We’re an independent community media company providing news and information for the Meon Valley. The Meon Valley Times is owned by Meon Valley Times Limited and operated from the heart of the Meon Valley. We’re a genuinely local business, owned and run by local people, whose children attend local schools and we care about our community.

We aim to keep our readers up-to-date with what’s going on in the area, scrutinise public bodies, such as local councils, and give a voice to the people who live in the area. We have no political affiliations and cover stories without fear or favour.

Our geographic coverage area includes:

  • Bishop’s Waltham
  • Botley
  • Corhampton
  • Curdridge
  • Denmead
  • Droxford
  • East Meon
  • Exton
  • Hambledon
  • Meonstoke
  • Newtown
  • Shedfield
  • Shirrell Heath
  • Soberton
  • Southwick
  • Swanmore
  • Upham
  • Waltham Chase
  • Warnford
  • West Meon
  • Wickham
  • and nearby areas.

We’re currently funded by our two founders but going forward, we plan to be funded entirely by advertising and sponsorship. In the future, we aim to have the resources to employ local people to create more content and cover more stories.

Like most people, we hate those pop-up ads you get on many other news websites that interrupt you when you are reading. We also loathe those daft click-bait ads, so you won’t find either on our site and nor do we plan to introduce a paywall.

However, we still need revenue to operate, and we can only get that if people advertise with us and other people buy our advertisers’ goods and services. We are grateful to all our advertisers and kindly ask that you mention us when you use them.

There are other ways in which you can help and we’d love to hear from you. Here are just some examples:

@ Donations Investing in news costs money and we would welcome and make good use of any donations that would help to support us. https://www.gofundme.com/f/4vden6-support-the-meon-valley-times If you’d like to discuss a donation or sponsorship or have any queries then please contact us here, email editor@meonvalleytimes.co.uk or click here to message us on WhatsApp

@ Writing Would you or someone you know like to write for us? We’re looking for volunteers to help create content for our website. We need help in all areas including news, sport, nostalgia and everything in between. You can contact us here, email editor@meonvalleytimes.co.uk or click here to message us on WhatsApp. Going forward we hope to be able to offer some free training.

@ Research For example, do you have experience in accounting or fixing roads? We’d like to find some experts who can help us with specific articles on subjects like council spending and finance and potholes and road maintenance. These hot topics annoy and frustrate everyone and we’d like to be able to take a detailed look into how our taxes are spent locally and see if we’re getting value for money. You can contact us here, email editor@meonvalleytimes.co.uk or click here to message us on WhatsApp – we’ll be glad to hear from you.

@ Admin support Could you spare an occasional hour or two to give us some volunteer admin support? This could be done remotely or in our office. If you’d like to help then please get in touch. You can contact us here, email editor@meonvalleytimes.co.uk or click here to message us on WhatsApp.

In addition to our own news reporting, we receive media information from the police and other public bodies. We may use images supplied by the police – such as appeals for missing persons – which may later be removed at the request of the police.

Although we are not formally linked to the Independent Press Standards Organisation we aim to follow the Editors’ Code of Practice. We go further than the code requires in some areas. For example, we will not name victims of crime or accidents until information is provided to us by the police. Other media – including the BBC – will occasionally name victims of crime or accidents ahead of formal notification. We insist that people who choose to comment on our posts refrain from using names or speculating on the identities of victims of crime or accidents. We will remove such names if we see them in comments or if names in comments are reported to us.

We will not use close-up photographs of accidents that may show injured people and will not use material issued by police if it is considered by us to be too close-up. We will strive not to identify vehicles involved in serious accidents until a time when next of kin are likely to have been informed.

If you have a news story or tip-off then please email us at newsdesk@meonvalleytimes.co.uk or fill out the form here.

Or Click here to message us on WhatsApp

If you would like to publicise something, such as an activity or not-for-profit event, then please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/EQ3Z44XuUL231xKKA
Alternatively, write something as concisely as possible, ideally with photos. Here’s an example, as featured on our Facebook page.

While debate is welcome, when comments are open, we may remove comments that we deem to be inappropriate to other users or that contain unsuitable language. We may also exclude users who post unacceptable comments on our social media pages.

Our aim is always to ensure that the articles that we produce are factual and unbiased. However, if, despite our best efforts, corrections are needed, we will make them as soon as possible. If you spot anything that needs correcting, please email us by clicking here or contact us on social media with a summary of the issue.

We can look into complaints about items we have published which are within our control. We follow the IPSO Editors’ Code of Practice. We can only deal with your complaint if you are:
– personally and directly affected by an alleged breach of the Code
– a representative group affected by an alleged breach of the Code, where there is a public interest in your complaint
– a third party seeking to ensure the accuracy of published information

You can email us by clicking here. We will aim to acknowledge your complaint by e-mail within seven working days and will aim to respond to your complaint with a final decision within 21 working days. If we uphold your complaint, we will tell you the remedial actions we have taken.

The material produced by, or appearing on, the Meon Valley Times website is protected by copyright and Meon Valley Times content, such as articles, imagery or videos, may not be reproduced without prior written permission. Lifting extracts of articles, imagery or videos (including the taking of screenshots) without permission or appropriate links or attribution, may lead to legal action or usage fees.