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Our Objective: "To provide local news and views by way of recorded material to those who are blind or partially sighted"

Our charity was formed in 1985 and since then we have produced a weekly talking newspaper for the blind and visually impaired in North/Mid Norfolk. We are all volunteers who get together every week to produce memory sticks in our studio in Aylsham. The Eastern Daily Press/North Norfolk News has generously allowed us to edit and reproduce their weekly newspaper and the Royal Mail kindly send out and return the memory sticks for free. Our listeners are provided with appropriate audio equipment funded by the Charity – there are no subscriptions involved – and a listener liaison officer representative is regularly on the road visiting them to make sure all is well.

Become a Listener

The service is available to you if you are blind, partially sighted or have a permanent or temporary condition that causes reading difficulties. It is free, and there are no postal charges if you are registered blind or your standard of close-up vision, with spectacles.

We will provide you with a portable player about the size of a transistor radio, on free loan. The recordings themselves will be sent on a memory stick that plugs into the player and is returned using the re-usable plastic envelope that it came in. We record The Mardler every Friday, so sticks should be returned in time for this.

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The recordings themselves will be sent on a memory stick that plugs into the player (that can also be provided free) and is returned using the re-usable plastic envelope that it came in.

Listen Online

Every week we upload the new MP3 that can be listened online or downloaded and played later. More and more of our listeners are using technology to improve everyday tasks, so are we.

Become a Reader

Can you read clearly and with expression? Do you have a good microphone voice? Can you interpret the printed page for an audience of listeners shortening sentences, describing pictures and doing it all within minimal preparation times?
If so, you would make a good reader for us!

Volunteer With The Mardler

If you could help us at The Mardler once a month, the copying and despatch teams are looking for volunteers. We meet late Friday mornings to copy the recording onto the memory sticks, after which the envelopes are prepared. You will need to be able to use our computer and recording machinery but full training will be given. 

The Mardler

Toni Rhodes
01603 891 755



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Become a Technician

Technicians are responsible for operating the mixing desk whilst recording as well as any editing required prior to exporting files and creating a master memory stick ready for duplication. It is not particularly complicated or deeply ‘technical’. All that is required is very basic PC literacy which we're able to provide training for.

Regular technicians are attached to a team of readers so the commitment is for at most every four weeks. Relief technicians fill in where needed on an adhoc basis.

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