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Radio Station from Dorchester, covering Central-Southern Dorset

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Ridgeway Magazine

Ridgeway Magazine 17/02

The introduction of decimal coinage – some personal views • 1971 – a troubled year in review • The stories behind two old favourites; Babycham and Smiths crisps • Cold start, won’t start? Advice from the RAC • Bruised and battered garden? – Don’t worry says Ruth • Final episode – the washer-upper who bought a hotel…


 

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Ridgeway Magazine 03/02

Town cramming and garden grabbing as explained by Weymouth Civic Society • Be careful with your home-poured drinks – just one could put you over the limit! • Are we smoking more during lockdown? We ask Action on Smoking and Health • It’s a good time to plant a hedge says our gardening expert Ruth Hayes • John reports his Covid jab was “seamless and painless” • Our good cause this time is the Margaret Green Animal Rescue centre…


 

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Ridgeway Magazine Pick of 2020 Pt 2

Tales of royalty, film stars and a lady of the night at a grand hotel • Pip Squeak and Wilfred, Rupert Bear and Teddy Tail remembered • Why Christopher Robin’s childhood was unhappy • The history of loo paper and a warning to wash hands • Florence Nightingale at 200: more reformer than nurse • Whatever happened to common sense? • A girl’s dash for her life to escape a desert war • Spotlight on a charity…the ‘MV Freedom’…


 

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Ridgeway Magazine Pick of 2020 Pt 1

Children read their stories about “A different summer”, Tom Restorick drums for the NHS • Gardening expert Ruth on Christmas plants and our “tame vet” Malcolm on talking to pets. • What to do if your dog is lost or stolen. • Getting your own back on the banking rigmarole. • Memories from a top hotelier and a top press photographer • An idea for stress relief in lockdown that works • Dorset’s dodgy car sales and tricks. John Shepherd and Andy Venton present…


 

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Ridgeway Magazine 23/12

British versus French trawlermen; revisiting the scallop wars • Rip off! Motor insurers charge 30% extra for monthly payments • Gardening rubbish; make use of Christmas wrapping • How the p.c. brigade tried to wreck Christmas • Jokey headlines and 2020 cracker jokes. Presented by John Shepherd and Andy Venton…


 

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Ridgeway Magazine 09/12

Recruitment fraud – job seekers beware! • Shops open again – how is Weymouth doing? • This week’s good cause – Steps, working with young people • Overnight campervan stays on Portland – no! says Civic Society • Our vet says it’s “all in a Christmas Day’s work for a vet” and warns that pet treats can cause problems • Vinegar and lemon cure for hard water limescale • Food at rock bottom prices to help those in food poverty…


 

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Ridgeway Magazine 25/11

To Portland for the latest on the “mighty burner” incinerator plan • More warnings about scams and how to avoid them • Gardening – Winter salads and how you can grow them at home • Pubs…first orders or last orders please! • This week’s good cause – the Dorset Volunteer Centre • How a cheeky mutt scooped the prize in a Weymouth and Portland video competition • We look at a local author’s compilation of lockdown memories. Presented by John Shepherd and Andy Venton…


 

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Ridgeway Magazine 11/11

The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior: from the battlefields in France to internment in Westminster Abbey, some little remembered facts • Gardening: do’s and dont’s of house plant care • Portlanders feel strongly about demolishing the Pulpit Inn with alarming plans for the SSI • Ten golden rules for avoiding scams from Which? Magazine • House keys – under the mat? Take more care of them • This week’s local good cause – The Lantern Trust in Weymouth…


 

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Ridgeway Magazine 28/10

What does a milk maid have to do with the discovery of vaccination • Why the Council is to take over a sea front café • Car parking in Dorset and local councillors’ fury at “harmonisation” plans • Is Weymouth falling down? A former conservation officer speaks • The mixed history of British Summer Time • This week’s good cause – a phoning and letter writing idea • Nothe Fort received funding for improvements. Presented by John Shepherd and Andy Venton…


 

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Ridgeway Magazine 14/10

The first in our series about deserving good causes; the mini-cruise ship MV Freedom • Gardening tips from Ruth – talking about hardwood cuttings • There’s a hedgehog in my garage – we learn more about them • Cinema is alive and well in Dorchester says the Plaza • We ask – are smart plugs that smart? Take care… • Premium Bond prize fund reduced – are you feeling lucky? Presented by John Shepherd and Andy Venton…


 

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Ridgeway Magazine 30/09

Today – The virus effect; Weymouth’s b & b’s leased from Dorset Council have asked it to reduce rents • Buying a used car? Dorset Trading Standards warn of dangerous cars being offered by traders • Advance warning of road works to remove railway lines in Weymouth • What have an umbrella, a girl and a deadly journey have in common? Mary Poppins is not the answer! • Gardening tips – your lawn in winter. And miner bees in your garden? We explain • Meet the world’s dumbest crooks. Presented by John Shepherd and Andy Venton…


 

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Ridgeway Magazine 16/09

Two young writers read their stories in Julia’s House “A Different Summer” competition • Author Minette Walters gives a judge’s view of the entries • We examine used vehicle price rises with a scam warning especially on camper vans • Gardening; don’t be afraid of taking cuttings • doing well despite Covid – tree surgeons and landscapers • the American way of justice, so different from our own. Presented by John Shepherd and Andy Venton…

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Ridgeway Magazine 02/09

State education is 150 years old but it was not universally welcome • Dorchester’s old schools remembered • Christopher Robin at 100 – the sad boy whose famous father didn’t like children • Tomatoes, birds and wasps: How to turn your tomatoes from green to red; Where have all the garden birds gone? Bee nice to wasps, the gardeners’ friend.


 

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Ridgeway Magazine 19/08

We take a hard look at vehicle insurance; too complicated…is that why most people don’t read the small print? • Scams revealed: rip off premiums, fake policy documents and “ghost insurance brokers” take motorists for a ride. • Are you insured for that drive to work and car business use? • Two readings – from vet Malcolm Welshman’s new book and the first chapter from a thriller by a Weymouth author. • Radio Postcard from Croatia – a visit remembered…


 

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Ridgeway Magazine 05/08

With the brake on overseas travel, we have “radio postcards” with past reports from Venice, Sicily and Gibraltar…happy memories • What links an outbreak of bubonic plague in Mongolia, the Black Death’s arrival in Wyke Regis and the Weymouth creator of nasty smells? • Also hints on summer bloomers from our gardening expert. Presented by John Shepherd and Andy Venton


 

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