Colchester and District Talking Newspaper

Colchester and District Talking Newspaper
University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Telephone 01206 872275 (answering Machine)

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Colchester and District Talking Newspaper provides weekly local news and information, recorded onto memory sticks. In addition there is also a monthly magazine. These recordings are prepared by volunteers for the benefit of blind and otherwise visually impaired people, and are delivered by post normally on a Saturday morning.
Suitable players for memory sticks are provided free of charge to recipients of our service by the talking newspaper.

In addition, using this web page there are the two separate downloads available. To access the last four weekly news recordings click here, and Windows Media Player, or another MP3 media player if you have one, should open and the most recent recording should start automatically. To listen to the three previous weeks recordings you will need to click the fast forward button on the media player. If you click and hold the fast forward button, then you will fast forward through the recording you are listening to.

To access the last two editions of the monthly magazine recordings click here, and the same guidance as for the weekly news reading applies.

The most recent edition of both publications are also available using the Sonata box available from the British Wireless for the Blind Fund (BWBF), for those who subscribe to that service.

The objective of the Colchester and District Talking Newspaper, a member of the Talking Newspaper Federation, is to provide visually impaired people with local, Colchester, news and information.

The weekly news is recorded each Thursday afternoon, and despatched on memory stick on Fridays for delivery by first class mail on Saturday mornings. It is also normally accessible via this web site or using the Sonata or Sonata+ box from the British Wireless for the Blind Fund (BWBF) fund, and on this web site from the link at the top of this page, by 7.00pm on Thursday evenings.

The main distribution area for recordings is that area covered by the Colchester postcodes CO1 to CO7, with some tapes sent to other parts of the country where visually impaired people, usually people who have lived in the Colchester Area in the past, now live.

The newspaper mainly used for the weekly newstape is the The Daily Gazette, a newspaper produced in North-east Essex, the editor of which has given full copyright permission for its material to be used in this way.

There are about 550 Talking Newspapers throughout the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. To receive a recording from any of these, contact us and we will put you in touch with the appropriate TN group.

Almost any national daily or weekly newspaper or national magazine title that you can find in a newsagents shop can be obtained, for an annual subscription, from the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) Newsagent service.

For further information please leave a message on our answering machine on 01206 872275 or e-mail us at One of us will get back to you within a few days and hopefully be able to deal straight away with your question or request.

You can if you wish create an e-mail by clicking on the e-mail logo below (it may take a few seconds to open) and enter your Name, Address and phone number. It that presents a difficulty send your own e-mail to Colchester and District Talking Newspaper

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