Grapevine falls silent after 25 years

Grapevine has ceased to be after 25 years
Grapevine has ceased to be after 25 years

A talking magazine and newspaper service which entertained and informed hundreds of blind people for a quarter of a century has fallen silent.

Based in Larbert, Grapevine was operated for the last 25 years by Yvonne Taylor and her husband Alick, who sadly died last December.

Yvonne said: “Alick enjoyed the technical side and I enjoyed the editorial aspects and with that combination we were fortunate to be able to bring enjoyment to so many blind people.

“I just felt the time was right for Grapevine to come to an end. At the very start Alick and I set out in our constitution, that should Grapevine come to an end, we would leave all the equipment and money left in the Grapevine account to Erskine Hospital for wounded servicemen and women.

“I am pleased to say they will be presented with a cheque for £23,499.”

The registered charity offered information, including global and national news, recorded on C90 cassette tapes and distributed free of charge to registered blind users in Central Scotland and beyond, including listeners in the USA and Africa.

This was accomplished through a team of volunteer readers, mainly made up of retired teachers, nurses and bankers devoting their free time to record various articles of interest for users.

Yvonne said she is currently writing a book about the story of Grapevine which she hopes will someday be printed in braille.

She said: “Everyone has always been exceptionally kind and helpful over the years, in particular the children from local secondary schools. Many of the ones from the early days are now married with their own children.”