Petersfield’s Shine Radio has announced three days of special programmes across the festive period.
The volunteer-run station is putting local voices front and centre in a schedule designed to keep local listeners in good company and connected to the community.
Friendly local presenters share local information, warm conversation and festive music every day. Among the familiar Shine Radio voices on air are Vicki Cheeseman, Kirsty Meredith, Blake Swell and Gareth Boyes.
Christmas morning is centred around a service of carols and prayers with a congregation drawn from three Petersfield churches and music from Liss Band. Shine Radio is also sharing its recording with local care homes for residents unable to attend a church service this year.
Seventeen actors from the local community including four children present a new radio adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. The play is adapted by Petersfield resident Robert Sheppard and recorded in the town.
Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey share a year of highlights from different locations around Petersfield. In the P pod they recall the most memorable interviews and events covered in Shine Radio’s personalities show.
Petersfield personality of the year nominee Doug Newbigging shares memories of local events coupled with vintage Christmas music from the years in which they took place.
Radio quizmaster Ian Crossman presents a festive edition of The Brighter Minds Quiz on Christmas Eve to test your general knowledge.
Jo Gray, Phill Humphries, Julie Butler, Kirsty Meredith and Paul Ferguson of the Petersfield Post newspaper reflect on the most significant and memorable Petersfield news stories of the year. From the campaign to reform the deadly Durford Road crossroads to emergency work done to save Sheet’s Chestnut tree to the community’s outpouring of affection for local journalist Jon Walker, the team looks back.
And every hour, Shine Radio broadcasts traditional carols recorded by local schools and choirs.
You can hear Petersfield’s Shine Radio at shineradio.uk or by asking a smart speaker to “Play Petersfield’s Shine Radio”.