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25.11.2018 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...

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 life enhancing service in bringing the local news to the blind and sight impaired people of Ely and the surrounding villages.  John stressed the importance of local news and The Standard was one of the few local papers prospering in the country.  He was pleased his newspaper had been supplying the news  to listeners of Fenprobe for forty years.  

Richard Hobbs, President, took his audience through the early years of Fenprobe, when his late father, Maurice Hobbs, was the first President and a founder member.  He remembered with affection the first volunteers, especially the first Chairman and Treasurer couple, Mary and Henry Howell.

Eight members of the local band,  the Rocking Ukuleles led by John Bassett, made the evening go with a swing as the sixty odd audience sang along.   

Janet Smith, Secretary for over thirty years, thanked everyone who had contributed  to the evening, both the committee who organised it and the band of regular volunteers who supplied the feast on offer and plethora of draw prizes. The Chairman of Fenprobe was pleased to win at this as he had set his heart on a bottle of a locally produced liqueur donated by The Shed, Littleport.  The celebratory cake, an amazing affair depicting sound waves and past and present logos, was made and kindly donated to Fenprobe  by Jen Pickering of Sugarandnice.co.uk at Little Downham.  The magnificent balloon display and pennants were supplied by Ely specialists,  a-specialevent.co.uk and the whole event was held by kind permission of Bedford House Care Centre. 

It was an evening of sheer pleasure as old friends, listeners and present helpers swapped stories.  Ex magazine editors and committee  members Linda and Peter even travelled down from Northumberland and long standing supporter Tony Vale of Wymondham TN and the Talking Newspaper Federation travelled with his wife Georgina from Suffolk.  Always innovative, Tony started talking nationally  about going digital nineteen years ago and Fenprobe has been digital since 2011.

There was a lot of clearing up to do and a good portion of cake was left for the regular visitors to the Bedford House Care Centre, plus the balloons which everyone suddenly realised could not be packed into a car!  The late night helpers all got home about 11 pm, exhausted, but exhilarated… after months of planning, it was all over! 


Photos by Mike Rouse, Ely Std.
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09.08.2017 Fenprobe visit Nellie’s Café in Sutton-ol

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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