News and Events

Prestigious award for our Talking News

In a ceremony on 10 February, Chichester City Council presented Chichester Area Talking News with a 2020 Community Award to recognise the huge contribution this charity makes in assisting blind, visually impaired and other disabled people to keep in touch with local news, events and current issues.   Volunteers produce a fortnightly news programme and a quarterly spoken magazine, recorded on memory sticks and sent out free of charge by Royal Mail to around 300 regular listeners.

We're back on air!

Our absence didn't last long!  Not because the current coronavirus situation is over (if only) but because we are now recording the programme remotely.   All the contributions are recorded by members of the team in their own homes and then knitted together by our Head of Production, John Holloway.  David Bathurst does all the editing and shares the reading with Caroline Aston.  Colin Jenner uploads it to the web.   Well done to all!

We’re off the air - first time in 45 years!

Because of the current virus situation, we have taken the decision to suspend all activity with immediate effect as of today 18th March.   This is primarily because of the possibility of cross contamination as the wallets go from the studio, to the post room, to our listeners and back again.


CaTN at the Pagham Pram Race Presentation Night

Chichester area Talking News Chairman, Dick Bunker, blind listener and CaTN Trustee, Chris Mustchin, along with his guide dog, Kenny, are pictured receiving a grant from the Pagham Pram Race at their Presentation Night on 25th February.

The Pagham Pram Race events raise funds for local charities. Grants are given out every year at their Presentation Night.

CaTN at Chichester Library

On Tuesday 17th March at Chichester Library from 9 am to 1 pm, volunteers from Chichester area Talking News will be giving out information and talking about the service that is provided (for free) for our City's VIPs - Visually Impaired People.

Our VIPs at Aldingbourne Country Centre

Jan Penn and Chris Mustchin with their ‘seeing friends’ outside Aldingbourne Country Centre after a CATN Committee meeting recently.

David did it!

Well, David it!   On December 14th, he did indeed sing 60 carols in the morning and another 60 in the afternoon.   And over the New Year, he walked 60 miles in 24 hours from Yapton to Hastings.  His highlights included - the sense of stillness below Highdown Hill on the approach to Worthing in the middle of the night; the sun rise between Brighton and Worthing; at the 54 mile mark, the certainty that he’d make it; a cafe in Bexhill that offered him free coffee and ginger cake.

Richard Williamson celebrates 55 years of Nature Notes

Richard Williamson, the well-known local naturalist, is Vice President of Chichester Area Talking News. Richard writes a weekly nature column in our local Observer, and the December 5 2019 issue has a double page spread celebrating his 55 years helping to inspire a love of the countryside. CaTN is proud that Richard supports its work with the visually impaired in West Sussex and would like to congratulate him on his outstanding contribution to conservation and the countryside.

Our memory man is 60 - and celebrates as only he knows how!

Memory man and intrepid walker David Bathurst (one of CATN's Producers) will be combining his two great passions in celebration of his 60th birthday this month. The first is on Saturday December 14th at St. George's Church, Eastergate, when he will be singing 60 seasonal songs / carols in the morning (9:00-12:30pm) and 60 more in the afternoon (1:30-4:30pm). Admission free, with a collection in aid of Stonepillow.

Chichester Area Talking News Annual General Meeting 2019

CATN held its 2019 Annual General Meeting in Oving Village Hall on 24 October.   Around 100 listeners, carers, volunteers and friends braved the wind and heavy rain to attend the event.   It was the last AGM for retiring Chairman Dave McVittie, who was standing down after three years.   In his place, Dick Bunker was elected as the new Chairman.   Dick is already well-known to many listeners and volunteers as he has been a newsreader and a presenter of ‘Insight’ for ten years.