Wymondham & AttleboroughTalking Newspaper is one of twelve independently-run Talking Newspaper (TN) groups in Norfolk, of which there are more than 500 across the UK.
A group of fifty volunteers produce a weekly local news and information service in audio format for blind and partially sighted people in and around Wymondham and Attleborough. The service is free and is also available to those for whom reading a newspaper is difficult because of a disability or health condition. We concentrate on local news for the area including Hethersett, Mulbarton, Bunwell, Hingham, New Buckenham, Old Buckenham, not forgetting Attleborough and Wymondham and the surrounding villages.
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Talking Newspaper Set to Exceed Fundraising Target
Wymondham and Attleborough Talking Newspaper looks set to exceed its target of raising £900 before the recording of the 900th edition of the audio news and information service for visually impaired people.
A grant of £250 from Attleborough Town Council towards the purchase of a new sound mixer has boosted sums already received from a number of individuals and organisations and by attending local fetes and carnivals.
W A T N is also the chosen charity of the year of the mayor of Wymondham, Cllr Joe Mooney.
The organisation is hoping to add to the total with collections on September 4 & 5 at Sainsbury’s in Attleborough and on September 11 at Morrison’s in Wymondham. Waitrose in Wymondham is also offering their support by selecting the charity as one of the good causes for its Community Matters green token scheme.
Activities to mark the recording of the 900th edition on 20 November continue on September 14 at the Fairland Church Centre in Wymondham, with a Challenge Quiz between teams representing the Lions Clubs of Wymondham and Attleborough.
It will be recorded in front of an invited audience of listeners, volunteers and supporters and become the special feature for the milestone edition.
During the course of the evening the winning entry in the Talking Newspaper’s recently launched short story competition will be presented by the author, Carol Donnelly.
A spokesperson for W A T N said:
“We are delighted with the support we have received from the local community in recent months for our fundraising campaign”
The total has been further boosted by a legacy from the estate of the late Betty Campbell, a previous Mayor of Attleborough and a founding volunteer, when the facility was launched in April 1998.
For more information about this free service, visit www.watn.org.uk
Marking 900 Editions
Wymondham and Attleborough Talking Newspaper has chosen Local Newspaper Week to launch a public awareness and fundraising campaign, in advance of the recording of the 900th edition of their audio news and information service for visually impaired people.
The weekly local news digest and monthly audio magazine currently reaches 50 blind and partially sighted people, in and around the two towns but the trustees of the organisation wish to increase the number of recipients of this free service.
However, the annual running costs are approximately £1500 and there is additional expenditure of £50 each time a new listener is added to the distribution list.
The charity is hoping to raise at least £900 between now and when their milestone 900th edition is recorded on 20 November, to fund the future expansion.
W A T N secretary Georgette Vale said:
“We have received a tremendous amount of support from the local community since the service was launched 17 years ago and we will be pulling out the stops to get more listeners and additional funding in the coming months.”
W A T N will be represented at the Old Buckenham fete on 4 July and at Wymondham and Attleborough Carnivals on 12 and 25 July respectively. The organisation is also inviting short stories of up to 900 words (with an entry fee of £10), in a competition that is open to all aspiring writers.
More information about the publicity campaign will be provided at the group’s annual general meeting, which takes place at 7.30pm in the Francis Room of the Connaught Hall, Attleborough on Thursday May 21.
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