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Ilkley Lockdown Podcast

We are each coping with a different set of experiences and challenges caused by the current COVID-19 crisis.

My name is Ian Smith, and in each episode of "Ilkley Lockdown" we will hear from a someone living in or around my adopted hometown of Ilkley, Yorkshire in the UK. As residents of the same geographical location, we have a similar backdrop to our lives, but often very different actual experiences.

Learn how Ilkley people are navigating the challenges being thrown at them, learn their tips and strategies for coping with the crisis, and find out how their world is changing as a result.

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Jun 8, 2020

In this final episode, Ian talks to Claire Hundsdoerfer, who runs The Little Tea House in Ilkley. She shares how it felt to close the doors of her business when the lockdown began, just before a fully booked out Mother's Day, and tells the story of how she changed the way she served her customers and how that led to the...

Jun 2, 2020

In this episode, Ian talks to Ruth Richards, who manages the Clarke Foley community centre in Ilkley. She shares what she's most looking forward to when Clarke Foley re-opens, and we wonder together whether I should rename the podcast.

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May 29, 2020

In this episode, Ian talks to Jamie Gutch, who is part of the leadership team at Ilkley Grammar School. Jamie shares his personal experience with the Coronavirus, and tells the story of how IGS has risen to meet the challenge of having all its students suddenly become remote learners!


May 26, 2020

In this episode, I talk to Dr Caroline Rayment. Caroline is a GP, and a member of the Ilkley Coronavirus Response group. She tells me how the current crisis has changed the way that she helps her patients, and shares some great tips on how best to engage with your GP when you're unable to visit him or her in...

May 22, 2020

In this episode the tables are turned and the spotlight is put onto Ian. Amanda Danells-Bewley returns to the podcast, and takes over the driving seat for an episode. She gets Ian to share some of his own lockdown experiences, and they cover everything from tech through to birdsong, and Ian’s nocturnal exercise walks...