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 record and despatch our weekly service. 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.




Readers are usually required on a Thursday evening, on a 4 week rota. With a six monthly plan, so plenty of time in advance to note duty dates. Recordings take place at our studio in Writtle of 2 hours duration: from 6.30pm. The reading team of an editor plus three readers. 




Allocated on a rota - monthly/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 and full training will be given.




An 8.00 am start each Friday morning to unpack all 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 wallets 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.