Sheppey Folk & Blues Club are featuring the ‘John Doe Duo’ on Monday 20th March from 8.30 to 11.00pm. Be at Minster Working Mens Club for 7.30pm start. Tickets cost £5 Bar available all evening. For further info call 07990828114 or visit www.sheppeyfolkandbluesclub.co.uk / www.johndoeblues.co.uk
5th Sheppey Scouts joined Noel this evening with Leaders Ceri & Jez Gough, Zac Gaul, Vicky & Ivor Gough. They meet at Eastchurch Scout’s Hut on Weds 6~7.30pm for Cubs (8~10yrs) Thurs 5~6.30pm for Beavers (6~8yrs) and 7~8.45pm for Scouts (10~ 13yrs) Any young person wishing to join please contact Ceri on 01795 880206. They are also looking for volunteers who can help in any way ~ training will be given
Peter Apps from the Sheppey Writers Group is asking members of the public to write a short story to be launched and published in an up and coming book. Stories should be 500 words or 3 minutes long if read out loud ‘live’ on-air on Sheppey FM. Please email your stories to: [email protected] (hand-written stories can be scanned) There is a meeting at the Napier Pub on 21st March (refreshments provided)Closing date is 18th July. For more info email: [email protected] or visit the website: wwwflashfiction.taup.uk
Rachel & Amanda chatted with Georgie Sayers about the 2017 Christmas ‘Cinderella’ Pantomime that she is putting on at the Sheerness County Youth Centre, Meyrick Road.. All ages & abilities are welcome & there are roles for people interested in acting, lighting, sound, set building, wardrobe & someone able to use social media for promotion purposes. Georgie is keen to encourage any men who don’t mind ‘donning’ a dress to play the ugly step sisters. All proceeds will go to the Youth Centre to help fund the club which relies on fund-raising & donations. Georgie says she spent many happy hours there as a youngster & wants to give something back to the club. If you would like to know how to get involved then drop in for a chat on Sat 25 March between 2pm – 4pm or Tues 28 March between 6pm – 8pm. Or find the group on Facebook:@glitterandsparklepantos.
Amanda Cooper’s guest on the Friday show was Cindylou Turner-Taylor who is a professional story teller. Cindylou talked about what makes a great story and why we still enjoy listening to stories even in this age of social media. She spoke about where she finds her material for stories and the differences between story telling for children as opposed to adults. Cindylou narrated one of her short stories on-air
Mick Kenten was chatting to the lovely Bev Nolker, founder of ADHD Sheppey to promote the ADHD Conference being held on Weds15th March from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Bev said “We have some exceptional speakers, again, this year. It’s going to be a fantastic event. We have a small pot of funding to help parents/carers who would like to come but may find finances an issue. PM me and we can sort something out!” Find ADHD Sheppey on FB or visit their website. Call Bev on 07968 023050
Our dear friend Deacon Pru returned to the Sheppey FM ‘Helping Hands’ show this week chatting to our Rev Jeanette about holidays, autism awareness & the importance of quietness. Pru is now working in the churches of Gillingham & Hartlip & is a frequent guest on BBC Radio Kent. A fun evening with good friends!!
Community Liaison Officer for Kent Police’ Don Grant gave our listeners knowledgeable & informative advise on personal safety & how to keep your house & valuables safe & secure. There has been a recent spate of burglaries across Kent and people should consider installing alarm systems, CCTV and extra outside lighting. Don advised checking your fences are maintained and secure and keeping your valuables in a safe or strongbox.
Carey Philpott (SATEDA) and Brooke Buttfield (SBC) dropped by to promote the “Big Event” coming to Sheppey on Sat 10th June from 10am to 3pm at the Oasis Academy, Sheerness. This FREE event is hosted by SATEDA & SBC courtesy of the Big Lottery Fund to raise awareness of Domestic Abuse and supporting the ‘White Ribbon Campaign’ which is the largest global effort of men working to end male violence against women. The Swale Community Safety Partnership has been awarded the ‘White Ribbon Town Award’
Steve and Tony Wood came in to the studios today to raise awareness of ‘Burning Nights’ CRPS, of which Tony suffers from. They have organised a huge event for this October at the SeaCliffe Holiday Park with loads of ‘live’ bands to raise money for this charity. Sheppey FM have dedicated their Monday Afternoon Show to Burning Nights to promote this cause.
Sheppey FM Local Talent Page Liked · 26 February · The Lowly Strung , a Bluegrass Band from Maidstone, joined Mark Dean Ellen on the Riding Point Show on Sheppey FM today, to talk about the album they are working on.They also played several acoustic tracks from the forthcoming album.The band members are:- Toby Starks on Guitar Johnny Starks on Fiddle James Starks on Mandolin Johnny Fuller on Double Bass Malcolm Feet on Dobro For booking enquiries:- Call 07872 312193 or Email: [email protected] Facebook – The Lowly Strung
Mark was joined by Peter Apps,a local sci fi writer,who came in to promote a competition. Peter asks any entrants to the competition, to write a three minute fictional story. Judging will take place towards the end of April or early May, & the winner will receive a publishing deal. If you wish to enter the competition or require more information,then contact Peter at :-
07498 173 822
Ray Bryce & Bob Hammond, community members and bailiffs for the ‘Holm Place Anglers’ dropped in to promote their ‘Country Craft Fayre’ event on Sun 30th July. They told us about the amazing work they do with the schools, junior angling coaching sessions and their support work with disadvantaged youngsters. For a £10 donation you will receive a calendar of the year’s events, fishing competitions etc. Find out more on their FB page
Our Tuesday ‘Drivetime’ show is dedicated to ‘4us2’ a local charity supporting disabled children & their families. Victoria Elliot, Operations Manager, and Louise Asekakhai, Family Support Officer, joined Wayne to give us the details of their half-term Fun Session on Fri 17th Feb between 10am and midday. There will be face-painting, play-doh, biscuit decorating, sensory & soft play & lots more fun activities. No need to book just go along to ‘Orchards’, Attlee Way, Sittingbourne and pay £2 per child on the day. From April 26th ‘4us2’ will also be holding “Music Makers” every Weds between 10.30~11.30. Join them for fun, friendly & relaxed ‘sing & sign’ sessions for children with additional needs. (£2) To book contact Louise on 01795 227171 or email: [email protected]
Amanda had a very busy ‘Weddings Special’ show today and was joined by Jenni Sutton from “Country Brides”, Faversham, talking about wedding and bridesmaids dresses, lead times, budgets and when to look & find the perfect dress. Lisa Gordon of “Crystal Creations Tiaras” talked about their extensive range of hand-made accessories & their consultation & bespoke design process.
Kate Hennessy Photography chatted about how to choose your wedding photographer, when to book & what working with your wedding photographer involves and Lauren McAleer from “The Ferry House Inn” spoke about hosting weddings & gave helpful tips & ideas regarding booking and planning a wedding at their venue.
Jo Eden, local artist and Community Project worker came in to talk about the ‘Lapwing’ project which was created by passionate Arts professionals & volunteers to provide a stimulating arts programme to boost well-being for the elderly & those with Dementia & gave residents of Barton Court a sense of pride in their work. The ‘Lapwing’ project will continue and welcomes working with local businesses to contribute to the project. They will be doing further arts activities in May & June to fall in with Dementia Awareness Week and Forces Day
Richard & Robert Studholme were live on Sunday’s Riding Point with the Wayward Ellen Boys on Sheppey FM
If you wish to contact either Richard or Robert,check details below:-
[email protected][email protected]… See More — with Mark Ellen, Rob Ellen, Rob Studholme and Richard Studholme
Colin Midgeley from Mid Kent Type 1 Diabetes Support Group joined Rob & Keith today. Colin is the Chair of a group recently established to specifically offer information, advice and support to Parents of under 18 years that suffer from Type 1 Diabetes.
He highlighted specific measures to be taken on a daily basis to maintain stable Blood Sugar readings throughout a 24 hour period.
He mentioned a new First Sunday of every month event specifically for Famiies affected to network and support one another whilst their Children are entertained and provided refreshments – FunDay SunDay starts this Sunday at 12:30pm on the Mezzanine floor at the Pentagon Shopping Centre in Chatham. Colin intends to become a regular contributor to the SheppeyFM Tuesday Midmorning show that is dedicated to his Support Group
Dawn & Mick’s guests today were James Perrow & Lauren Mounsey from Carer’s Support. James is working with young adult carers aged 16~25yrs and holds a ‘Meet & Talk’ group every 2nd Wed of the month at Starbucks, Sittingbourne between 4pm~5pm. James also wanted to promote #Young Carers Awareness Day on 26th Jan
Lauren is working with Adults 4 Swale and holds a ‘Meet & Talk’ group every 4th Monday of the month at the S/ness Healthy Living Centre between 5pm~6.30pm, and a drop-in service every Monday between 1pm~5pm for support and advise. If you’re a carer and would like help please phone: 01233 664393 or visit: www.carers-ashford.org.uk
Keith’s guests today were Stewart Kitching, founder of the award winning Swale Stroke Group, & fellow member James Rutter, who is also a stroke sufferer & who is helping student ‘speech therapists’ at Canterbury Woolwich University. With a ‘New Year & a New You’ ethos NHS Health Trainer Bernadette Fulker is extremely busy! Based at the Healthy Living Centre, Sheerness, Bernadette can assist you with better health changes (quit smoking, weight management & healthy lifestyle) Call 0300 123 1220 for more advise or pop in to the HLC
The Employment Through Arts (ETA) Project is running a series of FREE creative workshops in Medway & Sheppey focused on film making & drama. The Medway group were recently interviewed by KMTV and are now helping to promote the Sheppey Group which starts the end of January at Master’s House, Trinity Rd. There are a few places left for the course so if you would like to join please contact Lance on 08458603655 or email: [email protected] Visit their website for more info: www.physicalfolk.org.uk
Andrew Tucker came in to talk about the debilitating condition of Cluster Headaches, from which he suffers. This condition typically sees recurring bouts of excruciating headache attacks with a rapid onset. Suffers can experience difficulties with employ-ability due to the unpredictable attacks. Andrew uses pure oxygen therapy with medication & vitamins & is currently trying to obtain funding to develop an oxygen mask. If you wish to help in this research go to ‘gofundme.com/cluster-headaches’ to donate
Canterbury Christchurch University ‘Faculty of Health & Well-being’ promotes positive ways of working to support students and staff. The Dean’s Awards represent these achievements and Stewart Kitching, founder of the Swale Stroke Group, has been nominated for an award for his involvement in the programme since 2010. Stewart has aphasia and difficulties with speech and encourages students on a road of discovery. They see him as a ‘patient as expert’ in action. Stewart is our regular guest on the Tuesday afternoon show which is dedicated to the ‘Swale Stroke Group’
Mark was joined in the studio tonight by local writer, Malcolm R Gibbs who has just published his first book. The book,called “The Island Gang Narratives” is about the exploits of a group of London children who come down to the Isle of Sheppey every year for their holiday..
For more information,contact Malcolm at [email protected]
Sheppey FM has donated a large hamper to Sheppey’s “Care 4 Christmas” who distribute food, toys & gifts to needy families on the Island at Christmas time.Response for this worthy charity has been low & they’re desperate to receive donations at the Community Church, the Broadway, opposite the main Post Office.They’re there every day from 10am~4pm up to Saturday 24th Dec to receive non-perishable foods, toys and gifts On Christmas Day they’re providing a free Roast Dinner & on Boxing Day a free buffet lunch from 10am~4pm. with free presents & transport. Anyone is welcome, please drop in for some company &good food. Or call 01795 663960 or 581882 Sheppey FM works with this charity every year and said “we should all be sparing a thought for the many disadvantaged families on the Island. It doesn’t take any effort to donate but can make a big difference to a child’s Christmas”
Abdool Kara, CEO for Swale Borough Council gave us an excellent interview on the regeneration plans ahead for the Island and an eye-opening, in-depth discussion on the minefield of legalities and legislation that SBC has to maneuver through on a daily basis. Abdool is moving on from SBC in February after many years to a new career venture. We wish him every success for the future
Mari Piper from ‘Care 4 Christmas on Sheppey’ (formerly Crisis) joined Keith to tell about their plans for Christmas 2016. They provide hampers, gifts and utility bill top-ups and free lunches on Christmas Day & Boxing Day to those in need. A recent survey shows that Swale now has the highest numbers of children (29%) living in poverty in Kent. Mari will be returning to Keith’s show on 20th Dec to update their work. If you can donate anything…a toy, a tin of soup…anything, it all helps. Sheppey FM volunteers will, as always, be donating their usual Christmas hamper. Visit their FB page Care4Christmas on Sheppey or call Betty on 01795 663960
East Kent Mencap Sheppey Group dropped by to promote their amazing show “The Circle of Life” on Fri 9th Dec 6pm to 7.30pm at the Oasis Academy Theatre (Sheerness) Join them for dance, music & much more!! Tickets are £3 (£7 family) & are available on the door, from Seashells Children Centre or contact Jaime on 07412392557 / [email protected]
Swale Borough Councils’ ‘Economy & Community Services Project Officer’ Brooke Buttfield came in to promote the ‘Swale Volunteer Awards 2017’. Brooke said that the awards are now open for applications until midnight on Fri 16th Dec. So, if you wish to nominate an inspiring individual, team or group and give them the recognition they deserve go to Swale Borough Council’s website:
Mick was joined in the studio by Chess Smith, local singer and songwriter who will be releasing her 1st solo EP “Queen of The High Held Head Walk” on Dec 1st and being launched at Ashford’s “The Attic” on Dec 10th. The EP is about raising your confidence and being proud of your personal achievements and is available to buy from her website: chesssmithofficial.com or stream on spotify or ITunes. You can hear it first on Sheppey FM on Dec 1st. Good luck to Chess
Minster-on-Sea Rotary were represented today by Rotarian Heather Thomas-Pugh who talked about their Rotary International Disaster Fund “Shelter Box” & “End Polio Now” campaign, that has nearly eradicated polio world-wide; and their Local fundraising projects, such as the “Community Chess” and the “Santa Fun Run” being held this Sat 26th Nov. in S/ness Town centre, to provide funds for local charities & groups. Heather also spoke of a combined project with MOS Rotary, Sheppey Matters & Kent Com Rail Partnership to ‘adopt a station’ where Artwork completed by young local people with learning difficulties was installed at S/ness station illustrating the heritage of the Island. Heather is also involved with “Work This Way” a local charity advancing education & training for offenders & ex-offenders and provide them with skills and qualifications to gain future employment. The “Sheppey Proud~Coastal Community Team Economic Plan” was included in the interview and the ‘Queenborough Harbour Trust’ was successful in going into the next round of funding 2017 to provide additional leisure boat facilities for a growing market of overseas & local boat visitors
Physical Folk’ is planning to bring their ‘Employment through Arts’ project to Sheerness. Lance said that “once the funding is finalised we plan to deliver the project at ‘Masters House’, Trinity Rd every Mon & Tues to interested 18 to 30 yr olds and explain options to get work in the creative industry. To register your interest visit: www.physicalfolk.org.uk or email Lance at: [email protected]
Bernadette Fulker is an NHS Health Trainer for Swale and joined Keith to explain her role within the local community and how her Health Coach/Support role sets out to benefit our local community in regard to reducing preventable diseases and promoting good health which includes: healthy eating, exercise, quit smoking, alcohol & drug abuse issues, sexual health, stress & emotional well-being. As Sheppey FM focuses on Health & Well-being Bernadette will be a regular contributor to our shows
Stewart Kitching joined Keith to share the wonderful news that his group the ‘Swale Stroke Support Group’ were awarded the 2016 UK Group of the Year as announced at the Dorchester Hotel, London last week. The group celebrated at the UKP Leisure Club on Thursday evening with the Mayor of Swale, Lesley Ingham, supporters, friends and members. Stewart will be a regular guest on the Sheppey FM Tuesday afternoon show which is dedicated to the group
Our Patron Gordon Henderson, MP for Swale came in to the studios to offer his congratulations to the team on a well deserved FM Community Radio Licence. Gordon was interviewed by young Ash and talked about the new Aldi’s distribution centre and the prospect of many new job opportunities for local people
Deputy Cabinet Member for Regeneration James Hunt joined Dawn & Mick to discuss the future tourism plans for the Isle of Sheppey and the upcoming ‘Visitor Economy Strategy’. Swale Borough Council wants to break down bureaucratic barriers by consulting with local residents & organisations on the beneficial aspects of local tourism
Demi-Louise Bailey, aged 19yrs, from Sheerness has been awarded the ‘Miss Kent Curves 2017’ for the 2nd year running. Her sponsor is ‘Hairy Monster’ . Demi-Louise is available for charity events. Call 07802415429 or email: [email protected]
Sheppey FM’s young presenters Adam & Bernie proudly presented Tammy Halsall with her ‘Swale Triangle Award for Arts’ awarded by Kent County Council. Tammy has spent her time volunteering with the Sheppey Matters Arts & Media team and Sheppey ADHD sharing her art experience & skills with other young people. On Nov 20th Tammy will attend the KCC Awards event at the Ashford International Hotel as a County finalist. Congratulations Tammy!!
Ian Goodwin & our Rev Jeanette McLaren talked to Mick about the Armistice Day services on Fri 11th Nov. to be held at the S/ness clocktower at 10.40am leading in to the silence at 11am with Rev Jeanette and with Emily from Oasis Academy playing the last post.
There will also be a service at the Sacrificial Cross, Halfway Cemetery with Rev Colin Johnson.
Rev Jeanette was invaded again by the 7th Sheppey Scouts as part of their ‘communication’ badge award. Good fun and organised chaos for everyone
Sheppey FM Presenters Rob Stanbridge & Keith Russell interviewing Angela Rippon at the Dementia Friendly Kent Awards hosted by the Oasis Academy on Mon 24th Oct. Watch this space for the broadcast time/date of the interview only on Sheppey FM. Congratulations to the Oasis and Dementia Friendly Kent for a very successful event. For more info visit: www.dementiafriendlykent.org.uk
Mick & Dawn’s guest this week was Linda Brinklow, Chair of the Swale Rail section of Kent CRP for 2 years. Linda is a passionate local historian and founder of the ‘Aspirations over 50’s Group which runs social activities, events and trips throughout the year. On Sun 20th Nov Linda is hosting the ‘Re-enactment of the Ambulance Trains WW1’ at Crundells Wharf, Q’boro. If you would like to be involved or can offer help on the all-day event please call Linda on: 01795 664718 or visit: www.sheppey_over_ 50ies_group.co.ok
Rev Jeanette McLaren was joined by the 7th Scouts: Frankie, Thomas, Harry, Alex & Harry & their leaders Sean & Simon. They enjoyed a training session on the equipment & a tour of the studio as part of their ‘Communication Badge’ & were not shy in talking ‘live’ about the fun they have at Scouts.
The lovely Lesley Ingham, Mayor of Swale was Dawn & Mick’s special guest today. Lesley spoke of her days as a nurse at the former Sheppey Hospital & the Wisdom Hospice, Rochester. Lesley’s chosen charities are SSAFA, and we took a moment to reflect on the wonderful man Brian Lyons and his work: and the charity Perthes Disease, of which Lesley’s 8 yr old granddaughter Lottie suffers. Lesley has been busy with community visits to Age UK, Oasis Dementia Cafe, residential homes & the Freedom Centre….to name a few! Lesley is passionate about our “Unsung Hero’s” and “feels humbled” by the amazing carers & volunteers that she has met & said “This has been the Best Year of My Life”
Britain’s Got Talent contestant Paul Manners returned to visit us this week and as promised, debuted his new single “The One I Adore” released on CO Records. Exclusively played first on Sheppey FM. Thank you Paul
Penny Hobson popped in to talk to Mick about her event in aid of Meningitis Research Foundation. “Sheppey Goes Strictly” is being held at Minster Working Men’s Club on Sat 12th Nov from 7pm ’til late. Dances include the Waltz & Cha Cha & training sessions will be given by Tempo Dance from Gillingham. Tickets cost £10 which includes a buffet and are available from Minster Club or from Penny on 01795 227763
On the Wednesday ‘Helping Hands’ show Rev Jeanette interviewed our regular visitor Lee Ewart, who is the founder and organiser of the ‘Sunset Stroll’ which raises money for Cancer Research UK. Lee spoke about the success of this year’s Stroll with more people than ever signing up than previous years. This year the amount raised was £7,013.32. Congratulations to Lee and all those that entered the Sunset Stroll !! ” 2017’s stroll will be on Sat 12th August so book in to your diary and start those sponsors coming in.
Mick’s guest this week was Steve Wood, who was promoting his charity band night “Burning Nights CRPS Support” on Sat 1st Oct at the Seacliff Clubhouse, Minster. CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome) affects many people and is a debilitating long-term condition that causes severe pain for sufferers. Please go along and support this worthwhile cause. For more info about CRPS visit: www.burningnightscrps.org or find them on their FB page
Nick James enjoyed himself in the studios with Mick Kenten this week. Nick has been entertaining as a singer and guitarist for over 45 years performing 60’s & 70’s music at clubs, camps, weddings & private functions. If you would like Nick at your event find him on Facebook ‘Nick James Cyprus
Britain’s Got Talent contestant Paul Manners excelled as a radio presenter in the studio with Big Jon…a natural!! Thanks for the new productions Paul and letting us play a short pre-view of your new single, to be released shortly. See you again soon!!
Mark was joined by Gwen Croally, Sylvia Gell and Margaret Fox, members of the ‘Parkinson’s UK’ Sittingbourne & Sheppey Branch. The lovely ladies told of their experiences of caring for loved ones with Parkinsons & how sufferers & carers can get help and support. They hold social meetings every 2nd Thursday at 7.30pm at Phoenix House, Sittingbourne and at the Baptist Church, Strode Cresc, Sheerness with talks, games, entertainers, music & bingo. If you have Parkinsons or know someone that does, the society is there to help. For more info call 01795 470342
The ‘Helping Hands’ show’s guest this week was Anthony Padman,member of the congregation of All Saints, Eastchuch and Project Leader for a fundraising team for the renovation of this ancient church, to make it more accessible for the local community. Anthony talked about the church’s history which was founded by monks based at Boxley, who were granted permission to build a place of worship. They became the builders and masons to achieve this. All Saints survived destruction during the dissolution of churches by Henry VIII but now faces today’s challenge of being accessible and is undergoing major repairs thanks to the help of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund
Emma Dengate, Fundraising Coordinator for the ‘Friends of Wisdom Hospice gave a great interview today about all the amazing good work that the Hospice does and the fundraising events & activities they organise. This Sunday 11th Sep they are at Barton’s Point Coastal Park for their “Wags & Walkies” 3 mile Charity Dog Walk for Wisdom. Start 9.30am and its just £5pp, dogs walk for free!. Pop along & support, get fit and raise much needed funds for a worthwhile cause. Tel: 01634 831163 or visit: www.fowh.org.uk
Restorative Approaches Senior Project Officer for Salus, Annmarie Frenchum joined Mick to promote the Salus Community Fun Day this Sat 3rd Sept at Beachfields Park (at the sandpit) from 11am to 4pm. FREE entry with loads of activities, bouncy castle, obstacle course, face painting, Sheppey FM Roadshow….and much more!!
Salus delivers award winning training courses to improve the lives of children’s emotional health and help them tackle anti-social behaviour. If you’re aged 14 to 21 and would like to contact Salus please tel: 01303817470. Email: [email protected] or find them on FB and www.salusgroup.org.uk
Dave & Fiona Anderson are the Founders of ‘Marula Kids ~ Kenya’ which is a charitable cause to educate a small group of children in the Great Rift Valley, Africa. They pay for the children’s school fees, uniforms, books and also for bikes so that they can get to school. ‘Marula Kids ~ Kenya’ would like your help by donations or a monthly STO. Find them on FB or call Dave on 01795 872578
Peter Bruce, member of Barton’s Point Flying Club joined Dawn & Keith to promote the amazing ‘Model Flying Spectacular’ taking place this weekend on Sat 9th & Sun 10th July at Barton’s Point Coastal park. This Family Fun event is FREE admission and flying starts at 10am with display teams, war planes, helicopters & jets, followed by an exceptional not-to-be-missed Laser Show & Fireworks at 9pm. The Flying Club has been running for 30yrs and depends upon the sale of raffle tickets to lay on this extravaganza . If you wish to camp at the site it’s £12 or £15 for tourers. For more info visit: www.bpmfc.blogspot.com / Tel: 07775512307 or email: [email protected] or
Paul Crampton 53Yrs Vivienne Crampton 50Yrs Ryan Crampton 12yrs Scarlette Crampton 11yrs Chanelle Crampton 7yrs All had a visit in the studio to see what we do Presenter Mick Kenten gave them a presentation of what we do. And showed them around the station.
Ricky Daniels,with 30 years of broadcasting experience,joined Rachel in the studio today, Ricky is now part of the Criterion Heritage Centre in Bluetown & is working to improve the cinema by introducing live broadcasting,which started with showing the BBC Proms.
For more information,contact Ricky at WWW.THECRITERIONBLUETOWN.CO.UK
or phone:- 01795 662981
Singer and guitarist Barry Goss chatted to fellow local musician Mick Kenten today in the studios. Barry has been performing for nearly 50yrs and is now a full time ‘gigger’. He performs Rock & Roll 60’s genre like Eddie Cochran, Shadows, Elvis, Beatles etc. Barry is available for clubs, pubs, care-homes and private celebrations. Find him on FB, www.barrygoss.co.uk or call: 01304213025
Meryl Ledbrooke, songwriter from Bluetown and founder of Catflap Music joined Mick to talk about the CD “This Song is Yours” sung by Angel Heaven Lee, from America. Angel is paraplegic from birth and lives to sing. Meryl hopes to soon release a song “Maybe You’re An Angel” which is on the Theresa Cheung FB page with over 70,000 hits.
Colin and Kate Harte dropped in on Mick’s show to promote the “Roy Wood Memorial Music Festival” being held this Sat 6th Aug at the Dickens Inn, Eastchurch. There will be side-shows, raffles, BBQ and non-stop music from midday to midnight. Call Coiln on 01795 881264 or 07887770412 for more info.
Rev Jeanette was joined on the ‘Helping Hands’ show by fellow presenter Marylyn Camilleri (Maz) who spoke about her difficult journey after being diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine mammogram. Maz shared with our listeners the devastation she felt and talked about the chemotherapy treatment she received and her road to recovery. Maz has been clear now for 7 years and is keen to share with women the importance of going for regular check ups, as well as reassuring people that there can be life after cancer
Rev Jeanette was joined in the studio by Tim Hall, the Vicar of West Sheppey Benefice to promote the ‘Abbey Fest’ on from Fri 5th to Sun 7th August. It will be a weekend event of worship, teaching and seminars with the theme “The Armour of God”
Molly, Michael, India, Ryan and Alysha came in to talk about their participation in the NCS (National Citizens Service) which is an extra qualification that is recognised by Universities and forms part of the student’s CV’s. The three week process culminates in a Graduation in Sept. The students are camping in Yorkshire & Tunbridge Wells to learn new skills and to develop a social action plan that benefits the community. These students are highlighting the harm caused to animals by littering and rubbish. Find their project on FB The Green Art Project or on Instagram: the_green_art_project
Jane Brooke, Fundraising Manager for East Kent Mencap, & members Lee Norris and Laurie Johnson joined Dawn & Mick to talk about their 9th Annual Fun Day on Thurs 4th Aug from 10.30am ~ 2.30pm to be held at the West Faversham Com Centre. This FREE event promotes sports activities to adults & children with learning disabilities & their friends & families. The Sheppey FM Roadshow will be joining the Fun day. For more info call: 01843 224482 or email: [email protected]
”Massive thanks to Sheppey FM for sponsoring the Key Stage 5 Award at the Oasis Academy Awards Event. Thanks also to Mick Kenten for coming along with Robert and Maverick, to present the trophy to the joint winners, Charlotte and Emily.
Phil Crowder was joined by Emma Fitchett from the Kayleigh Carina Performing Arts School situated in the Sheppey Leisure Centre in Sheerness to talk about the various classes they hold each week.
Their classes cover Ballet,Tap,Street,Cheerleading,Acting & Musical theatre.All classes are at the Sheppey Leisure Centre & designed for all abilities.
For more information call:- 07790 682 642
email Miss Kayleigh at [email protected]
or the website for Kayleigh Carina Performing Arts School is;- www.Kayleighcarinaperformingarts.co.uk
or find them on Facebook.
Jack was joined in the studio by the ‘Sheppey Writers’ Peter Apps, Ruth Partis, Larry O’Flynn and James Apps. We are looking forward to working with these talented writers on a series of short radio plays to be regularly featured on Sheppey FM…watch this space!!
Jacob Granger, from Bournemouth University has been completing work experience with us for 2 weeks. He is a very talented young journalist and has researched interviewees on local issues and compiled his own radio shows. Jacob’s first on-air interview was with Heather Thomas-Pugh and Nigel Martin discussing ‘Sheppey Proud’. Jacob will be hosting his own 3 hour show this Friday 22nd July at 10am and on Sunday 24th at 9am when he will feature his chosen book and film reviews. On Mon 25th he will be joining the Sheppey Unsigned Show with Elle and has invited in a local group from Sittingbourne in to the studios
Paul Knell, Area Manager and Lee Pearce, Assistant Manager for
Sheppey McDonalds came in to talk about their recent Transformation of the restaurant. Paul said “Digital transformation allows us to offer table service, ordering through a touch screen menu, tablets for customer use and charging points for smart phones which gives greater ordering capacity and more menu choices. As you order your meal is freshly prepared there and then. There is a ‘kiosk coach’ to assist customers with the change, or the less technically-aware customers
We’re offering a more relaxed, comfortable seating environment with a cafe layout.This way we can enhance our customers’ experience to enjoy their time in the restaurant and make their visit simple
McDonalds investment in people and local economy is significant and offers a boost in jobs in an area hit hard by unemployment. The perception that losing tills imposes risk to local jobs is incorrect, By offering more order points, more people in the kitchen and completing orders, and in the dining area creates three areas of gained jobs for one lost” The Opening Launch is Tuesday 19th July
The end of an exciting week for our Oasis Academy and Fulston Manor students. They were a great bunch and did their schools proud. We look forward to formal training with them in September
BREAKING NEWS!! Sheppey FM has been awarded an FM Community Radio Licence!! Sheppey Matters brought in flowers, balloons, lots of cake and their love & congratulations. I would like to thank the fantastic team of volunteer presenters and the local businesses that believed in us…and so many more. Thank you to each and everyone of you that has helped us to this amazing point. We love our Island and believe it deserves a local radio that truly cares about it xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
on Sat 9th & Sun 10th July at Barton’s Point Coastal park. This Family Fun event is FREE admission and flying starts at 10am with display teams, war planes, helicopters & jets, followed by an exceptional not-to-be-missed Laser Show & Fireworks at 9pm. The Flying Club has been running for 30yrs and depends upon the sale of raffle tickets to lay on this extravaganza . If you wish to camp at the site it’s £12 or £15 for tourers. For more info visit: www.bpmfc.blogspot.com / Tel: 07775512307 or email: [email protected]
Sheppey Fm had a VIP on Saturday evening! Daisy, 5, popped in to the media centre and introduced her favourite song by Michael Buble! Daisy walked in feeling quite shy and left wanting to be a radio star! Thank you Sheppey FM 😃😃🎶🎤
There is an obvious demand for the newly opened ‘Heart Club’ based at Sheppey Hall, Q’boro. Managers Mandy & Phil provide support for those with dementia and have now been asked to provide a service for people with learning difficulties and additional needs. They have organised a ‘Hearty Party’ Disco on Fri 24th June and Fri 22nd July from 7~10pm at the Sheppey Hall. Tickets are £2.50 with free entry for carers. They’re also hosting a Table Top sale on Sat 25th June 10am~2pm with refreshments, cakes, clothes, toys & bric-a-brac. Free entry The Heart Club Day Centre is for people who would like to socialise and enjoy a tasty home-cooked meal and is open 9am~3pm Mon, Tues, Weds & Fri and 11am~3pm Thurs. For more details call Amanda on 07841350487
Dawn was joined by local lass Demi-Louise Bailey who is representing Kent in a national beauty pageant called ‘Miss Kent Curves’. Demi said “The message that I’d like to spread is about body positivism promoting a positive state of mind”. Demi will be at the ‘Miss British Beauty Curve’ at the Old Market Theatre, Brighton taking place this July. Demi is a very inspirational young lady and is keen to help with local volunteering and charities
Tracy Baker & Faith Spicer-Jenkins, two well-known local craft & creative enthusiasts, are putting on an ‘Art & Craft Fayre’ this Saturday 25th June at Trinity Hall, S/ness. from 11am ~ 3pm Faith & Tracy both work with glass to produce unique ornaments or personalised etchings on glasses, vases etc. and will be showcasing their talents, with other local artistes at the event. Entry is Free. There will be Refreshments & Cakes, a Raffle in aid of the Harmony Therapy Trust and the Sheppey FM Roadshow will provide great music while you enjoy the day.
SALUS Senior Project Officers Annmarie Frenchum & Helen Calvert were our guests today talking about the ‘Restorative Approaches’ Community Project which is a 3yr Lottery Funded project for vulnerable young people aged 14~21yrs. Annmarie covers Swale, Gravesham & Shepway and Helen covers Dover, Canterbury & Shepway. Together they deliver 3 Day Young Person Restorative Approaches Practitioner Training (RAPT) to young people living in deprived areas to give them essential life skills to manage dealing with conflict and harm and how to focus on building, maintaining and repairing relationships Visit: www.salusgroup.org.uk for further details or find them on FB Contact Annmarie on 07702518134 / [email protected] Contact Helen on 07808249375 / [email protected]
Oasis Academy students Hollie Duke and Jodie Roke are proudly dancing alongside the Urban Playground Team (UPG) in their production of ‘Steam’ which was performed at Barton’s Point Coastal Park on Sat 11th & Sun 12th June amidst cheering crowds. The UPG have toured across 5 continents over the last 10yrs and return with a tour of the UK in 2016. The ‘Local Line’ shows include scenes created and performed by young people in partnership with the UPG Team
Another great day for Sheppey FM and Oasis Academy. Big thanks to Andy Fogg, Lyn Baseley, the students and their parents for attending the Arts Awards Ceremony and to Danny Lawrence BEM and Chris from Gateway FM, Essex for presenting the student’s Arts Award Certificates. Congratulations…and on to the next level!! The Sheppey FM Youth Radio Club runs every Saturday and, apart from being loads of Fun, gives youngsters the opportunity to learn, achieve and gain qualifications. Come along and find out more!!
On our Mid-Week Harmony show James Perrow from ‘Carer’s Support’ called in to talk about the service they provide for Young Carers (aged 16~25yrs) in the Ashford, Shepway & Swale area and how they can access further support. James mentioned that 6th~12th June is Carers Week and that 1 in 9 people are carers and it’s estimated nationally to be 375,000 young carers. If you would like their help, support or more info please visit: www.carers-ashford.org.uk / call 01233 664393 or find them on FB
The new Cancer Research UK store opens this Thursday 9th June at Neat’s Court. Manager Maggie Hollands & Volunteer Gary Sims came in busting with excitement to tell us all about the launch. Maggie said “we have everything you can think of; new goods, end of line stock & beautiful donations” So pop along & buy yourself, or a friend, something lovely and help this amazing charity. Maggie said they are still seeking volunteers for the large store, so if you can give a few hours of your time to help please apply on-line or pop in to the store for an application form
Charlotte South, Manager of the ‘Playa’, Minster came in to promote their new event: The Playa’s Beer Festival on Sat 11th & Sun 12th June. With hot weather predicted and 10 selections of beer (Spitfire, Gold Lager etc) and Pimms, Processco & wines to enjoy whilst listening to ‘live’ bands what could be better! At 4pm the “Weekenders” are performing followed by Paul Cantara at 8pm. Then the England game is on the big screen. On Sunday afternoon the “Hullabaloos” are performing. Tickets are £20 and include 5 drinks of your choice. Tel: 01795 873059 for more info
Our ‘Helping Hands’ show with Rev Jeanette saw fellow Rev Cindy Kent guesting. Cindy was in the 60’s group the Settlers when, amongst many things, she met Sir Cliff Richard and they went on to perform at various Christian themed events.. Cindy worked at Radio 4, Radio 2 and Radio 1 and later LBC and Capital. In 1995 Cindy was the first presenter for Premier Christian radio. In 2005 she was a Reader in the Church of England and in 2007 was ordained as a Deacon and in 2008 Cindy was ordained as a priest and now resides on our lovely Isle of Sheppey
Dawn was joined by Marion Fensome, local Medium, Tarot reader and Hypnotherapist, who specialises in positive therapy to help with stress management, phobias, weight loss, stopping smoking and much more. If you would like Marion’s help contact her on: 07961075104 or email: [email protected] Visit www.thehypnotherapyguru.co.uk and on FB page Positive Hypnotherapy. Join a beginner’s Meditation workshop with Mandy Lafferty on June 17th
Restore the Years’ a charity since this April, provides support for all adults who have suffered any form of sexual abuse with face-to-face counselling, held at the Sheerness Healthy Living Centre and with support groups, workshops and training held at the Strode Cres baptist church. Their mission statement is “Reclaim, Repair & Restore ~ empowering this dis empowered” All enquiries are strictly confidential. Contact details are available on their website: www.restoretheyears.co.ok
At only 9yrs old Teagan Porter, from Q’boro school, is an example to us all. Over the years Teagan has raised £100’s for her chosen charity ‘Help for Hero’s’. Teagan said ” people in the Army help us, so we should try to help them” and she has recently raised a further £172.50 and organised a ‘Fun Day’ at the Harps Pub, Minster on Sat 25th June from midday onwards. Entry is free and Morrison’s have donated large hampers for Teagan’s raffle. There will be ‘Help for Hero’s’ merchandise on sale and tombola. Teagan aims to raise £500. so go along and support this inspirational young lady or visit the just-giving page: Emma Porter Help for Hero’s
We were privileged to have the wonderful singer Eliza Handley in the studios performing operatic arias like ‘Phantom of the Opera’…. which gave us goosebumps! Eliza is a local unsigned artiste that busks at Canterbury, Faversham and Maidstone and also attends weddings, parties and celebrations. Eliza can equally perform jazz, country and contemporary of the highest standard. If you would like Eliza to entertain your guests call 07495220606 / 07913371178 or email: [email protected] or find her on FB: Eliza Handley Entertainments
Our ‘live’ shows from Swale Campus students today. Congratulations to Danielle for great training, Media Tutors Clare, Matt, Steve and our new Lisa, and last but not least students: Ben Fuller, Ben Davies, Jack Bonner, Matthew Halsey, Owen Phillips, Amy-Rose Scott, Courtney Emptage and Charlie Best More ‘live’ shows tomorrow with a summer break until the Autumn trimester
joined Rachel to highlight the aims & one-to-one support of “Fairbridge” which is an individually tailored personal development programme assisting 13-25yr olds who are disengaged, not reaching their full potential or have chaotic, problematic lives. It delivers challenging, adventurous activities and a wide variety of developmental ‘follow-on’ courses. The South England team supports nearly 12,000 young people each year and believes every young person should have the chance to succeed. If you would like to get involved call the Chatham centre on: 01634 820890 / call freephone 0800 842 842. Find out more about the Prince’s Trust on Twitter / FB or visit: www.princes-trust.org.uk
Mark Dean Ellen was joined today by Rob Ross, who came in to talk about his friend Adam Letchford who was involved in a motorbike accident. Adam is in hospital dealing with multiple injuries & they are raising money to ease his financial burden via fundraising events & crowdfunding pages. If you wish to donate, you can either go to the Speedy Recovery Facebook page or Crowdfunding at:- HTTPS//crowdfunding.justgiving.com/Joanna-Shepherd
Keith Jones, Marketing & Recruitment coordinator for ‘Outlook Fostering’ will be setting up a stand at the Sheerness Town clock from 11am to give guidance and advice on how to foster.. If it is something you’ve considered pop along and chat with Keith
Dawn Thomas and daughter Paige have swam 30 miles in 30 days to raise awareness and money for the Royal Life Saving Society’s “Save a Baby’s Life” community project. Their goal was to raise £750 but they have smashed this and raised £1,908 so far. Please donate to their justgiving link If you’re interested in attending a ‘Save a Baby’s Life’ class to learn CPR etc please email: [email protected] or find them on FB
Olive Long from the Salvation Army, Sheerness was Revd Jeanette’s guest on the ‘Helping Hands’ show. Olive was promoting their ‘Grand Charity Sale’ this Sat 7th May from 10am ’til noon. There are some fantastic items, including games, toys, books, jewelry and more! Teas, coffees and bacon rolls available 163 High St, Call 01795 664964 for more details
Dawn was joined today by James McKenzie who is composing a new booked “People of Sheppey” which features photos of local people, of all ages and creeds. James is better known for his photography work on the Island and his newly opened High St shop ‘The Photography Studio’ which covers weddings, family portraits, baby photos, celebrations and events. James has over 35yrs experience and is a member of IMP (International Media & Press). You can pop in to the studio which is open 7 days a week from 9am to 6pm or phone 07767155162 for a free home consultation: Visit: www.jamesmckenziephotography.zenfolio.com or email: [email protected]
A very sore Ian Arnell joined Phil on Drivetime to talk about his successful completion of the London Marathon. Ian beat his record from last year and completed the run in 3hrs 59mins and 47secs. Ian is raising money for Prostate Cancer UK, for which he is a volunteer speaker. Please donate to Ian’s Just Giving page and help fight this horrible disease
For Dementia Awareness Week (15th – 21st May) SMILE (Sittingbourne Memory Information and Live-Well Event) will be at The Forum with live music from ‘We Were There’, workshops from Yoga Instructor Alex Thompson, the Right Step Dance Company and live talks, displays and information. Local artist Karen Crosby will be bringing her ‘Traces’ exhibition celebrating the local history of the town. The Sittingbourne Heritage Hub are holding a competition encouraging local people to bring in their personal photos and memories of Sittingbourne. The photos will be used in future projects for local people living with dementia. You can watch the promotional video for our event by clicking on the following link.
Mark Dean Ellen was joined by Chris Stearns & Graham White last night to talk about The Sheppey Folk & Blues Club. The Sheppey Folk & Blues Club are looking for new members. For more information contact Graham White on 07990 828114. Chris showed off his skills by playing a few songs
Owen Leach, Rebecca Stallard & Reuben Carroll popped in from the Sheppey Street Studio.Owen completed his ‘Hopes & Dreams’ project for his Gold Arts Award. He has developed his lyric writing & performance skills & his friend Charlie Fulljames, provides vocals. Owen hopes it will be shown to many young people: with over 25,000 views in just 3 weeks. Owen has performed live at the Hackney Empire & Gulbenkian Theatre and hopes to develop his talent into a career. Rebecca is engaged with fixers in a project to raise awareness of neglect & child abuse & is currently working on lyrics for the song & planning scenes for the video based on events from her childhood. Rebecca grew up in care and sees her music as her way to an independent career and has also performed at the Gulbenkian Reuben is a multi-talented instrumentalist who wants to extend his practice to studio recording and creating instrumental tracks. Reuben hopes to collaborate with the young singers on their tracks as well as exploring lyric writing for his own songs. For more information call 01795 668006 – email [email protected] or drop in to Sheppey Street Studio, The Master’s House, Trinity Road, Sheerness
Our guest today was the lovely Alexandra Cooper. This is her story: ” My name is Alex. I am 21 and I had Chronic Myeloid Luekaemia for 5 years with constant treatment It dragged me through hell & back. I lost friends & loved ones and my hair! Finally I can say I am healthy & cancer free for ONE WHOLE YEAR!! I want to celebrate & give back to those who saved my life at The Royal Marsden Hospital. Please help me & give as much as you can to this wonderful cause, I interact with those affected by cancer daily & it’s so uplifitng when you see little children playing with the toys YOU helped to buy, teenagers feeling more relaxed & at home in wards YOU helped to build. All these things ease the pain they’re going through.” I’m jumping out of my comfort zone & out of a plane Find me on: Facebook: Jump4Joyfundraising Twitter: Jump4Joyfundraising Instagram: Jump4JoyfundraisingJump4Joy www.justgiving.com/Jump4Joyfundraising https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bP6lsMd894
Judy Unsworth from the “Community Safety Unit”, Sittingbourne, joined presenter Sue and Julie, SCMC project manager, to discuss our recent successful joint-project funded by ‘Kent People’s Trust’. Our young students enjoyed a 6 weeks course, culminating in their own ‘live’ radio shows and an ‘Explorer Arts Award’
Another successful day of 10 ‘live’ shows from the Canterbury College Swale Campus students. A great bunch of young talented people. Next ‘live’ shows will be on May 23rd and 24th!!
Jack Bee was joined by Peter Apps (Author & Film Maker) today to talk about films,his current film is called “Flights of Fancy”.Groups or Gatherings meet occasionally at the Napier \pub where studio work is carried out in two parts. The first part is Announcers & Anchormen with the History of Flight on Sheppey. The second part is Members & Writers talking about their own stories on Flight.For more information,contact Peter Apps on [email protected]
Sue Brown, Voluntary Services Officer for Demelza dropped by with a flier today and gave an impromptu interview with Mark about the opening of their new Children’s shop at 86 S/ness High St. Sue organises and coordinates the volunteers for the 23 charity shops across the whole of Kent & E Sussex and is looking for volunteers for the new shop. Recruitment days are on Tues 26th April from 2pm~4pm and Fri 29th April from 10am~1pm at their existing Demelza shop 115 High St, S/ness. Sue said that “the shops are vital for fundraising and volunteers play a major role. If you have any children’s clothes, toys, books etc please donate to Demelza’s new children’s shop” Tel: 01795 845170
The lovely Revd Jeanette interviewed Lee Ewart on the ‘Helping Hands’ show last night, talking about the 2016 Seaside Sunset Stroll in aid of Cancer Research UK. Lee has been a fundraising champion for many years and raised thousands of pounds. This year Sheppey FM presenters will be entering a team in support of this amazing local event. Registration is £5 (group of 4 = £15) For more info call Lee on 07932211083 / email; fun4life.btinternet.com or www.funforlife.btck.co.uk or find them on FB
Dawn was joined by Amanda Thrift and Phil Charles today to talk about the launch of the Heart Club on Mon 18th April at the Sheppey Hall, Q’boro. Amanda said “we welcome all, from those who have dementia or other difficulties, to those who simply enjoy being part of the community”. The Heart Club Day Centre is for people aged 60+ who would like to socialise and enjoy a tasty home-cooked meal and is open 9am~3pm Mon, Tues, Weds & Fri and 11am~3pm Thurs. For more details call Amanda on 07841350487
Hot on the heels of popular ITV’s show “Wheeler Dealers” comes a new motoring show series “Deals, Wheels & Steals” starting in September. Jim Lewis, who is one of 6 dealers (all up against each other bidding on cars) taking part in the show joined our Nigel this week to talk about his involvement. Jim said “I absolutely loved it! It’s good because they’re showing you what goes on behind the scenes of a motoring auction and great tips on how to buy a car and not get stung”
The Harmony Therapy Trust were invited to Channel Radio to guest on the ‘Who Dares Wins’ show hosted by Chris Pollard & Angela Stephenson. In return Dawn invited Chris to join her on the Sheppey FM ‘Midweek Harmony’ show to talk about his new role as MD for CKC Global Media for Europe & Asia and the expansion of the US company. Chris has a major input on using social media as a communication tool to create connections and promotional marketing. For more info call Chris on 07707626014 or Skype: chris.pollard53 or visit:ckcglobalmedia.com
Dawn interviewed Sahid Banbury, a young man coming to the end of his custody sentence at Cookham Wood Young Offenders Unit. Released on a temporary licence, accompanied by his support worker he wanted to draw to the public’s attention that many young offenders are angry, frustrated and get into bad company because they don’t know how to deal with their situation. With help from his tutors at Cookham Wood he produced a short CD explaining how to quieten the mind and your breathing as a useful tool for calming. He understands that wellness and wellbeing play an important part in helping to control how we react in stressful situations. Sahid is determined to use the positive side of his sentence to turn his life around. His message for young people is to keep away from those who would tell you otherwise. On Release he plans to train with a local college football club to learn about Sports Science and possibly learn Sports massage
Claire Pearson and Pal, her medical alert assistance dog, spoke to Dawn about how Pal has changed her life and the amazing work that the South East Medical Detection Dogs achieve. Claire has brittle type 1 diabetes and Pal (one of only three trained dogs in Kent) and has been trained to alert her when her blood sugars drop or rise which can cause a diabetic coma. Pal fetches Claire’s blood glucose monitor and insulin/glucose. His nose saves Claire’s life on a daily basis and she has turned from an anxious lady to a confident fundraiser for Medical Detection Dogs. It costs £11,200 and 18 months to train a puppy to save lives. If you would like to volunteer as a fundraiser or wish to donate please visit: www.medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk or call 01296655888 For more photos, events and info check them out on FB and Twitter
Dawn was joined by Memory Nyazika, manager of the “Share and Care” family owned domiciliary and home care provider based in Queenborough. New to the Island “Share the Care” have dedicated, experienced staff to assist you, or a loved one, to live independently in your own home by providing support and care. Home help includes cleaning, laundry and cooking. Companionship services includes social trips, hobbies, and a time to chat and reflect. Find them at 44 High St, Queenborough or call 01795 660162
On 23rd March in The Helping Hands show, Revd Jeanette had two young members of the community of St. Anselm (@YearInGodsTime) join her in the studio. Both Josh Brocklesby and Shannon Preston live at Lambeth Palace, living within a community with life of prayer and service. During Holy Week they have been working alongside the clergy and members of the congregation of West Sheppey Benifice, and have been involved in speaking at services and meeting members of the local community and schools. Josh said “It is such a pleasure to be able to share what Jesus has been doing in our community in Lambeth Palace and to see and learn about what Jesus is doing here in Sheppey.”
Revd Jeanette McLaren’s guests on the ‘Helping Hands Show’ were Virginia Hanley and Annie Saunders talking about the exciting Opera being hosted by the Oasis Academy, Marine Parade on Thurs 7th and Sat 9th April. A choir made up of professional and amateur singers will be performing ‘ Cavalleria Rusticana’ (in English) The performance starts at 8pm. Tickets cost £10 (senior citizens £8) and are available at Sheppey Glass (Tel:883340) or Clough Solictors (Tel: 669299) or online at: www.ticketsource.co.uk
The Mayor Anita Walker attended the Harmony Therapy Trust luncheon to raffle off the wonderful hampers and then popped in to the Sheppey FM studios to talk about her mayoral duties over the last year
So proud of another happy group of Oasis Academy students completing their radio training today with their live shows. Enormous thanks to Julie, Jamie, Ryan, Silver and Mick (aka Curly Fries) smile emoticon
Barry & Maz were joined today by Jeff Record, Manager of Sheppey United FC (with Ernie Batten & Barry Hawkins) who were talking about the Kent Senior Trophy Final on Sun 10th April at the Maidstone United’s ground (Gallagher Stadium) with Sheppey United v Ashford United. Jeff said that on Mon 28th March they are playing at home to ‘top of the table’ Glebe and, by the end of the season, hope to secure 1st or 2nd place in the Kent Invicta League and their aim is to be playing football in the Ryman Football League in the next 5 years. For more info find the club on Facebook or visit: www.sheppeyunitedfc.co.uk
We have been delighted to have the company of Denis Kingston and Jordan Thomas (JT) from Meadowfields School, Sittingbourne for the last month. JT is a ‘Star Wars’ fan and so we arranged for the actress Pam Rose (Batman / Space 1999 / Superman / Doc Who / Star Wars) to phone in and chat to him. Both boys will get signed photos from Pam (many thanks Pam) What brilliant and inspirational boys they are….respect!
Jack Collis from the FOWH (Friends of the Wisdom Hospice) came in to promote the 2016 ‘Colour Me Purple Fun Run’. Last year’s event was a fantastic success with hundreds of runners getting covered in paint to raise over £20,000 for vital Hospice Care.This year’s Colour Run will take place on Sunday 17th April at the Milton Creek Country Park at 11am & is open to people of all ages & abilities. Whether you’re an experienced marathon runner or just someone who fancies a unique challenge, Colour Me Purple 2016 is the event for you. It’s just £15.00 for an Adult Ticket and £7.50 for a Child, so there is no excuse not to come along and join our Purple Party! – See more at: www.fowh.org.uk/fundraising-events
Dawn was joined by local business lady Anita Thomson today talking about getting your body in shape for summer. Simply Silhouettes has the highest quality equipment and revolutionary non-invasive treatments to help you to achieve this. To book a free consultation call Anita on 01795 666153 or pop in to Ginger Body & Soul, 18 Hope St, S/ness or visit: www.liposculptuk.com
Swale Community Leisure are holding their Charity Run in aid of ‘Sport Relief’ on Sunday 20th March. Deputy Manager Jamie Harrison said “please arrive at the Sheerness swimming pool reception for 9.30am. You can register on the day or on www.sportrelief.com, There will be a 3 mile and 6 mile run starting at 10:30am and a 1 mile run starting at 11:45am. There will be a warm-up session and briefing before the runs, which will be along the seafront promenade. All proceeds will go to Sport Relief and costs are £7 per adult, £3 per child (under 16’s) and £17 per family (2 adults/2 children) There will be an Awards Ceremony and presentation of medals at the end of the event. For more info call the Healthy Living Centre on 668061 or the pool on 668652
Jack was joined on the ‘Swale Campus’ show by Harry (Ziggy) Reagan and Jasper Moorhouse. Harry (20yrs) is a fan of Beat Box music and entertained us with his sound effects, whilst Jasper is a freelance photographer (07453952947) Harry was guided our way by Sanctuary Supported Living, Faversham who provide care, help and specialist support for homeless and young people to remain independent.
For more info visit: www.sanctuary-supported-living.co.uk
On the ‘Helping Hands’ show this week our Revd. Jeanette McLaren interviewed Paul Murray from Oasis Academy and students Savannah Dume, Ellie-May Maggs and Lauren Glock, who was previously a student at Oasis and now studying at Greenwich University. Lauren was the visionary for the fantastic project, the ‘Dementia Cafe’ which is run by the students every other month as part of the partnership with Dementia Friends
Kim Smith came in to promote their Charity night on Sat 12th March at the Napier Pub (corner of Alma Rd) to raise money for MacMillan Nurses & Jnr Diabetes Research Foundation. Kim lost both grandparents to cancer and her 13yr old nephew Casey has type 1 diabetes, so this is close to her heart. Start time is 7pm and there is a barbecue, raffles, karaoke, head shaving and fancy dress (optional) so please pop in and support these charities
The studios were overwhelmed with excited Beavers this evening. The 8th Sheppey Beavers were discovering local places of interest and just popped in. They gave ‘live’ interviews about all the fun activities they do with their dedicated leaders. They meet every Tuesday at the Scout Hall, 59 Broad St from 5.30 to 7pm. Boys and girls welcome (Beavers age 6~8yrs / Cubs age 8~10 + / Scouts age10+ ~ 14 and 14~18 Explorers) If you’re interested in getting involved drop in on a Tues evening or find them on FB
Matt & Maz were joined by guest Alex Stocker today. Alex wanted to tell his personal story of struggle and achievement. 6yrs ago Alex was homeless and a bi-polar sufferer. He received help from the Mental Health Services and local group ‘Swale Your Way’.
Alex’s positivity has completely turned his life around and now, thanks to a grant from the Government, has his own business as a mobile mechanic. If you would like your vehicle serviced at your own convenience call ‘Al’s Auto’s’ on 07977752423
Oasis Academy students started training with us today. Ashleigh Hutchison, Hollie Duke, Abbey Smith and Chloe Willmott (Yr 8/9)
will be performing their ‘live’ shows on Weds 23rd March. So listen and support these lovely ladies
Steve Murphy from the ‘Swale Youth Marching Band’ dropped in to let us know what they’re up to. This new & exciting youth band caters for boys & girls aged 10~18yrs and meets at Bobbing Village hall. All instruments, tuition & uniform are provided & when you’re ready you can participate in events, band competitions, carnivals and parades. To learn more contact the Group Manager Rod Jones on 07490947308 or email: [email protected]
visit: www.swalemarchingband.co.uk and also find them on FB
Dannielle Willis, aka Elle received her Bronze Arts Award this week for her radio training with us. She is set to start her Silver Award soon. If you are interested in gaining accredited qualifications while having lots of fun please contact the Sheppey FM studios for more information or call reception on 01795 664499
Today at the Community Learning Festival,there were a host of activities for the children & the Community Chef was there all afternoon cooking delicious healthy food to taste.
The Sheppey FM Roadshow was there to talk about their great Saturday morning Youth Club.
For more information about the Saturday Morning Youth Club
Contact Julie Nicholls on (01795) 664499.
There were representatives from a number of adult education providers in Kent, including The Harmony Therapy Trust as well as a host of learning opportunities for parents,carers & children.
Maybe you have thought about getting more qualifications or some home based learning?Are you searching for employment & want to improve your CV.
For more information call: (01795) 880040 or contact:
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The Kayleigh Carina Performing Arts School is now based in the Healthy Living Centre in the Main Hall down stairs & the Dance Hall upstairs.
Your first class is FREE.
Ballet,Tap,Street,Cheerleading,Acting & Musical Theatre.
All classes at the Healthy Living Centre are designed for ALL abilities.
For more information,call 07790 682 462 or email Miss Kayleigh at
Sheppey FM were proud to play host to Purple Zeppelin on The Monday Night Classic Rock Show with Philip Woody Wood recently. Purple Zeppelin were voted UK Top Tribute Band 2015….and we were were very honored to have them playing Live in the studio of Sheppey FM…and talking to presenter Philip Woody Wood about their career in music !…The Monday Night Classic Rock Show every Monday evening on Sheppey FM ….7 pm until 10 pm !
Dawn was joined today by members of Sheppey Mencap to promote their event on Weds 24th Feb at Seashells Children’s Centre between 10am and noon. This is an interactive workshop with health sessions for a ‘New Year, New You’ ethos. Caz White, who is the Valuing People Worker for the Swale District Partnership Group (DPG) was joined by Lee Norris, (DPG Chairman) Claire Barnes (admin) Lindsey Lear (photographer) and support workers Lauren Kay & Rosie Moore. Sheppey Mencap supports people to become valued in their community with activities such as photography, art, music, drama and fitness classes. For more info call Caz on 07907 705 775 or email: [email protected]
University of Brighton student Daisy Hope will complete her placement with us tomorrow. She has been an amazing student and a credit to her uni. We know that she will do well in her chosen Media Career. This is Daisy’s testimonial:
“Tomorrow is my last day at Sheppey FM, and what an inspirational experience it has been. People are so quick to give Sheppey a bad name, but what these guys do down at Sheppey FM is absolutely amazing. These people take time out of their own busy lives to give something special to the community, volunteering to help, support and build friendships with people, all with different and in some cases hard stories to tell. This is much more than just a Community Radio Station, it is safe place and a second home to people who choose to be involved. If you’re interested in helping people or getting more involved in the community then you should definitely think about popping in and say hello, because honestly the people I have met this week are the most inspiring people I have ever met.
Our Reverend Jeanette interviewed Graham Minter on her ‘Helping Hands Show’ last night. Graham is a local campaigner for the ‘Maidstone & Swale Amnesty International’ which is a non-governmental organisation focused on human rights. The objective of the organisation is campaigning to end abuses of human rights and to demand justice for those who rights have been violated
More great students from CC Swale Campus. This group are going to be amazing. Listen in to their ‘live’ shows on March 23rd & 24th between 10am and 4pm
Come and join in with the FUN with Sheppey FM’s Radio Club, every Saturday from 9am to midday. You can also achieve an ‘Arts Award’ whilst learning radio presentation and progress to hosting your own show. If you’re interested call 664499 and ask for Corrie, or just drop in to the Sheppey Community Media Centre to meet the gang!
Karen Moore, Senior Training Officer for Medi-1 dropped in to tell us about the new First-Aid workshops being held soon at the Healthy Living Centre, Sheerness which will focus on pediatric care. If you’re a young parent this is an essential need to looking after your children. The cost is £20pp or £30 a couple. If you’re interested contact Karen on: 01342 893980 / 07484053186 or email: [email protected] or call the Sheppey Matters office on 01795 585335. For more info visit: www.medi-1.ltd.uk
We were joined today by a lovely young lady, Val Mains, aged 75yrs, who bought 2 of Mick’s CDs in aide of the Harmony Therapy Trust who have treated Val after a heart attack. But Val is one feisty lady and doesn’t let things slow her down. She attends the ‘Cardiac Rehab’ sessions held at the HLC on Monday mornings and computer classes. Val said “I’m a silver surfer. You’re never too old to learn!” Val is also the welfare officer for the Royal British Legion. Hats off to you Val !!
University of Kent students: Angela Heringer, James Cotton and Gabriel Sackey are in their 3rd year of studying architecture and their latest assignment is to design an aquatic centre in the Beachfields area, Sheerness.
Kelly Dee Bennett, Secretary for the ‘Sheppey Lions Club’ joined Dawn to promote their ‘Pig Racing Night’ on Sat 23rd Jan at Sheppey Sports Club, Q’boro Rd. Doors open at 5pm & first race starts at 6pm. Entry is FREE with a children’s Lucky Dip and burgers & sausages available. Sheppey Lions have been running for just under a year and raises funds for disadvantaged social groups on the Island.They meet every 3rd Weds of the month at Cheema’s, St George’s Ave, S/ness at 7.30.If you would like to join the Sheppey Lions drop in or call Kelly on 07731 555280 or email: [email protected] and find them on FB
The ‘Island Partnership’ is working with Swale Borough Council, Biffa & Litter Angels to deliver the CWP (community work programme) through the Job Centre. Robert Tinker is the Supervisor for the team of volunteers that are helping to clear up the mess in local public areas and make the Island a better place. So if you know of any areas in need of some TLC please contact Simon at the Island Partnership on 01795 596700 or email: [email protected] / visit their website: www.theislandpartnership.com
Sheppey FM just keeps on giving!! To date we have raised over £3,500 for our community. The team’s latest fundraiser has been a charity CD “Palace of Mirrors”,written and performed by Mick Kenten with funds donated to local charity the “Harmony Therapy Trust” which provides free supportive therapy to those living with cancer or other serious illnesses. The CD cover was sketched by another presenter, Nigel as part of his therapy after suffering a stroke. If you would like the CD (£5) please pop into the Sheppey FM studios at the Media Centre or call 01795 664499 or FB message us. Thank you for your support. We’re there for you!!
Dawn was joined today by Jenny Mulcahy talking about her new venture ‘The Coffee Buzz’, which is a specialist mobile Barista coffee unit. The van serves rainforest approved fresh ground coffee, luxury hot chocolate and a variety of specialist teas. Coffee Buzz is based at the ‘Surf Academy’, Shinglebank, Marine Parade coastal road and is available for events. Call Jenny on 07450502632 or email: [email protected] and find them on FB
‘Lions’ Mike Shaw and Alan Saunders from ‘Whitstable & Herne Bay Lion’s Club’ came in today to talk about the Whitstable Regatta on Sat 6th & Sun 7th Aug. They have organised a 1/2 mile stretch of entertainment with fairgrounds, arial displays & fly-overs, live bands, dance performances and a fantastic Firework finale. Mike is chairman of the Whitstable Yacht Club, which will be celebrating 223 yrs of running the Regatta. The first event was on Tues 7th Aug. 1792 with 56 boats and the 1st prize was a Silver Cup valued at £3.17 shillings and 6d (today valued at £10,000) For more info or if you wish to enter the Regatta please contact Like on: 07795148027 / 01227 274313 or email:[email protected]
Mark Wood, newly appointed PCSO for Sheppey Central introduced himself today and took the opportunity to talk about his aims for the ward. Mark said “the key to dealing with anti-social behaviour is a good working relationship with local people” and would like to meet residents to discuss local issues and help them if he can. Mark will be holding Community Surgeries to encourage people to call in for informal, relaxed chats. The Surgeries will be held at the ‘New Rd Community Centre, New Rd, Minster between 10am and 11am on Fridays: 22nd Jan, 26th Feb and 1st April
Life-long musician and songwriter Glen Smith popped into the studios today to buy Mick’s CD for £5 and donated a further £15, all of which will go to the Harmony Therapy Trust. The CD’s have now raised well over a £1,000 and more are available at the Sheppey FM studio in the Sheppey Community Media Centre. Glen has been performing since he was 16yrs old and played guitar with ‘Stoned’ and ‘Souled Out’. His current venture is building a recording studio called ‘SoundWaves’ in Sittingbourne. For more info email: [email protected] or call Glen on: 07712932073
Sheppey FM volunteers put together a Christmas Hamper and donated it to Crisis at Christmas which is managed by Betty Boswell. Merry Christmas Everyone!!
A very Merry Christmas to everyone, near and far, from the Sheppey FM team!! We are broadcasting ‘live’ throughout the festive break so if you have a request or want to send someone a special Christmas message just call our presenters in the studio on 01795 665898. Enjoy your time shared with loved ones…and if you know of anyone on their own……spare a little time for them too xx
This Christmas Sheppey FM would like to thank our local community for their support by giving away a wonderful ‘hamper’…loaded with Festive goodies!! To be in the draw answer this simple question: On the 12 days of Christmas song, what would you expect to receive on the 5th day?? Call the studios on 01795 665898 and leave your details with our presenters. The Winner’s name will be drawn on Christmas Eve at 1pm. Good Luck and a very Merry Christmas from the team at Sheppey FM
We were recently joined by Lena Crowder,chairman of the Sheppey Local History Society at Gatehouse Museum. Lena came in to talk to Phil Crowder about the Gatehouse Museum, & also Sheppey FM will be featuring a Sheppey History slot soon, partnering with the Sheppey Local History Society.
For more information,you can email Lena at [email protected]
Keith Jones from Outlook Fostering joined Jack Bee at Sheppey FM today.& was talking about outlook fostering.The organisation Outlook Fostering is looking for carers across Sheppey,Swale & Kent. Keith Jones is the Marketing Co-ordinator,contact details are below. The email is:- [email protected] Company email is:- [email protected] Company Phone No. ;- 0333 800 3000 Twitter :- @outlook_foster.
East Kent Mencap members filled our studios today to promote their production of “Oh Mama!” at the Theatre, Oasis Academy (West) on Friday 11th Dec from 6pm to 7.30pm. They have worked really hard to produce this fun-filled musical so go along and support them. Tickets are £3 each or £8 for a family. Available at Seashells Children’s Centre, Rose St or contact Jaime on 07412392557 or email: [email protected]
We were joined today by Tad Taberer (Chief Executive) and Matt Wright (Centre Support Worker) from the Maidstone Community Support Centre, talking about their project and aspirations to extend their community cafe to include an internet community radio station. We are excited to be helping them in any way that we can and see great things ahead for them.
We are very proud to announce that the Sheppey Community Media Centre has been awarded the ‘Youth Project Award’ as part of the British Youth Council’s 2015 ‘Youth on Board Awards’. We will be presented with the certificate at the BYC convention in London later this month. Excellent news!!
Only day 3 of Mick’s CD sales for ‘Palace of Mirrors’ and we have already raised £187 for the Harmony Therapy Trust…hurrah!!
Fantastic team work with Thanks to Mick, Dawn, Nigel and Daz at Roadhouse Recording Studios!!
Sheppey FM presenter Jeanette McClaren is off to Romania this weekend with a team delivering shoe-boxes to the schools and families. Well done to everyone involved… the true meaning of Christmas!!
Teresa Walker from ‘Carers’ Support’, Ashford joined Dawn to talk about the ways they support carers in Ashford, Shepway and Swale. They offer free Carer’s Assessments to help you think about the effect of caring on you and your life. They have ‘Meet & Talk’ groups at Strode Crescent Baptist Church, S/ness from 10.15am to 12.15pm on the 3rd Monday of the month and Information desk at the Community Hospital on the 1st Weds of the month from 1.30pm to 4pm and also on the 3rd Weds of the month from 10am to1pm
Liza Thompson & Donna Luck from SATEDA (Swale Action To End Domestic Abuse) came in to inform us of the services they’re providing on Sheppey. Beaches Children Centre, Warden Bay Rd has drop-in sessions every Weds from 9.30am to 11am. with professional advice and access to SATEDA’s services. Gateway has a ‘One Stop Shop’ every Weds from 1pm with a multi-agency response.
SATEDA are also holding a free ‘Young People & Domestic Abuse’ Conference on Weds 25th Nov from 10am to 4pm. Spaces are limited and advance registration is required. Email: [email protected]
This coincides with the ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women & Girls’ and the ‘Wear something ORANGE to work’ funding campaign
Pru and Jeanette were joined on the ‘Helping Hands’ show by Olive Long from the Salvation Army to promote their 150th Anniversary. There is a ‘Celebration Concert’ on Sat 5th Dec at S/ness Oasis Academy at 7.30pm. There will be a Chatham band and soloist Carolynn Woodman. Tickets are £5, available at Sheppey Glass or call Olive on: 01795 877492
Another crazy busy day at the Sheppey FM studios. Songwriter and singer ‘Rhiannon Rae’ traveled all the way from Norfolk to join us, played a few tunes off of her Album and promoted her show at the Avenue Theatre, Sittingbourne on Sat 5th Dec at 7.30pm. Tickets £6. Book at anytime on: www.avenuetheatre.co.uk or phone the box office: 01795 471140
Also dropping in was the lovely Holly Camel, local songwriter, session singer and wedding performer, with her beautiful daughter Jasmine who made some FAB Christmas jingles for us. Thank you sweetie xx
Xmas Fair at the Harps Inn in aid of “Lilly’s Fund”. Sat 28th Nov from 11am to 4pm. Homemade goodies, festive food & drink. Roxanne Robertson, 8yr old Lilly’s mum, said that “Lilly is the first female in history to suffer with this yet to be named genetic syndrome. Lilly is totally dependent on adult care and all funds raised will go to ‘Help Lilly get her tiny Trax chair’. For more details on how you can help this little girl go to: www.gofundme.comt85864u4 or find them on Facebook
Had a great time this afternoon on Sheppey FM with Robert Stanbridge on his ‘Robbie & Friends’ show discussing dementia awareness and projects in Swale, as well the Dementia Friendly Awards this week. Congratulations to Oasis Academy for their 2 wins!! And thanks Mick Kenten for the coffee! — at Sheppy Fm Studio.
Huge congratulations to the Oasis Academy Anti-Bullying Ambassadors for their heartwarming show today. They are a real credit to the Academy and deserve the Awards they’ve received. Well done to Lyn Baseley for organising the Diana Award programme
Proud to announce that Sheppey FM raised £645 for Children in Need this weekend…and got on to the BBC show!! Well done to Jon Cutler for organising & completing the 24 hour broadcast challenge & co-presenter Barry Webb, for keeping him going. Thanks to all the team for their support & supply of donuts. Thanks to the listeners that came in with donations, requests & more ‘goodies’ for the lads. Thank you to Store 21 for their Roadshow team,Jamie & Noel, support and collection of £170. Thank you to the Nat West ladies, Julie Goulding & Jessica Emmett for paying to money raised direct to Children in Need
The Oasis Academy ‘Anti-Bullying’ Ambassadors represent a team of 16 students who have trained with the Diana Awards to help fellow students by holding lunchtime ‘drop in’ sessions where they conduct confidential one-to-one counselling for young people with regards to bullying. Olivia Chapman(15yrs) Jasmine Norton(15yrs) Caitlin Claringbold(14yrs) and Skye Williams(14yrs) have taken on a huge commitment and to tie in with National Anti Bullying Week (Mon 16th to 20th Nov) they have been training to produce their own ‘Anti-Bullying’ show to raise awareness of bullying and to reduce the barriers associated with ‘telling’ someone
Listen in to the girls on Tues 17th Nov between 10am and 1pm.(and will also go out through the Oasis Academy)The girls are hoping that young people will phone in and they can help them.
Call the studio on 665898. (All calls will be treated with the strictest confidence)
Our ‘hero’ presenters, Jon Cutler & Barry Webb, are at it again this year, raising money for ‘Children In Need’ 2015 with a 24 hour broadcast starting 7pm on Fri 13th through to 7pm on Sat 14th Nov
You can select 30mins of your choice of music which they will dedicate to you personally. The lads have already raised over £300 for this great charity…shall we see if we can make it £1,000? You can call the studio on 665898 / reception on 664499 or FB message us. See or website for more info:www.sheppeyfm.org.uk
Sue Laidlay, treasurer for the ‘Lower Road Improvement’ campaign updated our listeners today on the progress of the campaign. On Tues 3rd Dec the signatures on the petition will be presented to the Cabinet Member for the Environment and Transport Matthew Balfour. The meeting is at 10am on the cycle path opposite the Sheppey Rugby Club and parking is available in the Club’s grounds. For more information visit: www.lowerroad.co.uk/signature or find the group on Facebook ‘Improve the Lower Road’
Our Patron and local MP Gordon Henderson popped in today for an informal chat with Rob and our listeners about his life as an Islander before he went on to a career in politics, and some interesting facts on the history and traditions of the British government.
Due to time, Gordon could only mention a few local issues such as the ‘Sheppey Proud’ survey asking for your views of ‘what’ the Island needs and the ‘Improve the Lower Road’ campaign
Sheppey Life-savers Alex MacKenzie and Cameron Bailey, both 14yrs, are the best in Britain and won gold medals in the ‘Royal Life Saving Society’s national championships, coming top in the junior boys category for dealing with an emergency in water.
Trainer Phil Crowder said “It was a tremendous achievement. The boys were up against 15 other pairs and beat the nearest opposition by 16 points”
Well done to the lads and to Sheerness Swimming Club and Lifeguard Corps!!
Ian Goodwin was talking to Dawn about the role of the ‘Royal British Legion’ which was formed in 1921 after the First World War and whose purpose was to care for those who had suffered through their service or through family loss. ‘Royal’ status was granted in 1971 and membership was extended to serving members and ex-service personnel in 1981. Now, anyone can join and RBL welcome men and women of ages to help continue the work that was started nearly 100 yrs ago.
The 2014 Poppy Appeal launched the updated “LIVE ON” linking their twin commitments: “to the memory of the fallen and the future of the living”
You’ve done Sheppey proud!! Heather Thomas-Pugh, the community development and project manager for ‘Sheppey Matters’ is coordinating the massive survey ‘Sheppey Proud’ which is one of 116 organisations bidding for a share of £90 million to improve coastal communities. Sheppey Matters has teamed up with other Island organisations (S/ness Town Team, Swale Community Leisure, Arriva, Medichem and Sheerness Times Guardian) to prepare a detailed economic plan. Please complete the survey with your views of ‘what’ the Island needs! Closing date is Mon 16th Nov and hard copies are available from the STG office or can be completed online: www.sheppeymatters.typeform.com/to/IzRWkk For more details email Heather at: [email protected] or tel: 01795 585335
Follow ‘Sheppey Proud’ on FB and Twitter
Last week we were delighted to welcome Bev Nolker, founder of the ADHD Support Group Sheppey with her youngsters on the ‘Konnect the Kids’ project. Thomas and Junior Pederson, Connor McShea, Mason Nolker and Marley Langworthy enjoyed choosing their music playlists and putting together their ‘live’ shows broadcast on Sheppey FM. They will also be doing activities with Sheppey Matters throughout the week. Well done to Bev and Liz for all your hard work
Our ‘Helping Hands’ show with Deacon Pru featured a lovely local lady Cathie Lewis.BEM this week. Cathie is a member of the Holm and Danley Women’s Institute which is celebrating the 100 yrs centenary of the WI both nationally and on the Island. Cathie talked about the campaigns that the WI are involved in and how the women share their expertise and knowledge in cooking, baking, crafts and much more. Cathie was recently awarded the BEM (British Empire Medal)for all her amazing community work and received her medal in a special awards ceremony
Ray Featherstone M.B.E. called into Sheppey FM tonight to talk to Mark Dean Ellen about the Sheerness County Youth Centre & the Halloween Party on this Friday 7pm till 10pm. Admission is £2 on the door for non members & half price for members,or half price if you’re in Fancy dress. Club Tardis is on the last Friday in every month for ages 13 – 16. If you are aged 12 -17 & wish to become a member,pop along to the Sheerness County Youth Centre situated on the corner of Meyrick Road/Broadway Sheerness ME12 1TP. The club is open
from 6:30pm till 9:00pm Tuesday &,Wednesdays, 50p admission a night. First visit free admission.Activities for everyone.
Students Max Middleton-Farrow (19ys) and Jamie Martin (18yrs) are both currently studying at Canterbury Christchurch University and have a passion for producing pod-casts. They are going to be contributing the Sheppey FM Saturday Sports Show with some interesting local sports news
Campaign launched to get government cash for Sheppey. Please take part by filling out the questionnaire:
Sheppey FM works closely with Heart FM to give our young trainee presenters the unique opportunity and insight into how a commercial radio station operates. Matt Willcock was so impressed by our work with disadvantaged young people that he has invited us to make regular monthly visits to their studios!!
We are proud to announce that the Sheppey Community Media Centre is now a qualified “Arts Award” Centre!! We can provide opportunities to gain accredited qualifications for people of all ages and abilities. If you represent a local educational body, community group or individual interested in taking part please contact the Media Centre on 01795 664499. Visit our website: www.sheppeyartsawards.com
Bev Nolken, founder of the ADHD Support Group Sheppey for 3 yrs talked to our listeners about the ‘Konnect the Kids’ project which involves young people, 10~14yrs, in organised activities such as break-dancing, craft workshops, relaxation and mediation classes, helping at the McMillan coffee mornings and holding a Halloween Party. On Mon 26th Oct the young people will be training with Sheppey FM to present a ‘live’ show and hopefully progress to our ‘Arts Awards’ opportunities.
Penny Hobson joined our Nigel today to talk about the ‘Table Top Sale’ taking place on Sat 7th Nov at Minster Working Men’s Club, with the support of Minster Rotary, to raise funds for ‘Meningitis Research’. Penny said “any other charities that would like to attend and have a stand are more than welcome”. The table top sale starts at 11am until 3pm. Please call Penny on 01795 227763 for more details
Deacon Pru’s guests were Janie van den Berg and members of the ‘Broadway Choir’ singing ‘live’ in the studios. They were promoting their ‘HOPE’ music concert on Sat 7th Nov at the Oasis Academy (west site) from 7pm. Tickets cost £10 adults / £5 children with part proceeds going to the charity ‘Restore the Years’ It’s going to be a great night so contact Sue on 07592739355 or Janie on 07732268653 for more information
Ian Fletcher, guitarist for our local bands ‘Stoned’ and ‘Clear Water’ came in the studios to promote his personal new CD ‘Better Late Than Never’. Ian is a talented singer and songwriter in his own right. Check him out on FB for details of the new CD
Just a few more photos of the amazing Zombie Attack on Sat 10th Oct. Sheppey FM volunteers joined in the ‘spirit’ of things……good time had by all zombies and survivor
Our young protege Jamie Long had an exciting day at Global HQ, Leicester Square last week as a volunteer for Heart FM for the “Make A Noise” charity day. Capital FM, Capital Xtra, Heart, LBC, Classic FM, Smooth, Radio X and Gold all united to raise nearly £2 million for disadvantaged young people who don’t get heard.
Jamie, who’s only 16yrs old rubbed shoulders with Ed Sheeran, Olly Murs and radio presenters Jason Donavon, Kate Garaway, Vernon Kay..and many more. Well done to everyone
Very pleased to have this article published in our local paper today. Tony Duke and I got a mention but off course there were many others involved in putting this on, Too many to mention. Apart from Dave Marshall who gave me the heads up at the start of it all.
Paul Braby, 34yrs old, is bravely attempting the KM’s “Assault Course Challenge” on Sat 3rd Oct at Fowlmead Country Park, Deal. Paul is raising money for Sheppey Mencap by scrambling underneath army netting and climbing tyre walls and many more daunting obstacles. If you would like to enter the Assault Course Challenge contact the KM newspaper for more details
Mr. Moon in the studio at Sheppey FM with Mark Dean Ellen talking about his new Album called “Blind Man In A Caravan” & his past. & upcoming gigs. If You want a CD then Facebook “Mr. Moon and the Beautiful Dream” for his new Album or email at [email protected]
Mick’s showbiz guest this week was Suzie Hopwood, singer, entertainer and Kylie Tribute artiste. Listen in next Monday to hear Mick’s interview with Kelly Walsh, singer and entertainer.
Peter Apps, sci fi author joined Mark Dean Ellen on Riding Point this afternoon (Sunday) to talk about the book Peter is writing. Mark has invited Peter to return once the book is finished & Published,to which Peter has agreed.
A few of our youngest presenters that host their own ‘Saturday Youth Show’ and attend the Sheppey FM Radio Club. If you are interested in joining their gang call the Media Centre on 664499 or just pop in and say hello. All welcome
Dawn was joined today by Matt Brown, Secretary for SEAL and Chris Foulds, Chairman for Seal. Both are trustees of the ‘Sheerness Dockyard Preservation Trust’ and firstly talked about how SEAL are renovating the old ‘Bait & Tackle’ shop, near Neptune Terrace, to be their main office and exhibit centre. The main topic was about the ‘Evening of Unmissable Entertainment’ to be held at the Sheerness Masonic hall next Sat 19th Sept from 7.30 to midnight. With International Cabaret Acts & extensive buffet it’s well worth the £25 ticket. All proceeds go to the Sheerness Dockyard Church Restoration project. Spitalfields Trust currently owns the church but the ownership is imminently being passed to the Dockyard Trust, who aspire to restoring it back to community use as a Museum, exhibition centre, office space and a community cafe. The Trust has laid the foundations and are at the stage of applying for Big Bids.
Sheppey FM has raised over £1,000 this week!! Our presenters Mark Dewey, Barry Webb, Noel Pritchard and Jon Cutler shaved their heads for Cancer Research UK and raised £507 and counting!! We have also been supporting ‘Harry’s Roar’ and raised over £500 and will continue to do so throughout his journey. Thank you to everyone for their generosity!!
The Wildfire Parade and Memorial Service will be held this Sunday 13th Sept. Starting with a morning service at Queenborough Church and the Q’boro British Legion will lay up their Standard at 11am. The parade will muster at 1.30pm and march to Q’boro park. The service will start a 2pm and include hymns, prayers and the laying of wreaths. Members of the public are welcome and can lay their own wreaths.
Skillnet are running a project ‘Head Held High’ and Project Lead Helena Jennings talked to Matt about the project’s aims to support people with learning difficulties in partnership with the ‘Job Centre Plus’, who will refer those interested to the HHH programme. The project aims to build confidences, improve skills and offers career planning with their ‘Job Club’ held at the Healthy Living Centre on Mondays at 3.30~5pm. Speak to a work-coach at JCP or call Helena on 07921040027 or email: [email protected] Visit: www.skillnetgroup.co.uk/findingwork
Harry’s grandma came in to talk to Dawn about how their fundraising campaign is going and described how things like this affect the whole family and their everyday lives in every way. Maggie said that “everyone has been so kind and supportive and local businesses have donated prizes for our raffle… Harry is greatly loved” The family are holding a fundraising event this Sunday 13th Sept at Layzells starting at midday. The funds will go to the Royal Marsden Children’s Cancer Unit and Ronald McDonald House: who provide accommodation for parents close to hospitals
The Isle of Sheppey Singers performed live in our studios this week on Deacon Pru’s show. 18 singers from the choir sang their hearts out and great fun was had by all. They believe that “singing is good for your body and soul”. They are holding a taster evening
‘All Together Now’ at the Sheppey Little Theatre’ on Weds 16th Sept at 8pm. Call Jacky on 01795 471693 to find out more!!
Performers from the ‘Pretending People Theatre’ joined Mark this week to promote the theatre’s presentation of ‘Memory Lane’ with live sing along music from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s . The show of the highest theatrical standard can be booked now in a venue of your choice. Ideal for village halls, retirement homes, pubs, living rooms festivals, charity events, garden parties. For more info call: 01634 813687 / 07954344605 or email: [email protected] Visit: www.pretendingpeople.co.uk
The great lads from Digital Satellite Services! Customer care at its best, nothing is too much trouble for Ronnie and his team. Local and friendly..give them a call
Sheppey FM are supporting 3yr old Harry and his family throughout his diagnosis of Leukaemia. On Sunday 13th Sept there is a Family Open Day at Layzells to raise funds for the Royal Marsden Children’s Cancer Unit and Ronald McDonald’s House. Events start at midday with bouncy castle, face-painting, ‘make-a-wish’ balloons, pampered chef an baby yoga demos and much more. A raffle will be drawn on the day and tickets are available from Sheppey FM at the Community Media Centre. There are some amazing prizes to be won!!
Deacon Prus guest last night was David Muir who is Kent Regional Co-ordinator for Christian Aid. They talked about the relief effort in Nepal following the earthquakes there earlier this year. David also mentioned C.A.’s campaigns relating to tax justice and climate change, as well as sharing his own faith journey.
Deacon Pru’s guest this evening was BBC Radio Kent presenter and former MP Lembit Öpik. Lembit came into the studio to talk about his life since leaving Parliament in 2010 and about his faith. It was a lovely on-air conversation which came about after Pru appeared on his show on Radio Kent last month.
Jill Hunt, Director of Communications for the charity ‘ Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’ was excited to tell us about the celebrations laid on to celebrate the charity’s 25yrs Silver Jubilee!!
They’re raffling a brand new Mini 1.2 worth £15,000,Tickets are £5 and can be bought online at: www.raffleme.uk and will be drawn on Tues 15th Dec 2015. Air Ambulance has also organised a ‘Cycle Challenge’ on the 25th September. Choose from 100mile or 100km circular routes or a 25 mile route, starting from Marden or Redhill bases. To register, visit:www.kssairambulance.co.uk/involved/Double100
Sheppey FM Another new enterprise!! ‘Wiggles’ Playgroup has been set up at the DeLacey Hall, next to the HLC, S/ness. Vicky and Karen told us how their idea just grew with so much encouragement from the community and our local MP Gordon Henderson. The building is huge, light and airy and there is a garden for messy fun. Children aged 2 to 4 yrs are welcome and sessions run 9am~midday / midday~ 3pm or all day (9am~4pm) Find them on FB or call: 07581194084. Email: [email protected] or visit: www.wigglesplaygroup.com
A new enterprise for our Island is being provided by ‘Ratcliffe Family Farm’, Queenborough, which is managed by Kyle and Garry. They sell naturally home reared pork direct to you………it doesn’t get any fresher than that. Kyle went on to add that he and Garry moved to our Island 3 years ago and have adopted 4 children, 3 of which have special needs and, as a trained therapist, he is interested in working alongside the Harmony Therapy Trust. Find Ratcliffe Family Farm on FB for prices and see how they treat their animals with respect!
The Opening Launch & Fun Day for “Belle Rose Therapies” is tomorrow, Sat 8th Aug at The Master’s House, Trinity Rd (the old SBC offices) Donna Goodall (owner & qualified therapist)) and Mac Wigglesworth (voluntary therapist) said from midday ’til 4pm there will be a BBQ, fruit kebabs, glitter tattoos, face painting, tea-cup ride, climbing wall, bouncy castle & the Sheppey FM Roadshow. Donna’s therapy centre offers holistic & beauty treatments & bookings taken on the Launch day will get a 10% voucher. Call 07415350972 for further info
Our last free family tickets to the Santus Circus were won today by Vicky Smith from Wellpets, Minster. Congratulations Vicky, hope they all enjoy!! The circus is only here until this Sunday but we look forward to seeing them all again next year.
Lee Ewart came in to Sheppey FM to talk to Deacon Pru about the forthcoming Sunset Seaside Stroll which helps to raise funds for Cancer Research. This is the third year the Sunset Seaside Stroll has been held & Lee is hoping there will be an increase of participants over last year.You can donate by going to the Cancer Research just giving page’ Raising money for Cancer Research UK
Recently,Deacon Prus guest was Anna Drew who is Lead Media Officer for the Methodist Church. They talked about the role of a media officer and the recent Methodist Conference in Southport. Anna was really interested to visit the Media Centre and hear about everything that happens at SheppeyFM!
We had a surprise visit today from 2 of our ‘global’ listeners!! Madeleine Tassara, originally from Argentina, and Magdalena Willett, originally from Mexico City. Both ladies now reside in California and were here to visit Dawn as Madeleine was at school with Dawn’s now grown up son and daughter when they all lived in Argentina
The ‘Sheppey Splash Summer Scheme’ 2015 is well underway, but places are limited!! Alice Watling from the ‘Sheppey Youth Action’ was talking about their children’s activities ~ archery, cookery, fishing, bowling, dodgeball, magic workshops…and a trip to ‘Adventure Land’, Southend on Thurs 13th Aug!! For children aged 9-14 yrs and held at St Edwards school.
After 30 years service, retired Kent Police Officer Norman Sells joined the ‘Kent Police Male Voice Choir’ , which was set up in 1978 and has since appeared on ITV’s ‘Highway’ alongside Harry Secombe. They have performed with Dame Shirley Bassey and at the Royal Albert Hall, raising thousands of £££’s for Kent charities They meet every Thursday at the Police HQ, Maidstone between 7.30 and 9.30pm. If you would like to join them please phone Norman on: 01795 871082, Email:[email protected], or visit: www.kpmvc.org.uk and find them on FB
Thank you to ‘Fingers’ for your kind donation and Congratulations on another very successful Custom Bike’ event at the Aviator.
Santus Circus is in Town and has donated 10 Family tickets (2 adults & 2 children) to Sheppey FM. Simply listen in and when you hear the ‘Big Top’ circus tune, call the studio on 01795 665898 to win your family a great time out. First caller wins! The Santus Circus will be at Barton’s Point from Weds 29th July until Sun 9th Aug. The traditional ‘all-human’ show features high-wire, knife-throwing, juggling, trapeze and the nerve-tingling thrills of the ‘Globe of Death’…and watch out for the Aerial Robot
Great to see the RNLI Beach Lifeguards are back on the Island with manned Units at Sheerness, Leysdown and Minster beaches. Tomas Thorndycraft said “water can be unpredictable and dangerous” which is why the ‘Respect the Water’ campaign was launched on the 9th July with an aim to halve coastal drownings by 2024. In the past 5 years 134 people have drown in the South East alone. So try to swim where there are Lifeguards on duty. The RNLI Lifeguards ‘Taster Day’ at Sheerness Pool has successfully resulted in 2 new recruits who will now face 44 hours of training to achieve their NBLQ (National Beach Lifeguards qualification) If you would like to become a Lifeguard you can find Tomas at the Units above or visit their website: www.rnli.org
4th Sheppey Brownies invaded the studios whilst on their way to a Scavenger Hunt with their Brown Owl Karen and Mr Hedgehog. The girls were telling us how much fun they have as Brownies and always on adventures. If you would like to get involved as a volunteer please email Karen on: [email protected]
‘Slim & Sassy’ weight management classes started at the Sheppey Leisure Centre on Monday 20th July at 10;30am and Weds at 6pm, and at the Shurland Hotel on Tuesdays at 5.30pm. Slim & Sassy’s totally natural system is flexible to your needs and uses the Doterra essential oils to fight those hunger pangs. For further support and advice call Jan on 07785746396
Helen Morley, the principle dance teacher for the ‘Eden School of Dance’ hosted the free ticket competition today to promote ‘Frozen Heart’, the musical theatre production at the Oasis Academy Theatre, Marine Parade on Sat 25th and Sun 26th July Performances start at 3pm. Call Helen to reserve your tickets on: 07871739461 or email: [email protected]
Helen kindly donated 4 tickets that a listener called in and snapped up in about 20 seconds
Ian Arnell, Volunteer Speaker for Prostate Cancer UK came in to talk to Matt about prostate cancer and the vital work carried out by Prostate Cancer UK to tackle this terrible disease. They raise awareness among men over the age of 50yrs and stress that, if they have any concerns to speak to their doctor. There is a wealth of info on the website: www.prostatecanceruk.org or to speak to a Specialist Nurse call: 0800 0748383 (Open Mon-Fri 9am to 6pm, Weds 9am to 8pm)
Sheppey Leisure Complex Manager, Chris Mortimer talked very excitedly about the new improvements to the complex due to a massive investment of about £150,000. There are new spin bikes, poolside, sports and gym equip, and further building works will provide a new Weights Area and Dance Studio floor. all with A/C.
Chris not only organises the general improvements to the complex and Beachfields area but also the Summer Activities and the Open Day on Sat 18th July for families. When asked what he liked about his job Chris said ” the great staff and great customers!!”
Louise Tidbury, the Kent County Council Unit Leader for ‘Early Years’ visited the Media Centre today and gladly gave a quick interview on their case-management services for young people, parents and families. Louise said “It’s all about early intervention, offering support and building resilience within families” If you would like further information call Louise on 07919213045 or email: [email protected]
The infamous ‘Fingers’ rode in to the studios to give a big shout out for the ‘Finger’s 3rd Custom Motorcycle Show’ being held at the ‘Aviator’ pub this Sunday 19th July, 10am ~ 4pm. Come and see some great bikes and listen to some heavy ‘rock’ music from the Sheppey FM Roadshow crew.
Sheppey FM proudly welcomed our local MP Gordon Henderson as our new Patron today and we thank him for his support and recognition of our project. Other guests attending the ceremony were the Principals of Oasis Academy, David Millar and Canterbury College Swale Campus, Mark Howland, and John Nurden, Chairman of the Sheerness Town Team. Ken Pugh, Mike Brown and Nigel Martin represented Sheppey Matters and …..of course…….the amazing team of volunteers that make the magic happen!! A BIG Thank you to everyone.
Congratulations to the ‘Business & IT’ tutors Clare Baker-Harrison, Steve King and Matt Stanley for all their hard work!! And all of the amazing Canterbury College ‘Swale Campus’ students that have just completed their courses with Sheppey FM
SBC Seafront Officer Ian Arnell was talking to Matt today about his responsibility for the day-to-day management of the seafronts on the Island which include providing ‘best’ clean beaches, picnic areas and Safety advice, and also undesirable issues of dog fouling, fly-tipping and vandalism. Ian’s achievements include winning the Blue Flag Award (2nd year) and getting the RNLI Lifeguard service onto our beaches for a third season. Future 2015 plans are the ‘Classic Car Show’ day on the Leas, Minster and the ‘Go Tri’ Events
Sheppey Zulu’s were in today to promote their up and coming “FUN DAY” on Sat 22nd August at the Coop Sports & Social Club, St Georges Ave. Mini Mark Lee (chairman) and Ian Cruickshank (secretary) have organised fantastic entertainment for all the Family. If you wish to make a donation to the Zulu’s charity or become a Zulu yourself then please contact Ian on 07523894955 or Mark on 07715825364 or find them on FB.
We were also delighted to welcome our 2015 Carnival Queen ‘Miss Sheppey Jadi Cruickshank’…congratulations!!
Natalie Gardiner has organised a ‘Baby & Kids Market’ on Sunday 5th July at Swallows Leisure Centre from 10am ~ 1:30pm. For £10 per stall you can sell your unwanted, used or new baby & kids items or advertise your children’s services, entertainment & crafts. Entertain the kids on the day with the Princesses and bouncy castle. Natalie is trying to raise funds for “Leon’s Chance”, her little brother and proceeds go to ‘Action Duchenne’.
To book please call Natalie on 07712240259 or email: [email protected]
Paul Francis dropped in to tell us about his new role within ‘Rethink Mental Illness’, part of the ‘Swale User Representative Forum’. The Forum meets regularly in Sittingbourne and Sheerness and offers support and information on mental health issues. The group wants to help the people of Swale with a mental illness to have their voice heard. Find Rethink on: www.rethink.org or Twitter and Facebook.
Paul will be in again soon on Matt’s ‘Mental Health & Well-Being’ show on Weds 10am ~ 1pm
Lee Ewart was a guest on the Sheppey FM Helping Hands show on June 10th. Lee was chatting to Presenter Pru about the Mad Hatters Tea Party on the 20th June & the Sunset Seaside Stroll on the 8th August.
Christine Adams and Lissie Bayford – aka Fiddle and Faff – were guests on the Sheppey FM Helping Hands show on June 3rd. The studio was packed with instruments and we heard several songs from Fiddle & Faff’s new album, Two Wooden Chairs, which will be launched at their upcoming gig on Saturday June 20th at the Sheppey Little Theatre.
John Nurden, chairman of the Sheerness Town Team called in on fellow musician Mick to tell us all about the exciting ‘Classic Motor Show’ being held this Sat 13th June from 10:30am to 4:00pm. The cars will be parked throughout the High St, Broadway and Beachfields Park. Live music will be played and Sheppey FM Roadshow will be at the clock. Come and enjoy a great day….and it’s all FREE!!
Rob was joined by Ashley Roberts, Director of ‘ Dementia Inspired’ and Janet Beake, who has been a carer for her husband for nearly 30 years. Janet spoke compassionately about the sad …… and funny moments when living with someone with dementia. She especially wanted to the thank the Court Regis Willow Day Centre, who provide home collection, lunch and activities for people, for their support, care and love. If you are affected by, or care for someone with, dementia contact Ash on 07903243273, email: [email protected] or visit :www.dementiainspired.co.uk.
The Willow Day Centre tel: 01795 428364
Our dear friend and patron of Sheppey FM, Paul James, joined presenters Mick, Ash and Ray today. He gave a brilliant interview on his life in the Entertainment business and about the ‘RedBrick Lane Theatre.
Peter and Fleur
Congratulations to Oasis Academy students Robert Ayers and Shannon Vince for completing their Level 1 ‘Radio Presentation & Media’ course. Rob is already progressing to Level 2 in ‘Radio Production’. Well done, you did the Academy proud!
Jo and I had a fabulous time on Sheppey FM Dawn Cockburn show we talked about our Lookout Project and the radio programe is listened to all around the world America , Africa , Pakistan are but a few countries thank you to Dawn Julie and the team for making us so welcome
Young entrepreneur Andries Van Den Berg (21yrs) has set up a new innovative company called ‘HOUSE’ in Sheerness High St. His estate agency is like no other, maintaining traditional values with a modern approach. Andries provides 3 packages to suit and you could sell your house from £800. Pop in to ‘HOUSE’ or call 01795 385810. Email: [email protected] or visit: www.house.co
Artists Julie Bradshaw and Jo Eden are running the ‘Lookout Warden Bay Big Beach Build’ from the 4th to the 7th June between 10am and 5pm each day.This exciting and unique project is FREE so join in the family fun and design and build something special from collected beach objects. Want to know more?….then phone Julie on 07752006664 or Jo on 07967121028 or find them on Twitter or Facebook: Lookout Warden Bay Project.
We were proud to have 4 young stroke-survivors join us today. They are all members of the increasingly successful ‘Swale Stroke Group’. Their courage and determination to live a ‘normal’ lifestyle was humbling. They were full of enthusiasm for the social benefits from the group which organises outings and activities such as photography, shooting and computer classes. People think that a stroke only affects the elderly but it can happen at any age.
If you need support or would like to join the group contact Stewart Kitching on 01795 437569 or email: [email protected] The group meets fortnightly on Thursdays between 10:30am and 12:30pm at the Hope St Centre, Sheerness
Sheerness Town Centre Chaplain Jeanette McLaren came in to talk about the ‘Centenary Event in Commemoration of the Sinking of HMS Princess Irene’ being held at the Sheerness War Memorial this Weds 27th May. Assemble at 10.50am for an 11am start. Local schoolchildren will read the names of Civilian casualties, stopping at 11.14…the exact time of the explosion..followed by a
2 minutes silence. There will then be an address from United Reform Pastor Canon Moran RC Priest and the Lord’s Prayer. The hymn ‘Eternal Father strong to save’ will be sung whilst the wreaths are laid. Representatives of churches across Sheppey will attend this ecumenical service.
Alex MacKenzie & Cameron Bailey (both 14yrs) are members of the ‘Sheerness Swimming Club & Lifeguard Corp’ They have won the Royal Lifesaving Society ~ Kent branch “Junior Pairs Lifesaving Championship” and now go on to the South-East Regional Final in September where they will hopefully quailify for the National Finals held at Sheffield in October. Sheppey FM presenter is currently the President of theRoyal Lifesaving Society ~ Kent branch and trains the young people. Well done the lads!!
Deacon Pru’s Guest on the Sheppey FM Helping Hands Show tonight was Ray Ballard with the Gospel Truth.
It’s Dementia Awareness Week from 18th to 24th May and Sheppey Matters is partnering with the IOS ‘Dementia Friendly Community’ to provide information workshops and guidance sessions:
Tues 19th May: Age UK, Sheerness 10am ~ 12noon
Call 01795 662562 for more details
Tues 19th May: Waterfront Cafe, HLC 2pm ~ 3pm
Weds 20th May: Barton Court Care Home, New Rd, 10:30~ noon.
Join their Dementia Cafe and ‘friends session’
Weds 20th May: HOUSE, Eastchurch hall. noon ~ 2pm
Chat with the ‘fire service’ rep and ‘friend’ session
Thurs 21st May: Oasis Academy (East site) 2pm
‘Reminisce and Rummage’ event
Sheppey FM will be featuring interviews with Dementia Organisations and guests through out the week
Minster Abbey Reverend Tim Hall and his son Barry joined our Deacon Pru to tell our listeners about the exciting projects being organised across the churches which may also include a new Youth pastor. Pru was also featured on BBC Radio Kent on Sun 10th May with her ‘Topical Thought for the Day’. Listen again on BBC Radio Kent iplayer.
Lynd Taylor, organiser for the ‘Warden Bay 50+ Lunch Club’ came in to promote the club’s activities.Enjoy good food & company every Tuesday from 1.30 ~ 4.30pm at the Warden Bay village hall, with ;live’ entertainment, outings, a 3 course meal, refreshments….and of course Bingo!! All this for £5 a week!! Every Friday evening from 7pm to 9pm there is Ballroom dancing (tango, foxtrot, cha-cha, jive etc etc) with Sarah Davis, a qualified dance instructor. First timers & beginners are welcome. So, whatever your age go along and get fit and make new friends. Contact Lynd on: 07961547454 or 07904994111 or email: [email protected]
Ruth Twemlow, the Job Coach for ‘Pinnacle People’ came in to tell us all about their FREE services for people of all ages that are seeking employment and have been referred to them by the Job Centre. Ruth can offer you advice, employment engagement and opportunities, as well as training. They will even meet your travel expenses. Located at 109 High St, Sheerness (also branches in Sittingbourne, Gravesend, Dartford, Hastings and Ramsgate) Call Ruth on: 07710308134 or email: [email protected]
Emma Dengate & Martin Reeves popped in to promote the “Wheels for Wisdom” Bike Ride happening this Sunday 10th May. Starts 8.30am & finishes 4pm at the Royal Engineers Museum. Emma & Martin are ‘Friends of the Wisdom Hospice’ and have organised loads of fun events, from Charity Balls, Summer Fayre’s to golf, go-kart and canoe days to raise money for the hospice. The hospice care is totally free as their belief is that everyone matters all through their life and no one should die in avoidable pain, suffering or distress. It is the only adult hospice in Medway & Swale and each year supports approx 1,000 patients and their families. For further help find them on FB, Twitter or email:
‘Medway World Peace Day’ is on Monday 21st Sept. There will be school workshops and peace projects featuring paintings and crafts. Performers and schools are invited to participate. Sarah March is holding a ‘Kent Kundalini’ yoga and reiki retreat at the Shurland Hotel once a month starting Sun 10th May. Sarah also offers one-to-one sessions for stress disorders. Singer, songwriter Neil Wood is performing an evening of ‘Opera’ at Luigi’s, Sandwich on Tues 9th June. For more details find them on FB and Twitter or call:07968297262
Stuart Whibley, owner of the “SOL Paranormal” group mysteriously appeared in the studios today to enlighten us on the ‘Spirits of Life’ investigations into paranormal activity across Kent & the UK. If you have any ‘spooky going-ons’ or unexplainable happenings call Stuart on: 07402878090 or drop an email to: [email protected] Visit their website: www.spiritsoflife.co.uk.
The group is looking for new members to help document their findings and are also holding a fundraising event for ‘Cancer Research UK’ on 4th July at the Surrey Arms, Mitcham.
[email protected] and visit their FB page
NRK Norwegian Radio journalist Tore Moland came in to give an interview about “The Piano Man” mystery. Tore is producing a mini documentary for the NRK Foreign News desk and would like people to contact him with any info or stories about the Piano Man. Please call: +47 91574789 or email: [email protected] You can always contact the Sheppey FM studios on 665898 or email: [email protected] to give us your stories.
Mad Mike Young representing the OMRLP (Official Monster Raving Looney Party) enjoyed himself in the studio today!! An “MP in waiting” (quote) Mike pointed out that as a result of campaigning by the MRLP the ‘Pet Passport’, ‘Commercial Radio’, ‘All day pub opening hours’ and ‘Votes for 18 yr olds’ became established in British law. Mike’s ‘larger than life’ persona is well know to locals but, on a serious note, he dedicates many voluntary hours driving the mini bus for the ‘Freedom Centre’ and other local organisations. It may be raining but in the studios today…the sun was shining!! — with Dawn Cockburn and Mad Mike Young.
‘Cancer Research’ fundraiser Chris Easterbrook came into the studio to let us know about her event on Saturday 23rd May at Eastchurch Village Hall from 11am ~ 3pm. Several members of Chris’ family have been touched by cancer but were treated well by the NHS and the Maidstone Oncology Unit. Chris wants to put something back to help others in the same situation by raising awareness and funds at her Eastchurch event. Chris says if you’re having a Spring clean and de-clutter please donate to Cancer Research. Call 01795 880301
Welcome to our new presenters, Charlotte Lee and Roxy Butcher who will be hosting the “Sheppey Matters Takeover Show” every Thursday between 2pm and 3pm. Listen in for information about Sheppey Matters’ events, activities and community services: Day trips to beautiful places across Kent, Summer fun activities, Discos and….of course..the infamous ‘Wellie Club….and lots, lots more for you to enjoy
Fiona Trigwell and Bethany, organisers of the infamous “Paul Trigwell Island Run” came in to promote this years 9th run on Sunday 10th May. The PTIR started in 2006 in memory of Paul Trigwell and they have previously raised over £100,000 for underprivileged children on Sheppey. There is a 10 mile run, a 2 mile run and a 10 mile walk with a fancy dress ‘War Time’ theme. Entry is by sponsorship only and Application Forms are available online at: www.ptir.org.uk or from the Sheppey FM studios. Visit their FB page for further info.
Deacon Prus guest last night was Walter Robbins who came into the studio to talk about the persecuted church and about his time working in Argentina.
Abdool Kara, Swale Borough Council CEO joined ‘Big Matt’ today to promote the ‘Register To Vote Campaign. Abdool is also visiting schools across the borough over the next few weeks to speak to 18yr olds about the voting process. The Electoral Commission has identified their age group as a key target area to remind people to register to vote by April 20th. The up and coming elections are of significant importance and everyone should use their vote: Visit: www.electoralcommission.org.uk for independent info or visit: www.swale.gov.uk/voting-elections for more local info.
Sue & Bernie were joined by Cheryl Philpott, the coordinator for the ‘Swale Campus Hair Extravaganza Show’ showing on Monday 20th April. The students design all the hair styles and there is a ‘Las Vegas’ this year. Go along and support their hard work!! The Performance starts at 5pm. The tickets are £5 and all monies raised are donated to the ‘Cervical Cancer Charity’ If you are interested in ‘Hair Courses’ at Swale Campus there is an Open Day on Weds 22nd April…so pop in!
Gordon Henderson MP, will be in the studio tomorrow on the Mid Morning Show with Sue Barnes & Berni Mackem between 10am & 1pm to talk about the forthcoming elections. If you wish to get involved or you have a question or two for Gordon, then tune in & ring the studio on 01795 665898 or email the studio on [email protected]
Dave O’Neill, the Chairman of the EMU’s (Event Marshaling Unit Sheppey) came in to the studios to tell the listeners about the fantastic work that they do in the community. Last year they attended over 72 events across Kent, ensuring that people were kept safe by providing stewarding, first-aid and parking directions. They work in collaboration with SBC, Kent Police, Highways and each event organiser. Emu’s are totally run by volunteers and have just won the SBC Swale Volunteer Team Award!! If you would like to volunteer for this great team, or wish to book them at your event please contact Dave on: 07857961776 or email: [email protected] or find them on Facebook.
Sue and Bernie were joined today by Rob Stanbridge from ‘Silverthorn Health Care’ who work with various Care Homes and the NHS. Rob was talking about Dementia and how it affects people’s lives, and the “Dementia Living Support Package”. If you would like help, advice or further information call: 01795 883698 or email: robsilverthornhealthcare.co.uk or visit their website: www.silverthornhealthcare.co.uk
Representing the “Kent Parent Carer Forum” today was Danielle Smith, who was explaining how they work with Local Authorities, Health partners and other organisations to improve services and outcomes for children and young people, enable parent carers to influence change, organise focus groups, hold information days….and so much more. If you think that they can help you, or to get involved contact Danielle on: 07808271130 or email: [email protected] Visit the KPCF Facebook page or Twitter or call 01233469241 or www.kpcf.co.uk
Deacon Pru was joined tonight by Lay workers Dean Collins & Alex Clark. Dean & Alex work for the Family Trust,a charity which works with schools & churches across Medway & Swale to provide Assemblies,Kids Clubs Prayer Spaces & Summer Camps.
We were delighted to welcome our local RNLI Lifeguards in to the studio, who were promoting the opportunities for paid roles from May 23rd to Sept 6th for Lifeguards for the Sheppey beaches and Sheppey Leisure Centre. If you are interested or require further details on courses and jobs please call James on: 07785438360 or email: [email protected]
Dawn was joined today by Heather Thomas-Pugh from Sheppey Matters, who was talking about various new projects being organised. This Sat 21st March sees the exciting launch of the “Art & Nature Trail” at Barton’s Point Coastal Park at 12 noon, as part of ‘Visit Kent’s Big Weekend’ festival. Heather has also organised FREE ‘Art Courses’ for 18 yrs + to be held at the Sheppey Matters Healthy Living Cafe on Weds April 1st, May 6th and June 3rd, between 6pm~8pm. Tutor David Draper, has over 35 years experience and welcomes all abilities Call the Sheppey Matters office on 01795 585335 for further details or visit their FB page
Hayley Erin Kennedy was my guest on This Monday Night Classic Rock Show with Philip Woody Wood on Sheppey FM…..superb set from Hayley who was promoting her new studio track…….If I Asked You To Stop……Great Performance ! www.sheppeyfm.org.uk
Thank you to Swale Borough Council for the recognition of Sheppey FM’s hard work in the community. We have only been going for 2yrs but we are up there with the best of them. Thank you to George & Brenda Bobbin, Martin Goodhew and all the SBC team. Congratulations to Jenny(BTHC) and Dave(EMU’s) and all the other volunteers. An excellent evening!!
The ADHD Support Group Sheppey was formed in 2013 to support families & individuals affected by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. They offer awareness courses and teach Level 2 in ‘Meeting the Needs of Learners with ADHD in the mainstream classroom’. They were celebrating their Birthday today and meet every Friday at the Healthy Living Centre: 3:30pm ~ 5:00pm in the community hub. Feel free to go along to this friendly group…they are there for you!! Email: [email protected] or visit FB adhdsheppey
Sheppey Matters were doing their bit for ‘Red Nose Day’ with a fundraising lunch at the HLC Waterfront Cafe today. Emma and Roxy came in to the studios with their menu and cakes.
Ray Featherstone. MBE and Senior Youth Worker at “Sheerness County Youth Centre” called by to tell us all about the exciting activities for young people (aged 12~19yrs) being provided at the centre. Open every Tues & Weds: 6.30 ~ 9pm (50p) and every other Friday:7.00 ~ 10pm for the ‘Tardis Disco’ (£1) FREE membership. Enjoy table tennis, pool, TV, Video and Radio production & recording, stage and dance, arts and design, X-box.Refreshments available in the in-house cafe. Call: 01795 662808 for more details.
A great night was had with Anita Harris at Sheppey Little Theatre ….Pictured with Sheppey FMs Philip Woody Wood….A big thank you to Anita for taking time out to talk to us…and also to Ray Ballard ( who also did a superb comedy and singing routine )…for helping to organize this event !……Listen out for the live interview with Anita this Sunday on The Solid Gold Sunday with Philip Woody Wood….around 12.30 ….also Ray Ballard will be my guest in the studio www.sheppeyfm.org.uk
We were delighted to welcome the Mayor and Mayoress of Swale today.George and Brenda Bobbin kindly donated to our project and we were keen to show them the SCMC and our activities. George kindly gave our young protegee, Jack Bee, a lovely interview and shared some amusing stories. Hence, we played for him Connie Francis..”lipstick on your collar” and had a good dance around the studio!!…..Such lovely people. Thank you!!
International Cabaret Entertainer Martin Farbrother joined Carla today in the studio with a selection of songs from ‘The Kings of Swing’ and ‘The Great American Songbook’. Martin is a professional vocalist and available for Public, Private and Corporate events. For further info email: [email protected] or visit: www.freewebs.com/thecrooner. or call: 01227283445 / 07740046459
Lee Ewart was a guest on Deacon Pru’s Helping Hands show to talk about this years Sunset Seaside Stroll from Minster Leas to Queenborough, to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. For more information, you can contact Lee on:- [email protected][email protected] phone on 07932211083
Brian Spoor popped in to tell us that SEAL will be starting their ‘Sheppey Touring Cinema’ again on 28th Feb at the Sheppey Leisure Complex. “Guardians of the Galaxy” will be shown at 4.30pm (cert 12) and “12 Years a Slave” will be at 7.30pm (cert 15) Admission is FREE. Check out their FB page for details of further films.
Entertainers Jason Allen and Miranda Richards popped in to promote the “Sound of Musicals” at the Brook Theatre, Chatham on 14th March. The fun-filled family show features the biggest hits of the West End & Broadway performed by various West End Stars. Tickets £15 Concessions £12. Call the box office on: 01634338338 or visit their Facebook page: the central and brook theatres for more info — with jason allen sway.
Our Deacon Pru was joined this evening by guest the Reverend Paul Kite, curate at the Holy Trinity Church, Queenborough, Paul was talking about how he has enjoyed his first 8 months of living on Sheppey and his life before becoming a priest.
“An Audience with Anita Harris” at the Sheppey Little Theatre was being promoted today by Ray Ballard, along with Paul Harris. This popular show is on Thursday 26th Feb. Doors open 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets are £17.50 and available from Sheppey Glass or at the Sheppey Little Theatre box office or call: 07783069446. Hurry, their going fast
Clare Barnes, vice-chair of ‘Swale District Partnership Group’ and Caz White (valuing people worker) working with East Kent Mencap, came in to talk about how they help people with learning difficulties to vote and get involved. They also work with Kent Police to prevent hate-crime and the bullying of people with disabilities. They are also setting up a dance group working with the specialist school Meadowfields, Sittingbourne If you would like help or more information contact: [email protected] or visit the ‘Kent Learning Disability Partnership Board website: www.kentldpb.org.uk Caz is also on call every Tuesday 9am ~ 2.30pm at the ‘Seashells Children’s Centre’, Rose St
Stoned recording their album in front of a selective audience at Roadhouse recording Studios while simultaneously being streamed round the world live on Sheppeyfm, via the internet.
Gerard Norton was a guest on the Afternoon Plus show talking to Noel Pritchard about his work with Skillnet Group planting trees in various locations in Swale for Amicus Horizon. For more information contact Helen Long on 07952 170160 or Email :- [email protected] or Hannah Parathian on 07889 914899 or Email:- [email protected]
Derek Gallagher, of Hartlip Methodist Church & an Old Sheppey Boy was the guest on the Helping Hands show on Wednesday night talking with Deacon Pru, about his life.
Swale Borough Council’s ‘Community Services Officer’ Sophia Ramm came into our studios today to promote and talk about the ‘Swale Volunteers Awards’. People are being invited to nominate their most deserving volunteer and everyone nominated will receive a certificate and those shortlisted will be invited to the Awards evening. To nominate on-line visit: www.swale.gov.uk/volunteer-swale or download the nomination form and email to: [email protected] Closing date is this Friday 16th January….so hurry up and get your nominations in!!
What a talented 12yr old boy!! Today was Robert’s first time in the studio and he’s totally ‘nailed it’. He will be joining the ‘Youth Show’ on Saturday mornings along with the rest of the team. If you’re interested in having fun and learning Media and radio presentation give us a call on 664499 and ask for Corrie or Simon (Youth Show Managers)
It’s Christmas !! Celebrate with the Sheppey FM presenters all through the festivities. Request your favourite songs on 665898, send a loved one a Christmas message and dance around the kitchen to our great music. Happy Christmas to all our friends and listeners!!
Loving Tim’s Christmas hat!! Tim’s competition question is..”How many marinas are there in the Medway Estuary?? The prize for the first correct answer is a Trip around Q’boro Harbour in the harbour launch and a meal for one at the Flying Dutchman Carvery!! Last chance to write to SBC planning about the Q’boro Marina!! Make your voice heard!!
Sheerness Snow Queens Hannah Thompson (18yrs) and Katie Goodsell (20yrs) popped in to see us during their busy schedule for the newly revived Christmas Carnival. The girls were attending the Christmas lights ‘turn-on’ at the clock tower. If you would like to volunteer to help the Christmas Carnival Committee visit their Facebook page. Come on guys…support your community!! — with Hannah Thompson, Kristina Webb and Katie-Ann Goodsell.
Tim Bell will be in the studio tomorrow at 11am for a phone-in show regarding the fight for the Queenborough Marina to be reinstated with a new financially viable and achievable plan, at half the cost of the original Masterplan. Closing date for your comments is this Monday 15th Dec before 5pm. Email:[email protected] Listen in for more information and give Tim a call on 665898
Arts Awards students
Local MP Gordon Henderson hosted the studio desk today with his chosen music and chat. Gordon also spoke passionately about the positives for the Island with the latest Oasis Academy, Neat’s Court and Peel Ports commitments to the local community. Gordon is a regular guest at Sheppey FM and a keen supporter of our community ambitions and goals
Youth Arts Foundation students
Welcome to our latest presenter, Kaz White, who is also the ‘valuing people worker’ for the KCC initiative the “Swale District Partnership Group”. Kaz will be ‘buddying’ with our Simon to dedicate a show to this group which focuses on helping people with learning difficulties. Listen in on Thursdays 1pm ~ 4pm to hear interviews with partnering organisations and help-line details
Nicola Bidgood and Steph Plank, from the “Sheerness Christmas Carnival Committee” and members of the “Sheerness Town Team” came in to promote “Santa’s Grotto” which opens on Sat 29th Nov, from 11am until 3.30pm at the O So U premises, High St, S/ness. Entry £3.50 and funds raised with go back to the Sheerness Town Team. On the same day will be the Christmas Lights Turn On at 4pm at the clocktower. Will Palin will ‘flick the switch’ and the Snow Queens will be attending.
Mark Howland M.A. the Faculty Head of Canterbury College ‘Swale Campus’ was invited in for an interview by their student Jack Bee, who coordinates the Friday afternoon ‘Swale Campus Show’. Mark, who is quite new to his role,is full of enthusiasm and has great ambitions and exciting projects ahead for the college and his students…..watch out for new, up and coming events!!
It was a great pleasure to have Ashleigh Kerrison performing LIVE in the studios of Sheppey FM on The Monday Night Classic Rock Show with Philip Woody Wood on Monday 17 November 2014….She had a fantastic voice and sang a really superb set !
Mick was joined by the “Westenhanger Castle” Weddings team today to inform our listeners of the amazing restoration ‘Tudor House’ kitchen project taken on by Sarah Poole (wedding planner) Julia Keeley (professional photographer) and Phil Webster (DJ Choice) Their services can be provided individually or as a ‘Sound Proof’ package. Call Julia on 07789133878./ Phil on 07929266354 or www.choicedj.co.uk. For more info visit: www.kentcastle.co.uk or find them on Facebook
Ryan Fletcher, the Entertainment & Marketing manager for the “Rendezvous Bar”, Sheerness, popped into the studios to promote their charity event on Sat 29th Nov. in aid of the “Laura Shann Wig Fund” and the “Little Princess Trust”. Local lady Laura is fighting cancer but courageously donated all her hair to the Little Princess Fund, a charity providing hair wigs for children suffering hair loss due to chemotherapy or other illnesses. Brave lady!
Melvin Hopper, the owner of the ‘Heritage Micro Pub’, which opened this January, came in to talk about their latest ale, the “Heritage Dockyard Church”, with 30p of every pint being donated to the ‘Dockyard Church Renovation Fund’. The Heritage Micro Pub has over 240 different beers and returns to traditional values of a social place to meet and chat ……with NO TV’s, slot machines or mobiles!! Drop in a drink up for a local charity
Hasmita Reardon, founder & trustee of the local charity “New Leaf Support” and Celia Emslie, trustee, joined presenter Sue Barnes (who is also a trustee of the charity) to talk about the rapid growth and success of the charity, which provides help and support for victims of domestic abuse. There is a fundraising Tribute evening arranged at the Lateef Indian Restaurant, Sittingbourne on Thursday 20th Nov.
The ‘March Hares’ were brilliantly performing ‘live’ in the studios today. The guitar & harmony duo, Rick Stills & Lynette Frances cover an eclectic mix of songs from the 60’s to current day and suit all venues and occasions. Check them out on our ‘Local Gig Guide’
The Broadway Choir will be performing a “Winter Celebration” at the Oasis Academy (West site) on Sat 22nd November starting at 7.00pm until 10pm. Everyone is welcome and tickets are £7 adults & £4 children, which will contribute to local charities. Peter Farmer, who is a tenor in the choir said “it promises to be a great evening which includes NJ, an R&B group… and its all for a good cause” Please contact the Oasis Academy for further details: 01795 664720
Sheppey FM were privileged to support the Royal British Legion Remembrance Service at the Sheerness War Memorial on Sunday 11th November. It was a very moving event attended by over 600 local people.
CHILDREN IN NEED National coordinator Caleb Watson came to the studios with PUDSEY to kick-off the Children in Need appeal which started with the Rickshaw challenge last Friday on the One Show. The big day is Friday 14th so please dig deep. You can put your loose change in the coinstar machine at Tesco stores or go to 1081 Roundtable
Deacon Pru was also joined by Graham Benham who has just returned from a 2,000 mile trip through France, Germany, Belgium & Holland visiting the main localities associated with the events of both WW1 & WW2. Ypres & the Tyncot Cemetery (the biggest British Cemetery in the world with 39,000 war dead) Also the Mohne Dam, site of the infamous ‘bouncing bomb’, the Dachau labour camp, and Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest. Graham found the experience moving and emotional.
Deacon Pru’s ‘Helping Hands’ show featured guest Nicola Stokes who volunteered to plant the ceramic poppies at the Tower of London…..888,245 to date with the last one being planted on Tuesday 11th at 11am. This commemorates the WW1 war dead only!! This is almost impossible to repeat for WW2 as this exceeds over 60 million!! With the UK war dead alone being 450,900. Indeed a time for reflection for everyone
A new project for the Island, the “Young Lives Foundation” provides Mentoring and Activities Programmes for vulnerable children and young adults. Vera Harper (voluntary coordinator) Saff O’Brian (Mentor) and Sarah Murphy came in with Kane Hudson to promote the “YLF”, who are seeking desperately needed volunteers. If you can spare a few hours to help these youngsters please see the details below.
Mick was joined on his show with regular presenter DJ Fletch and Keith and Stewart from Blossoms….who just love the great music
Our Deacon Pru was joined on the “Helping Hands” show by Paul Murray, the Community Liaison Officer for Oasis Academy and volunteer Ester Marsh. All three are very busy with the new project “Prayer Spaces” and other projects involving the Oasis students
Ranjith Kana joined Jamie Long today on Drivetime. Ranjith has a love of music and is having guitar lessons with our very own Mick Kenten
Del and Rachel from ‘Karma Duo’ gave an amazing ‘live’ performance in the studio this morning. Established professionals for 18 years they are available for gig bookings….not to be missed. Find them on FB or call: 07445893747 or email: [email protected] — with Mick Kenten, Carla Winters, Del Drury and Rachel Marie Drury.
Zoe and Julie from Kent Stage Academy joined Carla to talk about the KSA classes in Drama, Singing & Dance. Students are aged 5yrs to 17yrs and work with professional teachers. Classes run at Lordswood Leisure Centre every Weds from 4.15 to 6.15 pm and at Borden Grammar School, Sittingbourne every Sat from 10am to 1pm.
The aim of KSA is to give every student the chance to have fun, be onstage and build their confidence and self esteem.
Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes visited Sheppey Matters and Sheppey FM studios this Friday as she has recently funded the ‘Changing Attitudes~Love your PC’ and ‘Youth Activities’ projects through the Kent People’s Trust and the Commissioners Fund. Both projects aim to prevent local anti-social behaviour problems. Ann said “this is for me the true meaning of partnership work, people working together to have such a positive impact on local communities” She was delighted to meet our Swale Campus students, Jack Bee and Dave Hodgson
Deacon Pru’s guests tonight were from Blossoms Care Services. Manager Simon Peddle and team leader Samantha Devlin. Blossoms offers independence for many vulnerable people, day to day care and social trips. If you would like their help call: 07769272925 or 07909116694. You can email: [email protected]
massive thanks to Matt Curtis and Barry Wise for their excellent service and help with our FM transmission in August. Kent PA Hire are available for any event needing a superb PA system and come highly recommended. Call 01303 242 085 or visit: www.ekradio.co.uk
Cllr John Wright, Cabinet Member for Housing, and Susan Hughs the “Staying Put” manager were in today to talk about the “Staying Put” Swale Borough Council service that aims to keep vulnerable people in their own homes, through safety tips (using electrical or gas appliances) advise on healthy living, free maintenance of their property and monetary help, and practical help in getting quotes for repairs. This service can change your lives for the better!! For more help and details visit: swale.gov.uk/stayingput or phone: 01795 417131
More Sheppey FM ‘Big Giveaway’ prize winners…Mad Mandy, Daisy and Aimee came in with Mick to collect their prize and look around the studios. Aimee is also currently having guitar lessons with Mick.
Tonight on the “British Forces Show” presented by our army veteran Vince, we were joined by Graham Benham, who travels every year to Normandy to commemorate the D-Day landings. In Sept Graham is embarking on a 10 day trip into Europe to commemorate the 1st and 2nd World Wars, where he will be meeting veterans and many others to hear their stories and gain first hand information on the impact of the war on their lives. If you have any stories that you would like to share please contact Graham on FB or email: [email protected] Thank you Graham for a very moving interview
Deacon Pru’s ‘Helping Hands’ show were excited to welcome Father Frank and Mary Van Dyke to talk about the Sheppey Catholic Church’s 150th anniversary and the ‘Flower Festival’ they have organised to raise funds for the Handicapped Children’s Pilgrimage Trust. Dates for your diary are: Tues 9th Sept through to Sun 14th. Tues & Weds 9th and 10th (10am~ 6pm) Thurs & Fri 11th and 12th (11am~7pm)
Singer and ‘Katy Perry’ tribute performer Ann Hudson joined fellow singer Carla today to talk about the ‘Hotsie Totsies’ a 1940’s vintage band that she is in. They are performing at the “Twinwood Festival” at Bedford on 23rd and 24th Aug. Ann is available for weddings, parties and festivals and can be contacted on: 07799268966 or at: www.annhudsonvocals.co.uk or thehotsietotsies.blogspot.co.uk
Will Palin will be coming in to the studios this Saturday 30th Aug to tell our listeners all about the exciting news ahead for the Sheerness Dockyard Church Restoration Project. There is an open launch event on Weds 17th Sept between 3.30~6pm and everyone is welcome to come along and find out more: Visit: www.sheernessdockyardpt.org.uk or FB /Twitter for more info
The young people from ‘Ideas Test’ invaded our studios, along with their ‘Creative Enabler’ Steph Fuller and ‘Youth Catylist’ Siobham Timoney.They have named their group “Impact” and they run their own projects to deliver the ‘6 Ways to Well-being’ project for Swale. To join you must be over 13 years. Visit: www.sixwaystowellbeing.org.uk The project is funded by KCC Public Health, the Arts Council and the Royal Opera House Bridge — with Thomas Afromoonwalker Appleby.
She’s not green…she’s not a doctor…but Nadira IS your Green Doctor and ready to help you with free home visits, free energy saving products and free impartial energy & water savings advice.
Lee & Joy Ewart came in to remind everyone that the Cancer Research “Seaside Sunset Stroll” is on tonight. It’s not too late to join the stroll….all for a very good cause!! Starting at The Leas at 7pm and walking along the promenade to Queenborough.
The Sittingbourne Blind Fellowship Club joined Phil & Pearl today. The social club is for the visually impaired & meets every Tuesday, 10am ~ 4pm at the Masonic Hall, Albany Rd, Sitt, Ann Caveney (Secretary) Doreen Goodwin (Chairperson) and Michael Goodwin (GDB) talked about the club’s activities which include outings, hot dinners & buffet lunches. Every year they perform the carol service (printed out in large print) at St Michael’s Church followed by a Christmas tea. If you would like to be involved please tel: 01795 475727 or 428448
“Sheppey Leisure Complex” General Manager Chris Mortimer joined our lovely ladies today to talk about the SLC’s fun-packed summer holiday activities being provided for families and children. To include ‘animal encounters’, a zoo, a science show and ‘animal magic workshops’…..and much much more!! For more details on how to have fun and entertain the kids this summer call 01795 668061 or visit: www.swaleleisure.com. Chris also mentioned the future of SLC which has received a huge funding investment and there are major plans for a new gym, new equipment and a total renovation of their facilities. This will be great for the local community and we wish the SLC every success
A big thank you to David Kid Jensen, Beverley Thompson, Mike Brown and our patron Danny Lawrence for making our opening launch a huge success. Well done to all the presenters for some amazing shows, kicking off our 87.7FM broadcasts and thank you to all the callers for their requests and kind support
The 2nd “Fingers Custom Bike Show” was held at the ‘Aviator’ on Sun 27th July. Organiser Tony ‘Fingers’ Isitt was raising money for the Air Ambulance. Live band “Old Skool” were performing and the Sheppey FM Roadshow provided musical entertainment for the event. Next to look out for is the “Kent Chrome Cruisers” at Sittingbourne Greyhound Track on 24th August.
“Hair Today ~ Gone Tomorrow”. Brave lady Michelle Murphy will be having all her hair cut off to raise money for Cancer Research UK and St Thomas’ Lupus Trust once she has reached her target of £500. Michelle has been diagnosed as having SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus) and has good and bad days. Please help this lady’s cause by donating on the following links: www.justgiving.com/michelle-murphy12 or text: HTGT67 and enter the amount of your pledge
We were honored to have Ernest Santus and some of his circus performers in today. Ernest is the 5th generation in his French family to own and run this family-entertaining circus. Lucien, his nephew tried to enroll our Sue to join him as a clown……well, she’s got the nose for it!!
Sheppey FM was out and about at the Sheerness East Working Men’s Club interviewing the “Sing Sure Community Choir” and “Aspirations over 50’ies Club” who have joined forces to plan a special evening for the ‘Sheppey Promenade Festival~War and Peas’. on Thursday 18th Sept at the S/E Club. The choir will sing songs and Aspiration members will recite poetry that relates to stories from local people connected with WW1.
CPO Fiona Louch, the Public Relations Officer for the “Sheppey Sea Cadets” dropped in to tell us all about the exciting activities that the sea cadets get up to: sailing, rowing, canoeing, 1st-Aid, catering, drill, shooting and adventurous training expeditions. If you are aged 10~18yrs and would like to join the sea cadets then meet them at Barton’s Point every Monday & Thursday evening, 6.45~ 9.15pm, or to volunteer please call: 01795 580134 or check them out on FB
Our latest presenter, the lovely lady Sue Barnes.completed her first show with ease, and even had time to promote the many other projects that she is involved with (New Leaf Support)……..and still fitting in being a local professional singer and songwriter
We had the pleasure of Meryl Ledbrook’s company today, talking about and playing her latest song ‘This Song is Yours’ sung by Angel Heaven-Lee from South Carolina. This song, and many more are available to freely download from Catflap Music.org and on FB
Hooray, the Santus Circus is back in town on Weds 23rd July until Sun 3rd Aug and Sheppey FM has FREE Family tickets to win everyday!! Listen in from Monday 14th for the ‘Big Top’ Competition and first to contact us wins the tickets. Good Luck
Oasis Academy work experience students, Liam Bidgood & Kieran Simmons were quick to settle in the studios today. They created & produced their own show, broadcast ‘live’ 1~2pm but loved it so much they stayed on until 4pm and will soon be joining the Saturday Youth Show team, which is completely ‘youth-led’ and funded by KCC YOF Well done lads!
Our Army ‘vet’ Vince was joined by the Beach Hotel’s landlord Duane (aka Ash) and landlady Kerry Ashworth to promote ASHFEST at the pub on Sat 12th July. to raise funds for the ‘Victoria Cross Trust’ , of which Duane was made a trustee after his son James was awarded the medal posthumously. The beach party starts at 1pm with live bands and singers through to 11pm, and bouncy castles, BBQ and Hog Roast. To get involved visit: www.thebeachbarhotel.co.uk — with Little Kris.
Celebrating ‘International Language Homes Day’ were Spanish student Javier Roig and French student Vincent Maniere, both 15yrs and staying with English language teacher Linda Brinklow for a couple of weeks. Best of luck conquering the English language guys!! Piece of cake?
Sheppey Matters Project Manager of ‘Arts & Media’ Justin Aggett came in with his students that have just completed their Film Project. They produced 2 short films shot locally which were shown at the Criterion Theatre, Bluetown. The students will each receive an Arts Award. Further courses are available. Please contact the Sheppey Matters’ office on: 01795 585335
Sheppey FM Patron Danny Lawrence BEM dropped in to the studios for a catch up and met with our DJ Fletch going through some training with Jamie. Fletch makes his own way here from Sittingbourne every week….there’s motivation !!
Brogdale Community Centre
Its nearly time for the massive “SHEPPEY TAKEOVER” on Sat 2nd August at Bartons Point Coastal Park: 10am ~ 6pm. fundraising for “Help for Heros”. Derek Marsh has organised the amazing ‘Costumers’ to include Pam Rose & Andrew Lawden. There will be a Dalek Invasion, Military Vehicles, Normandy Squad WW2 Re-enactment Society, Kid’s Fancy Dress & Craft Stalls…and of course the Sheppey FM Roadshows
Mark Dean Ellen was joined tonight by Tom Mason from Nashville Tennessee and Graham White from Sheppey folk and blues club and Tony Duke from Restoration Youth 01 july 2014
Linda Brinklow, organiser of “Aspiration” over 50’s group was interviewed by Phil ‘Woody’ Wood today. The social group meet every first Friday of the month at Sheerness east Working Men’s Club between 2pm and 4pm. £3 includes your tea / coffee. Just turn up to join in with their many activities: from quiz nites to meals out, day trips to workshops
Restoration Youth students
Today Carla was joined by local songwriter, musician and singer Hayley Erin Kennedy to talk about her music, stories and poetry based on her own life experiences. Also in the studio (another busy day!) were the Directors of ‘Wonderland Entertainment’, Phil Webster (DJ) and Leyla Ramadan (photographer) talking about their publicity launch night at the ‘Innovation Centre’, Maidstone Rd, Rochester on Weds 25th June from 7.30~9.30pm,
Trinity College, Rochester students
“Swale Your Way” project coordinator Sandra Bray popped in today to tell our listeners all about the project, which is part of “Together”. They provide a community day service for people 18+ who experience mental health issues. There are many activities organised (gym membership, arts & crafts groups and community allotments) “Swale Your Way” is in the Sheppey Matters Health hub on Tuesdays 10.30am~12noon and Thursdays 2.30~4.30pm. Also covering Sittingbourne at the ‘Quays’ Mondays 2~4pm and Fridays 1~3pm, and ‘New House’, Chalkwell Rd on Wednesdays 2~4pm. Call Sandra on: 07740488576 Check out their FB and website:www.together-uk.org
Peter Kearns started his 10 mile walk from the Sheppey Community Media Centre this Saturday to raise funds for the British Poppy Appeal, assisted by Stewart Kitching from the Swale Stroke Group. Peter has been a prolific fundraiser for over 20 years and will be completing a parachute jump to add to his list of achievements.troke Group
Musician and composer Sue Barnes joined Mick today to promote “The Living Tree Charity” CD in aid of the charity ‘New Leaf Support’ who provide help and support for victims of domestic abuse
Congratulations to Lee & Joy Ewart for organsing another successful fundraising quiz in aid of Cancer Research. Although a small turnout they still raised £225.10. Don’t forget you can still register for the ‘Sunset Seaside Stroll’ on August 9th. Leaving from the Leas to Q’boro. For details email Lee on: [email protected] or call: 07932211083. www.funforlife.btck.co.uk
Today we extended a warm welcome to Jennifer Bates (Coms Officer) and Mike Conway (Project Surveyor) representing the Amicus Horizon IFORE project (Innovation for Renewal of Energy) IFORE is EU funded and a collaborative venture between Brighton University, Universite d’Artois and Amicus Horizon and Pas-de-Calais who established on-site teams in Rushenden and Outreau areas to teach residents how to save energy and make their homes more eco-friendly and reach the objectives of energy / carbon reduction.
The group ‘Star Lane’ were jammin ‘live’ in the studio on Mark Dean Ellen’s Big Country show this Tuesday. The group has been nominated to represent the UK in the ‘Texas Sounds Country Music Awards. Sarah Lucy Dole (lead singer) Jon (base player) Jax Titmus (drummer & backing vocals) and Simon Craig (guitarist) are holding a fundraising event on the 15th June at the Lighthouse Bar, Margate, with BBQ, fire-eaters and ‘live’ bands all day. Check out their FB page “Starlane Duo” or visit www.starlane.co.uk for info
Guy Nicholson, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate, dropped by to congratulate the team on our recent good news. Guy was put through his paces as a Radio Presenter by Wayne and although he really enjoyed himself he doesn’t think he will try a career change. Thanks Guy
Morrisons’ ‘Community Champion’ Felicity Carpenter was in the studio today to explain her role and how she can help local groups with funding and support by providing raffle prize donations and organising bucket collections and bag-packing.Groups are encouraged to use the Morrisons’ Community Notice board and can also have a tour of the store. Applications must be in writing to Customer Services
Do you live on Sheppey and want help to reduce your energy and water bills?? Then book a FREE visit with the ‘Green Doctor’ Nadira Moreea who will give you advice and a whole load of freebies. Call Nadira on 01795 434222 or visit: www.sustainablesheppey.org.uk, or collect a leaflet at the Gateway, Sheerness. ‘Groundwork South’ are an environmental charity working on the ‘Sustainable Sheppey’ project
Sheppey Knitwitz came in for a knit and a natter with Tony D this week. The friendly group meet every Tuesday 9am~11.30am in the Trinity Room at the Healthy Living Centre. They do loads for charity such as knit blankets for the RSPCA and homeless people, and coats for birds suffering from oil pollution, even croquet ‘poppies’. and hats for the ‘Innocent smoothie’ bottles to raise funds. Transport is available SO join them for a knit & natter and enjoy yourself whilst raising funds for charities
The lovely lady Fiona Trigwell joined our Woody Wood today to promote the ‘Paul Trigwell Island Run / Walk’ to be held on Sunday 11th May. All proceeds will go to the ‘Paul Trigwell Memorial Fund’ to benefit local under privileged children. Entry forms are available at the Sheppey FM studios or visit: www.ptir.org.uk So, no excuses, its good for you and the kids!! Sheppey FM Roadshow will be there to cheer you on at the finishing line
Please support Adam Short on his 6,600 mile trek around the UK raising money for ‘Save the Children’ and the ‘Scouts’, by hiking and kayaking across rivers and estuaries over the next 9 months. Check out his FB page for more information and updates on his progress. Well done Adam and keep in contact with us
Just one of our many lucky ‘Big Give-away’ prize winners. You are all insatiable but we’ve got more!! The Pimms hamper is still here trying to tempt me. Keep listening…..87.7FM
We were greatly honoured to have as our guests the ‘Buffalo’s’ in with ‘Big Matt’. Brother John Simmonds (Role of Honour) represented the ‘Hand of Friendship’ Lodge and Brother Steve Plumb (1st degree Kangaroo) represented the ‘Pegasus’ Lodge, the only two remaining ‘minor’ lodges on the Island. The Buffalo’s were first established in 1822 by thespians in Drury Lane, London and continues to raise funds for local charities
Sheppey FM Studios were totally invaded today by the entire 12th Sheppey Scouts who were kept in check by their Leaders Skip, Pumba, Carl and Anita. The scout’s ‘Young Leaders’ were Joseph Walker and Sean Knight, who is another of our ‘up-and-coming’ presenters. 12th Sheppey meet every Wednesday between 6.30 to 8.30pm at the Trinity Hall, Sheerness. To get involved with their many activities call 07979574957 and let the FUN begin
Lynd Taylor, organiser for the ‘Warden Bay 50+ Lunch Club’ came in to promote the club’s activities.Enjoy good food & company every Tuesday from 1.30 ~ 4.30pm at the Warden Bay village hall, with ;live’ entertainment, outings, a 3 course meal, refreshments….and of course Bingo!! All this for £5 a week!!
Every Friday evening from 7pm to 9pm there is Ballroom dancing (tango, foxtrot, cha-cha, jive etc etc) with Sarah Davis, a qualified dance instructor. First timers & beginners are welcome. So, whatever your age go along and get fit and make new friends. Contact Lynd on: 07961547454 or 07904994111 or email: [email protected]
John Nurden from the STG dropped in fliers to remind everyone that the greatly celebrated ‘Pirates Landing’ will be held on Sat 6th Aug at Barton’s Point. There will be a flotilla of piratical ships sailing in, followed by the customary water fight. There will be children’s games, fun fair and ‘live’ music throughout the event…..oh and watch out for those Pirates!!
tony & Barbara Harrison joined us today to talk about the charity Swale Fibromyalgia Support Group which meets monthly alternately at Phoenix House, Sittingbourne (Nov 3rd) and Sheppey Healthy Living Centre (Dec 8th Xmas event) The group arranges for guest speakers from other health support organisations & offer advice on financial support, self help & the importance of social interaction. The meetings are free (a donation towards the refreshments is appreciated) Find the group on FB, call 07746671558 or email: [email protected]