New compact Observer out today

Richard Williamson with the new compact Observers
Richard Williamson with the new compact Observers

It’s here! After weeks of planning, the new compact Observer is out!

We have worked hard to produce the paper in the format that an overwhelming number of readers asked for.

And we have taken the opportunity to freshen up the content, too.

Don’t worry – all the old favourites that have made the Observer one of the most popular and well-read weekly newspapers in the country are still here.

But we have freshened up the paper by bringing in lots of new features, too.

I hope you join in and decide to submit your thoughts on any subject that makes you mad on It’s Your Shout;

Send in your pictures of your pets for our new Animal Magic page;

Taken a great picture lately? We’re using more than ever on our new, expanded letters section that now runs over four pages;

Had a family celebration? Taken a photo that made you smile? Share it with us on our new Snap Happy page;

n Fancy a wander down memory lane? We now have four pages of your memories;

We have given the Guide a new look too, as arts and entertainments editor Phil Hewitt brings you all the best entertainment from around the area.

Old favourites

Alongside the new features are the old favourites – such as Keith Newbery, Richard Williamson, Duncan Barkes and a round-up of news from clubs and societies.

Chichester MP Andrew Tyrie got in touch and said: “This relaunch is an important moment in the Observer’s history. I wish it well. I understand the new format will be welcomed by readers.

“Local communities need good local papers, and in the Observer we have one.

“There are few better sources of information about the area than the Observer. It’s why it is so important to the local community.

“The Observer knows how to bolster a local campaign, and did so when St Richard’s was threatened.

“All in all, I’m looking forward to reading it with particular attention this week!”

Get in touch

We don’t expect to get everything right in week one. So please get in touch if we’re not covering something we should be, or you have ideas how we can improve the Observer.

Just one apology. We never like having to increase the price of the Observer, but from this week you’ll have noticed we’re now 75p.

The rising production costs have forced our hand – but we hope we have given you more than ever to enjoy. We’re less than half the price of a cup of coffee – but, we hope, twice as satisfying!

Cash give-away

Join us this week to celebrate the new look – when we give away money!

Our team will be at the Observer office, in Chichester, and at Budgens, in Midhurst, from 11am today (Thursday, October 4) giving away 500 envelopes that contain lots of goodies worth £500 – and some will include a crisp £5 note.

Tomorrow (Friday, October 5) we’ll be at the Regis Centre, in Bognor Regis, from 11am to do the same again.

The envelopes will contain some or all of the following:

A £5 note

A National Lottery ticket

A voucher for a free Chichester Then and Now book, worth £14.99

A subscription to buy the Observer which offers four months of the paper free

A free happy advert in the Observer worth up to £40

See you there!