From Jennifer Macdonald –
For more than 20 years, a weekly recording of the Mearns Leader has been produced, supplemented by other articles, which has helped up to 40 people who are blind and partially sighted in and around the town.
This is the Stonehaven Talking Newspaper-also known as the Spik o the Mearns.
Before lockdown, there were teams of volunteers working on a rota to produce the recordings which were done on a Friday evening in the Invercarron Resource Centre and sent out to listeners.
Once we went into lockdown, the Invercarron Resource centre was closed and the teams were no longer able to meet to produce the recordings. This has been the case for nearly six months but although the Resource Centre remains closed, the group has been planning how to start up again, on a fortnightly basis to begin with and hopefully moving towards a weekly edition again.
The readings are being done remotely and sent to the technician who combines them into a recording which can be sent out to the listeners on data sticks. The first of these was sent out last Friday.
There are currently around 25 people who receive the recording and the Talking Newspaper is hoping to reach more people who would appreciate this service.
If you are blind or partially sighted or if you know someone who is, please contact Angus Mackintosh , the chairperson of the group, on 01569 766976 and we will arrange for you/them to be able to access this useful recording of local news.