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Topics pertaining to the local St Albans community, including Faith, nature and family.,

Topics pertaining to the local St Albans community, including Faith, nature and family.,

Location:

United Kingdom

Description:

Topics pertaining to the local St Albans community, including Faith, nature and family.,

Language:

English


Episodes

Anything but Footy

1/27/2022
Podcast creator and producer John Cushing explains to Local Life the production services that he and his colleague Michael Weadock are providing to a multitude of different sports after a working lifetime in broadcast radio with a focus on news and sport. It is indeed anythingbutfooty.com.

Duration:00:25:15

Why do birds fly south for the winter?

12/6/2021
Local nature correspondent Rupert Evershed asks a simple seasonal question - but the answer might not be the one you expect.

Duration:00:04:12

Winter beds project

11/28/2021
Lucy Gaygusuz, Trustee at Open Door, tells Rob Pearman about the plans to help and then keep local rough sleepers off the streets for the second Covid winter. This year - as last year - the project involves Open Door, Centre 33, Hightown Housing, Emmaus and the District Council and this year with the additional support of Morgan Sindall. This year, the project needs more volunteers to help manage and support the special cabins located at Emmaus St Albans where those without a warm place for...

Duration:00:15:08

Youth Talk Ep 2

11/23/2021
Chris Tillin chats with Youth Talk CEO David Barker and fundraiser Phill Coates about the fantastic work the charity are doing as we approach Christmas

Duration:00:22:38

Local wild life under threat

11/16/2021
Nature correspondent Rupert Evershed calls for support in the campaign to save Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits - home to a wide range of birds and other wildlife - from potential loss if the Bowmans Cross development proposed by Hertsmere Borough Council is approved. Consultation closes on 6th December.

Duration:00:05:12

A perfect storm

10/11/2021
John Mulholland, Trustee and Warehouse Manager at St Albans & District Foodbank, explains to Rob Pearman how the service works, how much it has increased over recent years (it now has six distribution points), and how the combination of increasing prices, the ending of the Covid uptick to Universal Credit and of the furlough scheme, plus announced increases in National Insurance may add to local requests for assistance - just at a time when the Foodbank has to move out of its current...

Duration:00:14:43

An old friend returns

10/11/2021
It's been thirty years since local nature observer, writer and correspondent Rupert Evershed was last visited by a Spotted Flycatcher. They had once been annual visitors so he was delighted to see them back again - even though now as migrants rather than nesting birds and also, sadly, on the 'red list' as an endangered species. (Photo copyright and used by courtesy of Rupert Evershed)

Duration:00:03:45

Nature’s variety

9/27/2021
Local naturalist and correspondent Rupert Evershed (see podcast series: Local Life - Nature Notes) believes that experiencing nature's variety is as good as a rest. His recent experience of land and sea birds around The Scilly Isles included discoveries about the house sparrow and the magpie, but also an encounter with the rarely seen tiny seabird Wilson's Storm Petrel, as well as dolphins, gannets and shearwaters. Now, back home, we move on from summer to autumn!

Duration:00:03:51

Tales of the Weird

9/26/2021
One of a series of publications by the British Library, 'Crawling Horror - Creeping Tales of the Insect Weird' is edited by Daisy Butcher and Janette Leaf, respectively postgraduate researchers at Hertfordshire University and Birkbeck, University of London. They have searched the archives for 19th and 20th century tales about insects - some good, some bad. Some by men such as HG Wells and Edgar Allen Poe, others introducing previously overlooked women writers. In this extended version of an...

Duration:00:28:51

Local help for Afghan evacuees

9/26/2021
Stacey Turner, founder of the local mental health charity It's OK to Say started to plan ways to help newly arrived evacuees from Kabul who were facing the trauma of their unplanned exit from their homeland . She soon realised that many of them - having left Afghanistan in haste - had very real immediate needs for clothing and other essential items. Stacey and her colleagues set up collection points around the city and within a matter of days local people had responded so overwhelmingly that...

Duration:00:14:12

An Orchid Summer

9/2/2021

Duration:00:04:40

Highlights of a locked down year

9/2/2021

Duration:00:04:13

A feast for all seasons

9/2/2021

Duration:00:04:27

The High Street Life – Pubs

7/13/2021
The High Street Life podcast is presented by Roma Bhowmick and Leona Fensome and is a six-part series looking at life as an independent retailer on the St Albans High Street. The series is sponsored by the St Albans BID (Business Improvement District) and will share with you, the stories, triumphs and challenges of business owners and managers who serve our community on a daily basis. In this sixth and last episode, we chat with two general managers of local businesses, Mad Squirrel...

Duration:00:59:18

One tile short of a …….

7/5/2021
When someone knocks on your door and tells you he can fix that loose tile, beware. It's odds on he's a scammer aiming to rip you off. HCC Trading Standards Officer Darren Ward tells Local Life some hair-raising tales of the tricks these scammers play and how much it can end up costing you.

Duration:00:06:13

Energy saving scams that cost

7/5/2021
We're all doing our best to help in the fight against climate change, so it's no surprise that scammers have decided that is where we're most vulnerable. Trading Standards Officer Darren Ward explains on Local Life how the 'energy-efficiency scammers' work, what to watch out for and - above all - how to save yourself a lot of grief.

Duration:00:07:09

‘This is a text from Royal Mail…..’

6/15/2021
Well actually, it isn't. And if you 'click on one' as invited, you could soon be handing over access to all your banking details. Darren Ward of HCC Trading Standards explains how the scammers use a simple text about an undelivered package (supposedly from Royal Mail or Amazon or DPD or.....) to get into your bank account and take whatever they like. Find out how to avoid a disaster. Scams awareness fortnight runs from 14 to 27 June 2021.

Duration:00:07:20

Not what they pretend to be…..

6/15/2021
Anyone who owns a phone, a computer, a letter box or even a front doorbell is a target for the scammers (which means all of us). On Local Life, HCC Trading Standards Officer Darren Wood explains the tricks the scammers use – focusing this time on the ‘Nottingham Knockers’ and the rogue fish sellers, who turn out not to be all they pretend. Scams Awareness Fortnight runs from 14 to 27 June 2021.

Duration:00:07:19

The High Street Life – Independent Professional Services

5/26/2021
The High Street Life podcast is presented by Roma Bhowmick and Leona Fensome and is a six-part series looking at life as an independent retailer on the St Albans High Street. The series is sponsored by the St Albans BID (Business Improvement District) and will share with you, the stories, triumphs and challenges of business owners and managers who serve our community on a daily basis. In this fifth episode, we chat with three managers of local businesses, Debenhams Ottaway Managing Partner,...

Duration:00:44:38

Wheathampstead Dramatic Society

4/29/2021
Local Life welcomed Robert Naylor-Stables, current Play Director at one of the District's best known amateur dramatic societies. Rob Pearman asked him to tell us what they've achieved over the past 75 years, what they see as their contribution to the local community, how they coped with the lockdown and what's coming up when they can once again invite an audience into the Memorial Hall (Spoiler alert: it's Brian Friel's 'Faith Healer' from 14-16 October). Photo from earlier production of...

Duration:00:16:44