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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

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!

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 https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/DAVID-BATHURST1

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.

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.The second is on Monday December 30th when he will attempt to walk his age in 24 hours - 60 miles from Yapton to Hastings. Again, this is in aid of Stonepillow. if you would like to support him in these efforts please go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/DAVID-BATHURST1

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 business of the meeting was swiftly conducted, including CATN becoming a ‘charitable incorporated organisation’ as recommended by the Charity Commission, and the election of officers for the forthcoming year. For a full list: https://www.catn.org.uk/committee

The 2019 Listeners' Lunch

Posted on 4 September 2019

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. The content of the programme is a roundup of local news and features taken from the Chichester, Bognor Regis and Midhurst & Petworth Observers. Talking News helps restore independence and creates an opportunity to take an active interest in the local community. For more information visit www.catn.org.uk / email studio@catn.org.uk or phone 01243 775050.

Chichester Area Talking News visit the Cathedral Choristers

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.

Sue Rotherham

Posted on 6 March 2019

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.

Area and Morning Helpers Meeting - April 5th 2017

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

Once a year Morning and Area Helpers meet and discuss their roles in Chichester Area Talking News. They share ideas on how to improve their tasks and agree procedures and any improvements that can be made to the way they work. Chairman David McVittie welcomed everyone to the meeting and after reports from Morning Helper co-ordinator Wendy Randall and Area Helpers and Listener’s Secretary Helen Pinn, David 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, maybe by attending summer events in the area.