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The Family Grapevine is a very useful resource for families with children from pregnancy to teenagers. We have been supporting local businesses and printing free local magazines since 1995.

Printed and distributed three times a year to tie in with school holidays, each magazine is packed with information on clubs, societies, holiday schemes, events, competitions and much more to help families plan their leisure time. Find your local area using the Search Bar above. If you run a local business and would like to advertise with us, in print or online, please do get in touch.

Meet Our Editors

Bettina Horne-Muller

I joined the Family Grapevine in November 2019. After living abroad for nearly a decade and being a stay at home mum. I found it hard to find a flexible job compatible with family life, and challenging enough to keep my focus. The role of editor at the Family Grapevine ticked a lot of boxes… I haven’t been in the editor role for long, but I have to say I love it. It is very varied and I get to learn a whole set of new skills such as running my own business, Desk Top Publishing and managing a website.…

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Mid Surrey Franchise For Sale

Is this you? We are looking for people to join our group who: • May have experience producing magazines, although not necessary • Preferably have some sales experience • May have experience with Desk Top Publishing • May have experience with website management • Are reasonably computer literate & use social media • Are willing to learn and follow instructions • Are willing to work hard, mainly during term time • Are good at working independently, but also appreciate working as part of a group • Are willing to share ideas with others in the group, whilst remembering the concept…

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Laura Bademosi

I have just joined the Family Grapevine group. I left the corporate world in 2014 to be a stay at home Mum to my two daughters and now the youngest is about to start school I am excited to be embarking on a new challenge. I've always used the magazine to find the best classes, events and days out for our family and now I'm really excited to make the Guildford, Woking and Spelthorne edition an invaluable resource for the community. The fact that I can do something really worthwhile without missing out on time with my own family is…

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Opportunity to Work from Home

    ** Are you looking for a retail opportunity ** to fit around your other commitments? Do you want to make a difference to how sustainable the products are that people buy? Many more people are aiming to reduce their plastic and buy more ethically... so becoming an eco-friendly distributer might be your perfect fit. You would be working alongside Wikaniko; an established company with a range of over 800 products and be able to work how and when you choose. You would have your own website, as well as printed brochures, giving you the option of working online, offline,…

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Kate Fenton

I joined the group in September 2018 after seeing the advert for a new Editor in the Summer edition, which came out in my daughter's book bag from school. Having worked in Marketing and Communications for 20 years and now having children of my own, I thought that this was a perfect match for me! I'm passionate about this area, as believe we don't get the recognition for all of the fantastic family events and child friendly activities we have. From the green field of the Downs to the blue seas of the coast, we have a huge amount of…

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Fran Stevens

I am from Lancashire originally and moved to Reigate in the 80’s. As a newcomer, I was very grateful for the Family Grapevine when my children were small. I have since come to love the area – indeed what's not to like! Living on the doorsteps of London and the South Coast, our locale is also blessed as an Area of Natural Beauty dotted with oodles of sites of interest. Now my twins and their younger brother have fully fledged, I will have the time to enjoy nurturing and growing the Family Grapevine in East Surrey. The magazine is such…

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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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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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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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Elaine Wake

I am so excited to join the Family Grapevine and start working again after a number of years away from a desk raising our three children under 7 yrs, (including twin boy and girl). After nearly 30 years working in the international destination marketing arena promoting both US & Canadian locations including Illinois, California, South Carolina, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Ontario and even the beautiful country of Mauritius, I put away my suitcase when I was then blessed with my own family. Now my new career begins with so much relevance to my own family life, helping to highlight information and…

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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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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.