Broad Street Wrington
Wrington does Radio

Talented local writers and thespians volunteered their skills during March and April for a new and innovative radio project.

B200 Fm was conjuring up the world of the early nineteenth century, for a short, (‘restricted service licence’), radio broadcast.
Those who tuned in during two weeks, end of March - beginning of April, found out why it was Brunel's favourite radio station.

A small group of Wrington Writers met regularly in Wrington's Reading Room from early February.
They wrote some inspired, dramatised, historical pieces, especially for the radio broadcast, which really brought the era to life.

In true 'breaking news' style, they had reporters on the spot witnessing and commentating on events as they happened – whether dodging the bullets at the Bristol Riots in 1831, or chatting with Brunel as his G.W.R railway from Bristol to London opens in 1841.

Writers Drama Broadcast Dates

Fiona Roberts & Jenny Grene
Fashion Advice
March 27, 28. April 4, 5, 6, 8, 9

Richard & Rachel Parkes
‘Beethoven’    ‘Three Divas’   ‘Jenny Lind’
March 28            
April 1           April 8

Peter Ellis
‘Working Children’     ‘William Webb Ellis and Rugby’
        April 3                                 
April 8

Mark Bullen
‘Bristol Riots’
April 1

Echo Irving
‘Hannah More
April 2

Fred Cowgill
‘Tolpuddle Martyrs’
April 3

Tony Watts
‘GWR Opening London – Bristol’
April 5

Simon Medd
‘Grand Crimea Central Railway’
April 9

Beth Trimmer
‘Clifton Suspension Bridge –       1,           2         & 3’
                                             March 30,   31      April 3

‘Cholera & Bristol General Hospital’               ‘Petition for GWR’
April 1                                                April 3

GWR Bristol to Bath Opening’            ‘E. Blackwell - First woman Doctor’
April 5                                             April 8

‘Great Exhibition Procession and Opening’
April 8
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Many thanks to all the local volunteers from Beth Trimmer and everyone at B200Fm whos helped make this project such a success. Over twenty volunteers joined in our recording session on Saturday 11th March giving many memorable performances. About fifty people living in or near Wrington were involved in some way.


Echo Irving as B200 Fm’s ‘Theatrical Correspondent’ every day between 4pm and 5pm.

Richard and Rachel Parkes 19th Century music programme from Tuesday 4th – Friday 7th April between 1pm and 2pm.

Richard Kingcott live on Saturday 8th April from 3pm – 4pm

The two week radio station ran from: Monday 27th March until Sunday 9th April

You could hear it in the Bristol area on 87.7Fm (weather conditions and restrictions permitting) or on the internet at