ESTN Interim Service – With Effect From 19th March 2020 – (Due To The Corona Virus Infection)



In order to protect our volunteers and listeners, we have taken the reluctant decision to suspend Studio Recording and Postal Distribution of Memory Sticks to our registered subscribers, until the current national situation and restrictions brought about by the Corona Virus come to an end.

It is however our intention to remotely record shortened ‘interim’ issues of ESTN on an ‘ad-hoc’ and ‘as and when possible’ basis.

These will comprise of any items which we can source or produce without the need to meet in person or incur unnecessary travel as per government guidelines; and will be available on-line as usual by going to our Home page and selecting the link within “Click here to listen to the Latest Issue of East Shropshire Talking Newspaper”.

We are however mindful that many of our registered subscribers do not have internet access, and as such we are pleased to announce that we have agreed with Talking Newspaper Services to utilise their ‘listen by telephone’ service, using which our recording can be heard simply by calling a landline telephone number, which we hope will be available from Week Commencing Monday 23rd March 2020.
The Telephone Number for this service will be 0330 22 33 452.

We are also monitoring the activities of other Talking Newspapers, and will seek to adopt what we consider to be best practices from this, and of course openly offer our help in a reciprocal fashion to all our colleagues in the National Talking Newspaper Community.

We will do our best to provide information and updates on the situation as a whole, and in addition we hope to include content on other subjects as normal; however we would like to remind everyone that ESTN (as with any Talking Newspaper) is not a ‘prime source’ of live/up to date news. We purely endeavour to reflect what is included in the print media within our locality, in order to level the playing field as much as possible for those who have difficulty reading printed publications. To this end, we advise that the latest situation and advice re the Corona Virus should always be obtained primarily from Government web sites and from local/national television and radio. The following radio stations cover our catchment area :

BBC Radio Shropshire – available via 96.0FM/90.0FM/95.0FM/104.1FM (depending on your area), DAB, or on-line at :

Free Radio Shropshire – available via 103.1FM/97.2FM, DAB; or on-line at :

We thank you for your understanding at this extremely difficult time for us all.

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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