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 !
Last week , a new Greek restaurant opened in Shepton Mallet! And we were first in line to try it out. Rosemary Greek Restaurant, is at 19 High Street, where the wine vaults then the mexican used to be. Inside it looks really lush, and the food is absolutely amazing. There are plenty of healthy and vegetarian options, alongside Greek meaty classics like chicken Gyros and Pork Souvlaki. Starters include delicious spicy mussels, calamar and grilled halloumi cheese. For mains, my hubby chose the beef stiffado, from the daily specials board. It was so tender and tasty, I had to have a bite! I enjoyed my very generously sized ceasar salad. The boys loved their cheesy pizzas. It’s a really family friendly place, with kids eating half price burgers, pizza or pasta dishes. The highlight of our meal was the delicious chocolate and banana mousse on biscuit base- to die for ( atleast gain a few pounds for !) Check out fb.me/RosemaryGreekRestaurant or call 01749 346667 to book.
We have a lot to be proud of in Shepton right now. I was so happy for local band No Thursday War, who won their heat of ‘Metal To The Masses’ Somerset 2019, at The Cobblestones. The melodic hard rock band with a charismatic frontman, rehearse right here in Shepton Mallet at Pocket Money studios. They’ll now go on to battle it out at the semi-finals on Sunday 19th May. Follow them @nothursdaywar.
On Easter Saturday it was my mum’s 75th birthday. Rather than watching a rock band, we thought she’d rather go for a nice lunch. And so we introduced her to arguably the best beer garden in Somerset, well atleast the best view. The New Inn at Blagdon, serves delicious fresh trout caught in Blagdon Lake, along with other fresh locally sourced dishes. It has a nice selection of real ales, and has far reaching views over the lake, villages and valleys nestled in the mendip hills. You can even see the planes taking off from Bristol airport , far in the distance ! After eating our yummy lunch in the sunshine, we crossed the road to have a little look around St. Andrew’s church. It’s open most of the time, and well worth a peek inside. Easter has been so nice, but I’m sure I’m not the only person who is a bit cross with MDC for not managing to pull off a much anticipated Sunday Market this month. Councillor Helen Reader, who sadly wont be standing again this year, had really pushed for an Easter market. Mendip District Council dragged their feet as usual, and it resulted in nothing happening at all. Such a disappointment. But well done Helen for all your hard work in reviving our friday and sunday markets. There will be big themed markets on 19th May, 16th June and 21st July 2019. Come along and support them. Our beloved Fairy Godmother will still be sprinkling her magic around Shepton, who knows what she’ll do next!
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 :)