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 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 January 2018 number 335 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 only supplying USB memory sticks and players and no longer supplies 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 the Chairman.

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 insurance and Talking Newspaper Federation membership. It is also used for the purchase and maintenance of equipment for production, duplication and playing of the audio files on USB memory sticks. 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

track 1

track 2

track 3

track 4

track 5

track 6

track 7

track 8




Organisations who have provided financial support include (in no particular order):-

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Trustline
Linton Women's Institute
Linton Parish Council
The AndersonTrust
Linton Fire Station
Mega Electronics
The Shell Company
Sainsbury's (Haverhill)
The Cambridge Evening News
Granta Masonic Lodge Cambridgeshire
Waitrose Community Matters (Saffron Walden)
The Alper Charitable Trust based at Chilford Hall
Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation






Links to organisations supporting Visually Impaired People - VIP's


Website by Mike Crofts


© Granta Grapevine January 2018