Life stories from a village postcode.
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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 !
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Kirk Purnell moved to Draycott from Bristol three years ago. His job is Director of Teaching and Learning Assessment based at Wiltshire College.
During the first lock down and with a space for his own personal learning, an extraordinary skill came to his consciousness which he had been totally unaware of. Inspired by a photographer friend who introduced Kirk to the minute detail and delight of wildlife nearby his home, he used his savings to invest in a good camera and his new life journey began.
Suddenly the world of flora and fauna looked totally new to Kirk. However, the fact he was an instinctively gifted photographer came as an even bigger surprise. His talents have been spotted by the media and he enjoys a large following on Instagram. #photogra_pea
Who knows what his future holds?
Tiggi chats with friend and professional colleague Margie Cooper, Antiques Specialist on the BBC’s “Antiques Roadshow” and latterly “Antiques Road Trip”.
Two professionals connected by a common cause. Their responsibilities were very different though.
Margie, selecting Antiques for filming, and Tiggi, as Events Manager, orchestrating up to six thousand visitors to the show.
Feeling uniquely privileged to work on a National Treasure, they give a genuine peek behind the scenes.
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.
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
Tiggi chats to Santa!
What is Christmas going to be like for him in 2020?
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.