The Beverley Podcast
#19 Simon Delaney of Delaney Marling Partnership

#19 Simon Delaney of Delaney Marling Partnership

August 30, 2020

Simon Delaney is a partner at Delaney Marling Partnerships Ltd, the firm in charge of the current and ongoing maintenance and renovation work up at Beverley Minster.

Simon came here in the 90s to work at the council and has been here raising his family ever since. What has Beverley got to offer that West Yorkshire and (that place over there) Lancashire has not? 

And just what's going on up at the Minster right now? Simon talks to us about the challenges involved in renovating a hundreds-years old building during a global pandemic, and uncovers the past secrets that the Minster is hiding. Are there really tunnels over to The Sun Inn, and what's the deal with the sanctuary chair and stones? 

You can find out more at and at 

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#18 - Sophie Godson, Free Live Workouts with Sophie

#18 - Sophie Godson, Free Live Workouts with Sophie

August 23, 2020

Sophie Godson is a dental nurse from Beverley who, during lockdown, has used her expertise in leading exercise classes to turn herself into Beverley's very own Joe Wicks. 

What started out as a way of Sophie keeping herself motivated during lockdown has grown into a huge community of online fitness fans - she even has her own merchandise. 

The success has given Sophie the confidence to branch out with her own in-person exercise classes, which will be starting very soon at St Nicholas Community Centre on Holmechurch Lane, Beverley. Will you be joining her?

You can find out more by joining her Facebook group at 

Happy squatting, people! 

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#17 Tony Barker of Beverley Community Lift

#17 Tony Barker of Beverley Community Lift

August 2, 2020

Tony Barker came to East Yorkshire as a student and now lives nearby. He is an experienced broadcaster and journalist and spends two days of his working week as the marketing manager of local charity Beverley Community Lift. In 2020, Beverley Community Lift are celebrating their 50th year - or they were - but lockdown has altered their plans somewhat.


Joanne talks to Tony about his work at the charity, why it's so important, and what the future holds for this vital community service. 


Have you used Beverley Community Lift or, more importantly, bagged a bargain in their rather excellent charity shop by the bus station? I know I have! 


To find out more about Beverley Community Lift visit or visit them on Facebook at 

#16 Adrienne Hodgson-Hoy

#16 Adrienne Hodgson-Hoy

July 26, 2020

Adrienne Hodgson-Hoy is a busy lady. From a background in sales and marketing, her life has taken her on a bumpy journey and from these bumps have been borne not one, but three businesses.


Primarily, she is a funeral celebrant. She also helps couples realise their dreams of having their dog attend their weddings. With Jan Stainforth, another Beverley funeral celebrant, she has Memories of Me, a service which helps people record their memories to pass on to their families when the inevitable happens. 


We find out what Adrienne does, where in Beverley she likes to go, and why she thinks Beverley is a great place to live.


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If you'd like to know more about her wedding dog services, see

For more about Memories of Me, see 


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#15 Sally-Ann Rena of the Tiki Cafe, Dunswell

#15 Sally-Ann Rena of the Tiki Cafe, Dunswell

July 18, 2020

Sally-Ann Rena is Beverley born and bred and after a stint for university and working away, she returned 14 years ago to Beverley to run Armstrongs Social Club with her husband Toffee. Now with two children, they are all embarking on a new adventure - running the Tiki Cafe in the Ings Lane Garden Centre in Dunswell. 

Sally-Ann loves Beverley and loves that it's being made home for her family. So where does she like to go, and what else has she got on the go?

If you know Sally-Ann and Toffee from being the hosts for your family's parties, then you really should listen to this one - and pay them a visit at the new venture, even if it's just to sample the delicious gelato. 

Learn more about the cafe at and Sally-Ann's children's books for sale at 

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#14 - Lesley Anne Kinney, specialist painter and decorator

#14 - Lesley Anne Kinney, specialist painter and decorator

July 12, 2020

Lesley Anne Kinney didn't intend to be a specialist painter and decorator but here she is. 30 years after discovering a talent and making a career out of it, she finds herself in Beverley. 

a busy mother and grandma, the lockdown has given Lesley the time and mental space to develop her business and create something she can take with her as she looks to a new phase in her life. 

We talk about Lesley's career to date, what sort of work she undertakes now, and where her favourite places are in Beverley. 

You can learn more about Lesley and her work at and follow her on Facebook at 

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#13 Carrie Mertens - local education marketer and project manager for Safi Coffee

#13 Carrie Mertens - local education marketer and project manager for Safi Coffee

July 5, 2020

Carrie Mertens was born in the old Beverley Westwood hospital and via East Yorkshire and a stint in Leeds, she now lives as central in Beverley as can be. She trained as a beauty therapist but life took her on a different journey and she now spends her days as a support team member at the independent Hull Collegiate School. 

One of the projects she's tasked with looking after is Safi Coffee, a pupil-led project which imports coffee beans from Uganda and sells them throughout the UK, the profits being ploughed back into a Ugandan school and community. Just £180 a year pays for a child to attend school in Uganda and the project has enabled many Ugandan children to receive a good education. With other schools in the UK now coming on board, what does the future hold for the project and for Carrie's involvement? 

It's fantastic to see a project which has student involvement at its core. If you want to buy some Safi Coffee for yourself, you can visit their website at or pop into the Beverley Minster gift shop, or the Creative Lab on Flemingate. 

#12 Kirsty Skeates of Fit4Dogs Canine Hydrotherapy

#12 Kirsty Skeates of Fit4Dogs Canine Hydrotherapy

June 28, 2020

Kirsty Skeates is originally from New Zealand and co-owns Fit4Dogs Canine Hydrotherapy Centre on Annie Reed Road with her Yorkshire born husband Mike. 

Kirsty spends her days as a canine hydrotherapist helping dogs through hydrotherapy to alleviate conditions such as canine arthritis or to lose weight. What is it about Beverley that makes it a good place to have a specialist dog business, and which other dog businesses does she work with?

We talk to Kirsty about why she loves Beverley and about her award-winning hydrotherapy business. But what does the future have in store for Kirsty and Mike and their team? 

Visit her website for more information - 

#11 Brad Gibson, Professor of Astrophysics

#11 Brad Gibson, Professor of Astrophysics

June 20, 2020

Brad Gibson is a professor of Astrophysics at the University of Hull. Originally from Canada, he now spends his days teaching astrophysics and engaging with local communities to encourage local students to get interested in STEM subjects and careers. 

He loves Beverley and is laying down roots fast. Will we ever get rid of him? Would we ever want to? Is there really life out there as we know it? These are all questions answered on this episode of The Beverley Podcast.

Check out one of Brad's TED Talks at and a chat on Cuppa Science at 

If you'd like Brad to talk to your children or students, email him 

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#10 Phil Simpson of the Beverley Fringe Festival

#10 Phil Simpson of the Beverley Fringe Festival

June 16, 2020

Phil Simpson, a semi-professional musician, came to East Yorkshire as a student and has stayed ever since. He's been in Beverley for the last four years or so and is one of the team behind the Beverley Fringe Festival. 

The Fringe Festival has always been run in tandem with the Beverley Folk Festival but when that disappeared, the fringe upped activity and has grown. Usually run on this weekend in June and involving people and venues all over the town, the festival has, for 2020, gone online. Visit their Facebook page at to join in with activity on June 20th from 9.30am until 11pm. 

We talk about Phil's love of living in Beverley and which cafe he thinks is the best in the whole town. 

We also get a performance of Walking on a Mission by Phil and his wife Jessica Lawson, a song which was written by Phil. 

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