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
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
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!
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.
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.
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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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