Young News Reporters Gain Recognition for their Work

Four young newshounds have received recognition for their reporting skills.

When pupils at Forncett St Peter Primary School were asked to create a local newspaper as a school project, Owain Delf, Martina Ethridge, Georgina Oxborough and Kyle Sims rose to the challenge.

And when they recorded a selection of their news stories for the Wymondham and Attleborough Talking Newspaper, it proved to be a big hit with one of the visually impaired listeners.

The quality of the writing and the audio presentation was so good that Carol Haeusler wrote a letter of thanks to the young news team, in Braille and was subsequently invited to present certificates of appreciation to them at the Talking Newspaper's annual meeting.

Carol said:

"The children did so well that I wanted to express my thanks to them and a letter in Braille seemed to be the best way of doing it".

The organisation's annual meeting was also a notable event for two local dignitaries. It was the first official engagement for the recently elected mayors of the two towns, Cllr Karen Pettitt (Attleborough) and Cllr Neil Ward (Wymondham) and they offered a joint message of thanks for the service

Tony Vale was elected as chairman, taking the place of Mrs Pat Crawford, who has had to give up the role for family reasons. In a report, Mrs Crawford expressed her thanks on behalf of the listeners for the ongoing commitment of the volunteers.

Treasurer, Jennifer Cawte, highlighted the financial support the organisation continues to receive from the local community and particularly from Wymondham-based Phoenix Line Dancers, who have raised more than  £2000 for the Talking Newspaper since the service was launched in 1998.