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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 25/03 In this edition: A warning about coronavirus-related scams • a chat with Lord Julian Fellowes • and an extended interview with Martyn Underhill, outgoing (in 2021) Police & Crime Commissioner for Dorset. Presented by John Shepherd and Andy Venton Click here to leave a comment
  • Ridgeway Magazine 26/02

    One in five people going abroad do not take out travel insurance. We talk to the researcher and give some prices for treatment – could cost hundreds of thousands of pounds! • The Campervan was introduced 70 years ago and five million were built. We look back and talk to a Campervan fan • With 80,000 visitors steaming into Portland port this year, the Weymouth Ambassadors are ready for them • A visit to the RSPB nature reserve in Weymouth indicates climate change is a reality for bird life • A trip down memory lane takes a fond look at standing for the national anthem at the end of a film or show…or not! • Cyber crime – can you insure against it happening to you

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  • Ridgeway Magazine 12/02

    Rates relief for small businesses announced, but will it help. Claudia Webb of Weymouth BID explains • Who remembers Teddy Tail, Pip Squeak and Wilfred while Rupert Bear is still with us after 100 years • Florence Nightingale born 200 years ago was far more than the ‘Lady with the Lamp’ and why did she spend her last 30 years in bed? • Gardening tips and questions answered by Ruth Hayes • Congrats to ‘The Diary’ – 20 years old and still going strong when other publications have failed • Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but do you know if they’re real? • Can cows tell if it’s going to rain and do you get wetter if you run or walk in the rain? Fact or fiction…

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  • Ridgeway Magazine 29/01

    Our main feature in this edition is an extended interview with Ken Lennox, four times Press Photographer of the Year, with memories of Princess Diana, to war with Kate Adie and peace with Paul McCartney. Also Car Theft surprise – Dorset is one of the worst areas just behind Glasgow and Surrey. In ‘Pet Patter’ Malcolm Welshman, our tame vet, chooses fish as his subject…


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  • Ridgeway Magazine 15th Jan 2020

    Gardening expert and editor of ‘Amateur Gardening’ magazine, Ruth Hayes gives advice • Should restaurants, bars and pubs charge for tap water? What is the law? • Weymouth hotels and guest houses reveal disappointing figures for 2019 • Returning unwanted Xmas gifts – what are your rights? • We look back a hundred years to 1920. And in the last 50 years, what ‘must have’ items are now obsolete? • Looking to the future what jobs are likely to disappear by 2030? • Garden birds; even though it’s mild should we keep feeding them?

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  • Ridgeway Magazine Christmas edition

    • Meet our new gardening expert – Ruth Hayes, gardening editor of ‘Amateur Gardening’ who will be answering listeners’ questions next year • We explore the history of two seasonal pieces of music, ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ and the carol ‘Silent Night’ • The police woman’s story. How, despite outright sexism and gender obstructiveness Carole Phillips made it from lowly PC to Superintendent • Retired vet and author tells us it’s ‘All in a Christmas Day’s work for a vet’ and advises against over-indulging pets at Christmas where a treat might seriously damage their health

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  • Ridgeway Magazine 4th Dec 2019

    The story of two farms; Tumbledown Farm has been returned to Weymouth Town Council. Ideas needed to make something of its 30 acres. Green and clean activities perhaps? • Fancys Farm is a popular petting farm on Portland with animals including wallabies and alpacas but severe weather has made it short of funds. It needs help • The Dorset Police rural crime squad and NFU insurers discuss measures to combat equipment theft • The history of the potato crisp – 400 different flavours from kipper to turkey dinner • Prue Leith talks about her favourite food

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  • Ridgeway Magazine 20th Nov 2019

    The Mini is 60 years old – its evolution is full of stories • Two authors with new books on the show today – Sir Tim Waterstone and Dom Joly • a report on Weymouth’s harbour consultation • and John drives a steam train! • Oh, and we go to church in the USA with a resume of the roadside signs to tempt you inside and the strange names given to churches and chapels

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  • 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 11th Sept 2019
    • We talk to one of the organisers of the Dorchester Literary Festival, Janet Gleeson
    • We pay a virtual visit to the House of Commons and examine some very quirky things
    • We talk about snuff and the taking of
    • John visits the Bridport Hat Festival and discovers two unusual musicians
    • Malcolm presents part 2 of his parrot tale
    • And there’s some vintage and mostly very un-PC ads published in American magazines in the 50s and 60s

    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 17th July 2019

    • Speed kills! Village communities are setting up Community Speed Watch groups under the guidance of Dorset Police. We visit the group active in Charminster
    • Reports from two events which brought over 60,000 visitors to the Weymouth area – the Chickerell Steam Fair and the Weymouth Sea Food Festival
    • We discover some collectors of some very unusual items – eye baths, ladies compacts and disinfectant sprays
    • Thought the Resistance Movement applied to France and European countries? The south of England had its own secret army set up under the orders of Churchill. Its memory lives on
    • The Fisherman’s Mission is still active and still helping an industry where one seaman is lost every week
    • Pet Patter has the story of a chameleon whose owner took it to our Tame Vet for treatment

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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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