‘We’re extremely grateful, both to John Lewis and also to the customers who voted for us,’ says Caroline.
‘This donation will allow us to continue to supply our listeners with MP3 players and memory sticks, and also add RNIB magazine tracks to our weekly recordings, giving our listeners a greater choice of material.’
‘Talking newspaper volunteers are delighted to receive this cheque from John Lewis,’ says Colin. ‘There is a constant need for the MP3 players and memory sticks.’
NEWS - INFO
Registered Charity Number 505128
Updated June '17
The Macclesfield & District Talking Newspaper
The Macclesfield Talking Newspaper is sent out each week by post to our listeners who then return the MP3 memory sticks to us ready for the next issue. The service is entirely FREE to our listeners and is delivered free courtesy of the Royal Mail.
We know that our work is appreciated by the number of messages we receive from our listeners who tell us that we help them to stay in-touch with their local community.
For over forty years the Talking Newspaper has produced a weekly recording of local news and magazine items which is sent out to blind and visually impaired people who live in Macclesfield, Bollington, Poynton, Prestbury and surrounding districts or who have links with the area.
All our volunteers are unpaid and our work does not attract statutory funding of any kind. We rely on our own fund raising activities and the generosity of donors to fund our work and thank The Macclesfield Express, Cheshire Independent and various Parish magazines who allow us to use their stories.
This article from the Macclesfield Express from 2007 looks at our work in more detail:
John Lewis makes donation to Macclesfield Talking Newspaper
Christmas came early for the Talking Newspaper when Editor Caroline Mole, Chairman Colin Turner and recording technician Mike Gregory collected a donation for £900 from John Lewis in Cheadle.
The money came from the store’s ‘Community Matters’ scheme, which awards a total of £3,000 to three local good causes every three months. Customers vote for their favourite cause, and the funds are allocated accordingly.
Colin Turner, Caroline Mole, John Lewis Cheadle’s Community Liaison Co-ordinator Christina Underhill, and Mike Gregory
Listeners of the Macclesfield and District Talking Newspaper found out a little about the Mayor of Macclesfield, Councillor Beverley Dooley, when she visited the newspaper’s studio on Queen Victoria Street.
After a tour of the building where the Mayor learned about the Talking Newspaper’s operation, she was interviewed by volunteer Liz Topalian, who quizzed her on a number of topics, including her background, the charities she is supporting as part of her role, and the highlights of her term so far.
“It was interesting to find out about the person behind the mayoral chain,” said Liz. “The Mayor was easy to talk to, and is clearly passionate about her two charities, ROAR and Space4Autism. I enjoyed talking to her, and I’m sure our listeners will enjoy the interview.”
The Macclesfield Talking Newspaper provides a free audio version of the Macclesfield Express to its blind and partially sighted listeners, along with a general interest audio magazine. It is completely staffed by volunteers. If you know someone who would benefit from the service, or if you are interested in volunteering, see
for our details.
Mayor of Macclesfield, Councillor Beverley Dooley, visits the Talking Newspaper’s studio
Macclesfield Mayor visits TN
We learn about her many interests
Macclesfield's Pioneering Women
Our retired Editor Lynn speaks at event
This year's event took place at the United Reformed Church
Donation from John Lewis, Cheadle
Generous grant for new hardware & RNIB articles
Macclesfield prepares for war!
Special edition to commemorate the outbreak of WW1
Macclesfield's Mayor (L) interviewed by Liz