Talking news in studio plea

Newshounds: Geoff Byram, Norma Willoughby, Chris O'Ryan, Ireen Johnston and Elaine Beach
Newshounds: Geoff Byram, Norma Willoughby, Chris O'Ryan, Ireen Johnston and Elaine Beach

VOLUNTEERS who give their time recording the district’s news for sight-impaired people are appealing for evening office accommodation.

Calderdale Talking Newspaper provides a service which reaches more than 300 people weekly.

Its team of 30 records at the Courier during office hours but needs to find a new evening venue.

Chris O’Ryan said it was important to maintain an evening presence as that allowed younger people who worked to be involved.

“What we need is a free room on a weekly basis from around 7 pm to 9 pm,” he said.

Five teams of four readers, backed by support volunteers, record stories from the Courier group of newspapers.

Recordings on USB memory sticks go out for free and MP3 speakers are also provided free.

“It is quite a slick operation here,” said Mr O’Ryan.

“I have looked at other talking newspapers and a lot of them only do monthly editions.”

The Calderdale team provide a weekly service backed by a fortnightly sports service and a sporadic youth edition.

Listeners include ex-pats around the world and letters to the team show how valuable the service is for sight-impaired people wishing to keep up with the district’s news.

In addition, the service can also be accessed online via the Courier website. The service is funded through donations and was founded in 1979.

Anyone who can provide a room, or wishing to become involved with the group, should contact the secretary Robert Johnston on 01422 347775.