In July 1938, the Pinner Association released its first edition of The Villager, a community magazine outlining upcoming local events, and requests for donations to aid local hospitals.

This month, the publication reached issue number 211 - and its 70th anniversary.

The first issue was sold for 2d (less than a penny in today's money) while nowadays an annual subscription is a mere s3, with the magazine going out to loyal readers three times a year.

Editor Cynthia Wells, 70, of West End Lane, said the glossy A5 newsletter is still very much in demand: "We have five distribution leaders, each area distributing 500 copies each.

"If some copies go out late, I get calls from readers wondering why they haven't got their copy when their friends have."

The success and popularity of the magazine can be attributed to the way in which the magazine is run, through volunteers residing in the area, and the professional manner in which it is produced.

The magazine has certainly developed over the past 70 years because the first issue only had 32 pages, while the current issue contains 80.

It has also switched from four to three issues a year, but the size and style is very much the same.

Mrs Wells described older copies as being a lot 'simpler' but said it is still 'as in touch with the community as it ever was'.

Joanne Verden, chairwoman of the Pinner Association's environment committee, said: "Politics come and go, but The Villager has always stayed, even during the war we were publishing."

Mrs Verden has been involved with The Villager since the 1970s and does a lot of work around the community, in terms of tending to local parks and open spaces, and even helps to design the High Street and Peace Gardens.

She described The Villager as being 'the work of several decades, an archive of the district, a long-term memory for the community'.

All the local environmental work is reported by the magazine, and Mrs Verden, a long time veteran of the magazine, told the Observer of the importance of reporting news to the people.

She said: "It keeps people aware of what is actually happening in the village and I have found that interest in the magazine and the enviroment is increasing."

The first issue of The Villager reported on the demise of the parish hall, which was located at the bottom of High Street.

During the past seven decades, the building has been used for several projects including a library, a village hall and is currently being used for the High Street gardens.

Further stories included reports of day-to-day problems in the area, such as hazardous parking and the loss of footpaths due to estate buildings, and news regarding sports and leisure activities, in addition to advertising the Pinner Hill Golf Club's annual subscription for s3.13s.6d.

The current issue seems to share a lot of the same content and topics. Its stories concern the environment, quirky facts and features, and information regarding current events in Pinner, as well as advertising local businesses.

Mrs Wells found that the 'Talking Shops' section, which focuses on local businesses in the area and gives mini reviews on their products and services, is the most popular section in the magazine.

Over the past 70 years The Villager has covered countless local stories and community events, but Mrs Verden drew on a particular exhibition in 1995 that really sticks in her mind.

The event was held at West House, in Pinner Memorial Park, Chapel Lane, Pinner, to commemorate those who had died in the Second World War.

Visitors were able to sign books of remembrance, which were also used at the time of the war and shortly after it.

Mrs Verden said this was a perfect example of how The Villager 'communicates to a large range of people, who are able to learn all about their district'.

She added: "Whether you plant a tree or write a magazine, it's there for everybody. I, like many, are interested in the community and it is important to publicise what is popular."

Mrs Wells said The Villager has the potential to last for a very long time. It really depends on the new people moving in, but we have no problems filling The Villager - it can last forever."