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Episode 5 Tales of the Vale - Nothing Like Old Cider

3/10/2019
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Listen to a soundscape by Tales of the Vale volunteer Dave Howell. This is a wonderfully evocative mix of oral history interviews and field recordings telling the story of apple growing and cider making in the Lower Severn Vale. In the fifth of our oral history podcasts, entitled 'Nothing Like Old Cider' , you will be taken on a journey from the first decades of the 20th century to the last, from a time when cider was ubiquitous on almost every farm, to a time when just a handful of people...

Duration:00:11:22

Tales of the Vale - Faith and Death in Shepperdine

3/10/2019
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Listen to a soundscape created by Tales of the Vale volunteer Dave Howell. For our sixth podcast, Dave has weaved together oral history interviews and field recordings from the northern end of the Lower Severn Vale, where a century-old tin chapel stands in the shadow of Oldbury Nuclear Power Station. As the oyster catcher call and the chapel's congregation celebrates Evensong, we hear of the life of Alfred Till who grew up in this spot in the 1930s.

Duration:00:10:08

Episode 4 Tales of the Vale - Communities and Congregations

2/11/2019
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In the last of 4 oral history podcasts on the Lower Severn Vale, we hear about the periodic flooding which has shaped this landscape. We learn of the importance of the abundant churches and chapels in the area, which served both as places of worship and meeting places too. And what of the Lower Severn Vale in the 21st Century? We turn our attention to regeneration and the views of teenagers.

Duration:00:16:46

Episode 3 Tales of the Vale - Bridges, Ferries and Banana Boats

2/11/2019
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Listen to stories of life in the busy Avonmouth docks and the communities of Avonmouth and Shirehampton. In episode 3, we step back in time to when Shirehampton and Pill were connected by ferry, and the Aust ferry plied its trade across the Severn. We hear from those who helped plan and build the Severn bridges and those whose communities were effected. And we learn about the power of the tide.

Duration:00:24:14

Episode 1 Tales of the Vale - Village Life, Salmon Fishing and Wartime Severn

2/11/2019
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Listen to stories of village life in the Lower Severn Vale in the 1930s and 40s, where many people earned their living from the land or the sea. We hear stories of traditional salmon fishing using woven baskets fixed on scaffolds in the Severn Estuary, and of leisure time too, in the days when Severn Beach was a thriving seaside resort. In the first of four oral history podcasts, we also hear of the horrors of war, bombs on Avonmouth, GI's in the Vale and evacuees searching the area for a...

Duration:00:20:06

Episode 2 Tales of the Vale - Working Lives, Freezing Winters and Nuclear Power

2/10/2019
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Listen to stories of working life in the Lower Severn Vale, from farming, market gardening and cider making to the building of one of the first nuclear power stations in the country. We hear about the strength of communities, about coping in all weathers and how generations of tradition started to change with the building of the Severn Bridge and the coming of the nuclear age.

Duration:00:20:01