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June 2017

Wessey in the newsroom...

30th June 2017

Wessey with Maria

It's been a an exciting first week at Wessex FM... Today I got to help Maria edit the news.

Remember... If you've got a news story, tell Wessex FM first!   

Posted by Wessey at 2:23pm

'Deal & Donate' cheque presentation

30th June 2017

deal and donate cheque handover


Back in late May, we celebrated Local Radio Day, and one of the things we did was a 'Deal and Donate' campaign.

We buddied up with Dowsetts Motors in Weymouth, and for every used car they sold during the week, 1% would be donated to Rethink Mental Illness services in Dorset.

Wessex FM then matched this to double the total.

I'm delighted to say that we handed over £506.90 to Michelle Dunnings at Rethink Mental Illness this week!

She told me how the money would be spent:


Posted by James at 6:37am

Wessey in the studio...

29th June 2017

Wessey Studio

Today I'm learning how to be a presenter!

I'm amazed how easy it is...

"Hello... 1, 2, Check 1, 2"

"I'd better not accidentally give out anymore clues on the 'Wessex Word' just yet"  

Posted by Wessey at 12:58pm

Wessey's first Bun Run...

28th June 2017

Wessey Bun Run

On my second adventure this week I joined Vicki on the Bun Run and delivered yummy cakes to the new Damers First School in Dorchester.

Can you spot me in this photo? I must admit did have my eye on the chocolate eclair at the time.

Posted by Wessey at 11:47am

My first day...

27th June 2017

Wessey the Bear

Today I had my first official engagement and went into Dorchester with Vicki from the Bun Run and Dave from Drivetime.

This week, I'll be doing all sorts of interesting things from Bun Runs to helping out in the newsroom.

More on my new adventures at Wessex FM coming soon!

Posted by Wessey at 1:12pm

Follow The Bear ... to Weymouth!

27th June 2017

Here's a memory from the 1980s ... Weymouth beach playing a starring role in a Hofmeister's beer advert!

They were famous for their series 'follow the bear' commercials.

Do you remember them making this?  Were you there?  Or even in it?



Posted by James at 6:37am

Get on ya bike!

13th June 2017

Get on ya bike!
The plans are now nearly finalised for our first ever cycling challenge here at Weldmar Hospicecare and it will form as challenge number eight of my Colossal 10!
Between 22nd-24th September I will be peddling 170 miles starting from the hospice in Dorchester and passing all of our charity shops around the county.

colossal 10 on yer bike
A route like this has never been done before, it is a great opportunity to see our amazing county via your bike and joined by other Weldmar supporters.
Day one will see us covering Bridport, Lyme Regis and Beaminster with an overnight stay in Evershot. Day two will see us head north covering Sherborne, Gillingham, Shaftesbury, Blandford and Wimborne with our overnight stay in Poole. Finally on day three we will cycle through Swanage, Wareham, Wool, Weymouth, Portland and back to the hospice in Dorchester.

colossal 10 on yer bike

Registration is just £100 which includes your accommodation, breakfast, cycle jersey, support team and water for the challenge. You are then asked to raise a minimum of £500 for Weldmar Hospicecare which will go towards Matt’s Colossal 10 total.
Places are strictly limited for this challenge so if you want to join us on our first ever cycling challenge then get in touch today. Visit or, should you wish to just stay put in the comfort of your home but would like to show your support, please visit
As we reach six months into my Colossal 10 challenges, still left on the list is Wingwalking, 3 Peaks Challenge, Shop to Shop Cycle (above), Borneo Jungle Challenge and the 10 Hour Danceathon (launching very soon here on my Wessex FM blog!)

Posted by Matt Smith at 2:29pm


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