Talking Newspaper founder retires after 40 years

Douglas Barber
Douglas Barber

After almost 40 years, Douglas Barber, a founder member and volunteer for Pendle Voice Talking Newspaper since it was formed on 1975 is stepping down.

Douglas has been very active in the organization, filling numerous roles over the years; serving on the committee, helping to get recordings copied and sent out to listeners, and as a reader.

In recent years he has read and recorded both Dalesman and Grace magazine at home and sent them to the Nelson-based studio where they are copied and sent out to over 350 listeners.

When Douglas first volunteered, the recordings were sent to just three listeners, and delivered by hand.

But the organization has expanded over the years and it now records 10 weekly and monthly publications, including the Nelson Leader, Colne Times and Barnoldswick and Earby Times, which are now delivered by post.

Anyone interested in volunteering as a reader or to help support the IT systems, doesn’t need to commit to 40 years like Douglas!

Just a few hours a month will help Pendle Voice to continue to offer a service to the many listeners.

Get in touch with Averil Astin on 01282 614724, or e-mail to find out more.

Information about receiving a publications from Pendle Voice,is available from the studio on 01282 616599 or e-mail