We are delighted to announce that The Village Emporium in Essex is now nine years old! Our sincere thanks once again to advertisers and readers for your support, interest and feedback. We hope you enjoy reading the magazine as much as we do putting it together for you.
In the May/June issue we are delighted to feature an interview with Jimmy Doherty, the well-known TV presenter and foodie. He has kindly donated a family ticket for his festival in July for our competition, so go to the competition page to find out more.
Abdul Karim arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria's golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favour with the queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy.