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  • Litter pickers collect 15 bags of rubbish on Dorchester walk

    A TEAM of local residents have been clearing up a favourite walking spot in Dorchester. read more

  • Daughter to run Race for Life on her late Weymouth father's birthday

    THE daughter of a man who lost his life to cancer will take on a sponsored run to celebrate his birthday. read more

  • The Great Dorset Bake Sale

    A charity has followed up a fast-selling recipe book by launching The Great Dorset Bake Sale. read more

  • British International Amateur Film Festival in Weymouth

    Film buffs are hoping to spot the next Steven Spielberg as an international festival comes to Weymouth. read more

  • Residents warned after energy saving scam hits Dorset

    RESIDENTS are being urged to be on their guard after an energy saving scam hit Dorset. read more

  • Couple jump for their lives out of first-floor window of blazing Charlton Marshall home

    A COUPLE jumped for their lives from a first-floor window as fire ripped through their home yesterday. read more

  • Plans unveiled for beach Olympic site

    DETAILED plans for the free Weymouth and Portland Live site that will be bringing the Olympic sailing events to life this summer have been revealed. read more

  • OLYMPIC SITE: Events

    MARITIME Mix is the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad by the Sea. Running from March to September 9, 2012, it is an ambitious creative celebration with more than 80 events that aim to animate Weymouth, Portland and the Jurassic Coast. read more

  • OLYMPIC SITE: Volunteer appeal for beach arena

    FOUR hundred sports volunteers are needed to assist with a Sports Arena on Weymouth Beach during the Olympics. read more

  • Inquiry into Purbeck turbines

    MORE than 50 members of the public crowded into a village hall to hear arguments for and against the building of four giant wind turbines in Purbeck. read more

  • Weymouth children upset by irresponsible dog owners

    A YOUNGSTER is urging dog owners to be responsible and clean up after their pets. read more

  • Olympics update: Lucky escape, grants, let's make it, website

    Lucky escape THE British Sonar Team had a lucky escape when their car was almost in collision with a bus. read more

  • Mum and daughter saved in Portland cliff drama

    A MUM and daughter were rescued from rocks on Portland by the coastguard. read more

  • Arson probe as fire hits Weymouth church

    AN INVESTIGATION was underway today after a suspected arson attack gutted an old chapel in Weymouth and caused chaos on rush-hour roads. read more

  • Ian Alcock wins Dorset Echo photography competition

    THIS breathtaking shot, captured early one morning as the sun rose over Dorset has seen off hundreds of entries to win the Dorset Echo photography competition. read more

  • Fun for good causes: Weymouth waffle eating, Portland fashion show, and Burton Bradstock sale

    SWEET toothed waffle fans flocked to Weymouth town centre to take part in a fruity charity challenge. read more

  • Fun for good causes: Melcombe Regis Rotary Club's Shelterbox efforts and Dorchester beer festival

    FUNDRAISERS from Melcombe Regis Rotary Club have been awarded a silver certificate for donating enough money to purchase 50 Shelterboxes. read more

  • Religion should be private matter

    I was a little perplexed by Margaret Morrissey’s letter lamenting the removal of prayers before full meetings of Dorchester Town Coun-cil. read more

  • Traffic issue has become a joke

    I know King Street has always been a problem for traffic congestion but with the new traffic lights everywhere as well, it really has become a joke. read more

  • Congratulations for the great day

    CAN I through your paper congratulate, and thank everybody who put on such a fantastic day at Nothe Fort on Sunday? read more

  • Weymouth Drama Club looking for youngsters

    IF YOU know a young person whose interests and talents lie in the direction of the stage, why not take them along to Curtainraisers, Weymouth Drama Club’s section for young people. read more


    JUDY JOHNS Passed away 5 years ago today. "Unable are the loved to die for love is immortality" Missing you - Tony read more


    JOAN HAWKINS Peacefully on 5th April 2012 aged 86 years. Widow of Norman, much loved mother of Paul, Peter, Miriam and their families. Funeral Service will take place at St. Mary's Church, Puddletown on Monday 23rd April at 11.00am. Family flowers only, donations if desired for St Mary's Puddletown (cheques made payable to Funeral Donation Account) may be sent c/o Grassby Funeral Service, 8 Princes Street, Dorchester. DT1 1TW. Tel: 01305 262338 read more


    JOHN MOLONEY Passed away peacefully on 4th April 2012 aged 71 years after a long illness bravely fought. Beloved husband of Jenny. John's Funeral Service will take place at Weymouth Crematorium on Friday 20th April at 3.15pm. Family flowers only please, but if desired donations can be made for RNLI c/o Rose Funeral Service, 35 Shrubbery Lane, Wyke Regis DT4 9LY. Enquiries Tel 01305 785832 or email read more


    JEAN A. CROAD Jean's family would like to thank all who attended the funeral service, for cards, messages of sympathy and donations received for The British Heart Foundation. Grateful thanks to the team of Doctors and Nurses at Lulworth Ward, D.C.H. and at Royal Crescent Practice, the Rev Michael Lee for the lovely service and Allan Quartermaine of Woods Funeral Service for all his help and support. Please accept this as our personal message of thanks. read more


    SAWYER - Rev Kenneth Clare. Died 25 years ago today. Gone, but never to be forgotten. One of the flock. read more


    KARLENE BROWN Happy Birthday Lots of love Paul, Moesha, Chelsea, Chardonnay & Rudy XXXXX read more


    JACK & AUDREY PALMER Happy 60th Wedding Anniversary Love from Tim & Aly, Andy & Kae, Matt & Rachel, Patrick & Sarah, Lucy & Craig, Katy, Jack, Frankie, Harry, Will, Tom, Joe, Zoe, Imogen and Edward "ubi aqua est inimus" read more


    “FIRING ON THE LULWORTH RANGES" Notice is hereby given pursuant to the Lulworth Ranges Byelaws 1978 that there will be firing on the Lulworth Ranges between 0900 hrs and 1700 hrs on Monday 16th to Thursday 19th April 2012 and between 0900 hrs and 1230 hrs on Friday 20th April 2012. Night firing will take place on the Lulworth Ranges between 2000 hrs and 2359 hrs on Tuesday 17th April 2012 and on Thursday 19th April 2012. read more


    PUBLIC NOTICE OF AN APPLICATION TO VARY A PREMISES LICENCE UNDER SECTION 34 OFTHE LICENSING ACT 2003 Notice is hereby given that an application was made to Purbeck District Council to vary a premises licence under the above Act on 29 March 2012. Applicant: W S Retail Limited. Address of premises:Wool News, 1-2 Dorchester Road, Wool, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 6EJ. Proposed variations to the licensable activities: Vary the hours for the sale of alcohol for consumption off the premises. Proposed days and hours of licensable activity: Every day - Alcohol Sales 00.00 to 23.00. The postal address of the Licensing Authority where the register is kept and the application may be inspected is: *Purbeck District Council, Licensing Team, Westport House, Worgret Road, Wareham, Dorset,BH20 4PP. Any person wishing to make representations on this matter shall give notice, in writing, stating the nature and grounds for making such representations to The Licensing Officer at the above address* within 28 days of the date of this notice – by the 26 April 2012. Further information is available on the web site following the links. It is an offence, under section 158 of the Licensing Act 2003, to knowingly or recklessly make a false statement in or in connection with an application and the maximum fine on summary conviction of such an offence is £5000. Licensing Solutions – duly authorised agents read more


    ELIZABETH LAIRD LANG MACDONALD “BESSIE” Has passed peacefully at home after a short illness in the presence of her family on 5th April, aged 96 years. Devoted wife of the late Niall Macdonald, much loved mum of Margaret, special gran of Yvonne and Carol, cherished great grandmother of Elaine and Michael. She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends. Bessie’s funeral will be held at Weymouth Crematorium Chapel on Monday 16th April at 1.00pm. Family flowers only please but donations, if desired, may be made payable for Weldmar Hospicecare Trust and send by cheque only c/o Co-operative Funeralcare, 130 Abbotsbury Road, Weymouth, DT4 0JS. Tel: (01305) 772789 read more


    BERYL HARVELL “PAT” Has passed peacefully in Ingleside Nursing Home on 7th April, aged 82 years. Devoted wife of the late Walter, much loved mum of Anita, Douglas, Christopher, Mary and John; special grandma and great grandma to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by all her family and friends. Pat’s funeral will be held at Weymouth Crematorium Chapel on Friday 13th April at 1.00 pm. Family flowers only please, but donations, if desired, may be made payable for the Alzheimer’s Society and send by cheque only c/o Co-operative Funeralcare, 130 Abbotsbury Road, Weymouth, DT4 0JS. Tel: (01305) 772789 read more


    TURNER – George passed away peacefully at Chestnut House Nursing Home, Charlton Down on 8 April 2012, aged 76 years. Beloved husband of Joan, much loved dad to Sue, Carol, John and Jacky, father-in-law to Dave, Brian, Rachel and Shaun and a special granddad and great granddad and a dear brother. Funeral service will take place at Yeovil Crematorium on Monday, 16 April at 10.40am. Family flowers only please donations, if desired, for either Greenfields or Chestnut House Nursing Home c/o A J Wakely & Sons Ltd, 91 East Street, Bridport DT6 3LB read more


    IRIS DRUSILLA LAKE A Service of Thanksgiving will be held at St George's Church, Fordington on Tuesday 24th April at 2pm. All are welcome. Donations if wished for Weldmar Hospicecare Trust may be sent c/o Grassby Funeral Service, 8 Princes Street, Dorchester DT1 1TW. Tel (01305) 262338 read more


    NEWMAN NICHOLAS AND DEB Congratulations on the birth of your son, Charlie Jack on 03/04/12, weighing 7lb 8oz. A gorgeous grandson, nephew and baby brother for Oliver. Thanks to Maternity DCH. Love to you all Mum, Dad and Uncle Chris xxx read more


    SIDDONS – Vera passed away peacefully at Dorset County Hospital on 7 April 2012, aged 89 years. Much loved wife to Arthur and loving mum to Mary, Sally, Stephen and the late Philip and a special nan and great nan and will be sadly missed by all her family and friends. Funeral service will take place at Weymouth Crematorium on Tuesday, 17 April at 2.30pm. Family flowers only please donations, if desired, for either The R.N.L.I or The RN.I.B. c/o A J Wakely & Sons Ltd, 91 East Street, Bridport DT6 3LB. read more

  • Suspected arson in Littlemoor

    A CAR was destroyed in a suspected arson in the early hours of this morning. read more

  • Anderson's head strong for Upwey

    UPWEY & Broadwey kept their title hopes alive by recording a third successive victory at Sturminster Newton United in the Dorset Senior League. read more

  • Hearn set to keep control at Avenue

    SHAUN Hearn will not be handing his majority shareholding to the Dorchester Town Supporters Trust for the time being but admits that community ownership is ultimately the way forward. read more

  • Biddlecombe: Relegation would be a disaster for Terras

    NIGEL Biddlecombe wants the Terras to show they care by avoiding the potential disaster of relegation. read more

  • Palmer tips Rocker for National glory

    RACING Post columnist Steve Palmer has placed a £50 charity bet on the Grand National at Ladbrokes in his hometown of Weymouth in aid of the Weldmar Hospicare Trust. read more

  • Fishing Around: Cup has lost its pageantry

    Keith Fisher, an award-winning former Fleet Street sports journalist, shares his controversial thoughts with Echo readers read more

  • Weyline secure crown in style

    WEYLINE secured the Weymouth Sunday League Premiership title in emphatic fashion by hammering Alexandra 5-0 at the Stalls. read more

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