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In 1976 Eddie Crouch, a member of Bookham and Horsley Rotary Club, heard about a group in another part of the country providing a talking newspaper facility to local visually impaired people, and decided to start a simlar activity in Bookham. With the considerable financial help of the other Club members he set up the organisation, which has functioned ever since.

The team consists of:
1 Controller
6 Editors, working in pairs, two months on duty, four months rest;
8 Recorders, working in pairs, every fourth week;
35 Readers, in threes by random selection.
Every Thursday morning each of the duty Editors buys a copy of the Leatherhead Advertiser, reads it thoroughly, and selects suitable articles. They then meet, discuss and agree on the selection and sequence, cut out the articles and attach them to 9 boards. They then deliver the boards to The Grange in Rectory Lane Bookham, who kindly provide space for our recording sessions.

Meanwhile, the Controller decides on the required number of recordings and delivers sufficient Memory Sticks (until recently we used cassettes) to the Grange.

At around 6:15 p.m. the Recorders arrive and set up the equipment and furniture for the recording session. At 7 p.m. the Readers arrive and the recording starts. Each reader reads the articles on a board in turn, so each Reader reads three boards, giving a change of voice about every 5 minutes. At about 8 p.m. the Readers have finished, and the recording is stored on the computer. If they have found and pre-recorded any other useful articles, the Recorders add them at this time, and they complete the recording with a jingle and a technical track. It is then copied to the required number of memory sticks. The recording area is tidied up, the sticks are delivered to the Controller, and the boards delivered back to an Editor. On the Friday morning the Controller posts all the sticks to the Clients. When they have finished they post them back to him ready for the next week's recording. It all works surprisingly smoothly.