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Constitution

The Wymondham and Attleborough Talking Newspaper

Constitution

1. The name of the Association is "The Wymondham and Attleborough Talking Newspaper", hereinafter referred to as the Association.

2. The object of the Association is to relieve the blind, or partially-sighted, or those labouring under some temporary or permanent incapacity or disability which makes reading a strain, by the provision of recorded tapes or tactile reading matter. In furtherance of this object but not further or otherwise, the Association through its Committee, shall have the following powers:

a) To take and accept any gifts of property, whether subject to any special trusts or not.

b) To raise funds and to invite and receive contributions from any person or persons whatsoever by way of subscription, donation or otherwise; provided that the Committee shall not undertake any permanent trading activities in raising funds for the said object.

c) To seek authorisation from the Post Office to use the free postage facility available under Post Office Regulations, and, if such authority is granted, to use this facility for the distribution of tapes or tactile reading matter to those people to whom the regulations currently apply.

d) To distribute the tapes or tactile reading matter by means other than the use of the free postage facility mentioned in 2 c [above] to people other than those covered by the Post Office Regulations relating to this facility.

e) To do all such other things as shall further the object of the Association.

3. Membership of the Association shall be available:-

a) Automatically to those blind, partially-sighted or disabled people in receipt of the Association's tapes; and

b) By invitation of the Committee, on an annual basis, to those actively involved in the running of the Association; and

c) By invitation of the Committee, on an annual basis, to those who make a regular contribution by way of subscription, donation or otherwise.

4 a) The Committee of the Association shall consist of:-

(i) A maximum of 12 elected members, at least three of whom shall be visually impaired or disabled recipients of the Association's tapes or tactile reading matter. Four of these members shall be Officers holding the following posts:- Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer,

(ii) A maximum of three co-opted members [with full voting rights].

b) The ordinary members of the Committee shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Association. Retiring members of the Committee shall be eligible for re-election. The Officers of the Association shall be elected by the Committee from amongst themselves at the next meeting following the Annual General Meeting of the Association. Any vacancy of such office shall be filled by resolution of the Committee.

5. The Annual General Meeting of the Association shall be held in April or May of each year and every member shall receive not less than fourteen days’ notice of such meeting. Extraordinary meetings may be convened by the Secretary upon request by the Committee or three members of the Association upon a similar notice, which shall state the business to be considered at the meeting. The quorum at an Annual General Meeting shall be 10.

6. At the Annual General Meeting or at an Extraordinary Meeting every member including the Chairman shall have one vote and in the case of equality of votes the Chairman shall have a second or casting vote.

7. The Committee of the Association shall meet every three months and additionally as required. Each member of the Committee including the Chairman shall have one vote and in the case of equality of votes the Chairman shall have a second or casting vote.

8. All sums collected shall be handed over to the Treasurer or Secretary who shall pay the sum into the bank account in the name of the Talking Newspaper at the National Westminster Bank Wymondham. Cheques shall be signed by the Chairman or the Treasurer or the Secretary and one other member of the Committee.

9. The Treasurer shall invest in the name of the Talking Newspaper any monies not required for the immediate purposes of the Association in securities in which Trust Monies may by law be invested with power from time to time to transpose such investments.

10. Any property purchased by the Association shall be vested in the Committee.

11. The Committee shall with such consent as is by law required deal with the property so vested in them by way of sale, mortgage, lease or otherwise howsoever as directed by the Association. Such direction shall be given by a resolution of the members of the Association passed by a majority of the members present at a duly convened meeting of the Association and when so passed shall in favour of a subsequent purchaser, mortgagee chargee or grantee be binding upon all members of the Association. A certificate purporting to be signed by the Secretary for the time being of the Association shall in favour of a purchaser mortgagee chargee lessee or grantee be conclusive evidence that such a direction was duly given.

12. In the event of dissolution of the Association any assets remaining after the satisfaction of all debts and liabilities shall not be paid or distributed among members of the Association but shall be given or transferred to a charitable organisation or organisations having objects similar to the Association.

13. The Constitution may be amended by a three fourths majority of the members present at the Annual or Extraordinary General Meeting provided that fourteen days notice of the proposed amendment has been sent to all members, and provided that no alteration is made the effect of which would cause the Association at any time to cease to be a charity in law and no alteration to clause 2, 12, or this clause is made without previously consulting the Charity Commissioners.

Constitution Adopted 8th December 1997

Registered 20 December 2001

UK Registered Charity Number 1089872

How you can help

We have a number of volunteer roles, most of which are on a four-week rota. Volunteers receive help and training for their roles. To find out more, please contact us.

Editor
Takes articles from the local newspapers and other sources to compile an edition including:
Local news, local sport, letters, what's on, community news and other local material of interest.

Sound Technician
Records the edition onto computer and oversees the copying process when the master recording has been completed.

Administrator
Collects the returned wallets from the Royal Mail sorting office, checks these against a register of listeners and prepares the outgoing wallets for despatch.

Reader
Reads the previously-prepared material and assists with the checking of the recorded memory sticks at the end of the recording session.

Interviewer
Records interviews and features, using a digital portable recorder, for inclusion in the weekly or monthly productions.

Fundraising

We depend on donations to keep the service running. We make no charge to the users of our service and we need to raise about £1500 per year to fund items such as studio rent and insurance. All donations are gratefully received. If you would like to make a donation, please contact us.

In addition we also have a committee made up of volunteers and listeners.

How we began

In September 1997 Wymondham Lions Club arranged a public meeting to discuss the potential for establishing a Talking Newspaper (TN) service for the Wymondham and Attleborough area.


The existing Talking Newspaper groups covering Norwich (Chatterbox), Diss (Waveney Words) and Thetford (Link Up) advisedĀ  that there were at up to 40 recipients of a TN Service in and around Wymondham and Attleborough, which made the new project viable.

The first public meeting attracted a very positive response, with a number of people coming forward to offer to perform the various roles required to produce and distribute the new audio news and information service.

After a successful pilot, the first 60 minute edition was recorded on cassette and distributed to over 100 visually impaired listeners, on Good Friday, 10th April 1998.

A 90 minute compilation of feature articles and an hour long information magazine were subsequently introduced and these now form part of the regular output of the organisation.

For more information please contact us

What we do

Since 1998 we have produced a one-hour recording of news items taken from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury, the Eastern Daily Press and the Norwich Evening News, with the permission of the copyright owners. We also produce a monthly compilation of either magazine-style or information items. In addition we also produce audio versions of printed material for other organisations.

Originally we sent out material to our listeners on cassettes, but now we use USB flash drives and also publish our editions on this web site. These are sent to our visually impaired listeners free of charge, in a re-sealable wallet, under the Articles for the Blind concession provided by Royal Mail.

The wallets and memory sticks are subsequently returned by the listeners, again by means of the freepost system so that they can be re-used.

Our News and Magazine editions are also available via the British Wireless for the Blind Fund Sonata internet service.

The service is run entirely by volunteers and is financed from donations received from a variety of sources. All services are provided free of charge to our listeners.

WATN is a registered charity (Number 1089872) and is a member of the Talking News Federation.

Using our service

The Talking Newspaper is available free of charge to people with Visual Impairments.

Each edition is sent by post on a usb flash memory stick, also known as a 'Thumb Drive'.

If you do not have a suitable player, we are also able to supply one free of charge.

If you, or a friend or relative, would like to use our service, please contact us.