News and Events

The 2017 Listeners' Lunch

It was lovely to meet many of our listeners at the annual lunch on September 3rd. Many thanks to Chichester Park Hotel for the wonderful service, all the volunteers for their help, and of course the listeners for coming along.

Important dates for 2018

Committee meetings at Oving Village Hall

12 February

14 May

12 November

Area and Morning Helpers – venue tba

18 April

Team Lunch at Chichester Park Hotel

20 May

Listeners’’ Lunch at Chichester Park Hotel

2 September

Annual General Meeting

25 October

Gillian Wintle retires to Devon!

Gillian Wintle has been a volunteer reader at Chichester Area Talking News (CATN) for over ten years and now has plans to move to Devon. Some fellow volunteers from CATN recently gathered in the recording studio to mark Gillian's retirement and to wish her well.

Harry Newman retires!

Harry Newman has retired! A ceremony at the CATN studio on July 13th 2017, saw Harry presented with some rather nice wine to commemorate the close of 30 years of service to CATN. Variously Treasurer, Committee member and latterly one half a famous copying team, Harry has been a stalwart volunteer. He is retiring – not because he will be 91 next birthday, but because he finds the increased levels of traffic on the drive to and from Selsey becoming overly tiresome.

South of England Talking News Conference

Dereck Double - President of The Rotary Club of Chichester - presenting a cheque for £1,000 to Dave McVittie, Chairman of CATN
On Saturday 8 July 2017, Chichester Area Talking News (CATN) held a conference at St Richard's Hospital for all Talking News organisations in the South of England. Seventy-seven delegates arrived from 15 Talking News organisations from as far afield as North Devon and Norfolk to be welcomed by the Mayor of Chichester, Councillor Peter Evans.


Eighteen CATN volunteers, mostly Morning or Area Helpers, met in Lavant Village Hall on Wednesday 5th April for their annual meeting and lunch.

Congratulations to Robbie!!!


At the annual Civic Awards ceremony held on Monday 20th February, in the Assembly Room, Chichester, Robbie Burns, past Chairman of Chichester Area Taking News (CATN) received his Civic Award for services to Talking News from Mayor Councillor Peter Budge.

Annual General Meeting, October 27, 2016


We had an excellent AGM when, after ten years as chairman, Robbie Burns handed over the reigns to Dave McVittie.  Robbie is not leaving us but is just stepping down as chairman and from the committee. Robbie and his wife Jakki were presented with four very nice Dartington wine goblets and a trip to Goodwood which will include a tour of the house, followed by afternoon tea.

The AGM was well attended by both listeners and volunteers. The business section moved swiftly along.  The Deputy Mayor Peter Evans and his wife came along and he spoke well of CATN.

Important Dates in 2017

Committee Meetings - all at Oving Village Hall

6 November

Annual General Meeting - Oving Village Hall

26 October