Well Done Allan

From the Centeral Somerset Gazette

GFM presenter and founder Allan Trinder named volunteering Point of Light by Prime Minister David Cameron

By Central Somerset Gazette  |  Posted: March 24, 2015

GFM presenter and founder Allan Trinder named volunteering Point of Light by Prime Minister David Cameron

GFM presenter and founder Allan Trinder named volunteering Point of Light by Prime Minister David Cameron

Comments (0)GLASTONBURY FM presenter and founder Allan Trinder has been named a volunteering Point ofLight by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Allan was one of the founders of the community radio station in 2007 and has volunteered there ever since. The 64-year-old is the latest recipient of a Point of Light award, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers, people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.

Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to mark their achievements.

Allan is a key member of the station’s management and presents a weekly ‘Community Hour’ show. Thanks to his hard work the radio station now has a thriving volunteer programme which offers a wide range of opportunities for the community, some of whom have gone on to work in professional radio.

As one of the directors Allan volunteers at the station three days a week and has successfully secured grant funding worth tens of thousands of pounds to help keep the project on air and, more recently, kit out a new home for the station.

He said: “I was surprised and delighted to get this award which I see as recognition for community radio stations such as GFM and what they bring to their local area.

“It’s a great thing to be involved with.”

Allan is the 248th winner of the award which was developed in partnership with the Points of Light programme in the USA and was first established by President George H. W. Bush.

Over 5,000 US Points of Light have been awarded and both President George H. W. Bush and President Barack Obama have publicly supported the partnership with Points of Light UK which honours shining examples of volunteering across the country.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Community radio provides an important service, particularly in rural areas. Allan has led Glastonbury FM to great success broadcasting a wide range of local music, news, views and information.

“The volunteer programme Allan has initiated gives over 70 local people the opportunity to volunteer, learning about everything from programme editing to financial management. I am delighted to name him a Point of Light.”

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A small monthly contribution will really help your Community Radio Station. We depend on your help to keep running.

GFM is the community radio station for Glastonbury, Street, Wells and the surrounding area, broadcasting on 107.1FM and the internet with a licence until May 2019. Our studios are based in the Red Brick Building Centre on the Morlands Enterprise Park in Glastonbury.

GFM is a not for profit organisation run entirely by local volunteers and managed by a Board of Directors as part of a Community Interest Company. Any income generated has to go back into the station for the benefit of the community. We are supported by local businesses and receive some help from trusts and grant giving bodies but the financial help of local people is vital to keep us going.

We give a voice to the local community and the opportunity to get the message out.  We really do provide community benefit.

What can you do?

If you enjoy listening to or taking part in GFM and want to support our activities and the local community we serve, you can help by becoming a ‘Friend of GFM’. We need to raise around £1,000 a month to cover licence fees, royalties, premises, rent, insurance and so on. If you can afford to, please consider becoming a ‘Friend of GFM’ and make a monthly donation. A regular financial contribution of £5 or £10 can make such a difference to GFM.


In return you will you will be part of something that makes a difference to you and your community.  You will also receive regular information and news about GFM through our newsletter .

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Glastonbury FM Songwriting Competition 2015…Enter Here

Glastonbury FM’s Second songwriting competition. We are giving listeners from the South West a great oppertunity to play some of the best festivals in the area and some other great prizes.
These are prizes that a national competition would offer and entries are limited to a 25 mile radius of Glastonbury, the span of acts we have on Thursday Live. We as a radio station are proud of our local music scene and pleased to be a part of it.
Entries for the contest close on 3rd April 2015 at 2100. Finalists will be announced on 10th April 2015

The prizes are:
To play on the GFM Stage at this years Godney Gathering amongst a stella line up of acts in this widely aclaimed one day music festival on a prime slot and a festival which will sell out
To play on the main Marquee Stage at the Farmfestival near Bruton alongside some great up and coming acts. The Farmfestival has a great reputation and sells out every year. You will have a great weekend and be part of a brilliant occasion.
To play The Otters Pocket Stage at The Sat in a Field Festival at Cheddar in a sell out festival with a growing reputation and a fantastic party atmosphere. This will be a top acoustic songwriters prize.
On all of the above festival prizes they include event passes for the acts.
A £50 Jaywalk Guitars Voucher. Street’s premier music shop.
A great prize from Jelli Records who are a great promoter of the local music scene.

We will have a finals night at the amazing Bocabar Venue in Glastonbury on Saturday 16th May for you to peform your entry a great chance for all our finalists and they will also get a chance to play a session on Thursday Live our show which covers the local music scene presented by Ian Liversidge.

You can enter via the Eventbrite link below

or by post or dropping your entry into
The Red Brick Building Centre
Morlands Enterprise Park
Morlands Road


Adult entries are £10 for one song and £15 for two
Concession are £7 for one song and £10 for two

Last years winners


All entries into the competition will recieve airplay on Glastonbury FM so it will make your entry worthwhile. All entry fees will help Glastonbury FM the community radio station for Glastonbury, Street and Wells to support the great people we have in our area. Glastonbury FM is a not for profit station and is run soley by volunteers.

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