Editor’s Letter: September Issue

Dear Neighbours,

My sons always look really smart returning to school, however, it is unfortunately always short-lived! School shoes are normally scuffed within a few weeks due to break-time football games, (also responsible for many a split trouser!), and shirts are normally ink stained within the month. So, despite their protestations, I always insist on a photo on their first day back, just so I can remember the fleeting time they looked pristine, as by the end of the week, typical teenage appearance will have resumed!

With the majority of course/homework now being done on a computer, it may also be necessary to kit your child out with a suitable laptop, which can be eye-wateringly expensive! However, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a decent laptop; see our tips on getting a good deal on page 10.

We also have financial advice for students who are off to start a new independent life at university, page 12; and for younger children we have kid-friendly tech (which keeps the parent in control), including pocket money apps, which can help children understand money management at an early age; page 16.

With the ground still warm from the summer and moisture levels in the soil increasing, September is the perfect time to create a new lawn; Pippa Greenwood shares her expertise on page 20.

The rise of the electric car can’t be underestimated and demand is increasing by the hour, but which ones are best? We’ve put together some of the ideal all-electric cars currently on sale; page 34.

According to the Royal National Institute for the Blind, around half of all sight loss in the UK is avoidable. National Eye Health Week (NEHW) is running from the 23rd to the 29th of September this year, reminding us of the importance of eye health and the vital role regular eye tests play. To support this, our health feature details seven steps to healthy eyes; page 48.

Finally, we have two tickets to see Nigel Slater’s Toast to give away, courtesy of Royal & Derngate Theatre; competition details on page 54. Until next month…

Zoë