The nights have closed in; the festive lights are appearing; text messages are typed with numbed fingers; journeys home seem to take that little bit longer. It must be winter. Inevitably, therefore, we have some information for you on Christmas events in our town centres, and handy tips concerning this time of year from recycling to keeping warm. Yet there is so much more – from improved school results to road safety; and from a new restaurant training initiative to community orchards. There are also interesting pieces on how the council’s handyperson service can use small jobs to make a big difference – and on the global nature of the food industry in our borough. There is plenty more, too – not least the young man whose life was changed through an apprenticeship.