Published: November 26, 2010
Burnham-On-Sea students become newsreaders for a day!

A group of King Alfred School students became newsreaders for a day this week when they recorded news items from for the latest edition of an audio news service aimed at blind and partially-sighted people.

Four sixth form students - Alec Cockram, Juli Emery, Jess Rogers and Amy Tuffley - read out news items for the 'Sounds and Voices' talking newspaper.

The students gave up their Academic Review Day to rehearse and then make the recording at the Sounds and Voices studio in Burnham's Old Courthouse in Jaycroft Road.

As well as local news that is not available in any other form to the visually impaired, Sounds and Voices also includes a magazine section which featured an interview with Steve Ayers, the Minister of Burnham's Baptist Church.

Tony Deahl, the week's editor, interviewed the Minister, who previously preached at Highbridge's Hope Baptist Church.

Steve described how he came into the ministry and how he came to arrive in Burnham and also talked about his family life and his love of sport.

Tony said: "The interview with Steve was the latest in a series of interviews with prominent local people. I have already enjoyed interviewing the Head teacher of King Alfred School, the Matron of Burnham Hospital, the Chairman of Burnham RNLI, last year's Mayor of Burnham and Highbridge, Derek Cooper, MP Tessa Munt and several others."

"Today, the sixth form students did a great job with the news and the interview with Steve hopefully gave an insight into another well known local personality. I am very grateful to Steve and the students for giving me their time."

Sounds and Voices is available free to any blind or partially sighted person in the Burnham, Highbridge and Cheddar valley area. For more details, call Joyce Dunbavan on 01278 783583.

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