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Visit to the British Forces Broadcasting Service

Report and photos from Nicky Swain

I am the Deputy Head of the Telecommunications Department on Tristan da Cunha. During a recent visit to the UK, me and my son Ryan (who also works for the Telecommunications Department) got the opportunity to visit our broadcasting provider BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Services) in London.

Nicky and Ryan Swain at the BFBS radio broadcasting station.

Nicky & Ryan Swain by the BFBS radio broadcasting station

On Tuesday 30th April 2024 we travelled to the BFBS headquarters in Chalfont Grove for a meeting with Nick Beer the Director of Development and Strategy, who is also our main contact regarding our system on Tristan, and other members of his team.

Nicky and Ryan Swain with Nick Beer and his team.

Left to right: Ryan Swain, Nicky Swain, Nick Beer (Director of Development and Strategy), Ryan Lambert (Director technology), Melanie Bose (General manager), and Adam Hardwick (Deputy director TV & Cinemas)

Afterwards we were given a tour of the department and a briefing on how the system operates. BFBS have been supporting Tristan da Cunha with TV and Radio channels for over 20 years. They have just recently replaced one of the five channels broadcasting on the Island, and this seems to be going down well with the Islanders.

BFBS satellite dishes

Some of the many Satellite dishes at the BFBS headquarters

Tristan House 2024 Upgrade

Report from Michael Bertram. Photos by Sean Brophy

Under manager Vourn Brophy, we have tried to create a "home from home" for Tristanians living in Cape Town. Most of the guests are medevacs and their carers, either awaiting surgery or recuperating from surgery.

As part of our annual updating of equipment and furniture, Tristan House has secured funding from the FCDO to purchase new beds, bedding and furniture.

Acting Administrator Michael Bertram, secured the grants and utilised this grant to make a bulk purchase from "Makro" Cape Town, and suggested that we donate all the old beds to a local homeless charity.

Vourn made some phone calls and secured a well deserving homelessness charity, "The Haven", who are working in one of Cape Town's poorest areas, the Langa South township, and asked if they would like to come and collect the beds and the bedding for their use.

Loading the beds into The Haven's bakkie at Tristan House

Loading the beds into The Haven's bakkie at Tristan House.

Bedding too

Loading another bed.

Unloading in Langa South.

Unloading in Langa South.

Sean Brophy, made all the necessary arrangements, and was moved when one of the recipients told him "that he used to sleep on the floor while his wife and kids slept on a mattress". He added "that it was the first time since their children were born that they had slept in a bed together". In Sean's own words "a very heart warming story coming from the Tristanians' kindness".

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