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Annual General Meetings can be fun, too

Posted on 23 October 2021

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Every year the Talking News AGM offers something different to both inform and entertain a large audience of listeners, carers and volunteers. This year, after the formal meeting, our Chairman, Dick Bunker, pointed out that 2021 was even more special: our AGM was being held on 21st October, which as all history buffs will know is the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. So, once the necessary business was complete, the afternoon’s entertainment began with a sketch about ‘Health and Safety aboard HMS VICTORY’, with Richard Plowman as Admiral Nelson and Dick Bunker as Captain Hardy.

AGM 2021

Posted on 22 October 2021

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Some photos of the memorable 2021 Annual General Meeting at Oving Village Hall

Volunteers meet at Lavant

Posted on 6 October 2021

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Fourteen CATN volunteers, mostly Morning or Area Helpers, met in person at Lavant Village Hall on Wednesday 6th October for the first time in over eighteen months.

The Morning and Area Helpers meet regularly to discuss their roles in Chichester Area Talking News. They share ideas on how to improve their tasks, agree procedures and to suggest any improvements that can be made to the way they work. Chairman Dick Bunker welcomed everyone to the meeting and after reports from Morning Helper co-ordinator Wendy Randall and Area Helpers and Listener’s Secretary Helen Pinn, Dick gave details of some forthcoming events in the CATN calendar. He also spoke of the need to make more people aware of the work of CATN, and highlighted some changes on their way, including a new website and an improved email system.

Prestigious award for our Talking News

Posted on 16 February 2021

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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. This is a life-enhancing experience for a large number of people with sight problems who enjoy staying current with truly local news gathered from West Sussex. CATN Chairman, Dick Bunker, said he was thrilled to accept this award on behalf of all volunteers who work hard to provide these recordings of local news for those with limited or no sight.

We're back on air!

Posted on 3 April 2020

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! You'll find the latest programme here

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.



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

Posted on 28 February 2020

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

Posted on 27 February 2020

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

David did it!

Posted on 17 January 2020

Well, David did 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 sunrise 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. You can support his effort at