For 2019 The Dorset County Show’s chosen charity is Mosaic, based in Milborne St Andrew, which supports bereaved children (see our news report). Also there is a fund-raising Bingo Night at Christchurch Court Community Hall, The Grove, Dorchester on 27th July – more details in our What’s On guide
John Shepherd has spoken to a member of Mosaic about the charity’s work. You can hear the interview below…
Naturally, any radio station which streams on the Web can be heard more or less anywhere in the world, but when it comes to the FM transmissions that’s a different matter. Our low power transmitter is designed to cover, roughly, central and southern Dorset. However, radio signals don’t just stop dead at a certain point and tend to carry on further depending on geographical and atmospheric conditions resulting in variable signal strength and audio quality.
On Saturday 6th July conditions in the upper ionosphere happened to be, for a short time, very favourable for long distance reception and KeeP 106 was picked up in Finland – a distance of over 1,200 miles! We were contacted by two guys from Finland who sent us audio examples of what they had briefly heard, albeit with a lot of interference. Rob featured this in his programme…
KeeP 106 presenter Andy Senior visited the first DCH Summer Spectacular held on the old Damers School playing field on 6th July, and he spoke to some of the exhibitors…
Dr Paul French from the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) called in to the studio and explained why they need your comments in order to provide the most appropriate dementia services in the future
For more information go to dorsetccg.nhs.uk
Many of us older locals will have children and grandchildren who have grown up with one of Dorchester’s major attractions, the Dinosaur Museum. We are delighted to wish Michael, Jackie and all the team at the museum a very Happy 35th Birthday! Rob popped in to the museum today and spoke to Mike who explained the history of the museum’s creation.
Also see our relevant news item
Visit the Dinosaur Museum’s website. Here’s to the next 35 years!
The three day workshop is due to be run at Poundbury from 6th to 8th August in association with the Social Mobility Business Partnership and Rob spoke to Elliot Glover who explained the purpose behind the the course and what will be involved.
Rob spoke to Andy Davis from Casterbridge Male Voice Choir who are recruiting new members and folk who are interested are invited to attend St Mary’s Church Hall on July 3rd to join the choir. Andy explained the origin of the choir, the kind of music they perform and other details…
The Choir’s next concert is on 28th June at Dorchester Community Church, Poundbury. Joining the choir will be Buccas Four, a four piece harmony group from Cornwall.
There are more details about the concert and the choir on their website
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
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
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