KeeP Driving’s guest today was Helen Baggott, a member of Dorset Writer’s Network, who has published a book called Posted in the Past. Described on Amazon as “A young pupil writing to a teacher, a courting couple that might get married, a 10-year-old servant working for a laundress in 19th-century Bath, a maid who worked for Edward VII’s doctor – all are connected by messages sent using the first real social media phenomenon of the 20th century. Using a genealogist’s toolbox, Posted in the Past reveals the stories behind postcards sent more than a hundred years ago.”
More information on Helen’s website
Artsreach have just published their Children’s Summer Workshops programme and Becky Varndell previews it here…
The Shire Hall Museum in Dorchester’s High West Street are currently recruiting volunteers. Graham Leven, one of the volunteer coordinators, explains what’s involved
The Shire Hall will be holding an open morning to recruit new volunteers on Monday 17th June from 10 am – 1 pm in the Café at Shire Hall.
More details on the Shire Hall website
In this edition Simone visits Dorchester’s thriving Library, finds out all about Boomerang Bags and, quite by chance, meets several interesting people engaged in making arts and crafts
Rob Mott visited the Corn Exchange where Dorchester Youth Theatre are about to put on two different performances on the 13th and 14th June. Rob spoke to the Artistic Director of DYT, Jo Simonds
The focus is on Weymouth and Portland in ‘Bodies and Buddies’
See also our first D-Day Special
Rob Mott spoke to Michael Wheller, a trustee of the Sir Samuel Mico Trust which is a Weymouth Town Charity, about grants available to students living in Weymouth or Portland who are studying engineering, science, technology or maths. Recently the Trust has had a poor response to an offer of financial support for such students and is looking for applications from those who would benefit from a grant. Mr Wheller explains the background behind the Trust (which is some 350 years old!) and how students can receive and benefit from a grant.
There are more details on the Weymouth Town Charities website
The service was held in the Borough Gardens, Dorchester, on 8th June and was conducted by The Very Reverend Alan Woods TD. The Bible reading was given by the Mayor of Dorchester, Cllr Richard Biggs and the Exhortation and Kohima Epitaph were read by Veterans. Wreaths were laid by the Mayor and Brigadier Richard Toomey CBE. At the end of the service Brigadier C S Maconochie presented the General Service Medal to Mr George Skyrme (late KSLI) of Gillingham, Dorset. Recording by Andy Worth
Jenny Devitt presents our magazine programme focused on the North of the county and beyond. This edition includes a special D-Day commemorative event at RNAS Merryfield in South Somerset, good news about marine nature reserves in Dorset and news of the first independent market in Sherborne
Becky Varndell is the Marketing & Development Officer for Artsreach and presents a weekly update of forthcoming events organised by Artsreach which promotes musical and theatrical performance in Dorset’s rural community and elsewhere.
Lots more info on the Artsreach website