Digital dawn for Buxton Talking Newspaper

Talking newspaper, treasurer Patricia Kelly with the new digital equipment
Talking newspaper, treasurer Patricia Kelly with the new digital equipment

Buxton’s Talking Newspaper has gone digital - allowing local residents with a sight impairment to get more local news than ever before.

Run by a small group of volunteers, the Talking Newspaper group meet weekly to provide audio recordings of stories from the Buxton Advertiser so those who would struggle to read the newspaper don’t miss out.

Talking newspaper, digital editor Paul Cromford at work

Talking newspaper, digital editor Paul Cromford at work

The group has changed its recording materials from cassettes and CDs to memory sticks, which means more of the Advertiser can now be recorded than was possible with a 60-minute cassette or CD.

They said: “We are looking forward to progressing into the digital world and providing a much better service to our listeners.

“Later in the year, we intend to add a monthly magazine. This will contain a variety of topics we hope will be of interest to our listeners.”

The free service is only possible thanks to volunteers, who read, record and edit audio versions of the newspaper before posting them out to all those who need them.

Talking newspaper, the new digital version being copied onto memory sticks ready to be sent out

Talking newspaper, the new digital version being copied onto memory sticks ready to be sent out

Volunteers are desperately needed for paper editing which takes about two and half hours on a Thursday morning. Other helpers are also sought. Contact Patricia Kerry on 01298 811021, email buxtontalkingnewspaper@gmail.com or write to Buxton Talking Newspaper, PO Box 31, Chinley, High Peak, SK23 6WX.

Talking newspaper, Joan Newton and chairman Patrick Wilson recording items

Talking newspaper, Joan Newton and chairman Patrick Wilson recording items