Welcome to Wealden Talking News

This stunning image of  ‘Silver Birch at Dusk’ was photographed by John Meakin, husband of listener Betty Meakin.  John explains ‘I live in a house with a clear view to the westerly horizon so un-surprisingly, a lot of my photographs feature sunsets. Before living here I had no idea how far the sunsets move across the sky. This track is called the azimuth, and from the shortest day (around the 21st December) it swings about 50 degrees north to the longest day (around the 21st June).

Wealden Talking News is a registered charity producing weekly memory sticks of news and features taken from the local papers together with a monthly magazine service – free of charge for the visually impaired.

It produces 4 editions of news each week covering a wide area of East Sussex–
Heathfield & District
Crowborough & Uckfield,
Hailsham & Polegate
Seaford & Newhaven.

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

Richards magazine 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 listeners.


In addition, WTN offer audio recordings of SUSSEX LIFE, a WTN compilation entitled LISTENERS’ SUSSEX and THE PEOPLE’S FRIEND. These are available free to anyone that is sight impaired living in East or West Sussex to play on their own stick player, computer or tablet.

SUSSEX LIFE with articles from across Sussex.
THE PEOPLE’S FRIEND with up to 7 short stories and regular features.
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»

OUR RECORDINGS are available free to anyone who is unable to read a newspaper due to sight problems. There are currently around 150 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 [email protected] 

WTN relies entirely on donations from the public, 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