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memory stick containing the Talking Newspaper

The South Lakes Talking Newspaper Association aims to provide visually impaired people with audio recordings of local news from the Westmorland Gazette.


We can send the talking newspaper to anyone registered with a local authority as blind or partially sighted, or to anyone certified by an optician or doctor as being unable to read N12 print.


We send out the weekly recordings on memory sticks, serving our listeners with stories and information from South Cumbria which are not available through national and regional TV or radio.


The talking newspaper is free to any visually impaired person, including supply of the speaker player. There is no postage charge involved in returning the memory sticks to us.


Each edition of the talking newspaper is about 90 minutes long, made up of two 45 minute recordings. The first is a section devoted to the week's news, the second is a magazine section covering, for example, letters from the correspondence pages, articles about food and drink, gardening, the arts and entertainment and items involving a nostalgic look at the past. In December we produce a special Christmas magazine edition.


The small machine we supply for playing the recordings is easy to use and one of our volunteers will arrange to take it to the home of a new listener to explain how it works and to answer any questions.


Our listeners are the reason we are here. We try at all times to provide recordings which are varied and interesting and which our listeners will enjoy hearing.


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