Didcot Abingdon & Wantage TN (DAWN)


Founded in 1993, the Didcot, Abingdon & Wantage Talking Newspaper (DAWN) serves the three towns and surrounding villages, extending across the Vale of White Horse as far as Faringdon and across South Oxfordshire as far as Wallingford. We also send our recordings to several people outside this area., and in total we serve approximately 100 v.i. listeners. Our audio recordings are prepared every Wednesday evening, collected the following morning and reach our recipients on Friday, all being well. Our website www.dawntn.org.uk includes streamed versions of the weekly recordings, and includes an archive of earlier recordings. In addition to local news we are now adding occasional items from the RNIB magazine listing and other sources.

We converted to using USB memory sticks on Wed 13 April 2011 - a week that also marked the 18th anniversary of the first DAWN recording (on cassette tape). The change to digital media was generously funded by the Gannett Foundation, benevolent arm of Gannett Inc. in the USA. Gannett is the parent body of Newsquest, who publish the local papers supplying most of the news that we record. The Rotary Club of Didcot also made a useful donation following our appeal.

DAWN has a committee of up to 12 people, including three v.i. members. and ~40 volunteers, of whom nine or ten are needed on any Wednesday evening. Our pool of ~40 volunteers operates with a flexible rota system, based on availability and skills rather than fixed teams. We are fortunate to have access to the Abingdon Health and Wellbeing Centre, where we make our recordings in a good acoustic environment.

For further information e-mail info@dawntn.org.uk .  Updated 28 December 2015.  ARG


This TN has 6 publications listed.

  • Abingdon Herald

    Publication frequency: Weekly

  • Didcot Herald

    Publication frequency: Weekly

  • Herald Series

    Publication frequency: Monthly

  • Wantage and Grove Review

    Publication frequency: Fortnightly

  • Wantage Herald

    Publication frequency: Weekly

  • What's on in Wantage

    Publication frequency: Monthly


Contact details


Contact name:

Dr Dickinson


01235 764413


1, Hedge Hill Road,
East Challow,
OX12 9SD


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