Your Weekly Talking News Service for Ely and District

 
The Reading for the Ely Standard of
 26 May 2023
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

Elsie Lack 1937-2023

Elsie was much loved and valued Fenprobe member and friend. Listeners will remember her clear reading of the news over thirty years. An endearing sense of humour and a self effacing personality which disguised a sharp and intellectual mind, always happy to embrace new memories and experiences. A trusty, efficient helper behind the scenes for many events held by Fenprobe, she was always to be relied upon.
Her friends were privileged to have conversations which shed light on many topics and she had a great sense of humour.  Her affinity with young people continued after her school teaching years, always interested in the progress of her friends’ children and her own very close ties with her nieces.
It is a sad day for her friends, but her warmth and generosity will still remain part of our loving memory. 
Died 18 May 2023


Fenprobe AGM 25th April 2023

The AGM was an important opportunity to express Fenprobe's thanks for Janet Smith's many years of devoted service as Secretary, and to begin the search for volunteers to take on some of the tasks she has undertaken so devotedly on our behalf.
President Richard Hobbs agreed to continue to act as chair of the steering committee for 2023-2024, until the recruitment of the new chairman was completed.
Treasurer Ron Moore distributed the annual financial statement, showing that Fenprobe was in a strong position, particularly thanks to Gordon Day's generously hosting our studio.
The members of the Committee all agreed to stand for another year, and were duly re-elected, but more recruits are always welcome.

Littleport Lions Donation

We were delighted to receive a completely unexpected and grenerous cheque from Littleport Lions for £100.00.
Littleport Lions have always been supportive of Fenprobe and we are immensely grateful for this.


Thank You to Megahertz Limited!

As anyone working with any kind of technology knows, there is always the worry of what to do when systems fail at a critical moment.  We would like to send our grateful thanks to local company Megahertz Limited, who are generously funding a reserve USB stick duplicator for Fenprobe. Now we know that  we are fully covered if our main recording systems go down.  Thank you Megahertz!
September 2022