In this 75th anniversary year of the D-Day landings we present a special edition of Ridgeway Magazine featuring interviews made during a visit John made to the D-Day landing grounds in Normandy.
- Lord Danatt, former Chief of Staff of the British Army, reviews the military aspects of both Overlord and the failed raid on Dieppe two years earlier which led to Hitler’s order that commandos and Special Forces were to be shot if captured
- Military historian Andrew Roberts reveals some of the ideas that worked for the Allies and some that did not.
- Two young French people have surprising views on the landings – seems many French would rather not be reminded
- Chris Copson, curator of The Keep Military Museum, reprises the important role played by the Dorset Regiment on D-Day and Dorset’s subsequent fight towards Arnhem
- Keeping the invasion plans a secret…a local man tells us about an important relic of that period he discovered
- Solicitor Katharine Jones celebrates 100 years of women being admitted as solicitors. Once the legal profession, all men of course, considered women not to be people at all. Therefore as non-persons they could not become lawyers
- Weymouth sea front lights – we have an exclusive report on the future of the laser display. They think it’s all over – not yet for this local conundrum which seems to limp along
- Would you pay £15 for a cup of coffee? You might do in London but not in Dorset as we hear from a coffee roaster, Nigel Green of the Dorset Coffee Company and Christian and Zeta from the prizewinning mobile coffee bar with a difference called Coffee on the Hoof
- Cheesed off with your bank manager? An elderly customer writes to her bank and we read the letter which exemplifies the “Computer says NO” style of banking
Dorset County Hospital is calling for nominations for its annual staff awards – The Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Awards.
The GEM Awards scheme recognises outstanding members of staff, volunteers and teams who have exceeded what is expected of them in terms of performance, effort and attitude.
Nominations can be made by members of staff, volunteers, patients, their families and friends, members of the public and employees of organisations the hospital works in partnership with.
Any member of staff, volunteer, student or apprentice can be nominated, wherever they work in the hospital. This year there are nine categories: (more…)
- Who wants to be a gladiator? Coming to Dorchester, a fight to the death! Full training given. Thumbs up to all that
- Wrexit, by that we mean Weymouth joins the unitary authority in April. A county councillor tells Weymouth to wake up to the facts the town’s assets are going to be nabbed leaving it without an income
- Those railway lines in Weymouth – should trains run on them again? Rail buff and author Paul Atterbury takes a rather unexpected view
- In your garden as spring approaches. Some jobs to do with advice from Lucy our gardening expert and an idea for a lazy answer to weeding
Two further public drop-in events are being held to gather feedback from local people about changes to NHS services in West Dorset.
Clinicians from Dorset County Hospital and Dorset HealthCare will be in attendance to outline the changes and explain how Bridport Hospital will remain a vibrant hub for healthcare in the area.
The changes involve some services moving location – there will be no reduction in any of the services provided. (more…)
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