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