The Long Eaton & District Talking Newspaper
for the Blind & Partially Sighted

Long Eaton & District Talking Newspaper for the Blind & Partially sighted has been operating for 43 years (started in 1978)


The Long Eaton & District Talking Newspaper has close to 200 listeners within their geographical area that covers Eastwood in the North, to Castle Donington in the South, Beeston in the East to Borrowash in the West and beyond.

They have a web site that always carries their recordings as does the Bumblebee App, (product of the British Wireless for the Blind Fund) and they are now on Alexa thus ensuring that their recordings are heard worldwide.

To access this, simply tell Alexa to “enable, Talking Newspapers”.

Alexa will then ask which town and you say, “Long Eaton” and you will hear their current recording.

Their Talking Newspaper has 27 volunteers, and currently 18 of them are operating from their homes by using a variety of devices (mobile phones, WhatsApp, Lap Tops, Zoom, Skype etc) to record news and current affairs stories, administer and then post to their listeners memory sticks in pouches.

Their three weekly recordings include 2.1/2 hours of local News & Current Affairs and  37.1/2 hours of thirteen Magazines Programmes, making up 40 hours of listening pleasure.

The Long Eaton & District Talking Newspaper is doing everything they can to ensure the health & safety of both volunteers and listeners alike by volunteers wearing protective clothing as they receive, sanitise, duplicate and post out all memory sticks in  pouches, so listeners and volunteers are protected as best as they can be.

In addition, volunteers are phoning listeners on a regular basis during these tough times, to chat to them and see if they’re ok.

The Talking Newspaper is now on Alexa – simply say “enable, Talking Newspapers”. Alexa will ask which town, and you reply “Long Eaton”

They are also on the Bumblebee App operated by the British Wireless for the Blind

They are immensely proud and grateful that their President, Robert Lindsay who continues to support and encourage them.

The Long Eaton & District Talking Newspaper offers a free service to all who are blind or partially sighted within their geographical area, by supplying a Memory Stick player, Pouch with Memory Stick (that contains stories, articles and magazines), every three weeks. For more information, please contact Martin Sykes of 07970 914930 or email him on

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