Chelmsford and District Talking Newspaper is a voluntary organisation which brings local news in audio format FREE to persons who are registered blind, partially sighted or unable to read a newspaper. A 90 minute recording is produced on an mp3 memory stick for members each week and contains news mainly from The Essex Chronicle but can include other newspapers and magazines. General news, local sports, up-to-date local road and pavement works, births and deaths, entertainment and information from the borough council. We also issue other recorded information and magazines on monthly and/or quarterly intervals.

Recordings are from our Latest Recording page, on BWBF Downloadable App and Chelmsford Community Radio on 104.4FM (Sunday 8 pm and from their website).

If you know someone who is registered blind, partially sighted or not able to manage a newspaper and who would like to receive these recordings please get in touch. Use the 'Contact Us' page. In some cases an audio player can be provided for those who do not have one of their own.



Chelmsford and District Talking Newspaper is run entirely by volunteers and exists due to their dedication. We welcome volunteers to record and despatch our weekly service. We endeavour to match the right person to the right role and ask volunteers to recognise the commitment requested to enable us to issue our talking newspaper each and every week.



Readers are usually required on a 4 week rota, on Thursday evenings, with a six months notice to note duty dates. Recordings take place at our studio in Writtle of 2 hours duration: from 6.00pm. The reading team consists of an editor plus two [Covid restrictions apply 2020/2021]. 



Do you have what it takes to become a recording technician? Allocated to a monthly/4 weekly rota, recording technicians must be available on a Thursday evening from 5.30 pm to 10.00 pm to operate our digital recording system. We use Adobe Audition to record. Simple editing, copying and duplicating is easily picked up by anyone used to working with Microsoft Word Documents. Full training will be given. You will need to have transport and be prepared to work on your own for some of the time.



An 8.30 am start each Friday morning to unpack returned and re-issue recordings to members: no more than two hours. Volunteers work on a rota system.

If you are interested in joining our friendly group or simply wish to find out more, then please get in touch by visiting the 'Contact Us' page.