July 2019 Magazine

July means summer and we’ve got a really summery programme for you, ranging from Holidays at Home to cricket, from tea on the farm to a gin & tonic cheesecake, and from roses, gardening & lawnmowers to a spin in an E-type…. So are you ready? Put on your sunhat and fasten your seatbelt and we’ll be off!

  1. Welcome & birthdays
  2. Anniversaries
  3. High St Update
  4. Trucks of the Trade
  5. Holiday at Home
  6. Polesden Lacey Rose Festival
  7. Blind/VI Cricket
  8. Time for Tea: Bocketts Farm
  9. Gin & Tonic Cheesecake
  10. Blacksmith’s Cottage: The Lawnmower
  11. Gardening Publications with VI ideas
  12. Drive Memory Lane Jaguar E type
  13. Thought for the Month: “Love Life”
  14. Endpiece

June Dorking Talking

Just back from holiday, Dorking Talking is here again! Starting with Dorking today we look back to 400 years ago, when William Mullins, Pilgrim Father, left our town for the New World. And we linger in the past with an interview about Margaret Greville of Polesden Lacy, and drive down Memory Lane in an MG MGB. Then we come bang up to date with tips on avoiding scams, and follow up an item from a couple of months back with a report identifying the top 10 washing machines which are accessible for visually-impaired people, as well as stopping your socks getting lost in them! We’ve also made time for getting outdoors and going on holiday before sitting down for that cup of tea and the thought for the month. Enjoy!


  1. Welcome & Birthdays
  2. Anniversaries
  3. High St Update
  4. William Mullins House 400 years
  5. Margaret Greville Story
  6. Drive Memory Lane: MG MGB
  7. Be Scam Savvy
  8. Top 10 Accessible Washing Machines
  9. Holiday Health
  10. Time for Tea: Grumpy Mole
  11. Pairs of Socks & Managing the Wardrobe
  12. Golf for All
  13. Thought for the Month: No Action Means No Result
  14. Endpiece



May 2019 Dorking Talking

This month, we’re in Dorking, Devon and… Italy; we’re indoors, outdoors and back in time too. We start in our local High Street,  Rowland brings us up to date about the Cliffden Hotel in Devon which specialises in holidays for visually impaired people, and we hear the latest about Dorking’s new, Italian, twin town of Sinalunga. Then we find out about training for the professional Blue Badge Guide qualification, before Mark Davis takes us for tea up on Ranmore, Lucy opens the gates of the National Garden Scheme this summer and Peter celebrates 25 years of the Watermill Jazz Club in Dorking. Communication links the next couple of items with a look at the charm of letter-writing and details of the latest in big-button, easy-use phones for your home. We head off down memory lane behind the wheel of the Ford Capri, remember early-morning battles with a recalcitrant Rayburn, before winding up on the allotment for the Thought for the Month.

  1. Welcome & Birthdays, anniversaries
  2. High Street Update
  3. Dorking’s New Twin Town
  4. Infosound: Devon Cliffden Hotel
  5. Bronwen Mills, Blue Badge Guide
  6. Time for Tea – Café La Crème, Ranmore
  7. National Garden Scheme
  8. Watermill Jazz Celebrate 25 Years
  9. For the Love of Letters
  10. Infosound: Big Button Easy Use Phones
  11. Infosound: Feedback request
  12. Drive Memory Lane: Ford Capri
  13. Tales from Blacksmith’s Cottage
  14. Thought for Month: The Allotment as a Personal Refuge

April 2019 Dorking Talking

Showers & sunshine: it must be April! In this edition of Dorking Talking we feature an interview about Charles Bonnet syndrome: the hallucinations which can affect people with Macular Disease.   And we’re on the move this month, with features on mobility & transport, the history of the AA, driving down memory lane in a Ford Cortina, looking at the latest plans for Leith Hill Place and, of course, enjoying that all-important Time for Tea with Mark Davis. We find out why forgetfulness can be a good thing, investigate the consumer products which are inaccessible to people with poor sight and consider how we can solve loneliness in our Thought for the Month. So it’s chocks away, click the link and here we go…

  1. Welcome & Birthdays
  2. High Street Update
  3. Charles Bonnet syndrome interview
  4. Drive memory lane Ford Cortina
  5. NFB on mobility, transport & accessibility aims
  6. AA history – AA key to phone kiosk…
  7. Forgetfulness is good for you
  8. Inaccessible White Goods
  9. Time for Tea: Cake Rider Tearoom Dorking
  10. Outdoors & Wellbeing at Leith Hill Place
  11. Thought for Month: Solving Loneliness
  12. Endpiece

March 2019 Dorking Talking

Welcome to March and a Dorking Talking edition which ranges from Holmwood Common to Abu Dhabi and from the 1950s to the present day. We have an update on Dorking’s High Street, walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats in our local woods (yes, it’s going to be possible) and enjoy a cuppa at the Leith Hill Tower. We meet the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey and hear about the wheelwright’s ancient craft. There’s news of Mole Valley Life – the various facilities and activities that MVDC offers in support of local older people – and we also hear about some special Surrey athletes.   And we’re on the move, looking back nostalgically to the Austin A30 and finding out what disabled and elderly people really think about modern train travel.

  1. March Welcome & Birthdays
  2. High St Update
  3. 20 Years of Challenger Magazine
  4. Land’s End to John O’Groats via Holmwood Common
  5. Wheelwright’s Craft
  6. Mole Valley Life
  7. Drive Memory Lane Austin A30
  8. Your Experience of Train Travel
  9. Time for Tea: Leith Hill Café
  10. Lord Lieutenant of Surrey
  11. Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi
  12. Thought for the Month: Choosing Rules

February Dorking Talking is here!

Here’s February’s Dorking Talking to help you through a chilly grey month…

We’ll be taking a look at famous February anniversaries and indulging a spot of nostalgia over the beloved Mini; catching up with Dorking’s High Street, finding out about opticians who offer services in your own home and looking outwards too at holidays full of interest that are specially designed for visually impaired people. We take care of our toes in this winter weather, hear about a doorbell that’s too loud, flashy and tingly to be missed, plan an “ale trail” in pursuit of Pilgrim beers and of course enjoy a cuppa and a naughty slice of cake with Mark Davison – this time in the Reading Room at Brockham. Bon Appetit!

  1. Feb Welcome & Birthdays
  2. February anniversaries
  3. High St update
  4. DofE farewell Michael Cleaver, hello Fred Ware
  5. Community Care Opticians interview
  6. Infosound: Seeable Holidays
  7. Drive Down Memory Lane Austin Mini
  8. Tiny car, big name owners
  9. Streetwise funnies: Mayo Jar
  10. Looking after your feet in winter
  11. Infosound loud, flashing, vibrating doorbell
  12. Time for Tea – Brockham Reading Room
  13. Pilgrim Ale Trail
  14. Thought for Month – The Mayo Jar
  15. Endpiece

Dorking Talking Christmas Special

Welcome to the 2018 Christmas and New Year edition of Dorking Talking. It’s a bumper programme so be prepared to listen in instalments if you’ve got lots to do. We’ll still be here when you’re ready for another break, with poems, stories, old skills and traditions, as well as new technology and New Year resolutions. From the NHS frontline to the great outdoors, little children to thoughtful teenagers, tea and cakes and Christmas decorations, we bring you the festive, the funny and the serious too. I promise you there’s plenty to keep you going through the festive season and well into next year so don’t rush… collect that cuppa, put your feet up and enjoy!

  1. Xmas Welcome & Birthdays
  2. History of Christmas Wreath
  3. The Warthog – Steven Mann
  4. Politically correct Xmas
  5. Malden Rushett Lights by John Griffin
  6. TNs & magazines on Amazon Voice Controlled Devices
  7. Traditional Skills for Modern Kids
  8. Michael Morpurgo on The Snowman
  9. The Running Hare by John Lewis Sempel
  10. 12 nights of Xmas by John Griffin
  11. Health is Wealth
  12. Day in the Life of NHS Nurse
  13. Time for Tea – the Volunteer
  14. New Year Resolutions to keep
  15. New Year traditions in the UK
  16. Perspectives: Sienna Lakin Rotary winning story
  17. Endpiece

December Dorking Talking

It’s December and we’ve had an early Christmas present: an interview with Peter White, presenter of Radio 4’s In Touch programme and President of Talking News Federation. Then we’re looking at local doings including the latest on the High Street, the visit of the Sight for Surrey sensory bus, the Library’s new gadget converting print to speech – Listener Hilary Longhurst has a go at using that – as well as the Headley Tearoom, and local pantomime in Dorking and Redhill (where Ann Widdecombe takes to the stage). We’re also interested in the wider world of visual impairment with a tactile version of the children’s favourite Connect 4 game for you to enjoy with the family, the RNIB In Your Pocket reading device and smartphone designed specifically for people with sight loss, and we hear about Dorking’s two Rotary clubs and their charity work.

And looking ahead – there will be a special Christmas and New Year issue coming your way in the week before Christmas, to tide you over the festive season.

  1. December Welcome & Birthdays
  2. High Street Update
  3. About Tony Greene, Sensory Bus
  4. Jessica interviews Peter White
  5. Ann Widdicombe in panto Beauty & the Beast
  6. Dorking Halls panto Sleeping Beauty
  7. Connect 4 game made tactile
  8. KNFB Low-vision Reader available in Dorking Library
  9. In Your Pocket: the RNIB’s reading device/smartphone
  10. Time for Tea – Headley Tearoom
  11. Dorking’s Rotary Clubs
  12. Thought for the month: Loss of civility

November Dorking Talking

In this centenary Armistice month, Dorking Talking features bellringing, poetry and a piece from a modern teenager about Tyne Cot war cemetery. On a cheerier note, we take a look at Farnham’s Fuggles hops – essential for many real ales – hear about a national conference for talking newspapers, and learn what support is available to listeners for Calibre’s Audio Library. There’s the latest on the High Street, and after Mark has enjoyed his tea break in Bookham, Lucy offers a fitness scheme with a twist… It’s all waiting for you!

  1. November Welcome & Birthdays
  2. High Street Update
  3. Sensory Bus interview Tony Greene
  4. Teenage Visit to WW1 Cemetery
  5. Bellringing for Remembrance
  6. When The Guns Were Heard In Surrey
  7. Fuggles Hops
  8. Report back from TNF conference
  9. Calibre membership support services
  10. Time for Tea – Claire’s Café, Bookham
  11. Good Gym
  12. Thought for the month Being Sorry
  13. Endpiece

Dorking Talking October edition

October’s Dorking Talking is looking at Talking Newspapers across the UK, hearing about an oral history project run by Dorking Museum that wants your memories, and heading to the great outdoors with the Learning & Events Officer for Boxhill. We are also taking care of the comforts of life with a mixture of beers, kitchen gadgets, a warming Greek stew just right for autumn and, of course, Time for Tea. We look sideways at British eating habits 50 years ago, and further back to a British motor-racing legend based in Dorking whose centenary will be celebrated next week with a parade of his amazing racing cars through the town. Top and tail all that with the High Street update and a parable about Grandma’s Teapot and get settled comfortably for us to begin…

  1. Welcome & birthdays
  2. High Street Update
  3. “Inland Revenue” scammers
  4. Infosound: TNs different from other sources
  5. Oral history project
  6. Outdoor learning at Boxhill NT
  7. Picked & Mixed – mixing beers
  8. Talking scales & easy to see measuring jug set
  9. Stifado recipe – a warming Greek stew
  10. Time for Tea – Southdown Coffee & Wine, Brockham
  11. Eating in the Fifties
  12. Rob Walker Dorking’s motor racing legend centenary
  13. Thought for the month: Grandma’s teapot