The Exmoor Radio Show – Episode 11

An Exmoor-based animated movie shares heroic story of Lynton lifeboat | Dunster Festival returns for 2019 with a special performance for parents | Another success for Porlock Weir Gig Club as they buy their first boat | The sounds of silence – why Exmoor’s aural soundscape is special

The Exmoor Radio Show shares stories and conversations with the people who work and play in Britain’s most magical national park. The programme is recorded on location in Exmoor and produced in Lynton by Keri Jones. In this episode of The Exmoor Radio Show:

Lynton’s Cinema was packed over a weekend in January as locals caught a glimpse of Ken Blakey’s animated movie ‘Louisa – An Amazing Adventure’. Lynton resident Ken has spent two years creating the film, based on the story of the overland launch 120 years ago. When lifeboatmen were unable to row out from Lynmouth due to a fierce storm, they hauled the lifeboat over the moor to Porlock Weir, so they could rescue a stricken vessel. Ken has heard some interesting tales during his research and he shares some of his findings with Exmoor Radio. And you’ll hear where you may have seen Ken’s work before. (00:54)

The Good Pub Guide has named Woods Bar in Dulverton as one the top ten pubs in the UK. Again! And the pub has been declared ‘Wine Pub of the Year’. It’s yet another award for publican and farmer, Paddy Groves, who remains modest about his continued award success, despite also being named ‘Landlord of the Year.’ Paddy tells us how to spot a good pub and he offers an insight into the busy Bank Holiday, when the future King of Britain and his wife popped in for pint! (13:38)

The first Dunster Festival was a success, so it will return for a second year in 2019. The classical music event runs from 24thto 27thMay and, this time, will feature some special events including a concert of music played using a gong and Bach for babies. Keri Jones from Exmoor Radio chatted with festival founders Rory McCleery and Rachel Wick and heard how their wedding inspired the festival in the first place. (21:48)

Porlock Weir Gig Club has bought and launched their own gig rowing boat. It’s an amazing achievement for the rowing club, which was only formed last year. Exmoor Radio spoke with Chairman, Ben Atherton, who explains how this purchase will help club members train for competitive rowing. (26:16)

Mark Ferguson can enjoy the magic of Exmoor with his eyes closed! He has worked professionally as a sound recordist and is now recording our wildlife sounds for his PhD project. Mark says each part of the moor has a different sound and he tells Exmoor Radio why preserving the moor’s relative peace and quiet is important. Mark explains how hard he works to capture some incredible wildlife audio and why he’s been busy recording Exmoor’s bees. (31:00)