The Sunday Supplement

    Every Sunday between 9am and 11am, our News Editor Sam Cook presents the Sunday Supplement.
    He'll be taking a look at the best of the local news from the last seven days and playing More of the Music You Love, giving a more in depth look into what's been going on in Britain's Ocean City. 

     You can get involved too by heading over to the Radio Plymouth Facebook Page and having your say on what's been happening.

    CATCH UP HERE: /on-air/podcasts/the-sunday-supplement/


    Sunday 1st July

    This week's Sunday Supplement was an Armed Forces Day special! 

    Events took place across the UK - and on the Hoe - to show support for the men and women who make up the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and British Army communities.

    It was an action-packed day with anything from air displays to competitions to live music.

    I caught up with veterans Chris and Trevor:

    Military Wives Choir Plymouth couldn't wait to tell me their speacial news:

    The Navy's Sea King helicopter was making its final appearance in Devon, before retiring after the Yelverton Air Show next week. I caught up with Ian Chudley - who flies her:

    I'd always wondered how heavy full ground kit would feel on my shoulder - and I managed to find out:

    There was also time to catch up with the next generation too:

    Sunday 27th May

    Plymouth's Mark Ormrod says he's fully focussed on being a success at the Invictus Games this year.

    The sporting event - for Wounded, Sick and Injured Service personell - kicks off in Sydney on the 20th of October.

    A community transport service says it's in desperate need of volunteer drivers due to an increase in demand.

    Scores of elderly, frail and disabled people across our city are reliant on community transport to help them maintain their independence.

    Access Plymouth has 11 drivers on their books, but says it needs double that number in order to help those people.

    Leslie Hargreaves is the Manager there:

    The RAF in Plymouth is open to all trades - when it comes to hiring.

    I've been speaking to Sergeant Simon Craig who manages our city's Careers Office.

    He says they're always on the look out for new talent and will be showcasing one particular pathway with the launch of Flavour Fest next week.

    Sunday May 20th

    Plymouth's been gearing up for the Half Marathon.

    Runners will get under way at 8:30 - with 4000 adults taking part, as well as 3000 in the children's race.

    The Half marathon route goes as far West as Great Western Road as far North as Embankment Road and out East as far as Plympton and up Haye Road.

    Nigel Rowe is the Race Director.

    We've teaming up with other Commercial and Community stations - as well as Radio 1, 2 and 5 live - to raise awareness of mental health this week.

    The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry have joined the like of Dame Judi Dench and Lady Gaga - among others to air a minute-long Mental Health Awareness radio moment.
    I caught up with Sasha Johnstone - who's a lead Paramedic with our South West Service and studying a masters at the University of Plymouth - she says it's ok to no be ok.

    If parents are from Venus, then teenagers are most definitely from Mars... and, while 16-19-year-olds are giving themselves an A-star for their life skills, sceptical parents are grading them a measly ‘C’. 
    A report from Unite Students reveals today that only 55% of the parents of 16-19 year olds polled think that their child is able to cook a meal from scratch on their own – yet 78% of teenagers are confident they can.

    Liz Fazer is a Family Expert:

    The Herald's Clare Robinson also pops in for her weekly preview of this week's live music and theatre - plus a roundup of local music, theatre and interviews. So if you find yourself at a loose end, you'll know exactly what to do - without going too far:

    Sunday May 13th

    Plymouth will see Cruise Ships docking at Milbay this year - after having none last year. 

    There are three scheduled for 2018 - and FIVE for 2019.

    The most popular places tourists visit once they're here are the Hoe, Barbican, Dartmoor and Eden Project.

    Mike Reynolds - from Milbay Docks

    A Community Cafe in Barne Barton has been praised for it's work with under 25s.

    The Pioneers Project provides social support, healthy food options and development of life skills for young people here.

    Now funding's been made available to keep it - and places like it - going.

    Nick Davies is from neighbourly - a group set up to grow community investment

    Sunday May 6th

    Labour have taken back control of Plymouth after taking key seats from the ruling Conservatives.

    Some senior Tory figures lost their seats in a night that saw the city turn red in Peverell, Ham and Honicknowle. Labour ended the night with 31 seats of the 57 on Plymouth City Council.

    New council leader Tudor Evans, taking on his fourth stint as leader, said Labour would bring change to the city. Jeremy Corbyn and Mr Evans spoke to Radio Plymouth on the Hoe.

    Moor View Conservative MP - Johnny Mercer - says it was a disappointing night

    The Sherford project's moved a step closer - after the opening of a new Skills Centre on-site.

    The £370,000 hub was financed following a successful bid to the Construction Industry Training Board.

    It means workers here will be able to up-skill to help plug a skills shortage after brexit.

    John Hart is the Leader of Devon County Council:

    The city roads will be full of cars on the move today as we reach the end of the bank holiday weekend.

    Some holiday makers will be taking long distance journeys with children and animals to get back home.

    Vince Crane is Plymouth's AA Patroller of the year:

    Sunday 29th April

    One man and his dog will be in our city for the next couple of days to pick up litter and raise awareness of social issues.

    Wayne - and Northern Inuit Koda - are 2 years into a project that'll see the two of them walk the UK Coastline - cleaning it as they go.

    They're here for the next couple of days and told Radio Plymouth - why.

    Confusion around what plastic packaging can and can't be recycled is impacting our efforts as a nation to 'go green' despite the appetite for change. 

    That's according to new research by packagers Ecover.

    It shows seven in 10 of us are confused, wrongly believing that cling film and laminated pouches (71%) are recyclable. When in doubt, over a third throw packaging into general waste.

    Marine Expert Professor Richared Thompson - from Plymouth University - told us there's a need for education but also changes in the design process.

    The Charity - Keep me Close - is calling for fundraisers to jump out of a plane.

    It's to raise money for its Neonatal Unit and the Skydive is taking place on June 10th 
    The details are raise £500.00 and jump for free at Dunkerswell Airfield, for Keep Me Close Appeal. 

    Tracey Stacey is heading it up.

    Sunday 22nd April

    Two of our MPs came to blows on Twitter.

    Luke Pollard - who represents Sutton and Devonport - and Moor View's Johnny Mercer - have clashed over a campaign for all new Royal Navy Frigates to be based out of Devonport - of which they actually both agree.

    Mr Pollard had called for 'MPs who don't work together' - to do so, to which Mr Mercer told him to leave the campaign alone - and he's toxic.

    Mr Mercer told Radio Plymouth it's in the Nation's best interest to base them here.





    Mr Pollard says a joined up approach is needed.





    One of the people behind the newly refurbished Stonehouse Creek has said locals have missed the site.

    Samm Reilly says events are already being booked at the site but there are slots left for many more community activities for everyone to make use of it in the week.

    Samm told Sam after being closed for 12 months, it's great to have the building back up and running.





    A Plymouth University student has won a scholarship and funding from Sky and National Geographic to run a marine based research project.

    Ph.D. student Imogen Napper is one of three students who have been awarded a Sky Ocean Rescue Scholarship. 

    She wants to identify the most effective technology for capturing the tiny microplastic fibres that are released when modern clothes are washed. 

    Here she is speaking to Sam about it:





    Sunday 15th April

    Princess Yachts has reported record annual revenue for 2017.

    Its CEO says it's been down to a strong global economy and foreign buyers attracted by the fall in the pound since the Brexit vote.

    The Devon-based company expects 2018 to be even better after taking on 500 workers at its shipyard here in the city to meet demand.

    Revenue for the year to the end of December jumped 27% to a record £274.4m.

    Anthony Sheriff told Radio Plymouth despite job cuts in 2016 - before the Brexit vote - their streamlining plan is going well.





    An historian from Plymouth Uni says the new royal baby will be encouraged to look for a career outside the royal family when he or she grows up.

    Visiting research fellow, Judith Rowbotham, says the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's third child is highly unlikely ever to become king or queen.

    She's suggested that rather than having a public role, the new prince or princess will be on the fringes of the royal family as an adult and told me they'll most likely take a back seat role eventually.





    Burgh Island's new owners have revealed the hotel will get a private members club and a spa in a multimillion-pound revamp.

    The 26 acre island and hotel off Bigbury-on-Sea has been bought by a consortium led by office entrepreneur Giles Fuchs after 17 years in the hands of Tony and Deborah Orchard.

    Giles told Radio Plymouth there are exciting plans.





    Sunday 8th April

    We've been speaking to one of the organisers of a protest in the Sound today.

    Shane Farrow was on one of 68 boats making his feelings of the Brexit transition deal known.

    They met at 3pm as part of a nationwide day of protest organised by the group Fishing For Leave.

    Here he is talking to News Editor Sam Cook ahead of the event:





    In response, here's a statement from DEFRA, read by Jon White.





    Dr Lucy Obolensky has been appointed one of 12 inaugural Fellows of the British Exploring Society, joining names including Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Ben Saunders and Alex Gregory MBE
    Dr Obolensky, who leads the Global and Remote Healthcare masters programme at the University of Plymouth, joined her co-recipients in London to collect her award.
    She spoke to Sam about it.





    You can now see Saltash's history in embroidered form. Over 130 volunteers have worked on the piece from embroiders, to researchers to designers that spans from the Stone Age to the the present day.

    It's embroidered from Beyeux wool on Scottish linen.

    One of the people behind the project - Su Ellingham - told me about it.





    You can see the 30-panel piece at the Baptist Church on Culver Road on Saturdays.

    Sunday 18th March

    Dartmoor Zoo has received a positive test result for TB. It was confirmed after the post-mortem of an antelope that had been euthanized there last year. It's believed it was passed on from a South Hams badger.
    The zoo can't send any animals to other zoos because of movement restrictions to prevent the spread of the disease under regulations.
    CEO Benjamin Mee told me what happens next.





    Police here want to highlight the work of people who went above and beyond during Storm Emma.
    Officers want to thank the Snow Heroes during those busy days earlier this month.
    If you know of someone who gave their time to help, no matter how big or small their efforts you can nominate them at
    Chief Superintendent Glen Mayhew has this message:




    Nominees will receive a letter of recognition from Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police Shaun Sawyer. 
    Those chosen for special commendation will be invited to a day “behind the blue line” at Police Headquarters in Exeter and meet members of operational policing teams such as the dog unit and the drone team.
    Closing date for nominations Sunday 25th March 2017 #SnowHeroes.

    Sunday 11th March

    About 500 workers at Devonport dockyard are to lose their jobs in a round of cuts by Babcock International. The company, which services Royal Navy warships and submarines said it was "a necessary step in sustaining the company's future". I spoke to the MP for Sutton and Devonport - Luke Pollard.





    A scheme's been launched in the city to help people who feel scared or vulnerable while on a date. More than 100 bar staff have been trained as part of the national "Ask for Angela" campaign aimed at helping people get out of a situation safely and discreetly. Lorna Markillie is one of the people behind it.





    Do you cycle? Could you go for 5000 miles? Natalie Wilson - who suffers from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome - caught up with Jon and I on Breakfast to talk about her trip.





    Sunday 4th March

    The 'adverse weather' this week has highlighted how vulnerable some of our coastal railway line is - again. There were fears 'a 2014' could happen again at Dawlish. Professor Jon Shaw - from Plymouth Uni - told Radio Plymouth something has to be done.





    Do you buy products past their 'sell by' date - and still safe to eat? Our Reporter Hollie Manlow has been to Rogers Wholesale in the city. They're one of the latest companies stopping tonnes of food going to landfill.





    Decoding Life was the theme of Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival this year and celebrates the internationally renowned research combining music, engineering and the life sciences developed at Plymouth University. I caught up with Dr Alexis Kirke.






    Sunday 25th February

    Are you a dog owner? Would you ever train your pet using a shock collar?
    Here in England you CAN still use one - they're banned in Scotland and Wales and the Dogs Trust is calling on the Government to ban them here.
    Jenna Kiddie, canine behaviour manager there, spoke to reporter Tania Snuggs.





    We've heard from the Dogs Trust, and now we'll hear from Jamie Penrith from Take The Lead Dog Training on the use of electronic collars, following the launch of a campaign to ban them in England.





    I couldn't do this sort of story without trying one of the collars on





    I've been down to a Police Storage Unit in Plympton to see a haul of knives handed in from across our city in a recent amnesty.
    Anyone could hand one in over the week-long initiative - no questions asked.
    Over 400 are now in the hands of the authorities - including illegal zombie knives and unlicensed tools.
    I spoke to Inspector Matthew Bourne - infront of some of the items that are now in the hands of Police.





    Actor Stephen Tompkinson tells us about the forthcoming touring production of ART; an Olivier and Tony Award-winning play which is coming to the Theatre Royal this week.






    Sunday 18th February

    A Plymouth hip hop artist has been speaking to Radio Plymouth about a project to make a creative arts studio here sustainable.

    Toby G has praised everyone involved in thousands of pounds to keep Street Factory Studios going with Plymouth City Council contributing £20,000 to the cause - with the rest made up of donations.





    Two tonnes of hazardous ghost gear has been removed from a remote and rocky area of coast near Fort Picklecombe in the Sound. 

    The team of 10 volunteers from Rame Peninsula Beach Care spent over five hours chopping up two massive tangles dragging them over 500m across slippery boulders to the fort. 

    The bundles included different kinds of net, rope and telecoms cable, each of them as long as a car.

    Claire Wallerstein - who founded the Group - spoke to me about it, my first question - what's ghost gear then?





    Six projects in Plymouth will receive around £4million to help speed up the building of houses on council land.

    It's part of A £45 million cash injection into key community projects accross England.

    Some of the area's that'll benefit include Colin Campbell House, Bath Street West, Honicknowle and the Lipson Allotments among a few others.

    I caught up with Marcus Jones, Vice-Chairman for Communities, one of the main people involved in this.





    Sunday 11th February

    It's 100 years since the law was passed allowing women a say in elections - as long as they were over-30 and owned land.
    We have a bit of history on this sort of thing - Plymouth had the first female MP to take her seat in the commons - that was 99 years ago.
    Nancy Astor won the election for Sutton in November 1919, beating her main rival, Liberal Isaac Foot - the father of Michael Foot...
    who of course went on to lead the Labour Party.
    I've spoken to her Grandson - Lord Astor - this week about the role of women in politics and the campaign to erect a statue of his grandmother to mark a century since her victory, next year.





    This week was Sexual Violence Awareness Week.
    I went over to Stone house the charity First Light.
    They work with hundreds fo domestic abuse victims from across the city - they've seen a rise in the number of self referals to the service.
    It's all confidential, and I've spoken to some users there this week as well who've said the support they've had has been 1st class.
    Here's Cath Curno - who's a Sexual Violence Service Manager - spoke to Radio Plymouth.





    Plastic - we're talking alot about how we can combat it, cut back using it and generally be kinder to the environment.
    One Pub in Plympton St Maurice is helping in that fight though, and John Govier - who runs the Brook Inn...
    told me people here are getting on board.





    Sunday 4th February

    A deal's been signed to move forward the redevelopment of the Home Park site.
    Argyle's grandstand will be rebuilt, increasing capacity to more than 20,000.
    There'll also be a new international-size ice rink on adjacent land along with a hotel, gym, offices and restaurants.
    Our reporter Matthew Clarke caught up with Club chairman James Brent who told him how it's going.





    We might be able to get tours of Drake's Island later this year.
    The team behind planning a plush hotel there is preparing for some essential work first.
    Bob King is project co-ordinator.
    He gave our reporter Matthew Clarke an update on what's going on there





    Have you ever fancied a change in career?
    We've all maybe had days at work where we've said - 'right, no more!' But then another cup of something warm sees us right.
    Well for one Saltash man, a switch in trade was just what he need.
    After 22 years in the Royal Air Force as an Aircraft Engineer, Charlie Brown has decided to swap Jump Jets in the Gulf for nail varnish.
    He's now studying the level 2 nail services course at Cornwall College Saltash with the goal of setting up his own business.
    I caught up with him and he told me all about his story.








    • Torpoint Ferry - Torpoint, Devon

      Two ferries running on Torpoint Ferry between Devonport and Torpoint.