Friday, 23 March 2018

Talking newspaper celebrates 31 years

THE Henley talking newspaper has not missed an issue in 31 years.

THE Henley talking newspaper has not missed an issue in 31 years.

The free service is for people with eyesight problems who can listen to extracts read from the Henley Standard.

Fifty volunteers work on a rota basis to provide recordings for 70 listeners in the Henley area every week.

About 20 people attended the organisation’s annual meeting at the Christ Church Centre in Reading Road. Chairman Richard Hodgkin said: “We invited listeners to come and give comments and the feedback was positive.

“They are always extremely grateful for everything that the talking newspaper does and we’ve now been going for 31 years without interruption.

“We haven’t missed one week in spite of bad weather, equipment failure and reader failure.” Mayor Stefan Gawrysiak attended the meeting in his first official engagement since taking office.

He said: “There are more than 200 voluntary organisations in Henley, which is staggering and shows that people are willing to go the extra mile.

“The talking newspaper is absolutely brilliant and I can only thank the volunteers for continuing to provide this service.”

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