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Senior figures on hand as Talking Newspaper reaches 1,000 edition

Rob George 10th Sep, 2021

VICAR of Evesham the Rev Andrew Spurr and Mid Worcestershire MP Nigel Huddleston were on hand to mark the 1,000th edition of Evesham’s Talking Newspaper.

The lifeline for blind or partially sighted residents has just celebrated 41 years in Evesham and reached the landmark last Wednesday (September 1)

Charity chiefs offer support to local residents living with a sight disability, or a disability which makes reading difficult. Formed in 1980 it has seen many changes over the years with recording equipment and studio facilities changing significantly.

When the pandemic hit last year recording was temporarily suspended, but, thanks to the enthusiasm of its Volunteers the Talking Newspaper was soon back on track, although with less frequent recordings.

Currently recording every three weeks it is hoped by next year to be able to return to sending out recordings every two weeks.

For the 1000th recording, in addition to the news, Mr Huddleston and Rev Spurr were welcomed to the studio in Queens Road, both chatting extensively about their lives and chosen careers.

Chairman Fran Webb said: “We hope our listeners’ enjoyed this recording as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

“There were challenges as we are still operating under Covid guidelines allowing a maximum of three persons only in the studio at a time.”

Evesham Talking Newspaper is on the lookout for recording technicians and editors.

Anyone who would benefit by receiving the Talking Newspaper, which is a free service, or wishes to volunteer their time for the roles above can call Fran on 07801 983112

Visit to listen to the recordings in full.

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