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15 minutes | Jun 14, 2022
Matilda – Access All Areas Backstage Podcast
St Albans Girls School are presenting their first school musical drama production since COVID and it is MATILDA - THE MUSICAL. Join the STAGS Radio and podcast club as they go behind the scenes with interviews, discussion and all the backstage gossip.
25 minutes | Jan 27, 2022
Anything but Footy
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.
4 minutes | Dec 6, 2021
Why do birds fly south for the winter?
Local nature correspondent Rupert Evershed asks a simple seasonal question - but the answer might not be the one you expect.
15 minutes | Nov 28, 2021
Winter beds project
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 the night will be protected from the cold and rain and Covid. Can you volunteer?
23 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
Youth Talk Ep 2
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
5 minutes | Nov 16, 2021
Local wild life under threat
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.
15 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
A perfect storm
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 premises and find a new distribution warehouse by mid-November. If you know of a suitable site, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org urgently. (Local Life - Sundays 8-9am and 6-7pm; Wednesdays 7-8pm.)
4 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
An old friend returns
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)
4 minutes | Sep 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!
29 minutes | Sep 26, 2021
Tales of the Weird
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 interview with Rob Pearman on Local Life, Janette and Daisy explain and illustrate this strange world - with recorded excerpts from three of the fascinating tales.
14 minutes | Sep 26, 2021
Local help for Afghan evacuees
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 they had to pause the programme - and also to ask for luggage (suitcases, backpacks etc) so that the evacuees could move on with their new belongings. She explained how it came about and how it succeeded in this interview with Rob Pearman on Local Life.
5 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
An Orchid Summer
4 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
Highlights of a locked down year
4 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
A feast for all seasons
57 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
The High Street Life – Pubs
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 Taprooms, James Ward, and The Peahen's, Phil Ottaway. They share with us, what their hospitality and pub journey has been like and also, how during lockdown they continually adapted to meet their customer needs and how they supported their teams and the St Albans community amidst an ever-changing landscape.
6 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
One tile short of a …….
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.
7 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
Energy saving scams that cost
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.
7 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
‘This is a text from Royal Mail…..’
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.
7 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Not what they pretend to be…..
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.
43 minutes | May 26, 2021
The High Street Life – Independent Professional Services
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, Susan Glenholme, and Metro Bank's Local Director, Sam Mathur and Store Manager, Amber Dunlop. They share with us, what their journey has been like and also, how during lockdown they created initiatives to go over and beyond to support both their employees and community.
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