Dear readers, advertisers and supporters,
The London SE1 community website is 21 years old this year.
We've published more than 9,000 news items and 19,000 event listings, and there have been tens of thousands of postings on our discussion forum.
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For me, being a reporter in SE1 is the best job in journalism - it's an area jam packed with fantastic stories to tell.
My family and I have kept the project going in the hope that eventually the website would pay its way.
Sadly, the sums just don't add up any more and in 2016 we came very close to making the hard decision to shut the website. We had even written a draft announcement of closure.
Many of you have told us that you appreciate and value what we do.
We believe that local journalism and community information is important, too.
It's no secret that times are tough for news publishers of all kinds.
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