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Ridgeway Magazine 16th Jan 2019

  • Local Democracy Reporter Trevor Bevins warns things might not work out as promised with the new Dorset Unitary Council taking over from five urban and district councils on April 1st
  • Fifty years on; what made the headlines in 1969? The Moon and the Beatles to name but two subjects
  • The circus is not dead! There are 100 in the UK and a National Centre for Circus Arts with a BA Hons degree on offer
  • Local photographer and cameraman John Gurd records pantos in Dorset and streams them to children in hospital for no charge
  • Still with the circus – the story behind the John Lennon song “For the benefit of Mr. Kite” which featured on Britain’s most popular ever album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”

Ridgeway Magazine is broadcast on Wednesdays @ 11 am

Ridgeway Magazine’s Pick of 2018

John Shepherd and Andy Venton choose some favourite items from the past year. We could have chosen dozens of others but time restricts.

  • There’s the one about Kate Adie’s ‘invisibles’
  • Famous tennis mum Judy Murray talks about her book ‘Knowing the score’
  • A story about the late Ken Dodd with whom John worked at one point
  • John visits Dubrovnik, film set for ‘Game of Thrones’, and continues to Gibraltar
  • Our resident vet Malcolm Welshman tells about the camel with a sore foot
  • Frances recites an Odd Ode by Cyril Fletcher about poor Sonia Snell
  • Sir Tim Smit talks about the Eden project for Portland
  • Gerrard Hoffnung tells us there is a French widow in every room….(yes, that’s widow!)?

Ridgeway Magazine 19th Dec 2018

  • Loneliness amongst youngsters – counsellor and psychotherapist Alison Moore discusses the problem live in the studio
  • The Robert White cancer treatment centre has recently opened and we look at how the centre came in to being
  • Restorative justice in Dorset is a year old and is already proving successful. The scheme’s co-ordinator explains

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  • The price of coffee beans plunges – the cost of a cup of coffee continues to rise. Are baristas ripping us off?
  • Our resident vet warns about dodgy doggy treats and dangers to pets in the home during the festive season
  • Christmas through the ages starting with the ‘cool yule’ and ending with Father Christmas and Christmas boxes

Ridgeway Magazine 14th Nov 2018

Ridgeway Magazine is broadcast on Wednesdays at 11am

  • Our studio guest is Nigel Bundy who tells us about an advocacy initiative run by Age UK and how you can call on their help with tricky problems.
  • Journalist and television presenter Peter Snow and his journalist wife Ann Macmillan talk to John about their new book ‘War Stories’ at the Dorchester Literary Festival.
  • Our resident vet Malcolm Welshman tells us about a camel with a sore foot, a story from his latest book ‘An Armful of Animals’.
  • We have a story about when ‘passenger assistance’ fails at an airport and advice on getting compensation from a reluctant airline.


Ridgeway Magazine 24th Oct 2018

  • Weymouth’s ‘hot potatoes’ are given another airing. The council refuses to back down over the plans for the Peninsula and we have views from detractors and the council leader who will also talk about the re-think on the east-west bypass to Portland…and the Esplanade lighting. Another petition that got nowhere!
  • World War One. Two musical items; we trace the history of the bugle coupled with the haunting “Last Post” – who wrote it? We all know “Pack up Your Troubles in your old kit bag” but there is a tragic story concerning the fate of the composers.
  • Gardening tips for October – tidy up!

Ridgeway Magazine 10th Oct 2018

  • Paul Atterbury live in the studio gives a heads up (perhaps that should be eyes down) on the upcoming Dorchester Literature Festival.
  • Sir Tim Smit, chairman of Eden Project International, introduces Portlanders to the plans for a world class attraction and gives Ridgeway Magazine exclusively his “no brainer” idea for another attraction on the Isle.
  • “Pet Patter”…vet Malcolm Welshman talks about his new book “An Armful of Animals” and gives us a peek inside it (see below).
  • Do children still pay conkers in this age of Health and Safety?  We report on how the “conkering” Germans have saved the World Conker Championships.
  • Littlemoor has at last got its new shop which sells food. Is it just what the locals wanted?

An Armful of Animals book cover‘An Armful of Animals’ is available on Amazon, and elsewhere.

For more information about Malcolm, and his earlier books, visit