Together again after over 50 years

Two of the team on this week's West Shropshire Talking Newspaper (WSTN) first met in the late 1960s when Diane Monether became a pupil in Susan Wilding's infant class at Orleton Lane School, Wellington.

Susan retired from teaching 24 years ago but continues her voluntary work helping to produce the weekly WSTN recordings for blind and partially sighted people in west Shropshire. Diane works for Shropshire Wildlife Trust (SWT) and, by chance, the two met last autumn when WSTN and SWT were both exhibiting at an event in Shrewsbury and they realised their previous connection.
Subsequently Diane volunteered to help the talking newspaper as a contributor and as a reader and then the WSTN studio roster brought Susan and Diane together in the team which produced this week's issue of the regular 90-minute recording.

Susan said: "When I was talking to Diane at the exhibition we both thought we knew each other from the past and after a few questions we soon established our connection.
"Diane took  a photograph and emailed it to her mum who I knew, both as a parent also a teacher. Another coincidence is that both Susan and Diane live in the same road in Shrewsbury, but had never come across one another, until now."

Diane said she was so thrilled to meet "her first teacher" after such  a long time.  Susan added: "Talking to Diane about Orleton Lane brought back so many memories and I was able to recall the names of some of the other pupils in the same class. It's great that she is now helping the WSTN, a  charity which my husband and I have been involved with since 1976." 

Diane said she is now planning a meeting between her mum and Susan.

This week's West Shropshire Talking Newspaper can be heard by asking Alexa to: 'Play my talking newspaper' or online at: or on the Talking Newspapers app or landline, 01743 387487.