Our nice farm is now the home of Radio Faversham!
Martin our founder has had an interest in radio ever since he was in short trousers, when he dreamed of running away to sea to get onto one of those so-called “pirate” radio stations. Sadly, they had been mostly closed down by the time he was old enough to do so, but his radio interests have never entirely left him.
Much more recently, he made a couple of guest appearances on Faversham’s own very local radio station, and that set in process a train of events which has culminated in him becoming a Director of a new Company to take over the running of the station. Amongst other requirements, the station really needed a more permanent base, and there was some spare space in the stables area of our nice farm, so this has now been converted into a broadcast studio, as you can see here.
All this happened because for some unaccountable reason there was interest amongst at least some parties to hear Martin’s dulcet(?) tones on a more regular basis, but the irony here is that his behind-the-scenes work for the station, plus all his “daytime” activities for Cairn, have yet to allow him the time to do so. However, preparations for a regular “slot” are now finally in hand, so you may have the dubious opportunity to hear him on the station’s internet stream before very much longer. And whatever he does will also be available here in podcast format, so you have been very thoroughly warned!!!
The Abbey School
We are always very pleased to be invited to our local secondary schools to discuss scientific career paths. We’ve attended at both The Abbey School and Queen Elizabeth’s and enjoyed chatting to the enthusiastic students. We bring along a few products to demonstrate and encourage the children to get involved and ask questions.
Young Pharmas Programme at Cambridge University
Friday March 20th saw the first round of our Young Pharmas’ programme come to its conclusion with a reception for the students with their guests and teachers. The programme, with support from ourselves and the WellcomeTrust, was organized by staff from the labs of Prof Colin Taylor and Drs Laura Itzhaki and Ewan Smith. We also worked closely with the heads of biology at Hills Road, Netherhall and Long Road Sixth Form Colleges.
The scheme aims to provide practical insight into pharmacology and experimental design. Twelve sixth-form students joined the programme in January and worked in small groups during two evening practical sessions. They explored the need for reliable measurements in pharmacology and then counted the number of proteins in a cell.’ We were delighted to support this event promoting the students learning in a STEM related activity!