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Annual General Meeting 2018

This year's meeting took place in the Mappin Street building on Thursday 8th November at 7pm. Chairman Mary Callaghan gave a speech detailing the history of Sheffield talking News.

30th Anniversary
Number 30
This year, 2018, is a significant one for SHEFFIELD TALKING NEWS as it is 30 years since we started back in 1988.

There were existing Talking Newspapers in Rotherham, Barnsley, Chesterfield and Doncaster but none in Sheffield.The broadcaster Bill Crozier (best known for presenting ‘Two Way Family Favourites’ with Jean Metcalf) along with a visually impaired friend and Solicitor, Roy Chester, called a meeting with the help of the Volunteer Bureau (now VAS Voluntary Action Sheffield) to look at ways of setting one up in the city. Our Chairman (Mary Callaghan) was there from the start and recalls the nervous first trial run produced at the former SRSB building in Mappin Street. Read more history here.

What a long way we have come in 30 years! From cassette tapes, through CD’s and now Memory Sticks and even on computer, phone or Alexa!

We celebrated in style with an Anniversary meal at Tapton hall, enjoyed by more than 40 people. The weather was appalling but the excellent atmosphere and ethos of the evening more than made up for this. The Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Tony Downing, gave a toast in place of the Lord Mayor and Gerry Kersey from BBC Radio Sheffield spoke about ‘Talking and Listening’.

Deborah B. made a wonderful cake, the photos by Chris Seaman were very well received and are available to download free from their website for personal use. Thanks are due to Val N and Bev C for the excellent organisation of the event

More Questions than Answers
In June three members of our Reading Team ‘D’ ( Dave Gawthrope, Lesley Dixon and Tracey Higginson) entered as a team for the quarterly SRSB Charity Quiz Night at the Queen’s Head pub and won 4 bottles of wine. There was even an Egghead at the occasion in another team! Very well done!

To celebrate this milestone we are improving our publicity and having a celebratory meal.

Making News
Last year our Secretary, Bev Chubb, and our Chair (Mary Callaghan) met with the Editor of the Sheffield Star and Sheffield Telegraph, Nancy Fielder, to see how we could forge closer links. Our weekly recording is edited from these two papers along with the Yorkshire Post. 

In October 2017 Nancy Fielder gave a lively, entertaining and informative talk at our AGM. Over the last few months two volunteers were featured in the ‘Favourite Things’ feature in the Sheffield Telegraph (John Stratford and Mary Callaghan).

This year volunteers Mary Callaghan and Su Milchard have been on Rony Robinson’s afternoon show ‘Baring All’ to help publicise STN. You can listen to these interviews on the following links. When the new browser window opens, click on the play button. The recordings last about 20 minutes each.