Long Eaton & District Talking Newspaper’s 43rd Annual Festive Lunch

Thursday, 2nd December 2021 was a lovely day for a luncheon – 36 readers, trustees, administration staff and supporters of the Long Eaton & District Talking Newspaper gathered at Trent Lock Golf & Country Club restaurant to meet in person for the first time since lock-down and this was about the third date chosen for the get-together.

Following a good lunch and a few of Chairman Martin’s joke groans, the proceedings began with an informed and inspirational message sent from our President, Robert Lindsay, sending regards and thanks to all staff of the newspaper for their supreme efforts to continue during the difficult periods of COVID.

The Worshipful Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Donna Briggs, spoke about various charities she supports concluding with the fact that volunteers are priceless, and she also thanked everyone for their efforts and input especially during COVID.

Martin explained that the newspaper offers over 40 hours of listening pleasure from 13 magazines together with local news and current affairs. The data relating to addresses, etc. is kept safe and there is dignity and respect in all visits. Martin stated that the Newspaper had been running since 1978 (some 43 years). One of the special guests, Nancy Plummer, of the Erewash VIP’s, in the early days of the Talking Newspaper, worked for the Social Services and provided all early listeners and remains involved in helping people who are visually impaired.

Martin told a few more joke groans as he handed out awards and gifts to the Mayor and her Consort, husband, Stephen; to Andy & Beverley Brookes, of Brooks Computer Solutions, who designed our website and continues to maintain it since they have adopted the Talking Newspaper as their chosen charity. Special thanks to Jane Oseman, Ruth Dolby and Andy Sheard who played their part in keeping the Talking Newspaper going during the COVID lockdown and he thanked all the readers who had started or kept going by reading at home.