www.erstn.org.uk Helpline 01784 435622
Elmbridge Runnymede and Spelthorne Talking Newspaper (ERSTN) is a voluntary organisation providing a free service of local news to blind and visually impaired people, as well as others who have difficulty in reading. We are a registered charity sponsored by the local Rotary Clubs and supported by other donors.
Founded in 1975 under the name of Thames Valley Talking Newspaper, the service was provided by members of the local Rotary Clubs until 1997, when volunteers were recruited from the local community and the name was changed to Elmbridge and Runnymede Talking Newspaper. In January 2020, following a merger with Spelthorne Talking Newspaper the charity was reformed under the name of Elmbridge Runnymede and Spelthorne Talking Newspaper (ERSTN)
We aim to enhance the lives of as many people as possible by helping them to keep in touch with what is happening in the local community. Every Friday two presenters record up to ninety minutes of local news taken from the Surrey Advertiser and Surrey Comet onto memory sticks, which are then placed in pouches and posted to listeners free of charge. Listeners can return the pouches post free by just putting them in a pillar box. Players or “Boom Boxes” can be provided if required.
We also produce a magazine edition of items of local interest taken from other publications as well as those of specific interest for visually impaired and disabled people.

The weekly digest and magazine are also available on our website erstn.org.uk, British Wireless For the Blind Fund (WWFBF) and by phone on 0330 22 33 452.


This TN has 3 publications listed.

  • Surrey Advertiser

    Publication frequency: Weekly

  • Surrey Comet

    Publication frequency: Weekly

  • Magazine Edition

    Publication frequency: Monthly

Recording formats: Memory stick, Internet/Website, Phone recording 0330 2233452 

Contact details

Contact name:   Alison Dacomb

Telephone:   01784 435622

Email: [email protected]

Website:    https://erstn.org.uk