Paul Hensby and Mike Goldwater spoke to us about Poppyland Community Radio. This is an online-only service which started in February this year and is based at The Belfry Centre in Overstrand. Its aim is to combat loneliness and to encourage a sense of community; its programmes include “mardling” (chat) sessions, interviews and a wide variety of music, and “aim to inform and entertain, enhancing the quality of life of (the) listeners.” (Quotation from its website www.poppylandradio.co.uk)
All the staff are volunteers and the station is financed by a trust fund and by sponsorship arrangements. The station would like to recruit further “Mardle” presenters and also people with technical and other expertise. It is also looking for some additional studio space. Paul and Mike made it clear that this talk was deliberately a recruitment drive (!) but in doing so gave a very interesting talk on this local initiative.