Welcome to Fenprobe Talking News Service

The Reading for the Ely Standard of
30th June
is now in the Podcasts Section




Welcome to Fenprobe

The Fenprobe Talking News service brings local news to blind and partially-sighted people across East Cambridgeshire, UK.

Each week a team of volunteers gets together to record the latest stories from the Ely Standard.  A Post Office concession ensures that the USB sticks with the news can be sent and returned throught the Post for free.  The service is entirely free of charge and all registered listeners receive a free USB player, shown here.

We have over forty volunteers who regularly dedicate their time and the news recording is produced fifty-one weeks out of fifty-two, with a break at Christmas.

We are a registered charity (CFB 279355R) and a member of the Talking Newspaper Association of the United Kingdom . The service benefits from the Post Office concession of free postage for blind people and other costs are met through grants and donations.

Please take a look round the site to find out more about Fenprobe and how you can use our service.

We provide our local news service in East Cambridgeshire and the neighbouring regions including Newmarket, Peterborough, Huntingdon, Soham, Stretham and, of course Ely, where we are based.

Opening our new Fenprobe Studio

Latest News

MARJORY COOPER 1937 – 2022

Marjory joined Fenprobe Talking News as a Founder Member in 1978. She had many outside interests and therefore did not sit on the committee, but all members knew that, when called, Marjory would be at the forefront of fundraising, be it acting, market stalls, Aquafest or handing out teas at our AGMs. 
She was happy to be group contact for the City Group, a pivotal job at Fenprobe, also editing the local paper for recording over many years, as well as reading at recordings.
Sadly, Marjory retired from the City Group in July 2015 after an accident.  However, thinking that many listeners must miss articles from journals and magazines, she set up a separate group to record a monthly magazine edition, which was well received.
Always dedicated, bright, helpful and full of common sense, she was the ideal volunteer and Fenprobe has missed her very much since she retired for good in April 2016.
We were very sad to hear of her death on 22 April.  Her funeral will be held on 25 May at St. Peter’s Church, Broad Street, Ely at 2pm.

Thank you to all those who attended the Fenprobe AGM on 11th April. 
The members of the Committee were all re-elected for another year, and the Chairman encouraged other members to come forward for this role, so that all reading groups could be represented on the steering committee.  This was also the opportunity to express thanks for the long service of Ron Moore as Treasurer and Janet Smith as Secretrary, as well as to Gordon for his generosity in providing studio accomodation for us.
Matters discussed at the meeting included:
  • Costs in improving the studio heating ready for next winter.
  • Improvements to the recording equipment.
  • The occasional inclusion of interesting articles from local publications alongside the Ely Standard readings, and how this would be handled.
  • A meeting for group editors and those interested in editing.