Welcome to the Horncastle Talking Newspaper.
We are delighted to produce the Horncastle Talking Newspaper, we relaunched this service in January 2018 and are grateful to the Ulverscroft Foundation who donated funding which has enabled the purchase of new equipment to make this possible.
We produce an audio recording of local news articles onto USB memory sticks and distribute them using the free post for the blind service. The talking newspaper is available to you if you are visually impaired or unable to read a traditional newspaper and is free of charge to listeners.
This service is provided courtesy of Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School students who volunteer to produce the weekly audio recording.
Arrangements with both the Horncastle News and Target Series allow us to include the content of their publications without infringement of copyright, we are grateful for this concession. We also include some of our school news items.
Producing the newspaper:
Each week our dedicated volunteers record the audio of a selection of articles from the local press. The recording is duplicated onto USB memory sticks and placed into the free post envelopes ready for Royal Mail to deliver. Recordings are usually with listeners by Saturday each week, to enjoy during the weekend.
Equipped to listen:
Audio on the USB memory sticks can be accessed via your home computer or laptop.
If you are a member of the Lincoln & Lindsey Blind Society you may be able to loan a USB player from them.
The Friends of Horncastle and District Healthcare and Relief Fund is also available to individuals. You could apply for a grant of up to £500 which could include the purchase of your personal USB player.
We also have a limited number of items to loan from school.
If you would like to receive the talking newspaper, please contact us:
Telephone: 01507 522465
Write to us: Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, West Street, Horncastle, Lincolnshire. LN9 5AD
Other links you may find useful within Lincolnshire include:
The Lincoln & Lindsey Blind Society:
Lincoln & Lindsey Blind Society’s aim is to enhance the quality of life for blind, partially sighted and visually impaired people whatever their age or personal circumstances in life. They give practical help, advice and assistance.
Friends of Horncastle and District Healthcare and Wellbeing Fund
The fund’s aim is to promote health and wellbeing for the residents of Horncastle (principal area of benefit) and surrounding district of East Lindsey (wider area of benefit). Groups or individuals can apply for the costs connected with access to local services and activities, or those that increase physical activity or mobility.
A free, friendly library service providing books on CD and audio-cassette to people in Lincolnshire who are blind, or partially sighted. Books are posted direct to customers' homes using Articles for the Blind freepost. Over 15,000 titles available on CD and cassette.
Sensory Impairment Lincolnshire County Service (SILCS):
The service co-ordinates specialist professional and rehabilitation services for visually impaired people in Lincolnshire. SILCS is funded by Lincolnshire County council and is delivered by BID Services, Beacon Centre for the Blind and Deafblind UK, under an agreement with Lincolnshire Social Services who determine the level of service to be provided.
The Ulverscroft Foundation supports projects which will have a positive effect on the quality of life of visually impaired people (blind and partially sighted) or people with a print disability. Funding is channeled via recognised organisations which help visually impaired people, for example, libraries, hospitals, clinics, schools and colleges; social and welfare organisations. To read more about the history of the foundation, their objectives and how grants are awarded, view their website.
With thanks to the Ulverscroft Foundation for their support