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A team of volunteers and youngsters, who are learning skills in construction, have been busy renovating a building in Haddenham in preparation for the launch of Red Kite Radio.

Thanks to recent grants awards from the AVDC Community Chest and Rothschild Foundation, the building at the Haddenham Garden Centre will soon come to life. It will be home to a full broadcast studio, audio playout system and radio training facility.

Work on the existing building was carried out by Toolshed, a Bucks based social enterprise that gives young people the personal and practical skills to build a career in the construction industry. They do this through an education programme which combines the teaching of carpentry, plumbing, painting and decorating, alongside life skills. The 16-24 year olds work at a variety of locations across the area through Toolshed’s handy person service.

Red Kite Radio volunteers are currently working on wiring the building and preparing the equipment for installation at the new studio hub.

Once live, the studio will be an open facility where you can pop-in, meet the team, take part in programmes and play a big part in your new radio station - Red Kite Radio.

Check back soon for more pictures:

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Red Kite Radio, the new radio station for Thame, Haddenham and the surrounding villages has been given a boost after being awarded two grants. The cash from the Haddenham Beer Festivals Trust and The Rothschild Foundation based at Waddesdon Manor means the station is now even closer to hitting the airwaves in late Spring 2017.

The Haddenham Beer Festivals Trust operates two beers festivals in Haddenham and so far has raised over £220,000 for good causes in our community.

Chaired by Lord Rothschild himself, the Rothschild Foundation supports Waddesdon Manor and gives grants to a variety of charitable initiatives including local good causes situated close to the 19th century property.

Welcoming the awards, Chairman of Red Kite Radio, Mark Chapple said: “We’re over the moon with this grant funding which puts us in a stronger position as we move closer to our launch in Spring 2017. We’ve been lucky enough to receive funding from the Haddenham Beer Festivals Trust and the Rothschild Foundation to the tune of nearly £7000. Much of this money will be used on essential transmission equipment and work to build and renovate our studio at the Haddenham Garden Centre.”

The radio station needs to raise a further £3000. to get on the air in 2017.

“As a not-for-profit radio station licensed by Ofcom, we will be completely funded through grants, donations and the sale of advertising and sponsorship to local businesses and traders. Very soon we’ll be in a position to release a number of founder sponsorship packages at a heavily discounted rate to local businesses. The money raised will help us plug the gap and fund essential fees like music copyright (PRS & PPL). We’re asking local businesses to register now on our new website Local people who’d like to donate money or office equipment can also get in touch via the website.

Red Kite Radio, based at the Haddenham Garden Centre, will provide hyper-local programming for Thame, Haddenham and the surrounding villages on 107.2fm. Staffed by only 1-2 people and volunteers, it will follow the successful Summerfest Radio broadcasts in support of the Haddenham Beer Festival - Summerfest.

 Summerfest Logo

Ofcom, the Government regulator has now allocated an FM frequency to Red Kite Radio. 107.2FM will be the new home of the first dedicated radio station for Haddenham, Thame and the surrounding villages. Mark Chapple, said at the time, “We’re over the moon with this allocation. This is at the top of the dial which makes us easy to find and because it’s away from larger broadcasters it means we’ll have a nice clear sound with no interference.”

Red Kite Radio was awarded a full-time community radio licence by Ofcom earlier this year. The station came about thanks to the Summerfest Radio broadcasts in support of and funded by the Haddenham Beer Festivals Trust. “We’ve still got lots of work ahead of us before our launch in the Spring, including moving into our permanent home at the Haddenham Garden Centre, building the studio, installing the transmission kit and of course building a music library, albeit a digital one.” “We’ll be adding more information to our growing website in the coming weeks and some sneaky pics of our set up as it comes together over the next six months.”

Red Kite Radio is a not for profit organisation and run for the benefit of the community. It will be funded through grants and the selling of advertising packages to local business of all sizes. Cost effective packages will open up the prospect of radio advertising to small traders, trades men & women and larger businesses alike. Companies and organisations will be able to benefit from radio advertising at a low price and in return know they’re supporting this great new community initiative. To find out more contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The team behind a series of short term radio broadcasts to support and promote Haddenham’s summer beer festivals, has been awarded a full time radio licence by the government regulator Ofcom.
Red Kite Radio, based at the Haddenham Garden Centre, won the five-year licence after convincing the body that this area deserves and can sustain a full time version of its successful Summerfest Radio broadcasts.

Covering Haddenham, Thame and all of the surrounding villages, the team of volunteers, with professional backgrounds in national and local radio, have operated four highly successful short term broadcasts supporting and promoting the Haddenham summer beer festivals (Summerfest).

Summerfest Radio began life after a conversation in a pub and has grown ever since, heavily supporting the beer festival, which has also grown significantly during the four summers it has been on the air.

Pete MacFarlane, said: “We are all delighted to be awarded this licence by Ofcom. The regulator can clearly see the huge amount of support from charities, groups and residents of both Haddenham and Thame for what we do. We’d like to thank the people and organisations who took the time to write and support our application and those who participated in our application research.”

Red Kite Radio will continue to support the Haddenham Beer Festivals Trust, promoting not just one but both its annual fundraisers; “Being on air 365 days a year means we will now be able to promote the Winterfest event and cover the various beneficiaries and the subsequent grant awards by the trust throughout the year,” added Pete MacFarlane. On air 24 hours a day, the station will cover and promote local news and issues, charities, schools, sports clubs, churches, community groups and offer radio skills training courses to people in the area.

The Red Kite Radio team are hoping to launch in Spring 2017

 Howard Bond

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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,
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