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Our well meaning but essentially ignorant host Will Vandyck chats to people about their connection to Penarth, what they do, that sort of thing, and plays the music they want to hear, so long as they answer a quiz question correctly.  There's also something about The Book of Penarth.  One reviewer called this show, “a … bit… okay… could be… off.”  Another review is still the subject of legal action and we cannot comment at this time.  And there's a lot of good music which is some way relevant to whatever the hell else is going on in the show, at least in the host's mind.

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Show Date Guests Description
34 15.1.21 The Season 1 Finale!

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Going out in a blaze of glory, we have the “Voice of Penarth Sounds”, Ms Kathy James, also known as “the woman who says something about Penarth Sounds albeit briefly at the start of every hour”, on her journey to becoming a top voice artist.  And finally, a chat with Producer Dylan himself, the man without whom, it is safe to say, there would have not have been so many mistakes in the show.
33 8.1.21 Later in the New Year Special!

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Still in a New Year State of Mind, we turn to thinking about going down the gym and taking up a musical instrument.   The gym concerned is Anytime Fitness and we chat to Gary and Nathan there.  And we chat to Layla Buckley, who will teach you a range of musical instruments (or maybe just one of them) online.  They’re all nice.
32 1.1.21 New Year Special!

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What better way to get liberated than by surfing waves, paddleboarding, or just hanging around looking good AND being able to afford this.  We go surfing with Jim, who is terrific, from the largest surf shop in Wales: Puravida. And you can get your finances sorted out with Laure from Chartright Accountants.  They offer free help in relation to Covid grants, how great is that?
31 25.12.20 Christmas Special: Festival of Five Ministers

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We’ve got ministers from 5 different Penarth Churches and they’re fantastic.  They all talk about their call to ministry, and gamely take on the quiz questions.  They get extra music choices, one reads a poem, and another supplies music from his congregation.  Sincere thanks for a very special edition to:  Simon Jennings at Eden; Phil Challis at the Penarth Methodist Church; Owen Jones at the Tabernacle on Plassey Street; Nick Bradshaw at the Stanwell Baptist Church; and Ali Reeves at All Saints.
30 18.12.20 The Cosmeston Nativity

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For years there’s been a Nativity play in the Medieval Village down in Cosmeston, in front of around 150 people.  This year that can’t happen, but where there’s a Mark Frost there’s a way, and he and the Eden Church congregation made a film instead.  We go behind the scenes with Mark, and have clips – and blame me for the music.
29 11.12.20 Annes Elwy, actor/cook

Sandra of Artisans’ Corner

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Order any of the gorgeous food from ybwrrd.com, and you’re getting it made for you by one of the finest young actors around, Annes Elwy.  Annes starred in BBC’s Little Women, and this year’s Hidden/Craith.  Then lockdown led her to supercharge her cooking, to the general benefit.  And Sandra tells us how her life led from beers to beads, as well as her part in Penarth’s Totally Locally campaigns for local businesses.
28 4.12.20 Jodie from Queen B;

Karen from the Umpa Lump sweet shop.

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Sweet Queens.  As restrictions mount, it may feel like the background music should be things like “Do They Know It’s Christmas”, “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Lent”, and “I Saw Mommy Socially Distanced from Santa Claus”.  But here we go all bright shiny and sweet.  Indeed, Sweet Queens are made of this, who are you to disagree, you can’t travel the world or the seven seas, so everybody’s listening in.
27 27.11.20 Judy from Ener-chi;

Anne Morgan of Anne Morgan Jewellery

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Beauty and the Beads.  Judy shares some family history from the 18th century as well as bringing us up to date with what’s going on in her salon.  Anne takes us through the journey from working on her kitchen table to running the enormous shop on Glebe Street and gives tips on men shopping, and there are over 5 good musical jokes according to the UN.  In the “Listen Again” section, if not now, then soon.
26 20.11.20 Betina from Brod;

Peter from Stol coffee.

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In an award winning show*, we have the terrific story of the terrific Betina who goes from Danish dyslexic photographer wannabe who hasn’t heard of Wales to expert baker and entrepreneur.  And there’s Peter, who loves meaningful chat, with his weirdly mutant bike/box combo, cycling around dispensing love, coffee and cookies, and frankly some above average musical jokes.

*should be.

25 13.11.20 Seaside Special!

Huw Pickford, of Pickfords; Chris, at Decks on the Pier; Rob Galley of the Fishing Club.

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We’ve got the seaside covered.  On the Esplanade, Huw Pickford on how he single-handedly got the place buzzing this year (ok, I put that to him not the other way round, but there’s some truth in it); Chris Richardson, co owner of the kiosk Decks on the pier serving chips and Joe’s ice cream for 20 years, and Rob Galley, secretary of the angling club for a similar period with some cracking stories about that and his father’s work as the Piermaster.  No spoilers, but a British Record and a police truncheon are involved.
24 6.11.20 Dick Johns, actor/ playwright/ lecturer /etc;

Nigel Graddon, writer of interesting books

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Dick Johns’ credits range from “The Office” to the English Shakespeare Company and a whole lot of other stuff in between some of which we have to rush through because he’s done so much, don’t blame me I’m only the summary writer.

Nigel’s published works only touch on Gods, Fairies, Aliens, Mystery U-Boats, Vatican Conspiracies and Jack the Ripper, not to mention Otto Rahn, the inspiration for Indianna Jones, oh I did.

23 30.10.20 Sian Fox – Foxy’s; Angelina Hall – Glass By Design.  With Guest Appearance: Cathy O’Doherty

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What is it about the motor trade that produces wildly succesful artisan businesswomen near the Penarth station?  Good taste all round as we’ve got Mrs Fox of Foxy’s herself, Penarth’s fine delicatessan.  And Angelina Hall tells us of the beautiful things on offer in Glass By Design: the work of her, and Cathy, and others, and the oversubscribed courses on stained and fused glass.  And, no spoilers, we won’t say Cathy’s alarming cameo was because she was careless – we didn’t see exactly what caused the extraordinary intervention – but the HSE have asked for the tape.
22 23.10.20 Paula Hodge (Age Connects Cardiff & The Vale); Martin Crack (Volunteer): Rebecca Lewis (Marie Curie Hospice, Penarth)

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Help there’s a Firebreak!  On the Friday the Firebreak lockdown comes into force, the show focuses on help for those that need it.  Paula talks about what Age Connects can offer, including the befriending service; Martin, a befriender, tells us what it’s like; and Rebecca tells us about the launch of Marie Curie’s day services online.
21 16.10.20 Ian “Lugsy” Davis, Simon “Sid” Shirley

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A Pilot Show.  But not in that sense of being an initial test episode.  No, we’re talking, in the haunting lyricism of the great Paul McCartney, “Jet!”.  Ian flew Tornadoes in the Gulf War, now flies for the holiday airline Jet 2, and fortunately always remembers the different approach required.  Simon is the Leader of Team Raven, an acrobatic aero display team.  Escape with us to a world where, however briefly, Zoom returns to its original meaning. 
20 9.10.20 Emily, Zoya, Chloe 

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College Kids are universally challenged at the moment and we fearlessly phone some of them up and ask what it’s like.   The guests, at least, are great: yes that Emily who you may know from Fight Club, Zoya who you may know from Helping Hands and Chloe who you may not know as she is foreign (from Somerset).  Ultimately uplifting i.e. at the end.  
19 2.10.20 Neil Munn, Jake Downs, Emily Griffiths, Kevin the ABC Chairman 

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Fight Fight Fight!  It’s a special edition on the Penarth Boxing Club, run by a Champion for Champions, and we discover it is not the place to go in saying “which one of you lumps is fool enough to take me on!”.  All the guests are both punchy and funny, and we play the best boxing song ever. 
18 25.9.20 Sam Hurcom: novelist

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Sam is the author of the scary “The Shadow On The Lens”. “Gothic, claustrophobic, and wonderfully dark” (The Guardian – talking about the novel, not Sam). Also: “Hurcom expertly weaves a tale of claustrophobic suspicion set in a Welsh village a few miles from Cardiff – but so inward-looking and insular you might as well be in another world.” It’s set in Dinas.
17 18.9.20 Lara from the Penarth Reuse Project; Kathy from Gifts @ No. 9

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Lara explains the background to the launch of the Reuse Project, its success, and I mention my lack of it and sneak in some comedy music.  Kathy is Penarth’s Sir Philip Green without the negative connotations having run Gingers, Bojangles and now Gifts @ No. 9, and has a top airline story.
16 11.9.20 Ben Salter

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Ben runs “The Open Boat”, which Tripadvisor rates as the number 1 outdoor activity in Cardiff. We ride the Bay with him.
15 4.9.20 Paddy from Pizza Pronto; Andy Coslett, Artist/printer

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We enjoy a pizza in the rain with Paddy, who learns why he should start using mushrooms. Andy tells how illness led him to try to pay his bills by leaving his printing job and becoming a
full time artist.
14 28.8.20 Woody’s Lodge Special: Sian, Judy, Rob

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The truly marvellous story of how Sian came to meet Woody, his tragic early death, how she
started “Woody’s Lodge” in his memory, and its extraordinary success. Also meet Rob, one
of the 3,500 people they’ve helped, and Judy, who’s done the helping.
13 21.8.20 Snell Special

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The story of Snells, as told by Richard Snell himself, with some award winning musical links*. *Deserved.
12 14.8.20 Kath Fisher; Anna Brees

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Kath Fisher flies around in a police helicopter and likes Metallica. Anna Brees seems to be
establishing a new media empire.
11 7.8.20 Matt from Willmore’s; Ruth Spiller from Cod Steaks

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Willmore’s need no introduction, and Matt takes us through the trials, and great works, of Lockdown. Ruth and Cod Steaks are responsible for the Penarth Gateway, that new, as yet still officially unopened, gateway to Dingle Park.
10 31.7.20 Alan from the Pet Show; Will and John from Penarth View

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Alan talks us through the Pet Shop with a live customer in the background, including his odd
marriage proposal. The stylish boys from Penarth View reveal magazine bloopers and a dislike of each other’s music choices.
9 24.7.20 Mel Griffin of Griffin Books; Mark Frost, cricketeer

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Mel takes a rare 15 minutes away from fighting off the evil Amazon to keep a bookshop in our
town (and you can help, here). Mark shares some of his top 500 cricket stories
8 17.7.20 Marie Curie Hospice Special

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We speak to Sarah, Claire, Ingrid and Hannah about the hospice in an all-uplifting episode
including a very surprising story about a Gregg’s sausage roll.
7 10.7.20 Isaac, aged 8; Steve Rees; John Lewis

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Isaac explains what he’s learned about sums during lockdown in a classic radio moment; Steve Rees, departing Head of Evenlode, looks back on his route to headship which was via a toilet window; John Lewis, rocker, shares stories about the joys of touring the low countries.
6 3.7.20 Donald Maxwell; Grace Samuel; Jason Dunlop

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Donald Maxwell, an opera singer who has starred in opera films and in all the major opera houses, lends his space-filling voice to the show; Grace shares studenthood stories; Jason tells modestly of his heroism in the RNLI.
5 19.6.20 Adrian Lewis; Odaye; Anne Evans

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Adrian, from our very own Penarth Acoustic Club, explains why his bid to be an astronaut failed; Odaye explains how he made his single; Anne Evans from the Penarth Civic Society
explains the good stuff they do.
4 12.6.20 Kevin Ireland; The Mayor of Penarth, Angela; Kathryn from Helping Hands

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Kevin, CEO of Delta Property and the Federation of Master Builders talks Covid and the Construction Industry; the (then) Mayor Angela talks from isolation; Kathryn tells us how a late night idea led to the wonderful thing that is Penarth’s Helping Hands.
3 5.6.20 Tracy French; Martyn Joseph

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Tracy French of Alex French Associates talks of the travails of a small surveying practice. Martyn Joseph, top 50 singer/songwriter, talks through his fantastic career of music, fundraising and activism, and causing an awkward moment at Stanwell prizegiving.
2 29.5.20 Rich Jones; Pip from Fauvette; Ba Goddard Part 2

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Rich, IT wizard, talks through his general lack of enthusiasm for IT. We play “Cheese or Service Station” with the very understanding Pip from Fauvette, and there’s part 2 of the legend that is Bat Goddard.
1 22.5.20 Alyson Rees; Sue, Midwife; Bat Goddard

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Alyson explains what drew her to Penarth and, given her job, offers the most extraordinarily inaccurate estimate of the population of Penarth. Sue talks lockdown midwifery. Bat tells us why he is known as the Bat man, and talks his early career, up to the introduction of Shakin’ Stevens.

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