Colchester and District Talking Newspaper

Colchester and District Talking Newspaper
University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Telephone 01206 872275 (answering Machine)



Colchester and District Talking Newspaper provides local news and information, recorded onto memory sticks and distributed by post timed for arrival on each Saturday morning (subject to the Royal Mail delivery system). In addition there is also a monthly magazine.
These recordings are prepared by volunteers for the benefit of blind and otherwise visually impaired people.
Suitable players for memory sticks are provided free of charge to recipients of our service by the talking newspaper.

To access the last four editions of our weekly news reports, click here.

Following 20 weeks during the summer of 2020 when we were unable to produce the Colchester Talking Newspaper in our normal manner we returned to studio recording on Thursday 10 September. We have now reverted to a 90 minute recording with two or three readers which is made available (normally) before 6.00 pm on each Thursday on this web page (click on the link above), and should be delivered by post on memory sticks and tape cassettes to the recipients of our service.

Our monthly magazine continues to be produced and made available on the first weekend of every month both by clicking on th elionk below and be being sent out with the weekly news reports.

Our recordings are also available on Alexa by saying "Alexa, ask my talking newspaper to play Colchester Talking Newspaper", or on the telephone by phoning 03302233452 (the same charges apply as 01/02 numbers); to shortcut the intro, press one and say "Colchester" when prompted, and it'll start playing.

To access the last two editions of the monthly magazine recordings click here, and the same guidance as for the weekly news reading applies.

These recordings, both of the weekly news and the most recent editions of the monthly magazine using the Sonata box available from the British Wireless for the Blind Fund (BWBF), for those who subscribe to that service.

The objective of the Colchester and District Talking Newspaper, a member of the Talking News Federation, is to provide visually impaired people with local, Colchester, news and information.

The news is recorded daily from the newspaper used for the weekly newstape which is the The Daily Gazette, a newspaper produced in North-east Essex, the editor of which has given full copyright permission for its material to be used in this way.

A weekly edition compiled and duplicated each Thursday afternoon, and despatched on memory stick on Fridays for delivery by first class mail on Saturday mornings. It is also, as above, accessible via this web site or using the Sonata or Sonata+ box from the British Wireless for the Blind Fund (BWBF) fund.

The main distribution area for recordings is that area covered by the Colchester postcodes CO1 to CO7, with some recordings sent to other parts of the country where visually impaired people, usually people who have lived in the Colchester Area in the past, now live.

There are about 550 Talking Newspapers throughout the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. To receive a recording from any of these, contact us and we will put you in touch with the appropriate TN group.

Almost any national daily or weekly newspaper or national magazine title that you can find in a newsagents shop can be obtained, for an annual subscription, from the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) Newsagent service.

For further information please leave a message on our answering machine on 01206 872275 or e-mail us at One of us will get back to you within a few days and hopefully be able to deal straight away with your question or request.

You can if you wish create an e-mail by clicking on the e-mail logo below (it may take a few seconds to open) and enter your Name, Address and phone number. It that presents a difficulty send your own e-mail to Colchester and District Talking Newspaper

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