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October 2015

Facing fears at the Weymouth Sealife Adventure Park

26th October 2015

All this half term holiday, you can 'Face Your Fears' at Weymouth Sealife Adventure Park!

Nick from Bugfest is there with his collection of snakes, spiders, scorpions, and assorted creepy crawlies!

I went along to see if I could face my fears and handle some of the creatures...


Posted by James at 8:08pm

Supporting National Hate Crime Awareness week

19th October 2015

PCC Martyn UnderhillAnyone can be a victim of hate crime and targeted for their race, sexuality, religion, disability or transgender identity. I will never condone any form of hate crime and I will always encourage any victim to speak out.

I am pleased that more hate crimes are being reported in Dorset, however, we know that this type of crime is generally under reported, often because victims are unsure or scared to tell anyone. We need everyone working within the criminal justice system to take hate crime seriously to ensure that everyone can access the help and support they need and deserve, for example through the hate crime app which allows individuals to report in the privacy of their own homes.

I am committed to reducing hate crime and for example have recently co-commissioned with Wiltshire PCC, a LGBT caseworker operating across both counties, who provides specialist support for victims of LGBT hate crime. I also support the national Stand Together campaign, which was launched by Sir Peter Fahy in Manchester this year, to defeat hatred and extremism in our communities. It is important that people to get in touch with the police if they feel they are a victim of hate crime even if there is no prosecution so at least they can get appropriate support as often, these type of offences have long lasting impact on victims especially if they have suffered repeated abuse which can often affect physical and mental wellbeing.

There is a huge range of work we are doing to strengthen community confidence and cohesion in Dorset, for example through targeted community engagement and our work with partners on the Prejudice Free group, who will be showcasing their work at a conference in the New Year. We also continue to enable Equality Champions to support officers in dealing with hate crime and incidents.

It is so important that the impact of hate crime on a victim or community is not underestimated, it ruins lives. The importance of ‘getting it right’ is key to building and maintaining trust and confidence of victims and to encouraging more people to report. This is how we stand together to deliver our collective responsibility.

No-one should suffer in silence.

Posted by Carl at 5:03pm

Meeting the next generation of Wessex FM presenters and journalists!

19th October 2015

radio club

A big hello to all the members of Radio Club at St Nicholas and St Laurence School in Weymouth!

They meet after school on a Friday and prepare and present their own internet streamed radio show!

I popped along to see them, talk about radio, and answer their questions.

I would have LOVED a Radio Club when I was at school - Chess Club was about as exciting as it got!


Posted by James at 8:40am

Why Weymouth viewers may be switching off QI...

15th October 2015

Weymouth Clock Seafront

It's been revealed that Stephen Fry is stepping down as host of popular panel show QI.  He's been at the helm since it launched in 2003 and fronted 180 episodes.

So why might viewers in Weymouth be switching off?  The new host is Sandi Toksvig, and she's been banned from the town following some comments made in an article.  Here she is on BBC Radio Four's News Quiz, explaining all:

More to follow!


Posted by James at 9:00am

Dorchester Literary Festival

14th October 2015

Dorchester Lit Fest

The very first Dorchester Literary Festival takes place this month, with Richard & Judy, Dom Joly, Kate Aidie, and a number of other well known faces coming to town.

One of the team behind the Festival is Paul Atterbury, best known for his work on the Antiques Roadshow.  I called him for a chat on the Breakfast Show this mornng:

Click here to visit the website, see what's on, and book your tickets!


Posted by James at 9:16am

A Limerick for National Poetry Day

8th October 2015

Now, I used to love English lessons at school.  Apart from one thing - poetry!  I could never get to grips with it.

With today being National Poetry Day, I thought I would join in!  But a limerick is about my level (and I nicked this one of the internet too), so here goes:

There was a boy by the ocean
Who thought he found magic potion
He took a big drink
Then started to think
It tasted just like suntan lotion

Wessex FM listener Tracy was not impressed - and she came up with an immediate rhyming reply of her own:


Posted by James at 9:10am

Dorset Rock Choir get baking for charity!

7th October 2015

stacey rock choir

Today's the day of the Great British Bake Off Final!  I think Ian might win (hope so).  Or it could be Nadiya.  Tamal is a strong contender.  Let's face it, I haven't got a clue, but this series has been as entertaining as always, especially with the incomparable Mel & Sue at the helm.

Stacey Hobday from Rock Choir popped in this morning - she's got her groups baking as well as singing this week, to raise money for charity.

Listen here to find out more about Rock Choir and what they're up to for the MS Society:

Posted by James at 9:22am

Lions Beach Motocross

2nd October 2015

beach motocross

It's always a pleasure for Wessex FM to be involved with the Weymouth & Portland Lions Beach Motocross!

It's back over the weekend of the 10th and 11th of October, with lots of stunts, demos and displays on Saturday, and a full race programme on Sunday.

Richard Burgess from Weymouth & Portland Lions popped into the Breakfast Show to have a chat with me about what's going on through the weekend:

Posted by James at 10:00am


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