Welcome to Granta Grapevine
The Talking Newspaper for the village of Linton and the surrounding district in South Cambridgeshire.
Registered Charity No. 1013086
Granta Grapevine is a 90 minute recording distributed free each month to blind and visually impaired people. It is also available to anyone who by reason of disability, cannot read the Linton News.
It comprises a news side with material from the the Linton News and newsletters from villages nearby, and a magazine side where general interest items appear. The magazine includes interviews mainly with local people, covering topics varying from personal experiences and holidays, to local events and businesses.
The first edition produced was for March 1990 and in December 2016 number 322 was recorded. In March 2015 the group celebrated its 25th anniversary.
The group behind Granta Grapevine include in addition to the committee, 2 teams of 4 readers, who dictate the news on alternate months, a news editor, a magazine editor, and technical staff who do the recording and multi copying.
The group is now supplying USB memory sticks and players in addition to cassette tapes.
If you are registered blind, partially sighted, have difficulty reading the Linton News for whatever reason, or you know someone who is and might like a copy of the recording, please contact:-
Duplication and distribution
manager, Roger Lapwood
Telephone:- 01223 971797.
If you would like to join the team by
reading, helping to record, serving on the committee, or you would like further
information about us, contact:-
The Chairman, Mike Crofts
8 Rhugarve Gardens, Linton, Cambridge CB21 4LX
Telephone:- 01223 893619
e-mail:- mikecrofts (at) gmail (dot) com
Support Granta Grapevine
Granta Grapevine make no charge for
recordings but is supported by donations from individuals and also from
organisations listed at the foot of this page. Income is used for replacing old
tapes, insurance, Federation membership, maintenance of equipment, and
expenditure on equipment to replace the cassette tape method of
production and distribution. Should you wish to send a donation to the group,
cheques should be made payable to Granta Grapevine, and sent to:-
The Treasurer, Jim Foster
11 Emsons Close, Linton, Cambridge CB21 4NB.
The name Granta Grapevine was coined from the
river Granta which flows through the village,
Grapevine being the informal transmission of information,
and early support from Chilford Hall Vineyard
Click below for a sample of the magazine side of the Granta Grapevine for July 2012 split into tracks
Organisations who have provided financial support include (in no particular order):-
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Trustline
Linton Women's Institute
Linton Parish Council
Linton Fire Station
The Shell Company
The Cambridge Evening News
Granta Masonic Lodge Cambridgeshire
Waitrose Community Matters (Saffron Walden)
The Alper Charitable Trust based at Chilford Hall
Links to organisations supporting Visually Impaired People - VIP's
Website by Mike Crofts
© Granta Grapevine January 2017