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Wireless Westray is a community podcast for the island of Westray, Orkney. Our podcast is another way for our community to keep up to date with the latest island news and community stories and help us all stay connected during the lockdown.
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In Part 1 of 'Westray Walkabout' Ailsa Seatter welcomes back guest speaker Ross McIntyre to read and discuss his father's (Peter McIntyre) book 'Westray Walkabout'. The book centers on the regatta day in 1967 when Peter McIntyre walked all the way around Westray in one day, and in his own words records the sights and experiences along the route. This week covers the coastal walk from Mae Sands towards the Links. Gina Rendall also shares the latest community news. See you again in twa weeks time for part 2!Speakers: Gina Rendall, Ailsa Seatter, and Ross McIntyre.
This episode Ailsa welcomes guest speaker Ross McIntyre to speak about 'The Laird's Hut' and a peedie bit about the history of the family and the former Westside Estate. Isobel also reads the latest community news. Speakers: Isobel Thompson, Ailsa Seatter, Ross McIntyre
Ep 22 - Westray Poetry

Ep 22 - Westray Poetry

2021-04-0933:41

The focus of this week's episode is some of Westray's Poetry. Graham Garson, Gina Rendall, and Steven Drever meet for a yarn and to read some poems from Bertha Kent, Robert Rendall, and Jack Cooper. Ailsa Seatter read the latest community news and the blooper reel returns. We'll back again in two weeks time. Speakers: Isobel Thompson, Ailsa Seatter, Graham Garson, Gina Rendall, and Steven Drever.
This week's episode is part 2 of our blast from the past and a bit of Westray musical heritage. In part 2 we have more choir music and duets, some songs from the 'youngeens' in 1983, and a poem from the minister.Many thanks to John Banks for extracting the recording of the February 1983 Baptist Social from a cassette tape so that we could share it with you today. Please bear in mind that it is a 'home recording' from 1983 so the audio isn't as clear as we can manage in 2021 and it does jump a little but that just adds to the retro feel! If you have any old recordings you think we should share please get in touch. Enjoy!Speakers: Isobel Thompson (2021), Ailsa Seatter (2021), and Jim Brown (1983).
This week Steven Drever asks one of Westray GPs Dr David Mazza all about the COVID-19 vaccine and how the vaccination programme is working in Westray. What is in the vaccine? Which vaccine do we have in Westray? How is the vaccination programme working in Westray? Why is it so important we all get vaccinated? Tune in to find out. After a quiet start to the year we also have Ailsa back with the news segment!We're confident that we can say on behalf of everyone in Westray thank you so much to the whole team at Westray Surgery for all their hard work this past year. We will never be able to show how grateful we are but as Steven says we'll certainly try. Speakers: Steven Drever, Ailsa Seatter, and Dr David Mazza.
This week's episode is a blast from the past and a bit of Westray musical heritage. Many thanks to John Banks for extracting the recording of the February 1983 Baptist Social from a cassette tape so that we could share it with you today. Please bear in mind that it is a 'home recording' from 1983 so the audio isn't as clear as we can manage in 2021 and it does jump a little but that just adds to the retro feel! If you have any old recordings you think we should share please get in touch. Enjoy!Speakers: Isobel Thompson (2021), Ailsa Seatter (2021) and Jim Brown (1983).
It's Westray vs Glasgow in this week's Dialect Challenge! We're pleased to welcome our new speaker Martin Donaghey and welcome back Wireless Westray regulars Gina Rendall, Steven Drever, and Isobel Thompson. Tune in and try to guess the meaning of these dialect words/phrases with us. Speakers: Isobel Thompson, Gina Rendall, Steven Drever, and Martin Donaghey.
Welcome to our 2021 virtual Burn's Night. We hope you have your haggis, neeps and tatties prepared to enjoy some poetry, songs, and speeches. Thank you to all our lovely speakers, singers, musicians, and volunteers!Speakers/Singers: Isobel Thompson, Graham Garson, Iain MacDonald, Steven Drever, Ailsa Seatter, Edith Costie, Callum Penn, and Allan Forrester. Muscians: Kathleen Drever (accordion) Ailsa Seatter (accordion), Jake Hutchison (accordion), and Graham Garson (fiddle) with his family Doreen (piano), Vela & Josie (fiddles), and Elsa (bass).
Ep 16 - New Beginnings

Ep 16 - New Beginnings

2021-01-1522:01

Happy New Year Westray! To start off 2021 Wireless Westray brings you the latest community news and a preview of some of the exciting new ventures that will be taking place in 2021 in Westray. We are pleased to welcome guest speakers Paul and Adam Tulloch to speak about their new fishing boat, we are also pleased to welcome guest speaker Rebekah Wilson to speak about the upcoming Saintear Bistro. Speakers: Isobel Thompson, Ailsa Seatter, Paul Tulloch, Adam Tulloch, and Rebekah Wilson.
In this week's episode following community news with Ailsa, team Westray (Penn & Wilson) compete against team Papay (Dodman & Rendall) in a festive quiz! Test your Orkney and Christmas knowlege and see if you can beat the winning team.
Ep 14 - Harvest Home

Ep 14 - Harvest Home

2020-11-2753:37

This week's episode is all about Harvest Home and dancing! We're pleased to welcome guest speaker Margaret Tulloch and feature music from the former Young Westray Band and from John P and his band. We've got community news with Ailsa, the blooper reel is back and we have the final chapter of the Storm Witch read by Mike Cooper. A huge thank you to Mike Cooper for recording the his full book for us on Wireless Westray. If you would like to purchase your own paperback copy of the Storm Witch you can do so from the Westray Heritage Centre. Speakers: Steven Drever, Ailsa Seatter, Gina Rendall, Margaret Tulloch and Mike Cooper.
In this week's episode we put Wireless Westray listener questions to Orkney Islands Council's Sweyn Johnson about the proposed wind farm on the island of Faray. Ailsa has the latest community news and Mike Cooper reads the penultimate chapter of the Storm Witch. Speakers: Isobel Thompson, Ailsa Seatter, Sweyn Johnson, and Mike Cooper.
This week Steven tells us two Westray ghost stories, Ailsa has the latest community news and Mike Cooper brings us chapter 10 of the Storm Witch in which things aren't looking good for Janet!Speakers: Isobel Thompson, Ailsa Seatter, Steven Drever and Mike Cooper.
In this episode we have a bumper news segment from Ailsa with lots of Westray Development Trust news. After that Gina is joined by Hume Sweet Hume's Lizza Bain to talk about the Westray business, how it all started, their 2020 experience, and future plans for the knitwear-based business. To finish we have chapter 8 of The Storm Witch followed by the return of our blooper reel!
In episode 10 of Wireless Westray we're once again discussing dialect, a favourite topic of ours, but this time we're pleased to be joined by guest speaker Karen Penn to discuss her dialect story 'Geordie o'Pizzlewusp'. To finish up we have the latest chapter (7) of the Storm Witch read by Mike Cooper.
Ep 9 - Bisgeos Run

Ep 9 - Bisgeos Run

2020-09-1836:52

This week following community news with Ailsa, Steven is joined by two of the Westray Bisgeos Run organisers - Donna Rendall and Alena Tulloch. Sadly the Bisgeos Run was cancelled this year due to COVID-19 but will be rescheduled for August 2022. To finish we have Chapter 6 of the Storm Witch read by Mike Cooper.
This week as well as community news we have some musical heritage content for you from the 1960s-80s with guest speakers Kathleen Drever and Isabell Harcus joining us for a yarn about the Chippy Band and The Rays. We also have two untitled medleys by the Chippy Band and 'I'll meet you in the morning' by The Rays. Thanks to John Banks for his work digitising the groups old cassette recordings. To finish up we have the chapter 5 of the Storm Witch, once again read by Mike Cooper.
This week after community news we're joined by guest speakers Matthew, Michael, Teenie and Hannah Harcus, musicians and owners of Westray music venue the Graand Owld Byre. They're joining us to speak about the Byre, how they got into music and the story behind the island favourite, the Westray Love Song. Then to finish we have Chapter 4 of the Storm Witch read by Mike Cooper. Wireless Westray new episodes are published on a Friday fortnightly. The Westray Love Song is featured with permission from Michael Harcus.
In this week's episode, community news with Ailsa is followed by a Westray Vs Newcastle dialect competition! Can resident Geordies Isobel Thompson and Robbie Fergus guess the meaning of these Orcadian phrases? Can Westray cousins Gina Rendall and Steven Drever guess the meaning of some Geordie ones? Listen and find out! We also have the latest instalment of the Storm Witch with chapter 3 read by Mike Cooper.
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