Ninesprings News - 2015


Fairmead School Christmas Carols
 10th December 2015
We were delighted to have the opportunity to record Fairmead School
singing Christmas Carols to staff at the South Somerset District
Council offices.


Mayor of Yeovil's Carol Service
 9th December 2015
Radio Ninesprings was proud to record the Mayor of Yeovil's Charity
Carol Service at St Johns Church.
A collection was held for two local charities - the Douglas MacMillan
Haematology and Oncology Day Care Unit at Yeovil Hospital 
and Yeovil Heartbeat.
The service included a performance from the Peoples Choir of Yeovil
who sang A Child is Born in Bethlehem and Lully, Lulla, Lullay.
Yeovil Town Band gave a stunning performance of Sleigh Ride
and Hark the Herald Angels Sing.
We set-up our equipment earlier in the day with the help of
Yeovil College students Rhys, Chris and Jake. 
Our Technical Director, Adrian Dening, gave the lads a briefing
on how the radio microphones and multi-track recorder
would be used to capture the event.


Yeovil Pride Awards
 4th December 2015
The Pride Awards are about the very best people in South Somerset and
West Dorset - people who go above and beyond the call of duty to

  make a difference to the lives of others.

The 2015 winners are:

Contribution to the Arts

Education Hero

Adam Burgan

Denise Hodgson


Community project

Charity Champion

Domestic Abuse Team

Marilyn Cottle


Caring Hero

Local Hero

Arthur Hardwill

Matthew Barnes


Brave Heart Hero

Lifetime Achievement Award

Anthony Gibson

Andrew Killeen

Yeovil College students Jonathan and Jack assisted Steve Haigh
with recording the Pride Awards.
BBC Somerset's Emma Britton hosted the ceremony.


Visit to AgustaWestland
 December 2015
Students making the film celebrating Westland's 100 years were given
a great insight by being invited on a tour of the Yeovil factory.


The Westland Oral History Project is underway!
 December 2015
Steve Haigh has already conducted the first interview, with
former Chief Test Engineer, David Gibbings.


Remembrance Day Service
 November 2015
We were proud to attend the Remembrance Day service
in the High Street, Yeovil.


Yeovil's Magnificent Flying Machines
 November 2015
Past and present employees of Westland Helicopters (now AgustaWestland),
together with their family and friends, are being asked to share their
memories of working at the Yeovil factory for a project to mark
100 years of the aircraft manufacturer in Yeovil.
We have been awarded £45,000 funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund to
create a permanent spoken archive of Westland by recording interviews
with people, discussing their memories of the factory
from 1915 to the present day.
Radio Ninesprings is now searching for people to tell their stories of how a
 business that started by making oil engines has grown to become a world
 leader in the design, development and manufacture of helicopters.
The project called ‘Yeovil’s Magnificent Flying Machines’ will provide a
range of learning opportunities for students at Yeovil College. They
will record and edit oral histories and present them on a new
community-led website to bring the story of Westland to life.
The students will also make a film using clips of home cine film
of Westland-built aircraft.
Project Director of Radio Ninesprings, Steve Haigh, said:
"We are delighted to have the Heritage Lottery Fund's support for this
project. Westland has been manufacturing aircraft in Yeovil for 100
years and its activities remain in living memory. We want to capture
those memories through recorded interviews to ensure the story of
Westland is available for future generations to understand. Without
those memories, an important piece of Yeovil's history
will be lost with time."
John Ponsonby, Managing Director at AgustaWestland, said:
“As we conclude our centenary celebrations it is great to see this exciting
community project underway. It will provide a unique record of the
aircraft manufacturing activities that have taken place here in
Yeovil since 1915 and the important contribution those that
have worked for the company over the last 100 years have 
madeto make it the success it is today.”
Head of Curriculum for Creative Industries at Yeovil College,
Adrian Ponter, said:
“We are delighted to be part of such an exciting project covering local
history in the town.  It’s a great story for Yeovil and a terrific
opportunity for our students to hone their skills on such an
interesting community project.” 
Nerys Watts, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South West, said:
“Companies and industry have always helped to define a place and over
the last 100 years Westland has played a key part in Yeovil life.
This National Lottery investment will help preserve the company’s
story and create a lasting legacy from its centenary year.”
The project will teach volunteers new skills to enable them to
gather and share the spoken memories. The involvement of
volunteers will be a key part of the success
 and on-going legacy of the project.
The final versions of the interviews and the film will be made available
 to the public through Yeovil Library, the Fleet Air Arm Museum
 and via a dedicated community website.
Anyone who would like to be interviewed about Westland, has cine
 film of Westland aircraft or to volunteer for the project, please
 get in touch through the project website:
or write to:
‘Yeovil’s Magnificent Flying Machines’
E216, Yeovil College, Mudford Road, Yeovil, BA21 4DR
Photograph above shows Adrian Dening (L) and Steve Haigh (R)
of Radio Ninesprings with Yeovil College students who will
be working on the project.
B/W photos courtesy of AugustaWestland


The Future of Westland Leisure Complex
 SSDC Meeting - October 2015
It was starting to look as if the Westland Leisure Complex in Yeovil would
stay shut for good; that was until South Somerset District Council came
along with a rescue plan.
At a special meeting of the council, the plan received the overwhelming
backing of councillors who agreed to spend £2.6 million smartening-up
the venue, leasing it together with its sporting facilities for 30 years.
The Council hopes to have the complex open again, with top line artistes
appearing, by March next year. 
37 Councillors voted in favour of taking-on the running of the Westland
Complex. There were no votes against, but 17 councillors did abstain
saying the venture was financially flawed. 
South Somerset District Council plans for the Westland Complex to become
an entertainment hotspot to rival all other major entertainment venues
in the South West.


Yeovil Super Saturday
 26th September 2015
As part of Yeovil's Super Saturday festivities, we set-up our station
at the bottom of the Quedam, in Ivel Square.  There were displays
by the Yokel Jugglers and Steve Carpenter hosted our
Jingle Writing Competition.


Yeovil Inner Wheel
 September 2015
Yeovil's Inner Wheel were entertained to a talk by Steve Haigh about
setting-up Radio Ninesprings and his 40 years with the BBC.
If you would like Steve to give a talk to your club or society, please
call him on 07836 246678.


Police and Crime Commissioner - Yeovil Forum
 September 2015
Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens and
Somerset Policing Commander, Chief Supt. Ian Wylie
addressed local residents.
Yeovil and South Somerset Inspector, Tim Coombe, joined in
answering questions from the general public.
Yeovil College media student, Jade Foster, helped us to
capture the input from the audience.
The event was recorded by Radio Ninesprings'
Technical Director, Adrian Dening.


St John's Church Restoration Project
 August 2015
6 years of painstaking restoration work at St John's Church in Yeovil
has finally come to an end.  The parapet, roof, window mullions and
bell chamber timber have all been repaired or replaced.  The work has
cost more than a quarter of a million pounds, with £138,000 provided
   by the National Heritage Lottery.
Church Warden, Rob Dean, has led the project to restore the tower.
Old cement and loose fragments had to be carefully removed before
beginning the repairs with new stones and lime mortar.


Completion of Outside Broadcast Unit
 August 2015
We now have access to a proper Outside Broadcast (OB) van to cover local
events and this month we have been busy completing its restoration.
Steve climbs the heights to give the OB van a lick of paint
while Brian makes sure he doesn't get too carried away!
Adrian climbs to new heights as well and checks the roof.
The new mast all pumped-up and ready to transmit.


The Last Flying Sea Vixen
at RNAS Yeovilton
Back in the skies over Yeovilton - the Royal Navy de Haviland Sea Vixen
FAW2 G-CVIX XP924, affectionately known as Foxy Lady,
is the World's last remaining flying Sea Vixen.
The plane's owner, Julian Jones, hands over the Sea Vixen to Commodore
Bill Covington CBE of the Fly Navy Heritage Trust at RNAS Yeovilton.
Westland Family Day
 July 2015
Big crowds visited our stand at Westland Family Day to
watch Connor give Yo-yo demonstrations and listen 
to Radio Ninespring's Steve Carpenter.
Young members of our audience get to grips with Yo-yoing,
but find it's more than just child's play!
The first outing for the new Radio Ninespring's T-shirts. 
L - R: 
Brian and the two Steves from Radio Ninesprings
Yeovil Town Council Annual Civic Service
 July 2015
Yeovil Mayor, Mike Lock, attended the Town's Annual Civic Service
at St. John's Church on Sunday 5th July 2015. 
The service was led by Rev. James Dudley-Smith and the Mayor's Chaplain,
Rev. Jim Pearce with music from Yeovil Town Band, Yeovil Community
Choir and St John's Organist, Ray Willis. 
Photo courtesy of Christine Jones/Yeovil Press


The Freedom Parade of Yeovil
 June 2015

In Court Ash car park, Mayor of Yeovil Mike Lock gave

permission for the troops to march with bands playing,
colours flying and bayonets fixed.
The parade passed along Princes Street, High Street, Middle Street,
Central Road and Market Street, led by the Band of the Royal Marines.

The parade was described in a recorded commentary

by local historian and author Jack Sweet with
Steve Haigh of Radio Ninesprings.


Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton hosts
Fleet Air Arm Awards Ceremony
May 2015
Royal Marines Band leads the parade at RNAS Yeovilton.
Head of Fleet Air Arm Rear Admiral R G Harding
presents the awards.


Annual Meeting of Yeovil Town Council
 May 2015
Councillor Mike Lock was elected Mayor of Yeovil for a second year.
Members of the public and representatives from many local
organisations attended the meeting at the Yeovil Baptist
Church in South Street.


Election Results at Westland Leisure Complex
 May 2015
Counting continued throughout the night.
Candidates delivering their post-election speeches.
BBC, ITV and Sky News were in attendance.
Radio Ninesprings worked with Westland Leisure Complex
to provide microphone feeds for all the television crews.
Somerton and Frome Constituency
Paul Angell, Independent 365
Alan Dimmick, UKIP 6,439
David Oakensen, Labour 4,419
David Rendel, Lib Dem 11,692
David Warburton, Conservative 31,960
Total votes cast 60,477
Turnout 72.6%
Rejected ballot papers 168
Conservative gain
Yeovil Constituency
Marcus Fysh, Conservative 24,178
Sheena King, Labour 4,053
David Laws, Lib Dem 18,191
Emily McIvor, Greens 2,191
Simon Smedley, UKIP 7,646
Total votes cast 57,096
Turnout 69.25%
Rejected ballot papers 163
Conservative gain


Yeovil Youth Election Husting at Westfield Academy
May 2015
L - R: 
Marcus Fysh (Conservative), Emily McIvor (Greens),
David Laws (Lib Dem), Andy Dyer (Chair),
Sheena King (Labour), Simon Smedley (UKIP)
More than 300 students attended from Westfield Academy, Bucklers Mead,
Preston School, The Park School, Stanchester School and Yeovil College.
Radio Ninespring's Technical Director, Adrian Dening,
handles the mixing desk and recording.


Crewkerne Election Husting
May 2015
L to R: 
Adrian Scott (Chair)
Murray Shepstone representing Sheena King (Labour)
 Emily McIvor (Greens), Simon Smedley (UKIP)
Marcus Fysh (Conservative), David Laws (Lib Dem)
More than 200 people packed the main hall of Wadham School,
Crewkerne for the debate.
Year 11 students Brandon Turner and Harry Best
helped run the mixing desk.


Westland's Heritage Plaque
April 2015
Plaque marks centenary of Westland factory.
A heritage plaque to mark 100 years of the Westland factory in Yeovil has
been unveiled. The plaque, located by the main gate in Lysander Road
 was presented on behalf of the Royal Aeronautical Society
by their President, Bill Tyack.
The inscription recognises Yeovil as a location where advanced engineering
continues to be applied to the creation of modern
high performance rotorcraft.
The unveiling was hosted by Managing Director of AgustaWestland,
Ray Edwards and watched by members of the Yeovil branch of the
Royal Aeronautical Society and invited guests.
L to R: Ray Edwards, Bill Tyack
Members of Royal Aeronautical Society, Yeovil Branch


Yeovil Half Marathon
March 2015
Mayor of Yeovil, Mike Locke, talks to Radio Ninespring's
Steve Carpenter at the start of the race.
Rob Mctaggart of Bournemouth completed the 13.1 mile course
in 1hr 14mins 15secs to win the race.


Radio Ninesprings Logo Competition Winner
March 2015
Yeovil College Student, Oliver Gear, won the
competition to design our logo.
L to R:
Radio Ninespring's Project Manager, Steve Haigh
with Oliver Gear and the winning logo centre-stage
Spot the difference!


Unless otherwise stated, all photos copyright: Steve Haigh