Looking back to last Saturday’s defeat 3-1 at the hands of Inverness in a disappointing afternoon at the Highlands, and forward to this Saturday’s Scottish Cup clash with Partick at Palmerston, Stig Nordkil caught up with Queen of the South Manager, Gary Naysmith, earlier this morning. Listen here:
Stephen Dobbie scooped the Ladbrokes Championship Player of the Month award for December. Stephen scored 20 goals for Queen of the South FC, taking his overall total for the club to 101. He was presented with his award ahead of training this morning. Stig Nordkil caught up with the club’s Manager, Gary Naysmith, earlier this morning. Listen here:
Listen again to the special New Year Sunday at Seven on 7th January 2018, with Mark Hutton, featuring special guest, Rev Alistair Purss. Alistair is Senior Pastor of Dumfries Baptist Church, and tells the story of his own life and calling, followed by the history of Dumfries Baptist Church through the decades, leading up to their £4.9m new building nearing completion on Gillbrae Road, Georgetown.
Interspersed with music chosen by Alistair, Mark and listeners, these two hour long sessions are well worth listening to!
Here’s a chance to listen again to Mark Smith’s special feature with Samaritan’s volunteer, Frank Ritchie, who lost his son to suicide in 2015. This moving interview, interspersed with music poignant to the story, tells of Frank’s experiences before and after the tragedy, as well as how he’s been coping since.
First broadcast on Boxing Day 2017.
Frank has been in the media spotlight over the festive period, highlighting the services offered by the Samaritans, which are valuably utilised at this time of year.
Samaritans is launching a national campaign with British Transport Police, Network Rail and the wider rail industry to give travellers the confidence to trust their instincts and act if they notice someone who may be at risk of suicide in or around a station.
By highlighting that suicidal thoughts can be temporary and interrupted with something as simple as a question, the campaign aims to give the public the tools to spot a potentially vulnerable person, start a conversation with them, and let them know support is available, including contacting Samaritans.
Small Talk Saves Lives has been developed after research showed passengers have a key role to play in suicide prevention. * Further research showed the majority are willing to act, but many wanted reassurance they wouldn’t “make things worse”.
The campaign draws on insights from successful interventions made by rail staff who’ve been trained by Samaritans in suicide prevention. For each life lost, six are saved and the hope is to get more people involved.
Local volunteer, Frank Ritchie, is leading the campaign across our region. He lost his own son to suicide in Lockerbie, so for him, it’s a way of bringing a positive legacy from his own loss.
Mark Smith chatted to Frank on Platform 1 at Dumfries Railway Station:
Listen again to Mark Smith’s Wednesday Drivetime ‘Alive at Five’ feature, which in ‘Challenge Poverty’ week, looks at issues of local poverty. We visit the Tackling Poverty Conference in the Easterbrook Hall and Nadim Cameron from Dumfries Community Shop joins Mark live in the studio.
We have contributions from Cllr. Elaine Murray (Leader of D&G Council), Cllr. Rob Davidson (deputy leader), Gavin Stevenson (Chief Exec D&G Council), Cllr. Andy Ferguson, John McCormick – Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Angela Roberts from Alcohol & Drugs Service, SW Scotland.
Queen of the South FC opened the Palmerston gates this morning for an open training session. With the schools on holiday, lots of kids and parents turned up to meet the squad and receive some football tips!
Our own intrepid sports reporter, Stig Nordkil was there too and recorded a couple of rather blustery interviews, courtesy of Ophelia! Apologies for the poor sound quality in the wind.
Looking back to last Saturday’s extra time win against Montrose for the Irn Bru Cup round 3 at Links Park, and this Saturday’s league clash with Dunfermline at Palmerston, Stig Nordkil caught up with Queen of the South Manager, Gary Naysmith, earlier this morning. Listen here:
Listen again to Mark Smith’s Wednesday Drivetime ‘Alive at Five’ feature, which this week revisits the issue of local rural schools threatened with closure. Live in the studio was Alison Lindsay from Kirkbean Primary School Parent Council and John Magill representing parents at Ae Village Primary School and a recorded contribution from Jo Wallace Chair of Garlieston Primary School Parents’ Council.
This was a follow up discussion, with statements from D&G Council and Colin Smyth MSP, following the decision the Council to ‘pause’ the consultation process over the proposed closure of the three schools.
Looking forward to this Saturday’s away match with Inverness Caledonian Thistle, our local football club, Queen of the South’s Manager Gary Naysmith, chatted to Stig Nordkil earlier this morning. Listen here: