, forming part of their identity—so, please, by spending locally when you can, help them to bounce back.
This month’s edition features an extensive Home and Gardens section (from page 6 to page 36 [Ryedale]). With months of lockdown—dare I say—behind us, and Easter and better weather on the way, many of us are looking to improve our homes. And the services and businesses in this edition, from gardeners to kitchen retailers, can make that happen.
Until next month, please continue to stay safe and look after one another.