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Posted In The Past – new book by Helen Baggott

Photo of Helen BaggottKeeP 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

Become a volunteer at the Shire Hall

Shire Hall logoThe 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

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

Student grants available from the Mico Trust – a trustee explains

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

Service of Commemoration For the 75th Anniversary of the Invasion of Europe D-Day

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

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