A GOOD START TO THE OEU SEASON
MDR has the ability to contribute professionally to all these community events involving a talented group of MDR members who have the skills and flexibility to ensure they are successful. Working on these events is good and experienced presenters are happy give support to those presenters who not been involved previously but we need to develop a bigger team for the OEU. Members are encouraged to contact Damian Wilkins on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07456 573173 to get involved in OEU events
WIVELSFIELD VILLAGE DAY 9th JULY 2016
MDR had a great day on Saturday 9th July compering the annual Wivelsfield Village Day.
The MDR team consisted of local boy Jack Gibbs, Damian Wilkins and Paul B. They provided commentary on the parade and throughout the day on the children’s games, ‘the mums’ ‘don’t spill the Prosecco’ game, the Pantomime Donkey Derby and the Space Hopper Race. Jack Gibbs showed everyone how to…..or not how to…ride a space hopper. Cathy B made front page of The Middy when she tucked into a giant hot dog Click here for more details
BURGESS HILL FESTIVAL FINALE 12th June 2016
The OEU hosted a marathon day with the Burgess Hill Festival’s final Royal Birthday Celebration in St. John’s Park organised by Burgess Hill Town Council and supported by 35 local organisations. The event in the Park was the finale of 9 days of celebration and was covered by the BBC TV Programme, ‘Look South East’ which was shown later in evening. Throughout the filming, the OEU, (plus our Logo), was conspicuously in the picture as it played out music. The evening Programme featured clips of young dancers in front of the OEU plus an interview by a BBC presenter. Click here for more details
LINDFIELD VILLAGE DAY 4th June 2016
This event is held on Lindfield Common in June every year and requires a lot of input from our technical and presenting team with over 80 individual stalls covering charities, local organisations and commercial companies plus there are fairground rides, vintage cars on display and many food and drinks outlets. It is attended by many hundreds of people. The event is up running by late morning and the OEU starts up at 12 noon and carries on till 4.30. The weather held sunny again this year and a good time was had by participants, organisers and onlookers. Click here for more details
The Cosmos Football Festival is the club’s annual event where hundreds of players, supporters and families turn up and are involved in matches over nine pitches covering age groups from under 7’s through to age 18 (both boys and girls) followed by an hour long presentation ceremony for both teams and individuals. The whole event lasts over 4 hours. As part of the event, raffles are held and there are marquees/stalls providing food, general refreshments plus a beer tent
MDR's role is to play music, make announcements about what is going on and provide general information. Normally, the presentations are made in the open outside the main marquee, but because it rained (for the first time since the event started) it had to be moved into a very crowded marquee at short notice, Fortunately Sol together with the organiser (and some quick thinking) were able to remove one of the wall panels in the marquee and poke the MDR speakers through the opening so the announcements could be heard Gary set up the OEU and Sol acted a compere/presenter for the event
VISITORS TO OUR STUDIOS
We have had some great guests in for a chat with Wendy on the Simply Redhead show with interesting stories of what they've been doing or are about to do .... here are just some of them -
Rosie Langhorn, Geoff Heath and Sarah Reynolds
Lindfield Arts Festival 17th &18th September 2016
This year's Arts Festival promises to be better than ever -
Raye du Val and John Delphin
Local legend drummer Raye du Val popped in with clarinettist and vocalist John Delphin to talk about their forthcoming gig at Clair Hall on 23rd July . The John Delphin Quartet is one of many bands Raye plays with including two of his own. John demonstrated a couple of well known 'riffs' on his clarinet while Raye praised his style as being very close to that of renowned clarinetist Benny Goodman. John's latest album The Blue Clarinet featuring his original number 'Riff Raff' can be found through his website.
Raye and John will be playing again together at the Lindfield Club in August.
PRH League of Friends Coffee Shop
Lovely Lisa Williamson Deputy Manager of the LOF Coffee shop came with volunteer and LOF secretary Margaret Burgess to talk about the coffee shop and the reasons behind its success -
While she was with us Lisa was persuaded to record a filler promoting the coffee shop and another asking for more volunteers.
175th Anniversary -
We had a great afternoon talking to Sylvia Harris about the beautiful floral engine Haywards Heath Horticultural Society has built on the Commercial Roundabout by the station to celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the first train to arrive here.
The design is a copy of the original engine aptly named Haywards Heath and has been built mostly out of succulents.
For information on HHHS visit their website www.hhhs.org.uk
Florrie Longhorn and Sylvia Harris
MDR is 40 this year!!!
Click here to see pictures of the station down the years!