Competition to mark 30 years of Talking Newspapers

ANGUS Talking Newspaper Association held its 30th annual general meeting recently in Forfar.

Each month volunteers meet in each of the Angus burghs and produce a CD containing excerpts from local newspapers which are distributed to blind and visually impaired people in the area.

The charity was founded in Brechin in 1982, due mainly to the efforts of the late Stan Letton.

To mark the occasion the association has, with the support of Angus Council, organised a competition for Angus Primary six and seven pupils to design its new logo.

This will be used on the CDs sent to visually impaired people, and also on letter heads and on other material which will include a new leaflet soon to be distributed to public places, for example residential homes, doctors’ surgeries, access offices and public libraries.

The winner of the logo competition and the two runners-up will each receive a prize and will be invited to visit the production team at the Damacre Centre in Brechin – and maybe even record a piece for one of the CDs.

As well as these and various other arrangements to mark the 30th anniversary, the meeting also noted a need for more volunteers - readers to record the material and technicians to process, duplicate and distribute it.

Office-bearers remained unchanged with Ian Scott staying on as chairman, Lorna Milne as treasurer and Liz Mountford as secretary.

The association continues to meet quarterly in each of the Angus burghs in turn.

The next meeting will be in Montrose on August 15, and the one after that will be in Arbroath, on November 21.

Listeners, current volunteers and potential volunteers from any area are welcome to attend these meetings.

Confirmation of dates and venues can be obtained on the website or by ringing 01575 575912.

Anyone who would like to join a reading group or be involved in the technical side can find more details on the Association’s website at www.angustalkingnews.co.uk or call 01575 575912.