It's been a mixed few weeks for the Banks family. But now things are starting to look up. My husband Wayne suffers from a rare neurological condition called Cluster or Suicide headaches. They are widely believed to be the most painful condition known to mankind, like going though childbirth 5 or 6 times a day, for weeks on end. There is no effective cure. One natural and experimental remedy does help, but is not available on the NHS in the UK. Wayne ended up flying to Amsterdam for a medical trial and then getting stuck there for 4 days due to Storm Callum. On his eventual return, as he was unable to bring the medicine back to the UK he struggled again, but we've been overwhelmed with the kindness and generosity of friends and relative strangers, who've enabled us to carry on regardless. It's upsetting for me and the kids, and difficult to explain to people who mistake the condition for normal 'migraines'. We hope he is now nearing the end of this cycle, and want to say a big thank you to everyone who's helped.
The kids and I enjoyed half term, Halloween and watched the fireworks from a friends garden. We laid the stencils for Shepton's poignant Poppy Trail organised by the Royal British Legion. This Saturday & Sunday will see a full weekend of remembrance and Armistice 100 events , talk to RBL members when you buy your poppy up at Tescos or Dobbies. I've been busy with Radio Shepton, which now has a centrally located premises, equipment, a licence and just needs more bands, djs and volunteers . Look out for an open meeting soon if you'd like to get involved. 'Like' Facebook page fb.me/radioshepton for live streams and updates. On Friday I checked out 'NO THURSDAY WAR', playing a gig in Glastonbury. Theyr'e a down-tuned 4-piece hard rock band from darkest Somerset, as hard and loud as they are melodic and tuneful. Pulling influences from a range of musical styles, the sound is familiar but often unpredictable. Their songs really get stuck in your head. Three of four members are Shepton Mallet bred, the band consisted of Vocalist Matt Burr, Joe Bryan on Guitar and Ben Morris On Bass- all from the Mallet. And new addition Jason Trunks (Ex Kinasis) on Drums. Manager, Susan Ayton of Pocket Money Studio says “The band has clicked with the new addition of Jason. His drumming is excellent and his experience with Kinasis is proving invaluable! “ The band will play alongside Mirror Grin, Roadhouse Mantis, Dream Robbery & Brian Cooling on December 1stt at The Charlton Inn's charity event 'Rock The Halls' . And at a ground breaking rock gig being planned at HMP Shepton Mallet soon!
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 :)