June Dorking Talking is here

Welcome to the June edition of Dorking Talking Magazine, full of useful, interesting and funny items to keep you informed and entertained for the next couple of hours.  We bring you up to date on the High Street and look at Dorking Museum’s plans for this 400th anniversary of William Mullins and the Pilgrim Fathers. We go behind the scenes of Royal Tours, celebrate with Mole Valley Ramblers and discover how the British found their national drink. We have memories of the best and the worst of World War II with one of the Dunkirk Little Ships, the Land Girls and finally the joy of VE Day.  All this plus funny stories, contemplation and cheery common sense.  We’re not quite Covid-free, but we’re definitely Covid-light this month.  So if you’ve got that cup of tea to hand, and you’re sitting comfortably, then we’ll begin…

  1. June Welcome
  2. Anniversaries
  3. High St Update
  4. “Lockdown Lament” poem
  5. Queen’s Wardrobe Mistress
  6. Vocaleyes London Beyond Sight: Wimbledon
  7. Vocaleyes Wants Theatre Audio Description Feedback
  8. “I’m Sorry I’m Laughing Too Much”
  9. Dorking Ramblers
  10. Betty Mann Memories of VE Day
  11. Geoff Bland: Grandma
  12. Land Girls
  13. Dunkirk Little Ship
  14. Dorking Museum
  15. National Trust History of Tea
  16. Seenager
  17. Golfing Tall Tale
  18. Kindness Poem
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Dorking still Talking come what May!

Here we are with the May edition of Dorking Talking. We hope you’re keeping well and plan to keep you informed and amused as we blow our own trumpet with an interview about Dorking Talking Newspaper on BBC Radio Surrey. Then there’s news of what some of the leading Sight loss charities are doing to support people during this lockdown, a look back to VE Day, 75 years ago this month, and information about how the local churches are responding to the virus. We’ve been amused by one letter to an MP, by another apparently written by a local vicar, and by a story whose moral is that a husband’s place is always in the wrong… We check out the history of some favourite pub games and of course we also make time for food and drink.  So how about settling down with your favourite tipple and clicking the link to join us for the next hour or so…

Or you can find us on your smartphone using the BWBF Talking Newspaper App.

  1. May Welcome & Birthdays
  2. DDTN on Radio Surrey
  3. Burglar Letter to MP
  4. VE Anniversary
  5. Geoff Bland Remembers VE Day
  6. Quiz Riddles
  7. Calibre Near Normal Service
  8. Macular Society Increases Phone Services
  9. PSS Extra Large Jigsaws
  10. Pub Games
  11. St James the Least of All
  12. A Tale of Two Robins
  13. Mark Davison Cycles the Lanes
  14. Nanna Marchant’s Ginger Fairlings
  15. RNIB Free TN & TV Listings
  16. Riddle Me This Answers
  17. Back to Being 10 story
  18. Thought: Church via Internet & Phone
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Coronavirus changes and April magazine

Welcome to the new look Dorking Talking magazine – with you for the duration…

During this coronavirus crisis the Dorking & District Talking Newspaper has had to change our system. To protect our volunteers, we have given up the weekly gathering at which we recorded the local newspaper. Instead we have come up with a slightly altered format: the plan is to bring you a monthly service, drawing together recordings made in separate locations.

So this month, at the start of the magazine, you’ll find a summary of the local news from the past weeks, followed by our regular Dorking Talking, bringing you advice and information as well as items that are cheering, intriguing, practical or funny. This month we feature phone link support and Easter bonnets; refreshments and April Fools; poetry, pubs and pelicans… Stay with us: click on “Listen here” and enjoy the ride!

  1. April Introduction
  2. News Roundup Week 1
  3. News Roundup Week 2
  4. Birthdays & Anniversaries
  5. Poem “Tae a Virus”
  6. RNIB Virus Advice for VIP
  7. Recipe: Coddled eggs & mushrooms
  8. Time for Tea Burford Bridge
  9. Weekly Phone Link Up
  10. London Beyond Sight: Pelicans in St James’ Park
  11. The Mum Test
  12. Easter Bonnet Summer Sundays
  13. Pub Games
  14. Thought for Month – Spread some cheer
  15. April Spider
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March 2020 Dorking Talking Magazine

March winds, March hares, March Dorking Talking: here we are again with your local audio magazine.  We walk the High Street and meet Dorking Good Neighbours, the volunteers driving people to medical appointments.  We learn some ways of tackling loneliness, particularly in rural areas, and hear about volunteering for the CAB. We look forward to spring in the garden and enjoy Time for Tea in a Dorking garden centre, before moving on to pubs and hearing how they support their local sports teams. We also find out about some everyday products that can help living with sight loss and open the doors of the RNIB’s Newsagent Service.  It’s all here – and more besides – so just click the link and join us!

  1. March Welcome and Birthdays
  2. High St Update
  3. Everyday products help with sight loss
  4. Dorking Good Neighbours interview
  5. Looking Out For The Lonely
  6. Gardening Notes
  7. Thrive Gardening Tools
  8. Time for Tea – Hilliers Garden Centre
  9. Starling poem
  10. Spring into Surrey
  11. RNIB Newsagent Services
  12. Game on for Sport In Pubs
  13. CAB Volunteering
  14. Thought for Month: The Other Lovely Dinosaur
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February 2020 Dorking Talking Magazine

Hello February!  It’s cold, usually grey, often wet, and this year very windy too.  But are we downhearted?  Certainly not!  Dorking Talking’s here to cheer you up with our usual assortment of local stories, useful information, interesting oddments and a spot of nostalgia along the way.  Locally, we check out the High Street and hear about developments for the Community Fridge; usefully, we look into keeping going with your eye tests and the RNIB’s free benefits check service; we’ve got “a wall of coffee” and tips for keeping safe in bad weather; and we prompt those memories with the story of 3 village schools and an exhibition based on Digging for Victory.  There’s plenty more besides, so click the link and let’s get going…

  1. Welcome & Anniversaries
  2. High St Update
  3. Keeping Safe in Bad Weather
  4. Leap Year (Yours)
  5. Importance of Continuing Eye Tests
  6. Story of 3 Village Schools
  7. Feeding the Nation – Dig for Victory
  8. Mental Health Through Farming Project
  9. Middle Aged Drinkers
  10. Wall of Coffee
  11. Time for Tea: Brockham Reading Room
  12. RNIB Free Personal Benefits Checks
  13. Thought for Month: Don’t Waste Time
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Christmas and New Year Magazine 2019-2020

Ho! Ho! Ho!  Here’s the Christmas and New Year special edition Dorking Talking magazine to see you through the festive season into the New Year.  It’s extra long and packed full of items to amuse, entertain and enlighten you – and it’s available online until February 2020, so you can take your time to enjoy it.

To give you a flavour, we’ve asked our readers to tell us their special Christmas memories, we’ve got  Christmases on duty, food and drink, New Year ideas, and several heartwarming stories. So get out the mince pies and the beverage of your choice, make yourself comfortable and we’ll begin…


  1. Christmas Welcome and Birthdays
  2. Vicar disrupts Christmas
  3. Xmas Day in the Fire Station
  4. Policeman’s Xmas Memory
  5. Hospital Christmas Memory
  6. Raise Your Glass – beverages of the past
  7. Port Negus
  8. Xmas child & Santa Memory
  9. Jesus is Missing!
  10. A Slower Pace Of Life
  11. Cold Turkey
  12. Paris Xmas Memory
  13. A slice of life
  14. Trip of a lifetime Xmas Memory
  15. Surrey Monopoly Board
  16. History of Hogmanay
  17. New Year Resolution Story from Sarah Lott
  18. My NOT To Do List, by Victoria Coren
  19. New Year Activities to Join
  20. A Small Moment – Taxi Driver
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December Dorking Talking

It’s December and we’ve got the vital last posting dates for Christmas to hand, Jessica talks to Stella Black of the Macular Society about the new support group in Dorking, and hears about a volunteer from another Talking Newspaper who’s given his time and talent to Silver Line to fight loneliness among the elderly. Lucy, as well as updating us on the High Street goings on, looks at pies and crusts and reads the last in the lovely series of tales from the Blacksmith’s Cottage.  Peter joins Mark Davis for tea, reads an article about this talking newspaper from Vantage Point and brings us a salutary Thought for the month about Christmas spending.  Meantime Rowland investigates home security and takes a look at a useful handheld device that can take dictation, read text, play audio books and even be an alarm clock – just the job for your Christmas wish list.  Shopping, posting, talking, eating and several cups of tea to see us through: it’s the start of a busy month. Are you ready? Here we go!

  1. December Welcome & Birthdays
  2. Anniversaries
  3. High St Update
  4. Xmas posting dates
  5. Portable devices for VIP
  6. Stella Black, Macular Society
  7. Friendly voices meet at last
  8. TN volunteer for Silver Line
  9. Home and personal security
  10. Pie Crust Pedantry
  11. Time for Tea – Street Café Charlwood
  12. Blacksmiths Cottage Xmas
  13. Thought for Month – Xmas spending

November Dorking Talking

Dorking Talking dives into November: trees in brilliant colours,  rich smells both indoors and out, from damp woods and pine cones to candles and warming stews, like the gorgeously hearty beef casserole recipe we offer. Then Lucy finds out about memory boxes filled with smells from the past, checks out the High Street, and reads another tale from the Blacksmith’s Cottage.  Peter meantime meets dogs who enable disabled people to get on with normal lives, finds out about a new Chatty Café movement and joins Mark Davis for tea at Capel Church. Rowland’s been listening to the latest talking bathroom scales and also finding out about how to make the best of lighting in your home. And as well as cooking that casserole, Jessica’s been talking to Chris Currie of the United Reform Church about their part in the Dorking Christmas Fair, coming up at the end of the month. Click the link and enjoy it with us…

  1. November Welcome & Birthdays
  2. Anniversaries
  3. High St Update
  4. Canine Partners
  5. Boots Memory Boxes
  6. Talking Metric & Imperial Bathroom Scales
  7. Beef & Beetroot stew recipe
  8. Time for Tea: Capel Church
  9. Blacksmith’s Cottage – The Village Pub
  10. Chatty Café Scheme
  11. Making the Most of Lighting in the Home
  12. URC Xmas Fair
  13. Thought for the Month – The Point of Politics
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September Dorking Talking

Pride and Practicality, Heritage and Hospitality are the buzzwords this month as Dorking Talking encounters the secretive Dorking Guerrilla Knitters and their latest rainbow exploits before hearing about practical products to help you manage medication and a new advice line on visual impairment. We look at the local Heritage Open Days coming up, follow the fortunes of an ancient pub sign and visit the oldest – and the newest – hotels in the town. There are teacups and dimpled beer glasses to be raised too, between the High Street Update and theThought for the Month, so have your own preferred beverage to hand and we’ll get cracking!

August Dorking Talking magazine

Following the first heatwave of the summer, we start the August edition with keeping your cool in the heat. Lucy updates us on Dorking High Street news and we hear about, not guide dogs, but guide people from GDBA. We talk about both driving electric cars and hearing them coming and we join Mark Davis for tea at The Watermill. Then we bring you news and tips from the Macular Society, remember funfairs from childhood and say Happy 60th Birthday to the Surrey Wildlife Trust.

Join us by clicking the “listen here” button and come along for the ride!

  1. August Welcome
  2. High St Update
  3. Keeping Your Cool
  4. Driving Electric Cars
  5. Audible Electric Vehicles
  6. My Guide interview Serge Chapman
  7. Time for Tea: The Watermill
  8. Innovation in Eye Health – Macular Soc
  9. Macular Society Tips for VIPs
  10. Funfair Magic in Our Childhood
  11. Holiday at Home
  12. Surrey Wildlife Trust at 60
  13. Blacksmith’s Cottage The New Place
  14. Thought for the Month – Stillness
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