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Ridgeway Magazine

This page accompanies our programme of the same name which is broadcast on a Wednesday at 11am. You can hear the most recent programmes by selecting an edition below.

  • Ridgeway Magazine – 2nd D-Day special 5th June 2019

    The focus is on Weymouth and Portland in ‘Bodies and Buddies’

    • We are looking at the rumours about the burial of hundreds of US troops killed in training in the days before D-Day. An eyewitness to the landing of the bodies tells all
    • Lord Dannatt, former Chief of the British Army and founder of Help for Heroes talks about the composition of an invasion force
    • Historian and author Peter Caddick-Adams tells us about the Yanks who became buddies and sets the scene locally before D-Day. See Penguin Books website for more information about Peter Caddick-Adams
    • Les Sullivan of the Nothe Fort talks about the macabre duty of the Weymouth fishing fleet
    • Stephen George of the Portland D-Day Centre on the vital importance of the Mulberry Harbour
    • The irrepressible Poppy Butcher talks about singing for the US troops and her job at Portland Dockyard at the age of 15

    See also our first D-Day Special

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  • Ridgeway Magazine 1st May 2019
    • Beware scams old and new. Author Roger Guttridge reprises an 18th century Dorset scam which did not end well for the tricksters and Dorset Police add a modern day warning
    • What happens when the Police seize and impound your vehicle? This has caused no end of trouble for almost 2,400 Dorset vehicle owners since 2017
    • Old wives’ tales….any truth in them? We explore some
    • ‘Me time’ and why tens of thousands of women are holidaying on their own. A Dorchester travel agent says it’s a growing trend
    • We have advice for solo female travellers…pack a door stopper and more
    • Are you a landlord? Don’t bury your head in the sand and ignore far-reaching news laws
    • Weymouth Esplanade lighting. The project manager says “By the end of the year” for sure

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  • Ridgeway Magazine 17th April 2019
    • We hear from the President of the Dorset Association of Parish Councils who describes why they are so important and the reason to elect new councillors
    • Superloos: Weymouth’s Town Clerk talks about the gender neutral element that worries people and seeks to allay their fears
    • Two items about pets: Pet Patter’s subject is dogs and the signals they give out. And a dog walker gives some advice about insurance and other aspects
    • Flying away on hols? We tell you the things airlines don’t want you to know by airing cabin crew secrets
    • Slugs – the gardeners’friend? The Royal Horticultural Society says they can be
    • Continuing the history of bad weather clothing. This time hats and coats
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  • Ridgeway Magazine D-Day Special 3rd April 2019

    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
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  • Ridgeway Magazine 20th March 2019
    • 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
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  • Ridgeway Magazine 6th March 2019
    • 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
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  • Ridgeway Magazine 20th Feb 2019
    • The history of the theatre from Greek times to backstage at Weymouth’s Pavilion Theatre. An expert takes the stage and tells of the days when women were banned from attending
    • Filled in your self-employed tax return? You might like to hear of some of the more ridiculous taxes down the years from taxes on beards, clocks and hearths to hats!
    • As for VAT, there are some strange anomalies and some glaring inclusions
    • What are the chances of picking up a 60 year old magazine and seeing a picture of yourself? One listener did and tells us about her school’s experiment among its pupils in being socially responsible. It made the headlines in its day
    • Help is at hand with a craze said to be sweeping the country – the Repair Café movement is coming to Dorset.
    • In Pet Patter Malcolm advises ‘a little knowledge is a dangerous thing’
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  • Ridgeway Magazine 6th Feb 2019
    • Mallams restaurant in Weymouth has had to close for good and owners Janice and Steve Gosson explain that it wasn’t just the devastating fire which swayed their decision
    • Alistair Chisholm is in the studio to talk about the ALL For Dorset movement which wants to banish party politics from local government
    • We talk to James Webb from the Priest’s House Museum in Wimborne about their collection of Victorian Valentine cards
    • Phil Say from Weymouth Pavilion tells us about the building’s amazing lighting scheme
    • In Pet Patter Malcolm Welshman recounts the story of the Cow in the Tree, an episode from his latest book ‘An Armful Of Animals’ (available from Amazon)
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  • Ridgeway Magazine 9th Jan 2019
    • Local Democracy Reporter Trevor Bevins warns things might not work out as promised with the new Dorset Unitary Council taking over from five urban and district councils on April 1st
    • Fifty years on; what made the headlines in 1969? The Moon and the Beatles to name but two subjects
    • The circus is not dead! There are 100 in the UK and a National Centre for Circus Arts with a BA Hons degree on offer
    • Local photographer and cameraman John Gurd records pantos in Dorset and streams them to children in hospital for no charge
    • Still with the circus – the story behind the John Lennon song “For the benefit of Mr. Kite” which featured on Britain’s most popular ever album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”
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  • Ridgeway Magazine 19th Dec 2018
    • Loneliness amongst youngsters – counsellor and psychotherapist Alison Moore discusses the problem live in the studio
    • The Robert White cancer treatment centre has recently opened and we look at how the centre came in to being
    • Restorative justice in Dorset is a year old and is already proving successful. The scheme’s co-ordinator explains
    • The price of coffee beans plunges – the cost of a cup of coffee continues to rise. Are baristas ripping us off?
    • Our resident vet warns about dodgy doggy treats and dangers to pets in the home during the festive season
    • Christmas through the ages starting with the ‘cool yule’ and ending with Father Christmas and Christmas boxes
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  • Ridgeway Magazine 5th Dec 2018
    • We’ll start from scratch….and tell you about the invasion of the super flea
    • You’re nicked! Ever wondered what goes on in the Police custody suite?
    • The story behind the world’s best know tune.
    • The facts behind coffee shops and the proposed ‘latte levy’
    • Babysham is 65 years old. We have its fascinating story so far
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  • Ridgeway Magazine 14th Nov 2018
    • Our studio guest is Nigel Bundy who tells us about an advocacy initiative run by Age UK and how you can call on their help with tricky problems.
    • Journalist and television presenter Peter Snow and his journalist wife Ann Macmillan talk to John about their new book ‘War Stories’ at the Dorchester Literary Festival.
    • Our resident vet Malcolm Welshman tells us about a camel with a sore foot, a story from his latest book ‘An Armful of Animals’.
    • We have a story about when ‘passenger assistance’ fails at an airport and advice on getting compensation from a reluctant airline.
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  • Ridgeway Magazine 31st Oct 2018

    • Interview with Lord Fellowes in which he says the book he has on the go currently is the story of the early life of Marilyn Monroe. He gives his selection of the seven books he would take if marooned on a desert island
    • We talk to LAPD prosecutor Ron Bowers who was charged with re-opening the death of Marilyn Monroe as a cold case. Was it murder or was it suicide?
    • As many as 400 Dorset residents in fuel poverty may die of the cold this winter. The charity Surviving Winter is there to help and their CEO talks about its work
    • Ridgeway Magazine re-visits the Horse Course, a charity in which horses are used to teach people and children how to overcome their behavioural problems and addictions
    • The long playing record is 70 years old. We look at how listening to music has changed since then and ask our presenters which LP was the first one they bought


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  • Ridgeway Magazine 10th Oct 2018

    • Paul Atterbury live in the studio gives a heads up (perhaps that should be eyes down) on the upcoming Dorchester Literature Festival.
    • Sir Tim Smit, chairman of Eden Project International, introduces Portlanders to the plans for a world class attraction and gives Ridgeway Magazine exclusively his “no brainer” idea for another attraction on the Isle.
    • “Pet Patter”…vet Malcolm Welshman talks about his new book “An Armful of Animals” and gives us a peek inside it.
    • Do children still pay conkers in this age of Health and Safety?  We report on how the “conkering” Germans have saved the World Conker Championships.
    • Littlemoor has at last got its new shop which sells food. Is it just what the locals wanted?

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  • Ridgeway Magazine 19th Sept 2018
    • The Weymouth harbour-side Peninsular (Pavilion) site. The council’s leisure focused plans, just announced, are derided by the business community. And is the site really worth millions, or not much at all?
    • We harness the views of the Weymouth Business Investment District, the Chamber of Trade and a developer.
    • A councillor accuses the council of not listening to the views of the townspeople and voting to go ahead with the unpopular plan.
    • We visit Radipole RSPB nature reserve and report 17 swans may not have been stolen or slaughtered after all. And autumn is the best time for bird watching.
    • We air the second part of the report on shared ownership – this time for the elderly in Poundbury.
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  • Ridgeway Magazine 5th Sept 2018
    • Scallop Wars – a West Country trawler skipper tells of his experiences of being threatened and attacked by French fishermen
    • “Cyril the Squirrel” gets his moment of fame, as told by vet Malcolm Welshman in this edition of ‘Pet Patter’
    • We visit Mad Hatter day in Bridport and talk to a lady “sheep hatter” who takes biodiversity to the extreme. And no, she’s not mad!
    • Where do all the phrases with the word hat in them come from? We explain, at the drop of a hat.
    • One man (and his tank) who collects buckets of money for Help For Heroes – a report
    • Dorset is famous for collections of historical military vehicles. We find an enthusiast who rebuilds WW2 Jeeps from the wheels up.
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  • Ridgeway Magazine 22nd August 2018
    • Why are 30 Weymouth b&bs up for sale? Is the town over-bedded? Many small hotels are struggling despite the summer sun.
    • Weymouth Council leader says the town’s crown jewels  (that’s the properties and facilities it owns) will not be nabbed by the new Unitary Authority. Really?
    • There’s a stink brewing about the new Esplanade unisex superloo planned for 2020. It’s the gender issue.
    • We hear about a Dorset charity called Mosaic which helps children cope with bereavement of someone close.
      Contact details: Tel 01258 837071, web – www.mosaicfamilysupport.org, email – laura@mosaicfamilysupport.org
    • Six trillion discarded cigarette butts – dropping one could cost you up to £1,000 if you ignore a fixed penalty fine for littering.

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    Ridgeway Magazine 22nd August 2018

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  • Ridgeway Magazine 8th August 2018
    • Local democracy reporter explains the changes on the local government front  when Weymouth, Portland and Dorchester become a Unitary Authority…what does it mean for ratepayers?
    • What should I do about my frazzled lawn? Leave it alone! advises our gardening expert.
    • John visits Gibraltar where the pillar boxes are red and the police still wear helmets.
    • Small shops are suffering but Broadwey Village Stores re-invented itself when all seemed to be lost.
    • With 3,500 new homes mooted for Dorchester, how to get on the housing ladder. Shared ownership might be the answer.
    • About half-a-million UK drivers will face prosecution in France this year. The jolly gendarmes are waiting with a mass of new rules…be prepared and learn about them before travelling.

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    Ridgeway Magazine 8th August 2018

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  • Ridgeway Magazine 25th July 2018
    • The business side of the Sea Food Festival; worth millions to Weymouth, says its chairman
    • We pay our final visit to Croatia and find out what’s for dinner
    • Our feature “Pet Patter“ with vet Malcolm Welshman who has succumbed to “Obsessive Dog Disorder”
    • The “doggy bus” from Spain and how Ralf the spaniel, sentenced to death at the Malaga dog pound, found a new home with John’s daughter
    • When a “water resistant” watch gets a dunking in the sea; advice on how to dry it out that might just save it from rusting

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    Ridgeway Magazine 25th July 2018

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  • Ridgeway Magazine 11th July 2018
    • Can you over-water your garden and plants? Naomi from Poundbury Gardens tells us.
    • John joined a huge crowd at the Chickerell Show and talks to some exhibitors and a show director.
    • We make a visit to the RSPB reserve at Radipole.
    • In this next instalment of John’s recent cruise he visits Croatia and the historic city of Dubrovnic.

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    Ridgeway Magazine 11th July 2018

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  • Ridgeway Magazine 27th June 2018
    • Memory loss is a great fear for oldies. We talk to a Dorset world class memory champion who gives some advice on the subject.
    • Going on your hols? Don’t forget to pack your Scrabble – the game is 80 years old and there is a story behind the word game.
    • The ‘Pet Patter’ spot.   The question posed by vet Malcolm Welshman, “are pets psychic?” He thinks they are.
    • To Croatia where John pans for salt and Frances gives a history lesson about a commodity once worth its weight in gold!

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    Ridgeway Magazine 27th June 2018

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  • Ridgeway Magazine 13th June 2018
    • Snails and slugs – new ways of dealing with them that will not harm garden birds says Lucy, our gardening expert.
    • Badgers – our vet Malcolm Welshman gives his views on a creature that gets a bad press.
    • “All tourists are b******s” reads the spray paint graffiti on a wall in Venice – really? John visits and finds out if Venice is sinking with visitor numbers.
    • We hear about the Chickerell Steam Fair and what’s in the programme this year.
    • Careful when using sign language abroad – a guide when giving the thumbs up or, even worse, showing palms uppermost in Greece. Our hand signals that other cultures misinterpret.
    • It’s the 13th – but why is it unlucky except for the Chinese?

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    Ridgeway Magazine 13th June 2018

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  • Ridgeway Magazine 30th May 2018
    • Pretty lights for Weymouth Esplanade. When the scheme’s bright idea went on show, visitors to the public “consultation” were mainly unimpressed. Bring back the garlands of fairy lights seems to be the verdict.
    • To Buckland Newton where one man’s creative ideas for slowing down speeding traffic have been dumped for the second time. Do nothing County Council does not approve.
    • To Sicily for our story about the Mafia which disapproved of the “Godfather“ films. John visits the Corleone village and is totally unprepared for what happens next as he interviews a cast member.
    • Vinyl records. Sales boom but don’t throw out your old ones just yet…they might be worth money.
    • What do you do to find your missing mobile phone? There’s an app that will solve this mishap.

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    Ridgeway Magazine 30th May 2018

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  • Ridgeway Magazine 16th May 2018
    • We visit Portland to hear about the attractiveness of the port to cruise operators. Thirty three ships will visit this year with a beneficial effect on local tourism.
    • One attraction that will benefit is the D Day Centre on Portland which welcomed 34,000 visitors last year, three times the expected number. We have a report.
    • Jobs at sea – great opportunities for young people on cruise ships. We talk to two female officer cadets Molly and Jo (both from the West Country) and their boss on Cunard’s ‘Queen Victoria’.
    • Press photographer of the year Ken Lennox tells the story of Kate Adie’s undies – all in the best possible taste…

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    Ridgeway Magazine 16th May 2018

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