Who am I? - By Martin Sykes

As Elizabeth will tell you, by my bedside are a mixture of joke books (needed for the Long Eaton Talking Newspaper, that I’ve been involved with for the past 6 years), story books and Bible commentaries, both of which I need as a preacher of over 40 years and a host (with Elizabeth) at Christian Guild Holidays for over 30 years.

Collecting stories and jokes has become a way of life that it I’m honest I thoroughly enjoy.

There’s nothing quite like finding joke that makes me giggle (which always get tested with Elizabeth and our family before I go public with it) and a story that moves me.

Long Eaton Talking Newspaper

During the current lockdown, our Talking Newspaper continues with its fortnightly recordings, that take place in our homes (Dilys Oldham is one of our readers) since our “recording studio” in Sawley (a church hall) is closed – ain’t modern technology great.

All of the administration (receiving pouches with memory sticks and duplicating stories and magazines onto memory sticks) take place in the home of one our volunteers, whose company is a leader in Food Science Hygiene, so is well place to take all necessary health precautions to protect our listeners.

As most Talking Newspapers for the Blind & Partially Sighted in the UK are shut down including Talking Books (Calibre Books) due to Covid-19, we are delighted to be able continue to post out our “Newspaper” to our 200 listener once a fortnight.

If you visit our website; www.longestontn.org.uk you will learn all about us, what we offer and our President, Robert Lindsay.


The activities of OneSound (who visited us back in January) are on hold for the timing, although we have Event Weekends booked at

Ø We will have to a Rehearsal Weekend around 18th to 20th September 2020 @ Sprotbrough Methodist Church to learn the new music for our new season that begins September 2020 with our new Theme; “Walk humbly”.

Ø Heath Methodist Church, Runcorn for their Church Anniversary Celebrations from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th October 2020.

Ø We will be leading worship at this year’s 3Generate event @ the NEC from 30th October – 1st November 2020.

Ø Sheffield Methodist Circuit & will hold our AGM at Killamarsh Methodist Church in May of 2021

Ø Christchurch Methodist Church, Leicester from 8th – 11th April 2021.

Ø Springdale Methodist Church, Wolverhampton from 22nd – 25th July 2021

Please pray for the work of this remarkable group of talented young musicians.

Church Family Weekend @ Willersley Castle

As many of you will know, we have postponed our Church Family Weekend @ Willersley Castle until 19-21 February of next year.