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Wymondham and Attleborough Talking Newspaper Privacy Policy

Wymondham and Attleborough Talking Newspaper (WATN) is a UK registered charity, number 1089872. This privacy policy will explain how our organization uses the personal data we collect from you when you use our service, act as a volunteer or use our website.

What data do we collect?

WATN collects the following data:

  • Personal identification information (Name, email address, phone number)

How do we collect your data?

You directly provide WATN with most of the data we collect. We collect data and process data when you:

  • Contact WATN online or place a request for any of our services.
  • Register as a volunteer
  • Register as a user of the service
  • Use or view our website via your browser’s cookies.

In addition we may also collect information from publicly-published sources such as Newspapers in order to provide contact information to listeners about events or services provided by outside bodies.

How will we use your data?

WATN collects your data so that we can:

  • Provide the Talking Newspaper service by post
  • Enable volunteers to provide the service

We do not share your data with other organisations.

How do we store your data?

WATN securely stores any physical copies of your data in locked storage. Computer data is stored in password-protected files.

WATN will keep name, postal address, email address for listeners and volunteers for as long as the persons concerned are users or volunteers for the service. Once notified that a person no longer wishes to receive the service, or resigns as a volunteer, we will delete your data by shredding paper records and deletion of computer records within thirty days.

What are your data protection rights?

WATN would like to make sure you are fully aware of all your data protection rights. Every user is entitled to the following:

The right to access – You have the right to make a request to WATN for copies of your personal data. We may charge you a small fee for this service.

The right to rectification – You have the right to request that WATN correct any information you believe is inaccurate. You also have the right to request WATN to complete the information you believe is incomplete.

The right to erasure – You have the right to request that WATN erase your personal data, under certain conditions.

The right to restrict processing – You have the right to request that WATN restrict the processing of your personal data, under certain conditions.

The right to object to processing – You have the right to object to WATN’s processing of your personal data, under certain conditions.

The right to data portability – You have the right to request that WATN transfer the data that we have collected to another organization, or directly to you, under certain conditions.

If you make a request, we have one month to respond to you. If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact us via our website:

Call us at: 01953 605434

Or write to us: PO Box 100, Wymondham, NR18 0WA


Cookies are text files placed on your computer to collect standard Internet log information and visitor behaviour information. When you visit our websites, we may collect information from you automatically through cookies or similar technology

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How do we use cookies?

WATN uses cookies in a range of ways to improve your experience on our website, including:

  • Keeping you signed in
  • Understanding how you use our website

What types of cookies do we use?

There are a number of different types of cookies, however, our website uses:

  • Functionality – WATN uses these cookies so that we recognize you on our website and remember your previously selected preferences. These could include the location you are in. A mix of first-party and third-party cookies are used.
  • WATN uses these cookies for statistical purposes to collect information about your visit to our website, the content you viewed, the links you followed and information about your browser, device, and your IP address. This information is not used for advertising purposes.


How to manage cookies

You can set your browser not to accept cookies, and the above website tells you how to remove cookies from your browser. However, in a few cases, some of our website features may not function as a result.

Privacy policies of other websites

The WATN website contains links to other websites. Our privacy policy applies only to our website, so if you click on a link to another website, you should read their privacy policy.

Changes to our privacy policy

WATN keeps its privacy policy under regular review and places any updates on this web page. This privacy policy was last updated on 22 May 2019.

How to contact us

If you have any questions about WATN’s privacy policy, the data we hold on you, or you would like to exercise one of your data protection rights, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Email us via our website at

Call us: 01953 605434

Or write to us at: PO Box 100, Wymondham, NR18 0WA

How to contact the appropriate authority

Should you wish to report a complaint or if you feel that WATN has not addressed your concern in a satisfactory manner, you may contact the Information Commissioner’s Office.

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By Post:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House, Water Lane



The Wymondham and Attleborough Talking Newspaper


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.

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.

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

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

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


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) advised  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.