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…
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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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…
Welcome & Birthdays
High St Update
Heritage Open Days
Mullins and the Mayflower 400 Years Ago
Silent Pool Hand Sanitiser
PSS summer catalogue
Having a Go at Online Shopping
Scouting – Ready For Anything
Guides Virtual Sleepover
SeeAble UK Holiday Survey
The Accidental Landlord
British Red Cross 150
Creature Comforters – Pets vs Loneliness
Thought for the Month: Obit to Commonsense
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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”.
It’s July and things are changing in Dorking. You see our regular readers, who would normally be reading the paper to you from week to week, are getting restive. They all want to help. So several of them have been sending in items that they’ve recorded at home on their mobiles. Which is brilliant and means that this month, we field a team of seven people, all hoping to keep you informed, entertained and amused. So we catch up on the High Street, summarise advice from government and VI charities on keeping safe as restrictions ease, and bring you news from Mickleham about a local sewing group making scrubs for health professionals. Then we leave COVID behind and relax into summer with gardens and larks, twin – though not joint – birthday celebrations for youth hostels and Dorking Rotary Club, going out to the pictures in days gone by and staying in with tactile board and table games to enjoy now. Just click on “listen here” to join us.
July Welcome & Birthdays
High St Update LJ
Mickleham Parish Mag – Making Scrubs by Tracey O’Hanlon. JT
Infosound: Summary of Pandemic Advice from Gov & VI charities
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…
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…
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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!
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!
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…