What an amazing night we had last Saturday at the 80’s vs 90’s Radio Shepton Fundraiser in Shepton Mallet. Tickets once again sold out, as did the glow sticks! Party goers made a real effort with their fancy dress costumes you can check out the photos on facebook.com/radioshepton and some live videos too. Thanks to the amazing DJ Keaty and DJ Paul Owen. Not forgetting our volunteers Amy Andrews, Ethan Andrews, Tracey Lye and my husband Wayne ‘My BigHandyman’ Banks. The night raised £355 in total, which will really help with the ever increasing ongoing costs of Somerset’s fastest growing online community radio station. Our shows are not only broadcast on air, but also playout on demand our mixcloud account mixcloud.com/radioshepton - roving reporter Susan Ayton’s exclusive report on the brand new ‘Arcadia’ spectacular stage at this year’s Glastonbury Festival was actually rated 19th most listened to show in the global mixcloud radio chart ! We will be doing loads of Glasto festival coverage as well as covering all the local events and gossip as usual. Which leads me neatly onto ..the Sunday Market. What Sunday Market? You may well ask. Yes, It was a major let down. But no fault of the traders or organisers. Once again this was a huge #Fail on behalf of Mendip District Council - who have responsibility for the running and promotion of the market NOT the lovely Helen Reader ( market champion) who was unfairly accosted in her beautiful Fairy Godmother Sweet shop on Sunday, by a very unhappy out-of-town visitor who had made the effort to come and support the market, all 6 stalls, and was , quite rightly annoyed!
Helen was forced to clarify the situation on social media the following day explaining
“The market is run by MDC, the volunteers arrange the entertainment with the town council funding this. Jude Jackson and myself had a meeting with Mendip on Monday regarding taking over the market as an independent. Unfortunately it is not going to be as straightforward as we had hoped. As for the market not costing money to put on, it's actually very expensive! There are staff costs (at MDC), road closure cost to Somerset County Council, additional waste collection and insurance.” So what do you think? You can email the chief executive at Mendip Stuart Brown - firstname.lastname@example.org
Back on a positive note. The next dress up retro party at The Club, will be on Saturday 27th June. Though both myself and DJ Keaty will be on the decks, it’s not a Radio Shepton Fundraiser. Instead it will be in support of local eating disorder charity SWEDA and OUCH UK a small charity who raise awareness and support sufferers of Cluster Headaches, a cripplingly painful neurological condition which my husband suffers from. It’s his birthday bash, and another close friend. They both chose a charity, and we’re adding a bit of hip hop and 00’s music into the mix next time too. Look out for a very tall, white , MC Hammer !
I'm a 43 year old, mum of two little boys- currently living in Shepton Mallet in Somerset. I'm the Founder and Creative Director of Radio Shepton, a Stand up and comedian and spoken word performer, and write a regular column for The Wells and Shepton Mallet Journal. Which is the basis for my blog usually. I lived in Swedish Lapland for 7 years until 2014 where my boys were born. My partner and I ran a husky dog sledding business. Before that I was a poet, radio presenter, media lecturer, writer, TV producer, actress and burlesque performer ! I never want my life to be boring :)