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Ridgeway Magazine

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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Ridgeway Magazine 06/05

This edition was broadcast near the 75th anniversary of VE Day on 8th May 2020. Whilst Europe celebrated victory the Channel Islands had to wait two more days. We explain why • Lassie the Wonder Dog and film star is 80 years old. There was another famous Lassie closer to home – in Lyme Regis – and David Tucker tells the story • Our gardening expert Ruth Hayes talks at length about lawns and their care • Historian Jane Tapley tells us about the history of knives, forks and spoons • We begin a new series about the origin of …

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Ridgeway Magazine 22/04

Today: Advice from the RAC when your car is laid up for a long time • Growing from seed with Ruth Hayes our gardening expert • Weymouth Town Clerk tells us how the one year old council is doing • Poems and memories from three famous voices. Presented by John Shepherd and Andy Venton…


 

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Ridgeway Magazine 08/04

In this edition: Gardening tips from our gardening expert Ruth Hayes • Jane Biscombe, Weymouth Town Clerk, tells us about a scheme in association with Weymouth Churches Together to help those in need receive necessities during the lockdown • What has happened to typewriters? They may have disappeared but you can still buy ribbons for them • Rather indelicately we talk about toilet paper, its history and the 3 P principal • From the archives we hear from Judy Murray, mother of tennis stars Andy and Jamie • Do you talk to your pets? You should says our tame vet …

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Ridgeway Magazine 25/03

In this edition: A warning about coronavirus-related scams • a chat with Lord Julian Fellowes • and an extended interview with Martyn Underhill, outgoing (in 2021) Police & Crime Commissioner for Dorset. Presented by John Shepherd and Andy Venton

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Ridgeway Magazine 11/03

Weymouth is looking to appoint a town crier and Alistair Chisholm provides some tips and the history of town crying • Our gardening expert Ruth Hayes gives more gardening advice • In Pet Patter our tame vet Malcolm Welshman’s subject is…rats! • There can be danger in your gaming console causing misery as hackers steal your personal information. A cyber security expert tells more • According to Which? magazine two thirds of products bought on some online shopping site are unsafe, unreliable or plain illegal. Dorset Trading Standards explain and advise…

 

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Ridgeway Magazine 26/02

One in five people going abroad do not take out travel insurance. We talk to the researcher and give some prices for treatment – could cost hundreds of thousands of pounds! • The Campervan was introduced 70 years ago and five million were built. We look back and talk to a Campervan fan • With 80,000 visitors steaming into Portland port this year, the Weymouth Ambassadors are ready for them • A visit to the RSPB nature reserve in Weymouth indicates climate change is a reality for bird life • A trip down memory lane takes a fond look at …

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Ridgeway Magazine 12/02

Florence Nightingale born 200 years ago was far more than the ‘Lady with the Lamp’ and why did she spend her last 30 years in bed? • Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but do you know if they’re real? • Rates relief for small businesses announced, but will it help. Claudia Webb of Weymouth BID explains • Who remembers Teddy Tail, Pip Squeak and Wilfred while Rupert Bear is still with us after 100 years • Gardening tips and questions answered by Ruth Hayes • Congrats to ‘The Diary’ – 20 years old and still going strong when other …

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Ridgeway Magazine 29/01

Our main feature in this edition is an extended interview with Ken Lennox, four times Press Photographer of the Year, with memories of Princess Diana, to war with Kate Adie and peace with Paul McCartney. Also Car Theft surprise – Dorset is one of the worst areas just behind Glasgow and Surrey. In ‘Pet Patter’ Malcolm Welshman, our tame vet, chooses fish as his subject…

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Ridgeway Magazine 15th Jan 2020

Gardening expert and editor of ‘Amateur Gardening’ magazine, Ruth Hayes gives advice • Should restaurants, bars and pubs charge for tap water? What is the law? • Weymouth hotels and guest houses reveal disappointing figures for 2019 • Returning unwanted Xmas gifts – what are your rights? • We look back a hundred years to 1920. And in the last 50 years, what ‘must have’ items are now obsolete? • Looking to the future what jobs are likely to disappear by 2030? • Garden birds; even though it’s mild should we keep feeding them?

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Ridgeway Magazine Pick of 2019

John Shepherd and Andy Venton look back at some of the best bits of the programmes from 2019…

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Ridgeway Magazine Christmas edition

• Meet our new gardening expert – Ruth Hayes, gardening editor of ‘Amateur Gardening’ who will be answering listeners’ questions next year • We explore the history of two seasonal pieces of music, ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ and the carol ‘Silent Night’ • The police woman’s story. How, despite outright sexism and gender obstructiveness Carole Phillips made it from lowly PC to Superintendent • Retired vet and author tells us it’s ‘All in a Christmas Day’s work for a vet’ and advises against over-indulging pets at Christmas where a treat might seriously damage their health

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