It’s only three months since we officially launched with such fanfare – a packed out event at The Belfry and coverage in the local and regional media.
The progress since then has been outstanding, far exceeding expectations.
Poppyland Community Radio Station is run by volunteers, you the presenters, are Poppyland Radio. You communicate with our audience, you inform them, entertain them and reassure them that Poppyland is a good place to live.
We are a Community Interest Company, which by law requires directors to be responsible for various governance and financial matters. The directors see our role as a very ‘light touch’ which will allow our volunteers to succeed in achieving our mission.
At a recent ‘planning ahead’ meeting, the directors agreed our mission statement:
To provide a community radio station to promote community inclusion and inform our community with up-to-date information on local events and activities. To also provide opportunities for people to develop their skills in radio.
At that meeting we set targets and priorities to enable us to deliver our mission by the end of Financial Year 2023. To achieve these will require funding from various funding organisations, over and above the start up funding so generously provided by POET.
However, we also require some income to cover short term cash-flow issues. Hopefully this can be achieved by advertising sales, sponsorship, fund-raising events and individual donations.
Our first party – Jubilation was a great success and we raised over £500 which is a great help to our short-term cash-flow issues as well as helping us with our next venture 'Outside Broadcasting'.
So, the start of our journey has been far more successful than we could have hoped. The road ahead is well mapped. We have spotted some of the obstacles and are addressing them. Others will no doubt take us by surprise. But the destination – a community radio station valued by the residents and visitors to this lovely, diverse, interesting and challenging part of North Norfolk, with a wide range of good quality and much admired programming presented by you, our volunteers – is one that can be reached with hard work and commitment.