Sally Churchward – founding editor

Sally Churchward – founding editor

I have worked as a local journalist and freelance writer for almost 20 years. I’m passionate about local journalism, and believe it has an important role to play in supporting local communities to grow and develop.

I founded In Common after being made redundant. I didn’t want to stop telling the stories of the people where I lived, so I reached out via social media for others to be involved in contributing to a new website and also for funding, and In Common was born.

We live in increasingly frightening times, and reaching out to build links in our own communities feels like something we can do to help counter some of that. I really hope In Common helps build local communities and also supports the arts and cultural scene in Southampton and beyond. I’ve met so many fascinating people in my job and can’t wait to share more of them with you, through the pages of In Common.

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Read more by Sally:

Satvir Kaur on her journey from inner city shop girl to the new leader of Southampton City Council

Ukrainian refugees helped to settle in Southampton with community effort

Organisers are set for first LGBTQ+ Party in the Park in Southampton

In Common needs you – can you help?

What do Sotonians think about Southampton being shortlisted as City of Culture?

Southampton shopworker calls on council to make bus stops safer

Experts to the clinically vulnerable respond to the end of covid mitigations


You can help save independent, ethical shopping in Southampton

Falling through the the justice gap: the shrinking of legal aid and access to justice

Greg Gilbert – artist, poet, musician and ‘butterfly collector’. A tribute to a life filled with art, music, wonder and love

Identifying outside the boxes – non-binary people share their journeys of self-identification

Hampshire company Solid 8 receiving death wishes after mistaken identity

Featured artist: Donna Mcghie


The Southampton hobbyist making PPE for the NHS in his garage

Can you help the Southampton Coronavirus Response Fund?

Hampshire People’s Pride: bringing politics to the party 

Southampton Seed Swap – what’s it all about? 

Is it transformation or the end of the road for Southampton’s Art House?

Generous Southampton shoppers donate trolley-fulls to food bank

Video of Southampton binman goes viral after Jeremy Corbyn shares it

Artist, poet, musician and dad Greg Gilbert on his need to create

Football and politics: Southampton’s St Pauli supporters

Jeremy Corbyn & Rebecca Long-Bailey address Southampton rally

Jeremy Corbyn coming to Southampton tomorrow

Artist of the month: Claudia Friend

People in Common: Kwame Bakoji-Hume

Preview: Vulvas In/formation at The Railway, Winchester

Book review: The Rapture by Claire McGlasson

Daniel Crow and ‘a space’: have they transformed the Southampton art scene?

October Books: how the radical bookshop is booming

People in common: Simon Cotton

Featured artist: Patricia Descalco

People in common: Laxmi Morgan