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Audio book club for visually-impaired in Thetford seeking new members

Members of the NNAB Thetford Audio Book Club discussing their latest title. Picture: Keith Mindham

Members of the NNAB Thetford Audio Book Club discussing their latest title. Picture: Keith Mindham

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Visually-impaired people in and around Thetford are being urged to take part in a monthly audio book club.

Held at Thetford Library, the event is run by the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind (NNAB).

It is one of eight across the county, with members meeting to discuss the chosen book of the month.

Members receive the audio book on either a CD or memory stick and this is free due to county council funding.

The Thetford group, which meets on the second Friday of every month from 10.30am until 12pm, is looking for more members.

Mark Smith, leisure activities co-ordinator at the NNAB, and who is also blind, Said: “With the onset of sight loss, many people find it difficult to enjoy the pleasures of reading,” said Mark Smith, leisure activities co-ordinator at the NNAB, and who is blind. “This is where audio books come into play, and they are a vital means of enjoying a favourite book.

“We read a huge variety of books – they are certainly not all highbrow or literary classics.

“The titles are generally the kind of books that most enthusiastic readers might find on their shelves. Our meetings are informal and friendly, we try to make them fun.”

The group is led by NNAB volunteers Rosemary and Colin Gregory.

Anyone interested in taking part – no matter the extent of their sight loss – can contact Mark Smith at the NNAB on 01603 629558 or via email at marksmith@nnab.org.uk

Full details can be found at www.nnab.org.uk/leisure-bookclub

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