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The sounds of people and events in the Dorset town.

The sounds of people and events in the Dorset town.


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The sounds of people and events in the Dorset town.




Happy birthday to Sherborne's radio station Abbey 104

Abbey 104 began broadcasting to Sherborne and surrounding villages in February 2013. After a series of test broadcasts under Restricted Service Licences and a change of name from Radio Sherborne to reflect the wider area, Abbey 104 went on the air from premises at Greenhill. The radio station now operates from a compact studio at Coombe and is staffed entirely by volunteers. A team of 40 presenters fill the airtime across the week with a mix of music shows and programmes for the...


Get ready for Sherborne Abbey Festival 2020

Twenty-one years ago Sherborne resident John Baker went to hear his cathedral chorister son sing at a festival of liturgical music. He returned inspired to replicate the experience in the splendid setting of Sherborne Abbey. The festival has been held every year since 2000 and has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds which is spent supporting the choir and music at the abbey, and providing grants to musicians connected to Sherborne. The major refurbishment of the organ currently being...


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Peter de Savary on buying The Eastbury Hotel, destination Dorset, climate change...and Donald Trump

The owner of Sherborne’s historic Eastbury Hotel sits in the garden enjoying the winter sunshine with coffee and an early morning cigar contemplating the completion of nearly two years of renovations and refurbishment of the Georgian building. Peter de Savary, who with his wife Lana is supervising the transformation of the Eastbury into a luxury townhouse hotel, talks to The Sherborne Podcast in a wide-ranging discussion on the cusp of a new decade. The work at the Eastbury Hotel is nearly...


Need for Sherborne's Food Bank Increasing

The Sherborne Food Bank was set up in 2011. Last year they delivered 1,380 parcels to families, couples and individuals in need, an increase of 31% over the year before. The number sent out this year is expected to have gone up by at least another 20%. The Sherborne Podcast talks to the chair of trustees Revd Jono Tregale and Michael Graves who supervises the food bank depot where the food parcels are prepared and despatched. Donations of tinned and dried foods can be left in the special...


Three words for Sherborne's on-call firefighters

The latest full episode of The Sherborne Podcast meets Sherborne's on-call firefighters. They have other jobs or commitments but drop everything to respond to emergency calls. In the half-hour episode they talk about their role, the impact on their families and why they do it. In this bonus segment discover the extraordinary reason fewer people are dialling 999 when they see an emergency. And learn how a free app for your smartphone and three words can help the fire and rescue service...


Meet Sherborne's on-call firefighters

It's ten o'clock on a Thursday morning and all over Sherborne pagers are alerting the town's on-call firefighters that crews must respond to a 999 emergency. The firefighters have five minutes to reach the fire station in Coldharbour and despatch the first fire engine. Station Commander Simon Gillett has been a firefighter in Sherborne for 25 years. He tells The Sherborne Podcast about the demands made on his crews and the commitment they make to be on-call firefighters. The firefighters...


The Sherborne far

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It's about climate change not Brexit, says Green candidate

Dr Kelvin Clayton is The Green Party candidate forWest Dorset in the general election on December 12th. He discusses the party's manifesto titled 'If Not Now, When?' The party is proposing a Green New Deal costing £100bn over the next ten years to cut carbon emissions and create a net-zero carbon economy by 2030. Dr Clayton says the party is putting forward radical plans to transform housing, farming and transport which include improving energy efficiency in a million homes a year,...


Sherborne Abbey has "wow factor"

Tourists come to marvel at the 15th century fan vaulted ceiling of Sherborne Abbey but christians have worshipped near the spot for 13 centuries. The Revd Canon Eric Woods has been Rector of Sherborne for more than 25 years. He guides TSP around the Abbey, telling of Royal visits, his battles to improve the fabric of the building, and the place it occupies in the life of the town. Canon Woods speaks about the founder St Aldhelm who built the first church in 705, the "wow" factor when...


Sherborne Abbey trailer

Take a break from the noise of the general election campaign and spend some time in the peacefulness of Sherborne Abbey. The Revd Canon Eric Woods has been Rector of Sherborne for more than 25 years. He talks to The Sherborne Podcast in our next episode coming soon.


Election '19 special episodes

Conservative candidate Chris Loder tells TSP that the country has "nothing to worry about" from Brexit. Liberal Democrat candidate Edward Morello believes it is "ludicrous" to expect any economic benefit from quitting the European Union.


Liberal Democrat aims for general election upset in West Dorset

The general election campaign is underway after parliament was dissolved ahead of polling on December 12th. The Liberal Democrats are fielding Bridport man Edward Morello in the West Dorset seat formerly held by Sir Oliver Letwin who has left parliament. Mr Morello says Brexit is the defining issue of the campaign and he believes the Liberal Democrat policy of cancelling the UK's departure from the European Union will make him the winner of the constituency that includes Sherborne,...


Sherborne Tory launches general election campaign

Delivering Brexit is the number one priority for Conservative general election candidate Chris Loder. He tells The Sherborne Podcast he disagrees with outgoing MP Sir Oliver Letwin who angered Brexit supporters by frustrating prime minister Boris Johnson's attempt to get his renegotiated deal through parliament. Mr Loder was born in Sherborne's Yeatman Hospital and went to The Gryphon School before beginning his career in railway management with a summer job at Sherborne station. He...



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Paddock Project

Work has started on the site of Sherborne's new arts gallery. After a decade of debate The Paddock Project is underway with work starting on clearing the site next to Paddock Garden. The £4m scheme to build a world-class facility with two exhibition galleries, studios, workshops, and a 120-seat auditorium is being financed by a benefactor who lives in Dorset. The site adjacent to the Old Market car park is on land given to the Sherborne Arts Trust by Dorset County Council. TSP meets...


Paddock Project trailer

After nearly a decade of debate, work has started on clearing the site for Sherborne’s new arts gallery. TSP meets Emma Morris, the director of The Paddock Project, in Paddock Garden to talk about the ambitious plans to bring a world-class facility to Sherborne and how it will impact the town.


Pack Monday

The pilot episode of The Sherborne Podcast reports on one of the town's longest traditions. Pack Monday Fair has been held on the first Monday after Old Michaelmas Day for centuries. It is heralded at midnight by townsfolk roaming the slumbering streets crashing bin lids and blowing horns. The fair is said to have gained its name in 1490 when the craftsmen building the fan vaulted nave of Sherborne Abbey completed their work, packed away their tools, and spent a day at the fair celebrating...