Talking rag nominated for Queen’s Award

The Angus Talking Newspaper Association (ANTA) has been honoured with a nomination for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

ANTA’s Secretary Elizabeth Mountford said: “It’s an honour to be recognised.”

Run entirely by volunteers at five centres throughout Angus, ANTA has for more than 30 years produced local news in audio form for the blind and visually impaired.

To honour the prestigious nomination Lord Lieutenant of Angus Mrs Georgiana Osborne hosted a reception at the Canmore Room in Forfar on April 16.

ANTA is a valuable link between the visually impaired and the community and often the only way people find out what is going on.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, which is made annually, is given in recognition of outstanding achievement by voluntary groups in the community and was first announced in 2002 to mark the occasion of The Queen’s Golden Jubilee. They receive a certificate signed by The Queen and a commemorative piece of crystal.

Miss Mountford is hopeful but realistic about their chances: “We are up against many other worthy organisations, but it is just lovely to be nominated.”

ANTA really need help from volunteers, particularly someone who can help copy the CD’s. It takes a couple of hours once a month. If you are interested in volunteering your time, please visit,