July Dorking Talking

It’s July and Dorking is Talking about at a group working to benefit farmers and wildlife together, wondering why rain on St Swithin’s day should set the summer’s weather, and how a pair of shoes can tell you what’s in the way. We hear about the puzzling history of the jigsaw and about an amazing woman who moved her house – and rebuilt it herself – we bet she’d have been good at jigsaws!
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1. July Welcome & Birthdays
2. Anniversaries
3. Shoes That Tell You What’s Coming
4. High Street Update
5. Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group
6. Patchworking Garden Open Day
7. Westhumble Railway Bridge
8. The Woman Who Moved A House
9. I’m Fine, Thank You
10. Teenage Tricks
11. Claude Monet Biography – Sight Loss & Painting
12. Jigsaw Puzzle History
13. St James the Least – Social Distancing In Church
14. St Swithin’s Day
15. Thought for July – See The Good
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Dorking Talking in April

April’s here and we’ve got a lighthearted programme for you this month to celebrate Easter and look forward to better things. We’re nearly at the end of the long, cold winter of lockdown and the chance to go beyond our own four walls and meet friends once more is almost within our reach. Join us to find out about the Easter Hare – or perhaps for you it’s the Easter Bunny – meet the new Leith Hill National Trust Ranger and look at wildlife during lockdown. There’s food from the fifties and hopefully a drink in a pub once more, we hear about how a guide dog changed a doctor’s life and meet one of the voices of Calibre talking books.

1. Welcome & Birthdays
2. Anniversaries
3. High St Update
4. Rowes Stationers
5. ‘Kika and Me’ Dr Amit Patel
6. Easter Bunny or Hare?
7. Easter Funnies
8. Food in the Fifties
9. Save Our Pint
10. A Very English Thing
11. Calibre Meet the Narrator
12. Easter Funnies #2
13. Lockdown Nature Encounters
14. Tom Burns New NT Leith Hill Ranger
15. Air Raid Shelter in Westcott garden
16. Thought: Empty Easter Eggs
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March Dorking Talking

It’s March at last, the days are getting longer, spring lambs are in the fields, and Dorking Talking’s back out walking the High Street and bringing you the local lowdown. There’s news from Dorking Hospital and a chat with one of the team rolling out the National Census this month, we’ve got birds and mice, guide dogs, rabbits and potatoes all on the agenda, as well as local poets, amazing fundraisers and funny embarrassing moments. It’s all here for you to hear by simply pressing the “Listen here” button. Enjoy!

DorkingTalking Feb 21

Welcome to February’s Dorking Talking to help us through another lockdown, with an outdoorsy programme including a wet walk on Holmwood Common, apple trees aplenty and Beatrix Potter’s garden. We tackle good intentions, look back to the end of pounds, shillings and pennies and go aboard with the Royal Navy to find we know some of the jargon already. We hear from a medical student roped into Covid duty and, on a lighter note, we have a “Pointless” experience for a bit of tv fun. Just visit www.dorkingtalkingnewspaper/magazine-2 and click “Listen Here” to join us.

  1. Welcome & birthdays
  2. Anniversaries
  3. Medical Student Covid Experience
  4. NT Ranger on Holmwood Common
  5. Heritage Apples
  6. Wassailing
  7. Clearing Out
  8. Grant Funding for Home Adaptations
  9. Holocaust Memorial Day
  10. Naval Sayings We All Use
  11. Beatrix Potter’s Garden
  12. 50 Years Since Decimal Day
  13. A Pointless Experience
  14. Thought: The Trouble Tree
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Xmas Bumper Edition

Join us for the bumper edition of Dorking Talking, taking us through Christmas and the New Year.

We’re bent on keeping you smiling through the festive season – however differently we have to celebrate it this year. From heartwarming stories to a guide dog not on his best behaviour, and from struggles with Christmas lights to odd New Year traditions – taking in poems and jokes, festive drinks, New Year’s bells and local heroes on the way – it’s all here for you to enjoy.

  1. Christmas Welcome
  2. Christmas Joker
  3. Let the bells Ring
  4. Load of Old Baubles Light Relief
  5. Christmas Tree Trivia
  6. Santa’s Reindeer on the Lawn
  7. Bear Toys
  8. Spam Xmas dinner
  9. Three Men in A Boat
  10. Christmas Joker 2
  11. A Brief Pageant of English Verse
  12. Child’s Christmas in Heaven
  13. Christmas Cards Brought to Life
  14. Grow Old Disgracefully
  15. One Of My Naughty Days
  16. Christmas Joker 3
  17. Non/less Alcoholic Festive Drinks
  18. BEM Honouring Local Heroes
  19. To a Prosperous New Year
  20. Christmas Joker 4
  21. Midnight Caller
  22. Happy New Year To You Too
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December Dorking Talking


We’ve made it to December and we’re once again allowed to shop – just in time for Christmas – yay!  Dorking Talking’s positively celebrating shopping: checking out the High Street and the local village shops and the FoodFloat, bringing local produce to the town, before  stepping back into the South Street sweet shop of 100 years ago.  We look at calendars and diaries for 2021 as well as some great jigsaws, all designed with vision impairment in mind, for your Christmas list.  And thinking of the festive season, we’ve got accessible TV listings, laughter, booze and party dresses all on the agenda.

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  1. December Welcome & Birthdays
  2. Anniversaries
  3. High St Update
  4. FoodFloat interview
  5. Village Shops
  6. Sounding PSS calendars & diaries
  7. U3A Living History Project Covid memories
  8. Banana Bunch wartime memories
  9. Ye Olde Oake Sweet Shoppe
  10. I’m Sorry I’m Laughing Too much
  11. Soundings Accessible Freeview
  12. Dress Stress Xmas poem
  13. Home Brewer’s Tales David Wennell
  14. Christmas Mincemeat Biscuits
  15. Soundings PSS Jigsaws
  16. Thought for December
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November Dorking Talking – Here we go again!

As England is put back into national restrictions to reduce the spread of Covid 19, the Talking Newspaper too has had to revert to lockdown mode. That means we’ll produce a monthly news summary and magazine on the first Thursday of each month until the situation eases.

Ironically, this November we were going to have practically Covid-free magazine content and, despite having been overtaken by events, I think we’ve all heard quite enough about the wretched virus and we’re not going to talk about it any more.

So we take a look at keeping healthy through winter, at the police keeping Surrey’s roads safe, at two Dorking businesses: a pet store with a 200 year history and at a much younger venture: the Gin Kitchen (where I was given a private tour…)  We’ve got a poem for Remembrance and a bit of church fun. So if you’ve got that nice cup of tea to hand and you’re sitting comfortably, click the link and we’ll begin…

  1. November welcome & Covid Announcement
  2. Anniversaries
  3. High Street Update
  4. Old Soldier Remembrance poem
  5. Mental Health Sessions for VIP
  6. Talking infra-red thermometer
  7. Keeping well: Flu jabs & vitamin D
  8. British Hop-Growing
  9. Tour of the Gin Kitchen
  10. Out with the Police Road Traffic Unit
  11. A “weekend with the young people”
  12. RNIB catalogues in various formats
  13. Attlees nearly 230 years in Dorking
  14. Thought for month

October Dorking Talking

Dorking Talking’s kicking off October with news about this year’s flu vaccinations – don’t miss yours, will you? – and the latest on Dorking High Street before we feature a local gin which manages to be both ancient and modern, hear about a mouthwatering charity fundraising scheme and meet the wonderful Canine Companions at work. And with a look back at the fifties & sixties with underwear, television and bus conductors – how could you miss it?

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  1. Welcome and DDTN Announcement
  2. Intro & Birthdays
  3. Anniversaries
  4. High St Update
  5. Flu Vaccine
  6. Mayflower Saints & Strangers Gin
  7. What’s Cooking for charity
  8. Multifunction Tactile Watch
  9. All the Gear, No Idea
  10. Remember that underwear?
  11. Canine partners
  12. TV In Living Colour
  13. Star Trek – Boldly Battling Prejudice
  14. Thought for Month
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September Dorking Talking

On the cusp between Summer and Autumn, here’s the September edition of Dorking Talking to keep you informed, interested and hopefully amused.  Stand by for shopping and scouting, holidays and heritage, creatures and commonsense…

  1. Welcome & Birthdays
  2. News Summary
  3. Anniversaries
  4. High St Update
  5. Heritage Open Days
  6. Mullins and the Mayflower 400 Years Ago
  7. Silent Pool Hand Sanitiser
  8. Biggles Lives
  9. PSS summer catalogue
  10. Having a Go at Online Shopping
  11. Scouting – Ready For Anything
  12. Guides Virtual Sleepover
  13. SeeAble UK Holiday Survey
  14. The Accidental Landlord
  15. British Red Cross 150
  16. Creature Comforters – Pets vs Loneliness
  17. Thought for the Month: Obit to Commonsense
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What’s Dorking Talking about in August 2020?

It’s August – the time for sunshine and seaside, families and foreign holidays – except that this year it isn’t… the nearest we can come is a barbecue in the back garden.  But is Dorking Talking downhearted?  Certainly not! There are local discoveries to make in our hedgerows and our history and we hear wartime memories as we approach the 75th anniversary of VJ Day.  And the military theme continues with a whole museum inside an army toilet tent!  We look at the latest in Dorking High Street and discover a new campaign Stay Loyal to Local, supporting local producers and retailers. We also bring you information about the help offered by the Guide Dogs organisation in these post-Covid days, as well as eye shields to protect you from glare, and the importance of keeping up with your eye checks.  Lastly we consider the balance to be found between safely keeping ourselves to ourselves or opening our hearts and our hands. Click the link to join us – or just ask Alexa to “play Dorking Talking Magazine”.

  1. August Welcome
  2. News Summary
  3. Birthdays & VJ Day
  4. Anniversaries
  5. High Street Update
  6. Importance of keeping up eye tests
  7. Stay Loyal Stay Local
  8. Getting the needle
  9. Guide Dogs – the new normal
  10. Falling in love with the delights of the hedgerow
  11. Heritage Open Days
  12. Eye shields against glare make a big difference
  13. VJ Day Memories
  14. World’s smallest military museum
  15. Thought for the month: Hannah Malcolm
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