Talking Newspaper Hosts Regional Conference

Wymondham and Attleborough Talking Newspaper marked the 18th anniversary of their audio news information and information service for visually impaired people by hosting a regional conference of Talking Newspaper (TN) producers. Delegates from TN groups across the Eastern Counties gathered at the Town Green Centre in Wymondham on Saturday April 9 for a selection of presentations, workshops and information sharing. The recently appointed CEO of the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind, Mike Talbot and Regional Manager for the Macular Society, Colin Daniels, were speakers. Peter Steward (Hethersett website and online village magazine) and Su Leavesley (Forncett Flyer) contributed to the discussions on local news gathering and ex-BBC producer, Jessica Thurtell, offered guidance on reader presentation techniques. The Mayors of both towns, Joe Mooney (Wymondham) and Tony Perkins (Attleborough) were present, as were Town Criers Pete Green (Wymondham) and Mike Wabe (Thetford and Brandon), who are both TN volunteers.

A presentation of a Certificate of Appreciation was made to retiring W A T N volunteer, Marie Stevenson, during the course of the opening address.

For more information about W A T N, contact their secretary, Georgette Vale on 01953 605434 or visit


Photograph showing Town Mayors of Wymondham and Attleborough, two Town Criers dressed in regalia nad carrying bells, with Talking Newspaper Volunteers.,

Pete Green, Carol Hoeusler and Cath Clarke (W A T N listeners), Marie Stevenson, Joe Mooney, Tony Perkins and Mike Wabe. Photo by Anna Meek.