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Services from St Peter's Church, Dorchester

Service of Eucharist 18th May 2017

President of the Eucharist Rev Anita Thorne, reader Peter Foster.

Service of Eucharist 18th May 2017


Mothering Sunday Service, 2017.

The Thomas Hardye School Chapel Choir were directed by Peter Oakes and Organist was David Bruce-Payne. The service was conducted by Revd Claire McLelland. With thanks to Peter Oakes for recording the service.

Mothering Sunday Service, 2017


Arts In Hospital Concert with the Ridgeway Singers and Band

A recording of the Concert celebrating the 175th anniversary of Dorset County Hospital. The Ridgeway Singers and Band, led by Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries, performed Dorset carols, folksongs, dance tunes and new songs, with readings exploring the fascinating history of rural healthcare in Dorset. The concert was held in Dorset County Museum on 31st March 2016.

Arts In Hospital Concert


Clinical Research at Dorset County Hospital

An interview with two Clinical Nurses at DCH about the hospital's clinical research work.

Clinical Research interview


NHS Friends and Family Test

NHS England wants to make patients and the broader public aware of the opportunity to give feedback on their care and treatment that will help to bring about improvements in services.

The Friends and Family Test is a quick, easy and anonymous way to have your say and there have been 17 million responses since it began rolling out three years ago, with more than 90 per cent of them very positive and giving a much-needed morale boost to hard working staff.

It is in place across all NHS trusts, in primary care, mental health, community services and patient transport and patients can give feedback at any time.

Below is an interview, by NHS England, with some of the FFT team and you can get more information by following this link to the NHS England website or this link to the Dorset County Hospital website.

Interview - NHS Friends and Family Test


Ridgeway Magazine

15th November 2017

  • Andy Worth, chairman of Ridgeway Radio, talks about the plans for community radio in Dorchester and the surrounding area.
  • John gets “nicked” for speeding and reports on attendance at a Speed Awareness Course, “better than three points on my driving licence,” he says.
  • A report on gambling and the addiction to Fixed Odd Betting Terminals – the facts will amaze.
  • We hear about a man called Dora who never bought a round of drinks...why?
  • Poundbury Garden Centre’s Lisa Bond talks about her allotment in winter.

Ridgeway Magazine 15th November 2017


1st November 2017

  • We have an update on finding a suitable site for the “Bus Shelter” that will sleep 17 homeless people. But the bus is not moving just yet.
  • Ridgeway Magazine vet Malcolm Welshman advises against “Googling” your pet’s health issues. A mis-diagnosis might result.
  • Fly tipping is a problem in the county but we meet a man who has built a shop in Weymouth using only waste material.
  • Too old to drive safely? We report on Dorset Older Drivers’ Forum sponsored by the Dorset Police and championed by Lord Fellowes.
  • Train buff and Antiques Roadshow’s Paul Atterbury on model railways – have they gone too far?
  • White rabbits! white rabbits! and a “pinch and a punch for the first of the month!”...but why? We have the answers.

Ridgeway Magazine 18th October 2017


18th October 2017

  • Radio One is 50 years old but we celebrate Pirate Radio with our own Geoff Atherton, Ridgeway Radio presenter, former pirate radio DJ and record plugger.
  • Elvis died 40 years ago. We mark his passing (did he ever leave?) with an extended interview with Ted Harrison, author of the book "The Death and Resurrection of Elvis Presley".

Ridgeway Magazine 18th October 2017


4th October 2017

  • Lost for words? We read 30 funny old words that have been rediscovered
  • What happens to lost luggage? It goes to auction!
  • Weymouth Council leader explains the North Quay sale problem.
  • Pet Patter: our vet talks about saving a python which had swallowed its heating pad.
  • Lost your umbrella on the underground? The lost property office dealt with 332,000 items last year.
  • War on waste - how long do things take to biodegrade?
  • Have you forgotten about a personal pension paid into at work? We tell you how to track it down. Useful info to accompany this item: to trace forgotten pensions phone 0345 600 2537, or go to this website www.gov.uk/find-pension-contact-details or write to Pensions Tracing Service 9, Mail Handling Site A, Wolverhampton WV98 1LU. Note, the Government's service is free whereas commercial companies providing the same service will charge you.

Ridgeway Magazine 4th October 2017 2017


20th September 2017

  • So you want to be a fire fighter? Section Commander at Weymouth Fire Station, Dave Allen, tells us about the job.

Two anniversaries:

  1. The 999 emergency number is 80 years old and we chart its progress and warn about making hoax calls.
  2. ERNIE, the machine that chooses Premium Bond winners is 60 this year. He's chosen prizes valued at £17 billion
  • School hols - do want four or five short breaks a year?
  • Lucy from Poundbury Gardens gives her tips for September.
  • Concluding our series on the history of the cinema - it's all change at the flicks these days.

Ridgeway Magazine 20th September 2017 2017


6th September 2017

  • Weymouth Pavilion is now the best show in town after four years of community ownership.
  • We talk to the Mad Hatters of Bridport at Hatterday’s festival.
  • Our vet and animal expert Malcolm Welshman answers the question, “Where have all the swallows gone?”
  • Some fruity remarks by our MPs about what they call each other.

Ridgeway Magazine 6th September 2017 2017


23rd August 2017

In this edition we go to France for a snapshot of life across the channel taking in:

  • 'Le cricket'
  • McDonalds with knives and forks
  • Motoring
  • What President Macron has been up to

Also;

  • A report on what happens if you lose your passport whilst abroad
  • We re-visit the Horse Course
  • We visit a lady who rescues hedgehogs
  • And take your seats for part two of our Romance of the Cinema

Ridgeway Magazine 23rd August 2017 2017


9th August 2017

Four legs good, two legs bad. This edition features animals.

  • Vet Malcolm Welshman tells us how dogs communicate - is the tail wagging up, down or sideways?
  • A dog whisperer (yes really!) talks to a mixed-up dog about its unhappy past.
  • We visit the Horse Course where mixed-up adults and children find that horses can change their moods.
  • The pig is man's best friend....discuss.
  • Those clever children from Damers First School are still selling their prizewinning 'Spic and Span' product. We visit Poundbury Farmer's Market and meet them again.

Ridgeway Magazine 9th August 2017 2017


19th July 2017

  • To the Norwegian fjords where folk have to have two jobs to survive.
  • Know a wolverine: the mad dog-like predator that can climb trees and kills sheep for fun!
  • Politics: in Norway, even the fish voted no! to the EU.
  • We go below decks on a mighty cruise ship and the captain reads a letter form a 10 year old.
  • Follow-up story: winning Damers First School do it again.
  • In the week the Dunkirk film is released, we hear about “My Girl” and her float-on part.

Ridgeway Magazine 19th July 2017


5th July 2017

  • Two budding business brains aged eight and nine talk about creating an eco-friendly product for a national young entrepreneurs competition.
  • We list the top 10 films of all time and learn the movies were a British, not Hollywood, invention.
  • Credit cards: the “flexible friend” is 51 and the ATM is 50 years old.
  • Did “World No Tobacco Day” pass you by? We investigate puff, snuff and statistical stuff.
  • Barbara Purnell, chair of Friends of DCH, reprises their work.

Ridgeway Magazine 5th July 2017


21st June 2017

  • You can go on a Hard Hat Tour of the Shire Hall in Dorchester which will reopen as a heritage centre next year. We report on progress.
  • The Decadettes give us a tune or two resplendent in their Poppy Dresses while they collect money for the Royal British Legion.
  • We talk to Poppy Butcher, organiser of Weymouth's Military Vehicle Parade, now in her eighties and just as well organised as the young secretary she once was on D Day.
  • Do pets look like their owners? Ridgeway Magazine's vet Malcolm Welshman tells us.
  • Railway trivia - some stories from life on the lines.
  • Lisa Bond from Poundbury Garden Centre takes to her allotment for the third time.
  • Dorset Police with a serious warning about fraud - don't let it happen to you.

Ridgeway Magazine 7th June 2017


7th June 2017

  • We have an interview with antiques expert Eric Knowles, of Antiques Roadshow fame, who was recently in Dorchester.
  • Travelling abroad? Check if you need a Visa as well as your passport, a Dorchester travel agent advises.
  • Should old men wear shorts not to mention back-to-front baseball caps?
  • We look at the history of trousers and how a Royal accident became a trouser fashion.
  • The new Friends’ shop in the hospital has something for everyone.
  • Weymouth’s Colwell Centre reopens as the School Street Shopping Plaza – we pay a visit.

Ridgeway Magazine 7th June 2017


24th May 2017

  • With 2 billion people expected to speak English by 2020,  Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) pays well and we tell you how to get on a course.
  • Our feature “Pets Patter”, with retired vet and author Malcolm Welshman, tells us how to make a cat do what YOU want!
  • Where is the “Bus Shelter”, a converted bus which will sleep 20 homeless people, to park? “Not here!” say Weymouth councillors.
  • Gardening tips concentrate on slugs and other pests.
  • We report on the newest must-have, reconditioned wind-up gramophones.

Ridgeway Magazine 10th May 2017


10th May 2017

  • Good use for an old double decker bus. We report on one being converted into a “bus shelter” for rough sleepers
  • Dorset Police are asking for volunteers from villages to join “Community Speed Watch” while the French Police aim to issue 12 million speeding tickets with the help of new sophisticated radar traps.
  • Meanwhile the Community Car Scheme in Dorset needs volunteer drivers to take folk to hospital and doctors’ surgeries.
  • Want to squeeze inside a WW2 tank, “drive” a Jeep and shoot down a plane? The Portland D Day Centre is hands-on war!

Ridgeway Magazine 10th May 2017


19th April 2017

  • Dorset Police give a timely warning about the safe disposal of marine distress flares. A weekend collection of out-of-date flares saw 2,000 handed in, the oldest dating from 1964.
  • We take a look at the history of holidays for the workers and found Britain has only eight public hols while the rest of Europe averages 11.
  • A report on the still-closed Colwell Centre, Weymouth, reveals some interesting facts about an unofficial Tourist Information Centre.
  • Two Weymouth stories – has the “decaying”town been smartened up for summer and a report on the Lions’ Club “wave wade” for charity.
  • Finally, Marmite – the funny peculiar facts.

Ridgeway Magazine 19th April 2017


29th March 2017

  • Our gardening expert Lucy Simpson, from Poundbury Gardens, tells us about the garden in springtime.
  • In Pet Patter we talk to our resident vet Malcolm Welshman about animals that are mimics.
  • We'll have to forgive John on his rant about South West Trains' bus replacement services which are weekend events at the moment.
  • Should we all 'man up'? Not according to a university which has banned the use of the descriptive word 'man' in lectures and on campus.
  • With the introduction of the new one pound coin we wonder if you have a forged pound in your pocket - if so get rid of it quickly.

Ridgeway Magazine 29th March 2017


8th March 2017

  • Ridgeway Magazine went on patrol with Dorset Police in the search of mobile phone users. The new law was explained together with a warning that a “stop” by Police might end with your car being seized!
  • A million visitors are expected in Weymouth; we look at some of the 250 events and festivals planned for 2017.
  • We follow up the story about dilapidated Weymouth with Rachel Stretton from the Dorset Echo.
  • The leader of Weymouth council talks about plans for the Peninsular (Pavilion) site.
  • We have a special report on loneliness among young people with psychoanalyst and counsellor Alison Moore.

Ridgeway Magazine 8th March 2017


22nd February 2017

  • We take a walk around Weymouth in the company of a local resident who has shamed the council in to smartening up the town centre.
  • Pet Patter - Do pets really have a sense of humour, with Malcolm Welshman.
  • What's good enough for charity shops and what's not.
  • The advice given to rail passengers for their own safety....150 years ago!
  • Lucy Simpson from Poundbury Gardens gives us gardening tips for this time of year.

Ridgeway Magazine 22nd February 2017


8th February 2017

  • Food wastage and an appeal from Weymouth based charity, Soul Food, for working fridges and freezers.
  • We re-visit a previous item about writing a will. Cowboy will writers? Yes, they exist!
  • We talk to a tattoo artist with a cosmetic difference, who has had 8 million hits online since her story went viral!
  • Finally, a timely reminder for Valentines Day and how did it all begin?

Ridgeway Magazine 8th February 2017


25th January 2017

  • Cleaning Up After Fido? Dog poo was once called “pure” and was collected for money.
  • US Presidents were a weird bunch and we looked at their gifts and foibles.
  • New Year Resolutions for pets, with our studio guest, author and vet Malcolm Welshman.
  • Texting While Walking  You could be fined in America.
  • Tax Returns  The dog ate my tax papers and other excuses unlikely to impress HMRC when not filing tax returns.
  • Visit to Norway  Ridgeway Radio’s visit, with John, to Norway’s capital, Oslo, to a Viking museum, and no, the Vikings did not wear helmets with horns.

Ridgeway Magazine 25th Jan 2017


11th January 2017

  • The right and wrong ways to write a will
  • Getting married at sea
  • Careers aboard cruise liners
  • New Year's Resolutions - did you make any and will you keep them?

Ridgeway Magazine 11th Jan 2017


14th December 2016

  • Is Santa Claus past his sell-by date? (Hmmm, controversial!)
  • As the 'tummy bug' season arrives, we have an 'Odd Ode' about hygiene in the kitchen (courtesy, Cyril Fletcher)
  • Advice on how to prevent fraudsters getting their hands on you hard earned cash
  • Pet Patter - are our pets psychic?
  • We follow the progress of our allotment novice who grew 23 varieties of potato

Ridgeway Magazine 14th December 2016


30th November 2016

  • Cyber Crime. Are you among the 1 in 4 Brits who have been affected?
  • The empty Weymouth Council Offices and why local councillors are powerless to decide the future of the buildings.
  • Being invited to dinner in a grand house 300 years ago. Did you know that, as a guest, you were expected to take your own knife, fork, spoon and potty!?
  • Battlefield Tours. Featuring the Western Front Association, based in Pimperne.

Ridgeway Magazine 30th November 2016


9th November 2016

  • Pet Patter - Vet Malcolm Welshman talks about animals who watch TV
  • BBC TV is 90 years old
  • What happened to "Penny for The Guy"?
  • Drunk as a Lord - where did that saying come from?

Ridgeway Magazine 9th November 2016


26th October 2016

  • Take-away food and the way it’s changing our eating habits.
  • Local MP Richard Drax talks about the final months of the Search & Rescue helicopter and plans for the future.
  • Richard Drax also talks of the hope for survival of the Land Registry Office which has been threatened with closure or privatisation.
  • The Driving Test is 80 years old. We take a look back at its beginnings.
  • Autumn gardening tips from Poundbury Gardens’ Lucy Simpson.

Ridgeway Magazine 26th October 2016


12th October 2016

  • Why is Weymouth among the 10 unhappiest places to live? Two views; journalist Harry Walton lists Weymouth’s faults and good points and guest house proprietor can only see the best. The peninsular site by the harbour; Weymouth council leader Geoff Cant explains the idea for a giant entertainments complex and the in-house finance possibility.
  • As the clocks go back, we find the extra hour is 100 years old this year and remember when there were TWO extra hours in summer..
  • The national Illegal Lending Team has got its collective eye on Dorset loan sharks with a phone number to report usurers.
  • Finally, examine the small change in your pocket. Some coins are worth £10’s and £100’s and we tell you which.

Ridgeway Magazine 28th September 2016


28th September 2016

  • Pet Patter - a new monthly feature with vet Malcolm Welshman
  • News of the closure of Weymouth's seafront loos
  • And Odd Ode about poor Sonia Snell - spent a penny but caused her hell!
  • Ron Bowers, retired Los Angeles Police Department Prosecutor, on the American way of justice.

Ridgeway Magazine 28th September 2016


14th September 2016

  • The Fire of London -  recently remembered on its 350th anniversary, was nothing compared to the Great Fire of Dorchester which in 1613 almost destroyed the entire town of 2,000 souls. Local historian Kate Hebditch tells the story.
  • High Speed History -  A young art expert was challenged to relate the history of art in five minutes ...she did it in eight!
  • Seagulls  -  A local councillor set out the initiative that has been taken to discourage people from feeding gulls by sticking advisory labels on takeaway food packaging. Can seagulls read?
  • Interviews by Los Angeles Police Department -  Another in the series of interviews by Los Angeles Police Department prosecutor  describing crimes committed by the “dumbest” criminals.
  • Gardening tips for September. Lucy Simpson from Poundbury Gardens joins us once again with some very useful advice.

Ridgeway Magazine 14th September 2016


31st August 2016

We look in to the possible demise of local tourist information centres. Joining in the discussion are David Taylor, town and district councillor, and Alison Weller, Chair of Weymouth Hoteliers, Guest Houses and Leaseholders Association. Also in this edition we ask when is a supermarket not super except for its super-inflated prices and investigate our enthusiasm for forensic science with the help of a former Los Angeles Police Department forensic scientist. Finally, continuing the tourist theme, we feature some daft questions asked by tourists!

Ridgeway Magazine 31st August 2016


17th August 2016

We featured an interview with a Los Angeles Police Department Prosecuting Attorney who talked about the history of forensic science which began in England 200 years ago. He brought the subject to life by discussing the mysterious death of Marilyn Monroe which he recently re-investigated as a 'cold case'. Modern policing was reflected in an interview with the  'No excuses' campaign leader in Dorset who talked about the county’s introduction of drug driving tests. Other subjects: when suntans became fashionable replacing the often poisonous pale and interesting look, a wry take on whether the Chinese can build Hinkley Point and why Mr. Punch might be forced to leave his pitch on Weymouth beach.

Ridgeway Magazine 17th August 2016


3rd August 2016

Dorset Police Superintendent Peter Little was a live guest on Ridgeway Magazine and explained why research showed 40 per cent of Dorset parents believe their children are safer playing outside than being on-line. He discussed “stranger danger” in the context of children making “friends” with people they don’t know who could lead them into trouble and what parents should do to install parental controls. Ruth Hayes, gardening  editor of “Amateur Gardener”, stood in for our regular gardening expert and gave answers to the most frequently asked questions. We reported on the anniversary of credit cards which are exactly 50 years old, and asked if Britain is living above its means given the startling amount of personal debt.

Ridgeway Magazine 3rd August 2016


20th July 2016

Some useful information about the Isle of Wight as John talks to an island Tour Manager. Did you know that the Speaking Clock is 80 years old? - everything you need to know is here. And John concludes his cruise to Russia by talking to the Captain of his cruise ship, The Emerald Princess, as well as the Cruise Director and his assistant who are in charge of the on board activities.

Ridgeway Magazine 20th July 2016


6th July 2016

Part 2 of John's trip to St Petersburg in Russia, taking in Finland and Poland along the way.

Also, in this edition, txt spk...the acronyms we use when texting or, in years gone by when writing home to our loved ones, including a few you may never have heard of.

Ridgeway Magazine 6th July 2016


22nd June 2016

Part 1 of John's trip to Russia visiting, en route, Ghent, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Estonia.

The Ridgeway Radio Outside Broadcast Unit went to Russia and many ports on the way. This programme featured Ghent, a canal trip, a report on world famous Belgian chocolate and why the city has 2,000 pubs. John visited Copenhagen and heard about its mermaids, its palaces including the changing of the guard and was told a Hans Christian Anderson story about a little mermaid. Then to Stockholm to see the most amazing museum devoted entirely to a 17th century man of war which, apart from the sails, is virtually complete having been salvaged from “sweet” non- corrosive water. The guide in Estonia talked about the country’s rich flora and fauna which is the backbone of its tourist trade. Its capital Talinn has a medieval charm, a small city where time stands still. There will be more to come from John's trip in the next edition of Ridgeway Magazine.

Back home, also in this programme, the gardening slot featured a young novice gardener and a visit to her allotment. Under the guidance of Poundbury Gardens (one of our supporters) she told listeners how she started from scratch with no experience in February and, apart from growing 23 varieties of potatoes, is now cropping strawberries, rhubarb and rocket and her broad beans are coming on nicely.

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25th May 2016

Subjects in this edition of the Magazine included DCH charity funding for a new cancer facility, Weymouth Pavilion BrExit meeting, gardening tips from Poundbury Garden Centre, and tipping – rubbish and waiters !

Ridgeway Magazine 25/05/16


30th March 2016 (1)

John Shepherd talked to Martyn Underhill, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset. The interview ranged in topics from policing in Dorset, the new “toys” our police are being equipped with which include drones, personal video cameras for officers, safeguarding children and the number one problem on the horizon, cyber crime.

Interview with Police Commissioner


30th March 2016 (2)

30th March 2016. For the first time we had two studio guests on the same programme. The second was Jill Withey who has been a Samaritan in Dorchester for almost 20 years. She talked about the need for volunteer Samaritans, their suitability and their training. The number one issue for the Samaritans is mental health – 20 years ago it was debt. Do you know that the Samaritans received over 5 million telephone calls in 2014 fielded by 21,000 volunteers.

Interview with Jill Withey


16th March 2016

Broadcast on 16th March 2016. Topics include Ridgeway's Radio Daze event, Launderettes and the diappearance of our local pubs. Presented by John Shepherd and Mark Blackford.

Ridgeway Magazine March 2016


Special Features

Brigg Fair to Strawberry Fair

Brigg Fair to Strawberry Fair, a concert performed by Tim Laycock and Colin Thompson, was part of the Cerne Music Festival 2017 and featured the folk songs and tunes that influenced great composers such as Ralph Vaughan Williams, Percy Grainger and Benjamin Britten. Tim and Colin are joined by members of the Gaudier Ensemble including Richard Hosford.

Brigg Fair to Strawberry Fair


West Gallery Carol Concert

A recording of the concert at St Nicolas Church Abbotsbury performed by the Ridgeway Carollers and Band. The Carols you will hear are part of a local tradition of village music-making that flourished during the eighteenth century and the first half of the nineteenth century. Most churches and chapels had a gallery at the west end of the building, where local musicians would play their instruments and lead the singers in hymns, anthems and Christmas Carols. Thomas Hardy's father and grandfather played their violins and cellos in Puddletown in the early 1800's, before moving their allegiance to Stinsford Church. Two of the carols that you will hear today come from the Puddletown repertoire, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to share these splendid and vibrant songs with you. The Ridgeway Singers were created as part Of 'Rooting Round the Ridgeway' Project. The project's aims were to explore the traditional carols, folk song and dance music of the Ridgeway area, and to stimulate the creation of new songs and music inspired by the landscape and the musical traditions of the Ridgeway area Of South Dorset. Although the musical element of the project has now ended, the enthusiasm generated was such that the group was determined to continue, and also to explore a little further into other musical traditions in Dorset; We hope you find the results as entertaining and inspiring as we do!

West Gallery Carol Concert 2016


John Constable and Osmington illustrated in music and stories

Two hundred years ago John Constable and his wife spent their honeymoon at Osmington Vicarage in October and November 1816. From his many expeditions came some of those very famous paintings. This two part show,  performed by Tim Laycock and Colin Thompson, celebrates the occasion and is illustrated by music, song, stories and readings. Other aspects of Constable's life and inspirations, such as Suffolk, Salisbury Cathedral and Stonhenge are also included. Part of the 200th anniversary celebrations of his time in Osmington Village and surrounds, the show was recorded in Osmington Village Hall before an enthusiastic audience.

Part 1, 46 mins

Constable Show Part 1

Part 2, 50 mins

Constable Show Part 2


William Barnes Music and Poetry

As part of the Victorian Fayre at Dorset County Museum, on 21st Feb 2016, a presentation of music and poetry by William Barnes was performed by Tim Laycock, Brian Caddy, John Blackmore, Charles Buckler, Dave Burbidge, Hillary Charlesworth and Devina Symes.

William Barnes Poetry and Music recorded at Dorset County Museum.


'Going The Rounds' performed by The New Hardy Players

Discover the old Dorset Christmas tradition of 'Going The Rounds' in Thomas Hardy's day immortilised in his novel Under the Greenwood Tree. This 2 hour long presentation features carols and readings performed by the New Hardy Players, Choir and Band, led by Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries.

Ridgeway Radio's Andy Worth describes the scene and superbly captures the spirit of the times in this recording with contributions from many of the participants. He joins around 130 folk at Hardy's Cottage, Higher Bockhampton, and the new Hardy Visitor Centre in Thorcombe Wood before moving on to Kingston Maurward, with the event concluding at St Michael's Church, Stinsford.

A Christmas gem.

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A local version of Going the Rounds was devised 29 years ago by Furse Swann and acted out bi-yearly by the Hampshire based Madding Crowd until 2013. This year, 2015, Tim Laycock was invited to take on on the organisation of a new approach to the event, which adds theatrical and musical elements to the traditional proceedings. With the help of the New Hardy Players, the Ridgeway Singers and Band (Conductor: Alastair simpson), the Frome Valley Mummers, plus some members of the Madding Crowd; Tim Laycock, Phil Humphries, and Furse Swann, all created an exciting promenade performance based on Hardy's 'Under the Greenwood Tree', that took an enthusiatic audience on a two and a half hour journey around locations in Higher and Lower Bockhampton, through the grounds of Kingston Maurward, finishing with West Galley singing, readings, and a Mummers play in St Michael's church at Stinsford.

'Going The Rounds' with the New Hardy Players


An Old Dorset Christmas performed by The Ridgeway Singers and Band

(Please note The Ridgeway Singers are not connected with Ridgeway Radio but we share a similar name taken from the Ridgeway hill between the towns of Weymouth and Dorchester. We are very grateful to Phil Humphries, Tim Laycock, The Ridgeway Singers and Band and Artsreach for permission to reproduce the concert here)

Introduction by Tim Laycock

"The Ridgeway Singers were formed 3 years ago as part of a wider Heritage-Lottery-funded project to explore the landscape, literature, music and folk traditions of the South Dorset Ridgeway. Artsreach asked local singer and folklorist Tim Laycock, and well- known trombone player and Mellstock Band member Phil Humphries to research traditional folksongs, carols and instrumental music from the villages around the Ridgeway, and residents were invited to a series of workshops to learn songs and carols. In particular the group looked at the old West Gallery tradition of singing Christmas carols in four part harmony, accompanied by fiddles, flutes, cellos and even the serpent! The first concerts took place in December 2013, and were a great success; people were genuinely excited and delighted to sing and hear local songs and carols performed in churches along the Ridgeway.

Three years on, the Ridgeway Singers have developed their repertoire to include folk songs collected in Dorset by Henry and Robert Hammond, and newly-composed songs inspired by the landscape of the South Dorset Ridgeway. Their performances are characterised by a great sense of energy and enjoyment, and truly recreate the celebratory sound of an old Dorset Christmas. Here they are in full flight in St Mary’s Church, Cerne Abbas, and they begin with a dance tune written in 1815 , appropriately called Waterloo."

The Cerne Concert - An Old Dorset Christmas


The Keep Military Museum, Dorchester

A journey through military history

Ridgeway Radio was at The Keep Military Museum Dorchester, where a documentary feature on aspects of the WW1 Centenary, and the WW2 Far Eastern Campaign, in 1945, were recorded with the Museum’s Curator Chris Copson. Much prominence was given to the Dorset Regiments’ action in these theatres of war. Within the museum, two of the locations we recorded at were a reconstruction of a WW1 trench, complete with realistic sound effects and at Hitler’s Desk from the Berlin Reich Chancellery. Our warmest thanks to Chris for giving his time to us. The four interviews are below:


The Trenches 1. The Trenches


Gallipoli 2. Gallipoli


Hitler's Desk 3. Hiltler's Desk


The Forgotten Army 4. The Forgotten Army


Guest interviews

We frequently invite local guests to take part in our programmes and talk about their lives and interests. Our guests either join us in the studio or are interviewed on location. Some of these interviews are part of our 'In Conversation' series whilst others were part of another programme.


A visit to Swanage Lifeboat Station for Andy Senior who talks to Coxwain and Mechanic, Dave Turnbull.

Andy Senior talks to Dave Turnbull at Swanage Lifeboat Station


Andy Senior talks to Chain-saw Wood Sculptor Simon Vaughan at his roadside pitch near Wareham.

Andy Senior talks to Simon Vaughan


Andy Grant, from Dorset Gliding Club, talks to Andy Senior about his gliding experiences.

Andy Senior talks to Andy Grant


David Hollister, journalist, former pop group roadie, former radio presenter, from the Harmans Cross area of Purbeck, talks to Andy Senior.

Andy Senior talks to David Hollister


The Reverend Anita Thorne talks about her life to Peter Foster.

In Conversation with Anita Thorne


Peter Foster in conversation with broadcaster Alan Jennings.

In Conversation with Alan Jennings


Antiques expert and jazz enthusiast Paul Atterbury of Antiques Roadshow fame talks to Peter Foster.

In Conversation with Paul Atterbury


Robert Parkes talks to Peter Foster about all things printing and publishing in this conversation.

In Conversation with Robert Parkes


Outside Broadcasts

Dorchester Remembers 2017

Each year Ridgeway Radio broadcasts the Service of Remembrance held at the Dorchester War Memorial. If you would like to hear listen to the broadcast click the play button below. This year we also include two other short Remembrance services.

The 2017 Remembrance Service held at the Dorchester War Memorial, broadcast on 12th November.

Dorchester Remembers 2017


Chairman's Remembrance Service held outside County Hall, Dorchester, on 9th November.

County Hall Remembrance Service 2017


Thomas Hardye School Remembrance ceremony held at the school's Memorial Gates on 10th November and attended by the entire school of approx 2,600 students, plus staff.

Thomas Hardy School Remembrance Service 2017


Armed Forces Day in Dorchester 2017

The annual Armed Forces Day Celebrations were held in the Dorchester Borough Gardens on Saturday 1st July 2017. Listen to our recording of the live broadcast featuring the Civic Service led by Canon Thomas Woodhouse, Team Rector of Dorchester and the Winterbournes. Also taking part were the Mayor of Dorchester, Councillor Susie Hosford, and Military Veterens. Entertainment by the Durnovaria Silver Band, pupils from St Osmunds School and The Decadettes. Master of Ceremonies, Alistair Chisholm. Commentary by Jim Davis, OB production Andy Venton and Andy Worth, with Andy Senior in the studio. Length - 2hrs 49mins

Armed Forces Day 1st July 2017


Dorchester Carnival 2017

A commentary of the procession by Jim Davis and Andy Senior

Dorchester Carnival 17th June 2017


D Day Service of Commemoration 6th June 2017

A Service commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the D Day Landings, held outside The Keep Military Museum in Dorchester on 6th June 2017. Recorded on a very windy day which, unfortunately, is rather noticeable on this recording. Jim Davis describes the scene.

D Day Service of Commemoration


Rifles Parade 23rd April 2017

Commentator Jim Davis.

Rifles Parade 23rd April 2017


Opening of new Friends of DCH Shop 16th May 2017

On 16th May 2017 we attended the opening of the new, re-located, Friends of Dorset County Hospital Shop. Peter Foster described the scene and spoke to many of the volunteers involved in this much-valued service. Click the play button to listen to our coverage of the event.

Opening Of New Friends Shop 16th May 2017.mp3


The Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen

Organised by Churches Together in Dorchester and area, which was broadcast live from St Peter's Church, Dorchester, on 11th June 2016. Taking part in the service were:

Canon Thomas Woodhouse, Team Rector of Dorchester and The Winterbournes and Chair of Churches Together
The Choir of St Peter's Church, Director Philip Lange
Organist, Peter Oakes
The Revd Claire McClelland, Team Vicar of Dorchester and The Winterbournes Team Ministry
The Mayor of Dorchester, Cllr Tim Harries
The Right Reverend Graeme Knowles CVO
Chris Warren, Vice-Chair, Churches Together in Dorchester and area
Sir Philip Williams, High Sherriff of Dorset
The Congregation of 100+

Grateful thanks to Churches Together, everyone who took part and St Peter's Church in particular, for their cooperation and help in making this broadcast.

HM The Queen's 90th Birthday - A Service of Thanksgiving


Miscellaneous


12 noon on the 29th September 2016. Ridgeway Radio's President and Dorchester Town Crier, wearing full ceremonial costume as he did for the rest of the day, gave a special cry at Dorchester's Town Pump proclaiming the 50th anniversay of hospital radio in Dorchester to a large group of passers by which was broadcast live via phone to our listeners.

Town Crier announces the 50th anniversary of hospital radio in Dorchester. 12 noon, 29th September 2016.


Jim Davis visits the Dorchester Scout Post with Oliver Bear in December 2015. Jim spoke to Debbie Thomas, organiser of the Dorchester Scout Post, and Ruth Young, Dorchester and West Dorset Cubs. The Cubs will be celebrating their centenary nationally in December 2016 and we hope to be covering associated Dorchester events for Ridgeway Radio.
Scout Post 2015


An overview of Ridgeway Radio presented by Amanda Yates.

Station overview

 


Hospital Radio Awards entries


Our entry in the Best Speech Category of the Hospital Radio Awards 2017 - Centenary of British Summertime. The entry is an item from the 12th October 2016 edition of Ridgeway Magazine presented by John Shepherd which is broadcast weekly on a Wednesday at 11am.

UPDATE: Although we were unsuccessful in being placed in the top three this year, we are proud to have been a finalist in this category.

Centenary of British Summertime


Our entry in the Special Event category of the Hospital Radio Awards 2016. The Christmas Day Special, presented by Peter and Heather Foster whilst aboard the Swanage Railway, was nominated as a finalist in the top ten.

Christmas Day Special


Our entry in the 'Best Newcomer' category of the Hospital Radio Awards 2014, presented by Dom Cornfield.

Dom HBA entry 2014


Our entry in the 'Best programme with multiple presenters' category of the Hospital Radio Awards 2014, presented by The Kingfisher Club.

HBA entry Best Programme Multiple Presenters


Our entry in the 'Best Newcomer' category of the Hospital Radio Awards 2015, presented by Aidan Carter.

Aidan HBA entry 2015


Highlights of the visit of HM The Queen who opened phase 2 of Dorset County Hospital in 1998. It was the winning entry in the Special Event category of the Hospital Radio Awards.

Queen's visit


From The Archives


Hugh Scully, of Antiques Roadshow fame, is in conversation with Peter Foster at an edition of the long running series made at Athelhampton House, near Dorchester, in 1998.

Hugh Scully


Peter interviews gardener and TV personality Alan Titchmarsh when, in 1999, he visited Dorset County Hospital to plant a special rose dedicated to Dr Jo Taylor in recognition of her work with the Renal Unit.

Alan Titchmarsh


Westminster Abbey was the location for this interview with BBC commentator John Snagge made in 1978.

John Snagge


Probably best known for his cricket commentaries, Brian Johnston is in conversation with Peter in a recording made in 1985.

Brian Johnston


The original audio overview of Ridgeway Radio presented by Amanda Yates and featuring many past and current presenters.

Old station overview


Index

999 number 80 years old

A
Aidan
Alan Jennings
Alan Titchmarsh
An allotment in winter
Andy Grant
Anita Thorne
An Old Dorset Christmas
Armed Forces Day 2017
Arts In Hospital Concert
ATMs 50 years old
B
Barbara Purnell
Battlefield Tours
Brian Johnston
Bridport Mad Hatters
Brigg Fair to Strawberry Fair
Budding young entepreneurs
Bus Shelter
Bus Shelter update
C
Careers at sea
Chain-saw wood sculptor
Charity Shops
Children's online safety
Christmas Day Special
Cinema, history of 1
Cinema, history of 2
Clinical Research at DCH
Community car scheme
Community Radio
Community speed watch
Cowboy will writers
Credit cards 50 years old
Credit cards revisited
Crown Princess ship
Cyber Crime
D
Damers School enterprise
Damers School winners
Damers School winners at Poundbury Farmers' Market
Dave Allen
Dave Turnbull
David Hollister
David Taylor
D Day Service
Decadettes, The
Delapidated Weymouth 1
Delapidated Weymouth 2
Dog poo
Dog Whisperer
Dom Cornfield
Do Pets Look Like Owners?
DORA
Dorchester Carnival 2017
Dorchester Remembers 2017
Dorset Gliding Club
Dorset Older Drivers' Forum
Driving Test
Driving when using phone
Drug drivers
Dumb Criminals
Dunkirk film
E
Elvis Presley
Emerald Princess ship
Engine Room, The
Eric Knowles
ERNIE is 60
F
Finland
Fire Fighters
Fjords
Food Wastage
Forensic Science
Forgotten Army, The
Friends of DCH
Friends' Shop 1
Friends' Shop 2
G
Gallipoli
Gambling
GMT/BST
Going The Rounds
(Don't) Google your pet's health
Great Fire Of Dorchester
H
Hattersday
Hedgehog rescuer
Helsinki
High Speed History
History of trousers
Hitler's Desk
Horse Course 1
Horse Course 2
Hospital Shop 1
Hospital Shop 2
How dogs communicate
Hugh Scully
I
Illegal Lending Team
Isle of Wight
J
Jill Withey
John Constable
John Snagge
K
Keep Military Museum, The
Kingfisher Club
L
Land Registry Office
Le Cricket
Legal Eagles
Littlemoor shopping
Loneliness among young people
Lost for words
Lost Luggage
Lost Pensions
Lost Property
M
Mad Hatters
Making a will
Marilyn Monroe
Marmite
Marriage at sea
Martyn Underhill
McDonalds in France
Movies
MPs' Rudery
Mr Punch
'My Girl' boat
N
New Year Resolutions
NHS Friends & Family Test
Nick Grassby
Norway Jan 2017
Norway July 2017
O
October Gardening Tips 2016
Old men & shorts
Old Station Overview
Opening of new Hospital Shop
Oslo visit
Osmington
P
Passport loss when abroad
Paul Atterbury
Paul Atterbury on model railways
Pet's humour
Pig, The
Pirate Radio
Poland
Police & Crime Commissioner, Dorset
Poppy Butcher
Portland D Day Centre
President Macron
Public holidays
Python which swallowed a heat pad
Q
Queen's Birthday Service
Queen's visit
R
Rail advice 150 years ago
Railway Trivia
Remembrance Services 2017
Richard Drax
Ridgeway Magazine
Rifles Parade
Robert Parkes
Rough Sleeping
Rude MPs
Ruth Meech
S
Samaritans
School Holidays
School Street Shopping Plaza
Scout Post 2015
Seagulls
Search & Rescue Helicopter
September Gardening Tips 2016
September Gardening Tips 2017
Serious Fraud Warning
Service of Thanksgiving
Shire Hall
Shop from waste material
Simon Vaughan
Small Change
Smoking
Speaking Clock
Speed Awareness Course
Station Overview
St Petersburg
St Peter's Services
Sun tans
Swallows
Swanage Lifeboat
T
Take-away food
Tattoo Artist
Tax Returns
TEFL
Texting while walking
TICs
Travelling abroad
Trenches, The
Trousers
U
Using phone whilst driving
US Presidents
V
Valentines Day
Visas
W
War on waste
Western Front Assoc.
West Gallery Carol Concert
Weymouth Council Offices 1
Weymouth Council Offices 2
Weymouth Events 2017
Weymouth Pavilion site
Weymouth Pavilion success
William Barnes Poetry & Music
Wind-up Gramophones
X
Y
Z

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