Black Country Talking News

Black Country Talking News (BCTN) is a FREE service which is sent out each week to almost 200 people living with sight loss to help them keep in touch with their community. The talking news consists of local news, culture, events, interviews with people of interest, Beacon news and whereabouts, home and garden tips and much more.

You can listen to BCTN online (below) or sign up to our FREE audio CD service.
Email: kcheema@beaconvision.org with your details and our team will get you signed up.

We are reliant on donations to help cover our production costs so if you like what you listen to then please make a donation and help us to continue to provide this vital service.

 

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Talking News Volunteers Wanted

We are looking for volunteers to help our TalkingNews service which is held every Wednesday at our centre in Stourbridge. We have a wide variety of roles such as, editors, readers and organisers. If you are interested and would like more info, click here

The Latest issue of the Talking News

Catch up on the latest news and information with our weekly podcast, A polluted pond that left up to 35 birds dead in one month in Smethwick is still proving deadly to wildlife, campaigners claim. A crossing could be built on a busy Halesowen road where people are putting their lives at risk climbing over central reservation barriers to get across. The owner of an industrial estate near a proposed legal travellers’ site has threatened to refuse Wolverhampton Council access to the land amid concerns from businesses. And lots more.

Next in culture we have, A Black Country Afternoon Out – Everyone loves a great variety show…. just look at Britain’s Got Talent, Jimeoin: Ramble On!, Wear It Pink – Charity Dance, Through the Decades with Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly and much more. 

In VI News we have, ‘The blind and deaf young woman who is overcoming the odds to train as a doctor’ and ‘Burger King staff refused to read ingredients to blind woman with nut allergy’.   This week’s VI tip of the week is about sweeping and weeding in the garden. 

This week’s flashback looks at an actor who has played both sides of the law – Mark Wingett  

This week’s Beacon news is all about I.T and Sight Loss Case Study. 

Our Better home and Garden is all about garden jobs you should do in October.

With our sports we look at local and national sporting events.

And finally, thanks for tuning in to this week’s Black Country Talking News.

 

Catch up on the latest news and information with our weekly podcast, this week we have Dozens of firefighters tackled a huge factory fire in the Black Country. Ian Austin has challenged Labour MPs to “do what is right” and get rid of “extremist” leader Jeremy Corbyn. A soprano soloist swapped her council duties for the bright lights of London during a special charity gala.  And lot’s more.

Next in culture we have, Stourbridge Choir and Orchestra – The Armed Man, Monday Movie Matinee – Mary Queen of Scots, Rick Shea: The Fragile Hearts and lot’s more. 

In VI News we have, ‘I applied for 1,000 jobs but all employers saw is that I’m blind’ and ‘The utterly terrifying journey of going blind in your forties’. 

This week’s VI tip of the week is about accessing different types of entertainment.

This week’s flashback looks at famous singer Cliff Richard and a talk by the Black Country Living Mueseum. 

Our Better home and Garden looks at planting whilst living with a visual impairment. 

With our sports we look at local and national sporting events.

And finally, thanks for tuning in to this week’s Black Country Talking News. 

 

Catch up on the latest news and information with our weekly podcast, this week we have. Black Country Museum, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and University of Wolverhampton have conducted a study on the favourite smells in the Black Country. Speed camera are set to be brought on two busy roads in Dudley. And a Halesowen primary school is set to bring a headteacher from another school to support its own under-fire head. 

Next in culture we have a weekly craft session, Annie Musical and lots more musical and spoken events. 

In VI News we have Woman who was born deaf reveals how she coped when she also lost her sight. The speaking specs that give blind people sight. This week’s VI tip of the week is all about how to enhance your life through simple tricks and techniques.


This week’s flashback looks at how Scotland yard got its name. 

Our 10 Minutes with is an interview with Youtube blogger, Alex from Suddenly Sightless. 

An update on the Beacon Bus and information stand whereabouts. And our Beacon news is all about Student Volunteering Week. 

Our Better home and Garden looks at simple gardening hacks.

With our sports we look at local and national sporting events.

And finally Beacon is hosting a valentines event at their Stourbridge and Sedgley site. 

 

 

Interview from the archive - Part Three Gerald Milner and the Desert Rats - 6th February

And Finally - Beacon are Supporting Student Volunteering Week - 6th February