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Steam in the Susy area – Update

Pictured: ‘Clan Line’ passing through Merstham on its way back to London (courtesy Alan French)

This weekend (20/21 November) there is the chance to see two steam trains operating through the Susy Radio area.

On Saturday 20th November 2021, Merchant Navy Class Pacific No.35028 Clan Line will be pausing at Shalford, where water is taken between 14.22 and 14.40, before continuing through Dorking, Betchworth, Reigate (15.11), Redhill (15.16 – 15.21) and Merstham hauling the Belmond British Pullman train on a Surrey Hills excursion from London and return.
Other than Shalford it is not due to stop any other stations.

On Sunday 21st December 2021, “Clan Line” together with A1 Pacific “Tornado” will be double heading the Rail Aid British Pullman from London Victoria to Dover and return with all proceeds going to the Railways Children’s work with vulnerable children around the world.
Currently this train is scheduled to leave London Victoria at 11.12 passing through East Croydon, Purley, Coulsdon , Merstham, Redhill (12.02), Godstone (12.09), Edenbridge (12.14) and on towards Tonbridge.

NEWS UPDATE 18 NOVEMBER – We have learned that sadly “Tornado” is unable to join “Clan Line” for this Rail Aid British Pullman excursion. The trip is now planned to run with “Clan Line” leading a Belmond liveried Class 67 diesel instead as it is considered the best option considering the planned route and the leaf fall season.

This train is not scheduled to stop at any of the stations mentioned and all times are approximate and subject to locomotive availability.

If you wish to see these train please be respectful of the railway environment and please do not trespass.

The Unknown Warrior

The Unknown Warrior is buried in Westminster Abbey as a memorial to the dead of World War One, particularly those who have no known grave.

‘The Unknown Warrior’. Bugle played by David Yates. Narrated by Neil Munday

In 1920, as part of ceremonies in Britain to commemorate the dead of World War One, there was a proposal that the body of an unknown soldier, sailor or airman lying in an unmarked grave abroad be returned to England for burial in Westminster Abbey. This was to symbolise all those who had died for their country, but whose place of death was not known, or whose body remained unidentified.

It is thought that the idea came from the reverend David Railton, who had served as a chaplain on the Western Front. There are a number of versions of how the selection of the Unknown Warrior was made, but it is generally agreed that between four and six bodies were exhumed from each of the main British battle areas on the Western Front on the night of 7 November 1920, and brought to the chapel at St Pol, in northern France. Each was covered with a Union Jack. The commander of British troops in France and Flanders, Brigadier General LJ Wyatt, picked one. This was placed in a coffin which was taken to Boulogne, where it was transported to Dover on HMS Verdun. The other bodies were reburied.

On the morning of 11 November 1920 – the second anniversary of the armistice that ended World War One – the body of the Unknown Warrior was drawn in a procession to the Cenotaph. This new war memorial on Whitehall, designed by Edwin Lutyens, was then unveiled by George V. At 11 o’clock there was a two-minute silence, and the body was then taken to Westminster Abbey where it was buried at the west end of the nave. To the surprise of the organisers, in the week after the burial an estimated 1,250,000 people visited the abbey, and the site is now one of the most visited war graves in the world. The text inscribed on the tomb is taken from the bible (2 Chronicles 24:16): ‘They buried him among the kings, because he had done good toward God and toward his house’.

Article reproduced by courtesy of the BBC

Redhill Carers’ Fair – 25th November

Nearly one in 10 of Surrey’s population is an unpaid carer.

Carers’ Rights Day highlights the importance of all carers, whatever the stage of their caring journey, knowing and understanding their rights – and being able to access the support they need and are entitled to.
With multiple local charities and organisation in attendance, carers will be able to get practical, financial and legal information about their rights, plus support on caring generally. As well as ‘Action For Carers, Surrey’, organisations attending our various fairs include the National Autistic Society, Brigitte Trust, Mary Frances Trust, Princess Alice Hospice, St Catherine’s Hospice, the Centre for Psychology, Sight for Surrey, National Energy Action, Surrey Choices, Warmth Matters and the Surrey Fire & Rescue Service.

There will also be some relaxation and wellbeing sessions on offer.

The Redhill event takes place from 10am till 2pm, at the Harlequin Theatre, and will be opened by The Mayor of Reigate and Banstead, Councillor Jill Bray.

Admission is FREE and refreshments will be available in the theatre’s café.

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Veteran Car Run 125th Anniversary

The famous annual motoring event took place on Sunday 7th November 2021 and commemorated the 125th anniversary of the famous Emancipation Run of November 1896.

Susy’s Chrissy Muir was there along with many other local spectators to view the spectacle as it passed along the A23 in Horley and filmed some of these amazing vehicles as they passed by.

Image and video courtesy of Chrissy Muir

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run 2021 Highlights courtesy of


The Community Radio Awards 2021 – Replay

The Community Radio Awards have been setup to celebrate community radio and all the hard work and time that the volunteers involved in community radio put into their stations, shows and communities.


The awards are a judge led process, with judges drawn from the community radio sector, academics, other radio/associated areas and the 3rd sector.

The awards are run not for profit completely independent of any organisation or association.

It’s being run by a team of volunteers with experience of radio in all forms and sectors from Student, Community to the BBC and Commercial.

Last year, the award ceremony was held only online, but this year was held in Coventry on the 23rd October at the Coventry Transport Museum.

Award Nomination

Local community radio station Susy Radio was shortlisted in the annual national Community Radio Awards 2021.

Susy has received one award previously which was last year, winning Bronze for ‘Outside Broadcast/Live Event’ of the year. This year, five submissions were made by Susy for different categories resulting in one shortlisted entry.

This has been whittled down from more than 430 entries from stations from every corner of the UK.

The station had picked up a nomination in the name of Geoff Rogers in the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ category for his work in helping establish community radio for the East Surrey and North Sussex community beginning in 1994, and his continued active involvement in the service ever since.

The winners were revealed in a ceremony at the Coventry Transport Museum, in partnership with Coventry UK City of Culture.

Alan French, Station Chairman, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised among a large number of other stations doing great work across the UK.”

Martin Steers, awards chair, said: “As face to face events resumes, it’s great to get together and celebrate the hard work of the last 18 months. Many stations have further cemented their essential community role in this time, and it is great to reflect.”

“It is clear to see from this, that passionate presenters, volunteers, and staff are really there for their audiences.”


Profile of Geoff Rogers


Geoff Rogers was part of the team which launched Susy Radio on FM on 15th July 2012 as a fully licensed community radio station. He has remained a presenter and Director ever since.

For the wider East Surrey and North Sussex community, his work contributed to providing a radio service for the local area where there had previously been a gap. He was not only a key player in the initial set up but has maintained the service overseeing the licence renewal.

In June 2019, following a year of discussion and applications submitted, Susy Radio was granted a transmitter power increase by Ofcom resulting from Geoff’s application which he made in liaison with Susy Radio’s engineers. As a result of the successful application, Susy Radio is now transmitting at 100 Watts representing a doubling of transmitted power, or 3 Decibel lift.

Geoff has recently updated the Susy Radio playout system using his knowledge in IT to upgrade the PCs in both studios and to train the presenters on the updated system. Some were unsure of change but Geoff has helped train them with training videos and held Zoom training sessions during a time when the pandemic restrictions made face to face training difficult.

Geoff is the Programme Director at Susy which also includes continual maintenance of the presenter rota. This has been increasingly challenging over the last 18 months as he has been instrumental in devising a Covid-safe schedule for the presenters.
He has enabled many presenters to broadcast from home in order to comply with social distancing requirements and continue to maintain a ‘live’ programming sevice. He has spent many hours supporting presenters and talking them through the process of setting themselves up to broadcast remotely.

Geoff also looks after the station’s finances, does a lot of the sales negotiations and advertising and arranges the on air adverts.
Although now a delegated task, Geoff also used to spend many hours over many years training new presenters and the news team until they were ready to present unaided. His foundation has enabled others to take on the training using Geoff’s standards.

Although there is now a website manager at Susy Radio, Geoff has previously set up and maintained the station’s website. Geoff’s IT background also means he maintains the PCs and the IT side for Susy.

Assisted by his deputies, Geoff programmes the music to create the station sound for regular programmes and adjusts the programming according to current news events. This became evident following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Finally, Geoff has also been known to present the occasional programme!

Some words from his colleagues:

“……Geoff Rogers goes beyond that giving more than 100% of his time, energy and belief without necessarily thinking of reward or recognition.
Outside of Susy Radio, Geoff has a busy life but has always been someone who cares about the people who operate on the station and will give up his time to help and assist any of them who need encouragement, help or support.”
Alan French, Chairman Susy Radio

“Geoff is always just a phone call away and that is a wonderful safety net that I value as a presenter. Thanks Geoff.” Shan Robins, Volunteer Presenter

“I am in no doubt the role he plays is often a thankless one. Impeding on his life in so many ways. Geoff loves radio, and it shows. He is the one person bringing all the volunteers together and ensuring that for Sussex and Surrey Community radio lives on.” Si Clarke, Volunteer Presenter