Thetford born & schooled, Terry is passionate about Thetford and has family links to the area stretching back many generations. He is involved in numerous local groups including being the Chairman of the Charles Burrell Centre Board, a Trustee of the Thetford Community Association and was elected to Thetford Town Council aged 22 in 2008. Terry was elected Mayor of Thetford for the 2016/17 Mayoral year and he is believed to be the youngest Mayor of Thetford in its more than 800 years of a Mayoralty. Terry also serves on Breckland District Council and Norfolk County Council. He is an avid social media user with an online blog – www.jermysjournal.blogspot.com and on Twitter via @CllrTerryJermy
Terry was approached by the previous owners of the About Thetford magazine in 2014 and asked if he wished to take over the business so that they could retire. Despite being particularly busy already he agreed to the new challenge as he wanted to see the magazine continue and develop further as it is such an important resource locally. Terry convinced his brother and sister to join him and establish a new Ltd Company (In and About Thetford Ltd) which purchased the publishing rights to the magazine.
Terry produced the first magazine under the new ownership in November 2014 and has served as Editor since that time. During this time the magazine has grown and developed further with 12,500 magazines now printed every month and the delivery area extended to include more of the rural area surrounding Thetford. There have been new features added as well including the monthly ‘Community Hero’ award and the ‘I remember when’ feature.
Karen attended the then brand new Rosemary Musker High School in Thetford, before going on to study at Norfolk Institute of Art & Design, York school of Art & University of Westminster. During her time at Harrow, Karen worked with many of the leading names in British fashion including John Galliano, Helen Storey, English Eccentrics, Roland Klein & Jeff Banks. Karen started a career in design in the 1990s with society couturier Donald Campbell before finishing at Cabbages & Roses when she had a young family.
With a background in art history & a passion for her hometown, Karen then moved into the heritage sector, working at the town’s Ancient House Museum of Thetford life for almost 10 years. There she helped create the museum brand & enjoyed working with a variety of community organisations. As part of Thetford Tourism & Heritage Partnership, Karen helped to establish Thetford’s Great Festival. Further afield, Karen is known for her work with the Anglo Sikh community and study of Maharajah Duleep Singh including organising an annual cricket match and volunteers with Leaping Hare CIC to promote Thetford Heritage & Tourism.
After spending 10 years as a contributor for the magazine, in 2016 Karen was offered the opportunity to become to Assistant Editor & Marketing Officer, with a remit to continue to develop the magazine and its relationship with the local community. Karen’s design & marketing background means she has a sharp eye for detail and can add value to the magazine’s advertisers. Karen’s first edition featured her new ‘Out & About Thetford’ column highlighting events and activities in the local community.
The About Thetford magazine is an independent community magazine covering the town of Thetford and it’s surrounding villages
12,000 copies are printed and distributed every month which ensures every household in Thetford, Croxton and Barnham is covered.