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20.02.2015 Mary Howell, First Chairman Fenprobe TN

Frances Mary Howell Chairman Fenprobe 1979 - 1993   It is with great sadness we report the death of the first Chairman of Fenprobe TN,  Frances Mary Howell, at the age of 88.  Together with her husband, the late Henry Howell, Treasurer of Fenprobe until his...

Frances Mary Howell
Chairman Fenprobe 1979 - 1993Mary Howell with ex President Maurice Hobbs
 
It is with great sadness we report the death of the first Chairman of
Fenprobe TN,  Frances Mary Howell, at the age of 88.  Together with her husband, the late Henry Howell, Treasurer of Fenprobe until his death in 1991, she steered the fledgling service through the first years until it became the successful service it has remained to this day.
An indefatigable fund raiser and inspirational, witty speaker, she came from the Campaign Amateur Theatre in Ely, whose members contributed so much to the early recordings.  For many years she and Henry hosted recordings in their Ely home, where the hourly striking of the living room clock became a trademark part of the news.
Sadly, there are few remaining members of the original committee and possibly even fewer original listeners, but Mary's legacy will continue and we thank her for her work and dedication to Fenprobe Talking News.
 
 
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20.02.2015 Monday Club

Monday Date for Fenprobe Duo Maureen Fresco and Janet Smith gave a talk on Monday, 16th February to a large group of members at the St. Mary's Monday Club.  Maureen spoke about the launch of Fenprobe in 1978 and charted its progress until 2010. Janet then took over,...

Monday Date for Fenprobe Duo

Maureen Fresco and Janet Smith gave a talk on Monday, 16th February to a large group of members at the St. Mary's Monday Club.  Maureen spoke about the launch of Fenprobe in 1978 and charted its progress until 2010. Janet then took over, describing a series of upheavals in 2010 and 2011 which saw changes in the hours we could use the studio and the digital changeover from cassette recording.  This had led to a more streamlined organisation and had definitely improved the listening experience for our members.  They had more news and the sound was clearer.  She paid tribute to the dedicated forty plus volunteers who produced tapes for fifty one out of the fifty two weeks each year.  The current weeks news recording was played on the memory stick player.  This included a tribute to Mary Howell, the first Chairman, who died in January.
The club's Chairman, Anne-Marie Barfield, presented Maureen and Janet with a donation from the club and the meeting was rounded off with a superb selection of cakes, tea and coffee.  A big thank you to the club who made our visit very enjoyable.
 
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20.02.2015 Presentation

Anne-Marie presents Janet and Maureen with a donation for Fenprobe funds.
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Season's Greetings From Fenprobe And The Kitchen Cabinet 11.12.2014 Season's Greetings From Fenprobe And The Kitchen Cabinet

On behalf of our 40 plus  volunteers, the Fenprobe Talking News committee (also known as the kitchen cabinet, see pictured) would like to wish all of our listeners and supporters a very merry Christmas and all the best for a happy 2015....

On behalf of our 40 plus volunteers, the Fenprobe Talking News committee (also known as the kitchen cabinet, see pictured) would like to wish all of our listeners and supporters a very merry Christmas and all the best for a happy 2015.

See you next year!

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Charitable Companions boost Fenprobe Funds 17.11.2014 Charitable Companions boost Fenprobe Funds

Linda Franklin and Janet Smith revisited The Good Companions Club in Little Downham, Ely for their November meeting, at which they were presented with a cheque for £200.   Members had made Fenprobe TN their Charity of the Year...

Linda Franklin and Janet Smith revisited The Good Companions Club in Little Downham, Ely for their November meeting, at which they were presented with a cheque for £200.
 
Members had made Fenprobe TN their Charity of the Year after Linda and Janet gave a talk to them earlier in the year.  The money was raised from their monthly tombola draw and other contributions. The Fenprobe team enjoyed a lively afternoon with enormous helpings of wonderful cream sponge cake and tea, and enjoyed meeting many of their members.
 
Fenprobe is very grateful for their commitment in raising this generous sum, which will help us continue our free service to the blind and partially sighted of East Cambridgeshire.


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