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  • Dorchester's County Hall flowerbeds to tell story

    THE flower beds at County Hall in Dorchester are to be revamped with plants to tell the story of Dorset’s green evolution. read more

  • Team praised for kayak challenge

    THE daughter of a Second World War hero has praised kayakers who retraced her heroic father’s footsteps for charity. read more

  • Thanks for helping our tree of hope

    A BIG thank you from Dorchester and District Amnesty Group to everyone who stopped at our Tree of Hope stall in Dorchester on December 12 to sign a card for a prisoner of conscience, victim of injustice, or human rights defender under threat. read more

  • Weymouth drummer on the beat for charity Dorset Echo: ROCKING: Drummer Spencer Bates, left, with musicians Mike Barnes, Mike McDaid, Gren Fraser and Nicky Bates

    A DRUMMER from Weymouth is organising a fundraising gig for a motor neurone disease charity after learning he has the illness. read more

  • Teenage team to check Dorset services

    TEENAGERS are being trained as inspectors to check that services are young person-friendly in Dorset. read more

  • New life from old in Weymouth reef sanctuary plan

    NEW life will be created from old if plans for an artificial reef sanctuary near Weymouth get the go-ahead. read more

  • Nissan's colourful town car is a cubic cinch

    STEVE BELASCO tests the stylish Cube, set to be a big hit with those who think differently read more

  • Jim Knight MP to attend public meeting

    WE are holding another of our popular Quiz nights on Saturday, January 23 at 7pm. read more

  • Dorchester Youth Theatre present The Stolen Heart

    A TALE of toys and adventure is being brought to life this week by members of Dorchester Youth Theatre. read more

  • Cold weather IT fix from Poundbury Systems

    Poundbury Systems helped customers’ employees work from home during the cold snap. read more

  • Athletes to run Weymouth's athletics track

    CAMPAGNERS are celebrating after securing the future of Weymouth’s only athletics track. read more

  • Dorset's students top GCSE league tables Dorset Echo: Dr Iain Melvin with students at Thomas Hardye School

    STUDENTS have ‘stepped up to the mark’ and topped the county’s GCSE league tables once again at the Thomas Hardye School. read more

  • Dorset's health service in crisis

    UNPRECEDENTED numbers of patients with serious conditions have put a ‘severe strain’ on health services across the area. read more

  • Ship returns home

    AFTER a four-year absence from their spiritual home, Upwey’s Weymouth Carpets Direct Sunday League Championship side have returned from their travels to The Old Ship Inn in Upwey. read more

  • Coutts puts pen to paper

    JAMES Coutts is officially a Dorchester Town player. read more

  • Ryan's keeping strong Dorset Echo: CLEAN SHEETS: Ryan Harrison

    A CHANGE in attitude by everyone in the team has helped Weymouth begin to turn their season around, goalkeeper Ryan Harrison believes. read more

  • Howzat to beat freeze

    ON a weekend that saw every sporting fixture in the area cancelled, one of the few training sessions to survive was surprisingly cricket. read more

  • Big kick-off for Angels

    SOUTHSIDE Angels Girls had the warmth and security of indoors as they kicked off their opening session as Weymouth’s first specialist girls’ football club. read more

  • YMCA girls make the grade

    GYMNASTS from Dorchester YMCA had a relaxing end to 2009 after finishing the year in triumphant style. read more

  • World singles agony for Tidby Dorset Echo: CLOSE TO AN UPSET: Adam Tidby

    DORCHESTER'S Adam Tidby was within an ace of causing a major upset in the first round of the World Indoor Bowls singles. read more

  • Dorset leads way to pastures new

    WILDLIFE lovers have insisted that Dorset is ahead of the game in sustainable food production. read more

  • Honesty pays for Weymouth schoolgirl

    AN HONEST schoolgirl who handed in cash she found in the street has been rewarded by being handed it back – after a six-month wait. read more

  • HANCOCK -...

    HANCOCK - Gwenda Valentine. Who died on 13/01/96. From your ever loving husband Ron and son Tony. Goodnight and God bless read more


    MARTIN HONEYBUN Is 40 today! Happy Birthday. With love from all the family xx HAPPY BIRTHDAY DADDY. Love Chloe & Connor xx read more


    KYLE BOWLER Happy 18th Birthday KY Have a brill time Love ~ Mum, Dad, Jordan, Amy, Jemma-Louise & the Chief xxx ----------*--------- Congratulations Kyle, legal at last! Have a great time Love you loads ~ Grandma & Grandad xxx ---------*---------- Have a wonderful 18th Birthday Kyle Every happiness With loads of love ~ Tim, Julie, Josh, Chloe & Gus xxx ----------*---------- Dear Kyle, Congratulations on your 18th and best wishes for the future All our love ~ Jane, Steve, Widge & Billy xxx -----------*----------- Happy 18th Kyle Love ~ Jeff, Moira, Sam, Charl & Elly xxx read more

  • BASTABLE -...

    BASTABLE - Irene Linda MBE. Passed peacefully away in Dorset County Hospital on 10th January 2010, aged 94 years. Late of Coburg Road. A much loved aunt and great aunt. Funeral Service at Weymouth Crematorium on Tuesday 19th January at 1.00pm. Family flowers only please, but donations if desired may be sent to aid Lepra Health in Action, c/o Woods Funeral Service, 11a Icen Way, Dorchester, DT1 1EW. Tel: (01305) 250425. read more

  • GREELEY -...

    GREELEY - Malcolm, peacefully in Joseph Weld Hospice after a short illness on the 11th January 2010 aged 59 years. Beloved partner of Veronica and a much loved son of Jean and the late Fred also a loved brother to Will, Fred, Philip and Cliff, Brother-in-law of Carmen, Sue and Wendy. Malcolm will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. Funeral service will take place at Weymouth Crematorium on Monday 25th January at 11.30am. Family flowers, donations for Weldmar Hospicecare Trust c/o A. J. Wakely & Sons, 91, East Street, Bridport. read more


    CECIL LEXSTER (Lecky) Passed away peacefully at home on 9th January 2010 aged 70 years. Husband of Jenny and father to Jo, Greg and the late Claire, much loved grandad to Ryan, Adam, Laura and Freddie. Will be sadly missed by all family and friends. Funeral service will take place at St Nicholas' Church Abbotsbury on Thursday 21st January at 12.00noon. Family flowers only please but donations if desired to Portesham Surgery and Marie Curie Nurses c/o A.J. Wakely & Sons, 91, East Street, Bridport read more

  • BROWN -...

    BROWN - Alexander James (Jim) BSc.MRCVS Died peacefully on 11th January 2010, aged 82. Dearly loved husband of Anne and loved by his children Caroline, Rosemary, Michael, Peter and Alison. Funeral will be held at Yeovil Crematorium on Wednesday 20th January at 10.40am. No flowers or mourning. Donations please, to 'Help For Heroes' may be sent c/o Woods Funeral Service, 11A Icen Way, Dorchester, DT1 1EW. Tel: (01305) 250425 read more


    RYAN PHILIP BARTLETT Trudy, Ray, Luke & Faye would like to thank everyone who attended the service - all 200 plus to celebrate Ryan's life, the support of so many there was absolutely overwhelming. Thank you for all the many messages of sympathy, cards, letters and great big hugs also for the donations which are still ongoing and to date are in excess of £1,000 in memory of Ryan - a loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, friend and colleague. Grateful thanks to the ambulance personnel and the police officers who attended on that tragic day; Antony, Debbie, Terry and Tiffany - we couldn't have done without you for your wonderful support that afternoon and to Ryan's nan and grandad whose cups of tea and refreshments after the funeral service sustained the day. Thanks to Rev'd Richard Simmons for the comforting service which did Ryan so proud and a wonderful tribute to his memory, Laura Kitching of the Dorset Echo for the dignified way she portrayed a tribute to Ryan in such a professional manner and Dennis and staff of Stockting Funeral Service for their understanding and sincerity, making it a whole lot easier whilst making all the funeral arrangements. Forever Young Forever Handsome read more

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