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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 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

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 : https://eastshropshiretn.co.uk/about-us/

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 : www.shropshire.gov.uk/see-and-hear

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