By Somerset Stories
Exploring the stories of people who live, work, and create in Somerset. From food and drinks pioneers, and creators of music and arts, to local lifestyle and culture experts; join us as we meet the fascinating individuals and families that call this beautiful county their home.
S5E2 Brad Burton
This week's guest is the UK's #1 motivational business speaker - Brad Burton. Born in Salford, Manchester, a series of big moments, and even bigger decisions led Brad to leave the North West as a young adult, and start his life again in Somerset. It's safe to say a lot has changed since then, and these days, you'll find him writing books, and speaking to business owners and big conferences, where his fresh, positive message is one that stands out amongst the buttoned-down corporate community.
February 04, 2023
S5E1 Andy Wrintmore
My guest for our first podcast of the season is the former punk rock mayor of Frome, Andy Wrintmore. Andy's involvement in local politics embodies the town's well-documented independent and rebellious streak. But beyond just making great headlines for the likes of the New York Times, Kerrang, and The Sun, his connection and compassion for Frome mean that for him, it's been much more than a PR win. Andy's also a musician, a collector, and has his own podcast, The Giant Pod - all of which we cover in our chat that took place in December of 2022.
January 28, 2023
S4E15 Christmas Special
This year’s Christmas Special has an amazing selection of five guests from all corners of the county, each with their own unique perspective on the festive season. We’re covering all elements of the Christmas celebration, from food and drink to music and decoration. So now’s the time to put on the mulled cider, and listen to my yuletide conversation with folk singer Cara Dillon, bake-off legend Val Stones, expert glass blower Will Shakspeare, from Thatcher’s cider – Eleanor Thatcher, and Jemima Marks, from the 100% organic Coombe Farm.
December 18, 2021
S4E14 Somerset Stories Retrospective, with Tom Corneill
Over the last 14 weeks, we've shared the stories of some of the inspiring, creative, and successful individuals and families that make this beautiful county their home. And, in this season finale, we’re going to do something a little different. I’ll be spending some time with our very first podcast guest – musician Tom Corneill. We’ll be catching up on what’s keeping him busy, but we’ll also be turning the spotlight on the last 18 months of Somerset Stories, considering some of the highlights, challenges, and ambitions. And, we’ll be revealing the top ten most popular episodes so far, so stick around to find out if your favourite is among the top spots. And, for the last time, we’ll be playing Somerset Who’s Who, the mystery identity game based on people with a Somerset Connection.
December 04, 2021
S4E13 Dr. Andrew Tressider
This week, Somerset Stories meets Dr Andrew Tressider, from the Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, and co-host of the Somerset Emotional Well-being podcast. Growing up in the county, Andrew has spent the vast majority of his professional life both as a GP for the community in Chard, and also as an advocate of the health of healthcare professionals. At the start of the pandemic, he launched the podcast to offer support and discussion to those facing challenging times in their emotional and mental health. He’s also a champion of the role of nature in our well-being – championing the benefits of immersing ourselves in the natural world around us.
November 27, 2021
Somerset Shorts: 3 - Gavin Pretor-Pinney
In this edition of our mini-podcast, we revisit an interview from earlier this season, where Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society successfully campaigned to have a new type of cloud classified by the World Meteorological Organization. It's a little nugget of cloud history!
November 20, 2021
S4E12 Dionne John
Somerset Stories goes glam, with the current Mrs Somerset Galaxy – Dionne John As an advocate and campaigner for heart health awareness, Dionne has represented Somerset at multiple pageants over the last five years, and has used her position to raise awareness and funds for local causes and cancer charities. She’s due to compete at the UK final at the end of November, and we chatted earlier this month about her journey, her charity work, and her own family life.
November 13, 2021
S4E11 Cindi & Chas Barnstable
This week we meet Cindi and Chas Barnstable, the mother and daughter duo at the head of Somerset leather goods institution, Owen Barry. Following in the heritage and footsteps of generations of leather specialists in their family Cindi and Chas continue to produce top quality goods for an international market. As a member of Leather UK, The trade association for the UK leather industry – they’ve also been featured in a recent publication – The Art of Leather. We chatted last month, and talked about keeping things in the family, and the history of tanning and leather goods production in Somerset. We also have a cracking game of Somerset who’s who, right at the end of the podcast, so make sure you stick around for that…
November 06, 2021
S4E10 Freya Mitton
Freya Mitton is an independent art dealer, with a specialism in 20th Century British Art. Having spent a decade in charge of the Modern British sales department at Sotheby’s in London, Freya works from her home on the edge of the Mendips. Exhibiting at art fairs around the country, Her aim is to sell great quality paintings by established artists, and she is passionate about helping clients find and acquire art works which they can enjoy in their homes and lives.
October 30, 2021
S4E9 Mike Dean
Our guest this week has made a career out of turning his own knowledge and passion for history into relatable, human stories – first as a teacher, then as a tour guide, and finally, as an author. Mike Dean has written books about Bath, and Somerset, which give a window into the rich history of the area, but condensed into simple chapters, and explained in layman’s terms. Having spent all his life in the West country, Mike is now sharing his enthusiasm for the area, with visitors and locals alike.
October 23, 2021
S4E8 Caroline Corr
A very special guest for the podcast's 50th episode is Caroline Corr, a member of Ireland’s most famous musical family, and one quarter of the band that shares their name - The Corrs. Combining traditional folk music with popular and rock influences, The Corrs have sold over 40 million albums worldwide, including the multi-platinum, Talk on Corners, which ranks in the UK charts as of the most successful albums of all time. They’ve shared concert billing will Bono, Stevie Wonder, Mick Fleetwood, Celine Dion and Ronnie Wood. And on top of all that success, Caroline was awarded an honorary MBE in 2005 in recognition of her charitable for and fundraising. We met on a warm autumn morning and chatted about music, motherhood, and a whole lot more.
October 16, 2021
S4E7 Victoria Humphries
We reach the half way point in Season 4, bringing you an interview with polar adventurer Victoria Humphries. As part of the first ever all-female expedition to the North Pole, Victoria went through staggering physical and mental endurance, as well as a near-death experience. Since that adventure she's been back to the Arctic, ran marathons, climbed Kilimanjaro, and attempted other feats of stamina. We chatted through her life lessons and how she uses these to motivate and inspire the people she speaks to through her work.
October 09, 2021
S4E6 Jemma Warren
As we approach the traditional carnival season, my guest this week has been part Vagabonds, of one of the county’s well known clubs from a young age. Jemma Warren has also spent over ten years as one of the minority of Somerset’s female lorry drivers. While we’re in the middle of an HGV driver supply crisis in the UK, we chatted last month about her journey towards being a driver, some of the prejudices we face, and just how difficult it is to drive a carnival cart!
October 02, 2021
S4E5 Gavin Pretor-Pinney
Somerset Stories gets our heads in the clouds... as we meet advocate and evangelist for one of nature’s most transient and poetic displays. Gavin Pretor-Pinney founded the Cloud Appreciation Society around 15 years ago after a career in the creative industries. He has united tens of thousands of people around the world with a passion for clouds. Along with this global community, he has also written books on the subject, and spoken to a wide range of audiences, from literary festivals to ted talks. We met earlier this month at Gavin’s home in Somerton, and started the podcast in a slightly unusual way – by doing a bit of cloudspotting ourselves. So why not take a moment while you listen to our conversation to look up and do your own daydreaming…
September 25, 2021
S4E4 Dr. Grace Alexander
Somerset Stories meets consultant clinical psychologist, writer, flower grower and seed merchant – Dr. Grace Alexander. Keeping extremely busy through writing several psychology books during lockdown, building a successful community around the slow flower moment, and publishing her first gardening book, Grace brings a thoughtful and profoundly truthful perspective to all of life’s complexities. On a personal note, Grace was one of the first people I discovered when looking to launch the podcast. Our conversation covers off so many areas I find deeply interesting about our minds and approach to life, and as such, it was a delight to interview her for this episode. I hope you enjoy listening.
September 18, 2021
S4E3 Simon Parkin
Somerset Stories meets Simon Parkin a professional broadcaster who has been informing and entertaining audiences through radio and TV for over thirty years. With a career that’s seen him in The Children's BBC Broom Cupboard, Top of the Pops, and GMTV, as well as a whole host of radio shows, his voice is well known up and down the county to BBC Radio Somerset listeners. Our chat includes a great trip down memory lane, and discussing about supporting the local community during the pandemic.
September 11, 2021
S4E2 Sarah Ashford
Everything you wanted to know about quilting... Somerset Stories meets writer and founder of the Great British Quilter community – Sarah Ashford. From designing and making quilts for over twelve years, to writing for magazines, and creating her own podcast, Sarah is a multi-talented creative, with a knack for bringing people together over a love of sewing. Her own designs have seen her collaborate with well known craft brands around the world, and speak at national and international events. We met at Sarah’s studio in Wellington, surrounded by patterns and colours.
September 04, 2021
S4E1 Charles Dowding
Our guest for the first episode of this season is one of Somerset’s living legends in gardening. Possibly the country’s most recognised and celebrated gurus of the no-dig method: Charles Dowding. Based at his market garden farm near Castle Cary, Charles has pioneered organic food production, written bestselling books no-dig, and become an internet sensation with his videos and social media channels. We spoke earlier this month, and chatted about his life, achievements, and philosophies when it comes to the soil and where our food comes from.
August 28, 2021
S3E14 William Sitwell
For the final episode of this season, Somerset Stories meets one of this country’s go-to people for all things food. A writer, restaurant critic for the telegraph, and you’ve probably seen him as one of the guest critics on Masterchef – William Sitwell. When he’s not writing about food and drink, William is also busy running supper clubs, curating wines, and is even a partner in a cider company – right here in Somerset. We met last month to talk about his life growing up, his journey into the world of food, and his love for local produce and cider!
July 03, 2021
S3E13 Rebecca Lipkin
This week, we're talking about the Victorian writer, philosopher, John Ruskin. Author Rebecca Lipkin is an ardent student and follower of his work, and has just published a novel which spans 20 years of Ruskin's life and relationships. Looking beyond just his work and writings, Unto This Last explores the complex nature of Ruskin as a person, in a key period of his later life. As well as her own writing, Rebecca is a keen explorer of Bath's architecture, history, and cultural riches.
June 26, 2021
S3E12 Zac Greening
This week, Somerset Stories meets an artist whose work is inspired by nature and man's many links with our natural environment. Zac Greening has lived in Somerset for the last 14 years, and during that time he has continued to create works that communicate themes of sustainability and biodiversity. Zac has been commissioned by corporate clients and had solo exhibitions around the world. And this year, he’s bringing his creative vision closer to home, as one of the key organisers of the Wincanton Town Festival Market, taking place on 26th June.
June 19, 2021
S3E11 Will Hamilton-Davies
Inspired by his own local natural surroundings, Will Hamilton-Davies has recently crowdfunded and self-published his debut story – The Shrew with the Flu. Coming from a large family where he looks after his younger siblings, Will has a clear passion and skill for getting kids to connect with the environment around them through amusing, but heart-warming writing. We spoke to this emerging talent as a children’s book author about his journey from story-enthusiast to story-teller.
June 12, 2021
S3E10 Julian & Matilda Temperley
This week's guests have collectively been at the centre of the Somerset drinks industry for 50 years… Julian and Matilda Temperley are two of the country’s most prominent faces in the world of cider and cider brandy. Their passion and expertise for creating the highest quality drinks, through the most natural and traditional methods has seen their products grace the tables of Michelin-star restaurants, and the fields of Glastonbury festival, with their iconic cider-bus.
June 05, 2021
S3E9 Heidi Greensmith
Combining a love of stories, film, and music, award-winning writer and director Heidi Greensmith began writing scripts at the age of 16. Since then, her career which has spanned creating videos for Paul Weller, writing and directing the award winning feature-film – Winter... and a lockdown TV project with Brian Cox. We met in May 2021 to talk about how her own personal journey influences her writing, the joy of collaborating with her husband Dominic, and what's coming up next in her busy schedule.
May 29, 2021
S3E8 Hugo Hall
The image of a hot air balloon, drifting through the Somerset skies at sunset is an iconic image for the county. This week, we meet third generation balloon pilot Hugo Hall of Fly Away Ballooning to talk about what makes Somerset the perfect place to take flight. Hugo's father and grandmother had both been instrumental in the development of ballooning in the UK, and as Hugo embarks on his own project, we talk about some of his highs, and even highers!
May 22, 2021
S3E7 Amanda Forster-Searle
Our guest this week spent 25 years working in the corporate and media world, before a build-up of stress brought her to realise her calling in emotional freedom and wellness. Amanda Forster-Searle is a practitioner of integrative health, looking at how nutrition, mental health, negative experiences, and energy levels all affect each other in our mind and body. We chatted over Zoom last month, covering everything from toxic workplaces, to an obscure piece of late 90s nostalgia – the Y2K bug… Plus we've got music from Young Martyrs.
May 15, 2021
S3E6 Nigel Muers-Raby
This week, to mark the upcoming Somerset Day, on the 11th May, my guest is the founder of Somerset Day itself: Nigel Muers Raby. Growing up in a farming family, Nigel has always been an advocate of the rural way of life, and has seen the tremendous potential in uniting Somerset and its people around a day to celebrate produce, culture, and business around the county. Nigel’s career in the arts and business world also made him an ideal candidate to breathe new life into one of the county’s most historic properties – Cothelstone Manor. This year’s Somerset Day has seen a wide campaign to get people celebrating their county by flying the flag for Somerset.
May 08, 2021
S3E5 Jai Bess
Somerset Stories meets artist, block printer, and microfarmer – Jai Bess. Growing up in the county, Jai has always had strong values around how we can be better stewards of the land that surrounds us, and wants to create a movement which gives better access to communities looking to produce their own foods in a sustainable way. To communicate this, she creates signature prints which celebrate the freedom that food production and foraging gives us. Most recently, her family has embarked on a microfarming project, with the aim of bringing the food that we eat a lot closer to home. We've also got music from Bristol-based folk singer-songwriter, Jake Morgan
May 01, 2021
S3E4 Marvin Muoneke
The Young Man with The Old Soul - Marvin Muoneke is a jazz singer and composer who has made his home in Weston Super Mare. Influenced by the likes of Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Tony Bennett, Marvin's talent has seen him perform on The Voice and make it to the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent. More locally, he's graced many stages around Somerset including The Weston Playhouse, produced three albums in the last twelve months, and streamed his music live over social media through lockdown.
April 24, 2021
S3E3 Venetia Dearden
Venetia Dearden grew up in Somerset and has retained a strong affinity with its landscape and people. Her photographs of local families living close to the land first brought her work to international attention in 2008, on publication of her first book “Somerset Stories, Fivepenny Dreams”. Since then, she has published four other books and been the recipient of several prestigious awards; Her 2010 project “Glastonbury, Another Stage” was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery as a result of a seven year study of the largest performing Music and Arts Festival in the UK.
April 17, 2021
S3E2 Bruce Hodgson
Our guest this week is one of the country’s foremost architectural joiners, the founder and creative director of Artichoke – Bruce Hodgson. Based in Cheddar, Bruce has – over the last 30 years – designed and created interiors for some of the world’s finest and most historical homes. With an ethos that combines technical craftsmanship, historical preservation, and stunning design, Bruce’s vision has created a business that has placed it’s stamp in properties from Jacobean manor houses, to villas in Tuscany.
April 10, 2021
S3E1 Barbara J. Hunt
In our first episode of Season Three, we meet author, coach, retreat leader, and forgiveness enthusiast Barbara J Hunt. Her first book – “forgiveness made easy” is designed to chart a path towards living without resentment. In her coaching and retreat work, Barbara helps people transform their relationships and reap mental and emotional benefits of forgiving both others and ourselves. As a new feature for this season, we’re showcasing some of Somerset’s musical talent, with tracks from local acts in each podcast. Taynee Lord and the Crookes, are a country-pop group which gives you music for sunsets and highways from Bristol to Nashville.
April 03, 2021
Somerset Shorts: 2 - Tom Corneill
In our second mini-podcast, we revisit our very first episode, and talk to musician and podcaster Tom Corneill. We chatted about starting a band and recording an album in the middle of a pandemic, and how his Everyday Problems podcast has helped listeners cope with the mental health and well-being challenges we've all faced in the last twelve months. NnBvvSikSztyIEplbq1c
March 27, 2021
Somerset Shorts: 1 - Jaimie Haselock
It's our first ever "Somerset Shorts" mini-podcast. After meeting award winning game chef Jaimie Haselock in Season One, we caught up with him to discuss recent charity work, the non-existent game season of 2020, and future plans with the upcoming Wild Scoundrels' TV show.
March 13, 2021
S2E14 Ash Sinfield
Ash Sinfield, together with her husband Nick, co-founded Teals - a brand new food and sustainability destination that is inspired by their time spent in Africa – where local farmers would share crates of fruit, bread, and juices. With it’s location just off the A303, Ash wants to bring that same sense of wonder and hospitality to those living in Somerset, as well as those just passing through.
February 13, 2021
S2E13 Georgia Stokes
Georgia Stokes is the chief executive officer for the Somerset Wildlife Trust. The Trust is focused on restoring and protecting habitats to support a wide range of wildlife in the county, and restore natural processes that are essential for our environment. Growing up in South Somerset, Georgia has spent her career working for leading charitable organisations, including amnesty international and Oxfam, as well as heading up the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country. She returned to her home county a few years ago and is presiding over the trust through its challenging times, and preparing to launch a new strategy for the county in the coming months.
February 06, 2021
S2E12 Joseff Harris
Ever wanted to know what Somerset would sound like as a suite of ambient soundscapes? This week's episode features our conversation with sound artist Joseff Harris who creates his art from sampling sounds from the Somerset landscapes and transforming them into ambient music to communicate moods and emotions. He has previously worked on theatre productions with The Corn Exchange and The Old Vic. This year, he is partnering with The University of Bristol to capture the sound of communication between plants in forests, and has recently released his first EP – the aptly named Talking to Trees.
January 30, 2021
S2E11 Suzi Bird
Suzi Bird is a Bristol-based photographer who specialises in newborn, family, pregnancy, and dance and portrait photography. As a dancer herself, Suzi has grown up surrounded by the beauty and creativity of movement. Her understanding of a dancer’s movements combined with her ability to predict when a dancer reaches the climax of their movement, enables Suzi to capture dancers at the perfect moment. Now, her newborn photography helps new parents capture the magic of the first few weeks with their new family.
January 23, 2021
S2E10 Evelyn Edwards
From LAX to BA1, Evelyn Edwards' journey to Somerset came via a career in music and opera, acting roles in dozens of iconic TV shows and movies, and a constant passion for photography and all things historical. Last year, she launched her very own YouTube series – Queen of the Castles, which explores at the amazing personal stories and history behind some of this country’s most beautiful castles and ruins.
January 16, 2021
S2E9 Scarlett Luxe
Somerset Stories meets vintage inspired model and pin-up, Scarlett Luxe. After training in dance and drama, Scarlett developed a passion for the classic fashions and Hollywood chic of the 1940s and 50s. Partnering with photographers, seamstresses, and Frome's vintage fashion retailer - Deadly is the Female, Scarlett has built a profile as one of the country's top pin-up models and influencers.
January 09, 2021
S2E8 Lewis Matthews
At the start of 2020, Somerset born-and-bred Lewis Matthews set off on a 3,000km run along the Te Araroa trail which runs the length of New Zealand. This week's episode is an inspiring conversation about the physical and mental journey that Lewis went through, and some of the things he learnt along the way. We talk about the motivation for taking on this challenge, the amazing sights and experiences, and what happened afterwards.
January 02, 2021
S2E7 High Sheriff Mary Clare Rodwell
Mary Clare Rodwell is the current High Sheriff of Somerset. After living in Somerset for nearly 30 years, her longstanding contribution to the community here resulted in being selected for the role, which dates back to at least the 11th century. However, days after she was officially appointed by the Queen, the country was put into lockdown, meaning that her time as Sheriff has been a truly unique opportunity to look at how the county has responded and adapted to the challenges of 2020. We met a few days before Christmas to reflect on a huge variety of topics, from the history of the area, to mental health in Somerset.
December 26, 2020
S2E6 Christmas Special
Somerset Stories goes festive with a Christmas Special, featuring five extra-special guests from around the county. We touch all aspects of the Christmas season, from food and drink, to decorations, music, and reindeer! Get cosy with a glass of mulled cider, and listen to a wonderful conversation with Jazz singer Marvin Muoneke, Chew Valley Distillery's Joe Kelly, Lucy Housely from The Somerset Cutting Garden, Jules Horrell at Durslade Farm Shop, and Sarah Sutton, owner of the Somerset Reindeer Ranch. Merry Christmas Somerset!
December 19, 2020
S2E5 Chris Bullzini
Ladies & Gentlemen, children of all ages... Roll up! Roll up! Prepare yourselves for the amazing feats, the fantastic thrills, and the marvellous mystery of the circus. Somerset Stories meets our county's very own ropewalker extraordinaire... the one, the only, Chris Bullzini! Chris has performed a huge array of highwire walks around the country, and globally. We had a fascinating conversation about his personal journey, the history of ropewalking, and the mental and physical preparation that goes into this unique and powerful artform.
December 12, 2020
S2E4 Jo Middleton
Jo Middleton is the creator of the blog Slummy Single Mummy. An award-winning parenting blog, known for its honest and authentic view of life as a parent. Jo grew up in Bridgwater, and has lived most of her life in the county. We spoke about Christmas shopping, teenage pregnancy, the strangest things about blogging, and the affect of the internet on being a parent. We also managed to cover off GCSE algebra problems, the 1990s TV show Gladiators, and whether or not you have to be cool to visit the lido.
December 05, 2020
S2E3 Simon Beck
Simon Beck is globally recognised as the world's number one snow artist. He's created over 500 stunning giant geometrical shapes across the snow of the Alps, and the sand of Brean Beach. We chat with him, and his drone photographer Raed Shakman about their work together, Simon's process and motivation, and plans for the future.
November 28, 2020
S2E2 Lyn Paxman
Snails were introduced as a food into the UK by the Romans. 2000 years later, Somerset became the home of the local delicacy - Mendip Wallfish. Having fallen out of popularity, Lyn Paxman - founder of Somerset Escargot is on a mission to revive this high protein, sustainable, and versatile food. We meet over the summer and talked about the history of eating snails, the delicacy of breeding them, and the different ways they can be eaten. All while exploring Lyn's very own Somerset Story.
November 21, 2020
S2E1 Charlie Bigham
Just outside Wells, in an disused quarry, chefs are preparing meals to feed families up and down the UK. Charlie Bigham's kitchen is the Somerset home of Bighams - the food business which he set up aged 28. We talk about Charlie's experience growing up, traveling the world, exploring flavours and cuisines, and the growth of his business over the last 25 years.
November 14, 2020
S1E14 Jules and Steve Horrell
My guests for this final episode of the series are Jules and Steve Horrell - the husband and wife team who between them run the food and hospitality at Durslade Farm, the Somerset home of Hauser and Wirth. Since opening, seven years ago, Roth Bar and Grill has become a must-do destination for any visitors to Bruton, a culinary partner for local food producers, a haven for locals, and they've even had a visit from the Queen. Jules and Steve's whole outlook and vision is about creating a place to eat and enjoy with friends and family. With food that delivers great flavour without fuss and formality.
September 26, 2020
S1E13 Abigail Willis
Secret Gardens of Somerset is the work of writer and gardening enthusiast Abigail Willis. After working at some of the country's most prestigious art institutions, and writing for national newspapers, Abigail moved to Somerset and discovered a passion for the gardens that surrounded her here.
September 19, 2020
S1E12 Lynne Franks
Lynne Franks is one of the most influential figures in British contemporary fashion and culture. She is at the forefront of women's activism, and supports networks of entrepreneurs around the world with her Seed community, books, and workshops. Lynne has created The Seed Hub in Wincanton, a centre for wellbeing, nurturing, healing, and inspiration. We talk about the highlights of her fascinating career, and her thoughts and vision for a new future.
September 12, 2020
S1E11 Mark Olver
Mark Olver is a central figure in Bristol's stand-up comedy scene. He has worked with everyone in the industry - from long-term friend, Russell Howard, to Flight of The Conchords. Mark's series of "Belly Laughs" events raises money for a homeless charity, while his recently launched online comedy panel show "Who said that?" has proved that Zoom meetings can be funny. We chatted about the south west's comedy scene, collaboration amongst comedians, and how to deal with the repetition of doing TV warm-up.
September 05, 2020
S1E10 Claire Greenslade
Hestercombe House and Gardens offers a unique combination of three centuries of garden design: Georgian landscape garden, Victorian terrace and shrubbery and the stunning Edwardian formal garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll and Sir Edwin Lutyens. Claire Greenslade is the Head Gardener at Hestercombe and chief custodian of this amazing horticultural site. We met her to talk about her discovery of gardening as an art form, mentoring young gardeners, and how the role of gardens is changing as our lives and culture learn to adapt to a post-Covid world.
August 29, 2020
S1E9 Marcus Fergusson & Penny Nagle
Marcus and Penny moved to Somerset for a change of pace, to create from the land, and to bring their children up outside the crowds of London. Marcus' love of cheese, and Penny's honed networking skills combined for them to create an award winning cheese business at Feltham's Farm in Horsington, South Somerset. This year they have launched a new cheese, reached the tables of Michelin star restaurants in The Netherlands, and won Best British Cheese at the inaugural Virtual British Cheese awards. We talk cheese, music, parenting, and everything in between.
August 22, 2020
S1E8 Paula Carnell
Paula Carnell built a successful career as an artist selling her silk paintings across the UK and globally. Opening a gallery in Castle Cary, exhibiting in London and the USA, Paula was fulfilling her dream. Then in 2008, she began to fall ill, becoming bed and wheelchair bound with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. The following seven years were spent on a personal quest to find meaning in life, transforming from an artist to a bee speaker. We met to talk about her experiences, struggles, and inspirations throughout her fascinating life in Somerset.
August 15, 2020
S1E7 Luke Sutton and Thomas Gammella
The Clockspire restaurant in Milborne Port has quickly established itself as setting the bar for a fine dining experience in South Somerset. Head chef Luke Sutton, and Restaurant manager Thomas Gammella bring their experience in producing Michelin star food and standards to a restored former schoolhouse. We find out more about this dream team and their aspirations for the future.
August 08, 2020
S1E6 Dawn Hurd
We meet the founder of Hurd & Co. the award-winning knitwear and country gifts brand which puts ethically sourced materials, and giving back to the community over profit margin. We hear about Dawn's huge Somerset family, and hear how she is keeping rural traditions going with her own children.
August 01, 2020
S1E5 Nicola Pryce
Novelist Nicola Pryce has lived in Somerset for the past 25 years, and has written a series of five novels set around the Cornish coast in the late 1700s. We chat about her journey from nurse to author, and her favourite spots for inspiration.
July 25, 2020
S1E4 Sam Reynolds
Somerset Stories meets marine biologist and conservationist Sam Reynolds. We talk the science of coral, climate, and share surfing tips. As well as finding out how a love of rock pools can lead to a career in the tropics.
July 18, 2020
S1E3 Jaimie Haselock
We meet private chef, and winner of game chef of the year, Jaimie Haselock. He shares some recipes, gives his thoughts on English wine, and talks about the benefits of eating game. Jaimie also reveals his inspiration for getting into the food business, and we chat about his podcast and documentary project: The Wild Bastards.
July 11, 2020
S1E2 Ian Thomas and Safia Shah
We meet the brilliant pair behind Bootmakers in Wincanton, a craft workshop which puts community and sustainability at its core. We talk about their careers in TV journalism, their passion for old buildings, and their time in Morocco, as well as finding out more about the Bootmakers experience.
July 04, 2020
S1E1 Tom Corneill
We meet writer, musician, and fellow podcaster Tom Corneill in the very first episode of Somerset Stories. We talk about the highs and lows of life in a band, playing Glastonbury Festival, dealing with grief, and his mental health podcast: Everyday Problems.
June 27, 2020