Talking Rivers
TR EP012 Dr Fiona Edmonds, Historian

TR EP012 Dr Fiona Edmonds, Historian

September 2, 2020

In this podcast, historian Dr Fiona Edmonds explores on the history of the Ribble and its inhabitants. Born and brought up near the Ribble, Fiona's interest and passion for the's Ribble's historical importance is clear. Focussing on Roman, Viking and early Medieval history, we see how the Ribble is a dominating landscape feature which defines and unifies communities. It is also a boundary, a barrier, a crossing and meeting point, and a vital artery for transport and communication. We see how these different groups of people left their mark on the settlements and language of the Ribble Valley and how key artefacts, such as the Cuerdale treasure hoard, reveal much about the turmoil and change taking place during this often mysterious and little know period of history.

Dr Fiona Edmonds is a Reader in Regional History and Director of the Regional Heritage Centre for the North West at Lancaster University,

The Talking Rivers Podcast explores and celebrates the social, cultural and natural history of the River Ribble and its tributaries. Throughout the series we will talk to a range of people who live, work and visit our fantastic rivers and hear about what makes the Ribble Catchment so special to so many people.

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TR11 - Philippe Handford, Designer and Environmental Artist

TR11 - Philippe Handford, Designer and Environmental Artist

June 14, 2020

'Burnley Pendle born and bred' is how Designer and Environmental Artist Philippe Handford describes himself. With a varied career that combines the influence of high fashion and cutting edge design with the Lancashire brooks where he grew up, Philippe strives to find and highlight the beauty of the natural world. He has also left his mark on our landscape, including his work to commemorate the Pendle Witch Trials of 1612, and the Pendle Sculpture trail. He has also designed cutlery sets, kitchen appliances, won awards and rubbed shoulders with Oligarchs and Royalty. But he loves spending time in his home county, building stone stacks in rivers and using nature as his inspiration to create functional and beautiful works of art. This episode of talking rivers explores the significance of our rivers from a completely different perspective.

The Talking Rivers Podcast explores and celebrates the social, cultural and natural history of the River Ribble and its tributaries. Throughout the series we will talk to a range of people who live, work and visit our fantastic rivers and hear about what makes the Ribble Catchment so special to so many people.

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facebook.com/RibbleTrust/

TR EP10 - Pete WIlson, United Utilities

TR EP10 - Pete WIlson, United Utilities

June 7, 2020

With a background in farming, Pete Wilson has earth and water in his soul. After an early stint on farms, Pete spent approximately 10 years with the RSPB monitoring wildlife in the Forest of Bowland before moving to United Utilities approximately 10 years ago. His focus is now managing the vast United Utilities estates with the aim of improving drinking water. This varied and thoroughly rewarding role involves working closely with farmers and organisations like Natural England, Environment Agency and Ribble Rivers Trust. By protecting watercourses, restoring peat, planting trees and a whole range of other actions, Pete helps to improve the land in ways that benefits wildlife and ensures the water which ends up in our taps at home is as clean as possible.

The Talking Rivers Podcast explores and celebrates the social, cultural and natural history of the River Ribble and its tributaries. Throughout the series we will talk to a range of people who live, work and visit our fantastic rivers and hear about what makes the Ribble Catchment so special to so many people.

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facebook.com/RibbleTrust/

TR EP09 - Pete Leeson, Woodland Trust

TR EP09 - Pete Leeson, Woodland Trust

December 2, 2019

The passions that drive Pete Leeson, Woodland Creation Advisor with the Woodland Trust, are his love of nature, the great outdoors, and music. Having experienced a varied career Pete is now settled in a job that he loves and which is helping protect and improve the habitats and health of our countryside, working in partership with many organisations to create woodlands across the Northwest. In this podcast he explains how his mother influenced him from an early age to think about how plants and animals interact, and how they can be managed in a way that is in every sense both productive and sustainable. He also shares his vision for the future - where the value of trees and woodlands is better understood, where harnessing the passion and power of the next generations will provide the energy to get things done, and where connecting habitats of every variety, with the support of landowners and communities, will be key to ensure joined up solutions to our environmental challenges can be supported to achieve lasting positive change.

The Talking Rivers Podcast explores and celebrates the social, cultural and natural history of the River Ribble and its tributaries. Throughout the series we will talk to a range of people who live, work and visit our fantastic rivers and hear about what makes the Ribble Catchment so special to so many people.

ribblelifetogether.org

twitter.com/ribblelife

facebook.com/RibbleTrust/

TR EP08 - Farming by the Ribble with the Bolton family, Sawley

TR EP08 - Farming by the Ribble with the Bolton family, Sawley

November 18, 2019

The Bolton family have farmed at Bank Top Farm, Sawley since 1952. In this episode three generations of the family - Jean, Linda and Sarah - reminisce about bygone days and the changes they have seen over seven decades. They discuss how Jean and John came to buy the farm in their early 20's after working on other Ribble Valley farms after leaving school aged 14, changes in the dairy industry, the devastation of the 2001 foot and mouth outbreak, rebuilding the business with a flock of sheep, and some of the funny moments that come with husbanding livestock and living by a river. This podcast shows how the river influences the family and the farm as the weather and seasons change and every decision is made with the river in mind. A longer listen, this episode is both enjoyable and moving, and it is a privilege to listen to three women who have farming and the Ribble running through their veins.

The Talking Rivers Podcast explores and celebrates the social, cultural and natural history of the River Ribble and its tributaries. Throughout the series we will talk to a range of people who live, work and visit our fantastic rivers and hear about what makes the Ribble Catchment so special to so many people.

ribblelifetogether.org

twitter.com/ribblelife

facebook.com/RibbleTrust/

TR EP07 - Paul Sumner, Ribble Estuary Fisherman

TR EP07 - Paul Sumner, Ribble Estuary Fisherman

November 4, 2019

Paul Sumner has fished the Ribble Estuary since his childhood in the 1970s. What started as a hobby became a way of life and he has braved the Northwest coastline year round in all weathers for almost 40 years. Paul provides a rare look at this unique way of life, describing the three types of fishing he does over the course of the year - Shrimp, Bass and Cockles. He also discusses the changes he's seen over the years, some of the challenges he and his fellow fishermen face, and some of the more unusual cargo he has brought back, or rescued, from the river and estuary. Being a fisherman is clearly a vocation for Paul and this podcast brings to life what has evidently being an interesting and enjoyable life on the estuary.

The Talking Rivers Podcast explores and celebrates the social, cultural and natural history of the River Ribble and its tributaries. Throughout the series we will talk to a range of people who live, work and visit our fantastic rivers and hear about what makes the Ribble Catchment so special to so many people.

ribblelifetogether.org

twitter.com/ribblelife

facebook.com/RibbleTrust/

TR EP06 - Philip Lord, Ribble Rivers Trust

TR EP06 - Philip Lord, Ribble Rivers Trust

October 28, 2019

A keen angler from an early age, Philip Lord has spent a lifetime working to improve rivers. He has been Chairman of Ribble Rivers Trust since its creation and, as a resident of the Hodder Valley for 42 years, is passionate about the Ribble Catchment and all of its rivers. Philip's experience running a successful family business has been vital in supporting Ribble Rivers Trust to grow, and his willingness to learn from both successes and failures has ensured RRT continues to adapt and improve how it works and continue to thrive. Philip shares his perspective on some of the key issues affecting the Ribble and his vision for the future.

The Talking Rivers Podcast explores and celebrates the social, cultural and natural history of the River Ribble and its tributaries. Throughout the series we will talk to a range of people who live, work and visit our fantastic rivers and hear about what makes the Ribble Catchment so special to so many people.

ribblelifetogether.org

twitter.com/ribblelife

facebook.com/RibbleTrust/

TR EP05 - John Lamb, Ecologist

TR EP05 - John Lamb, Ecologist

October 21, 2019

John Lamb is a well known local ecologist and naturalist, having worked for Lancashire Wildlife Trust for over 20 years. In this podcast he shares thoughts about rivers, including memories such as fishing as young boy, his transition to ecology and his love of plants and their ability to survive and thrive in seemingly hostile places. He also shares his passion for the wild places that can still be found if you look for them, and his aspiration that everyone should get out and enjoy our wonderful natural heritage.

The Talking Rivers Podcast explores and celebrates the social, cultural and natural history of the River Ribble and its tributaries. Throughout the series we will talk to a range of people who live, work and visit our fantastic rivers and hear about what makes the Ribble Catchment so special to so many people.

ribblelifetogether.org

twitter.com/ribblelife

facebook.com/RibbleTrust/

TR EP04 - John Eccles, Ribble Pilot Boat Skipper

TR EP04 - John Eccles, Ribble Pilot Boat Skipper

October 14, 2019

Todays Talking Rivers podcast features John Eccles sharing some of his memories about working as a Pilot Boat Skipper on the Ribble between 1959 and when Preston Docks close in 1982. John refers to Andrew Newsham, who joined him on the Pilot boats and who continues to look after the docks, as well as others he worked with over the years. He also talks about some of the boats he skippered, such as the Joan and the Valiant. Further information can be found on the Rbble Life Together website and in our Preston Docks River Walk guide. John had a wealth of fascinating stories, we hope you enjoy the selection we have put together for this podcast.

The Talking Rivers Podcast explores and celebrates the social, cultural and natural history of the River Ribble and its tributaries. Throughout the series we will talk to a range of people who live, work and visit our fantastic rivers and hear about what makes the Ribble Catchment so special to so many people.

ribblelifetogether.org  

twitter.com/ribblelife  

facebook.com/RibbleTrust/  

TR EP03 - Catherine Lancaster: Memories of the Ribble at Clitheroe

TR EP03 - Catherine Lancaster: Memories of the Ribble at Clitheroe

October 7, 2019

The Ribble at Clitheroe has a special place in Catherine 'Katie' Lancaster's heart. In this Podcast, Catherine shares a few of her happy memories including swimming, skating, skimming stones, her husband fishing and family picnics. Even the lady who was to make her wedding dress was a familiar figure down at the river. We also hear about the River Sprite Peg O'Nell, who is still said to haunt the Ribble.

The Talking Rivers Podcast explores and celebrates the social, cultural and natural history of the River Ribble and its tributaries. Throughout the series we will talk to a range of people who live, work and visit our fantastic rivers and hear about what makes the Ribble Catchment so special to so many people.

ribblelifetogether.org

twitter.com/ribblelife

facebook.com/RibbleTrust/

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