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This is England Real People, Real Stories

This is England Real People, Real Stories

By Chris Frear
"This is England" is a series of radio interviews with real people that are part of the rich tapestry of English life.

Sit back and listen as Liz Fawden takes you to meet people in England who have unusual jobs or hobbies.
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Neil Perkins - Sweetshop Owner
Do you remember sweets like liquorice torpedoes, sherbet lemons and mint humbugs and thought they where a thing of the past. You'd be wrong, Goodies Sweetshop in Lincoln is perhaps the only shop where you can buy them. Additional Information Although Neil sold Goodies Sweetshop in 2013, its still in business and is owned today by a Mr Cottingham.  The shop's website can be found at https://www.goodiessweets.co.uk Goodies Sweetshop The Strait Lincoln LN2 1JD Please Note: The link for more information given (by me) at the end of the end of the interview was recorded twenty years ago and is no longer valid. Chris Frear Butterfield www.chrisfrear.co.uk 
14:43
April 26, 2020
Harry & Terri Boyce The Archers
Harry & Terri Boyce are both enthusiasts about Field Archery. Join them as they discuss their passion for a sport, which has led Terri to a world title and Harry to design courses for the upcoming European Field Archery Championships. Our host Liz Fawden then gets a lesson in how to shoot a bow and arrow.  Additional Information: As of 2020, Harry is the President of the National Field Archery Society https://www.nfas.net Please Note: The link for more information given (by me) at the end of the end of the interview was recorded twenty years ago and is no longer valid. Chris Frear Butterfield www.chrisfrear.co.uk 
14:39
April 26, 2020
Neil Mumby - The Falconer
In one of the most hair raising moments of Series One Liz is narrowly missed by the outstretched talons of a hawk as it comes into land over her head. Hear these wonderful birds as Neil Mumby the falconer flies them for their daily exercise and they soar and swoop overhead. Then join Liz and Neil as they visit the breeding rooms where captive birds are able to provide new youngsters to keep the species alive. Additional Information: As of 2020, after being in business for two decades, Neil continues to own and operate  Woodside Falconry & Conservation Centre near Lincoln.  http://www.woodsidefalconry.com/ Please Note: The link for more information given (by me) at the end of the end of the interview was recorded twenty years ago and is no longer valid. Chris Frear Butterfield www.chrisfrear.co.uk 
14:25
April 26, 2020
Mervin Austin - The Baker
Join Liz at Kirton Bakery where Mervin Austin bakes bread in an oven that took two weeks to reach its operating temperature, and where every loaf is hand made from specialist flours ground in the adjoining windmill. Here its still possible to have bread made from Spelt - the grain the Romans ate and that dates back to prehistory Additional Information: Windmill closed following storm damage, status of bakery unknown as website no longer operational. Please Note: The link for more information given (by me) at the end of the end of the interview was recorded twenty years ago and is no longer valid. Chris Frear Butterfield www.chrisfrear.co.uk 
14:56
April 26, 2020
Ian Keat - The Jeweller
Ian Keat does not simply retail Jewellery but is one of the few remaining craftsmen who designs and makes original items. Join Liz as she visits his workshop and sees how the bench and tools of a jeweller evolved over the centuries and have changed very little in modern times. Additional Information: 2020 Assumed retired.  Please Note: The link for more information given (by me) at the end of the end of the interview was recorded twenty years ago and is no longer valid. Chris Frear Butterfield www.chrisfrear.co.uk 
15:49
April 26, 2020
Brian Hall MBE - Court Usher
You could be forgiven for thinking that an English Court was run by a bewigged judge from his chambers, or maybe his office clerks but you would be wrong. Brian Hall is a Court Usher - the man who shouts,"All Rise!" or "Be upstanding in Court!". He takes us behind the scenes to hear about the rest of his job and his responsibility for making sure the system works smoothly. Additional Information: 2020: Awarded MBE in 2004. Probably retired.  Please Note: The link for more information given (by me) at the end of the end of the interview was recorded twenty years ago and is no longer valid. Chris Frear Butterfield www.chrisfrear.co.uk 
14:41
April 26, 2020
Alan Pell - The Fairground Organ Maker
As a young boy Alan Pell was fascinated by the steam fairground organs that accompanied the travelling showmen and their fairgrounds everywhere. With no books but only other old organs from which to learn how to make them, he set about building an organ of his own, and another and another.... so that today the whole family is involved in making these superb musical instruments. Additional Information: Alan has since retired from making fairground organs and now runs a mobile fish and chip shop from a converted iconic London Red Bus. https://www.redbusfood.com/ https://www.facebook.com/redbusfishandchips/ Please Note: The link for more information given (by me) at the end of the end of the interview was recorded twenty years ago and is no longer valid. Chris Frear Butterfield www.chrisfrear.co.uk 
14:35
April 26, 2020
Bette Vickers The Obituary Writer
Bette Vickers must be one of the few people to have written her own obituary. As the obit writer for the Lincolnshire Echo newspaper, she has turned a job considered by her fellow journalists as the pits into a calling. Join host Liz Fawden as Bette discusses a career, which has as many lighter moments as sad ones.  Sadly Bette passed away in 2006. Please Note: The link for more information given (by me) at the end of the end of the interview was recorded twenty years ago and is no longer valid. Chris Frear Butterfield www.chrisfrear.co.uk 
14:32
April 26, 2020
Terry Stubbins - Town Crier
Dressed in a Lincoln green overcoat, with a yellow waistcoat. You couldn't miss Terry Stubbins in a crowd. Also wearing a tri-corn hat, he is Town Crier to the city of Lincoln.  2020: Terry moved to Liverpool and has since retired. Please Note: The link for more information given (by me) at the end of the end of the interview was recorded twenty years ago and is no longer valid. Chris Frear Butterfield www.chrisfrear.co.uk
13:00
April 26, 2020
Rick Taylor - Coracle Maker
So you want to make a light portable boat you can carry on your shoulder and you haven't any money or a workshop or even tools to do it with. Its no problem, help is at hand. Join Liz as she sits with Rick Taylor by the riverbank on a glorious Summers day and he describes how you can make yourself a coracle. First cut 19 poles of well coppiced willow on a dry Winters day... 2020:  Additional Information: Rick still builds coracles to commission and can be contacted thought his website at:- www.coracle-bushcraft.co.uk
14:02
April 26, 2020
Tony Bradley Rural Policeman
Working alone, completely unarmed with only a radio to call back up are just some of the skills Constable Tony Bradley needs everyday to go about his job as a rural policeman for 32 villages near Grantham.  2020: Present location/role unknown Please Note: The link for more information given (by me) at the end of the end of the interview was recorded twenty years ago and is no longer valid. Chris Frear Butterfield www.chrisfrear.co.uk 
16:51
April 26, 2020
Michael Bunn Lincoln Castle Stone Mason
Michael Bunn has an occupation which dates back more than a thousand years. As a Stone Mason at Lincoln Castle, he is one of those people who spend months sculpting stone, knowing it could be standing at the dawn of the next millennium. 2018: After twenty years at Lincoln Castle, Michael moved to Heritage Lincolnshire to advise on stone work project across the county. Please Note: The link for more information given (by me) at the end of the end of the interview was recorded twenty years ago and is no longer valid. Chris Frear Butterfield www.chrisfrear.co.uk 
14:04
April 26, 2020
Sid Tempest aka Cesspool Sid
Sid Tempest a.k.a. “Cesspool Sid” Sid, Horncastle's number one cesspool emptier, has been doing his somewhat unglamorous job for over thirty years. Today he tells Liz Fawden about life emptying cesspools and the characters and the hilarious stories of some of the characters he has met. Roll with laughter as Sid recounts the time he recovered a set of dentures for a man so they could be re-used. This interview was recorded in 1999. Sadly Sid passed away in 2001. Please Note: The link for more information given at the end of the end of the interview was recorded twenty years ago and is no longer valid. Chris Frear Butterfield chrisfrear@btinternet.com www.chrisfrear.co.uk
12:29
April 26, 2020