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Local Radio Day – 2021

‘LOCAL RADIO DAY’ is an annual event in which local radio stations across the country come together to highlight the value of local radio to communities and to celebrate the unique relationship between local broadcasting and listeners.

With the ongoing challenges of the coronavirus pandemic throughout the year, with local news, traffic bulletins and information on local events and details of various support hubs and clinics for coronavirus, local radio has been crucial for many in their local communities during 2021, and Susy Radio has endeavoured to play its part for our community.

This year, the event took place on Friday 15th October and Susy Radio joined over 200 other local radio stations in celebrating the theme, ‘Love Your Place’.

As part of the celebration, Susy Radio’s Outside Broadcast Unit masterminded by Neil Munday and ably assisted by Jim Richman, Pat French and Shan Robins spent the day based in Redhill Town Centre with a live programme being broadcast between 12pm-3pm featuring interviews and chats with various shoppers, passers-by, market stall holders and other dignitaries.

BBC Radio Sussex and BBC Radio Surrey also took part in the day’s celebrations, and invited Susy Radio to take part in a live on-air quiz against two other local radio stations which were Wey Valley Radio which broadcasts to the community of Alton and surrounding area of North East Hampshire, and V2 Radio based in Chichester and serving West Sussex. Susy’s team were Geoff Rogers, Neil Munday and Tracey Franklin.

You can listen to highlights of the quiz as broadcast over BBC Radio Sussex and BBC Surrey, hosted by the BBC’s Joe Talbot here:
Recording courtesy of BBC Radio Sussex/BBC Radio Surrey

Andy Nash, Belfry Shopping Centre Manager talks with Neil Munday
Head of Place Delivery, Peter Boarder-Marketfield Way Development talks with Neil Munday
Sophie and Christine cycling London to Brighton

Susy Radio’s Shan Robins was present at the Outside Broadcast Unit, and spoke with some passers-by about what they loved about ‘their place’.

Deano is in Redhill and loves Crawley Town FC. He says, ‘Come On the Reds’ for their game due on Saturday, 16th October!

Two year old Jude loves dancing and was dancing to the Susy Radio songs playing out in Redhill town centre!

Michelle, Pat, Linda and brother are in Redhill and love the shopping

Steve is driving buses in Redhill and likes it more than London because the people are more laid back and the ‘Greggs’ is tastier here!

Pat is in Redhill and told Shan that he likes the accessibility of the town from where he lives, and the renewal prospect for a new multi screen cinema.

Eve, Mariella, Eve and Mimi who’ve bumped into each other by chance in Redhill after 10 years all like Reigate Heath.

Sajad is from India working on a contract in Redhill and says everything is very accessible like shopping, banks and the park with a village, yet urban vibe and not too busy.

Ben lives in Redhill and enjoys walking on the downs.

Carol and Mel have lived in Redhill most of their lives and told Shan that they love the Memorial Park because it’s a lovely space.

Robert is in Redhill and told Shan that when the sun catches the tops of some of the buildings with verdigris, that they look lovely.

Jan Thomas is in Redhill with our Outside Broadcast Unit and says the Belfry Shopping Centre is great and celebrating its 30 years. He loves The Harlequin Theatre.

Sell-out Syrian Feast in Redhill

Image: Reigate and Banstead Borough Council
A sell-out Syrian Feast is coming to Redhill’s Harlequin theatre this Friday.

The pop-up restaurant celebrates both Syrian culture and food, cooked by the local Syrian community. They will cook a three-course meal and provide soft drinks.
The money raised will support 20 families that have resettled in Surrey over the past six years. Funding will go to projects aimed at increasing skills, work experience and job opportunities.

Since 2015, these 20 Syrian families have been helped to resettle into the area through the Government’s 2015 Global Resettlement Scheme and a partnership between Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, Tandridge District Council and Mole Valley District Council.

After two sell-out evenings took place in 2019, the Harlequin has finally been able to welcome back this popular evening.

The event’s doors open at 6:30pm to welcome attendees and bring all local communities together.

Members of the upcoming feast said; “When we prepare these dishes, we remember what we left behind and the friends and families with whom we used to enjoy these meals. Now we share them with new friends.”

Although the tickets are all sold out, a recipe book, A Syrian Feast, is now available to buy for £5 at the Harlequin Theatre. It features 17 easy-to-follow recipes generously shared from the homes of resettled families in the area.

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Teen charged in Horsham stabbing

A teenager was charged yesterday in connection with a stabbing in Horsham town centre.

A 21-year-old man was taken to hospital with multiple stab wounds after police attended a call in the early hours of October 2nd. Sussex Police said that his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

An 18-year-old from Burnham Place in Horsham, named Harvey Beckett, has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm, possession of a knife in public and possession of a Class B drug.
He has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear before Lewes Crown Court on November 5th.

Sussex Police also said, “A 19-year-old man from Horsham was arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, theft by finding, possession of a Class A drug and possession of a Class B drug. He has been released on conditional bail until 2 November, pending further enquiries.
“Following enquiries, police located a fourth suspect, who was arrested in London with the assistance of the Metropolitan Police.”

The investigation is on-going, and anyone with information is urged to report it online or call 101, quoting ‘Operation Deputy’.

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Charity run for young people with Epilepsy

A charity run with Young Epilepsy is taking place this Sunday the 17th of October, running from 9am to 1pm, in Lingfield.

The event will host multiple routes for all abilities, including a 5 or 10 Kilometer distance and a 500 meter ‘fun run’.

Every entry fee to the StarRun 4 Young Epilepsy, in St. Piers Lane, will go directly to helping young people with epilepsy and their families.

Road closures will be in place in the area to ensure that every participant can enjoy the event and the surroundings.

Food and refreshments available along with family friendly entertainment, however, you are advised to bring your own bottles, as the event will not provide cups.

Even if you are not on campus, you can run the events virtually and receive a bespoke StarRun medal too.

This event has a huge emphasis on fun and inclusion, so whoever you are, whatever your ability may be, you are urged to have a go and have some fun. The address is ‘Young Epilepsy, St. Piers Lane, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6PW’.

More information can be found on their website too.

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Crawley Attacker Jailed

Kane Wilson
Photo: Sussex Police
A man who attacked an 81-year-old pensioner, leaving him with several broken ribs has been jailed for more than three years.

Thirty-year-old Kane Wilson from Perryfield Road, Crawley attacked the man in the car park of the Asda supermarket in Pegler Way on July 10th before passers by intervened.

Wilson pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent and was jailed for 39 months.

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