April 19, 2011
students and BARB in the spotlight for audio news service
group of King Alfred School students became newsreaders for a
day this week when they recorded news items from Burnham-On-Sea.com
for the latest edition of an audio news service aimed at blind
and partially-sighted people.
Four Year 9 students - Lauren
Constance, Colette Adams, Gabrielle Ashford and Charlotte Biggs
- read out news items for the
'Sounds and Voices' talking newspaper.
Tony Deahl said that he was very grateful that the students had
given up a day of their Easter holiday to take part at the Sounds
and Voices studio in Burnham's Old Courthouse in Jaycroft Road.
added: "They were very professional in the studio and brought
a welcome breath of fresh air to the recording."
also interviewed the students about their interests and what life
is like for a 14 year-old in 2011.
the second part of the recording, Tony interviewed Roger Flower,
secretary of BARB, the hovercraft rescue charity.
He explained how BARB had come about, the sad circumstances that
led to a hovercraft being stationed in Burnham and how the charity's
premises had been built in three days in the BBC Challenge Anneka
He talked of the many rescues undertaken by BARB, from individuals,
cars and boats stuck in mud to swans trapped in ice. He gave a
graphic description of the recent carnage when many swans were
shot. He also pointed out that without the great generosity of
local people and readers of the Western Daily Press we
would not have a hovercraft rescue service. £30,000 has
to be raised annually to keep the volunteer-run service operational.
Roger also talked about the Christmas lights in Trinity Rise,
where he is a resident. This annual venture annually raises £6,000
for charity and has visitors arriving by the coachload.
Sounds and Voices is available free to any blind or partially
sighted person in the Burnham, Highbridge and Cheddar valley area
every two weeks. For more details, call Joyce Dunbavan on 01278
783583. The recordings are produced on memory sticks and the equipment
used to play them is on free loan. There are not even any postage
The King Alfred School pupils are pictured top and, above,
Roger Flower with editor Tony Deahl and sound engineer Patrick