Interview with Peter Thompson Senior Archaeologist at St Johns dig Warwick


We speak with Peter Thompson Senior Archaeologist at St Johns Museum Dig as part of The Festival of Archaeology. Book your place today or tomorrow & dig alongside the experts & help discover the history of Warwickshire.
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East Midlands Chilli Festival

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The Hot Spot for Cool Families this Summer

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The hot place for families this year is the East Midlands Chilli Festival being held at the Newark Showground NG24 2NY – 16th and 17th of August.

A great family event for chilli, non-chilli lovers, we already have an exciting array of stalls, including an impressive list of East Midlands and UK wide artisans, street food and drinks vendors. There is something for everyone.

During the two days, entertainment will consist of East Midlands bands, competitions and demonstrations, whilst on the Saturday evening there is a music festival.

For the chilli lover we have a chilli eating competition on both days and also on the Sunday a chilli cook-off – winners of which will receive £200 and entry into the National Cook-off finals.

It’s an event for children too, and for a nominal entry fee, activities such as theatre, a workshop, face painting and bouncy caste are free. There are also plenty of children’s competitions to keep them busy all day long.

Make a weekend of it… Newark Showground has camping and caravan facilities for individuals and rallies which should be pre-booked – Saturday only or Friday/Saturday options available.

Discounted tickets are now available from the website along with caravan/camping bookings. If you plan a rally, please get in touch directly with Chilli Bob on 07901820914 or email

We look forward to seeing you here.

Chilli Bob.

Interview with Carole Sleight About Art in the Park

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For the first time ever, Jephson Gardens will become the stage of an exciting contemporary art fest with cultural activities and events for all the family.
A Gentle Stroll by Kim and Paul Ingvar On 2nd-3rd of August, Leamington Studio Artists (LSA) will be holding Leamington’s first ever Art in the Park event in Jephson Gardens.

Sponsored by LSA and the Warwickshire District Council, Arts Development Grant scheme, the two-day event will be showcasing an eclectic selection of painting, photography, sculpture, crafts, jewellery, live music, dance, theatre and demonstrations by local and regional artists.

Among the many artists involved will be Birmingham sculptor, Graham Jones, who will be creating a chainsaw sculpture live, and Leamington artist, Sonia Bubliatis, whose works are currently on show at Ryton Gardens, will be presenting an installation of her ‘log canvases’ created using recovered or dying wood.

Kim and Paul Ingvar of KPI Images, will be presenting a fascinating series of digital works, featuring surreal and ‘otherworldy’ images of some of Leamington’s key landmarks, whilst Caroline Gatehouse and pointillist artist Bryan Kelly will be exhibiting a selection of paintings inspired by landscapes and nature.

Ceramicist and glassworker, Gabrielle Rucinski, whose works have been included in the famous Wedgewood ‘Artisans Collection’, will be running a free pot making activity, where people of all ages can create their own pot to take home and keep.

To get involved email

Art in the Park will open its doors on Saturday, 2nd of August, from 11am-6pm and Sunday, 3rd from 11am-4pm.

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Interview with Andrew Wyke Producer of Warwick Castle Proms 2014


On Friday, 6 June the nation was captivated by the commemorations of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day and this year’s Summer Proms concert at Warwick Castle on Saturday, 12 July will pay tribute to the heroes of D-Day with a special selection of music, narration and iconic images on the big screen.

Producer Andrew Wyke commented: “This is a very special anniversary as there are now so few D-Day veterans still with us and we wanted to commemorate this at the Summer Proms concert at Warwick this year. “

With the 70-piece City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra performing on stage the D-Day commemoration section will feature beautiful classics including Hymn To The Fallen from the movie Saving Private Ryan; the theme from Band Of Brothers and more.

The D-Day section will start in spectacular style with an aerial display by an original World War II Spitfire, the aircraft which spearheaded the D-Day landings and helped ensure aerial supremacy.

Pilot Peter Teichman commented: “It is an honour to be flying for this special commemoration I’m sure it will be a very emotional for both myself and the audience.”

The evening promises to be spectacular showcasing superb music with all the Proms favourites for the flag-waving finale, and incredible fireworks. So gather friends and family, prepare picnics and join in the festivities for an evening of unrivalled entertainment.

Tickets are on sale now from at just £36 for adults and £10 for children.

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Interview with Sally Russell, Committee member of THE IFAKARA BAKERY PROJECT IN TANZANIA


Find out about the Ifakara Bakery Project supported by the WI Lite Stratford (WILS) who are meeting on Tuesday 8 July at The Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford where they will be joined by a guest speakers Margaret and Eugene Schellenberg to talk to members about the Ifakara Bakery Project in Tanzania.

Margaret and Eugene went on a holiday to Tanzania to enjoy a Safari adventure with their family. Whilst in Ifakara they were asked if they could build a bakery which would provide an alternative to their staple food of Maize, particularly when their crops fail. The bakery was built in 2001 and has become a lifesaver since on many occasions.

During our last meeting we were joined by Mike Ledbury who gave us a wonderful insight in to the lives of Morris Men. He kept all the ladies entertained with some funny anecdotes and also managed to get some audience participation!

WILS meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month and our lovely WILS ladies ages range from 20’s to 70’s. In addition to our usual meetings, WILS have lots of extra great events from lunch clubs, theatre trips, crafting and even a darts team – there really is much, much more than jam and Jerusalem!

New members are always very welcome and can come along for a free session to see what we are all about.

So why not give us a go? You’ll always see a friendly face and even if you go on your own, we can guarantee it won’t stay that way for long!

For further details:

WI Lite meets on the second Tuesday evening of each month at the Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford. To find out more, go along for a free session.

Reporter @Molly__Louise

Interview with Mary Patel CRF Chair of Ettington Community First Responder Scheme

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On Saturday 7th June, 14 teams from across the Stourdene region pitted their wits against each other and helped raise an amazing £3,782 for the Ettington Community First Responder Scheme. The Evening included a Promise Auction and Raffle with prizes donated by many supporters and local businesses. As well as helping to cover the £4,200 annual running cost of the scheme, the funds raised will also help kit out the four new responders who have joined the team following a major recruitment campaign at the start of the year. The quiz was organized by Louise Whiteley assisted by husband Paul and CFR Chair Mary Patel. Louise was determined to outdo her Father Andrew Murray who had previously been our biggest fundraiser

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Louise Whiteley said “When we first started to organize the quiz, we were hoping to be able to raise £1,000, but when the prizes started to come we thought that maybe we could raise over £2,000. The final total of nearly £3,800 is amazing though and shows how much the local community value our First Responder Scheme.”

Ettington CFR Scheme Chair Mary Patel said “We are very grateful to Louise and all our supporters as without them we couldn’t keep our team of responders on the road. It is brilliant when someone outside the team organizes some fundraising for us as it means our responders don’t have to divert any of their time away from their lifesaving care.”

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Quiz winners – The Winning Team, from left to right, Alan Patel, Paul Mulligan, Mary Patel, Debbie Fisher, Lynne Bartels, Sian Mulligan

• About Ettington CFR Scheme
Responding members are trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service to deal with life threatening medical emergencies until the ambulance arrives. This training and three yearly re-assessment includes how to use an Automated Defibrillator, a machine that can deliver a potentially lifesaving shock to a patient in cardiac arrest, and how to use oxygen/airway therapy and basic life support skills.
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Interview with Gary Coleville from Astronomy For Fun


International Sun-Day is a global astronomy day which will be represented locally by the Astronomy For Fun team at the Roman Fort in Bagington.

With over 100 groups from over 20 countries, this very first International SUNday will hopefully be a great success and become a annual event, which we all hope will grow and grow.

The event kicks off in Autralia with Rob Black @NQ_Astronomy and the Director of Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project who has flown out from Atlanta, Georgia, USA to be with Rob and other top Solar Astronomers, including Steele Hill from NASA, Andy Lunt Owner of Lunt Solar Systems (Solar Telescopes) and we believe Brian Stephens who is a top employee at Lunt.

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Interview with Jack Linstead of Warwick Rocks


Warwick Rocks is delighted to be able to announce a celebration in Warwick town centre to mark both Midsummer Night and 1,100 years of the town.

Thanks to the support of Warwick Town Council and 14 Records a special event is planned for June 21, bringing an array of talent to the town centre.

The highlights are:

Acoustic performances from 12 – 4pm in various locations around the Sketts Saturday market in Market Place.

An open mic stage, hosted by amazing local talent Taylor-Louise, from 4pm to 6.30pm at the Rose and Crown pub in the centre of Warwick.

Streetfood arrives in the square from 5pm.

The main stage gets underway at 6.30pm from 10pm.

The main stage will be opened by Rosetta Fire, followed by BBC The Voice’s Battle Round finalist Tom Barnwell, the next spot will be won by a band as part of battle of the bands (more details very soon), The Rushmore will perform next, followed by Ill Gotten Gains to get Warwick partying on Midsummer Night.

Warwick Rocks founder Jack Linstead said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to Warwick Town Council for its support in making this event happen to help the town celebrate 1,100 years.

“There is some amazing talent locally and the aim of this event is to have a great time and to showcase what we have right here in Warwick and the surrounding area.

“I’m certain that there are quite a few people playing on June 21 who have the potential to become household names nationally – just imagine, those attending can say that they were there in Warwick and saw them first!”

Extra entertainment is also being planned with Irish and street dancers making appearances in front of the main stage outside Shire Hall in Warwick’s Market Place at midday and 2pm.

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Interview with Joanne Lees, Activities Coordinator for the Charity Guideposts Trust

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This week is National Carers Week, and we speak to Joanne Lees from from Guideposts Trust. about the new Project – Time For You!
Guideposts Trust is a national charity working with vulnerable people and supporting them to lead independent lives.

More locally Guideposts run the Warwickshire Carer Support Service, and support unpaid carers. The Carer support service help carers through emotional support, training and workshops, and can find other services and information which will be of help to them.
At present there are over 6 million unpaid carers in the UK and this is set to rise to 9 million in the next 30 years. Typically these carers are family carers who don’t often set out to become a carer but do it out of kindness for a loved one. Some carers are juggling their careering role with holding down jobs or looking after their household and children etc whilst 1 in 5 carers actually give up work to care full time.

Nuneaton Office number which is: 02476 385888 or pop in to the community café at any time and collect an information pack.

Find out more at @guidepostsuk

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Interview with Dave Hancock from Warwick who is about to become an Ambassador for Meningitis UK

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In February 2012 Dave Hancock contracted a severe case of Viral Meningitis. After spending numerous days in hospital He was discharged with a completely new outlook on life and left with many debilitating after effects.

As part of Dave’s recovery in 2012, he turned to Meningitis Now (Meningitis Trust as they were then) Dave needed a positive goal to focus on as part of his recovery and so he signed up to run the 2013 London Marathon as Meningitis Now as his chosen charity.

A truly remarkable man, Dave accomplished the goal and helped raise most needed funds for the charity and the support of Friendster family to continue with more fund raising activities since.

Awareness and fundraising is so key to help us in the fight against this traumatic disease. Dave also raises awareness for the Meningitis Charity through talks, events, campaigns and social media, all to ensure as many people as possible are aware of the signs and symptoms of meningitis.

Most recent campaigns include awareness campaigns at both Warwick and Stratford upon Avon Hospitals. Distribution of nearly 3000 signs and symptoms cards for 10 schools in Leamington with another 2500 to go. Dave is also in the process of organising the distribution of signs and symptoms cards to contacts within 22 schools in Warwick and Southam. He is also arranging talks at Rugby Rotary Club next week and will be speaking at Southam Rotary Club in October.

The 2013 Marathon was just the start of Dave’s fundraising acitvities, He has Now completed the Warwick Half Marathon, Sheffield Half Marathon and the London Marathon in the space of 4 weeks in March/April this year and have just added more runs inc the 2 Castles 7th June. The Cheltenham Half marathon in September and the Mablethorpe Half Marathon in October.

Dave is also planning a Sky Dive this July! A man fearful of heights, it proves that there is no limit to what he will do for his charity.

All of Dave’s hard work and dedication have now been rewarded, as he about to made a Community Ambassador for Meningitis Now, a voluntary role to be the PR arm to the charity. This will give Dave the opportunity to continue to raising more awareness, helping organising events, supporting others who need help organising events or need post meningitis help.

Dave is honoured tans delighted to except this role “You are the face and the voice of the charity in your area, A great honour for me.”
Please help Dave by sponsoring his efforts, as every single penny helps and goes directly to Meningitis Now
Also follow Dave on Twitter at @warwickcastledh

reporter @LianeKate