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Macclesfield Mayor visits TN
She tells her story in 'People & Places'
TN has a new editor
Caroline takes over
Macclesfield's Pioneering Women
Recently retired Editor Lynn speaks at event
Macclesfield prepares for war!
Special edition to commemorate the outbreak of WW1
General interest magazine articles added to weekly recordings
Donation from Santander Foundation
Generous grant for new audio players
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:
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.
‘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.’
Colin Turner, Caroline Mole, John Lewis Cheadle’s Community Liaison Co-ordinator Christina Underhill, and Mike Gregory
John Lewis makes donation to Macclesfield Talking Newspaper
The interview was included in the ‘People and Places’ track, part of the TN Tapestry magazine, on 4 August. You can hear it here:
“I really enjoyed interviewing the Mayor,” said Liz. “She was charming and very easy to talk to. We learnt a lot about her. What is obvious is how passionate she is about Macclesfield.”
Listeners of the Macclesfield Talking Newspaper for the Blind were treated to an exclusive insight into the life and work of Macclesfield Mayor, Councillor Alift Harewood-Jones, when volunteer Liz Topalian interviewed her at the TN studio on Queen Victoria Street on Thursday 4 August.
Liz quizzed the Mayor on her early life in Guyana, her education, her history of democratic engagement and her hopes for the borough in the future. But the discussion wasn’t all serious: listeners also learnt about the Mayor’s family, how she arrived in the borough over 40 years ago carrying just a weekend bag, what she does to relax and her feelings on being awarded an MBE in this year’s Queen’s birthday honours list.
Macclesfield Mayor Councillor Alift Harewood-Jones tells her story to TN