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Story Writing Competition

The short story writing competition for entries has now closed. You are invited to come along to the Award Ceremony to find out who the 30 winners are on Monday 17th December at 7pm (doors open from 6:30pm) at The Riverside Centre, The Quay, Newport.  This year we have entertainment from Melodic, a fantastic choir who will be singing a selection of festive songs.  The amazing Huxley Magician will also be entertaining with a selection of incredible magic tricks and bad dad jokes!  Admission is free and we hope you will find the time to come along and support us.  If you have any questions about the evening then please contact Chris Cane on 522205 or email:  


British Wireless for the Blind Fund

Visually impaired people are being invited to see if they are eligible for a free specially adapted radio from a charity. British Wireless for the Blind Fund (BWBF) provides the equipment to those with sight loss across the UK who meet its criteria. Radio is a lifeline to those who are blind and partially sighted, providing companionship and helping them to keep in touch with what is going on in the world, as well as the local community. BWBF offers equipment free of charge to those who have sight loss and are in receipt of a means-tested benefit. BWBF is launching its ‘Reaching Out’ campaign to try and increase awareness about their equipment and help more people who are blind or partially sighted. Regional Development Manager, Sophie Wheldon, said: “Our radios are designed so that a person with sight loss can use them easily and independently.  All equipment is delivered to the home by a volunteer who sets it all up and provides support in using it.” “We offer a range of equipment – digital radios, CD players, memory stick players, internet radio and even a specially designed app.  Our radios are vital to someone who cannot see – they provide news, information and entertainment but also, more importantly, companionship and a friendly voice.” If you or someone you know is interested in a BWBF radio please contact Sophie Wheldon at or phone 01283 790 208 or 07540 724063. To find out more about British Wireless for the Blind Fund go to  


Sight for Wight has a pre-owned Optelec Clear View Plus Speech Video Magnifier for sale. The price is £500 (the price for new machine is around £2000) this would include delivery. If you are interested in this item please contact Laura Jasper on 522205 or email , to make an appointment to see the Magnifier.