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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.