Happy Mother's Day

The modern holiday of Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. 

St Andrew's Methodist Church now holds the International Mother's Day Shrine. Her campaign to make Mother's Day a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died.

Ann Jarvis had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War, and created Mother's Day Work Clubs to address public health issues. Anna Jarvis wanted to honor her mother by continuing the work she started and to set aside a day to honor all mothers because she believed a mother is "the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world".

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WIN: Mother's Day Perrier-Jouët "Butterfly Kisses” Champagne Afternoon Tea

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, there’s still plenty of time to find the perfect gift.

The Ivy Marlow Garden have launched their Perrier-Jouët “Butterfly Kisses” Champagne afternoon tea just in time for the special day and a lucky Marlow FM listener will get the opportunity to share the experience.

Congratulations to our competition winner Charlotte O'Neil.

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Don't Forget This Sunday Clocks Spring Forward

British Summer Time starts on Sunday as EU moves towards ending mandatory clock changes. It’s that time of year again, the ritual of trying to work out which of your electronic gadgets automatically adjust for clock changes, and which don’t.

British Summer Time (BST) officially starts at 1am on Sunday 31 March, when the clocks go forward an hour to 2am.

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JOIN Anna Hughes, cyclist, author and environmentalist, talking about her Flight Free 2020 campaign

Dave Hampton’s special guest on the Eco Show on Monday (7-9pm) is Anna Hughes, who rode 4,000 miles around the coast of the UK on her tod, and then wrote the books *Eat, Sleep, Cycle* and *Pedal Power*

She is the force of nature behind the #FlightFree2020 campaign to get 100,000 UK people to pledge not to fly next year in response to the climate emergency.

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JOIN Seema Flower - Blind Entrepreneur who won the London 2018 Venus Award for "Inspirational Woman of the Year"

Tune in on Friday to Mid-Morning Matters at 11am, to hear Seema Flower, the Blind Entrepreneur, who won the London 2018 Venus Award for "Inspirational Woman of the Year"

Living with the knowledge that you'll eventually go blind is a hefty weight to bear. And Seema Flower has borne it better than most. At the tender age of 10, Seema discovered that she suffered from a progressive eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa. Since her diagnosis, her eyesight has gradually deteriorated to the point where she now has just 4% vision.

But the 46-year-old hasn’t let her visual impairment stop her from succeeding in life, in fact, quite the opposite.

Seema is now the owner of award-winning salon ColourNation and ambassador for the charity RP Fighting Blindness.

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JOIN: Sam talks with Lopa Patel (MBE) about the lack of diversity in the UK.

Today's guest on Sam Talks Technology is Lopa Patel (MBE). She is a digital entrepreneur and the founder of Redhotcurry.com (a recipe-sharing site that developed into a South Asian lifestyle portal) and the online shopping site TheRedhotshop.com.

She is also the founder and CEO of Diversity UK, a think tank that studies and promotes diversity in Britain. In 2009 she was appointed to the board of Becta (British Educational Communications and Technology Agency). In 2014 she set up the online news and lifestyle publisher New Asian Post.

Patel was one of eight media experts appointed to a panel to advise on a review of the BBC charter in 2015.


Patel won an Asian Woman of the Year Award in 2005 for her work as a new media entrepreneur, an achievement showcased in a Department of Work and Pensions report to Parliament on equality of opportunity.

In 2009 she was awarded an MBE for "services to the creative industries". In 2015 she became the first Asian woman to receive the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion. She was also a finalist for Businesswoman of the Year in the English Asian Business Awards.

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It's Officially Spring!!!

It’s official, today is the first day of Spring and it’s also the International Day of Happiness. For the Northern Hemisphere, the spring equinox is the moment when winter ends and spring begins.

In the Northern Hemisphere the spring equinox occurs every year between March 19 and March 21. This year it’s the 20th. However the clocks don’t spring forward until 31st March.

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The Mission Trip to Burundi

BIG show tomorrow night with Faith Pat & Matt(ers). We will be playing a recent talk given in Marlow by J.John, international evangelist, author, fantastic speaker and then a team who are heading on a Mission trip to Burundi, the poorest country in the world will be joining us to talk about their work, the fundraising and play some great music.

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The RoundUp with Prof Greg Whyte

A special episode of The Roundup tonight at 9pm as Prof Greg Whyte is in the studio to talk about comic relief, mount kilimanjaro and plenty of sports.

Dave Hampton will also be jumping across from the Watt Next? Eco Show to join us in a fun, quiz filled Roundup show

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National No Smoking Day 13th March.

For this year's national No Smoking Day the NHS is asking you to pick your way, #TellUsYourWay and Quit Your Way!

Everyone's different, which means the way you quit smoking needs to be your choice. It's all about working out what's right for you to increase your chances of quitting for good.

You might be:

  • thinking of free Champix or NRT from the pharmacy

  • looking into e-cigarettes

  • planning to go it alone with your own willpower

Why not ring into the station or email us: studio@marlowfm.co.uk and tell us how you are quitting smoking.
Good Luck!

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MEET The Presenters: Jonny Ratner

At Marlow FM, we have over 100 volunteer presenters hosting a variety of shows. Each week we want to introduce you to one of our presenters, so you can get to know them better.

This week’s presenter interview is with Jonny Ratner who has been with us since September 2011. He hosts three shows - Drive Time, More than Madness & Afternoon Gold Sixties.

If you want to know what record he bought first, who would be his perfect dinner party guests or who is his ideal co-host presenter or what secret skill he has, then read more to find out everything you wanted to know about Jonny.

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Prodigy Special Tribute

Keith Flint, vocalist with the Prodigy, took his own life last weekend, at the age of 49. He was found at his home in Essex on Monday. Tonight Ian Springell on the Residency show tonight will be doing a tribute.

With his punk aesthetic of piercings, spiked hair and intense stare, Flint became one of the UK’s most iconic musical figures in the 1990s. He joined the Prodigy as a dancer, later becoming a frontman alongside rapper Maxim. Aside from their 1992 debut, all of the group’s seven albums have reached No 1 in the UK.

Flint performed the vocals on the Prodigy’s best known singles, Firestarter and Breathe,

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