What is Genie?

Genie stands for Gap Electronic News & Information Exchange - and that’s exactly what it does - exchanges useful and important news and information with everyone who subscribes to this free service. Genie is run by the community for the community.

Genie is operated by volunteers in a new ‘not-for-profit’ community group and all the newsletters are free to anyone who subscribes. You can subscribe to just one or all of the available newsletters and you can stop any of them immediately simply by clicking on the Unsubscribe link, which is at the bottom of every newsletter.

There are times when useful, important information, or occasionally emergency information, needs to be communicated to people in a particular village, or indeed, a cluster of villages.  Up until Genie, there was no single system linking up everyone using one email list to communicate this information quickly. Genie, if necessary, can deliver any information to all subscribers’ Inboxes within 30 minutes.

In addition to hearing about important ‘need-to-know’ information, other newsletters, when developed, will be able to inform subscribers about social and cultural activities in the area, about sports, health or educational activities and virtually every other type of information.

There are currently two Genie newsletters available. The Public Information newsletter alerts subscribers about important or emergency information and is one of the main reasons why Genie was started. (To avoid people receiving irrelevant newsletters, we ask you to specify your village of residence when you subscribe so that only targeted information is sent to you). Village Matters is a twice-monthly newsletter and includes listing of the current local planning applications.  Goring & Woodcote Practice Patient Participation Group Newsletter is also available through Genie.

GENIE Community Group are also keen to hear from local residents as to other newsletter topics.  What will our Next Newsletter be?  We'd love to hear your ideas for Your Next Newsletter!

Additional titles can be launched if someone believes there will be widespread interest in other subject areas, so long as a suitable volunteer comes forward to compile and edit them. For more information on how this can be set up, visit the Q & A page.

We hope you will subscribe to all the newsletters, for a trial period at least, and find the content of interest. If you do, please forward them on to your local friends and colleagues to help increase the network of people linked up to each other.

The more people subscribing to Genie and submitting local news and information will make it better and better. So, we hope you will support the concept by getting involved and make it the envy of local communication systems of communities throughout the country.

Thank you.

The Genie Team