Haywards Heath talking news groups marks 40th birthday

Margaret Smith, Valerie Briggs and Sandy Hett of Yews Talking News cut the 40th anniversary cake - picture submitted
Margaret Smith, Valerie Briggs and Sandy Hett of Yews Talking News cut the 40th anniversary cake - picture submitted

The Yews Talking News held there annual Summer Party and AGM on Saturday.

The group based in Redwood centre were celebrating a double special occasion. The organisation itself turned 40 this year as the recent 2,000th issue of the weekly memory stick recording went live.

Some visually impaired listeners where also given the opportunity to meet the readers, recorders and memory stick dispatchers who make Yews Talking News possible.

Editor, Kathleen Harris declared the year a success as the Yews News feedback remained positve. The recordings feature archive excerpts and news items from the Mid Sussex Times.

Around 100 listeners tune into the Yews Talking News and some nursing homes in the region are now playing recordings for residents. The hard work of volunteers remains crucial to the success of the organisation.

The meeting was proceeded by celebratory strawberries and cream as well as a 40th anniversary cake which was cut by founder, Margaret Smith, original listener Valerie Briggs, and long serving volunteer, Sandy Hett. The team was entertained by guitarist Paul Stanworth’s musical performance, which where interspersed with amusing anecdotes.

For information regarding the service offered by the group contact secretary, Bryan Cornish on 01444 417953