Moving on from the Utility Room!

Since lockdown (March, 2020), I’ve been broadcasting from the utility room! It’s pretty amazing that a few bits of equipment mean it’s as good as any BBC studio (although minus colleagues). I’m blooming’ lucky to have an area where it can be left out – a desk rather than an ironing board to put it on – my Great Granddad would be amazed!

I’ve been the voice of BBC Radio Solent’s early morning traffic bulletins for…oh gosh…about 20 years! For most of that time I’ve worked remotely from Broadcasting House – a guest of the Road Management System for Europe teams, first in Southampton and then in Winchester and been grateful to have been given a nest and make new friends in both locations.

Going to miss them….panic is setting in ….will I start talking to myself A LOT (worried about annoying husband, Peter at 5 o’clock in the morning when I’m used to getting up, too!).

2021 will bring so many new beginnings!

Redundancy beckons for December, 2020…..so what can an oldish bat get up to in the New Year…all sorts of plans…stories to tell you from the stuff in the house, sewing and recycling adventures for, yup, the stuff in the house, adventures through Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight, some on my trike, some with the grandson. All to come…I hope you’ll come with me….oh, and lets share some stories, too…..

Cushion 93 for the Southampton Area Talking Echo!

I know, I was going to stop at 92, but I’ve been invited to the SATE Anniversary party today.

Iwas part of the team that record and distribute Talking Newspapers for a couple of years or so. Loved it, but when I became the Early Show Presenter at Bbc Radio Solent for about 5 years, an awful lot of things had to be sacrificed for that 3.00 am wake up call. I helped work on a database for them, too, Chris and I spent hours with a bloomin’ “if, then, else” statement!

 

I love these guys and what they do, it would be rude to go without a cushion!

 

 

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A cushion for Childsplay, Romania

Sheila Price and her team, based at Shirley Baptist Church, Southampton, are passionate and hard working in their support for Childsplay Romania who support young people in Romania, in all aspects of their welfare (health, education, etc). They’re going to have a special event later in the year when their cushion will make an appearance.

The last few cushions are on black velvet, there was just enough to take me through to the end of the project! It’s been lurking in the cupboard for years. I had made a pair of posh trousers from it, and had to patch them up when I was bitten by a dog in a pub! It put me off using the rest of it for clothes!

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All done!

Somewhere in this heap is the 92nd and final cushion! Just got to scuttle about delivering them and then hope all the amazing people who work so hard for charity can turn them into loads of pennies!

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Calling MG owners at the New Forest Run on Sunday, 1st June

There’s a very special MG cushion at the New Forest Run of the Southampton and New Forest MG Owners club. This year Club members have chosen two local charities to benefit from the Run – Brendoncare and the Society of St James. Brendoncare are based in Winchester and have 10 care centres and about 70 social and friendship clubs. The care centres provide a mixture of residential and nursing care, and the Clubs which are spread across Hampshire and Dorset have around 1,600 members and 400 volunteers. The Society of St James support those who are homeless, they have a drug and alcohol recovery programme, have specialist supported accommodation and give support in the home.


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Have a Ball with Wessex Heartbeat!

Wessex Heartbeat is such a precious charity, not only do they run Heartbeat House at the Southampton General Hospital (where families of seriously ill patients receiving cardiac care can stay) but they are continuously fund raising for other reasons. Here’s why the asked for a cushion:

“Put simply Wessex Heartbeat’s driving ambition is to help achieve the very best care for people with heartbeat conditions. Wessex Heartbeat is a well-known local and Wessex-wide charity of 20 years . It exists to support the improvement of cardiac care at the specialist Wessex Cardiac Centre based in Southampton General Hospital. Large and small projects benefit more than 20,000 people every year.
How would you use a cushion?: We are hosting a Mid-Summer Ball in Romsey on 28th June and it would be an auction prize on the evening”

Tickets for the midsummer ball are £55 each and it sounds like a wonderful evening. The cushion will be part of the silent auction.

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A cushion for the Mission to Seafarers, Bournemouth

Trevor Clements and his family have a very personal reason for helping the Mission for Seafarers, Bournemouth (like so many of the cushion recipients), and are hoping to swell the coffers with as many pennies as possible.

They are going to sell tickets at several events, the first one is Tuesday June 3rd at 10.30am at a coffee morning at 58 Haven Road, Canford Cliffs.

It would be great if you could pop in and support him. There’s a Labrador puppy cushion waiting for a new home!

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