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  1. Cranford Crystal – Lower Loxley’s Shire Horse

    Thursday 17 April 2014, 11:17

    Keri Davies Keri Davies Web Producer, The Archers

    Shire horse

    On her wedding day, Kirsty will be taken from Lower Loxley to St Stephen’s in Ambridge in a haycart pulled by Lower Loxley’s Shire horse, Cranford Crystal.  

    In case you’ve forgotten about ‘Crannie’, here’s a little reminder.

    It started in 2007, when Lower Loxley hosted a Shire horse display. Nigel Pargetter immediately thought that they should have a heavy horse of their own. To his surprise, Elizabeth quickly agreed.

    Nigel took advice from their rare breeds specialist Toby, who’d had experience with heavy horses. He then did a short course. Nigel learned to fit the harness and plough set, and got the hang of traditional ploughing.

    In November, Nigel bought Cranford Crystal, a four year old Shire filly. She was almost 17 hands, a gentle giant with a placid temperament and  wonderful feathered legs.

    Crannie was not simply to be a visitor attraction, though. She hauled timber in the woodland, and to the biomass boiler that the Pargetters later installed. She was also used for hoeing between the vines that produced Lower Loxley wine. Joe Grundy would often visit to offer advice.

    In 2008, Nigel bought a 1940s hay wagon. This is to be Kirsty’s wedding transport...

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  2. "Cancel that Albion kitchen! Brian's got the push" – Listener discussions to April 9 2014

    Sunday 13 April 2014, 17:10

    Tayler Cresswell Tayler Cresswell

    Post from @laughinglibby on Twitter Post from @laughinglibby on Twitter

    As Heather and Jill warmed listeners’ hearts with their marmalade chat, discussions got a little more heated when it came to Shula and her response to Dan’s news.

    The atmosphere was altogether chillier in the Borchester Land boardroom as Brian was ousted. Brian won sympathy from some but by no means all listeners. Meanwhile, Ambridge residents’ table manners in recent episodes got a particularly icy reception.

    Here’s my pick of the listener discussions between 3 and 9 April.

     

    Heather received a warm welcome back to Ambridge from most listeners – particularly during the scene when she and Jill bonded over marmalade.

    Good to hear Heather Pet back on #TheArchers (@Paul237 on Twitter)

    Complimenting Heather's marmalade, huge step Jill #thearchers (@gnome_alice on Twitter)

    Heather is too nice not to wish the best for Jill, but she has always been a bit jealous of Jill. Now I think she is hinting at being near her family i.e. Ruth, herself. (Sue Woods on Archers Addicts Facebook group)

    I love the mams trying to out-mam each other on #TheArchers (@MagneticFlea on Twitter)

    I wondered if we were building up to them moving into one...

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  3. Borchester Land

    Wednesday 9 April 2014, 19:52

    Keri Davies Keri Davies Web Producer, The Archers

    brian-aldridge Brian Aldridge (Charles Collingwood)

    Borchester Land

    As Brian faces a hostile takeover, here’s a potted history of the company which has done its best to change the face of Ambridge – Borchester Land.

    In July 1997, a consortium of business people formed Borchester Land (BL). The company was a vehicle to buy the Berrow Estate, which was being sold by Simon Pemberton.

    The estate comprised 1020 acres of  Ambridge farmland, two tenanted holdings: Bridge Farm and Grange Farm, and a set of business units converted from buildings at the former Sawyer’s Farm.

    Brian Aldridge was soon revealed to be a member of the consortium. But the remainder were urban types who knew little about farming. The company was chaired by lairy Matt Crawford, originally from Peckham, who initially didn’t much like the countryside because it was too quiet.

    Kim Durham (Matt Crawford) Kim Durham (Matt Crawford)

    Leisure complex

    One of Matt’s first proposals was to build a leisure complex on Estate land. Appalled Brian’s objections were vindicated when an accountant’s report pointed out the capital gains losses they would have to sustain.

    Grange Farm

    Matt had little patience with the Grundy family, who chaotically...

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  4. "Aw Jazzer – you are breaking my heart" – Listener discussions to 2 April 2014

    Monday 7 April 2014, 19:59

    Tayler Cresswell Tayler Cresswell

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    Post from @Mudkipstoat on Twitter Post from @Mudkipstoat on Twitter

    Kirsty’s hen party brought on a flurry of bets on whether Fallon will soon have a new boyfriend – some wonder if there’s a dark cloud on the horizon of Kirsty and Tom’s wedding?

    Meanwhile Rob’s sunk even lower in listeners’ estimations; Ruth’s miscarriage storyline moved many to tears and the mystery of what’s up with Dan had imaginations running riot…

    Here’s my pick of the listener discussions between 27 March and 2 April 2014.

    After Kirsty’s eventful hen party, listeners were less concerned about the bride-to-be than they were about Fallon...

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  5. Ambridge ups and downs 7 April 2014

    Monday 7 April 2014, 15:11

    Keri Davies Keri Davies Web Producer, The Archers

    Scales Scales

     

    Alloy wheels...
    Ruth Archer
    A cuddle from her mum
    Jennifer Aldridge
    The Canaries. Nice
    Jolene Archer
    Enjoying Callum’s company
    ...under a pig arc
    Shula Hebden Lloyd 
    Not her little boy!
    Kenton Archer
    Who’s the April fool?
    Brian Aldridge
    Take-overed

     

    Alloy wheels...

    Ruth Archer
    A cuddle from her mum

    Jennifer Aldridge
    The Canaries. Nice

    Jolene Archer
    Enjoying Callum’s company


    ...under a pig ark


    Shula Hebden Lloyd 
    Not her little boy!

    Kenton Archer
    Who’s the April fool?

    Brian Aldridge
    Take-overed

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  6. Will Howard on Dan Hebden Lloyd

    Friday 4 April 2014, 19:16

    Keri Davies Keri Davies Web Producer, The Archers

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    Will Howard (Dan Hebden Lloyd) Will Howard (Dan Hebden Lloyd)

    Up to now, Dan Hebden Lloyd has been on track for a law degree and a career as a solicitor, like his father and grandfather. But tonight he announced that he wants to join the Army.

    Will Howard has played the part of Dan for six months, since the character returned from working at a summer camp in America. Will has been doing some travelling of his own, having this morning returned from Thailand and Singapore. Despite not having slept for 40 hours, he gamely spoke to me about his career and playing Dan.

    Will is no stranger to radio drama, having worked for...

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  7. Character Invasion - roundup with quiz

    Thursday 3 April 2014, 15:59

    Andrew Smith Andrew Smith

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    Character Invasion Character Invasion on BBC Radio 4

    For one day only on 29 March BBC Radio 4 went a bit ‘weird’. All in the name of Character Invasion ! Meanwhile at the Library of Birmingham, lots of you came to celebrate all things Ambridge.

     

    Here’s a summary of The Archers’ involvement both on-air and at the Library …

      

    Timeline The Archers through the decades  

     

    Enjoy a round-up of activity by us and fans on Twitter, Facebook and Storify

     

    Have a look at our photo gallery of the day’s events…

     

    Listen to an audio extract of one of the popular Q&As as well as a few vox-pops from appreciative...

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  8. "Ian, you get better and better" – Listener discussions to 26 March 2014

    Tuesday 1 April 2014, 15:58

    Tayler Cresswell Tayler Cresswell

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    Post from @byetothecircus on Twitter Post from @byetothecircus on Twitter

    After Tom’s clash with his father over a possible TB outbreak, Tom once again took centre stage in listener discussions thanks to his midweek stag party – though it was Ian who came away with all the praise for his triumph over Rob.

    Meanwhile, Kirsty with her newfound extravagance and Jennifer with her snowballing specifications for a new kitchen brought criticism of excessive consumerism from some.

    Here’s my pick of the listener discussions between 16 and 26 March 2014.

     

    As some listeners took sides (mostly Tony’s) in the pigs vs cows debate...

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  9. Listen to The Archers Insider

    Saturday 29 March 2014, 21:19

    Nickie L Nickie L

    Here's an audio treat: a discussion of the week in Ambridge with Felicity Finch (aka Ruth Archer), Keri Davies (scriptwriter and web producer), Melita Dennett (listener and Nelson Gabriel-ite), presented by Alan Smith (Radio 4 announcer and listener). And produced by Kathy Caton.

    Listen to find out about the shock that Felicity felt when she first heard about Friday's turn of events, and if you've been incensed by the bad table manners and sloppy kissing of Ambridge's finest, you'll find friends here too.

    This is an experiment so we hope you enjoy. Do share with any friends who you think would enjoy it too. 

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    Felicity Finch (aka Ruth), Keri Davies and Melita Dennett discuss the week in Ambridge.

    Come and talk about The Archers on Facebook

    Or have your say on #thearchers on Twitter

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  10. Ruth's storyline - advice and support

    Friday 28 March 2014, 19:30

    Keri Davies Keri Davies Web Producer, The Archers

    If you've been affected by the issues in our recent storyline, we hope you'll find some of these resources helpful
    Miscarriage Association is a UK-wide charity that offers support and information to anyone affected by miscarriage, ectopic or molar pregnancy.
    Helpline: 01924 200799
    Scottish Care & Information on Miscarriage is a charity managed by people in Scotland who themselves have suffered pregnancy loss. Their counsellors offer a person-centred approach to counselling and invite women and families to choose which services would be of most help to them, including face-to-face counselling, telephone...

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