SeeFact Issue 75 - February 2024

Thank You The Dickie Bird

We would like to thank the proprietors and customers of The Dickie Bird pub Long, Lee, for their generous donation of £416. The money was raised from a Christmas Raffle.

In the image, four individuals are posing for a photo. From left to right, the first person is wearing a light beige sweater, black pants, and dark sneakers. The second person, a woman, has short hair, glasses, and is smiling, wearing a black and white patterned top and black pants. The third person, with silver-white hair and a tie, is holding a fan of cash, and the fourth person is wearing a gray apron and a broad smile. They are standing in a pub, infront of the bar.

Photo: (from left) Anne Broughton - Vice-Chairwoman - Sight Airedale, Bev Clooney - Landlady - The Dickie Bird, David Ogden - Chairman - Sight Airedale, Colin Clooney - Landlord - The Dickie Bird

About SeeFact

Welcome to the February 2024 edition of seefact. We hope you have all had a good Christmas and New Year.

Thank you to those of you who attended our open day in November. This year, we are trying something different and will have our open day in July when the weather is better. More details will appear in the next edition of Seefact. But keep July 13 free!

We'd also like to thank The Dickie Bird pub for their generous donation of £416, see the front cover for more details.

Rydale Talking Magazine is a free magazine aimed at people with sight loss; to find out more, see page 2. Listeners of the CD editon of seefact will have received the January Edition with their seefact CD.

On page 3, you can learn more about the various types of products we stock in our Daily Living Shop designed to make life with sight loss easier.

Good lighting can help you make the most of your vision; on page 5, we have 10 Tips to improve the lighting in your home. Learn about the 'Hi Mum/Dad' scam on page 6. The next edition of seefact will be in June.

Team Sight Airedale

Registered Office: sight airedale, 1 Albert Street, Keighley, BD21 2AT.

The legal bit

Dates for your diary

Thank you Annual Open day

Thank you to everyone who attended our open day in November. The event raised £99. This year, in order to take advantage of the better weather, we will be holding our annual open day on Saturday, 13 July, from 10 am to 1 pm. Look out for more details in the June edition of seefact.

Rydale Talking Magazine

Rydale Talking Magazine is a small charity based in Pickering, North Yorkshire. They produce a monthly talking magazine put together by volunteers.

They are not a talking newspaper but meet once a month to record Stories/ Articles written by their volunteers or read from general publications. The general approach is if their volunteers write something or find an article in an " interesting " publication, other people will find it interesting.!

The magazine is delivered on CD, which does not need to be returned. The January edition includes articles on Pantomimes, gardening and nature, historical Yorkshire figures, a selection of poetry, a quiz, an article about a 'Chicken Hotel' and much more.

If you receive the CD edition of Seefact, you will also receive a copy of the January Edition of Rydale Talking Magazine along with your CD. You can also download a sample edition from uk/rtm.mp3, or if you'd like to receive a free copy on CD or wish to continue receiving Rydale Talking Magazine, please get in touch with Valerie Bulidon at 01751 476499.

Service Spotlight - The Daily Living Shop

Situated at our Scott Street premises in Keighley, our Daily Living Shop houses over 150 sight loss aids and products designed to make living with sight loss easier.

We want to ensure that we can give you the best service possible. To avoid disappointment, please ring our helpline to ensure someone is available before you visit. The shop is open from 9.30 am to 3 pm, Monday to Thursday. We don't keep items in stock to reduce costs, so they must be ordered. For magnifiers you will need to make an appointment with a member of our team.

Telling the Time

We have a range of talking and easy- to-see clocks and watches. Some models are radio-controlled, meaning they set themselves to the correct time. Many clocks and watches will also announce today's date.

In the Kitchen

Labelling - Talking Tin Lids

Magnetic talking tin lids are designed to sit on top of a food tin or can be attached to a packet using a strap. Record a short message and then press a button to have it played back to you. They are ideal for leaving cooking instructions, sticking one to the front of your fridge, and leaving messages for the family.

Penfriend audio labeller

Place the penfriend on a label and press the record button to record a message, then stick the label on the item you want to identify. Place the penfriend on the label to identify an object and press the play button to playback the message. The labels can be used to identify anything from food packaging to CDs. Magnetic labels are also available for use on tins.


These tactile dots help you locate important buttons on appliances such as washing machines, cookers and thermostats.

Food Preparation

Talking food thermometer

This thermometer is ideal for checking the temperature of meat or when making Jam. It announces the temperature either in Celsius or Fahrenheit. As the temperature changes, the new temperature is announced.

Talking measuring jug

The measuring jug allows you to measure liquids such as water, milk or Oil. It can be measured in imperial pints and fluid ounces, metric litres and millilitres, and U.S. pints and fluid ounces.

Talking Scales

We have two types of talking kitchen scales, some with large print measuring jugs and large displays and others that only speak. Both models can measure in imperial and metric, have removable bowls/jugs, and have a tar function.

Talking Appliances

Our talking microwave speaks each button as it is pressed and announces the power, time set and count-down timer. Also available are talking combination ovens, a talking induction hob (not on display), and even a talking air fryer (not on display)

Liquid Level Indicator

Liquid level indicators are small devices that hang over the side of your cup. As the liquid level in the cup increases, the liquid level indicator will beep and vibrate to prevent you from overfilling the container.

Keeping in Touch

We have a range of stationery to help you keep in touch, ranging from large print calendars, date reminders and diaries to large print telephone and address books.

We also have notepads with extra- wide and thick lines. Signature guides help you locate where you need to sign on a form; address guides help you write the address on the front of an envelope; cheque guides are free from your bank.

Ten Lighting Tips

Good lighting is essential to make the most of your vision. In this article, we will discuss ten ways to enhance the lighting in your home.

Maximize Natural Light - Open curtains and ensure that windows are clean. Use vertical blinds to control the light's direction and consider the type of fabric used in the blinds.

Furniture Placement - Position seating either side-on to windows or with the windows behind the chair to illuminate your task. Consider how the sun enters the room and avoid direct sunlight on your face.

Screens - Place screens side- on to a window or on the opposite wall and use vertical blinds to direct light away from the screen. Never place a screen in front of a window. In unavoidable cases, use blackout blinds.

Watching TV - Ensure the room is well-lit and light does not reflect off the screen. Choose a TV with a matte screen. If the TV is in the corner of the room, use bias lighting by placing a lamp behind the TV.

Consider the Temperature of Light - Warm (yellow) is ideal for creating a cosy atmosphere but offers poor contrast and colour reproduction. Cool (white light) is perfect for contrast and colour reproduction but feels cold and clinical. Use a combination of warm ambient light and cool task lighting. Use cool lighting in kitchens, stairways, bathrooms, and workrooms.

Adjustable Lighting - Use lamps with adjustable brightness and temperature to customize lighting according to the task or time of day.

Under-Cabinet Lighting - Install under-cabinet lighting in kitchens to illuminate work areas.

Hide the Bulb - Use paper ball shades for ceilings to hide the bulbs. Task lights should be positioned below eye level.

Minimize Glare - Use matte surfaces and screen protectors to reduce glare on screens and surfaces.

Don't Buy Expensive Lights - A good adjustable task light with a daylight bulb, available from any DIY store, will suffice.

Scam Watch - Hi Mum/Dad!

The Scam: You may receive a text message from an unknown number that claims to be from your child. They may tell you about some kind of misfortune, such as their phone being stolen or broken, and provide you with a new phone number. The message may ask you to delete the old number, save the new one, and let them know that you have received the message. Another variation of this scam is when the sender claims to be using a friend's phone because their battery is dead.

The scammer will convince you that you are talking to your child. They will then come up with some story about needing you to transfer them money urgently, as they cannot access their online banking because of their broken/stolen phone.

"How do they know I have a child?" - They don't, but scammers often send messages starting with "Hi Mum/Dad" as they know only a parent would respond to that. Another version of this scam involves a friend or relative in a foreign country who urgently needs money to be transferred to them.

What to do if you receive one of these messages

For £1 a week you can make a difference to the lives of local sight impaired people

Like many charities we have seen a fall in income due to the pandemic

To make a one off or regular donation visit our website at or call our helpline to learn how to set up a standing order

Thank you to Keighley Playhouse for their help in printing this newsletter

For details on future performances at the playhouse visit

100+ Club

To renew you can either:- Renew at our open day on Saturday 26 November
 Call into the office, Monday to Thursday 9.30am to 12.30pm or Post a cheque made payable to sight airedale
 Renew via bank transfer - Please call the office for our bank details.

Drawn on the 2nd Monday of the month, winners will be notified.

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Small change makes a big difference.

How we make a difference

Our three Sight Support Groups in Keighley and Bingley, and Talking book library with over 2,000 titles on MP3/CD and memory stick help alleviate isolation and loneliness.

We provide support to local sight support groups in Ilkley, Burley-in-Wharfedale and the Airedale Macular Society

We help people retain their independence through our daily living shop, magnifier assessments and technology information service*.

We give people the opportunity to learn new skills through our one-to-one computer classes and Braille for Beginners course.

We keep sight impaired people informed about important issues, through our free newsletter, available in five different formats.

We want to be sure that there is someone available to give you the best service we can. Please ring our Helpline to make an appointment for the shop, magnifier assessments and technology information service.

How you can help

Local Support Groups

Bingley Social Centre

Keighley Social Centre

Airedale Macular Society

Ilkley - INSIGHT Group

Burley-in-Whafedale Hockney Group

If you would like more information on any of these groups, please call our helpline.

Craven Cassette (Craven Herald and Dalesman).

Keighley and District Talking Newspaper (Keighley News)

Pendle Voice (Barnoldswick and Earby Times).

Ilkley Talking Newspaper (Ilkley Gazette and Dalesman)

Talking Telegraph (Bradford Telegraph and Argus)