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Essex By The Sea

Essex By The Sea

By Owen Ward
The 'Essex By The Sea' podcast is a twice monthly podcast telling the stories of the Essex coastline.

From industrial areas in the south to sandy beaches on the county's sunshine coast in the north, Essex has a rich and varied boundary with the sea.

The 'Essex By The Sea' podcast explores all of the 350 miles of coastal Essex.
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023: Essex By The Sea - Hares About Town
During the summer, a number of brightly coloured giant hares appeared in Southend. Attracting people for miles around, Essex By The Sea had to investigate to find out more. Owen hopped down to Chalkwell Esplanade to meet Natalie Solomons who knows all about the summer fundraising arts trail. More information about the trail can be found on their website www.haresabouttown.co.uk If you've got a story, Owen would like to hear from you! Email essexbytheseapodcast@gmail.com Join him on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
17:30
August 1, 2021
022: Essex By The Sea - History of Bradwell Airfield
Right in the top corner of the Dengie peninsular, lies an almost forgotten airfield. Over shaddowed now by the former Bradwell Nuclear Power Station, the former RAF base was once a busy war airfield hosting aircrew from many allied nations. Eric Simonelli, if the deputy chair of the RAF Bradwell Bay research group, who are building a profile of what life was like for the crews stationed in this remote part of the Essex coast. More information can be found on the groups website - www.rafbradwellbay.co.uk If you've got a story, Owen would like to hear from you! Email essexbytheseapodcast@gmail.com Join him on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
16:47
July 15, 2021
021: Essex By The Sea - The Harwich Festival 2021
For over a decade, hundreds if not thousands of people have come to Harwich each summer to enjoy Essex's fastest growing combined Arts Festival. Last year The Harwich Festival went online, but it's back this year! Peter Davis is the Artistic Director for the festival and told Owen what people can expect for 2021. For more information and to book tickets for the festival, take a look at their website. f you've got a story, Owen would like to hear from you! Email essexbytheseapodcast@gmail.com Join him on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
16:02
July 1, 2021
020: Essex By The Sea - The Naze Tower
Siting high over crumbling cliffs in Walton-on-the-Naze, The Naze Tower has stood for centuries providing a vital visual aid to ships salling along the Essex coast. But will the tower continue to be there as coastal erosion creaps the cliff edge ever closer to the foundations of the tower? Michelle Nye-Brown is the owener of the tower and kindly took Owen on a tour right to the very top! If you've got a story, Owen would like to hear from you! Email essexbytheseapodcast@gmail.com Join him on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
16:47
June 15, 2021
019: Essex By The Sea - Beach Patrol
Some people call the Tendring coast, the sunshine coast of Essex. That was certainly true for the late May bank holiday weekend in 2021 as thousands flocked to the sea side. Keeping everyone safe while they enjoy themselves in Clacton is a small team Beach Patrol team.  Danny Ayling is part of the team and spoke to Owen about the work they do along the seafront at Clacton. If you've got a story, Owen would like to hear from you! Email essexbytheseapodcast@gmail.com Join him on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
10:05
June 1, 2021
018: Essex By The Sea - Esturary Festival 2021
For this episode of Essex By The Sea, Owen is finding out about a large-scale arts festival called Estuary 2021. He visits Coalhouse Fort in East Tilbury, to meet up with author, journalist and semi finalist of Mastermind, Tom King who's taking part in the festival. Estuary Festival 2021 takes place in May and June 2021 with large and small scale art projects placed along the Thames Estuary. Find out more on their website www.estuaryfestival.com If you've got a story, Owen would like to hear from you! Email essexbytheseapodcast@gmail.com Join him on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
15:53
May 15, 2021
017: Essex By The Sea - Beach of Dreams
During 2021, artistic director of Beach of Dreams, Ali Pretty, is embarking on a 500 miles journey along the Essex and Suffolk coast. This isn't just a walk though, as she's asked the local community to join her along the way and to submit a photo of each mile of the route. These images are turned in silk flags which will be carried and planted along the way. I visited Ali at her studio in Purfleet-on-Thames to find out more. More information about the art project can be found on www.kinetika.co.uk/beach-of-dreams If you've got a story, Owen would like to hear from you! Email essexbytheseapodcast@gmail.com Join him on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
19:28
May 1, 2021
016: Essex By The Sea - Things To Do In...
When visiting the Essex coast, you may be looking for things to do. How often have you put into an internet search "things to do in x place"? Well one Clacton man, has made a successful buisness out of doing just that. Paul Nash, used to run a petting zoo in Clacton and noticed a trend in how the visitors where finding out about the attraction. He speaks to Owen Ward about how he went from zoo owner to a fast expanding website entrepreneur. Paul's website is www.thingstodoinclacton.co.uk If you've got a story, Owen would like to hear from you! Email essexbytheseapodcast@gmail.com Join him on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
14:23
April 1, 2021
015: Essex By The Sea - #KursaalComeback
What’s the first thing you think of when you think of Southend? Is it a walk down the world famous pier? Fish and chips along the seafront? Or a memory of a trip to the Kursaal? Concrete Culture is a group of local residents with a common goal of creating an arts and community space in Southend-on-Sea. Aiming big, the group have set their sights on the town's iconic Kursaal that currently stands empty and unused. Rachel Dingle joined Owen to talk about the group, it's plans and what they've found out in their first round of consultation about one of Southend's historic buildings. More information about Concrete Culture can be found on their website. If you've got a story, Owen would like to hear from you! Email essexbytheseapodcast@gmail.com Join him on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
12:40
March 15, 2021
014: Essex By The Sea - Seal Rescue
Do you know what to do if you were walking along the Essex coast and came across a wild animal in distress? Well Barry and Rachel Scott do, beacuse they volunteer with the British Divers Marine Life Rescue. They spoke to Owen Ward about their volunteer roles and how they help the seals found along the Essex coast. If you would like to donate to the BDMLR visit www.justgiving.com/bdmlr If you've got a story, Owen would like to hear from you! Email essexbytheseapodcast@gmail.com Join him on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
15:15
March 1, 2021
013: Essex By The Sea - Thames Estuary Freeport Bid
"The Thames Estuary is the UK’s number one growth opportunity." Those are the words of the Thames Estuary Growth Board, who have recently submitted a bid to the Government for Freeport status. Kate Willard is the Thame Estuary Envoy and also is also the Chair of the Growth Board and explains to Owen Ward why a Freeport covering the Thames Estuary and including the Port of Tilbury and London Gateway would be benifical for the local growth oportunities. More information about the Thames Estuary Growth Board can be found on their website: www.thamesestuary.org.uk If you've got a story, Owen would like to hear from you! Email essexbytheseapodcast@gmail.com Join him on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
19:46
February 15, 2021
012: Essex By The Sea - Sailing The Atlantic
During the winter of 2021, two adventurous people will set sail across the Atlantic. John-Kenneth Habbershaw and Courtney Hollyoake are currently restoring a small boat on the Essex coast with the aim to sail across the atlantic in 2021.  They are raising money for charity in the process as well as trying out new technology on their voyage. The pair of sailors caught up with Owen Ward who asked all about their planned crossing. Take a look at their website for more information about their adventures: www.sofatosailboat.co.uk If you've got a story, Owen would like to hear from you! Email essexbytheseapodcast@gmail.com Join him on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
15:07
February 1, 2021
011: Essex By The Sea - Maldon Maritime History
Maldon has been one of the leading maritime towns for centuaries, suplying the barges that sailed across the lower Thames and up the river into London. David Patient has been a shipwright in Maldon for over 40 years and has written a book called "One of Howard's", which is all about the ship building industry in the town. If you'd like to buy a copy of David's book, listen to the episode to find out how to obtain a discounted price and email him on david.patient@btinternet.com If you've got a story, Owen would like to hear from you! Email essexbytheseapodcast@gmail.com Join him on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
16:14
January 15, 2021
010: Essex By The Sea - Hi-De-Hi Campers!
On new years day 1980, a brand new sitcom burst onto TV screens.  It was set in a holiday camp and location filming took place at the Warner Holiday camp in Dovercourt.  The TV show was of course Hi-De-Hi. Actor Jeffrey Holland, played the character Spike Dixon and he joins Owen Ward for a look back a life working on location on the Essex coast. If you've got a story, Owen would like to hear from you! Email essexbytheseapodcast@gmail.com Join him on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
16:14
January 1, 2021
009: Essex By The Sea - Purfleet-on-Thames Development
Located to west of the Dartford Crossing, the Thurrock town of Purfleet-on-Thames is about to be transformed by one billion pounds worth of redevelopment. Unusually, the local community have been involved right from the very start of the process. John Rowles and Trevor Batchelor, who are the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Purfleet-on-Thames Community Forum joined Owen Ward, to explain what transformations will come to the riverside town. If you've got a story, Owen would like to hear from you! Email essexbytheseapodcast@gmail.com Join him on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
14:03
December 15, 2020
008: Essex By The Sea - Sea Shanties
Shiver me timbers, we have an episode all about sea shanty singing me old ship mates! The Silver Darlings is an all female sea shanty signing crew from the Southend-on-Sea area. The group was formed in 2017 singing sea shanties, traditional nautical songs and ditties about coastal life. In 2020 they recorded their first ever album and have been invited to perform at international sea shanty festivals. Owen spent some time finding out more about the crew on Chalkwell Esplanade. You can hear more of the Silver Darlings on their website. If you've got a story, Owen would like to hear from you! Email essexbytheseapodcast@gmail.com Join him on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
12:16
December 1, 2020
007: Essex By The Sea - Wellbeing @ Garon Park
Garon Park is a recreational park donated to the people of Southend in the late 1800’s by the Garon family who were major retailers in Victorian times. Today, it hosts to a cricket pitch, leisure centre and athletics track and a charitable company called Wellbeing @ Garon Park. Owen caught up with the Site Development Manager, Lin Boulter, to find out more about their plans for a small corner of the extensive recreation ground. If you've got a story, Owen would like to hear from you! Email essexbytheseapodcast@gmail.com Join him on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
13:03
November 15, 2020
006: Essex By The Sea - Holiday Camps Around Clacton
Thousands of people will have flocked to the Tendring coast in the past to enjoy a summer holiday at one of the many holiday camps that used to grace the sea fronts. The Butlins holiday camp was situated near to the current lifeboat station to the south of Clacton and our location for this episode.  The rival camp run by Warners, was located in Dovercourt and was used as the setting for the 1980's sitcom Hi De Hi. In this episode, Owen Ward speaks with Norman Jacobs from the Clacton and District Local History Society about the camps and his memories of staying in them.  Owen also speaks with Jeffrey Holland who played Spike Dixon in Hi De Hi. If you've got a story, Owen would like to hear from you! Email essexbytheseapodcast@gmail.com Join him on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
15:41
November 1, 2020
005: Essex By The Sea - Boat Building
The boat, the Pioneer has a very long history, having been originally built in Rowhedge on the River Colne in 1864. In 1889, she was lengthened and had a wet well fitted in Brightlingsea - which is where Owen met Felicity Lees and her team at from the Pioneer Sailing Trust yard. Today the trust supports young people through practical experience in boat building and restoration and out on the water on sailing days. More information about The Pioneer Sailing Trust can be found on their website. If you've got a story, Owen would like to hear from you! Email essexbytheseapodcast@gmail.com Join him on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
16:57
October 15, 2020
004: Essex By The Sea - The London Shipwreck
Beneath the water in the Thames Estuary, lies a treasure trove of a shipwreck.  The London sunk in the 1600's on her way to London to collect her captain. Since then, she's been buried under the river bed.  That is until recently, as larger and larger container ships pass overhead, the remains of The London are being washed away at an alarming rate. Steve Ellis, trustee of the London Shipwreck Trust, is the only person to hold a diving license for this wreck.  Owen spoke to him alongside the cockle sheds in Leigh-on-Sea to find out more. More information about The London Shipwreck can be found on their website. If you've got a story, Owen would like to hear from you! Email essexbytheseapodcast@gmail.com Join him on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
14:34
October 1, 2020
003: Essex By The Sea - Project Southchurch
Situated to the east of Southend-on-Sea, the "village" of Southchurch has some big plans coming to the community. Rob McAvoy is the co-founder of Project Southchurch, a community interest set up that looks to improve life for residents and businesses to the east of Southend. In a recently published Blue Print, a number of projects are planned to bring the community together, improve the image of the main shopping streets and to organise large events when coronavirus restrictions allow. Owen finds about more when he met up with Rob McAvoy outside The Exchange Bar and Grill on Southchurch Road. If you've got a story, Owen would like to hear from you! Email essexbytheseapodcast@gmail.com Join him on social media: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/essexbytheseapodcast/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EssexByTheSea/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/EssexByTheSea
15:51
September 15, 2020
002: Essex By The Sea - Coastal Walk
Essex By The Sea is exploring the coastline of Essex, but one person has already done that. Chris Howard has walked all 350 miles of the Essex coast as part of his mammoth charity challenge to walk the entire coast of the UK. Owen caught up with Chris as he stopped off in Brightlingsea to find out why he decided to attempt this challenge. You can find out how far Chris has got and make a donation to BBC Children In Need on his website: https://thecoastwalker.com/ If you've got a story, Owen would like to hear from you! Email essexbytheseapodcast@gmail.com Join him on social media: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/essexbytheseapodcast/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EssexByTheSea/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/EssexByTheSea
13:44
September 1, 2020
Bonus: High Sheriff of Essex
Wow! A bonus episode already! Owen caught up with Julie Fosh, who's 840th High Sheriff of Essex. Julie is walking the coast of Essex between Harwich and Tilbury raising money for good causing in the county. I joined her for a short walk along Southend seafront to find out about her coastal challenge and more about the role of High Sheriff. If you would like to support her charitable causes, Julie has a GoFundMe page with more details here: https://uk.gofundme.com/f/79qze Got a story? Owen, would like to hear from you! Email essexbytheseapodcast@gmail.com Join him on social media: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/essexbytheseapodcast/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EssexByTheSea/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/EssexByTheSea
06:46
August 20, 2020
001: Essex By The Sea - Oysters
Ever wondered how old the oyster on your dinner plate is?  Dr Alice Lown, Senior Research Officer at the University of Essex, is studying native oysters found off the coast of Essex and is hoping that the research being carried out will help increase the numbers of oysters in years to come. If you've got a story, Owen would like to hear from you! Email essexbytheseapodcast@gmail.com Join him on social media: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/essexbytheseapodcast/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EssexByTheSea/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/EssexByTheSea
14:18
August 15, 2020
Promo 3 - Essex By The Sea
The brand new Essex By The Sea podcast by Owen Ward, begins on Saturday 15th August.  In this series I'll be featuring the stories along the 350 miles of Essex coastline.  Please subscribe now so that you don't miss an episode! If you've got a story, Owen would like to hear from you! Email essexbytheseapodcast@gmail.com Join me on social media: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/essexbytheseapodcast/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EssexByTheSea/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/EssexByTheSea
00:38
August 13, 2020
Promo 2 - Essex By The Sea
We're getting close to launching the Essex By The Sea Podcast.  We're really excited to bring the stories of the Essex coast to you. There's so many stories to tell! Make you you subscribe now so that you don't miss an episode.  Also follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
01:42
August 1, 2020
Essex By The Sea - Promo
The county of Essex has such a long and diverse coastline. From Purfleet-on-Thames to Walton-on-the-Naze and from Southend-on-Sea to Burnham-on-Crouch, there's so many stories to tell. Please subscribe and join me twice a month as we explore together Essex By The Sea.
00:28
July 27, 2020