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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!

17.10.2019 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...

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 except for holidays and the last one before his death. He often came straight from hospital appointments, seeing it as his duty as a volunteer. Members appreciated his skill as a recorder and dry humour, to which newspaper items some times gave rise. He was a much loved member of the group.

Apart from his volunteer work, Ian was an enthusiastic “photographer, winning several prestigious competitions. He and his wife, Barbara, were keen travellers, both at home and across Europe.

Fenprobe TN will miss him very much. The funeral will be held at the Fenland Crematorium, Knight’s End Road, March PE15 0YG on Wednesday, 23rd October at 3.30 pm.

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29.06.2019 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!

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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29.06.2019 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...

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 buy five more players for Fenprobe listeners!  Our particular thanks go to the Methodist Church's team for offering us this opportunity to stage an event, and their support during the day.
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27.06.2019 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...

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 committee member Mrs Barbara Kippax, she was completely overcome as she unfolded the cheque inside made out for £100. Members had previously held a Bring and Buy event in aid of Fenprobe and the WI had rounded up the money raised.
Janet said she could only say thank you to this amazing gift for the funds. To give an example, the money could buy three players, which are supplied free of charge to listeners or pay two months rent for their premises at Bedford House in Ely.
On behalf of the Chairman, committee and listeners, she thanked all the members of Northwold WI for their great generosity.

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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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