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Exploring the stories of people who live, work, and create in Somerset. From food and drinks pioneers, and creators of music and arts, to local lifestyle and culture experts; join us as we meet the fascinating individuals and families that call this beautiful county their home.

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    • Society & Culture

Exploring the stories of people who live, work, and create in Somerset. From food and drinks pioneers, and creators of music and arts, to local lifestyle and culture experts; join us as we meet the fascinating individuals and families that call this beautiful county their home.

    S4E13 Dr. Andrew Tressider

    S4E13 Dr. Andrew Tressider

    This week, Somerset Stories meets Dr Andrew Tressider, from the Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, and co-host of the Somerset Emotional Well-being podcast. Growing up in the county, Andrew has spent the vast majority of his professional life both as a GP for the community in Chard, and also as an advocate of the health of healthcare professionals. At the start of the pandemic, he launched the podcast to offer support and discussion to those facing challenging times in their emotional and mental health. He’s also a champion of the role of nature in our well-being – championing the benefits of immersing ourselves in the natural world around us.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Somerset Shorts: 3 - Gavin Pretor-Pinney

    Somerset Shorts: 3 - Gavin Pretor-Pinney

    In this edition of our mini-podcast, we revisit an interview from earlier this season, where Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society successfully campaigned to have a new type of cloud classified by the World Meteorological Organization. It's a little nugget of cloud history!

    • 9 min
    S4E12 Dionne John

    S4E12 Dionne John

    Somerset Stories goes glam, with the current Mrs Somerset Galaxy – Dionne John
    As an advocate and campaigner for heart health awareness, Dionne has represented Somerset at multiple pageants over the last five years, and has used her position to raise awareness and funds for local causes and cancer charities.
    She’s due to compete at the UK final at the end of November, and we chatted earlier this month about her journey, her charity work, and her own family life.

    • 40 min
    S4E11 Cindi & Chas Barnstable

    S4E11 Cindi & Chas Barnstable

    This week we meet Cindi and Chas Barnstable, the mother and daughter duo at the head of Somerset leather goods institution, Owen Barry.
    Following in the heritage and footsteps of generations of leather specialists in their family Cindi and Chas continue to produce top quality goods for an international market. As a member of Leather UK, The trade association for the UK leather industry – they’ve also been featured in a recent publication – The Art of Leather.
    We chatted last month, and talked about keeping things in the family, and the history of tanning and leather goods production in Somerset. We also have a cracking game of Somerset who’s who, right at the end of the podcast, so make sure you stick around for that…

    • 46 min
    S4E10 Freya Mitton

    S4E10 Freya Mitton

    Freya Mitton is an independent art dealer, with a specialism in 20th Century British Art. Having spent a decade in charge of the Modern British sales department at Sotheby’s in London, Freya works from her home on the edge of the Mendips. Exhibiting at art fairs around the country, Her aim is to sell great quality paintings by established artists, and she is passionate about helping clients find and acquire art works which they can enjoy in their homes and lives.

    • 49 min
    S4E9 Mike Dean

    S4E9 Mike Dean

    Our guest this week has made a career out of turning his own knowledge and passion for history into relatable, human stories – first as a teacher, then as a tour guide, and finally, as an author. Mike Dean has written books about Bath, and Somerset, which give a window into the rich history of the area, but condensed into simple chapters, and explained in layman’s terms. Having spent all his life in the West country, Mike is now sharing his enthusiasm for the area, with visitors and locals alike.

    • 51 min

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