ESTN Service Update – 6th January 2021


We wish all our listeners a very happy new year, and we all hope for a much better one after the trials of 2020.

We did everything we could to stay with you for as much of the year as possible, but like many organisations, our premises were not available to us for a significant period, which necessitated an ‘on the go’ re-structure of our Production System, in moving to remote recording in our volunteers’ homes, and in so doing, we learned many new skills and brought ourselves up to speed with the new technology which allows us to make the ESTN issues away from our studio.

The national situation has now reached a stage however, where following the UK Prime Minister’s Announcement made on Monday 4th January confirming the new national lockdown, we have felt it necessary to give consideration to the short and medium term future of ESTN’s Service, including consultation with our landlords at the Midland News Association (MNA).

Considering the increased seriousness of the current pandemic situation, and the constant instability of the resulting legislation and directives over the last few months, it has been decided that, immediately following the recording and memory stick distribution of our Issue on Wednesday 6th/Thursday 7th January, the entire ESTN Production/Distribution cycle will cease until further notice.

We have taken this decision reluctantly, and with very careful consideration, but knowing that it is the right thing to do for our volunteers at this point in time. It is important to convey that the decision to suspend our service for the moment is purely our own, and we remain in a completely legitimate position to re-start, once we feel it appropriate to do so, under the new legislation – effective from Wednesday 6th January, which makes no changes to the exclusions permitted for the provision of Voluntary Services.

The new directives are explained in full on the Government website at :

As a group, our volunteers have already done a huge amount of work over the last year to re-invent ESTN for the new situation, and in so doing have permanently adopted a new system, encompassing the best and most appropriate use of home working, assisted by the latest IT/AV technologies, to both meet current COVID Regulations, and also to increase the robustness of the operation, which is vital in giving us the ability and flexibility to deal with future challenges and ever-changing circumstances.

We are acutely aware that, for many of our listeners, their regular life challenges have significantly increased since the start of the pandemic nearly a year ago, and with that always foremost in mind, we did everything possible to continue as near normal service as possible for them throughout the year, which presented many challenges in terms of doing so with substantially less volunteers due to their own circumstances, and the loss of our studio between March and September.

We would like to thank each and every one of our highly dedicated volunteers for the significant and greatly valued part which they have played in our concerted efforts to keep the service going under very difficult conditions.

ESTN has, and will continue to.. do everything necessary to prioritise the safety of its volunteers and listeners, and is using the early part of 2021 whilst recordings are not being made to recruit and train new members to our Production Team, and the existing team are working hard to consolidate their knowledge of the new system.

We look forward to being back with you when the conditions are right.

In the meantime, stay safe, and very best wishes from all the team at ESTN.

See and Hear Shropshire Exhibition 2020


See and Hear Exhibition 2020 Logos Collage - For Web Site (CMP)

We are pleased to announce this year’s See and Hear Exhibition !

See and Hear Shropshire 2020 will be held on Wednesday 13th May
From 10am – 4pm at :

Shrewsbury Sports Village
Sundorne Road

If you have sight or hearing loss, know someone that does, or work with people that do, the See and Hear Shropshire exhibition will be beneficial to you.

The event will be host to :

– More than 60 local and national exhibitors

– Diabetes Awareness Sessions by Shropshire RCC

– Seminars and Workshops – covering Genetics and Sight Loss, Mental Health and more..

– Medequip bus, displaying a wide range of equipment to support independence

– Hearing Aid Maintenance Clinic by the Audiology Department from Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust

– Boccia Tournament hosted by Shropshire Disability Network

– All Ability Cycling by Sight Loss Opportunity Groups, RCC

… and of course East Shropshire Talking Newspaper will be there as usual.

We would be very pleased to meet you and explain anything you would like to know about our work. You might even meet our debonair Chairman Robert on the rounds with his video camera, as he makes a documentary film of the day on behalf of the organisers.

A Free Dial-A-Ride shuttle bus is available from Shrewsbury Railway Station every 30 minutes throughout the day. The first bus leaves the station at 9.30am.

For further details on the event, please contact Pauline Rose at VTTS on 01743 257746 or visit the website at :

See and Hear Exhibition – Held May 2019


ESTN was again one of the exhibitors at the Shropshire See and Hear Exhibition this year.

In addition to working his magic on our stand, our Chairman Robert Green is also a talented film-maker, and kindly makes a documentary film for the exhibition organisers every year.. !

You can see his summary of this year’s show here

Ways You Can Apply To Volunteer With Us


Telford and Wrekin Council have kindly set us up on the Volunteer Opportunities section of their ‘Volunteer Telford’ website.

If you would like to apply for one of our specific vacancies, you can do so by going to the link below, selecting the desired role, and clicking on the “Apply now” button.
Telford and Wrekin Council Volunteer Web Site

Applications made in this way are forwarded directly to ourselves at ESTN, so we will see these alongside those submitted directly via our own Become A Volunteer page, OR
or via our own e-mail address at :

Please feel free to use any of these methods if you would like to express an interest in volunteering with us.
Many Thanks.

We would like to send our greatest thanks to Coreen, Richard, and Sally at Telford and Wrekin Council for providing the above facility on their web site, and working with us to set it up.

Appeal For Daytime Volunteers


We currently have vacancies within our Packing and Copying teams.

These teams work during the day, for just a couple of hours a week, and form an essential part of our operation, in copying the USB sticks and packing them ready for collection by the Royal Mail.

Anyone is most welcome, but being performed in the day time, the roles may particularly suit those who are retired, or working part-time.

If you would like to volunteer for one of these roles, or request a full Role Description to see what is involved, please contact us

Appeal For Presenters


We are currently looking to recruit more Presenters.

Anyone is welcome, whether you are new to us, or already an ESTN volunteer working in another area.

The main requirement is for a clear, non-hurried reading voice. (Regional or National accents are quite acceptable, and indeed warmly welcomed; clarity of the spoken word and expression being the watchwords).

The role involves providing links and continuity on the recording.

A team of people act as joint Presenters, (each taking their turn on a weekly roster), so the frequency of involvement is somewhere around once every 4 weeks, and the activities usually take between 2 and 4 hours, depending on whether the Presenter also does the preparation work, known in TN circles as ‘Editing’. (Some of our Presenters are also Editors).

You can find more general information about ESTN, and the roles involved at :

If you would be interested in volunteering to be a Presenter, or would like any further information or a full Role Description for Presenting, Editing, or both; please contact us

Thank you !

See and Hear Shropshire Exhibition 2019


The See and Hear Exhibition is back again and will be bigger and better than ever!

Various companies, charities and local services have booked stands in readiness for this important exhibition.

The event is free and open to everyone to try out equipment and learn more about the support on offer to help improve the quality of life for those with sensory impairment, such as hearing or sight loss.

Getting there:
There will be a free dial-a-ride shuttle bus every half hour from Shrewsbury Train Station to the Shrewsbury Sports Village, starting at 9.30am.
Parking at the Sports Village site will also be free.

East Shropshire Talking Newspaper will have a stand and will be pleased to talk to anyone about the service we offer.

Besides the exhibitors there will be :
– The 4th annual Boccia tournament
– Seminars and Workshops covering Mindfulness and Tinnitus and more
– All-ability Cycling
– The Hearing Aid Maintenance Clinic.

So why not come along and enjoy the day on Wednesday 15th May 2019 at:

Shrewsbury Sports Village, Sundorne Road, Harlescott, Shrewsbury SY1 4RQ

Further information can be found at :



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