Lewes Talking Newspaper gets a visit from chair of district council

Ruth O'Keeffe at the Lewes and District Talking Newspaper
Ruth O'Keeffe at the Lewes and District Talking Newspaper

Chair of Lewes District Council Ruth O’Keeffe attended the annual general meeting of Lewes and District Talking Newspaper in her bid to visit 52 Lewes District charities for her year in office and raise their profile.

Cllr O’Keeffe went to the meeting on Wednesday June 24 with Lewes Mayor Susan Murray.

Chair Stephen Catlin thanked Joyce Hancock, a founder member and still treasurer and editor in chief at 90, for her many years of service to the charity and she was presented with a bouquet of flowers by the committee as a mark of their respect.

Cllr O’Keeffe said: “I am pleased to have the Lewes Talking Newspaper as one of my charities.

“They do a very worthwhile job and the service is much appreciated by the listeners, for many of whom it is an audio lifeline connecting them back into the community.”

Lewes Talking Newspaper is published weekly on cassette or memory stick and is free of charge to blind and partially sighted people, or anyone unable to read unaided for whatever reason.

It contains both a news section and an audio magazine.

The Talking Newspaper started in 1982 and has grown from 18 tapes sent out per week to a peak of close to 150 tapes and memory sticks.

Thanks to a recent grant from Lewes Town Council, the group are able to provide not only memory sticks but also simple to operate audio players to listeners.

Each Friday a team of four - editor, two readers and a sound engineer assemble at the Phoenix Centre in Lewes under the leadership of Joyce Hancock to create that week’s edition. More volunteers and listeners are welcome. Email talkphoenix@hotmail.com for more information