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Local Radio Day 2022 – Merstham Community Hub

Local Radio Day is an occasion to not only celebrate but also to strengthen the connections that local radio brings – to communities, to industry professionals, and to individuals. It was originally created in 2015 and brings together local stations on a national level.

Every year that passes, local radio feels ever more important. It was even more important during the pandemic where it united communities and was able to keep its listeners in touch with information which was relevant to where they lived.

The theme for this year’s Local Radio Day is ‘celebrating the sound’.

Merstham Community Hub is operated by the Merstham Community Facility Trust (MCFT), and its mission statement reads that it was:
“….created to meet the needs of the people in Merstham. We aim to support, connect, and empower our community alongside the residents. We aim to achieve this through working with an amazing team of staff and volunteers to run multiple projects, to bring people together and providing a shared, safe space for the community. The activities, events and projects undertaken by the MCFT team help to create opportunities, access, provision and shared understanding. We ensure we remain inclusive and authentic by consulting with the community to identify what the community would truly like to see available at the Hub and in the local area.”

Susy Radio was delighted to visit the Merstham Community Hub and find out more about what takes place there. Susy’s Neil Munday hosted a live programme meeting some of the members of the community involved with the Hub.

Grateful thanks are extended to Merstham Community Facility Trust for their generous hospitality.

Photos courtesy of:
Neil Munday
Graham Norris
Marcus Fulcher

Susy Radio success at Volunteer Awards

Pictured: Left: Jim Richman |Centre: Cllr Frank Kelly |Right: Neil Munday
Photo: Neil Munday.


The Reigate and Banstead Volunteer Awards 2022 ceremony took place on Tuesday 18 October.

The annual award scheme, now in its nineteenth year, was set up to recognise the unrewarded heroes who do a great amount of valuable work for the borough and its community and to show appreciation for their selfless service. The scheme is organised by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council in partnership with Voluntary Action Reigate and Banstead.

The various categories for nominations were as follows:

Young Volunteer Award
For volunteers aged between 16 and 25 who have gone above and beyond the standard expectation for their age and who have used their own volunteer experience to inspire others.

Volunteer Award
For volunteers over the age of 25 years old who have exceeded what would normally be expected of them and demonstrated their outstanding commitment to their role.

Individual Trustee Award
For those in Chairman, Treasurer or Secretary roles who have shown due diligence, good governance and commitment for the minimum of a year, providing outstanding support, guidance and inspiration to the organisation.

Volunteer Team Award
For two or more volunteers or trustees who have demonstrated great teamwork, provided support and encouragement for other volunteers, and made a significant and positive impact through working together.

Neil Munday and Jim Richman of Susy Radio were proud to attend and collect the ‘Volunteer Team Award’ on behalf of the Susy Radio Outside Broadcast Team in recognition of the volunteer work they perform. Many congratulations to them.

Listen to the Mayor of Reigate and Banstead, Councillor Frank Kelly:

For full details of all awards, click HERE

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