Ninesprings News - 2016

All the latest news about what's happening at your local
 radio station, where we've been and what we looked like
while we were there!


Portable Appliance Testing
16th December 2016
Our Technical Director, Adrian, passed his City & Guilds 2377
 examinations yesterday and is now a qualified PAT tester.
This will save us considerable expense in due course, as in future all
the portable equipment we use for outside recordings and the gear
 being installed in our studio can be tested in-house.


Humphries Kirk Solicitors Business Breakfast
15th December 2016
Steve presented the Westland ONE film to an appreciative audience
 and answered questions about our Oral History Project
"Yeovil's Magnificent Flying Machines".


Christmas Concert in aid of Yeovil Heartbeat

 11th December 2016
We recorded the Christmas Concert held at Holy Trinity Church in aid of
the Yeovil Heartbeat charity - a most enjoyable evening featuring
the Yeovil Concert Band, Trinity Entertainers
and Scrumpy Sax Quartet.
The Trinity Entertainers, led by Jean Rudd
A sell-out audience being subjected to the most horrendous
Christmas jokes by host, Tom Griffin!
Yeovil Concert Band, conducted by Tom Griffin
The Scrumpy Sax Quartet
Flying the flag for our Oral History Project


Display in Yeovil Library
24th November 2016
If you are passing Yeovil Library this week, please take a moment to
view our display and see what the new studio will look like.


RNAS Yeovilton Act of Remembrance
11th November 2016
We were proud to attend the annual Act of Remembrance held by
RNAS Yeovilton in the Naval Cemetery of the Fleet Air Arm
Memorial Church St. Bartholomew's in Yeovilton Village.
For the full story, please see our 2016 Media Releases
Reverend Peter Dixon
FAA Memorial Church, Bugler, Wildcat HMA Helicopter
and Fairey Swordfish
Sailors from the Fleet Arm at RNAS Yeovilton


The Westland Affair
27th October 2016
The Westland Affair in the mid-1980ís was the biggest crisis to affect
  the Yeovil helicopter manufacturer in its 100 year history.
It led to the resignations of two Cabinet Ministers and faced Prime
Minister Margaret Thatcher with the gravest crisis of her career.
Hundreds of jobs in Yeovil were put at risk and the very survival
of the Westland factory was threatened.
In an exclusive interview for our Oral History of Westland, the Defence
Secretary at the time, Lord Michael Heseltine, explains his role in the
crisis and blames "shady deals" and "dirty tricks" in the corridors of
Whitehall for what happened.


Westland ONE - Yeovil Literary Festival
21st October 2016
A packed audience watched our film Westland ONE and then asked
questions of current and former Westland engineers in a panel
discussion chaired by Steve Haigh.
Panel (L to R):
Mike Overd, Chief Project Engineer, Leonardo
Geoff  Byham, Head of Engineering, Westland (r'td)
Chris Holliday, Senior Engineer, Westland (r'td)
Clive Guest, Flight Inspector, Westland (r'td)


Presentation to the Mayor of Yeovil
4th October 2016
We were proud to attend the meeting of Yeovil Town Council where Dave Gibbings
presented a copy of his painting of G-LYNX, his book on the history of Westland
and our film about the Westland World Helicopter Speed Record
to the Mayor of Yeovil, Cllr Darren Shutler.


Yeovil Show
16th / 17th July 2016
A total of 14 different performers took part in our "Introducing Stage"
event at the Yeovil Show - recordings of all the musicians were made
by Adrian using the T'Van mobile studio.


Yeovil Town Councillors watch Westland ONE
12th July 2016
Steve and Adrian organised a showing of the Westland ONE film to an
appreciative audience of Yeovil Town Councillors on Tuesday.


Westland ONE Display at Yeovil Library
2nd July 2016
See our display marking the 30th anniversary of the Westland World
Helicopter Speed Record at Yeovil Library this month.
Many thanks to Jude from Yeovil College for helping with the set-up
and to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
A DVD of our film about the speed record - Westland ONE - is on
sale now for £3.  Call Steve Haigh on 07836 246678 to buy your copy.


South Somerset EU Referendum Vote

24th June 2016
At 03.10am Returning Officer Ian Clark declared the result for
South Somerset in the EU Referendum.

Leave 56,940 votes. 

Remain 42,527 votes. 

A clear win for Leave.
Total votes cast 99,534 (78.69% turnout).
It was the biggest public vote in the history of South Somerset.


10 Years of Yeovil ShopMobility

 June 2016
Yeovil ShopMobility celebrated 10 years with a party in The Quedam
and we were there to record the event.
They provide powered scooters as well as powered and manual wheelchairs
to enable people with limited mobility to shop and use
other pleasure/leisure facilities in Yeovil.
You do not have to be disabled to use the service.
Find them at Ivel Court in Yeovil BA20 1EY  Tel: 01935 420889


First Public Showing of Westland ONE

 June 2016
Learners from Yeovil College have shown their film about the Westland
World Helicopter Speed Record - Westland ONE - to a public
audience for the first time.
It was watched by former Westland staff and local business leaders
 at Yeovil College and received great praise.


Martock Jazz Picnic

 June 2016
We were delighted to be invited to the annual Martock Jazz Picnic
in aid of All Saints Church, where a crowd of over three hundred
guests enjoyed a couple of fantastic sets from Bertie's Big Band.
On arrival and during the interval, visitors were treated to the
beautiful voice of Soprano, Harriet Mulchrone from London.
Our intrepid reporter, aka Steve Haigh, managed to snatch
an interview with Harriet between performances and this is
available on our Latest Programmes 2016 page.
Radio Ninesprings provided the PA for Harriet and this was the
first outing for our new system, operating very temporarily
from the back of our Technical Director's car!
Does anyone notice a passing resemblance between our Project Manager,
Steve, pictured below raising the Radio Ninesprings' banner and
Bill Nighy in "The Boat That Rocked"?


Somerset Dialect Project

 May 2016

How be on?

It be a bit dimpsy, bain't it?

Gi's a gurt big pint of thee best zider!


Did you understand those words?

If so, then the chances are you're fluent in the Somerset dialect and could help
PhD student, Vicky Garnett, with her studies.
Vicky, a student at Trinity College Dublin, has chosen the Somerset accent to study
for her doctorate.
She is looking for people to record their life stories and use the recordings to analyse
how the Somerset accent has changed over time.
When Vicky visited Yeovil she was met by Yeovil historian Jack Sweet and interviewed
by Radio Ninesprings' Steve Haigh.
If you would like to be interviewed by Vicky then please write with your name and
contact details to:
Photo L-R: Steve Haigh, Vicky Garnett, Jack Sweet


Debate on the EU Referendum held at All Saints Church in Martock

 7th April 2016
How do you plan to vote in the IN/OUT EU Referendum on 23rd June?
Our microphones were at the debate where we provided the PA system
and a recording of the evening's proceedings.
The speakers were former Yeovil MP, Lord Paddy Ashdown, who wants the UK
to stay in the EU and North East Somerset MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg,
of the LEAVE campaign.


Filming with Paddy Ashdown for Westland ONE
March 2016
Yeovil College students recruited Paddy Ashdown to host "Westland ONE"
which is a film about the World Helicopter Speed Record.
The record was set by a Westland Lynx flown at 249.1 mph over a 2 mile course
on the Somerset Levels on 11th August 1986.
The film, being made to mark the 30th anniversary of the record, is part of the
project to create a spoken archive of 100 years of Westland in Yeovil.
 The project is managed by Radio Ninesprings and funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.


Yeovil Half Marathon
March 2016
We followed the Yeovil Half Marathon with reports on Twitter and Facebook.
Fastest runner was Ryan Holroyd, City of Stoke Athletics Club in 1hr 10mins 43secs.
Next year, we hope to broadcast the event live!


Filming at the Helicopter Museum in Weston-Super-Mare
 February 2016
Yeovil College students Will, Luke, Kerry and Ben visited the Helicopter Museum
at Weston-Super-Mare to film the Westland Lynx that holds the
World Helicopter Speed Record.
The film, being made to mark the 30th anniversary of the record, is part of the
project to create a spoken archive of 100 years of Westland in Yeovil.


Interview with Former Flight Test Engineer
 February 2016
In an hour long recorded chat, former Flight Test Engineer Ian Pavey
recalled the highs and lows of 35 years working at the Yeovil factory.
"It was the right job for me and I would do it all over again".


Banner at Yeovil Library
 January 2016
A banner promoting the Westland Oral History project is now displayed
in the entrance to Yeovil Library.
 If you worked at the Yeovil factory and would like to have your memories recorded
please call Steve Haigh on 07836 246678.


Unless otherwise stated, all photos copyright: Steve Haigh