A Talking Newspaper produced by staff and pupils at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School has reached its 1,000th edition.
The service, was started up more than 25 years ago by former English teacher Jo Woodhouse, who heard of a talking newspaper in Herefordshire helping the blind and partially-sited. Miss Woodhouse was helped by Don Ford and they used to line a language booth with egg boxes for sound proofing, using the Language Department’s equipment.
The talking newspaper now takes place in a small office next to the library where Year 7 pupils administer the tapes for the recipients. Pupils from Years 8 and 9 then take turns to review articles from the Horncastle News and pick the most pertinent for inclusion. The main headline and leading article is always included. Pupils select relevant articles under the headings County/Horncastle News, District News, Letters, What’s On and Births, Marriages and Deaths. Overseen by sixth-formers, they then make their voice-overs and when the recording is completed the tapes are ready for posting. QEGS asks if readers know of anyone who can benefit from the scheme to contact it on 01507-522465.