Supporters of the Dacorum Talking Newspaper secured a rare ‘triple crown’ of civic dignitaries at their annual meeting on Saturday.
The formal session at the Social Centre For The Blind in Alston Road, Boxmoor, was followed by a cream tea.
And on the guest list were the respective mayors of Dacorum, Berkhamsted and Tring.
Officers including chairman Mog Phillips, secretary Audrey Mackie, treasurer Chris Allard and technical officer Martin Nobbs will continue in their posts with the help of committee members John Farley, Cari Hann, Linda Hanshaw and John Farrant.
Mog Phillips said the highlight of the year had undoubtedly been the introduction of the ‘boom box’ system for passing on the bulletins painstakingly created by teams of volunteers from the pages of the Gazette each week.
Old-fashioned cassettes and CDs have now been overtaken by a memory stick which plugs into a bespoke player which also doubles as a digital radio.
A player has been donated to all Talking Newspapers users but many have been so impressed with the technology that they have made donations to cover the purchase price of their machines, he said.
Even so, treasurer Chris Allard reported that the investment had left the organisation with a deficit for a second year in a row and new sources of grant funding were being explored.
Mayor of Berkhamsted Ian Reay, who also represents the town on Herts County Council, recommended the County Hall locality budget scheme which allowed individual councillors to support good causes.
A team of about 80 volunteers, split into five teams, produces the weekly bulletin which is also available online.
Relief readers are always welcome and anyone who would like to join the team should call 01442 217918, send an email to email@example.com or visit the website at www.dtnhemel.org.uk