The Long Eaton Talking Newspaper was founded in 1978 and is a registered charity. It provides ten hours of local news, current affairs, matters of local interest and also offers 13 magazines such as Peoples' Friend, Women's Weekly, Derbyshire Life and Countryside and many others every fortnight for the blind and visually impaired. The Newspaper gives it listeners Memory Stick players that are simple to use and FREE of CHARGE and helps keep people in touch with the life of towns and villages, since many have strong associations with the area.
News is recorded at the Newspapers New Sawley Methodist Church base onto USB memory sticks, which are then posted to its listeners including people who have gone to live elsewhere and want to keep in touch with what's happening back home.
It all began when the then Editor of the Long Eaton Advertiser, Tom Roberts saw a piece on television about Talking Newspapers to decided to follow it up. He consulted with Social Services and organisations such as Rotary, Round Table and Lions and called a public meeting in 1978. It was immediately decided to start a Talking Newspaper service and they had plenty of volunteers.
The current volunteer team at the Newspaper consists of some 40 people who broadcast to over 100 listeners covering a wide geographical area from Long Eaton to Beeston; Breaston to Draycott; Sandiacre to Stapleford; Ockbrook to Borrowash and Castle Donnington. Following the recent closure of the Ilkeston Talking Newspaper, Long Eaton have now added Ilkeston's listeners to its growing network. Chairman; Beryl Hallam has been with the talking newspaper for over 30 years. She said she joined after she considered what it would be like to be in a similar situation. "I always thought that if I couldn't see, I'd want to know everything that was going on," she said."Lots of people contact us, saying that family members appreciate it coming to them."
If you know of anyone who would appreciate our free service, then please contact Beryl Hallam (chairman) on 01332 792056; Martin Sykes (vice chairman) on 07970 914930 or Brian Stephenson (treasurer) on 01332 706767
The Talking Newspaper contacts all those interest with a view to calling on them to present a Memory stick player and to give brief demonstration of how to use it and also to give a yellow padded envelope type pouch to return the memory sticks to us, so we can then send the next edition to them.
All equipment is supplied by the Talking Newspaper, completely free of charge.