Celebratory Afternoon Tea Party

On Saturday, 11 September 2021, volunteers, listeners and friends of Three Rivers Talking Newspaper met to celebrate their move from Bungay Honeypot Centre to the smart new studio at Bungay Community Centre.  Scroll down to see a selection of pictures.

Emma Welton, Chair, praised the way Three Rivers readers and technical officers had adapted to remote recording from home during the first lockdown, thus keeping blind and visually impaired listeners in touch with local news as much as possible.

Above all, the celebratory afternoon tea was a chance for everyone involved with our talking newspaper to meet up for a long awaited chat over tea, sandwiches, scones and yummy cakes.

Huge thanks go to everyone involved and especially to Maisebrooke Farm in Shipmeadow, who kindly donated a very generous hamper full of delicious local goodies as a raffle prize.   The raffle raised £130 for Three Rivers and this will be spent on the purchase of new boomboxes for our listeners.


Getting Ready
Maisebrook Farm hamper
So many goodies!
Welcome from Emma
Shy Alan!


Our First Day in New Studio

Helen, Robin, Vaughan, Emma & Charmian. Photo taken by Alan

Well, it felt like our first day at a new school!   Not only was June 3rd 2021 our first day back in the studio following lockdown – it was also our first day in the  NEW studio.   We’re delighted to say that we’ve now settled into our new home at the brand new Bungay Community Centre.

Huge thanks to Martin for ensuring a seamless transfer.

Hurray! We’re Sending Out USBs/Pouches Again

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve now found a way of safely duplicating and despatching our recordings via pouch/USB sticks, so we resumed sending out pouches on 19 February 2021.

However, we do advise listeners to wash or sanitise hands after handling the pouches/USB sticks.  This is particularly important to avoid any risk posed by the new strains of Coronavirus. 

NB: you can also access our recordings in a variety of other ways, see below.

How to Listen Online
You can listen to our latest weekly recording from the Beccles and Bungay Journal here: Beccles & Bungay Journal . Alternatively, you can also listen to it at the BWBF website here (and in their app) and at My Talking Newspaper here .

It’s also available on Alexa by enabling the skill ‘My Talking Newspaper’ and saying ‘Alexa, open my talking newspaper’; ‘Alexa, play Three Rivers Talking Newspaper’.

And, if you don’t have access to the internet, it’s available by phone on 0330 22 33 452 (follow the prompts). Lo call rates apply.

The latest Let’s Talk recording is here: Let’s Talk

and our Valley Sounds magazine here: Valley Sounds

Three Rivers Wins Again!

The Darbies with Sylvia Knights (left) and Three Rivers Chair Emma Welton (right)

The annual three-way quiz between local Talking Newspapers was held on Thursday last week at Bungay Golf Club, hosted by Three Rivers. Eleven teams vied for the trophy and Bungay’s Deputy Reeve, Sylvia Knights, did the honour of being Quiz Master for the evening. The friendly rivalry concluded with a win for Three Rivers team, The Darbies, with K9 Crew coming a close second. The Committee of Three Rivers Talking Newspaper would like to thank Bungay Golf Club for a super buffet supper, the teams from Sound East (Lowestoft) and Grapevine (Gt Yarmouth) who travelled to Bungay for the event, and especially to Sylvia Knights for proving a fair and humorous Quiz Master.

Quiz 2021 will be hosted by Grapevine.

Anne Frith RIP

Anne receiving her Long Service Award from Chair Vaughan Shea
Anne receiving her Long Service Award (25 years) from Chair Vaughan Shea
Anne Frith, one of our listeners and a long serving member of our Committee here at Three Rivers TN, passed away recently.
Although she was probably best known in Beccles as a historian and author, Anne was involved in several local and  national organisations, including Guide Dogs for the Blind and, of course, our very own Three Rivers Talking Newspaper.   She served as Listener Representative from the foundation of Three Rivers TN back in 1991, and continued in this role for a staggering 25 years.
Those of us who were lucky enough to work alongside her on the Committee appreciated her sharp wit and practical advice. Anne never shied away from calling a spade a spade and was instrumental in bringing about many improvements to the way we do things at Three Rivers.  As for our annual quiz, Anne was not just a regular participant; she was an avid competitor and frequently ended up on the winning team.
Above all, Anne will be remembered as a fiercely independent, intelligent and capable woman who achieved far more than many of us could ever dream of.
Our thoughts and prayers go to her family and especially to Anne’s devoted husband John who has also been a huge supporter of Three Rivers.
May she rest in peace.

Winners Again!

Rodney Scase (right) of Sound East presents the trophy to winners, Ne’er Cast a Clout.

We’re delighted to announce that, after a nail-biting finish, our brainy colleagues on the Ne’er Cast a Clout team ensured that Three Rivers TN galloped home with the silver once again at the recent Annual 3-way Quiz, hosted by our Lowestoft friends, Sound East.

The quiz took place in the Masonic Hall in Lowestoft on Monday, 25 February 2019 and was supported by listeners, family and friends from Three Rivers TN, Sound East TN and GrapeVine TN (Gt Yarmouth).

Once all the scores were tallied, it emerged that two Three Rivers TN teams – Ne’er Cast a Clout and The Darbies (winners from a previous year) tied for top position.  This led to a series of four (yes, four!) tie-breaker questions before Ne’er Cast a Clout were finally declared winners and The Darbies runners-up.

Huge congratulations to everyone who competed but especially to our winners: Vaughan (Team D), Rebecca and Sally (Team B), along with Sally’s husband, John.

Our thanks go to Rodney Scase and his team of seasoned professionals, who ensured that everything went smoothly and efficiently on the night and thanks also to the staff at Masonic Hall for keeping us well fed and watered.

Next year, it will be our turn to host the Quiz and, hopefully, to ensure that the trophy makes its way “back home”.


Three Rivers Triumphs on Quiz Night

Winners The K9 Crew

Our annual 3-way quiz, involving Grapevine from Great Yarmouth, Sound East from Lowestoft and Three Rivers, took place on Monday, 19 March at the Kensington Hotel, Great Yarmouth.    And we’re delighted to announce that the trophy was won by Three Rivers, thanks to our clever colleagues, The K9 Crew, led by volunteer, Jill Bennett and friends.

It was a hard-fought quiz with only three points between the eventual winners and the runners-up from Grapevine.  Thirteen teams, comprising a total of 50 entrants,  were kept in order by a fast-paced quiz master, Simon Partridge, assisted by his wife Jean. The topics covered were wide-ranging and included ‘well-known Alans’ and the more familiar subjects of sport, geography and food.

The raffle raised nearly £80 for the Talking Newspapers and everyone dined on a delicious buffet supper, ensuring that a most enjoyable evening was had by all.  Huge thanks to Grapevine who hosted the quiz this year and to The Kensington Hotel in Great Yarmouth for their excellent hospitality.

Thrilling Final at Annual 3-Way Quiz


Three Rivers Talking Newspaper hosted the local talking newspaper quiz night on Monday, 20 March at Bungay Golf Club. Having won the quiz for the last few years against their rivals Sound East and Grapevine, the Three Rivers teams did really well until the very end, drawing in first place until after three tie-break questions they were finally defeated by a Grapevine team with a cunningly tricky question posed by 3RTN chairman Vaughan O’Shea – how many miles is it from John O’Groats to Lands End?

The evening saw every table full for the quiz, with 21 teams taking part. Bungay Golf Club prepared a delicious buffet supper and Vaughan entertained everyone with his unique style of holding the raffle at break-neck speed allowing no one to return a prize if they won more than once! Special thanks to Kaye and Helen who were the quizmasters, Sally for organizing the raffle and huge congratulations to the winning team from Grapevine, The Nomads. Runners-up The K9 Crew took home the David Wuyts trophy for the highest scoring Three Rivers team.  The money raised will be shared between the three talking newspaper groups represented at the quiz.


Twenty-fifth Anniversary Celebrations

On Saturday 18 June, Three Rivers Talking Newspaper celebrated its 25th  anniversary with a strawberry tea party, held in Bungay Community Centre.

Around 60 listeners, volunteers and friends joined in the celebrations and it was a wonderful opportunity to catch up with friends, old and new, over a glass of fizz or fruit punch, before settling down to strawberry teas.   Copies of the History of Three Rivers Talking Newspaper (compiled for the 21st anniversary) along with the Three Rivers Scrapbook were available for all to browse.

And, should there be a lull in the conversation (a most unlikely situation!), volunteer reader Terry had devised a fun quiz, which proved very popular, especially with some of our more competitive quiz aficionados!

Chairman, Vaughan Shea, thanked everyone for their involvement, adding that he was looking forward to the next 25 years!

He also took the opportunity to say a special thank-you to two outgoing volunteers, and awarded them with long service certificates.   Ray Baker was one of the first Readers at Three Rivers and Anne Frith has represented listeners on the committee ever since it began, back in June 1991.

If any of our listeners or volunteers missed our happy event, there will be a chance to listen to a full account of the afternoon’s proceedings from editor, Zane, in the next edition of our quarterly magazine Valley Sound.




Should We Call Them Magpies?

Our SuperTeam Zane, John, Norman & Anne
Our SuperTeam Zane, John, Norman & Anne

At the 2016 annual 3-way quiz, hosted this year by Sound East in Lowestoft, Three Rivers TN once again galloped home with the silver.   Yes, our brainy team comprising Zane, Anne, John and Norman proved they’re unbeatable and looked deservedly smug as they were presented with the winning trophy.   In addition, chairman, Vaughan Shea, presented them with the David Wuyts Trophy, awarded to the highest scoring Three Rivers TN team.

Teams fr Sound East, Grapevine & 3Rivers
Teams fr Sound East, Grapevine & 3Rivers

This year, four teams from Three Rivers TN entered the competition and all of them performed well in the rankings but our superteam ruled the evening!

Next year, it will be our turn to host the 3-way quiz so that challenge now is to ensure that the silver remains “at home”!

Host Rodney of Sound East
Host Rodney of Sound East