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.

029 The Draycott Charity

029 The Draycott Charity

Helen Dance is one of the pillars of the communities of Draycott and Rodney Stoke. An experienced volunteer with CAM (Citizens Advice Mendip), Clerk of the Card Trust, Editor of the Parish newsletter and owner of 2 raucous parrots.

She reveals a fascinating and surprising tale of John and Joseph Card.  In the early 1700’s they left an amazingly generous legacy to the village in the form of land. Then along came Reverend Cobley, who also left a substantial legacy to support children being sent to work in the local lead mines. Now combined as an established charity, this fund, to this day, supports members of the community in financial need, such as education and pensions. However, with the onset of Covid-19, the need for support has increased and the philanthropic gesture from two brothers and a vicar, who died over a hundred years ago, carry on to this day.

Also in this podcast, Helen clarifies the present role of CA Mendip, which now operates an on-line and telephone service during the pandemic. She also describes, as editor, how a simple Parish newsletter can impact so positively for the 625 households on the community. A busy woman!

028 Draycott’s Version of BBC Radio4’s ‘The Listening Project’

028 Draycott’s Version of BBC Radio4’s ‘The Listening Project’

Tiggi and Ella chat about their guide dogs Jackie and Rio. How their lives have become enriched with assistance from their canine pals. However, the road to enlightenment never runs completely smoothly!

A gentle and amusing conversation between two friends sharing in the joys and tribulations of life with sight loss and unpredictable dogs.

026 Sight Loss – Courage and Endeavour

026 Sight Loss – Courage and Endeavour

This is a very moving life story.

Ella Caulfield is an extraordinary young lady.

Living with partial sight loss as a child growing up was a massive challenge. In 2015 fate administered another bitter blow.

Ella has encountered many extreme challenges throughout her young life. However, a new friend Rio, her guide dog, has joined her family and support group.

Ella gave me the privilege of listening to her life story.

At only 20 years old and against all the odds her future looks bright!