This summer has so far exceeded all expectations in many respects – Royal Wedding street parties, England in the World Cup semis and Copthorne Stoolball team on a lucky streak of match wins! Alongside, there has been weather hotter than Portugal and not even a splash of rain for the Carnival. Strangely I’m almost starting to wish for a ‘Perfect Storm’ style downpour before an almost inevitable hosepipe ban, but August usually obliges and there’s no reason to think it won’t again.

We have certainly had a lovely summer so far and lots of opportunity to get out and about in the fresh air. If you are stuck for ideas where to take the kids why not visit the British Wildlife Centre down the road, or pack them off with some tennis rackets to the Milton Mount free tennis court for the next England Wimbledon hopefuls.

There are lots of new changes happening in the village at this time with the start of the new construction near the motorway and although the road ahead may be, figuratively and literally, full of obstacles we need to keep ourselves informed, embrace opportunities and voice concerns.

We also have a big change at the heart of the village with the arrival of our new vicar, Wim, and on behalf of Copthorne, we would like to extend our warmest welcome and wish him and his family the best of luck settling in and for their future here.

So we have every reason to be optimistic and would like to wish our readers happy holidays. Hope you make the most of what is turning out to be one ofthe warmest summers since records began.