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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!

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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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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