The World Of Wonder with Noah Dann: WOW002

Episode 2 of World of Wonder, fronted by Sound Vault’s youngest presenter, 11 year old Noah Dann is here in time for Christmas.

Noah at the Sound Vault studio.

In the first half of the podcast, he explores whether flying cars will ever become a reality.  Check out some examples on Noah’s special Pinterest board on the topic.

The Dann family gingerbread house, which Noah has helped make this Christmas.

In the second half, he explores the topic of Christmas, and asks what people most like about the festive season, including the background behind the NORAD Santa Tracker website.

Noah and his Christmas jumper – which is the topic of his challenge for this show.

Noah invites listeners to guess  when Christmas Jumpers first came into fashion.  The closest guess will get a mention on the next edition of the podcast.  Leave your guesses in the “Comments” section on the website – or, you can email, along with any comments, ideas or feedback on the show to Noah at

Sound effects credits:

“Flying car sound (Interesting Tech 5)” c/o ‘spoonsandlessspoons‘ using CC BY 3.0 via

“Car horns” c/o ‘2hear‘ using CC BY-NC 3.0 via

“Deck The Halls Christmas jingle played with bells” c/o ‘Ihaksi‘ using CC0 1.0 via but speeded up especially for this time of year!

With thanks.

Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner: Episode 011

Episode 11 of Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner – Sound Vault’s specialist soul, jazz and funk show.  This is the last edition of the show before 2018.

Look out for tracks from Hudson People, the Ivan Chandler Quartet, Miles Davis, Roy Ayers, Dexter Wansel and Ingram.

Over the festive period, Mark will be posting special playlists to provide the ideal party soundtrack for both your Christmas Eve, and your New Year’s Eve festivities – so keep your eyes, and ears peeled!

Sound effects credit:

Tale Waves with Gilly Stewart: TALE 011

Episode 11 of Tale Waves – the storytelling podcast for younger children – is a story called ‘Snow Robin‘, as we all start to get ready for Christmas.

With thanks to Bowleys Fine Shoes, Farnham for use of their window display!

It is told by one of Father Christmas’ elves, Twinkle Toes – and as ever, is all the creation of Farnham storyteller, Gilly Stewart.

Music credit: “Joy To The World” (For 2 Trumpets and 2 Trombones), performed by Michel Rondeau; CC BY 3.0 via

Music credit: “Deck the Halls” (brass arrangement), performed by Michel Rondeau; CC BY 3.0 via

Sound effects credits: all other sound effects via with thanks.

Christmas Carol Crawl: Voices 001

Episode 1 of ‘Sound Vault: Voices‘ captures the Councillors’ Charity Carol Crawl 2017 around the seven pubs of the civic parish of Yateley, in the NE corner of Hampshire, raising money for the Yateley Town Mayor’s Charity for 2017-18, community transport service YelaBus.

The podcast follows the Mayor (Tony Spencer), the Town Clerk (Jane Biscombe), members of the Yateley Choral Society, and town councillors who joined them en-route as they sung carols, and delivered recitations at each of the pubs.  To provide added interest, the podcast provides a brief snapshot of the history of each of the pubs.

The first stop was The Anchor, on Vigo Lane in Yateley, where “I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In” and “Deck The Halls” were sung, and the Mayor read “Santa’s Sack”.

The second stop was The Ely, on the A30 London Road, where “The Holly and The Ivy” and “Away In A Manger” were sung, and the Mayor read “A Donkey’s Christmas”.

The third stop was The Bell, on Frogmore Green, where “Ding Dong Merrily On High” and “Silent Night, Holy Night” were sung, and the Mayor read “Little Lost Fairy”.

The fourth stop was The Cricketers, on Cricket Hill Green, where “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night” and “The First Noel” were sung, and the Mayor read “Sleepy Little Shepherd Boy”.

The fifth stop was the Royal Oak, on Reading Road, where “We Three Kings of Orient Are” and “Once In Royal David’s City” were sung, and the Mayor read “The Christmas Tree”.

The sixth and penultimate stop was the White Lion, at the junction of Reading Road and Village Way, where “Good King Wenceslas” and “God Rest You Merry Gentlemen” were sung, and the Mayor read “Quality Street”.

The seventh and final stop was the Dog and Partridge on Church End Green, where “O Come All Ye Faithful”, “O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree”, “Silent Night” and a special version of “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night” were sung, and the Mayor read “When Vicar Put on’t Live Nativity”.

On the night, £338 was raised for YelaBus, and if this podcast has helped provide some festive cheer, please consider donating to YelaBus, via Yateley Town Council’s offices, next to The Tythings on Yateley Green.

Fundraising for such community transport provision has become vital following Hampshire County Council’s recent vote to cut £140 million from it’s annual budget – which will effectively mean no further support for such schemes for the elderly and less able.

Special thanks to the Yateley Society Local History Wiki site, and the research of PJ Tipton, Richard Johnston, and Elizabeth Tipton of the Yateley Society for signposting the history of Yateley’s pubs.

Thanks too for additional background to Greg Bramwell on the history of the White Lion, in ‘Myths and Legends’ in the October 2016 edition of ‘Around Yateley’ magazine.

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Tale Waves with Gily Stewart: TALE010

Episode 10 of Tale Waves – the storytelling podcast for young children – is a tale called “The Amazing Watchamacalit

It is a story told by a fairy called Frinkle, about a day spent in The Flickering Forest with some of her woodland friends, which changed their lives, and helped them to become kinder and more thoughtful creatures.

It’s Watchamacalit – but what is it?

The forest is full of mystery and wonder, so try to imagine this, as you listen to the tale told by Frinkle, aka Farnham storyteller Gilly Stewart.

Music credit: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F. Major (Pastoral Symphony), Op.68 – I Allegro non troppo, performed by the Skidmore College Orchestra. Available under Creative Commons. Public Domian Mark 1.0. Via

Sound effects credit: All other sounds via with thanks.


Let Me Take You There: LMTYT002 (Paul Simpson)

Episode 2 of ‘Let Me Take You There‘ features the founder of Sound Vault, Paul Simpson.  To illustrate the kind of choices we are looking for (tracks which conjure up a place in your life, or an emotional state of mind they take you to) – and because he probably likes the sound of his own voice (!), Paul has chosen twenty tracks, rather than the usual six.

Paul has had a thirty year career in public relations, ‘yo-yo-ing’ between politics and music entertainment, before spending ten years as a university lecturer.  This included five years at BBC Radio 1, where he became head of PR, and as a freelance consultant, he looked after PR for Kiss FM, music recognition app Shazam, and broadcaster Nicky Campbell.  He has since had to retire early due to a neurological condition called Chiari and resulting nerve damage.

The music choices are not a playlist of his favourite artists – but of music which evokes places, and emotional states of minds along the way in his life.

For example, although it isn’t of that era, “It’s Possible (Impossible Remix)” by the Shout Out Louds reminds him vividly of time spent on the South Downs at university in Sussex, in the late 1980s/early 1990s.

University friends on the Downs at Ditchling.
At university, in the Downs at Falmer, Sussex.

A track called “Typical” by Frazier Chorus pinpoints a precise moment in time in 1989 from when he first got involved in student politics, at the same time as Tim Farron.  He heard it on the radio, at the junction of the M25 and and M1 , played by Emma Freud on GLR.  She was among those who inspired him to want to work in public service broadcasting, eventually for her then boss, eventual Radio 1 Controller, Matthew Bannister; Farron inspired him to get more active in politics, eventually working at the House of Commons, and later in the Civil Service.

Tim Farron (left), Simpson (right) when Paul’s student flat was used as the digs for the young Lib Dems at their Brighton 1989 conference.
Paddy Ashdown chairs a conference fringe meeting with Sara Bedford (then chair of the Young Lib Dems) and Paul Simpson (chair of the Student Lib Dems) before the organisations soon merged.

Paul later spent 18 months or so living on the wild sand dunes of Winterton-on-Sea on the North Norfolk coast, just south of Cromer, and one of the tracks that helps captures the time spent up there with his then dog ‘Sparky’ is ‘Iceblink Luck‘ by the Cocteau Twins.

The dunes at Winterton-on-Sea.

And one of the strongest evocations is for a place called Pagham Harbour, in West Sussex, which has held an extremely significant place in Paul’s heart for many years, because of the spiritual calm it brings him.  For this, he has chosen ‘Wandering Angus‘, by Jolie Holland.

Pagham Harbour, West Sussex.
Paul getting spiritual at Pagham.

And finally, when you hear the Eurythmics track ‘Heaven‘, you’ll understand why it evokes the place in time on the way home at Smashing, which as a club held in a basement called Eve’s on Regent Street, central London, once frequented by Christine Keeler (RIP) in the Sixties.  This photo captures vividly the aftermath of those nights in the early/mid 90s, in his flat off the Old Kent Road.  Look carefully, and you’ll also see a football he won on a competition Kevin Greening was running on his BBC Radio 1 show – in the time before got a sniff at working for the station.

The morning after.

Hear all of Paul choices, and reasons by clicking on the Mixcloud player.  In full, these are:-

Eurythmics: ‘Heaven’; see above;

Malcom McLaren: ‘Double Dutch’; reminds him of life growing up in Yateley, spending most of the time playing in the street;

Julia Jacklin: ‘Don’t Let The Kids Win’; reminds him of today, back on the Surrey/Hampshire border which generations of his family have called ‘home’, having moved back to the area after having had to retire early;

Shout Out Louds: ‘It’s Possible (Impossible Remix)’; reminds him of late summer evenings on the South Downs, as a student;

Minnie Ripperton: ‘Les Fleurs’; reminds him of time lecturing in lecture halls at the Elephant and Castle, Greenwich and Kingston in particular, because of the singer’s link to the concept of reputation;

Frazier Chorus: ‘Typical’; see above;

Frankie Goes To Hollywood: ‘Two Tribes’; reminds him of cycling over to Fleet, to queue to buy this as his first 12 inch;

Deacon Blue: ‘Riches’; reminds him of Waterloo train station;

Elbow: ‘The Bones of You’; reminds him of Oaxaca, Mexico;

Matt Monro: ‘We’re Gonna Change Your World’; reminds him of having his heart smashed at the 2010 General Election, and changed his politics for good;

Pop Will Eat Itself: ‘Touched By The Hand of Ciccolina’; reminds him of The Crypt, which was a club at the University of Sussex;

Cocteau Twins: ‘Iceblink Luck’; see above;

Natalie Imbruglia: ‘Torn’; reminds him of Pimlico;

Cashier Number 9: ‘Lost At Sea’; reminds him of Telegraph Hill, in South East London;

Nina Simone: ‘Sign O’ the Times’; is a spiritual significance – how it makes him feel;

Jolie Holland: ‘Wandering Angus’; see above;

Damon Albarn: ‘Mr Tembo’; reminds him of any open, common, free, public space like the South Bank, Telegraph Hill, or Farnham Maltings – vitally important in an ever privatised world;

Kiki Dee: ‘Amoureuse’; reminds him of the Old Radio 1 HQ on Great Portland Street – Yalding House;

Candida: ‘Jingo’; reminds him of school discos back in the 1980s at Yateley School, in Hampshire.

Listen for the full explanation of the significance of each track, and if after listening, you are interested in coming on and doing the same, pull together six tracks and the places they take you to, and email Darren Mooney c/o and we’ll be in touch.


Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner: Episode 009

Episode 9 of Mixed Bag – the show where vinyl enthusiast Mark Sumner takes a rummage through his soul, jazz, funk, disco and fusion collection to serve up a new selection each week.

Tracks this week from the likes of Crown Heights Affair, Kathryn Moses, Brass Construction and Clare Fischer, not to mention Airto Moreira, Raices, and Michel Legrand.  Enjoy!

Tale Waves with Gilly Stewart: TALE 009

Episode 9 of Tale Waves – the storytelling podcast for young children – is a tale called ‘Starbright‘.

Regular host ‘Hetty Talewaves‘ introduces guest reader ‘Lucy Rockett‘ who tells the story of Starbright – the brightest star who has ever been – who learns that beauty isn’t everything.

We whizz across the Universe, meeting stars, spotting constellations, and all with the help of a comet called Bernard.

All of the stories on Tale Waves are fictional creations by Farnham based storyteller, Gilly Stewart.

Music Credit: The Planets, Op.32, Gustav Holst, (I. Mars, the Bringer of War) and (IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jolity). Both by Skidmore College Orchestra, under Creative Commons Licence Public Domain Mark 1.0, via

Sound Effects Credit: All other sound effects via

Let Me Take You There: LMTYT001 (Mayor of Yateley)

Let Me Take You There is a new music show on Sound Vault where a different guest each week picks and plays a selection of music based on a physical location or place it conjures up in their life, or an emotional state of mind in takes them to.

Tony Spencer in Sound Vault’s studio.

The guest in our first episode is the Mayor of Yateley, Cllr. Tony Spencer, who has been a big supporter of Sound Vault, and of the concept of community-driven radio.

His choices take us on a fascinating journey across the decades, with tracks from Donovan, The Nice (featuring Keith Emerson), Fairport Convention (featuring Sandy Denny), the Beach Boys, Harry Nilsson, and Leadbelly.

Would you like to share your choice of tracks, and the places they take you to?  Email producer Darren Mooney via

The Particular: David Lister’s story – PART007

Episode 7 of ‘The Particular‘ features the story of Dr. David Lister.

Dr. Lister will be well known to many people locally in Yateley, having been a GP in the town for 25 years, but has now been retired for 14 years.

He takes the opportunity to share experiences which span at least three continents, having previously spent time after university in southern Africa (where he once had breakfast with a young Robert Mugabe!); having been a medical missionary in India; and worked as surgeon in Sweden and Denmark, before returning to the UK to become a GP in the 1980s.

An over-riding thread to emerge from Dr. Lister’s reflections are his concern for everyone to be able recognise what love really is, and to be able to find it!

“When you are in love, things get transformed. And this is one of the main guiding lights of my life, that you have to be in love, and you can sort of cultivate this way of looking at life…..” he enthuses. “If you are in love, everything can be lovely.”

Always religious, he reflects on how many of his actions earlier in his life were often based on a sense of what he ‘ought’ to do, rather than through conviction – and looking back on over 70 years of life experience, he takes in time as a young child at boarding school; a student at Cambridge University; a young man helping out at a boys club in Bermondsey, South London (by about 1957); time spent at a mission station in Harare in what is now Zimbabwe after having worked in a goldmine outside Johannesburg as what he called a ‘medical dogsbody’; and a life-changing, short romantic interlude in Paris, which didn’t quite end as he’d hoped, but left it’s mark on him to this very day.

Next stop was work in India, after pondering what to do next, when the experience in Paris knocked him for six.

“I was still thinking missionary work, and I met an Indian chap who said he could get me a job in India in return for accompanying him to drive a jeep.  You had these jeeps [Austin Champs] they had Rolls Royce engines and military bodies. The engines were so good that the bodies fell apart before the engine did. They were very reliable.”

It worked, because he ended up working at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, in India.  As well as sharing the particular aspects of life here, Dr. Lister also shares vivid insights of life as a missionary doctor in the Eastern Ghats area of India too.

After meeting his wife, he went on to work as a surgeon in Denmark, where she was from.   After four years, the couple returned to India to complete a hospital project.

After a stint in Sweden, and his return to the UK, David Lister shares how he was lucky enough to eventually be able to start his own practice in Yateley in the early 1980s, where the local Family Practitioner Committee deemed that the mushrooming population merited a new practice.  From humble premises, upstairs in Heath Cottage on the Reading Road (in what what was then a dental practice run by George Hilder), the practice grew, before expanding into what has now become the Monteagle Surgery, next to Waitrose.

David’s story paints a vivid picture, full of particular insights of life as missionary doctor, and reflections on the meaning of a life.  Thank you to him for taking the time to share his story with us!

David is now a member of the committee organising the festival to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Kingsley, which will be in June 2019.  From 1844, Kingsley was rector of Eversley, in Hampshire, and was buried in St Mary’s Churchyard when he died in 1875.

Credit: Thank you to The Kingsley at Eversley for allowing us to conduct this recording within their hotel, which is based at the house originally built for Charles Kinglsey’s daughter rose.

Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner: Episode 008

Episode 8 of Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner is a ‘Japanese Jazz‘ special.

Ryo Kawasaki (top left); United Future Organization (top right); Terumasa Hino (bottom right), and Hiroshi Fukumura.

Mark’s trip through some of the rarer reaches of his soul/jazz/funk vinyl collection this week elicits tracks from the likes of Hiroshi Fukumura; the AB’s; Pacific Jam; Terumasa Hino; Ryo Kawasaki, and United Future Organization.

Tale Waves with Gilly Stewart: TALE 008

Episode 8 of Tale Waves – the storytelling podcast for children – is a tale called “Shiver Me Timbers“.

Pirate Revolting Ruth aka Gilly Stewart.

The tale sees a motley crew of pirate characters set sail on the high seas, searching for treasure.  In the end, we learn that goodness and honesty rises above wickedness and greed.  It also tells of love and friendship, which in the end, is worth fighting, and hoping for.

Credit: Music – “College Hornpipe” – by Kildwyke (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Credit: Music – “A Sea Shanty” by Chad Andersong, [CC BY 3.0 (] via

Credit: All other sound effects via

With thanks!


Adequate Hearing: Chapter 008

We arrive at Chapter 8 of “An Audio Listener’s Guide to Adequate Hearing” – the audio instructional manual for your ears.

We leave you with ways to improve the quality and etiquette of hearing. What to, and what not to listen to, how to appreciate overlooked types of hearing and how you can get the most out of your new ears.

Featuring music from Mogwai, Diplo and Com Truise, voice track from Paul Enright-King, and all loving constructed by Tom Garrett.

Tale Waves with Gilly Stewart: TALE 007

Episode 7 of Tale Waves is The Bird of Fire – a story of friendship, respect, fantasy, and finally the ultimate love between two young people.

Bird of Fire, aka Gilly Stewart.

The story, already a firm favourite among children who have heard the story at Farnham Library, is set in China, and is told by Princess Lin-Tang.

Credit:  Sound effects thanks to

Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner: Episode 006

Episode 6 of Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner is a pop-tinged special edition of his rummage through his soul-jazz-fusion vinyl collection.

The show features rare treats from the likes of The Carpenters, Liza Minnelli, Andy Williams, Shirley Bassey – and Peters & Lee (!!!).  Enjoy!

Tale Waves with Gilly Stewart: TALE006

Episode 6 of Tale Waves – the children’s storytelling podcast – is the story of “The Amazing Journey of Axel Greese, Hammerix, and Guron The Sea Creature” – as told by Odin, the great mythical god.

Gilly Stewart aka Odin.

All of our Tale Waves stories are complete works of fiction – original pieces from inside the creative mind of Gilly Stewart, pictured here dressed as Odin!


Opening music: Der fliegende Hollander, WWV 63 – Overture (The Flying Dutchman) by Richard Wagner.  University of Chicago Orchestra.  Via Licence:

Second piece: 25 Norwegian Folk Songs and Dances, Op. 17 – 1. Spring Dance – Spring Laat (For Recorder Ensemble – Papalin) Via Licence:

Other sound effects via

All used with thanks.

The Particular: Our story – Episode 006

Episode 6 of The Particular is an opportunity for us to explain a little of our story – what we are trying to achieve with the podcast, and to put a call out for listeners to get in touch if they know anyone, whether a member of their family, a friend, or neighbour (or themselves!), who might be interested in sharing their story.

A collage featuring our first five guests: Wendy (left); John (top centre); Blanche (centre); Brendan (top right) and Ruby (bottom right).

Producer Paul Simpson explains a little of what gave him the original idea behind the show, starting with listening to the stories of friends and families underneath his Nan’s kitchen table when he was a child.  He goes on to give credit to the book, ‘England in Particular‘ for its celebration of ‘the commonplace, the local, the vernacular and the distinctive’ – the little things which go towards giving our culture and lives meaning, but have increasingly disappeared as our towns and villages become homogenised.

By capturing the testimony of people of people who lived through many of society’s changes in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, and on to the present day in their own voices, The Particular podcast hopes to provide more of a ringside seat for them for a wider audience.

The podcast is particularly looking for a) people talking about the little things – how life has changed, but which they may have taken for granted; and b) bigger, more head turning stories which might fascinate a wider audience, but which have gone unshared.  We take a re-cap over the first five episodes, looking at elements of the stories Wendy, Blanche, Ruby, John and Brendan have shared with us.

If you know someone who might be interested in sharing their story with is, we would love to listen to them.  Whether it’s yourself – or whether it’s a member of your family, a friend, or a neighbour, why not have a word, and if they are interested, contact Paul via .

All previous episodes of The Particular podcast can be found by clicking here.

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