PhoneWatch Event

Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind will be holding a PhoneWatch event at the Bradbury Centre, Beckham Place, Norwich, NR3 3DZ on Wednesday 11 March 10am – 3pm.

Paul Porter from RNIB will be hosting the event which gives you the opportunity to talk about the phones they use, what they think of the accessibility features, should they use any, as well as having the chance to try out some of the new smart phones on the market. The event is running in conjunction with other exhibitors including Calibre, Dolphin and Optelec.

If you require further information please contact Edward Bates, Equipment & Information Centres Adviser, NNAB, on 01603 629558 or edbates

New Era for W&DTN

We recently held our annual general meeting at St Peter & St Paul’s Church Hall in the centre of Wisbech.

Vice Chairman, Peter, chaired the meeting and welcomed Tony Vale, from the national Talking Newspaper Federation. Peter reflected on what a momentous year it had been for us. We had raised the necessary funding in a mere 3 months of launching our New Technology for Talking Newspaper (TN4TN) fundraising appeal, through the generosity of local organisations and individual donors. This had allowed us to purchase all the necessary new equipment to produce all our recordings in digital format.

Sadly, we had to say goodbye to two of our long-serving committee members – Treasurer, Derek & committee member, Joan, although Joan will be continuing as a narrator for the audio newspaper. Mervyn was welcomed as our new Treasurer.

With all the new playback equipment delivered to our listeners the first ever recording produced on USB stick was sent out, via Royal Mail’s free Articles for the Blind postal service, on Wednesday 19 November 2014.

The attached photos show Mervyn, Derek, Joan & Tony Vale at our AGM.

Peter handing over our first publication in USB stick format to a member of staff at the Royal Mail Sorting Office in Wisbech.


We will be holding our Annual General Meeting at St Peter’s & St Paul’s Church Hall, Wisbech on Wednesday 22 October 2014 at 7.30pm.

Please come along and join us to hear what we have been up to for the past year and our exciting plans for the future.

We would be particularly pleased to see you if you are interested in volunteering for us as a recording engineer or copiest and dispatcher.

NT4TN Launch Event

We had a great day last month launching our new technology. It was a great opportunity to say ‘hello’ to some of our listeners, who we don’t often get to meet face to face.

People had the opportunity to see our new playback machines and be shown how to operate them. There was also an opportunity for guests to have a go at recording their own talking newspaper and take a CD copy of it home with them.

Many people enjoyed a cuppa and a home-made piece of cake at Joan’s Pop Up Cafe, whilst watching a short film showing what goes on behind the scenes at W&DTN. However, the most popular thing was our ‘alternative raffle’, where guests could pick out one of our new memory sticks, play it in one of our new machines and find out via a message on the memory stick whether or not they had won a prize. We had some wonderful prizes donated by the following local companies:

Top To Toe
Fens Falconry
Morrison’s Supermarket
Sacrewell Farm
The Orchard Tea Rooms
Plater Butchers
Lok-Mai Yuen Brooker, Piano Teacher

None of this would have been possible if it hadn’t have been for our Technical Officer, Andrew Neve, who came up with the idea in the first place, and just ran with his vision. He and the rest of the Committee and volunteers worked so hard to make the day the success it was, so we would just like to say a HUGE ‘thank you’ to everyone who contributed in any way.

ASDA Donation

Our Chairman, Ann Shippey, collected a cheque for £50 from Wisbech’s ASDA store following a recent Chosen By You charity token collection. We would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to both ASDA and it’s customers for their generosity and support.

Cheque Presentation

This evening, at the Team 2 recording session, we received a visit from a Mr Starbuck and Mrs Patrick who, at a recent birthday celebration, managed to raise £400 for us through the donation of money instead of gifts.

We are very grateful to Mr Starbuck and Mrs Patrick for their generosity and willing to help. We as a charity are quite close to Mr Starbuck as his elderly mother receives our publications on a monthly basis. It is because of her praise that we were the chosen recipient of this money.


Above is (from left to right) Mrs Patrick, Mr Starbuck, Joan Willetts and Andrew Pyshorn at the cheque presentation this evening.

Visitors to the committee meeting

Last nights committee meeting welcomed a quick visit from the President and Vice President of the Wisbech Lions Club.

David Smart and Ray Hill came to meet the committee members of the Wisbech & District talking Newspaper, and find out what we had planned for the next 6 to 12 months, and what we were planning to purchase with the large some of money they had just donated to us.

We would like to extend our thanks to all of the members of the Wisbech Lions Club for electing to donate to us such a wonderful sum of money.


From left to right: Ray Hill (Lions Club VP), Derek Mews (WDTN Treasurer), David Smart (Lions Club President), Issy Shippey (WDTN Secretary) and Andrew Neve (WDTN Technical Officer).

ASDA Community Charity Token Scheme

We are hitting 2014 running! Wisbech & District Talking Newspaper is currently one of three charities being supported by Wisbech ASDA store.

All you have to do when you go through the check-out is ask for a green token, and then pop it in our box on your way out – what could be simpler?

With our plans to go totally digital this year, the money raised at ASDA could really help us make a huge difference to the service we offer to our blind and partially sighted listeners.

Welcome to 2014

A message from all of us at the Wisbech & District Talking Newspaper to say Happy New Year to you all. 2014 for us is looking to be a promising and positive year, so we hope yours is the same.

On the 11th of December 2013, Ann Shippey (Chairwoman), John Richmond and Peter Fewster from the Talking Newspaper went to a presentation evening hosted by the Wisbech Rotary Club to accept the donation of an astounding sum of money, which they are giving in response to our fundraising drive to help in the digitisation of the Wisbech Talking Newspaper.

Shown in the picture below from left to right: Peter Fewster and John Richmond (from the Talking Newspaper), John Martin (Rotary Club President), Ann Shippey (Chairwoman – Talking Newspaper) and Norman Davies (Rotary Club Secretary).


We still can’t thank the Rotary Club enough for their outstanding contribution, but at the very least we’ll link in their website HERE

We’ve hit our first target – let’s keep going!

This evening we were given some fantastic news – we’ve beaten our initial £2000 target to help with the modernisation and transition for 2014!

Thanks to donations from the Wisbech Lions Club, the Wisbech Rotary Club, the Gorefield Ladies Bowls Club and the members of the Faith, Hope & Charity lodge, we have raised an outstanding £2112!

As you will know this will help finance the overhaul we have planned for early 2014, so we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all who have dug deep and helped our humble charity!