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Here at the Ferndale Community Tenants Group, FCTG for short, we look to promote and protect the interests of the local residents living in the properties on the Ferndale Estate. We host a number of clubs and look to organise trips for the residents here at Ferndale and other Affianty Sutton estates.

Steven Medlin

Chair of Committee


I joined the committee in 2010 as a volunteer and was elected as the chair that same year. I am an active member of Affinity Sutton SW Rap & Anti-Social Behaviour Service Task Team.

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Valerie Cutler



I have been a member of the CTG since it started more than 10 years ago. I am responsible for keeping & updating the finance records, collecting any monies for room lettings, and banking.

Michael Searle

Trustee/ Non-EXecutive Director


I have been a member of the CTG for 2 years. I have lived on the Ferndale Estate for around 6 years. I am also a meber of the South West Residents Area Panel (SW RAP)

Ann Collings

Committee Member


I have been a member of the CTG for a number of years before being elected secretary. Along with the Chair and the Treasurer, we are resposible for the day to day runnings of the CTG.

Karen Smith

Responsible for Young Persons and Disabled


Joined committee in 2015. Disabled mother of 3 children living on the Ferndale Estate.


Ferndale Community Radio, Plymouth (FCR) - doing our bit during the pandemic.


Ferndale Community Radio is the brainchild of former Royal Marine bandsman, Steve Medlin and his son Ryan.

Part of the Ferndale Community Tenants’ Group, FCR applied for and received a community grant of £5000 from Clarion Futures to pay for equipment and running costs, helping Ferndale Community Radio to spring to life, going live on July 2nd 2019.

Initially comprised of a small number of volunteer staff, FCR has had to expand to meet the needs of the community during the Covid pandemic; now, with a volunteer staff of twenty-five and multiple studios, on air twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, Ferndale Community Radio provide local traffic, weather and news, great entertainment and friendly chatter, easing some of the loneliness felt by those in seclusion, locally and world-wide.

At the start of the Covid pandemic, FCR had just the one studio, in the community hub; at present, with the financial help of the presenters themselves and a £1000 National Lottery Community Fund grant to buy equipment and the relevant licenses, FCR now has nine ‘micro-studios’ set up in presenters’ homes, allowing FCR to be broadcast continuously.

A mix of live shows and replays, Ferndale Community Radio has steadily expanded during lockdown, with the recent addition, following the departure of Radio Plymouth, of a live breakfast show, starting at 7am, to provide the local community with traffic, weather and news updates.


The Ferndale Community Radio team have also done some fantastic work for charity, raising £2800 for Save The Children, helping to raise £800 for Livewire Saltash and working with Hugs From Henry, a children’s cancer charity, to provide sacks of toys for the children, adding a little magic to their Christmas.


Ferndale Community Radio has a great social-media presence, including profiles on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and an exceptional website, managed by presenter Mark Truman, full of information about the station, the shows, the presenters and how to listen.

The website also includes a page for FCR sponsors to display links to their own pages, advertising their business and providing access to their services.

Sponsorship provides funds, enabling Ferndale Community Radio to continue to support the community, with thousands of people listening already and new listeners tuning in every day.

Sponsorship packages, such as the Stirling Road Wellbeing Hub, are available now and information can be found below.


Harriett Deans - Editor.

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