Last updated 26th February 2021
IMPORTANT MESSAGE: After many years of publication we are now no longer producing The See magazine as a Diocese.
For a full explanation of why this has happened see below or click here to go straight to it.
The news was first communicated to parishes in a letter sent by Bishop Julian (relevant excerpt below) on February 5 to all clergy, inc PTO; Bishop's Council and Diocesan Synod members; churchwardens; treasurers; LLMs and DBF and DBE employees.
There was also a story in the regular Parish Update ebulletin of February 10 linking to this page for more information.
As The See draws to a close, we would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed in any way to the magazine over the years - we are very grateful.
A further important message at this time for all PEOPLE AND PLACES contributors ...
After each edition of The See magazine was compiled, all events contributed to People and Places were also, always, transferred to the Events section of the Diocesan website for further promotion; as well as being forwarded to local media as short filler pieces.
We want to continue to help you promote your events. So, if you were a regular contributor of forthcoming events to the PEOPLE AND PLACES section of The See (and you want to continue to have your events feature on the Events section of the website) please send the details to Karen Ashcroft at email@example.com and we will ensure they appear there.
Please make your contributions about 75-100 words in length and contribute the words in an email or as an attached Word file. You can also include pdfs of promotional posters and/or images and logos associated with the event.
Please note, we cannot take words for your event straight from pdfs only however. Often the wording on a poster is not complete sentences and pdfs can't always be accessed for editing anyway. Hence the request for information to be supplied as already outlined for ease of engagement and to ensure we can speedily add it to the website. Thank you.
In his letter of February 5, Bishop Julian wrote to parishes saying ...
As we know, this pandemic has hastened the demise of some things which we used to do and the diocese has not been exempt from this.
I wanted to share with you all that The See Magazine will no longer be published.
This is for a number of reasons, including diminished uptake and increasing cost to the diocese. Attempts to increase advertising revenue were sadly unsuccessful.
The Parish Update will now be sent out fortnightly and will contain many of the news and interest stories which you will have been used to in The See Magazine. This will be sent directly to inboxes fortnightly and will carry advice on how to use the material in Parish Update itself and also the diocesan website to best populate your local communications and magazines.
We remain grateful to Ronnie Semley (Diocesan Communications Manager) for enabling good communication internally and externally.
Following Bishop Julian's letter, Ronnie now writes further about the background to the end of The See magazine for those who want more information ...
Since March 2020 and the start of the pandemic we had suspended production of The See magazine. Meanwhile, before the pandemic began and prior to the first lockdown, we had identified during 2019 that there would be an income shortfall in 2020.
Whilst a large majority of parishes were still taking the magazine and circulation was healthy compared to other similar publications, there had been some decline in recent years in orders for printed copies. This reflected a general downward trend in demand for printed publications as more and more people engaged with the internet. At the same time printing costs were also on the rise across the print industry.
To mitigate these issues, in 2019 the Diocese joined an ‘advertising consortium’ featuring a number of other Dioceses and served by a Christian advertising company.
Being able to ‘block book’ for multiple dioceses the advertising company was confident of securing the income we required locally to bridge any shortfall in 2020 and in future years.
Sadly the advent of the pandemic has led us down a different path, impacting in several ways:
This ‘perfect storm’ of issues has led to us, regretfully, taking the very difficult decision to bring The See magazine to an end. Taking this action, we join a growing list of other Dioceses confronted with many of the same problems and making the same decision.
The Diocese thanks the staff at Sharon Press in Bolton for all their hard work over the years printing and distributing The See magazine. We hope to continue to work with them in other ways.
Bishop Julian will also be writing to the team at Sharon Press to thank them. Further thanks also go to ANYONE from our parishes who has contributed to the magazine in any way over the years. Your contributions have been important and valuable in sustaining The See. And thanks to Karen Ashcroft who has provided sterling administrative support to The See each month and will continue to do the same for Parish Update and for other communications work (more about Parish Update below).
If you haven't already done so, please inform people in your parish about the end of The See and the reasons for it, via your usual channels. Please include parish magazine editor if you have a magazine (and especially if your own magazine usually includes The See within its pages as many do).
In taking this decision we are fully aware that, as a printed publication, The See was a useful communication tool for reaching people who are not on the internet.
So, we want to emphasise at this time, parishes are free to use and adapt ALL the regularly updated articles and information appearing on the Diocesan website in local communications (such as your own parish magazine if you have one) to continue to keep people informed. Click here for more on doing this.
Anything featured our Parish Update ebulletin (which appears every two weeks on a Wednesday) plus related linked-to material, is also freely available to adapt and use. The same applies to any information appearing in the Coronavirus Task Group briefings that are sent to parishes, for as long as they continue to be issued.
This page about The See magazine on our website will remain live for the time being in relation to The See archive, but also to continue to ensure people are aware of the cancellation of The See and the reasons for it.
Below you will find a recent archive of The See editions from 2017-2020 and we have a fuller archive of The See stretching back much further.
There are digital copies of all editions in pdf format from January 2013 to April 2020 (the last completed edition). We also have digital copies in Word format of most stories that appeared in the magazine between the above dates.
We also have printed copies for the entire period above. There are a limited number of extra copies available so we may be able to provide a physical copy on occasion to anyone who requests it. Otherwise we can provide a scanned version of the article or edition requested if required.
Further back we have printed copies available for each month (one edition of each) so we could provide a scan of any requested article on request. The physical copies will always available to browse and view in person on request (after the pandemic and lockdown is over of course).
Below is a digital archive for The See - which was the monthly magazine for The Church of England in Lancashire and ran for many decades. ('The See' is another name for a Diocese.)
Edited by Diocesan Communications Manager Ronnie Semley, it was distributed to nearly all of our parish churches across Lancashire.
It provided a monthly digest of the latest news affecting and involving our parishes; including updates on our collective work towards Vision 2026
THE SEE MAGAZINE ONLINE ARCHIVE (MOST RECENT YEAR FIRST)
|March||April (Produced but never circulated in printed form due to lockdown)|
As mentioned previously, in cancelling The See we are fully aware it was a useful communication tool for reaching people who are not on the internet.
We want to emphasise at this time that parishes are free to use and adapt ALL the regularly updated articles and information appearing on the Diocesan website and in Parish Update and other ebulletins
You can use the articles in local communications (such as your own parish magazine if you have one) to continue to keep people informed.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please try to use articles in whole where possible. If not possible please edit with care, keeping the key points originally made. Also, please do not change or amend any facts or add opinion (yours or anyone else in your parish) into a original piece you have taken from the website(s). If an opinion is to be added on any matter for discussion, please keep it separate and original to your own parish and don't include it within something you have downloaded from the Diocesan sites.
Ronnie Semley (last updated February 2021)