A NEW community radio station is set to make waves in Stratford.
Welcombe Radio is the vision of Peter Keynton-Hook who used to work on Stratford community radio before it closed down.
More than 60 guests – including the town’s new mayor Victoria Alcock – celebrated the launch of the station which operates out of Tyler House Hub.
Peter told The Observer: “We may not be professionals at Welcombe Radio but we all fervently believe in the importance of building strong community bonds and supporting our local community organisations.
“Bit by bit as we learn and grow we will build a vibrant radio station which will fulfil this aim.”
The station received funding from Stratford Town Trust to help get it off the ground.
Claire Bowry, grants manager for the trust, said: “Welcombe Radio is a fantastic resource for the community and we’re very proud to support it.
“A variety of quality programmes are being aired already – all by local people and for local people – and we look forward to watching the station grow even more.”
Shows already on air include Sounds of Stratford with Tori Rushton, a showcase for local musicians; Where are the songs we used to know? celebrating songs from the 1900s to 1950s with Chris Wall and Peter Keynton-Hook; The Stratford Mencap Radio Show, devised, presented and run by local people with learning difficulties; The Games Corner, sharing the latest on video games with Kieran Morfill; The Stephen Marsden show, showcasing songs from the 1990s; Connecting The Dots, highlighting the work of local charities with Louise Barnes and Penny Keynton-Hook.
More shows are in the pipeline, covering everything from parenting to pubs.
Visit www.welcomberadio.co.uk to tune in and find out more.