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There is always lots going on at the Fenprobe audio news provider, and the news pages is where you can keep up with our own news!

09.08.2017 Fenprobe visit Nellie’s Café in Sutton

Janet Smith and Sarah Whitcher from Fenprobe Talking News paid a second visit to Nellie’s Café at Sutton Court, Sutton on  August 9th Janet said: “Members of the Walking Club and other customers are among those contributing a portion of their spending at the café towards...

Janet Smith and Sarah Whitcher from Fenprobe Talking News paid a second visit to Nellie’s Café at Sutton Court, Sutton on  August 9th

Janet Smith and Sarah Whitcher from Fenprobe Talking News
Janet said:

“Members of the Walking Club and other customers are among those contributing a portion of their spending at the café towards supporting Fenprobe this year.   If you want to sample hearty home cooked meals or yummy home baked cakes this is the ‘go to’ place.
“Cllr. Lorna Dupre dropped in and was very interested in the free local news audio service for the blind and sight impaired in East Cambridgeshire.
“We were thrilled to see Lorna's blog later on with a picture showing the free player and memory stick provided to listeners.
“We would like to thank Nellie’s organiser, Helen Malkin, who made us very welcome on both occasions as did everyone else.”

You can read the full blog post here.
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04.05.2017 Brian Gowler 1953 - 2017

The Chairman, committee and listeners of Fenprobe Talking News would like to pay tribute to Brian , a founder member and listener, since 1978, to the weekly audio edition of the two local papers. He served with Annie his wife on the committee for many years, joining wholeheartedly...

The Chairman, committee and listeners of Fenprobe Talking News would like to pay tribute to Brian, a founder member and listener, since 1978, to the weekly audio edition of the two local papers. He served with Annie his wife on the committee for many years, joining wholeheartedly with the fund raising efforts.
When the service moved to permanent premises twenty years ago, he became responsible, with Annie, for evolving our present day postal and collection system and general studio management. He had a phenomenal memory, remembering over a hundred names and he was so useful as the blind representative on the committee in putting forward their interests. He served as Chairman of the committee for some years until 2008, keeping everyone up to date with the needs of our blind and partially sighted listeners. He and Annie continued running the studio until a few months before his untimely death.
Despite losing his sight as a young man, he led a full life, a member of Camsight as well as Fenprobe.  He helped the Ely Blind Bowls team come third in the world Blind Bowls Championship held in Canada. He and Annie travelled extensively in Britain, staying at hotels catering for blind and partially sighted people.  He was also a very keen gardener, his aim was to be first in the district with butter beans and new potatoes!
He was integral to the running of Fenprobe. We all miss him and send our deep sympathy to Annie and the family.
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TWO FUN NIGHTS RAISE £530!! 07.06.2016 TWO FUN NIGHTS RAISE £530!!

Volunteer recording technician, Adam Faber, who plays the accordion, arranged two fund raising events for Fenprobe at his favourite pub, The King's Arms in St. Mary's Street, Ely.   Landlady Bridget Everitt, whose late mother had once...

Volunteer recording technician, Adam Faber, who plays the accordion, arranged two fund raising events for Fenprobe at his favourite pub, The King's Arms in St. Mary's Street, Ely.   Landlady Bridget Everitt, whose late mother had once received Fenprobe tapes, enthusiastically backed Adam's plans for a Rock n' Roll evening with himself playing the accordion and accompanied by Ely's Rocking Ukuleles.  The event held on 25th May was a great success and raised £110.
 
A Quiz Night followed on 7 June with Fenprobe volunteers, Chris Clark, Maureen Fresco, Alwyn Hall, Rosemary Hews and Jim Sartain up against nine other teams.  Casting a veil over their final result, sufficient to say a good time was had by all.The winning team donated their winnings, plus the current kitty donated by regulars and Bridget presented Fenprobe Secretary, Janet Smith, with a cheque for £420
All the volunteers were stunned at the amount raised and Janet, once she got her breath back, thanked Bridget, the King's Arms staff and everyone who had contributed. She said the money would be well used, either as a contribution to rent or to buy equipment.

Photo: Rocking Ukuleles with Adam 3rd left and Dulcie (a listener and ukulele player) 4th from right.

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30.04.2015 Radio Cambridgeshire

Jeremy Sallis, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, invited Janet Smith on his lunchtime programme to talk about Fenprobe Talking News Service.  The interview is available on the Listen Again page until 29 May,  across the period 12.30 - 1.00pm Many thanks to Jeremy for this invitation, which...

Jeremy Sallis, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, invited Janet Smith on his lunchtime programme to talk about Fenprobe Talking News Service.  The interview is available on the Listen Again page until 29 May,  across the period 12.30 - 1.00pm
Many thanks to Jeremy for this invitation, which promoted the work of Fenprobe and is broadcast across our region.
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29.04.2015 Annual General Meeting 2015

[ President Richard Hobbs with the Mayor of Ely, Cllr. Lis Every] Cllr. Richard Hobb, President, welcomed the Mayor of Ely, Cllr.Lis Every to the thirty-seventh AGM of Fenprobe TN. Held at The City of Ely Bowls Club, several members attended and heard the Treasurer, Ron Moore, present...

[President Richard Hobbs with the Mayor of Ely, Cllr. Lis Every]
Cllr. Richard Hobb, President, welcomed the Mayor of Ely, Cllr.Lis Every to the thirty-seventh AGM of Fenprobe TN. Held at The City of Ely Bowls Club, several members attended and heard the Treasurer, Ron Moore, present the 2015 statement of accounts, which showed for the second year running, a small surplus of receipts over expenditure. Bill Pickess, Chairman, reviewed the year's events and referred to the welcome inflow of donations. He thanked his committee for their work during the year together with Brian and Annie Gowler who ran the studio, together with Daphne Lumley.  They made sure recording and dispatch ran smoothly each week.

Richard Hobbs paid tribute to the late Frances Mary Howell, first Chairman of Fenprobe, who died in January and to his father, Maurice Hobbs, first President of Fenprobe who had died last year.   They had both made enormous contributions to the success of the service and were remembered with fond memories.
 
Bill Pickess was re-elected as Chairman, Ron Moore as Treasurer, Janet Smith as Secretary.  The rest of the committee was re-elected  unchanged.

The Mayor, Cllr. Lis Every, recalled her connection with the Campaign Amateur Theatre, who supplied many of the original readers and founder members of Fenprobe.  Members were delighted to hear she had known Mary Howell and the inception of the service .  She referrred to a recent experience with Guide Dogs for the Blind, when she was blindfolded and led around Ely.  This had given her a very small experience of what our listeners face each day.  The Talking News service was very valuable in alleviating a sense of isolation from society and keeping listeners up to date with local events. 
During her term of office she had met so many volunteers running small charities in the Ely area and realised what a great contribution they made to the lives of disabled people.
Bill Pickess thanked her for a very insightful contribution.

Refreshments were served by Maureen Fresco, Elsie Lack and Alma Clarke.

[Maureen Fresco]
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