The Exmoor Radio Show – Episode 3

Porlock Weir’s new gig rowing club gets a surprise | Community crowd-funding for Lynmouth’s spectacular fireworks | Mend Exmoor – an appeal to build a new bridge on the River Barle and repair footpaths at The Chains | Eat Exmoor gets national recognition | Exmoor’s pianists will perform at new event | Find out about your ancient Exmoor rights in ‘The Charter of the Forest’

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:

Porlock Weir has launched Exmoor’s first gig-rowing club. The sport is very popular in Cornwall and Devon and there are competitive events in Newquay and the Isles of Scilly, which bring together dozens of clubs from as far away as Pembrokeshire and Weymouth. Exmoor Radio’s Keri Jones reports from outside The Ship Inn, where the Appledore rowers surprised members of the new West Somerset club. They turned up with a second gig for Porlock Weir rowers to borrow. (00:59)

Lynton’s Beachside Bonfire Bonanza firework event on Sunday was a huge success, with a samba band from Bideford, a town crier from South Devon and stilt walkers. ‘Merlin’ also made an appearance. The former Lynmouth resident and Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist delighted the crowds with his juggling skills. Much of the funding for this incredible event was crowd-sourced as Di Mitchell explains to Exmoor Radio. (11:34)

An online appeal to raise £40,000 to improve two Exmoor walking routes has just ended. The British Mountaineering Council has arranged the fundraiser. We talk with Carey Davies about the specific campaign, why he thinks that the Exmoor appeals failed to make their target and what happens next. (18:45)

Eat Exmoor has been highly commended in the ‘Best UK and Ireland Tourism Project’ category at the British Guild of Travel Writers Awards. Marketing manager, Jennette Baxter, explains what the project has achieved so far and how this exposure should help Exmoor tourism. (23:17)

Exmoor could soon host a new festival, celebrating the music of the moor’s many pianists. Dulverton-based professional pianist, Gary Cooper, is taking part in a trial piano concert at the town’s All Saints Church on Saturday, 17th November at 7.30pm. Gary explains why this event could be the start of a new approach to encourage more visitors to Exmoor. (27:45)

Could your electricity bill be illegal if you live on Exmoor? Myc Riggulsford thinks so. Myc will present an evening filled with historical facts, fun and alternative thinking, as he details the ancient rights of Exmoor residents that have been forgotten. The event will offer many ideas for people interested in sustainable living. Myc’s ‘Charter of the Forest’ talk is being held at Parracombe Village Hall at 7.30pm on 24th November. Tickets are £5, from brownpapertickets.com. (30:37)