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Maidenhead TN Nominated for Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Queen's award nomination We are delighted that the Association has been nominated for the 2009 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The certificate was presented at a ceremony at the Windsor Guild Hall by the Hon. Mary Bayliss, Lord Lieutenent of Berkshire on March 16th. Also present was the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr. Dorothy Kemp, who put the Talking Newspaper forward for nomination. We were one of six charities from Berkshire which will be considered for the national award.

Maidenhead TN now available on Sonata Internet Radio

We are pleased to announce that the Maidenhead and District Talking Newspaper is now available on Sonata Internet Radio which is run by the British Wireless for the Blind Fund. The equipment, formerly known as the Orion Webbox, allows listeners to receive a selection of talking newspapers, magazines and books using a voiced menu system. The latest recording will be linked in via the "latest.m3u" playlist file on this site. The podcast itself remains on the Maidenhead Advertiser site.

Local Election Special 2007

Maidenhead Talking Newspaper has produced a special tape featuring representatives from the main parties contesting Maidenhead seats in the local elections on 3rd May 2007. The recording session was organised by the Maidenhead Advertiser and all the parties were invited to participate, although on the night the representatives from the UK Independence Party and the British National Party were unable to attend. Maidenhead TN's Chairman, Mrs Pat Davey introduced the recording and the Advertiser's Editor, Martin Trepte interviewed the following representatives:

  • Mary Rose Gliksten (Council Leader) for the Liberal Democrats
  • David Burbage for the Conservatives
  • Kath Cutting for the Labour Party
  • Andrew Jenner for the Independents standing in Riverside ward.

A special tape has been sent out to Talking Newspaper listeners and the interviews are also available on the Advertiser's web site. See our Listen Online page to hear the recordings.

Politics for all the people

Article from The Maidenhead Advertiser, 26th April 2007.

Maidenhead Talking Newspaper Online

You can now download our weekly news tapes in MP3 format from the Maidenhead Advertiser web site. Just follow the link near the top of the page to download the file. A link to stream the latest edition is provided on our home page, but please note that this will usually be updated on the Tuesday after the recording.

MTNA Chairman on Radio Berkshire

Our Chairman, Pat Davey, along with listeners' representative Kathleen Burnapp were interviewed on BBC Radio Berkshire's afternoon programme on Wednesday 3rd March 2006. The introduction of the February magazine tape was played and prospective listeners and volunteers were asked to phone the station's number for details.

AGM and Tea Party

The Association's Annual General Meeting will take place at 15:00 on Sunday 18th September 2005 at St. Mark's Church Hall, Allenby Road, Maidenhead. Tea and refreshments will be provided afterwards. Invitations have been sent to all our listeners and helpers.


It is proposed that the following changes shall be made to the Constitution of the Association:

New clause 4b shall be inserted as follows:
"Members of the Committee shall act in the best interests of the Association and shall not by word or deed bring the good name of the Association into disrepute."
Existing clauses 4b, 4c and 4d shall be renumbered 4c, 4d and 4e respectively.
Paragraph 8:
"National Westminster Bank" shall be changed to "NatWest Bank";
Paragraph 8:
The last sentence shall be amended to read: "Cheques shall be signed by the Treasurer and either the Chairman or the Secretary for the time being in office".

TN Records Election Special

All five candidates for the Maidenhead constituency in the 2005 General Election took part in a special recording for visually impaired people. Each candidate had about 12 minutes to introduce him or herself and present his or her party's policies. Advertiser Editor, Martin Trepte and Maidenhead Talking Newspaper's Alastair Cunningham posed a few questions framed around a set of headings which the candidates had been given beforehand.

The Election Special tape was sent out to around 80 listeners in the constituency on Wendesday 28th April, hopefully in time for those with postal votes.

The photo (since deleted) shows (from left) Martin Trepte, Janet Pritchard, Richard Porter and Pat Davey. Below (left to right) are Janet Pritchard (Labour), Douglas Lewis (UKIP), Kathy Newbound (Liberal Democrat), Timothy Rait (BNP) and Theresa May (Conservative). Open the link on each photo to see a larger image. (Photos © 2005 Maidenhead Advertiser).

The whole operation was put together at short notice by Maidenhead TN Chairman, Mrs. Pat Davey, with the help of the Maidenhead Advertiser and Royal Mail's Maidenhead Delivery Office. The candidates were very pleased to have the opportunity to address visually impaired voters.

Read Advertiser story.

MP Gives Christmas Message

December magazine team 2004Maidnehead's MP, the Rt. Hon. Theresa May dropped in on the magazine team to give a short message to our listners for Christmas. Mrs. May thanked all the volunteers who give up their free time, and people who will be working over the holiday to keep services running. She also gave us an insight into her family Christmases and told us of a moment last year when she called at the Royal Mail delivery office to have a word with the staff. At the same time, well before opening time, Sir Clive Woodward had turnde up to deliver some boxes of Christmas cards for posting. As he had just won the Rugby World Cup for England they agreed to take the mail in.

The photo shows the December magazine team with Theresa May MP and mince pies. Standing: Alistair Cunningham, Peter King, Bronwen Renwick, Richard Porter; seated: Martin Trepte, Theresa May, Pat Davey and Bridget King. Open the link on the photo for a larger image.

Annual General Meeting

The Association's 20th AGM took place on Sunday 26th September at St. Mark's Methodist Church Hall, in the company of special guests Theresa May M.P. and Cllr. Mike Bruton who was standing in for the Mayor. Gentle Jazz opened the meeting with an excellent session somewhat in the mould of the Ted Heath band, and it was very well received by the audience of about sixty listeners and volunteers.

At the formal AGM, both Chairman Pat Davey and Treasurer Alastair Cunningham were bullish about the performance of the Association over the past year. Funds had increased slightly despite some major expenditure on new copying equipment and master recorders, plus the usual demands for replacement tape stock and wallets. The treasurer listed all the donations to the Association and thanked the donors, most notobly the Maidenhead Advertiser itself.

The Listeners' Representatives commented on the high quality of the tapes and were particularly impressed by the excellent reading of our new team from the Maidenhead Advertiser. An unchanged committee was re-elected en bloc.

The meeting closed with tea, sandwiches and cakes provided by the volunteers.

Straight from the Horse's Mouth!

We are delighted to welcome a new team of readers from the Maidenhead Advertiser itself, led by their editor, Martin Trepte. The July 23rd edition will be recorded at the Advertiser offices in Bell Street and we hope that the team will become a regular member of the roster.

We are sorry that one of our regular editors, Pam Boxall, has decided to step down, but we hope that she and the the members of her team will continue to be heard on the newstapes from time to time.

Read All About Us!

The Maidenhead Advertiser of 7th May carried a half-page feature on the Maidenhead Talking Newspaper.

McDonald to be TNAUK President

ITN Newscaster, Sir Trevor McDonald O.B.E. is to become the Honorary President of the Talking Newspaper Association of the United Kingdom (TNAUK). This will no doubt raise the profile of Talking Newspapers to the benefit of all the groups and their listeners.

Bobby Tobitt

We are sad to report the death of Mrs Jessie Edith "Bobby" Tobitt who died peacefully at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading on March 28th, aged 83. Bobby Tobitt was instrumental in setting up the current Maidenhead Talking Newspaper in 1984 and in raising funds (see About us). She chaired the Berkshire County Blind Society and was until fairly recently a member of the MDTNA Committee. A memorial service was held at Stubbings Church on April 16th.

Mayor records Christmas Message

Christmas Magazine Team

His Worship the Mayor of Maidenhead, Councillor Mike Bruton (right), joined the Magazine team on December 9th to record a special Christmas message to our listeners. Also pictured are (l to r) Bronwen Renwick, Alastair Cunningham, Pat Davey, Richard Porter, Diane Hayes and Bridget King. Advertiser Editor, Martin Trepte was also part of the team.

Photo courtesy of the Maidenhead Advertiser.

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