For the last 10 years the Village Magazine has paid for the Chawton.Info Village web-site which has been managed and run for the benefit of the Village.
The magazine contributes to good causes in both Chawton and Farringdon, including paying in full for the local web-sites, and tries to be even-handed. However the contribution to Chawton.Info is by far the largest annual grant; this can be justified on the grounds that advertisers get a benefit from appearing on the site and it provides value to the local community.
The aim of Chawton.info has always been to provide a free to use central information resource for the Village for residents and visitors alike by providing both present day and historical information. Only commercial entities pay via their advertising to the magazine.
The software behind the web site is now no longer maintained, therefore it needs upgrading to improve functionality and security; however the Magazine cannot afford to increase its contribution, although it is happy to continue the funding at the current level.
The new Chawton Parish Council (CPC) expressed a desire to develop their own site exclusively for CPC activities which will incur start up and on-going costs, and which the magazine could not support financially as advertisements would not be allowed.