Although I live now in London’s Kings Cross i spent 18 years in remote countryside so I was delighted to find this gem of a rural community site after a tip from Simon Berry. Parwich.org is community run site for four villages. unusually it has a commercial element with sponsorship by local businesses. The ads are done in a sensitive and well thought through way that doesn’t detract from the core content and shows that ultra local community add value for local business – there are also holiday lets etc. There is a very good strand of posting at the minute on flooding.
There is a high rate of posting (two to three a day with kosher content) for what is ostensibly a small community – everything from village shows, to film societies to local crime alerts. You get a good sense from the comments that there is real community involvement here, not just a one man band. Communication is hard in the countryside and Parwich.org seems to add real value.
The designer has a good eye for graphics which are well used in almost every post and the site runs in wordpress.