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My First School Friends: How to get hold of a copy and buy a photo

Each autumn the Bishop's Stortford Independent carries a supplement called My First School Friends, containing photographs of reception classes at schools in the Bishop's Stortford, Sawbridgeworth and Stansted area.

The 2020 version features photos of 34 classes at 24 schools, including all 11 in Stortford, two each in Sawbridgeworth and Stansted, plus nine village schools.

It was printed in our October 28 edition, during half term, and is no longer available from newsagents and supermarkets – BUT you can STILL buy it from the Indie office.

What's more, it's available in digital format – and you can buy all but one of the 34 photos (sorry, Bentfield mums and dads, that one is not ours to sell as it was submitted by the school).


Bishop's Stortford – All Saints, Hillmead, Manor Fields, Northgate, Richard Whittington, St Joseph's, St Michael's, Summercroft, Thorley Hill, Thorn Grove, Windhill21.

Sawbridgeworth – Fawbert & Barnard Infants, Mandeville

Stansted – Bentfield, St Mary's

Villages – Albury, Clavering, Debden (near Saffron Walden), Elsenham, Farnham, Little Hadham, Matching Green, Much Hadham (St Andrew's), Takeley


1. In person from our office at 12 North Street, Bishop's Stortford (we're between Barclays bank and baby and toddler shop Jojo Maman Bébé). We're open 9am to 6pm... ish! Our paper costs £1.

2. For the same price as a printed copy, you can buy a page-turning digital edition of the paper as it's published by clicking here. This option also gives you access to the Indie archive and you can browse all the other papers produced by our publisher Iliffe Media (IM).

3. Subscribe to the IM News app at www.subsaver.co.uk/ – available for iOS and Android, and featuring national news and interactive puzzles as well as local news, sport and entertainment updates throughout the day – and get access to our page-turning digital edition that way for £4.99 a month – that's just £1.15 a week.

4. For £59.88 you can subscribe to the printed paper for 12 months – you'll be sent vouchers to redeem at your local newsagent or supermarket – and also get access to the IM News app. For details of how to subscribe, visit www.iliffemediasubs.


Visit www.photos.iliffemedia.co.uk and download a digital version for £7.98 or order a print, which can range in size and price from £5.58 for a 6in x 4in to £56.36 for a 36in by 24in.

* If you have any queries, please call 01279 216515 or email newsdesk@stortfordindie.co.uk.

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