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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.

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!

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.

Volunteer Newsletter
Thanks to our Secretary, Bev Chubb, we now have a regular Volunteer Newsletter, the most recent of which will always be available on the ‘Volunteer’ section of this website.

Wedding Belle
In April we were so pleased and excited for our Treasurer, Simona Venclove, when she married her partner Andrius in Lithuania. We gave them a wedding gift and all our very best wishes. Here are some pictures of the event - if you click on them they will enlarge.

Simona and Andrius in church

Simona and Bouquet
Releasing doves