Latest Activities & Events

New Sight Loss Group

We are inviting you to join a new group – Succeeding with Sight Loss.

Our aim is to bring people together to share their successes and
identify challenges to be overcome.

At our first get together we hope to identify the focus for discussion at
future meetings. We will be joined on the first occasion by members
of Suffolk Sight.

We will meet at The Galley, Smallgate, Beccles NR34 9AD on
Wednesday, 27th March at 2 pm until 4 pm. This is close to the bus
station and to Tesco for parking. Refreshments will be available.

Our initial meeting will decide the frequency and dates of future

If you would like to attend, please contact Terry Dentith by phone
01502 716590 or email

Succeeding with Sight Loss, where vision is not just what we see
but what we can achieve together.

A Message from Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service


The prevention team and fire fighters across Suffolk are dedicated to saving lives by working with the community, discussing fire safety and offering advice to eliminate or reduce the risk of fire occurring in the home. The best way to save a life is to prevent a fire in the first place and Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service can offer a free Home Fire Safety Check to all those eligible. Any resident within Suffolk can request one and they are free of charge.

  • We will provide and install Free 10 year smoke alarms/carbon monoxide alarms if necessary
  • Give Life Saving Advice in the event of a fire in your home
  • How to make a fire escape plan for you and your family
  • Practical Advice on identifying fire hazards in the home

To receive free Home Fire Safety Advice and to check your eligibility for a free Home Fire Safety Check

Call 01473 260 588 or email 



Free Audio Bible Player

Our Chairman, Tony, attended a Talking Newspaper Conference recently and wants to let you know about this free offer.
The Torch Trust would love to give you a free audio Bible player – the Megavoice Pathway.  They come preloaded with David Suchet reading the New Testament and Psalms.

These audio Bibles are the size of a small remote control.  They have a few easy to use buttons to make it simple to start and stop, to move forward or backward between different sections.  They’ll also include some instructions to help you get started.  They have an in-built speaker and come with some in-ear headphones in case that would be better for you and your environment.  Rechargeable batteries are already installed and it comes with a charging cable for you to plug it in.  Lastly there’s a lanyard included so you can put the player around your neck so it’s harder to lose!

Anyone living in the UK who is blind or partially sighted and who is not a current client of Torch is eligible to receive one of these free players from us.  It is a gift – there is no obligation attached.

  • You can call the friendly team on 01858 438260 and they will take all the necessary details and get one in the post to you.
  • Alternatively, you can email: stating that you’d like to receive an audio Bible, confirming that you are living with sight loss and giving an address and telephone number. Terms and conditions apply.
  • For further information, check out our website, where you can order your free audio Bible player by completing the online form.

A Message from Lowestoft Hand in Hand Club

Lowestoft Hand in Hand Club is a social group for people with dual sensory loss – sight and hearing.  We enjoy many different activities whilst following the group’s interests.  These include music, talks, outings,  a Christmas lunch in the Victoria Hotel and much more.  Volunteers are on hand or, if you prefer, your carer can also attend.

The group meets on the first Monday of the month in the Deaf Centre,  50-52 Blackheath Road, Lowestoft and transport can be organised for those who need it..    Call Christine on 01502 717697 for more information or if you wish join in the fun.

AGM2023 and Afternoon Tea a Great Success

We held our AGM2023 on Saturday 10th June at Bungay Community Centre. During the meeting, Tony Rainbird was proposed and seconded as Chairman.  However, the roles of Secretary and Treasurer remain vacant so, if you know of anyone who may be interested in taking on one of these roles,  please ask them to contact us on 0778 999 4906.  They don’t need to be a volunteer with us but would need to be co-opted on to the committee and attend four Committee meetings a year.

Once again, the AGM was followed by an afternoon tea, attended by nearly 50 people, which included listeners, present and past volunteers for Three Rivers, Peter Aldous MP, members of Suffolk Sight, and a representative of the Hand in Hand Club (which supports people with dual sensory loss)

This is the third time we have followed up the AGM with an afternoon tea. It seems to be a winning formula, with the attendees enjoying sandwiches and cakes made by the 3RTN committee members. Our thanks go to Maisebrooke Farm and the Co-Op Community Fund who, along with some of the attendees, provided very generous raffle prizes, which helped to raise around £115 for Three Rivers.

Thanks to Jill for sharing some snaps.

Outgoing Chair, Emma with new Chair, Tony

Volunteer Mike (R) presents prize to listener, David (L)

Raffle Prizes


Generous Donation from the Buffaloes!

Brother Cooper RAOB with Emma (Chair of Thee Rivers TN)
Chairman, Emma, with cheque

We wish to express our sincere thanks to Britannia Lodge RAOB for their most generous donation of £300.  Particular thanks go to Brother Cooper for nominating our charity and to his wonderful mother (a listener of ours) who contributed £50 towards the donation.

Having attended their meeting recently, we felt quite overwhelmed by the amazing work that RAOB (or Royal  Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes) does in the local community.  We also feel humbled to have been included with such worthy causes, all of them carrying out incredibly important projects in our local area.

Although this donation came as a complete surprise to us, it couldn’t have been more timely as we were planning to purchase a second-hand laptop. This will act as a back-up to our main computer (now quite old), which is used for recording, editing and duplicating our audio files.

Many thanks again for the kind donation, Buffaloes, and many thanks for all the wonderful work you do in our community.

Beep Beep, Here Comes The RED Team!

Welcome to our new Red Team where you’ll find some new voices along with more familiar ones.

Those of you who’ve been listening to Three Rivers for some years will know that we used to operate a five weekly rota but that all changed during Lockdown.  Well, the good news is that we’re back to running five teams, thanks to a recent influx of new volunteers.  The new Red Team comprises Sally (Team Leader and Recordist), Debbie (Admin) along with Ben, John, Sandra and Sari (Readers) and their first recording will be on March 17th.

Our Afternoon Tea Party Was “An Absolute Delight!

Peter Aldous MP with listener rep, Lily

This year, we held our AGM2022 on Saturday 11th June at Bungay Community Centre. The AGM was followed immediately by an afternoon tea, attended by nearly 50 people, which included listeners, present and past volunteers for Three Rivers, members of Suffolk Sight and Peter Aldous MP.

Chairman Emma Welton said, “it was a lovely afternoon. Our AGM was really positive. My wonderful committee are so proactive, and they are completely behind my drive to open up our service of a talking newspaper to people who are not registered visually impaired, but who cannot, due to a variety of health issues, access printed material. My stumbling block is ensuring that the postal system for these potential listeners is identical to our current system, the Royal Mail Articles for the Blind. I am pleased to say that our local MP, Peter Aldous, together with East Suffolk Council, are in the process of investigating this issue with Royal Mail.

Our afternoon tea was an absolute delight. We had a number of listeners come along to chat with volunteers and other listeners, whilst drinking tea and eating delicious cakes. In fact, one listener has been with Three Rivers almost from its inception 30 years ago, which was wonderful to hear. I would like to thank Maisebrook Farm and the Co-Op Community Fund who provided very generous raffle prizes, which helped to raise nearly £150”.

Chair Emma with Robin, Shelagh & Jessie
Tea, Chat & Cakes Galore!


Three Rivers Attends Community Partnership Event

 Emma and Jill with MP Peter Aldous
 Emma and Alan

On Saturday May 21st 2022, Chairperson Emma Welton and two other Three Rivers volunteers, Jill and Alan, attended a showcase event at Bungay Community Centre, to promote a range of community support available in the Bungay and wider area.

The Three Rivers stall attracted the attention of local MP Peter Aldous who spent some time chatting to Emma about our service for the blind and visually impaired.

It was interesting to meet some of the district council members and to obtain information about potential funding for future Three Rivers projects.

A music workshop at the end of the session got everyone singing!

 Music maestro!

Jim Lumsden Memorial Service

A Memorial Service was held for our much loved volunteer, Jim Lumsden RIP, at St Luke’s Church, Rigbourne Hill, Beccles on Friday, April 29th at 11am.

Despite Jim’s strict orders for “NO FUSS”,  the service was attended by a large crowd and several tributes were paid to this popular Beccles stalwart.

Former Chairman, Vaughan Shea, led the tribute on behalf of Three Rivers Talking Newspaper, a copy of which can be read below:

A Tribute on behalf of Three Rivers TN by Vaughan Shea

Good morning. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Vaughan Shea and I was, for over 10 years, the chairman of the 3 Rivers Talking Newspaper for the Blind.  And it is in connection with Jim as a volunteer for the Talking Newspaper that I want to talk about today.

Jim was a long standing volunteer for the T.N and was a regular, very reliable and well liked reader on the C team.  I first met Jim in the early 1990’s  and was immediately struck by his presence in the room.  If Jim was there, you certainly knew it – Jim’s response on meeting never changed from the first time to the last. “How are you Jim?” I would enquire, and the response would always be “OLDER… and DAFTER”.

Jim would often have a musical score with him on a recording night and in between his readings he would be silently mouthing the words. There was always plenty of banter around the table with his fellow readers, with Mary Weavers in particular, being near neighbours and fellow golfers as well as their interest in the talking newspaper. Jim’s hand-over to his fellow reader Pat was usually “And now over to PATRICIA”.

Jim was an amazing ambassador for the talking newspaper, helping organise and participating in a number of concerts over the years with the Friends in Harmony choir, the  proceeds from which would benefit 3 Rivers. He was also very persuasive in getting others to join the 3 Rivers team. Indeed, our current Chair Emma was cajoled into joining the talking newspaper by Jim.

I also fondly remember the annual cake stall held in the precinct in Beccles, to raise funds for the talking newspaper. Jim’s arrival at the stall was usually a fairly noisy affair as of course he knew so many people.  And then, the greetings and pleasantries over with, his choice of cake?  Of course it had to be a DUNDEE cake!

I know that Jim has been quoted as saying how lucky he was to live in Beccles, but I can’t help thinking that in fact we were very lucky to have Jim in our midst.  Many people’s lives were made all the richer and organisations like 3 Rivers Talking Newspaper and others benefitted greatly because of Jim Lumsden, and I am proud to have known him.