Volunteers and listeners met on Sunday 22 April at The Burford Bridge Hotel to celebrate 30 years of the Dorking & District Talking Newspaper.
“Having produced more than 1500 recordings, we felt that the time was about right to celebrate!” said Chairman Sarah Sheridan.
Before the party got going, the afternoon started with the AGM at which Sarah welcomed everyone and thanked Volunteers and Listeners for their continued support. Mike Bryne, the Treasurer, submitted his report and particularly mentioned a very generous donation from local insurance company Unum which enabled the rent on the recording studio to be paid for the next two years.
Some 50 volunteers, listeners and their guests were present including Maureen Cole, Liz Cunnell, Jessica & Dave Thurtell and Rai & Ellie Patel who were all founder volunteers. They were joined by David Martin, who received the very first recording all those years ago and is still listening. He gave a speech thanking the volunteers and explained how cut off he would feel without receiving his recording each week. “It keeps me in touch with what’s going on in the town,” he said.
Readers often say how upset they feel if they stumble over words or, heaven forbid, get a fit of the giggles so it was lovely to hear from one listener that these occasions are the best bits as she also has a chuckle!
After a delicious tea of finger sandwiches, cakes and scones with jam and cream local actor and raconteur Steven Mann took the stage, with one of DDTN’s very own Readers, Val Collins, to entertain us with readings and songs.
It proved to be a very special afternoon for all involved – and the sun also shone!