Elmbridge and Runnymede Talking News (EARTN) is a voluntary organisation which provides 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.  We've been giving the service continuously since 1975.    

It is our aim to reach as many of these people as possible, to enhance their lives by helping them keep in touch with what is going on in their community.  Every Friday two presenters record onto memory sticks an audio file of up to ninety minutes of local news taken from the Surrey Herald and Surrey Advertiser newspapers. 

The memory sticks are then delivered free of charge through the post, usually to be received on a Saturday, and after listening, listeners return the sticks, again post free. 

Most of our listeners play the memory sticks on a boom box which can be provided. We also produce a Magazine for our listeners.  This contains items of local interest taken from magazines as well as other items appealing particularly to our blind and visually impaired listeners.


This TN has 3 publications listed.

  • Surrey Advertiser

    Publication frequency: Weekly

  • Surrey Herald

    Publication frequency: Weekly

  • Magazine

    Publication frequency: Monthly

Recording formats: Memory stick, Internet/Website 

Contact details

Contact name:   Alison Dacomb

Telephone:   01784 435622

Email: [email protected]

Website:    https://erstn.org.uk