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Essential information for families

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The Family Grapevine is a wonderful resource for families with children from pregnancy to teenagers.

Our free local magazines are packed with information for families and businesses. Find your local magazine using the menu above.

The first Family Grapevine magazine was started in 1995 so in 2015 we are celebrating our 20th anniversary!

Meet Our Editors


Barbara Perrett

I joined the group in September 2013. I had been working as a private English tutor for the previous few years, before that I worked in IT. I was looking for something that gave me more control over my hours and which would fit in with family life, while also giving me a sense of achievement. I happened to pick up a copy of the Family Grapevine one day and saw an advert for the local franchise. I was very interested because I knew the value of the magazine myself as a parent. After some investigation, I decided to join…

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Gill Evaroa

I am proud to say that in November 1998, almost 17 years ago, I published my first edition of the Family Grapevine in the Mid Sussex area when my two lovely daughters, Rachele and Hannah, were 8 and 10. Now, of course, they are all grown up and have flown the nest, but when they were little, we moved around a great deal due to my husband's work. I wish there had been a Family Grapevine every time I moved and so I am passionate about filling the Family Grapevine with useful information which will help all young families find…

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Niki Hammond

I joined the Family Grapevine group in July 2013. After having worked with children for many years, I was looking for a new challenge and joining the Family Grapevine seemed perfect. It was something that combined the 2 subjects I had been passionate about in my school days - childcare and computers. Having used my local Family Grapevine as my bible of local activities, groups etc over the years myself, I already knew what a fantastic magazine it was and I was excited to be able to help others use it in the same way. What I didn't know before…

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Dawn Bew

I joined the group in 2012 having recently taken redundancy from the civil service after 15 years and wanted a job that fitted in better with my young family. A friend was selling the magazine and I thought it would be perfect! A new challenge, working from home with hours to suit my family. Three years on I now have magazines in two areas and absolutely love it. All the editors support each other including the very supportive directors who are very passionate about the group!  Areas – Bromley and Croydon and Sutton What are you most proud of achieving as a…

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Tina Teearu

I joined in 2004 having spotted an advert in the local Tumble Tots magazine. I realised immediately that there was a need for just this kind of information to be freely available in this area and I felt my skills matched up well with those needed to produce a magazine so I went for it. I'm a keen organiser, fast typist, love playing with graphics on a computer and above all I love working from home. I'd never sold anything in my life, but was willing to give it a try and with Head Office's software and help I soon…

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Nikki Vine

When I moved to Reigate with my young son in 1995 I found it very hard to find the help and support we needed and also to find the various activities my son wanted to try, I thought other parents might be in the same position so a friend (Sheridan) and I went about collecting lots of information and we published it in the first Family Grapevine magazine. The feedback we got when the magazine was distributed was great. We realised that we were onto something good for all parents and for the local businesses trying to reach those parents.…

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Lucy Anns

I joined the Family Grapevine group in the summer and two months in I must say it's been great fun so far with lots to learn but with lots of support along the way. I have worked in marketing and publishing before but this is totally different and it's brilliant having the flexibility to work in your own way with lots of independence but also having people to turn to when you need advice. I am really enjoying the challenge of publishing my first Family Grapevine! Area - Winchester What are you most proud of achieving as a part of the…

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Shirley Towle

When I had my first child it was not initially the happy, life-enriching experience I had hoped for and I certainly didn’t look or feel like the radiant new mums in the magazines! After years of being at work I found myself lonely, isolated and suffering from postnatal depression with no idea about where to go or what to do with my new baby or how to meet other new mums. Some years later, while looking for a business opportunity, I came across the Family Grapevine and it was a real ‘light bulb’ moment! I knew from my work with…

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Genevieve Arlidge

The Grapevine has been my only publishing experience. I had an inauspicious start and was slow to get off the ground, but my skill sets are all the broader for it now. I am very happy with this path I've taken and don't foresee any further job change! I stumbled across a very early copy of the Family Grapevine in 1997 and answered an advert to join in and do a magazine in my area. This was exactly what I wanted. Working from home, being my own boss, but with support and reassurance in the background should I need it…

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Katherine Daniel

My background is in the travel industry. I spent 20 years working in various tour operators, travelling the world and having a great time! However it didn't work terribly well with a young family and so I cast around for another career. Quite by chance the Mid Sussex Family Grapevine was recommended to me as a great place to advertise to families. At that point I realised that there were many other Family Grapevines and it was possible to buy a franchise. The rest they say is history. I have been publishing the Eastbourne, Wealden & Lewes edition for 9…

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Vicky Onah

I joined the Family Grapevine group in 2012 because I was looking for a self-employed career that would allow me to work from home while my son was little. Also, as a parent, I really enjoyed reading my local Grapevine and found it terribly useful. After my son was born I volunteered on my local NCT Committee and was editor of their magazine for about a year before deciding to apply to buy a Grapevine franchise. I love being part of the Family Grapevine Group. Everyone is very friendly and there's a lot of sharing ideas and information with other…

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Rachel Gallimore

I joined the Family Grapevine in November 2014 and am therefore the newest member of the team! I was introduced by my sister, Holly, who took on the adjoining area in Southampton earlier in 2014. I could see from Holly that the Family Grapevine was a great resource for families and a different take on other free magazines as it had a much longer 'shelf life' and a professional look about it. Having only been in the group for a few months I can say that I have been made to feel welcome by everyone, incredibly supported and encouraged to…

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Local Magazine

The Family Grapevine is published three times a year in March, July and November.  We take copies to nurseries, children’s centres, health centres, schools, sports centres, libraries, visitor attractions, supermarkets and many more places besides.  You can also find the latest issue of each magazine online by selecting your local Family Grapevine using the search box above.