March 2018 Silver Robin has made it through the long winter, the shock of the late snow fall hasn’t stopped us from bring new and original content to the site! This spring we will collaborate with more schools, sharing our raison d’être to bring the generations closer. We have also added new soundfiles from Joyce… Click here to read more


No time for goodbyes

It was Singapore in January 1941. We were just about to board the SS Orion en route for Sydney, Australia. Loudspeakers were warning passengers that due to the emergency, we were only allowed on board with what we could carry. So trunks of clothing etc. were left on the wharf, and hasty decisions made. My… Click here to read more


Mothers Day

Taia Fry has kindly sent in some recordings celebrating Mothers Day. The tradition of Mother’s Day has been around since the 1900’s, created to honour and celebrate the mother of the family. It is now celebrated in over 70 different countries and serves as an important reminder of the daily tasks that our mothers selflessly… Click here to read more


Sir Roger Bannister

Last year, we recorded some interviews exclusively for Silver Robin which offered some candid conversation for our advent calendar. One of our guests was the well known British hero, Sir Roger Bannister, who recently passed away aged 88. He was known as the first man to break the four minute mile but often said that… Click here to read more


Growing older disgracefully

We have a reading from a spiky Jenny Joseph, who has kindly shared her proposed plans for the future. What are your thoughts as you grow older? Are you looking forward to saying and doing what you like? Get in touch and tell us all about it!


An informal chat with a sprightly 99 year old

Following our Christmas Advent calendar of tales and anecdotes, we have a series of further recollection from one of our oldest viewers. 99 year old Joyce has kindly donated her time with Silver Robin, recollecting fluid and vivid accounts about the weekends, Sunday school, the rule of not working on Sunday, the lost art of… Click here to read more


Bill Rennells from the BBC!

We have something very special for you to kick off 2018! Avril, Silver Robins creator invited BBC Oxford Radio Bill Rennells (Harmony Night) to offer himself an evening with mock panel of fans, which allows Bill to tell us about several anedotes. To listen, please press play on the sound file below. Keep checking this… Click here to read more



A couple of friends of Silver Robin are conducting a survey on online photo-sharing by People aged over 60 years. Dr Sarah Quinton from Oxford Brookes University and Dr Caroline Holland and Professor Shailey Minocha of The Open University have received funding from Sir Halley Stewart Trust to investigate how and why people over 60… Click here to read more


Advent Calendar

Pupils from Holland Park Comprehensive chat to the older generation about Christmas. December 1st For the first advent, this is a lively conversation with Clementine Yates with her Grandmother about Christmas presents! December 2nd For the second advent, Clementine Yates continues her conversation with her Grandmother about Christmas. December 3rd For the third advent, Clementine… Click here to read more


A year’s sad ending

As we approach the end of the year, it becomes a time for reflection and it’s a fact of life that with the joy and happiness, also comes sadness and sorrow. This is a beautifully poignant poem sent in to us via email. Please take the time to read this one, and as ever we… Click here to read more


Me and my National Service

Reflecting on his pre- and Army days, Brian Jarvis, 81, also recollects how moved he was by the 1969 film, Oh What a Lovely War. Its bitter-sweet reflections of WW1, and British attitudes and patriotism prevailing then, is often sentimental yet so evocative of songs that helped morale, and is now one of music’s lost… Click here to read more