Welcome to Fenprobe

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

Fenprobe Talking News, the news service for the blind and partially sighted in East Cambridgeshire, brings the local news to around sixty listeners in the area.

Each week, a team of volunteers gets together to record the latest stories from the Ely Standard and the Ely Weekly News.  A Post Office concession ensures that the news can be sent and returned free of charge.

All registered listeners receive a free USB player.

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.

Fenprobe in action

Fenprobe News

17. October 2019. Ian Kippax
IAN KIPPAX 1938 – 2019 Volunteers from Fenprobe Talking News were very sad to hear that the Littleport Group recording technician, Ian Kippax, passed away last Thursday, 10 October. Ian joined Fenprobe at the end of 2015 and had devotedly recorded every session since then...
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29. June 2019. Fenprobe Recording Studio
In January 2019 Fenprobe's recording studio  moved out of Bedford House.  We are very grateful to one of our members who has offered his annex as our new base and are settling in well!
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29. June 2019. Fenprobe Coffee Morning
Our thanks go to everyone involved in hosting, or eating, at the successful coffee morning for Fenprobe on 22nd June at Ely's Methodist Church.  The total raised from scones and coffee, cake sales and bric a brac, and additional donations, was a magnificent £222 32p which is enough to...
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27. June 2019. Ely Northwold WI
19.09.2017 Ely Northwold WI gives Fenprobe's Secretary a big surprise   When Janet Smith gave a talk about the work and history of Fenprobe Talking News she was unprepared for a presentation at the end. Opening a card presented by the Chairman, Mrs June Bevan and...
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25. November 2018. 40th Anniversary Celebrations
Oyez!  Oyez! It’s Fenprobe’s 40th Anniversary!  Avril Hayter-Smith, the Town Crier, gave a rousing opening call to the celebration party  on the evening of Wednesday, 12 September. The Mayor, Michael Rouse and John Elworthy, Editor of the Ely Standard,  both spoke of Fenprobe’s...
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