News and Events

The 2019 Listeners' Lunch

On Sunday 1 September over 90  clients and volunteers from CaTN met at The Park Hotel Chichester for their annual ‘Listeners’ Lunch’. Talking News is a free service designed to keep people informed and in touch by producing a programme of local news on a memory stick for visually impaired people.


Chichester Area Talking News (CATN) has recorded interviews with some of the Chichester Cathedral Choristers for the CATN Insight magazine - to be delivered to listeners in June.

In a break in the Saturday morning practice, up in the Cathedral Chapter House, Geoffrey Archer interviewed four choristers about their life in the Cathedral, singing with other choirs, and how they enjoyed a very busy school life.

Geoffrey also interviewed Organist and Master of the Choristers Charles Harrison about how choristers were chosen and their life in and around the Cathedral.

Sue Rotherham

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Sue Rotherham at the age of 99 years.   Sue was a driving force for CATN for more than 35 years.   Whether as Chairman, Vice-President or President of the Chichester Area Talking News, she had a leading role in the CATN success story.

Annual General Meeting 2018

Around 90 people attended our AGM on 25th October, 44 of whom were listeners and/or their partners.  We were so pleased to see Cllr Martyn Bell, the Mayor of Chichester, and the official business of the AGM took very little time.   Our new additions to the committee were elected - they were Dick Bunker, Bob Money and Libbie Bush.  The rest of the committee was elected en-bloc.

Bridge at Boxgrove

A group of volunteers from Chichester Area Talking News recently got together for a Marathon Bridge Afternoon to raise money for this industrious charity, which records local news on to memory sticks for visually impaired people in the area.

Fifty-six keen Bridge players spent the afternoon playing their favourite card game while raising vital funds.   A delicious afternoon tea was served halfway through by Talking News Volunteers Sheila and Alex Forsyth, and the Chairman, Dave McVittie, said that the event raised over £500 – an excellent result.

Pagham Pram Race gives generous support to Chichester Area Talking News


At their recent annual presentation evening the committee of the annual Pagham Pram Race presented the Vice-President of Chichester Area Talking News, Robbie Burns, with a cheque for £450.

Chichester Area Talking News (CATN), which supplies recording of news taken from the three editions of the Chichester Observer over 400 visually impaired listeners in the area, will use the £450 to purchase more equipment for their listeners.

Chichester MP talks to CATN

Gillian Keegan became MP for the Chichester constituency at the last general election and on Friday 1st December she found time to be interviewed for the Chichester Area Talking News quarterly magazine INSIGHT.Gillian was interviewed by CATN volunteer Geoffrey Archer. They talked about her early life as a child in Lancashire and Yorkshire, and especially her extensive experience in business and technology. Gillian thinks that being a constituency MP is the best job ever. She also praised the work of volunteer groups like CATN.

Judy Pedgrift

We are very sorry to hear of the death of Judy Pedgrift on 29th October.  Judy was Secretary to the CATN Committee between 2005 and 2013 when Robbie was Chairman.  Robbie says “A lovely lady who was such a great supporter of Talking News and a very efficient Secretary who kept me on the rails”.  Our President Anne Scicluna said “She was a lovely lady and nothing seemed to be too much trouble for her to undrertake. If we each inherit a fraction of her kindness we will be doing rather well!.”

Guide Dog in memory of Jane Windsor.

I am so pleased to tell you that the committee agreed that we should sponsor a guide dog puppy in the memory of Jane Windsor. The puppy’s name is Libby and we shall be receiving new photos and updates regularly from Guide Dogs for the Blind.  A display board was set up at our AGM with photos and information about Libby.

Another successful AGM

At the recent AGM, we elected a new committee. Well not entirely new, but slightly updated. We have a new Treasurer, Geoff Porter and Wendy Randall has joined the committee to represent the Morning Helpers. We were pleased that the Mayor of Chichester, Councillor Peter Evans and his wife Margaret were able to be with us. We were all entertained by our very own David Bathurst and his singing group “Cavatina”. Margaret Siggs and her team provided excellent refreshments, and overall, with nearly 100 people attending, it was a successful meeting.