About Us


Chelmsford and District Talking Newspaper is a voluntary organisation which brings local news in audio format FREE to persons who are registered blind, partially sighted or unable to read a newspaper. A 90 minute recording is produced each week and contains news mainly from The Essex Chronicle but can include other newspapers and magazines. As well as general news it has such things as local sports, up-to-date road and pavement works in the borough, births and deaths, entertainment and information from the borough council. We also issue other recorded information and magazines on monthly and/or quarterly intervals.

If you know someone who is registered blind, partially sighted or not able to manage a newspaper and who would like to receive these recordings do please get in touch. Use the 'Contact Us' page. In some cases an audio player can be provided for those who do not have one of their own.




Chelmsford and District Talking Newspaper is run entirely by volunteers and exists due to their dedication. We welcome volunteers to help record and despatch our weekly service, and below is a summary of the main voluntary posts within the organisation. We endeavour to match the right person to the right role and ask volunteers to recognise the commitment requested to enable us to issue our talking newspaper each and every week.




We operate a rota with readers normally helping on a Thursday evening, usually every 4 weeks. The rota is made up and issued on a six monthly basis, so plenty of time in advance to note duty dates. Recordings are made at our studio in Writtle and normally takes 2 hours: from 6.30pm to approximately 8.30pm. An editor plus three readers. 




Allocated on a rota, usually every month/4 weeks, recording technicians must be available on a Thursday evening from 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm to operate our sound recording system. Knowledge and use of a computer is essential as our recordings are digital.




An early 8 am start each Friday morning to unpack all weekly returned recordings and operate erasing and copying machines. We supply memory sticks or tape cassettes to members. The process of preparing and despatching copies takes approximately two hours with the latest recordings placed into the velcro seal envelopes for delivery to the Post Office. Volunteers work on a rota system.

If you are interested in joining our friendly group or simply wish to find out more, then please get in touch by visiting the 'Contact Us' page.