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Volunteer Bulletin

You can now read the Christmas 2019 Volunteer Bulletin.

30th Anniversary
Number 30
Last year, 2018, was a significant one for SHEFFIELD TALKING NEWS as it was 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!

Collage of party photos
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. Thanks are due to Val N and Bev C for the excellent organisation of the event. View some photos.

Making News
Last year  volunteers Mary Callaghan and Su Milchard were heard 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.