2012 – A Memorable Year

In 2012, we saw a number of important developments:

Link to www.lymington.org

The webmaster of the information website:www.lymington.org  kindly included a feature page on the Talking Newspaper in their website.

Funding for our New Logo and Website

In May, we submitted an application for a grant for funding a new logo and new website, under Radio Solent’s scheme: the Community Chest.

In July, we learnt that we had been successful in reaching the short-list and Colin Bower would be interviewed live on Radio Solent as part of the application process!

Following the interview on Thursday 12 July, on Friday 13 of all days it was announced that we had received the grant of £310, the amount that we had applied for!!

New Logo and Campaign to Attract New Listeners

We worked with Graham Bell a Graphic Designer on a new logo.

The new logo was put to immediate use in new posters and flyers in a bid to attract new listeners.

New Website

We worked with an IT consultant Malcolm Bailey to design the website which was launched on 1 September 2012.

Farewell to Audio Cassette Tapes

Reluctantly,we stopped sending out cassette tapes from 1 September 2012.

Fortunately we were able to offer two alternatives CDs and the memory stick, that had proved popular with listeners who had already made the switch.

They receive a memory stick which may be played on a variety of MP3/USB players including an easy-to-use set, that we are able to sell to our listeners at a relatively inexpensive price.

Participation in Waitrose’s Green Token Scheme

Waitrose in Lymington were kind enough to allow us to participate in their scheme where shoppers give a green token to their choice from 3 charities.

We received a welcome £420 which we used towards running costs.

Radio Solent – Follow up Interview

Following the interview with Katie Martin on Radio Solent on 12 July, Richard Latto of Radio Solent came to our studio to record a brief trailer with me to promote more participation in the Community Chest scheme.

The trailer was played on Radio Solent on a number of occasions during November and December 2012.

Retirement of our Chairman Joan Mulkern

Our Chairman Joan Mulkern retired on 16 November 2012. In recognition of her great contribution, the Talking Newspaper arranged for an article to appear in the Advertiser & Times and past and present volunteers came to the studio to see Joan receive a leaving present.

A fuller account may be obtained by clicking on the link below:

Retirement of Joan Mulkern

Publicity/Fund-Raising Events

In addition to our campaign to distribute posters and flyers and put entries in free publications, on Saturday 1 December we had a stand at the New Milton Community Centre Open Day as part of the New Milton Christmas Festival.

The next day we had a collection at Tesco in New Milton and 8 volunteers braved the very cold conditions!

In all 14 volunteers took part in the 2 events and we collected £75 and a number of  potential new listeners and volunteers were identified.

Hundreds of people will have seen the name New Milton Talking Newspaper which would have increased the awareness of our work.