NEWS PRESENT and PAST
Unfortunately due to the covid-19 pandemic our association has had to suspend production of our talking publications since March 19th.
Our AGM also had to be suspended as it was due in May. The 3 yearly re-election of officers within the executive committee went ahead on an interim basis as it was necessary for organising the 50th anniversary celebrations next year (2021).
The AGM to confirm these new appointments will be held as soon as possble.
The proposed celebrations so far include a reception in the Welsh Senedd, a special summer edition to be recorded in Aberystwyth, a celebratory dinner for all volunteers past and present and to mark the very first December 1971 edition we'll be recording a very special programme with guests old and new.
In 1979 we hosted the National Talking Newspaper Conference.
(Chairman SWTMA) George Grossman, (BBC "In Touch" team) Peter White, Thena Heshall producer, Kevin Mulhern.
1981 we celebrated our 10th anniversary at a major exhibition for the disabled in Cardiff.
1990 Our new studio under construction after moving to the ground floor in Shand House
In 2007 Alan George was presented with a trophy by chairman Peter Jones to mark 30 years as one of the Magazine's regular presenters.
In 2007 chairman Peter Jones presented trophies to Edna McGrath, Ron Jones and Jill Smith in recognition of 30 years reading for the Cardiff Talking Newspaper.
2011 was the year we celebrated our 40th anniversary with a coffee morning hosted by the Lord Mayor, Delme Bowen, at the Mansion House in Cardiff.
2011 We held a celebratory dinner for all volunteers to mark our 40th anniversary.
2014 After many years based in Shand House, Newport Road, the CIB moved into new offices in Jones Court. The First Minister for Wales, Carwyn Jones AM, declared it open in a marquee erected in the car park. The event was broadcast live on RNIB Connect Radio.
2014 Harrison Rose, Pascal Josselin and Adrian Fardini raised funds for our charity by running the Cardiff Half Marathon.
October 2012 Our studio in Shand House was stripped of all equipment ready for installation in our temporary Pencisely studio (kindly loaned by a volunteer).
Throughout 2013, with the generous help of one of our volunteers, we took over 3 rooms of his house as a temporary base. One was the studio, another the technical recording area and the 3rd was for copying and distribution.
CCTV linked the studio with the engineer.
Pencisely Studio. The copying and distribution room with the CD copiers we used at that time.
The main entrance to Jones Court where our 2nd floor office/studio is located.
Our temporary studio in Pencisely. A camera looking down onto the table allowed the engineer to monitor.
November 2013 The Jones Court Studio was handed over for installation. We had spent 12 months in the temporary Pencisely Studio.
2014 To mark the first Magazine recorded in our new studio in Jones Court, the January edition was presented jointly by two totally blind presenters. Alan George and Nicki Cockburn