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Daventry Torch celebrates 40 years

Posted: 15th November 2017 by James Brookman

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Daventry Torch Fellowship Group has been meeting regularly in the town for 40 years. On Saturday 16th September, 54 members and friends met together and shared a two course lunch to celebrate the anniversary. Clive and Pat Leakey were among those who set up the group in 1977 and they are still actively involved today.

The group meets on the third Saturday of each month at 2.30pm at Daventry Methodist Church. The meetings consist of a short act of worship, a speaker, quiz or guest singers, followed by afternoon tea and a time to talk. Free transport is provided for all.

The group welcomes new members and if you wish to know more phone Clive Leakey on 01327 340706.

Taste and see that the LORD is good!

Posted: 14th November 2017 by Julia Hyde

Taste and see that the LORD is good! Picture

Every day at 9.00am Torch staff and volunteers gather to praise God and pray for all aspects of Torch work. We follow the Torch scripture calendar for our starting point and each day a different person will lead chapel time in their own way. We always enjoy this time to focus our minds and hearts on God, sing and worship and most importantly share fellowship.

Today was no exception and Graham Moody (Production Leader) made breakfast for us all so that we could taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8).  

The photo below shows Torch staff and volunteers singing together whilst sharing breakfast. 

Torch staff and volunteers singing together

Access All Areas

Posted: 18th August 2017 by Julia Hyde

Torch Trust is welcoming old friends and new at an open day on Saturday 16th September at Torch House, Market Harborough.  We are celebrating and giving thanks for a fabulous year and inviting people to come along and find out about what Torch offers for people with sight loss locally and nationally. 

Every day 100 people across the UK begin to lose their sight and only 17% of people are offered emotional support at the time of diagnosis. 

Torch Trust is a Christian response for those with sight loss and has a range of resources and services to offer Christian support and companionship. 

Please come along and join us at Torch House on Saturday 16th September; join our Thanksgiving Celebration at 2pm or come along later for refreshments and chance to meet the team.  

Work with Torch

Posted: 17th May 2017 by Grace Davis

Torch has a number of vacancies for staff and volunteers, could you join the journey? Read on to find out more about roles in Leicestershire, West Sussex and across the UK...

We're looking for a Cook at our Holiday & Retreat Centre in Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex. This is a permanent position for an experienced and enthusiastic cook with a proven track record to deliver the highest standards and fresh food to our Holiday Centre guests. Our centre provides holidays and support for people with sight loss and a large proportion are elderly.

At our headquarters in Market Harborough, Leicestershire we are looking for a new person to join our Client Services team. An exciting customer-facing opportunity for someone looking for a full time paid position for Christian service. Contact is mostly with blind and partially sighted people, primarily by telephone and email. We are looking for a friendly, hospitable person who can learn and manage our computer systems to give information our clients are requesting, and/or offer encouragement and prayerful support where appropriate.

For more information on these vacancies and how to apply visit our jobs page here.

And if you'd like to volunteer with Torch, we have a great need for audio readers and editors. The roles require people who can read, record and edit books and publications as required by the Audio Transcription Coordinator. Subject to agreement, the work can be carried out at Torch premises or at home. To learn more and view our other volunteer vacancies visit our volunteers page here.

David Suchet Bible Recall

Posted: 9th March 2017 by James Brookman

It has come to our attention that some verses from the New Testament CD of our Daisy NIV Bible, voiced by David Suchet, are missing.

When it was first produced a computer was used to automatically split up David's Bible recording into its constituent verses but somehow 7 of the 8000 were by-passed. All of them are important but this one from 2 Corinthians 4:7 especially so:

"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us."

Please contact us if you have one of these Daisy Bibles and we will replace it free of charge (the Megavoice version is unaffected). Although the above problems only affect the New Testament CD we did also find some minor issues with the Old Testament, like repeated verses, so all 4 CDs need replacing.

Getting Ready for Lent

Posted: 8th February 2017 by Grace Davis

Lent is fast approaching with Ash Wednesday being on 1st March this year and we have some wonderful resources to share with you, read on to find out more...

Receiving Christ in 5 ways (York course)

This course raises big questions. Aren’t we all children of God anyway? Just how can we receive Christ? And what does it mean to have ‘a relationship with God’?

In a course crammed with discussable questions, John Young teases out from the New Testament different ways in which we receive Christ. John’s course booklet is supplemented by four leading Christians, from a variety of backgrounds, on the course CD. Together they demonstrate that St John’s theology in his magisterial Gospel has very practical implications for our day-to-day lives. Available now in braille and large print. Price £3.59.

At the Cross by Abby Guinness

In this Cover to Cover Lent study guide we consider the experiences of six Bible characters who witnessed the crucifixion of Jesus. Their stories and responses can help us find a fresh perspective on the death and resurrection of Jesus and the wider implications of what was achieved for individuals and all humanity. Discover a creative approach to exploring the Bible, with textual and historical insights alongside group discussion topics and personal application. Available now in braille and large print. Price £4.99.

Dethroning Mammon by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

In his first full-length book Justin Welby looks at the subject of money and materialism. Designed for study in the weeks of Lent leading up to Easter, Dethroning Mammon reflects on the impact of our own attitudes, and of the pressures that surround us, on how we handle the power of money, called Mammon in this book. Who will be on the throne of our lives? Who will direct our actions and attitudes? Is it Jesus Christ, who brings truth, hope and freedom? Or is it Mammon, so attractive, so clear, but leading us into paths that tangle, trip and deceive? Available now in braille, audio and large print, to purchase or borrow from the Torch library. Price £9.99.

More to Explore

At Torch we now have a good selection of titles, either covering the whole of Lent or the days of Holy Week and Easter itself. Just call us on 01858 438266 or email for inspiration. Visit our Literature pages to check out our entire catalogue or resources to borrow or buy.

Read all about it with Premier Christianity Lite

Posted: 4th January 2017 by Grace Davis

Torch is delighted to announce that from January 2017 we are introducing Premier Christianity Lite, a new 'lite' edition of Premier Christianity magazine, which will be available in braille and large print (17pt or 25pt).

Premier Christianity is the most popular Christian magazine in the UK and contains informative articles, interviews, and news. The new magazine will be available monthly for both UK and overseas readers.

The 'lite' version allows us to contain the magazine in a more manageable two volumes per edition.

If you prefer audio, a more complete edition of Premier Christianity is available on DAISY audio CD or USB memory stick.

Although we won't charge you for the magazine, you might wish to make a regular voluntary donation to cover our costs - we suggest approximately £35 per year (the full print magazine is £5 per month or £42.00 for an annual subscription).

To subscribe, please contact our Client Services team on 01858 438260 or email

A social activity you can do at home - perfect for the winter months!

Posted: 14th October 2016 by Grace Davis

Although it's still autumn, with the darker nights and colder weather drawing in we can't help but be aware that winter is coming! So to keep you busy in those winter nights, why not sign up to a TorchTalk group? It's a great way to socialise with like-minded people from the comfort of your own home. Read on to learn more...

TorchTalk groups are simple to join - just register your interest with our Client Services team and at the time of the group you'll be called and added in.

We have a variety of regular groups available, here are just some examples:

  • Every Monday 2-3 pm, ‘Say a Little Prayer’, a mixed prayer Group praying for the needs of Torch and each other
  • Every last Tuesday of the month, 'Parent Link': a Group for visually impaired Mums and Dads with children under the age of 16.
  • Every Wednesday 11-11.55 am, 'The Word Heard and Shared', exploring characters relating to Biblical accounts of the crucifixion and resurrection.
  • Every Wednesday 7-8 pm, ‘God Evening’, men only formed out of Brothers in Christ
  • Every first Sunday of the month at 3 pm we will be having a Sunday Service Group, aimed at people who may not be able to get to church.

We also run seasonal groups, starting on October 17th will be the Harvest Group, and running from the end of November until Christmas will be a special Advent Group.

For more details on any these just call 01858 438 260 or email

New books in the Torch library!

Posted: 20th July 2016 by Grace Davis

Front covers of the Beech Bank Girls booksTorch is pleased to announce that, in partnership with Dernier Publishing, the complete series of Beech Bank Girls books is now available in accessible media!

Aimed at younger readers, from about 10 to 14 years old, these books tell the story of six teenage friends facing issues of family, friendship and faith.

There are four books in the series, currently available from Torch in giant print with braille and DAISY audio soon to be added. If you'd like to find out more about what the Torch postal lending library can offer you, do get in touch! The library is free to use for anyone who has sight loss. We also have many books available to purchase in a variety of accessible media, including large print, braille, DAISY and USB audio. Just contact us on 01858 438260 or email

Reflections Podcast Available!

Posted: 6th June 2016 by Grace Davis

Image show Marilyn Baker and Grace Davis sitting in a recording booth.If you're already a regular listener to Torch's weekly national radio show, Reflections, you might know about our monthly podcast! It's hosted by blind Christian singer-songwriter Marilyn Baker and draws together a whole month's worth of Reflections episodes. To listen to it, click here or read on to find out more...

Reflections is the show from Torch Trust that focuses on faith and disability in today's world. It's just fifteen minutes long but is packed with inspiring, informative and entertaining guests, prayers, songs, readings and more! You can listen to the show on Sundays, on RNIB Connect Radio just after the 9 am news or on Premier Christian Radio at 4 pm.

The podcast can be found on iTunes, SoundCloud and Tunein, and it's free for anyone to download or stream, just follow these links to SoundCloud or Tunein or search for Torch Trust in iTunes.

If you are blind or partially sighted you can also sign up to receive a free CD copy of the Reflections podcast every month. Just call Client Services on 01858 438260 or email

We hope you enjoy the show!

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