Welcome to Wealden Talking News

On Friday 20 July we were honoured to receive a visit from our local member of Parliament, Huw Merriman together with Cllr. Pam Doodes, Vice-Chair of Wealden District Council. Huw spoke to volunteers and saw the editing reading and recording teams in action. He was interviewed  in our new studio by Mike Hollis and spoke of his own experience of care for the blind and partially sighted with regard to his own grandfather. Hear the full interview here:

Mike Hollis talks to Huw Merriman MP for Bexhill & Battle

Wealden Talking News is a registered charity producing weekly memory sticks of news and features taken from the local papers and four monthly magazines.
It produces 4 editions each week covering a wide area of the East Sussex–
Heathfield & District (including Battle & Wadhurst with surrounding villages),
Crowborough & Uckfield,  
Hailsham & Polegate
Seaford & Newhaven.  

Features: It also has a weekly features section that is of interest wherever you live.

Each week the news and features are followed by a magazine. These are; Sussex Life, Sussex Living, Listeners’ Sussex and Richard’s Audio Magazine.

Richards magazine celebrates 29 years of publishing (in August 2018) and is researched, recorded and presented by Richard Foster. Richard was blind from birth and has a special insight into the needs and interests of the sight impaired, giving him a unique and special relationship with his many listeners.

SUSSEX WIDE PUBLICATIONS  – Wealden Talking News are now offering an exciting new service!

We are delighted to offer audio recordings of SUSSEX LIFE,  SUSSEX LIVING and a WTN compilation entitled ‘LISTENERS’ SUSSEX’. These are available free to anyone that is sight impaired living in East or West Sussex, to play on your own stick player, computer or tablet.

SUSSEX LIFE comes with kind permmission of the editor, Jenny Mark Bell and Archant Publications.
SUSSEX LIVING previously named Magnet in the East of the county and now published Sussex wide.
LISTENERS’ SUSSEX edited by Patricia Evans, it features Sussex history, wildlife, listener’s letters and poetry.

If you are interested in receiving these publications on a memory stick, please contact us»

TALKING NEWS – Anyone who is unable to read a newspaper due to sight problems can receive the Talking News free of charge. There are currently around 175 listeners and anyone that is sight impaired is invited to join the WTN mailing list via the New Listener Enquiry form» or by phoning 01435 862 304 (ansaphone only).

VOLUNTEERS There are around 70 volunteers who give their time freely in the studio in Heathfield». If you would like to join the list of volunteers go to the contact page» or email the secretary at secretarywtn@gmail.com 

WTN relies entirely on donations from the public and local businesses and fundraising events including an annual street collection. To find out how you can make a gift to support the valuable work  of Wealden Talking News go to Donations»


Registered Charity Number: 270183