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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 6th Nov 2019

    At this time of Remembrance we discover dissatisfaction in the ranks over the demobilisation of four million soldiers. Was dear old Blighty really a land for returning heroes? • Author and journalist Simon Heffer talks about WW1’s badly behaved leading personalities coupled with views of life on the Home Front, particularly the role of women • In ‘Pet Patter’ retired vet and author Malcolm Welshman brings us another tale from the vet’s surgery • Do you know the difference between compost and mulch? Naomi from Poundbury Gardens explains

    Ridgeway Magazine is broadcast on Wednesdays at 11am

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  • Ridgeway Magazine 23rd Oct 2019

    The first six months of the new Dorset Council – has it lived up to expectations. We have views from councillors and the local democracy reporter Trevor Bevins • Long serving town and county councillor Kate Wheller explains why she quit Labour to become an independent • What has become of the red telephone box? Just 70 left in Dorset but you can buy or rent one • In conversation with Alexander McColl Smith author of the “Number 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” and 100 other books!

    Ridgeway Magazine is broadcast on Wednesdays at 11am

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  • Ridgeway Magazine 9th Oct 2019

    Popular phrases we use daily – where did they come from? “Simples!” • Take a STAND, the campaign against 3,500 new homes for Dorchester’s “garden village” • Weymouth’s BID announces more plans to build business for the town • We visit the Nothe Fort and experience 1940s shopping and a school classroom to teach children about the war years • By bus pass from Lands End to John O’Groats – he did it and raised money for charity • Politicians’ insults….to each other! • Another tale from Malcolm Welshman’s ‘Pet Patter’. Presented by John Shepherd and Andy Venton

    Ridgeway Magazine is broadcast on Wednesdays at 11am

     

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  • Ridgeway Magazine 25th Sept 2019

    In this edition – 70 years since George Orwell’s book 1984 was published, what are its lessons today? Paul Atterbury discusses • 25 years of the Weldmar Hospice but Matt Smith reveals the hospice movement is under threat • A local author-turned-plumber talks about her new book ‘The Crazy Adventures of a Love Sick Angel’ • We hear about a new initiative called ‘Uniting Weymouth and Portland’ • Are smaller portions and the offer of doggy bags the answer to restaurant food wastage? A local restaurateur thinks so.

    Ridgeway Magazine is broadcast on Wednesdays at 11am

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  • Ridgeway Magazine 28th August 2019
    • No holiday weekend off for Weymouth RNLI – five call outs make it one of the UK’s busiest stations
    • We meet the Weymouth RNLI’s new operations manager, a local young mother of two with a Master’s ticket who has travelled the world
    • The strange story of the prison murderer, the Dorchester priest and the privy that made him famous
    • Coming soon: Dorset Police auctions for the proceeds of crime and seized vehicles. How to get a Rolex, a Beemer or some bling for a song
    • By bus pass from Land’s End to John O’Groats -an epic journey for a 70 year old in aid of charity. Will he earn a place in the Guiness Book of Records
    • More shop closures but Weymouth BID has an idea for a youth market

    Ridgeway Magazine is broadcast on Wednesdays @ 11 am

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  • Ridgeway Magazine 14th August 2019

    • The charity Shelter reports on why many families in Weymouth and Portland cannot afford their rents which can exceed 40 per cent of take home pay • Weymouth Esplanade lighting is go while plans for the Peninsular site are stop. A county councillor explains • We visit the beatiful 26 acre Sculpture Park near Dorchester and meet the man behind it • Noted chef Mitch Tonks talks about his new restaurant Rock Fish which he hopes will put Weymouth on the fish lovers’ map • Our tame vet Malcolm Welshman gives another in his ‘Pet Patter’ series • In your garden – the topic is those awkward spaces where nothing will grow

    Ridgeway Magazine is broadcast on Wednesdays @ 11 am

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  • Ridgeway Magazine 31st July 2019

    • Headline collector and author Melvyn Dover talks about his passion for funny headings culled from newspapers
    • The Dorset countryside is riddled with forgotten underground bunkers, relics of the Secret Army. We visit two
    • KeeP 106 is one year old. Chairman Andy Worth talks about the station which has listeners in many countries
    • Weymouth’s Nothe Fort goes into the beer business. We sample the ‘Whisling Gunner’ and the ‘Sapper’s Courage’
    • “Put a sock in it!” and “Back to square one” are among the phrases used by early radio broadcasters. We explain their origins

    Ridgeway Magazine is broadcast on Wednesdays @ 11 am

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  • Ridgeway Magazine 3rd July 2019
    • The Magazine ‘visits’ New Delhi, Beijing and Sao Paulo, three of the world’s most populated cities and samples the atmosphere courtesy of five pods in which the atmospheric conditions were replicated. They were installed in Portland and all were invited to take the ‘poisonous’ air
    • The first 100 days of the new unitary authority which merged five Dorset councils into one in April. How has Weymouth fared since the change? The Town Clerk speaks
    • General Lord Dannatt tells RM how he created the charity Help for Heroes. It all started in his flat
    • A survey indicates how men are forced to use up less space in the house as women take over the drawers and wardrobes and then demand a clean-up and clear out. True or False?
    • Roses can be tricky to grow. Our gardening expert offers some advice
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  • Ridgeway Magazine 19th June 2019
    • Blood Bikes save lives. Who are the Yeovil Freewheelers to whom Simon Gudgeon of the Sculpture By The Lakes near Dorchester has donated a £15,000 motorcycle? More info at yfwbloodbikes.org
    • Two initiatives from Weymouth’s Business Investment District. One is about responsible crabbing and the other will promote Weymouth and Portland’s many heritage sites
    • We meet a housekeeper (male) who is all at sea as he looks after the needs of 3,800 passengers and crew
    • While D-Day is in the news, John visits Norway to learn about an unsuccessful (but gallant) naval landing in 1940 which failed to thwart the Nazi forces and their occupation of the country
    • Can it be true? Were all US forces dead repatriated to their homeland? Perhaps not so, as historian Roger Guttridge reveals
    • Another instalment of Pet Patter from retired vet and author Malcolm Welshman entitled ‘Madam Mountjoy’
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  • 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

    Tune in to Ridgeway Magazine on Wednesdays at 11am

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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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