Hello and welcome to our super-duper double issue that will take you through to the end of June.


As you can see from our front cover, we have another great competition to WIN tickets to a summer concert in Singleton Park in June. There is still time to enter to win tickets to see Paolo Nutini, and now we have two pairs of tickets to see Alfie Boe on Sunday 21st June. For full details see our Lifestyle and Leisure section.


There is so much to see and do in the city this summer with festivals and concerts, not all of which command high ticket prices. You will find lots of low cost events listed in the Snippets section and a very special garden open through the National Garden Scheme is highlighted in our Home and Garden section. And don’t forget our wonderful parks that are in full bloom this month – Clyne and Singleton botanical gardens are really magnificent and don’t cost a penny to visit.


If you have a charity event or concert that you’d like to publicise in Snippets, just pop it on an email and send it to me; but be sure to get it to me in good time for publication – at least six weeks in advance. There is no charge for charities for this service.


We’ve had a bit of a re-jig of the content this month; your favourites are still here but maybe in a different place in the magazine. One contributor who is missing just for this issue is Father Andrew Pearce who will be back with us when we return in July. Fr Andrew is about to embark on a trip to the Holy Land and hopefully will have many tales to tell from his travels.


I know I often remind readers that in order to keep receiving the magazine, they have to use the services of our advertisers as it is their advertising revenue that funds it. Sarla Langdon knows that she is under editor’s orders to use only our advertisers when she needs a local tradesman, and last month she was delighted that she did. In our Lifestyle and Leisure section she commends the services of Jon Gemine of Digital Solutions who came to her rescue when horror of horrors, her TV died.


Travel to Cuba is becoming far easier with the recent relaxation of the travel restrictions. Liz Barry was one of the first to benefit from this ease of access and this month she focuses on the town of Trinidad in central Cuba.


A new contributor this month is Charles Fencott of 57 Barbers in Eversley Road, who writes on men’s grooming. From my observations, it appears that nowadays a beard is the obligatory facial accessory for men of all ages - many of our (male!) contributors sport handsome specimens – perhaps we should hold a competition.


Don’t forget to hold onto this copy for two months as your next one won’t arrive until the beginning of July. Have a great May and June and we will be back after this break.


Have fun