Half term is over, and although it was bit stressful. We managed to keep the kids entertained, and alive! I’d call that a parenting win. Instead of spending a lot of money going to crowded theme parks , however, we made the most of what Sheptn Mallet has to offer. Firstly there was the glorious ‘Snow Drop Festival’ and Sunday Market. I dressed our boys in their camouflage tracksuits, smeared mud over their little faces and marched them up to the kids fancy dress parade- each holding a bunch of twigs in their hands. “They’re Trees!” I declared triumphantly to the judges. They didn’t win.
Slightly deflated but stuffing their faces with ‘runners up’ chocolates, we hurried into the marque to watch an interactive and very funny storyteller. Kids and their reluctant parents all became involved in the reenactment of an elaborate tale of raspberry theft and skullduggery. We rolled out of there in stitches, grabbed a selfie with our friend and coolest Town Crier in Somerset, Andy Neil. He was showing off his brand new £4000 bespoke Town Criers outfit, and nursing a hangover - due to celebrating his 50th ‘Peaky Blinders themed’ birthday party the night before. Later in the week, my husband took the boys on a ‘half term’ risn tour! Yes, you heard right, and no , we couldn’t leave them there. It was fantastic, a bit spooky and very educational. Shepton Mallet HMP offer both tours, and sef guided trips at great prices. My lot came back buzzing with stories of possible ghost sightings and having eaten their packed lunches in Ronnie Kray’s prison cell. I attended another ‘Funny Women’ Time Of The Month comedy workshop in Bristol, and previewed my first ‘ clean’ set, which on reflection wasn’t that clean as I joked mostly about having thrush and fantasising about Tom Hardy whilst he reads the CBEEBies bedtime story. Oh well. Finally, I got stuck in to organising and promoting Radio Shepton’s first fundraising event. It’s an 80’s vs 90’s disco night at The Club, on Shepton Mallet high street on Saturday 9th March. I’ll be playing classics and floorfillers from both decades, then DJ Keaty will get your ‘hands in the air’ taking you back to the old school. Glow sticks for sale to really set the scene. I love to support the high street shops, so instead of going online to buy your 80’s leg warmers and 90’s shell suits- please check out all the local charity shops and the vintage boutiques in Town Street. You can also purchase tickets for just £5 from The Fairy Godmother Shop , My Coffee Stop and The Con Club. On the night there will be a prize for best fancy dress, and a fun ‘retro raffle’ with prizes like Blue WKD, Hooch, Babycham, Pot Noodles, pink wafers and wham bars! To find out more or book online head to www.facebook.com/radioshepton see you there!
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 :)