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Accompanying volunteers for 40 years Penny Whitney and Christina Skelton are TN Chairman Colin Turner (L), Editor Lynn Hilton (C) and guest of honour David Rutley MP (R)
Macclesfield Talking Newspaper celebrates 40 years
On 4th April 1974 the first edition of the Macclesfield Talking Newspaper for the Blind was produced. It was the first talking newspaper in the North West. Forty years later, to the day, 55 Talking Newspaper volunteers gathered at The Bridge Hotel in Prestbury to celebrate this milestone.
To commemorate the outbreak of war on 4th August 1914 the Macclesfield Talking Newspaper for the Blind has produced a special edition of its weekly audio version of the Macclesfield Express, which is sent out to nearly 200 visually impaired listeners each week.
Macclesfield's Pioneering Women
Our retired Editor Lynn was honoured to be asked to speak at “Macclesfield’s Pioneering Women” event at The Kings School on 24th September 2016.
Lynn told the story of how Marjorie Snow, with the support of Mrs. Enid Morley then Chair of the Society for the Blind, started the Talking Newspaper in 1974.
The other speakers were, Rhona Marshall outlining the major events in her life leading to her involvement with Christian Aid Uganda; Beryl Footman ex Head of Macclesfield High School for Girls remembering historian Dr. Stella Davies ; Wendy Moss volunteer organiser of the Macclesfield Seals Swimming Club for people with disabilities; Emily Storer the Mayor’s Air Cadet talking about how a friend has coped with severe health problems; Louise Williamson who founded “Treehouse” providing food and clothing for the Macclesfield homeless.
The event was supported by Macclesfield Mayor Cllr. Alift Harewood who opened and closed the proceedings and presented the speakers with flowers.
Registered Charity Number 505128
In 2016, 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.
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.”
Macclesfield Mayor Councillor Alift Harewood-Jones tells her story to TN
“The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. Our branch is committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting Macclesfield Talking Newspaper, and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”
Donation from Santander Foundation
Chairman Colin Turner presents a new player to listener Tony Wardle
Macclesfield Talking Newspaper for the Blind has received £1000 to fund new MP3 players for their listeners in Macclesfield and surrounding districts.
The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation which offers grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.
The grant will allow the Talking Newspaper to replace old players and buy extra machines ready to supply to new listeners.
Chairman Colin Turner at the Talking Newspaper said: “The Talking Newspaper receives no funding and relies on donations and bequests, so we are very grateful to Santander for their generous gift .”
The Local Branch Manager at Santander’s Macclesfield branch said: