Talking Newspaper AGM

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The Duns based Borders Talking Newspapers (BTN) sends out audio versions of four local newspapers to around 200 homes every week and the recordings can also be listened to on the website.

For over 22 years around 60 BTN volunteers have taken their turn reading stories from the Berwickshire News, Southern Reporter, Hawick News and Border Telegraph and at the recent AGM the current trustees were all re-elected.

Office bearers appointed are: convenor – Tim Usher (Ancrum), vice convenor – Alasdair Hutton (Kelso), treasurer – Michael Anderson (Chirnside), secretary – Christine Tucker (Yetholm).

BTN does not receive any financial help from the council or the government and a spokesperson said: “Funding is always an issue for small charities like us, dependent on help from personal and business donations, charitable trusts and fund raising activities. At this time of year, we are often running a little short on funds, but this year seems rather thinner than usual.  Any small help you can give would be so gratefully received. Perhaps you run an organisation or club that raises funds for charitable purposes? Or your business could sponsor us.”

Part time manager, Wendy Moss (Duns), said: “We have a strong group of volunteers, but always need new faces, to work in the background, read the articles or operate the recording equipment.”

To offer financial help, if someone you know could use a spoken version of the paper, or if you’d like to join as a volunteer, get in touch with Wendy on 01361 884206 or,uk