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Mosaic Charity

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…

More details: Tel 01258 837071, web –, email –

KeeP 106 heard on FM in Finland…j.j.just!

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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…


Happy 35th Birthday to Dorchester’s Dinosaur Museum!

Photo of Percy T Rex at the Dinosaur Museum

Percy the T Rex

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!

Photo of Rob and Michael at Dinosaur Museum

Rob interviewing Michael Ridley at Dinosaur Museum



Casterbridge Male Voice Choir

Casterbridge Male Voice Choir logoRob 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

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

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