Welcome to the East Shropshire Talking Newspaper (ESTN).

The East Shropshire Talking Newspaper (ESTN) is staffed by an entirely voluntary group of people, and since its inception in 1990, has provided a FREE weekly news and features audio service for visually impaired people.

ESTN is a registered charity. Based in Ketley it provides a free weekly USB memory stick to its registered subscribers, and its content is made more widely available via the Internet, Landline Telephone, Smart Phone Apps, and the most widely used Smart Speakers.

The weekly 80 minute recording contains local news, notices, sport and features; including items from the local press and other local/national publications, such as Shropshire Magazine and TNF Soundings, alongside items produced in-house by the ESTN team; covering a wide range of subjects and matters of interest.

Can You Help?

Do you know someone who has any form of sight impairment?

If you feel you can help, either by joining us, or by raising awareness, please download our ESTN Awareness-Appeal Sheet or visit our Become A Volunteer page on our website. Many thanks for spreading the word.

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Latest Issue of East Shropshire Talking Newspaper

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There are several tracks on our recording and each is introduced by our Presenter.

Use of the Track Buttons on the Player makes it easy to dodge forwards and backwards in order to listen to your personal choices from our News and Features.

You can also listen in other ways…

– On the Smart Phone/Tablet App,
called “Talking Newspapers”

Available for both Apple and Android Devices from your usual Apps Store.

– Through Amazon’s Alexa Smart Speaker range,
by using the voice command :
“Alexa, Ask Talking Newspapers For East Shropshire Talking Newspaper”.

These recordings are split into Tracks as with the Web Site Player.

To go to the next track, you can say:
“Alexa, Next Track”

To go to the previous track, you can say:
“Alexa, Previous Track”

– Through Google Home’s Smart Speaker range,
by using the voice command:
“OK Google, Talk To Talking Newspaper”

Follow the prompts, and when asked which Talking Newspaper you would like, say :
“East Shropshire Talking Newspaper”

Google Home includes our recordings as a ‘podcast’ of just 1 full track, but you can still easily navigate around the recording, by using the following voice commands:

To go Forwards:
“OK Google, Skip
<Number Chosen> <”Minutes” or “Seconds”>

To go Backwards:
“OK Google, Rewind
<Number Chosen> <”Minutes” or “Seconds”>


We gratefully acknowledge the ongoing help given by the following organisations, without which we could not operate.

– The Midland News Association at Ketley; for the complimentary papers they supply, and for their ongoing permission to read items from their publications which are:

  • Telford and Bridgnorth Journals
  • Market Drayton and Newport Advertisers
  • Shropshire Star

– Royal Mail; who collect and deliver the Pouches for our listeners free of charge each week.

– Editors of other publications from which we read; for their permission to do so.

©  East Shropshire Talking Newspaper   |   Registered Charity : 1007044

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