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Christmas Carol Service 2023

Every year Susy Radio likes to offer the opportunity for a church, a choir or a school to be part of Christmas Day.

This year, the traditional service of “Nine Lessons and Carols” was recorded at the most complete Saxon Church in England. St. Nicholas, Worth on the 17th December.

The format of this service originated in Truro Cathedral, Cornwall in 1880. In the early 20th Century, Kings College Cambridge started singing a slightly modified version, which was then then included in radio and television broadcasts.

In honour of the this ancient church built around 985AD and paying tribute to the history of the service, the music selected includes a traditional Cornish carol “The Holly bears a Berry” and the traditional Sussex carol “On Christmas Night”.

The choir was led by the Musical Director and Organist Mark Harrison and the service is led by the Rector, Father Michael Boag.

The choir featured the following:

• Helen Cheales
• Dawn Clubb
• Melanie Edwards (soloist for “The Sussex Carol”)
• Jenny Gordon
• Eliza Hawley (soloist for “Once In Royal David’s City”)
• Adela Hawley
• Lucy Laing
• Peter Harrison
• Pippy Harrison
• Peter Murgatroyd
• Ross Hawley
• David Moore

The readers were, in order:

1. David Moore
2. Joan Tick
3. Peter Harrison
4. Linda Eells
5. Ann Lane
6. David Clubb
7. Carol Murgatroyd
8. Kay Molloy
9. Fr. Michael Boag

Susy Radio would like to thank all of the Clergy, choir, parishioners and visitors at St Nicholas Worth for the very warm welcome extended to us during our recording of this wonderful service. I also know that the choir would love to welcome new voices to join them. Do get in touch.

Recorded, edited and presented by Neil Munday
With thanks to Programme Director Geoff Rogers

The programme was broadcast at 1pm on Christmas Day and you can listen again here:


From Monday 31 July until Saturday 5 August the train drivers union ASLEF will be operating a ban on overtime and our current information is that there will be an amended timetable with fewer services running during this time. It is anticipated that services will be busier than usual, especially in peak hours so should allow extra time to complete your journey.

You are advised to check your whole journey with National Rail who will have the latest information


On Saturday 5 August – A limited service will run with services starting later and finishing earlier than normal. Some stations will have NO service for the whole day, including Brighton.

Therefore, people will not be able travel to and from Brighton by rail and the station will be closed. Trains on the Brighton Main Line will terminate at Three Bridges. No services will run on the coastway lines into Brighton because of the amended timetable that will be in place.

Please check before you travel


From Monday 7 August to Saturday 12 August ASLEF have also announced an overtime ban therefore an amended timetable with fewer services will run during this time. Services will be busier than usual, especially in peak hours. It is likely you will need to queue and may not be able to board your chosen service. You should allow extra time to complete your journey.

Leigh & District Flower Show & Country Fayre – Saturday 22 July 2023

On Saturday 22 July 2023 Susy Radio was broadcasting LIVE – from the Leigh & District Flower Show & Country Fayre between 12noon until 3pm with Tony Williams and the team.  Amongst others, Tony had as his guest, gardening expert Jean Griffin (pictured above)

Below are a selection of some of the interviews that went out on Susy Radio that Saturday afternoon.

1 – Steve Hall chats with Fliss about the Wool Shed


2 – Mark Carter talks to Dave about Surrey Woodcraft

3 – Neil Munday chats to Mike about his original Panda Car

4 – Gardening and Jean Griffin talks to Mark Carter about his Apple Trees

5 – Gardening  – Jean Griffin talks to Claire about Couch Grass

6 – Gardening – Jean Griffin talks to Steve about his Clematis

7 – Gardening – Jean Griffin talks about Aphids and Ants with Philippa

8 – Steve Hall talks to Trudy about the work of RDA Horse Hills

9 – Alan French talks to Paul from the Leigh Apple Group about apples and cider

10 – Neil Munday talks to Clive from the Leigh & District Cottage Garden Societies Plant and Produce stall

11 – Steve Hall chats to Neil about the Leigh Cricket Club

Christmas Carol Service – 2022

Every year Susy Radio likes to offer the opportunity for a church, a choir or a school to be part of Christmas Day.

We look to record at the weekend (as we are volunteers with day jobs) and put together a service of carols and/or lessons for the Christmas Day broadcast.

This year we were welcomed by St Michael’s Church, Betchworth who combined choirs with St Mary The Virgin at Buckland under the musical director, Martin Hall and Organist, Richard Calver. The service was led by the Reverend Neil Vigers.

The Choir made up of 18 Sopranos, 6 Altos, 5 Tenors and 5 Basses who performed traditional carols such as “Oh come all ye faithful” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” with the congregation, and a beautiful variation on “A Bleak Midwinter” Words by Christina Rossetti and Music by Harold Darke (1888 – 1976) and a truly wonderful piece entitled “Myn Lyking” Music by R.R. Terry and words from the 15th Century.

St Michael`s church itself being a megastar of the big screen being the first church seen in Four “Weddings and a Funeral” provided a great acoustic to record if a little tricky with the choir due to the location of the organ, but with an accomplished organist Richard Calver balanced well in the mix

Technically there were 16 mics around the church, 5 mics (3 radio mics) covering “Once in Royal Davids City” which was processed around the aisles of the church, 6 mics on the choir, 1 on the organ and 2 on overhead booms covering the congregation plus reader lectern mic and radio clip mic on the Reverend Vigers.

Obviously you cannot see the procession of the choir on the radio so it is very important to pick all aspects up on the mics as an even sound starting from the opening note of the solo and lasting until conclusion of the 5th verse as the choir mics and congregational mics plus two floor mics take the role as the Choir approach the choir stalls at the alter. You can see this in the pictures.

It is always a pleasure to work with the local community and provide this opportunity, belay any nerves they have making them feel at ease so they give the best they can, remembering these are not professional choirs, these are supporters of the church and sing because they want to, and what a sound.

The parishioners of Betchworth and Buckland joining in on the congregational carols were magnificent in praise for raising not only the Christmas Spirit but the roof!

The Service of Nine lessons and Carols was recorded at St Michael`s Church, Betchworth on Sunday 18th December.

Engineered by Neil Munday with technical assistance from Steve Hall, the equipment was supplied free of charge by Susy Radio supporter “Outdoor Sound Company”.

The Broadcast at 1pm on Christmas Day was edited and introduced by Neil Munday with thanks to programme Director Geoff Rogers.

Photos: Neil Munday

‘Include Project’, Redhill receives Queen’s Award for Voluntary service

The event took place Wednesday 14th December 1022 at St Matthews Church, Redhill.

Proceedings were opened by Nick Hewer (previously seen on the TV programmes ‘Countdown’ and ‘The Apprentice’) and president of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.
Nick handed over to Michael More-Molyneux DL, HM Lord Lieutenant of Surrey.

The Award was ‘The Queens Award for Voluntary Service’, an equivalent of an MBE for a group and was presented by Michael More-Molyneux DL and received by two younger members of the ‘Include Project’, Sophia and Ellie.

SUSY Radio’s Neil Munday was there, and spoke with some of those attending:

Alix Lewer, CEO of the ‘Include Project’

Michael More-Molyneux DL, HM Lord Lieutenant of Surrey

Edited highlights of the main speeches and the presentation


Nick Hewer
Photo: Neil Munday
Michael More-Molyneux DL, HM Lord Lieutenant of Surrey
Photo: Neil Munday
Alix Lewer, CEO ‘’
Photo: Neil Munday
Sophia (in the black top) and Ellie (in the blue’ Include Choir’ top
Photo: Neil Munday