A letter from our Chairman

Judy Sarssam in the recording studio
Judy Sarssam in the recording studio

Here is a letter from Judy Sarssam, who is both our chairman and also one of our visually impaired listeners:

“It is with delight and admiration that I eagerly await the arrival of the postman and my copy of the EETN after the many weeks of enforced silence.

Delight in anticipation of the stimulating news, articles and podcasts. Admiration for the emergency team who have managed to re-start production of the EETN.

It has taken determination, skill and the slight lifting of lockdown which enables short car journeys now.

A huge thank you to Richard for his technical prowess; he is downloading from Dropbox, making a master memory stick and then using two computers duplicating it.

Julie Harvey recording from home

A huge thanks to Julie who has coordinated the other Editors, Julia and Tricia plus Jan, learning how to record and then upload the recordings onto Dropbox. A big thank you to them all.

Heather deserves accolades too as she visited Swail House, which remains in complete lockdown; with the help of management there she was able to collect the spare pouches and memory sticks and has generously taken on the task of filling the pouches and posting them.

What a brilliant team of volunteers whose dedication cannot be praised too much.

Photograph of Graham Penman at home
Graham Penman recording at home

So the Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper is once more serving the visually impaired members of the community.

The system of returning the pouches and their contents smoothly rely on the postal service at present as the original returns are somewhere hiding in the closed Epsom Sorting Office. Our post has been somewhat spasmodic lately.

Along with  our other VIP listeners I look forward to one precious indication that normal service can be resumed now even if it not weekly until the studio at Swail House becomes available once more.

Gratitude flows also to Jane for her fascinating choice of podcasts and to Ian for his “What’s On” section.

We are hoping that Volunteers and Listeners alike with send in their “lockdown” achievements, adventures and experiences to share on future TNs and on the website.

Best wishes to all in the EETN family and friends,