A Letter from the Editor-in-Chief (winter issue)

Without sounding too cliche, the festive season (apart from those long summer days in the garden) is my favourite time of year. It’s a time of togetherness, of huddling up around our burning fires and stoves, getting stuck into those home made mince pies and indeed being merry. As the Facebook ‘Christmas drinks party’ invites start to stack up, suddenly there are presents to buy and christmas cards to write. I hope you, all our readers, are on top of it. There’s only two weeks to go!

You’ll find plenty of great content on Queen and Country over the festive season to enjoy. We’re delighted to have teamed up with the National Trust Wiltshire Landscape team who have supported our Christmas campaign this year by letting us have the use of Avebury Manor for the day. Q&C’s friends, Craig and Paul, enjoyed a festive afternoon in the manor and in the gardens. Check out the video of them here. They are also Q&C’s first country couple of the month in which Craig tells us about his life in the Royal Navy, and how they’ll both be spending Christmas this year.

In other news, we have launched Men in the Wild - a photographic campaign to raise awareness around men’s mental health. We have photographed and interviewed three different and very unique guys in the great outdoors who tell us about their mental health and how they have taken action. It’s essential for us to continue those important conversations about our mental health, and we can all play our part in that.

Elsewhere, Q&C’s very own culture vulture Darryl W Bullock has some great ideas for things to do over the Christmas period, so why not holler your mum or best friend and head out - woolly hats and gloves at the ready.

Christmas is that time to put aside our problems for a little while and enjoy quality time with our family and loved ones. So over the coming weeks, whether you’re out visiting the Christmas markets, travelling abroad, partying with friends, or staying in front of the fire, please stay warm, stay safe and from all of the team here at Queen and Country, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

James

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