News and Events

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. 

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.


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