Show notes for Leamington Hour Radio Show Number 15



Interview Number 1- Lara Smith 

Our first interview on this show is with Lara Smith.

Lara runs and owns The Smithery in Warwick and promotes local artists. She has over 20 different artists who can help with a range of products from light bulbs, jewellery, chairs, ornaments and so much more.

Here is the link to her website to see more!!

We also talk about the Smith Street Party, The Warwick Folk Festival and loads more cool events happening in and around Warwick.


Table Top Topic No1


I have introduced a new feature into our shows where we get a group of people sitting around the table talking about a certain topic.

This is the first one and the topic is:

“Why do you love Leamington or why do you think Warwick Rocks?”

This will be become a regular feature covering loads of different topics.

Hope you enjoy the first one!!

Leamington Business Awards


I am a finalist in this years Leamington Business Awards in the Outstanding Achievement Award.

If I have helped you over the last two years or you think the show is great, then please post a vote using this link.

Thank you!!

The next show!

The next new show is on Monday 5:30-6:30pm and if you have missed this show then you can catch it on Wednesday between 5:00-6:00pm.

It will also be available to download as a podcast on Wednesday at 6pm. Here is the link to the previous show-

Hope you have enjoyed it and if you want to be part of it then let me know!!

Coventry Transport Museum Celebrates its Official Re-Opening Today

Coventry Transport Museum celebrated its official and complete re-opening in style today, following its extensive £9.5 million redevelopment.

The automotive world gathered to watch a stunning display in Millennium Place from multiple world record holder and supercar stuntman Terry Grant.  This was followed with a unique parade of ‘Trailblazing Cars of the World’, curated by Harry Metcalfe (of Evo magazine, and YouTube hit Harry’s Garage fame), and hosted by television presenter and racing driver, Amanda Stretton.

Harry Metcalfe said: “I was asked to get involved with the re-launch of the museum following a visit I made here a few weeks ago.  I was very impressed, and delighted to get involved. There’s no question that Coventry and the Midlands was, is and will continue to be at the very heart of the British motor industry, and indeed the world’s, especially with the recent successes of the city’s most famous export, Jaguar, and its sister company, Land Rover.”

Amanda Stretton said: “What we have here is one of the world’s finest – and indeed the largest in public ownership – collection of cars, motorbikes, push-bikes, vans, trucks, buses and a whole lot more.  And I’m told that more car manufacturers have come out of Coventry than Detroit.  This really is our very own Motown, and that’s what Coventry Transport Museum celebrates so brilliantly.  It is a really fitting, world-class tribute and attraction to this great motoring city.

The museum has been completely transformed and provides a world-class showcase for Coventry’s rich transport heritage – from the 19th century to the present day.

Following its 15 month-long redevelopment programme, Coventry Transport Museum offers a whole day of fun and discovery for visitors of all ages in an iconic city-centre building. Through its re-energised exhibitions, visitors are taken on a journey through Coventry’s vast transport history; from being a bicycle capital of the world in the 19th century to producing vehicles for the war efforts, to contributing to the UK’s car-making and exporting success, and everything in-between.

Visitors are met with hundreds of unique exhibits, delivering a world-class experience throughout. The car collection includes the world’s fastest cars ThrustSSC and Thrust2, the oldest Coventry-built car, more than 3,000 toy car models – including Dinky, Matchbox and Corgi, and many of the most innovative, memorable and luxurious road vehicles of the last 150 years – all built in Coventry.

Cars are only a part of Coventry’s transport journey – the museum focuses on the innovators and the workers who made that growth possible. From the cycle pioneers of the 19th century who revolutionized transport for the masses, to the men and women who created the transport, munitions and equipment for the world wars – and looking into the future, with innovators in technology who will shape the automotive future of Coventry and beyond.

Culture Coventry chief executive Gary Hall says: “Re-launching the museum is the culmination of seven years of hard work by the team. It marks yet another landmark for Coventry’s transport heritage, but also preserves its rich history. The museum provides a haven for visitors to immerse themselves in the past, present and future of Coventry’s transport legacy – capturing the imagination of visitors of all ages.  We are extremely grateful to the European Regional Development Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund and all of the other organisations who have supported this project throughout.

In addition –

The Trailblazing Cars of the World included models from all over the globe, representing a collection that changed the automotive landscape forever.

Harry Metcalfe’s Trailblazing Cars of the World: From Harry on the importance of this addition “The idea of the Trailblazing Cars collection is that they, in my opinion, are all examples that changed the car world forever.  Many of the cars I have brought along today have definitely achieved that, and many of these were designed, engineered and built right here in Coventry and the Midlands.”

Lamborghini Miura (widely recognized as the world’s first supercar)

Mini (Pioneered front wheel drive packaging and compact economy car design for towns and cities)

Jaguar C-type (Pioneer of disc-brakes, developed initially for racing at Le Mans, but ultimately adopted in production cars all over the world)

Land Rover Series I (one of the world’s first commercially available 4x4s)

Porsche 911 Turbo (the world’s first commercially successful Turbo offering)

Range Rover (Introduced in 1970, it established a whole new sector of all-terrain vehicle for Europe, and remains in production today as the pinnacle of luxury SUVs the world over)

Ferrari F40 (the first road-legal production car to break the 200mph barrier and the fastest and most expensive Ferrari of its time)

Audi Quattro (the world’s first performance car to adopt four-wheel-drive, very successfully marketed through victorious rally campaigns in WRC and Group B during the 1980s)

Bugatti Veyron (In its time: the world’s fastest car, the first ‘hyper’ car, world’s most expensive car, and most powerful car with 1000bhp – often named as the ‘best car in the world’)

Jaguar C-X75 (The world’s first hybrid-electric supercar – followed by many of the world’s supercar manufacturers)

Photo credit: Coventry Transport Museum

Blog – 20th June 2015 Reported by Liane Kate, Radio Warwickshire @LianeKate

The Awesomeness of Social Radio


Johnny Normal and Clay Lowe get together for a pre-Christmas coffee to talk about social radio, musical inspiration, and bringing social radio to a global community. Big plans for 2015.  #socialradio #radiowarks

At Coventry’s Festival of Motoring – Interview with MG owner David Walters

Our team went to find out the passion behind classic car restoration at this years Coventry Festival of Motoring

Interview with Kate Evans from Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre about the open auditions for 2014/15 Pantomime, Aladdin on the 31st August


Budding young performers from across Coventry and Warwickshire are once again being given the chance to attend open auditions for the Belgrade’s annual family pantomime on Sunday 31st August which could see them land a role in the pantomime chorus.

In countdown to this year’s magical pantomime, Aladdin, the Belgrade Theatre will be holding open auditions for three teams of panto chorus plus one team of reserves on Sunday 31st August at the Belgrade Theatre from 10am.

The auditions, which are for children aged 9-16 only, will begin promptly at 10am. Parents are asked to bring their children to the Belgrade theatre foyer for 9.45am where they will be numbered against their registration form. On arrival, children will be given a registration number to identify them and will be sorted into groups based on age and height. The choreographer will then take each group in turn and teach them a short routine which will be presented to Writer/Director, Iain Lauchlan. If a child makes it through the first round s/he will be asked to stay for a further round in the afternoon.

Children attending audition are requested to wear comfortable shoes and clothing suitable for them to move and dance in. At least one parent, guardian or nominated person must wait with each child. Unaccompanied children will not be eligible to audition on the day.

Children wishing to audition for this year’s pantomime are asked to complete and return a copy of the Registration form and Equalities document available for download from the Belgrade Theatre website at Completed forms should be sent to Denise Duncombe via email at or posted to Denise Duncombe (Admin Manager) Belgrade Theatre, Belgrade Square, Coventry, CV1 1GS.

Writer/Director Iain Lauchlan said: ‘I’m looking for 24 enthusiastic, young performers from across the region to join this year’s pantomime chorus. Last year’s auditions attracted many talented young people and we’re hoping this year will be one of our biggest turnouts yet. What I’m looking for most of all is personality and enthusiasm. It may be that your child is passionate about dancing or has always dreamed of performing live on a professional stage, whatever your performance background, we’re keen for you to come along and share your talent. Who knows, you could find yourself as a villager of old Peking, a royal courtier, a servant in the Emperor’s palace or a Jewel in the magical cave!  I’m really looking forward to seeing what young talent is out there waiting to be discovered this year. It’s going to be a lot of fun!

Following in the success of last year’s record-breaking production of Jack and the Beanstalk, Aladdin  features all the hallmarks of a traditional Belgrade Theatre pantomime, spectacular scenery, incredible costumes, hilarious slapstick and plenty of audience participation.

This year’s festive extravaganza sees the return of respected children’s writer and performer Iain Lauchlan to the role of dame. Iain, who has also written and directed this year’s show, is perhaps best known as the creator of the hit BBC children’s series The Tweenies which first aired in 1999.

Aladdin runs on the Belgrade’s Main Stage from Weds 26 Nov 2014 – Sat 10 Jan 2015. Tickets are priced from £13.50 – £22. To book, call the Belgrade Theatre Box Office on 024 7655 3055 or visit the Belgrade Theatre website where tickets are cheaper.

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Feature about The Gatehouse Abbey Fields Kenilworth. Restoration & Archaeology

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An exciting excavation outside the 14th century gatehouse is taking place in Kenilworth Abbey Fields this week as part of the National Festival of Archaeology.

Warwickshire County Council’s in-house archaeology team, Archaeology Warwickshire, are joining forces with Kenilworth Abbey Advisory Committee’s Harry Sunley Memorial Project to refurbish the medieval ‘Tantara’ Gatehouse to allow public access.

This magnificent 14th-century gatehouse was used as a cottage after the Abbey of St Mary was closed by Henry VIII in 1538 and has been closed to the public for many years.

Archaeology Warwickshire Manager, Stuart Palmer, said: ‘This is a great opportunity to study one of the county’s most iconic buildings and we are hoping the dig will reveal previously unknown abbey buildings and structures that may have stood against the remains of the gatehouse in the past.’

The first stage of works involves the excavation of an area outside the gatehouse to see how best to get an electricity supply into the building, which will be necessary to open it up to the public.

The team, working with Kenilworth Abbey Advisory Committee will be joined by volunteers from Kenilworth History and Archaeological Society as well as ‘A’ level Archaeology students from Trinity Catholic School, Leamington. This is a great opportunity for its students who will gain valuable experience of working alongside professionals on what is one of the most important sites in the local area.

Cllr Jeff Clarke, Portfolio Holder for the Heritage and the Environment said: “We are very proud of the work of Archaeology Warwickshire, who are experts in so many aspects of local history and always willing and able to use that expertise to assist on a wide variety of fascinating projects. The Gatehouse at Abbey Fields is an imposing structure on the local landscape and it will be fantastic to see it opened to the public.”

Cllr Richard Chattaway, Chair of the Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee, added, “Getting involved in exciting projects like this is exactly the type of thing that gets future generations of young people interested in Archaeology. In addition to adding their expertise, the enthusiasm of Archaeology Warwickshire for the subject will be inspirational for all the young people fortunate enough to spend the week working with them.”

The work will take place over the course of next week as part of the Festival of Archaeology 2014. The Festival of Archaeology 2014 runs from 12-27 July and is co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology. The Festival offers over 1,000 events nationwide, organised by museums, heritage organisations, national and country parks, universities, local societies, and community archaeologists. Further information about the festival can be found on their website:

You can find out more about the work of Archaeology Warwickshire on the Warwickshire Website:

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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.

To find out more –

reporter @LianeKate