Draycott Diaries

Village Podcast

An insight into Somerset rural life.

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036 A Journey With My Grandfather

Robert Nurden, a journalist for over 25 years with the Independent, Telegraph and Guardian newspapers, has written a fascinating book all about his grandfather, Stanley James.

In 1916 Stanley and family lived in Rodney Stoke in Somerset. Living off the land was a harsh existence, but still, happy memories were made.

It seems Stanley was a total romantic, rejecting his Father’s wishes of following him into the ministry.  Instead, he opted for a more maverick lifestyle, including travelling to Canada and becoming a cowboy.

Stanley died in 1951, having packed his life with various controversial projects that often led to trouble.

As Robert was about to finish his book, he discovered some very disturbing documents about Stanley.  Every family has its secrets as this life story proves.

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Tiggi, lives in a gorgeous Somerset village . Always on the move with her assistance dog Jackie, she pops in along the way to see friends and chat about community and life. Everybody has an untold story and Tiggi’s on a mission to dig them out !

Recent Podcast Episodes

036 A Journey With My Grandfather

036 A Journey With My Grandfather

Robert Nurden, a journalist for over 25 years with the Independent, Telegraph and Guardian newspapers, has written a fascinating book all about his grandfather, Stanley James.

In 1916 Stanley and family lived in Rodney Stoke in Somerset. Living off the land was a harsh existence, but still, happy memories were made.

It seems Stanley was a total romantic, rejecting his Father’s wishes of following him into the ministry.  Instead, he opted for a more maverick lifestyle, including travelling to Canada and becoming a cowboy.

Stanley died in 1951, having packed his life with various controversial projects that often led to trouble.

As Robert was about to finish his book, he discovered some very disturbing documents about Stanley.  Every family has its secrets as this life story proves.

035 The Vicar of Draycott Revisited

035 The Vicar of Draycott Revisited

As part of our retrospective series we look back to a sunny day in 2019 when Tiggi chatted to the Rev Stuart Burns.

He revealed a fascinating life story.

Born in South Africa during turbulent times of apartheid, Stuart witnessed brutality at close range. This ignited his desire to serve God and use his faith in constructive ways. However, in every life story there are ups and downs which he candidly talks about in this episode. Stuart has continued, through his ministry to care and work tirelessly for every community he has been called to serve. Most recently our community of Cheddar, Rodney Stoke and Draycott.

A busy man with compassion at his heart

033 The Draycott Trophy Winner

033 The Draycott Trophy Winner

Gerald Dally, alongside his daughter Maria, surprises and enlightens Tiggi with tales from the past about the Somerset village of Draycott. They look back at a community that has quadrupled in size since he was a small boy.

Gerald talks candidly about his school days and a successful career as a vegetable and strawberry farmer, with trophies to prove it.

Tiggi asks about comparisons with the village in wartime and Covid-19. What are the effects on this small community?

From charabancs and village fairs, to crashing spitfires on Draycott Moor. This is a story every villager can enjoy. It gives our wider audience a true glimpse into Somerset village life.

031 Draycott’s Deacon

031 Draycott’s Deacon

Thea Oliver chats to Tiggi over coffee about her recent and massive achievement.

A resident of Draycott for many years, Thea has brought up a large family. To this day she continues to work hard for her family and as a nurse practitioner.

With a strong religious faith and values from birth, Thea has always supported her community and the clergy.  This has included acting as a lay worship assistant at churches in Cheddar, Rodney Stoke and St Peters in Draycott. More recently and after months of arduous theologian study, she has been ordained. Wearing her new clerical collar, a symbol of her devotion to God, “Putting her head above the parapet” literally!

An enlightening life story of love and courage.

030 Draycott Head Teacher

030 Draycott Head Teacher

Will Ewens is the new Head Teacher of both Draycott & Rodney Stoke First School and Shipham First School. Two rural places of learning for young children. Both schools with a history of excellence and their locations surrounded by Somerset’s beautiful Mendip hills. Will, a Somerset resident from birth, has already faced many challenges since he began his post only ten months ago. Soon after he started, Covid-19 struck with all the complexities of Government guidelines surrounding education.

This podcast, recorded a month before the children returned to school after a break of six months. Will tells Tiggi about his hopes and aspirations for all the children and staff under his care. Highlighting what a privilege this role will bring. Supporting families and enabling children to go forward in their life journey’s with excellent values. Will is passionate about children, community and the gift of education. Keeping an open door policy for everybody he works with, including parents, helping to form the new global citizens of our future.

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Tiggi

Tiggi

Jackie

Jackie