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This is the Red Kite Radio blog, a diary of our achievements and events we've been involved in.
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BBC Radio Oxford has been working with community radio stations in and around Oxfordshire recently and Red Kite Radio have been involved. On Wednesday 15th, Howard Bond, interviewed Jacki Hunt from Turn End Gardens in Haddenham. The show is called South Oxfordshire Takeover.

You can hear the show again via the BBC Radio Oxford website 

Red Kite Radio's interview with Ben from the grou "Shires" will be in a future edition.

A grateful Donation

By August 14, 2018

During the very hot weather we experienced recently, our volunteers were experiencing some very sweaty times in the studio. It was made worse by the fact we could not open all the windows due to external noise, which would have disturbed their shows.

Thankfully, a very recent donation was made in the form of a small air conditioning unit. Once installed, the presenters could relax in the cooler studio and present shows without extraneous noise interruptions. 

We're very grateful to Steve Fox, whose company provided the air conditioner.

Our First Year

By June 08, 2018


Yes, on Sunday 18th June 2017, Red Kite Radio began broadcasting officially for the first time. We have been on air for ONE YEAR today. Join us with celebrations and competitions. 

Here are some stories about why we volunteers love working in radio and some pics from those early days.

Pete Simester

Having spent over ten years broadcasting to Bucks and Oxon on both Mix 96 and Fox FM, I jumped at the chance to become part of the group that bid for a community radio licence for Thame, Haddenham and the surrounding villages. We won a five year licence from Ofcom and now we are celebrating Red Kite Radio’s first birthday. Congratulations to our very dedicated team and thanks to our advertisers, supporters and most importantly our Red Kite Radio listeners.

Howard Bond

As a resident of Thame for some 25 years now, I was delighted to hear that the town was to get its own dedicated radio station broadcasting on high quality FM stereo.
I wanted to get involved with Red Kite Radio as a way of giving something back to the community where I live. There is so much happening in Thame and so much worth shouting about

Chas Large

As a Teenager I dreamed of being a Radio DJ but never got further than dreaming until I heard about Red Kite Radio just after its launch in 2017. Living in Chinnor my wife and I visit the garden centre often. We called in one day and I happened to notice the mast in the corner. Leaving the wife to look for - yet more - plants for the garden, I wandered over to have a looksee, went into the cabin, met Simon, the DJ - sorry Presenter, DJ is so old hat - at the time, introduced myself and asked if I could help with the IT, as that's what I had done before I retired. Some time later I was invited to meet other members of the team, received emails about what I could do and within weeks was producing the Takeover Show and dealing with the equipment. I realised my dream had finally come true. I've produced and presented many shows this past year and love doing everything I can.

Steve Fox

I had always wanted to return to radio presenting having done my bit in the late 70’s up in Manchester when life was still free and I had some hair. 

I love being involved with Red Kite Radio, there is a real adrenalin rush 15 minutes before a live show starts, so much different than using VT. And that rush stays there until I leave at the end of the show, often kicking myself for the stupid mistakes I’d made. But that’s life and you don’t improve until you recognise that. I do love meeting people. I love the interaction and although you never know who is tuned in at a particular time I know my listener and it’s to her that I talk each week. I know what she looks like and what she’s doing whilst listening to the show. It’s time to give back. I know that’s very glib. But it’s true. I’ve had a pretty successful life and been lucky enough to get breaks most of the time. For me to give four or so hours a week back to the community I live in is no hardship. And I really do enjoy it



7TH JULY 2018 - 12NOON TO 8PM

This year there will be an even greater selection of ales, lagers, ciders and other surprises! Along with the normal great selection of artisan food and local music. Quite frankly a day out not to be missed.

Just a few days to go now and everything is looking good

There’ll be no problems with CO2 supplies -all sorted!
And if England beat Colombia, our quarter final game on Saturday can be seen on the big screen at the event

There’ll be 130 cask ales covering amber and pale through to porters, stouts and milds and they’ll range in strength from 1.5% to 6.8%. 70 of the 130 ales will be from local brewers with the rest coming from as far afield as Somerset, Lancashire, Norfolk and even Scotland

They’ll have 40 ciders many of them local from places like Long Crendon and Chalgrove and they range in strength from 4% to 7.2%

Craft beers, lagers, gins, Pimms and wine will also be available."

Join in the fun with family and friends – there is plenty for kids to do and if you don’t live in Haddenham – no problem just jump on the 280 from either Oxford or Aylesbury – the bus stop is right by the festival or catch the Chiltern Line and get off at Haddenham and Thame Parkway and we are just a short walk away.

The beer festival and all entertainment is sited in the grounds of Haddenham Community Junior School, Woodways, Haddenham HP17 8DS and is open from 12noon through until 8pm, although last entry is at 6pm.

Click here for more information and to book tickets.

Tickets can also be obtained from the following outlets:
Rising Sun Haddenham
Rose and Thistle Haddenham
Haddenham Sports & Social Club
Egg House Butchery Haddenham
Tickety Boo Haddenham
Haddenham Garden Centre
Hewitts Barbers Haddenham
Seven Stars Dinton
Hop Pole, Aylesbury
Cross Keys Thame
Thame Town Hall
Kings Head Haddenham
Blooming Fruity Haddenham

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  • We are the community radio station for Thame, Haddenham and the surrounding villages...

    Based in the grounds of Haddenham Garden Centre, we've been on air since June 2017. A not-for-profit organisation, our remit is to serve the community with Classic Hits from the 60’s to today, News and Information. We are funded by Advertising, Sponsorship and Grants from supporting organisations.


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Red Kite Radio. c/o Haddenham Garden Centre, 121 Stanbridge Road, Haddenham,
01844 299107
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