Why Rugby Talking Newspaper sounds better than ever

Rugby Talking Newspaper volunteers
Rugby Talking Newspaper volunteers

A charity that keeps blind people informed about life in and around the town has leapt into the digital age.

Rugby Talking Newspaper was set up in 1978, first using large audio discs requiring specialist equipment. It later moved on to cassette tapes – but as they too become obsolete, the weekly edition will be published on digital memory sticks from this week.

Charity secretary Bob Arkell said: “Technology is always moving forward, and now the audio tapes and recorders a not only old-fashioned but are getting very difficult to obtain.

“All the listeners have been loaned the modern digital recorders, so with any luck will be able to listen to the local news and other announcements with a much improved sound quality.”

Rugby Talking Newspaper has a team of volunteers who record their reading of the Advertiser every week. The charity receives a special edition of the newspaper on a Wednesday afternoon so its listeners can get their Advertiser on a Thursday morning, along with everyone else.

Mr Arkell thanked Soroptimist International of Rugby Charitable Trust, which funded the equipment, and the charity’s many volunteers.

Rugby Talking Newspaper is a free service for blind people in the town. As well as news, it features information such as sports reports, announcements of births, marriages and deaths, and obstructions to pavements.

Roles within the charity include readers, technicians and despatchers. It has 98 subscribers and 40 volunteers

Visit rugbytalkingnewspaper.org or call Bob Arkell on (01788) 551258 for more information