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Community News & Views | Free audio magazine

SIGHT-IMPAIRED residents in the Post Newspapers area can receive free audio copies of magazines.


Those who are blind and partially sighted can sign up for a monthly memory stick of spoken versions of three top Sussex magazines.


The service is provided across Sussex by Wealden Talking News with the help of the publisher of two of the publications.


Details about it were revealed at the latest meeting of the Macular Society charity’s Bognor Regis support group, pictured below. Wealden Talking News’ trustees Dianne Steele and Mike Hollis demonstrated the value of receiving the recordings.


Dianne said the magazines covered were Sussex Life and Sussex Living as well as the charity’s compilation – called Listeners’ Sussex – of its listeners’ views and contributions.


“Sussex Life is a fabulous magazine. It is full of all sorts of interesting articles on history, wildlife and local events going in around Sussex. They have allowed us to record the monthly copies for free,” she said.


The talking news charity is based in Heathfield, East Sussex. Its studio has been refurbished recently with £10,000 of national lottery funding.


Dianne said: “It would be good to have as many people as possibly benefiting from the studio. Although we are based in East Sussex, the magazines’ service is available across Sussex.


“We launched it last August and have 60 listeners. It’s now a case of getting the word out about it.”


One of the Macular Society members at last Thursday’s meeting, Felpham Patricia Claridge, said: “It was an interesting talk and has encouraged me to find out more about the service.


“I’m finding it difficult to read newspapers and using a magnifying glass is the next step.”


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