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Ridgeway Magazine

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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Ridgeway Magazine 22/07

Best-selling author Minette Walters sets the scene for a children’s writing comp to aid Julia’s House. • The story of the last woman to be hanged at Dorchester prison. • The Dam busters – two family connections and Chesil’s part in the historic raid on Nazi Germany • Weymouth’s business community is doing well despite… •
Gardening expert Ruth Hayes gives advice on clematis. • Facts and figures about Dorchester’s employed denied Government financial aid • The story about carrots helping you see in the dark…


 

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Ridgeway Magazine 08/07

Eleven hundred people in work in Weymouth and Portland are not receiving full Government assistance – worse nearly 800 may be receiving nothing. We talk to Excluded UK which is lobbying for action • One size does not fit all. Bespoke facemasks made to order by an enterprising lady in Broadwey • From washer-up to running one of the world’s finest hotels – the boy that became boss of the Grosvenor House hotel who once had to serve the Duke of Edinburgh seconds from the food waste bin! • Weymouth Harbourside pedestrianisation is not welcome by many. And in this connection, …

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Ridgeway Magazine 24/06

A hint that Weymouth may get a new ferry service to the Channel Islands. We talk to a Weymouth councillor who is leading initial investigations • When a dog is lost, is there an organisation which the owner can turn to for help. The answer is Yes! • Ruth Hayes brings us more gardening tips and retired vet Malcolm Welshman reads an extract from his new book • We wander down Memory Lane with Red Star Parcels…

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Ridgeway Magazine 10/06

The horrors behind dognapping and links to organised crime • All change at the dentist’s and a gruesome history of dentistry • Weeding your garden – we have tips • Weymouth lockdown charity wins nearly £10,000 funding • History of musical instruments continues with the organ • Comment: whatever happened to commonsense? • Down memory lane reprises the 50’s…


 

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Commemorating D-Day…2020

The Weymouth Military Weekend has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, along with most of the usual annual D-Day commemoration ceremonies across the UK and a much reduced attendance at the Normandy beaches. To keep the memory alive we broadcast again an edition of Ridgeway Magazine from 2019 which commemorated the 75th annisversay of D-Day when John Shepherd visited the Normandy landings grounds in the company of historian Andrew Roberts and Lord Dannat, former chief of the Army General Staff. We also heard about the heroic role of the Dorset Regiment and an example of a piece …

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Ridgeway Magazine 20/05

Weymouth fishing fleet are doing better than a recent report suggests – we tell more • Stressed out by lockdown? A psychotherapist suggests thinking “inside the box” to achieve peace of mind • Who “laughed all the way to the bank?” And what does it have to do with our history of the piano? • TV antiques expert Paul Atterbury talks about his hopes for the autumn Dorchester Literary Festival • Plus Pet Patter with Malcolm and gardening tips with Ruth. Presented by John Shepherd and Andy Venton


 

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