The Menangle News has been circulating since 1981 as a means of communicating and building "community" in the village of Menangle. It was inspired by a speaker at a Play Group Conference who encouraged women to reach out to others in practical ways, and contribute to the life of their community.
The first issues of the first Edition were typed on an old typewriter and printed on an old gestetner machine at St John's Church Office and distributed at our Post Office by Mrs Margaret Ritchie. In those days we all visited the Post Office to collect our mail.
Early issues included all manner of items from delicious recipes to brainteasers, and activities that were being planned. Wholesomeness was the only standard required.
Sue Peacock received strength and inspiration through her Christian faith, and editorials were always focused on how God's involvement in our everyday lives makes a difference.
The Menangle News was silent for a few years during which family life in the Peacock household underwent great change, and adjustment to Brian’s injury.
The Second Edition began in October 1991 and was produced monthly for the next 13 years by Brian and Sue working together. (Sue has bursts of passion and vision, Brian has staying power!) Articles were always welcomed, and local news was the priority. Local history articles were always popular in this little haven of history, but its main purpose was to invite readers to consider Jesus and His claims upon their lives.
In 2004, the Menangle News was given to St James Church, and has continued to be a means through which the community life of Menangle is built. Bronwyn Cutts assumed the role of editor for 3 years, and Steve Charles now has that role, both doing a wonderful job.