Monday, 28 February 2011

This Week's Featured Track: Jonathan Jeremiah - Happiness

Here is our current featured track, taken from the forthcoming album "A Solitary Man":

Playlist w/c 28th February 2011

Jonathan Jeremiah - Happiness
Hi Drivetimers

Below is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Adele - Someone Like You
Asa - Be My Man
Belle & Sebastian - I Want The World To Stop
Bruce Springsteen - Rendezvous
Clare Maguire - The Last Dance
Eliza Doolittle - Mr Medicine
Emin - Obvious

Hurts - Sunday
Jessie J - Price Tag
Jonathan Jeremiah - Happiness
Julian Velard - Love Again For The First Time
Kassidy - I Don't Know

Lady Gaga - Born This Way
Manic Street Peachers - Postcards From A Young Man
Maroon 5 - Never Gonna Leave This Bed
McFly - That's The Truth
Michael Jackson - Hollywood Tonight
Mim Grey - Lay Your Head Down
Noah And The Whale - L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.
Olly Murs - Heart On My Sleeve
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - History Of Modern (part 1)
Ray Lamontagne - New York City's Killing Me
Robert Plant - Harm's Swift Way
Ron Sexsmith - Believe It When I See It
Take That - Kidz
The Human League - Never Let Me Go
The Mummers - Fade Away
The Pierces - You'll Be Mine
Wonderland - Not A Love Song

Items in BOLD are new additions

We hope you enjoy our selection.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Company Of Ten

This evening we heard from David Stone and Jane Fooks from the Company Of Ten.

Membership

You can join the Company of Ten or the Company of Teens to take a full part in the Company's activities.
Company of Ten

* Join as a full member and get involved
* The Company of Ten is the group that built the theatre, runs it, and stages at least ten productions a year. There are about 400 members ranging in age from 14 to over 90. You do not need to have any expertise or knowledge of theatre to join. There are numerous theatrical and non-theatrical things to do. Your involvement can be as much or as little as you want
* Examples:
o Theatrical - take part in productions: Acting , directing, prompting, stage management, set design, set construction, lighting, sound, props, costumes
o Front of House - help audiences: House manage, steward, box office, bar, coffee and ice cream sales
o Activities - run, help with or take part in activities: social events, Company of Teens, training, playwriting, play reading, newsletters, new ventures
o Maintain and improve the theatre and facilities: Maintenance, repairs, painting, carpentry, electrical, DIY
o Running the theatre and Company of Ten: Management, finance, administration, marketing, and just helping out when needed
* A monthly newsletter, Prompt Corner, keeps you fully informed
* Priority booking and ticket price discounts are available to you
* Make new friends, enjoy yourself, and be proud of your contribution

Single membership costs £35 a year (£20 with concession); Joint membership £60 a year (£50 with one concession, £33 with two concessions); Four year membership available at 10% discount

Concessions are available to over 60s, teens, and registered unemployed
Company of Teens

* The youth group of the Company of Ten meets once a week for a wide variety of activities

Teens join the Company of Ten at a concessionary rate (£20 a year)
full details can be found at the web site;http://www.abbeytheatre2.org.uk/

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Interior Design Feature with Gwendoline Alderton


Gwendoline popped into Radio Verulam for her regular Interior Design feature to talk to our listeners about beds.

She said the current trend is for larger beds, compared to just the standard double of the 1970s.

"Beds are getting bigger. The trend in my time was to have a double bed, but most people now are having a minimum of Queen Size, and many are even going for a Super King Size."

Gwendoline said the biggest bed on the market is a massive 13ft wide:

"Think of the room you need for that!"

The oldest bed is the Great Bed of Ware, currently located in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

She said it's a four-poster bed with curtains on the outside, and it's a considerable 12 ft wide.

But why are our bed's getting larger?

Well, people are getting bigger, yes. But Gwendoline says it's more to do with bed's becoming a more social space.

"People are using beds like another room, especially with the technologicall advancements like net books and tablets. People like to have them in bed."

So bedroom's are really becoming like a second lounge, and not just with couples, but particularly with teenagers.

Finishing on a postive note, Gwendoline said, despite the recession, couples are still going for a luxury hotel look, with silk curtains and scatter cushions.

You can't put a price on comfort.

Monday, 21 February 2011

Playlist w/c 21st February 2011

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Adele – Someone Like You
Asa - Be My Man

Beady Eye - The Roller
Belle & Sebastian - I Want The World To Stop
Clare Maguire - The Last Dance
Hurts - Sunday
Jessie J - Price Tag
John Grant - Where Dreams Go To Die
Lady Gaga - Born This Way
Manic Street Peachers - Postcards From A Young Man
Marli Harwood - It’s Called a Heart
Maroon 5 - Never Gonna Leave This Bed
McFly - That’s The Truth
Michael Jackson - Hollywood Tonight
Mim Grey - Lay Your Head Down
Noah And The Whale - L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.
Olly Murs - Heart On My Sleeve
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - History Of Modern (part 1)
Ray Lamontagne - New York City’s Killing Me
Robert Plant - Harm’s Swift Way
Ron Sexsmith - Believe It When I See It
Sara Bareilles - King Of Anything
Take That - Kidz
The Mummers - Fade Away
The Pierces - You’ll Be Mine
The Script - If You Ever Come Back
Wonderland - Not A Love Song

Items in BOLD are new additions

Our Featured Track for this week is Lay Your Head Down by Mim Grey - and the lady herself will be a guest on this Wednesday's show.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Simon Carver's Recommendations For Films On Free-To-Air TV

These are Simon's choices for the forthcoming week:

Friday

East Is East
9:00pm - 11:00pm
More4


Saturday

The Bodyguard
9:00pm - 11:40pm
ITV2


Sunday

Field of Dreams
4:50pm - 7:00pm
ITV4


Monday

"Crocodile" Dundee
7:10pm - 9:00pm
Film4


Tuesday

8 Mile
10:00pm - 12:20am
ITV4


Wednesday

The Untouchables
9:00pm - 11:15pm
Film4


Thursday

Wedding Crashers
9:00pm - 11:15pm
Film4

Simon is away next week but there will be a guest film guide presenter - more details to follow.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Miss Hertfordshire Galaxy Visits Radio Verulam


Radio Verulam will play host to Miss Hertfordshire Galaxy, April Banbury, tomorrow.

21-year-old April, from Hemel,
is currently a Miss Galaxy Finalist and will compete against 60 other finalist to win the title in February 19th.
Posing for photographs April smiles from ear to ear, but sadly it hasn't always been this way. April was bullied throughout her childhood,since the separation of her parents the children at her primary school would throw things at her, push her and call her names for being different.

"At secondary school i was bullied so much that on a bad day i would eat as little as 2 crackers."

The teenage bullies would turn everyone against April and some days the bullies would even kick and punch her, she was too scared to face her bullies which resulted in her missing most of her GCSE year at school.

Aprils depression took a turn for the worst and she became extremely weak and dangerously underweight. Doctors warned April that she would be sectioned at the hospital unless a miracle happened. it was at this point that her grandmother Dorothy pushed to get April the professional help that she so badly needed.

Thankfully the NHS got fantastic counsellors involved to help April overcome her illness and April is very grateful to have such a supportive grandmother and realises without her she may not be alive today.


April will share her story with Danny Smith, on Drivetime, tomorrow.

Monthly Travel Feature with Andy Jarosz


On this week's feature, Andy and Danny spoke of the ignorance of English speaking nations when travelling to foreign countries.

Due to English being widely regarded as the global language, much to the annoyance of the French, Andy says we frequently find ourselves speaking pigeon French or Spanish, and then immediately moving to English, even though they don't necessarily speak English any better than we speak their language.

In order to appear polite in a foreign nation, Andy said:

"If you look into learning a language, it can appear to be pretty daunting.

"The simple things will get you a long way; Hello, please, thank you.

"This will get you appreciation."

Andy also recommends obtaining a phrase book for reference while abroad, and also says learning the numbers will get you a long way.

"Learning key phrases, for example, to find out where you can access the Internet, will be hugely benficial."

Andy ended with some encouraging words for those Brits looking to improve their linguistic skills.

"There are so many words in our language that are the same in others. It really isn't as hard as people may think."

The main thing, he says, is to make an effort.

To access Andy's travel website, visit www.501places.com

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Monthly Feature with Mark Clementson of the Verulam Writers Circle


Today we chatted to Mark Clementson from the Verulam Writers' Circle, a not for profit organisation committed to helping writers to keep writing and improving what they write. He told us that the new anthology, 'The Archangel and the White Hart' is now available!

It contains more than fifty short stories and poems from more than thirty local authors, including novelists, journalists, and newcomers – young and old. All edited by the uber-talented Jonathan Pinnock, author of Mrs Darcy Versus the Aliens. Copies can be bought with paypal from www.vwc.org.uk.

Alternatively, tickets can be bought from the conference this Saturday! The conference is fully booked as of the end of today. For information about the conference or anything else concerning writing can go to the website www.vwc.org.uk, or to @getwriting2011 on Twitter.

All entries are in for the 'Get Writing Short Story Competition', and winners will be announced at the conference. The final three will be judged by broadcaster and novelist Sue Cook. Last year's winners will feature in the anthology.

Playlist w/c 14th February 2011

Hi Drivetimers

Sorry it's a bit late but here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Adele - Rolling In The Deep
Beady Eye - The Roller
Belle & Sebastian - I Want The World To Stop
Bryan Ferry - Alphaville
Clare Maguire - The Last Dance
Hurts - Sunday
Jessie J - Price Tag
John Grant - Where Dreams Go To Die
Manic Street Peachers - Postcards From A Young Man
Marli Harwood - It's Called a Heart
McFly - That's The Truth
Michael Jackson - Hollywood Tonight

Noah And The Whale - L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - History Of Modern (part 1)
Pete Lawrie - Fell Into The River
Ray Lamontagne - New York City's Killing Me
Robert Plant - Harm's Swift Way
Ron Sexsmith - Believe It When I See It
Sara Bareilles - King Of Anything
Sugarland - ALBUM: The Incredible Machine
Taio Cruz - Higher (feat. Kylie)
Take That - Kidz
Teddy Thompson - Looking For A Girl
The Drizabone Soul Family - Girlfriendz
The Mummers - Fade Away
The Pierces - You'll Be Mine
The Script - If You Ever Come Back
Wonderland - Not A Love Song

Items in BOLD are new additions

Enjoy!

Monday, 14 February 2011

Featured Track: The Mummers - Fade Away

Hi Drivetimers

Here is this week's featured track:

Monthly Advice Feature with Elizabeth Crampton from the Citizen's Advice Bureau


Elizabeth Crampton of the local Citizens Advice Bureau came into the studio for a chat about the realities of Valentine's Day for the local Community.

Elizabeth urged the community to be aware of those struggling with divorce, while asking parents to avoid the courts for the sake of their children, and an amicable split.

She said this is particularly important at this time of year.

"Most solicitors and advice agencies notice an increase in queries about divorce and separation in the weeks after Christmas."

Furthermore, Elizabeth said that St Albans residents are becoming increasingly wary of pothole problems in the area.

She said insurance companies have reported an upturn in claims relating to damage caused by potholes.

Those concerned can contact Herts County Council via their website and report a pothole, or visit www.potholes.co.uk.

On the Blue Badge Scheme which benefits the disabled, Elizabeth mentioned that the initiative is under review after reports of stolen badges and misuse.

Those affected can apply for a badge even if they don't own a car, as it can be used by passengers.

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Interview with Sugarland - Listen Again

On Yesterday's show we were thrilled to be joined by the number 1 US band Sugarland.  To hear the interview again, click below:

video

Friday, 11 February 2011

Simon Carver's Pick of the Week's Films on TV

Hi Drivetime film buffs

Below are Simon's suggestions for the best films on free-to-air TV for the forthcoming week:

Friday

It Could Happen to You
9:00pm - 11:00pm
Fiver

Saturday

Ferris Bueller's Day Off
9:00pm - 11:05pm
Film4

Sunday

The Dam Busters
4:30pm - 7:00pm
ITV4

Monday

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
4:50pm - 6:40pm
Film4

Tuesday

The War of the Roses
9:00pm - 11:15pm
Film4

Wednesday

The Royal Tenenbaums
11:30pm - 1:15am
BBC1 London

Thursday

Elizabeth
9:00pm - 11:20pm
Film4

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Education Recycle


This evening we heard from Emily Jones of the Education Recycle project;

Why do we need a site like Education Recycle?

These are just a few reasons why we feel that we need a site like Education Recycle

* There is huge evidence that due to lack of money, many school age children can not afford the school uniform and equipment required by most schools. This leads to children feeling different from their peers – isolated, bullied and there are reports of many children missing lessons due to lack of equipment, for example PE lessons and even not attending school at all solely because families can not afford to clothe and equip their children for school.
* Despite popular belief many councils do not provide grants to aid low income families in buying uniforms and equipment.
* That many children are excluded from attending after school clubs because of the high cost of uniforms and equipment needed.
* That many students are coming out of university with huge debt, some of this is due to the high cost of text books and equipment. Many students from low/middle income families are put off going to university because of the cost.

How can Recycling help?

* If everyone recycles any educational equipment that they no longer need, it gives ALL the chance to be educated to reach their full potential.
* It limits the impact that lack of money has on a person’s education – it means ALL can have access to an equal education.

Our Future Vision

* That no child is excluded because they can not afford the uniform or equipment needed to reach their full potential.
* That everyone is given the chance to flourish because of hard work and talent and not just because they can afford to be educated.

So how can you help?

* By passing on any educational equipment that you no longer need to another in your local community. Thus making sure that all have an equal chance to succeed; be it at school, college or university
* REMEMBER – This site is free to all that use it, it is free to join, list items and free to get the item- No money changes hands at any point – This is a recycling site not a selling site.

Last note to all –

* There are many problems in today’s society that are out of our control, but this problem can be fixed so easily. If everyone joins in, gives something, be it a text book, a school jumper or hockey stick instead of throwing it away, this problem could be solved.
Further details can be found the web site; www.educationrecycle.net

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

'Land of Liberty' Community Play


On today's show we talked to Melanie Warner, Community Arts Development Officer for Rickmansworth. 'Land of Liberty' is the name of a new community play based on the local history of Rickmansworth and the surrounding area, and performed by local residents!

Casting days took place last week, but there is still room for budding actors, dancers, singers or back stage technicians! There are no age or ability restrictions, so if this sounds like your sort of thing, ask for Melanie Warner on 01923 776611!

The performances will take place between the 19th and 22nd of May with evening performance and matinee performances on the Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available from the 8th March on 01923 776611.


Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Get Fit and Give


This afternoon, we chatted to Carol Campbell from Get Fit and Give, a charity that encourages people to exercise whilst raising money for charity.

Carol set up the group in 2009 with a group of friends, keen to find a daily walking group to fit around her busy lifestyle! The group meets every day except Sunday, and currently consists of 6 regular members but people are just as welcome to dip in and out! There is no minimum or maximum age, although under 16s should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Carol says the walking is a 'leisurely stroll but at a good pace', and all the members have felt really positive benefits to their health and fitness over time! All you need is a pair of trainers/walking boots and £3 per walk. This £3 is donated to a charity which is picked every 3 months. In the past chosen charities have included Children in Need and Cancer Research.

If it sounds like the sort of thing you're looking for, or you just want a bit more information, email Carol on getfitandgive@hotmail.co.uk

This Week's Featured Album: Sugarland - The Incredible Machine

There are two reasons why this is our featured album for this week:

1 - They are guests on Friday's show

2 - It's blooming brilliant!!!

It's out on Monday and the track below has been on our playlist for a few weeks and is still going strong:


Coming Up This Week...

Hi

On this week's show we have:

Monday - Our monthly feature with our wildlife correspondent Sarah Buckingham from the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Tuesday - Carol Campbell from Get Fit & Give
Wednesday - Melanie Warner from the Land Of Liberty Play
Thursday - Emily Jones from the St Albans Education Recycle Team
Friday - US music sensation Sugarland & Simon Carver with the Film Guide

All of this plus your regular features including the Vintage Vault, Community Noticeboard, Infobytes, Celebrity Birthdays, the latest local news and lots of great music.

Monday, 7 February 2011

Featured Track: The Pierces - You'll Be Mine

Here is this week's featured track:

Playlist w/c 7th February 2011

Hi Drivetimers

Below is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Adele - Rolling In The Deep
Beady Eye - The Roller
Belle & Sebastian - I Want The World To Stop
Bob Geldof - Silly Pretty Thing
Bryan Ferry - Alphaville
Clare Maguire - The Last Dance
Duran Duran - All You Need Is Now
Glenn Aitken - Just No
Hurts - Sunday
John Grant - Where Dreams Go To Die
Manic Street Peachers - Postcards From A Young Man
Marli Harwood - It's Called a Heart
Noah And The Whale - L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - History Of Modern (part 1)

Pete Lawrie - Fell Into The River
Robert Plant - Harm's Swift Way
Sara Bareilles - King Of Anything
Sheryl Crow - Peaceful Feeling
Taio Cruz - Higher (feat. Kylie)
Take That - Kidz
Tally Koren - Beauty of the Duty
Teddy Thompson - Looking For A Girl
The Drizabone Soul Family - Girlfriendz
The Pierces - You'll Be Mine
The Script - If You Ever Come Back
Yellow Wire - Last Breath

Items in BOLD are new additions

We hope you enjoy our choices!

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Sport In Herts Partnership - -


This evening we heard from John O'Callaghan of the Herts Sports Partnership.

Herts Sports Partnership was established in 2003 as one of 49 County Sport Partnerships in England, as part of the long-term plan for delivering sport across the nation. It is led by a voluntary representative executive board and has a core team of full and part-time sports professionals all of whom are passionate about the work carried out by the Partnership.

If you're a club or a coach in Herts why not take a look at the extensive coaching courses being offered during Coach Education Week (19-25th Feb) and the Hertfordshire Coaching Conference (26th Feb).One of the courses is being run in St Albans at Francis Bacon school.
for full details go to www.sportinherts.org.uk

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Walsingham


Today we talked to Paul Snell from Walsingham, a charity that offers support to people with learning difficulties.


Mark Snell, Paul's father, founded Walsingham in 1986. He wanted to help people feel valued as individuals, by offering houses near to their families, and in the community.


Paul was excited to tell us that the charity is celebrating its 25th anniversary! It now has more than 600 employees supporting more than 300 people with learning disabilities, with services that include supported living, floating support, residential care and day services across the UK.


For more information on the charity, go to http://www.walsingham.com