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40th Anniversary Celebrations

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Chairman, Peter Brading, and Secretary, Peter Bee, at the opening of the event.

On Friday 29th March 2019 Witney Talking News celebrated its 40th Anniversary with a party at The Pavilion, the home of Witney Town Bowls Club.

Unfortunately due to a series of “Brexit” debates in the House of Commons the guest of honour, Robert Courts MP, was unable to attend at the last minute, but he was able to send a message which was read out by WTN Chairman, Peter Brading.

Around 90 past and preset volunteers, listeners, partners and carers attended and entertainment was provided by the Witney Ukes Of Hazard.  In the middle of the evening the cake was cut and volunteer Alan Bailey gave a short monologue.

Photos of the event were kindly taken by volunteer Graham Diacon.

Simon Oliver from BBC Radio Oxford attended and recorded a short piece which was broadcast on the 4th April 2019 between 8-9pm as part of the “West Oxfordshire Takeover” show.  With their permission, you can hear the piece here too:

Witney Talking News carried out a number of interviews on the night in addition to making a recording of Alan Bailey’s monologue.  It is hoped that these will feature in the upcoming 40th Anniversary magazine, so stay tuned…

Witney Talking News would like to thank all those who helped with the event, including those organisations who kindly sponsored the occasion:

Richmond Witney (who also manned an information stand at the event)
Witney 41 Club
Witney Round Table
Witney Town Council
A Plan Carterton

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