Newspaper’s tea party get them talking

PUBLISHED: 16:01 07 April 2016 | UPDATED: 16:38 07 April 2016

WHATnews! recording team B, from left to right: recordist David Hancock with readers David Buck, David Acton, Enid Stork and Valerie Whittington

WHATnews! recording team B, from left to right: recordist David Hancock with readers David Buck, David Acton, Enid Stork and Valerie Whittington

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The Welwyn Hatfield Talking Newspaper Association held its annual tea party in Welwyn.

The local branch, known as WHATnews!, is made up of volunteers who send a free audio CD of local news items, selected from the WHT, to blind and visually impaired people every fortnight.

Around 40 WHATnews! listeners and their carers attended the party in Welwyn Civic Centre.

They got to know each other better over sandwiches and homemade cake, provided by Sue Sparshott, who is well-known locally for her charity vintage teas at Burnham Green, Welwyn.

Chairwoman Hilary Withers said: “It was a huge success. We hope more WHATnews! listeners will come along to our party next year.”

Friends and volunteers performed at the event to entertain the crowd, including WHATnews! readers and Digswell Players actors David Acton and Diana Holt, who presented amusing readings.

David’s wife Margaret played piano duets with her friend Barbara Young, opening with the ‘Listen with Mother’ theme.

Occasional WHATnews! reader, professional composer and international entertainer Aidan Bell performed songs from the ‘crooners’ era, and the audience joined in for the final number; ‘New York, New York’.

WHATnews! added more listeners to its circulation as a result of the party. The charity has been running since 1977, and is formed of volunteer readers, editors, copiers and recordists.

For more information, or to become a listener, email info@whatnews.org.uk or call 07708 468 708


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