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Radlett, Elstree, Borehamwood and Elstree Talking Newspaper seeks more listeners
A talking newspaper is seeking to reach out to more visually impaired people.
The Radlett, Elstree, Borehamwood and Shenley Talking Newspaper held its annual general meeting in St John’s Hall in Radlett on Tuesday night.
During the meeting, the chairman of the talking newspaper, David Clout, described how the organisation records 30 minutes of news from the Borehamwood Times and 30 minutes from magazines.
The news is recorded on a USB stick and sent out to 35 blind and partially sighted listeners.
Mr Clout said: “I know there are far more people out there with visual impairments than listen to the newspaper.
“It is down to those who have sight to look after those who haven’t.
“This service enables people who cannot read to stay in touch with what is happening in their local area.”
The newspaper is sent out free to listeners, who also receive their own playback device called a boom box.
The Mayor of Hertsmere Councillor Paul Morris, who attended the meeting, described his own experiences of his father who gradually lost his sight in later life.
Cllr Morris added that he wished his father had been able to keep up to date with local news as there was no talking newspaper in his area.
In his chairman’s report Mr Clout said the organisation was in good health.
However, his colleague, Don Scott, drew attention to the continuing need for people to edit and copy the newspaper.
Mr Clout also described the success of the Talking Newspaper’s sister organisation, the Visually Impaired Club, which meets on Friday afternoons at the Maxwell Park Community Centre.
Run by Mr Clout and Sasha Capocci, the club offers activities from cards to table tennis.
After the meeting, attendees were treated to a performance from Radlett singing group Shades of Blue.
Mayor of Elstree and Borehamwood Clive Butchins, who was also at the meeting, said he had greatly enjoyed hearing the choir perform.
He said: “The Talking Newspaper is an excellent resource but it needs more listeners. There are 60 volunteers and 35 people who actually listen to it, which is a bit of an imbalance.
“There must be more people in Borehamwood and the surrounding area who can benefit from it.”
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