A large grant application to support the development of Swindon’s increasingly popular community radio station was turned down in early February which means an uncertain future, only a year after it was launched.
The station, coordinated by professional broadcaster Shirley Ludford as paid manager, now has 100 volunteers aged 11 to 75 years who present a diverse range of programmes, from brass band, Latin and folk to rock ‘n roll and drum and bass, to talk, literature, art and age interest broadcasts.
The station has a five-year extendable licence and relies on donations, grants, fundraising and memberships.
“Our programming has been really well received by people who like our slogan, ‘daring to be different,” said Shirley. “We’ve also been receiving a huge range of requests for people who want to train in radio broadcasting, and schools who see media awareness as an important part of the curriculum.
“And we’re launching new initiatives in the community, where people receive training to cover the news and goings on in their area.
“But it takes money to keep it all going, and not being successful with the grant application is a bit of a knock. For example, our annual £2,600 broadcasting licence has to be paid soon. So we need everybody’s help.”
105.5 has launched a £10 a month friends’ support scheme so that individuals and business can make small contributions. Large companies are also needed to help.
Contact the station if you can organise a fundraising event.
For details call Shirley Ludford or a station volunteer on 611555 or mail via: www.swindon1055.com
• Charity curry night at The Biplob restaurant: 17 March, 7pm. Places for 30 people. Call 490265 to book.