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  • Dorchester teachers are up for digital education awards

    TWO teachers at Dorchester schools have been shortlisted for a regional award that celebrates the best in digital education. read more

  • Bridport councillors' worries over new code of conduct

    COUNCILLORS are being asked to adopt a new code of conduct under the new Localism Act. read more

  • Rail union to hold ballot over Olympic travel disruptions

    WEYMOUTH-WATERLOO operator South West Trains is standing firm on a pay deal in a dispute which threatens to disrupt travel during the Olympics. read more

  • Crowds set to flock to Bovington Tank Museum festival Dorset Echo: Tanks of all sizes are on show at Bovington this weekend

    BUMPER crowds are expected to flock to Bovington’s Tank Museum this weekend as the history of armoured warfare rumbles into life. read more

  • Revamped Sandsfoot Castle will open this weekend

    AN HISTORIC monument given a 21st century facelift will reopen this weekend. read more

  • Help Langton Herring's singing star by watching YouTube footage

    SINGING star Sarah de Warren needs your support. read more

  • Weymouth's Pleasure Pier to get new lick of paint for Bayside Festival

    PLANS are hotting up for a multi-entertainment extravaganza coming to Weymouth and the Pleasure Pier is getting a lick of paint in preparation. read more

  • New access rights open up Jurassic Coast path to Portland

    RAMBLERS can enjoy a rejuvenated stretch of coastal path on the Jurassic Coast as new access rights come into force today. read more

  • Dorset County Hospital to reveal plan for sailing Olympics

    DORSET County Hospital’s role in the sailing Olympics will be revealed on Wednesday. read more

  • Dorset foursome in Punto on 10,000-mile trip to Asia

    THREE boys, one girl and an elderly Fiat Punto called Bruce are taking on the challenge of a 10,000-mile charity drive to Mongolia. read more

  • Furore over cost of new school uniforms for Portland Academy Dorset Echo: UNIFORM STORM: Parent Sian Thomas-Cutts

    A FURIOUS row has broken out over the cost of new uniform prices for Portland Academy students. read more

  • Council and Duchy to talk over plans for park and ride and service area near roundabout by Dorchester's football stadium

    COUNCILLORS are to explore the possibility of a new park and ride facility and service area on the edge of Dorchester. read more

  • Miriam Margolyes brings Dickens' women to life at Bridport Dorset Echo: Miriam Margolyes

    THE first time Miriam Margolyes came to the south west she was a teenager posing nude for Augustus John. read more

  • Skipper fined for illegally fishing in protected area of Lyme Bay

    A fishing boat skipper has been fined for fishing illegally within a protected area of Lyme Bay. read more

  • Dorset County Council to review agency pay after Echo probe reveals worker earned more than chief executive

    A REVIEW into agency staff is underway after an Echo investigation revealed a temporary worker at Dorset County Council earned more than the chief executive. read more

  • What a haul! Dorset Echo readers donate £4.5k to Purbeck Isle fund

    DORSET ECHO readers have been thanked for raising an amazing £4,500 for the Purbeck Isle Memorial fund. read more

  • Tom Wilson

    TOM WILSON on gaining a well deserved First Class Honours Degree in Law from Durham University. We are all very proud of you. Good luck for Law School. All our love Mum, Dad and Alex read more


    ROBERT (BOB) DENCH 65 What retirement? Too much to do now! Love all the families. xx read more

  • Bridport Hospital opens its doors to put fears at rest

    AFTER the furore surrounding proposed cuts to services at Bridport Hospital, it opened its doors to the public to get the message across that it is alive and well. read more

  • Cyclist, 51, dies after collision

    A CYCLIST has died after a collision with a car. read more

  • Collection raised £223 for charity

    On behalf of the South West Dorset Talking Newspaper for the Visually Impaired, I would like to thank everyone who supported our recent collection at Morrisons in Weymouth. We raised a total of £223.44. I know there are always so many different charities asking for money, and so this makes us especially grateful. These donations make such a difference to our small charity. We provide a weekly talking CD or memory stick, of local news, plus a talking magazine. It is available free of charge to people who are blind or partially sighted, including the postage. We serve the Weymouth, Port-land, Lyme Regis, Bridport, Dor-chester, Sherborne and Blandford areas, but we do have listeners all over Dorset, in neighbouring counties and even further afield. This service is run entirely by volunteers, and their dedication produces an enjoyable and informative opportunity for visually-impaired people to keep up with the local news and enjoy some interesting articles. If you, or anyone you know, would like the magazine, please contact the SWDTN at Portland Town Council Offices, Fortuneswell, Portland Dorset, DT5 1LW. read more

  • We are up for it and raring to go

    We went to a very enjoyable show at the Pavilion the other day. read more

  • What would Bill Bryson say now?

    Bill Bryson, author of Notes from a Small Island visited Weymouth in the early 90s and commented that he liked the town a good deal more than he expected to, and that it tried to maintain an air of Georgian elegance. He is known for his caustic, and true, observations of modern excrescences; I would love to hear what he would say now of our once-elegant Georgian seafront. read more

  • 2,012 to carry a flame for beach spectacular

    ORGANISERS of the Battle for the Winds are celebrating after 2,012 people have signed up to be Fire Torch Waders for the show’s grand finale. read more

  • Schools across Weymouth and Portland will hold Olympic-themed sports days

    EACH school across Weymouth and Portland will hold its own Olympic-themed sports day. read more

  • The Doors are flying off the handle in Weymouth

    LIFE, as profoundly summarised by that great contemporary philosopher Ronan Keating, is indeed a roller coaster. read more

  • Olympic update: Art workshops; torch relay

    Arts workshops YOUNG people on Portland are being invited to help make 1,000 butterflies at a free art event this Saturday. read more

  • Simkin is geared up for pre-season Dorset Echo: LONG SEASON: Phil Simkin has remained loyal through thick and thin

    PHIL Simkin is counting down the days until his charges report back for pre-season training. read more

  • Terras capture ex-Yeovil winger

    LEWIS Clarke has agreed to become the latest recruit at the Bob Lucas Stadium and will put pen to paper at tonight’s sponsors evening. read more

  • Success search for Seasiders

    WINLESS Weymouth Seconds will be hoping for a change of fortunes tomorrow when they entertain Beaminster at Redlands (2pm). read more

  • Chance to relax for ace Ainslie

    AS THE pressure and expectation reaches almost unmanageable levels ahead of the Olympic Games – Team GB medal hopeful Ben Ainslie can’t wait for a rare opportunity to relax ahead of London 2012, writes Ben Baker. read more

  • Dorchester turn to Will-Power at Poole

    Dorchester will tomorrow hand a first-team debut to 13-year-old Will Caldwell. read more

  • Trotter: Stalbridge trip will be no walk in the Park

    DAVE Trotter is expecting a tough test at second-bottom Stalbridge tomorrow (1.30pm), where Weymouth will be taking nothing for granted. read more

  • Woman injured after building site accident

    A WOMAN was taken to hospital with crush injuries after an accident on a building site. read more


    SANDY THOMSON Happy 80th Birthday Dad and Grandad. Lots of love and hugs Lisa, Natalie, Rachel and Colin read more


    PETE STICKLAND Missing you lots, on your Birthday. With love Your Wife Pat, and all the family xxx read more


    KERRYANN CORBRIDGE Congratulations on your 40th Birthday To a special and caring daughter and sister. Hoping you have a lovely day. Lots of love Mum, Dad and Michael XXX read more


    KERRY CORBRIDGE IS 40 TODAY Happy Birthday to the best wife and mother in our house. We love you more than ever, though you are knocking on a bit! All our love Darren, Jayden, Callum and Maise XXXX read more


    KERRY CORBRIDGE Happy 40th Birthday to someone who lights up our lives. Love Auntie Pam xx read more


    KERRYANN CORBRIDGE Happy 40th birthday. Lots of love Jason, Kelly and boys xxxxx read more


    PATRICIA PAULL (Pat) Sue, Lyn and family would like to thank everyone for their cards, messages of condolence and all who attended the funeral service. Our thanks also to all who made donations in memory of mum to Weldmar Hospicecare Trust, the amount raised was over £500. Special Thanks to Dennis Mould of Stockting Funeral Service for his sensitive and professional handling of the arrangements and to Joseph Weld Hospice for the wonderful care given to mum during her stay. Finally, our thanks to Greenhill Bowls Club for all the support given to mum over the years. read more


    BEATRICE (BEA) DENNIS Passed away after a short illness at Dorset County Hospital on 26 June 2012, aged 95 years. Loving wife to the late Bert, much loved mother to Sue and Roger, cherished Nan to Anouska and Steve and special GG to Jacob and Harry, will be sadly missed by all family and friends. Funeral service will take place at All Saints Church, Dewlish on Friday, 6 July 2012 at 2.00pm. No flowers by request please donations, if desired, for The British Heart Foundation c/o A J Wakely & Sons, 91 East Street, Bridport DT6 3LB. read more


    MARY KATHLEEN FLOOK Passed away peacefully aged 89 on 23rd June at Rodlands Nursing Home. Wife of Douglas; mother of Jennifer and Nigel; mother-in-law to Brian and Maggie; grandmother of Mark, John and Abigail; great-grandmother of Holly, Riannah, Taya and Libi. Her Funeral Service will take place at Weymouth Crematorium on Friday 6th July at1.00pm. Family flowers only please, but if desired donations for ‘PAWS’ may be sent to Cotton & Son, Milton House, 1 Milton Road, Weymouth, DT4 0AZ. Enquiries Tel: (01305) 76 76 76 read more


    JEAN TOONE On 25th June 2012 in the Dorset County Hospital, aged 96 years. Beloved widow of Guy and loving mother of Richard and Roz. Funeral Service will take place at Weymouth Crematorium on Friday 6th July at 2.30pm. Enquiries to Stockting Funeral Service, Telephone (01305) 785915 read more


    KATHLEEN PITMAN 'Kate' After recent short illness, Kate passed away in Dorset County Hospital on the 24th June 2012. Mother of David, Robert & Julie. Mother-in-law of Tina & Phillip and Grandmother to Lee, Connor & Rowan. Kate will be greatly missed by family & friends. Funeral service at Weymouth Avenue Cemetery Chapel, Dorchester on Friday 6th July 2012 at 2.00pm, followed by Burial in the Cemetery where she will join her late husband Reg. Donations may be made if desired, by cheque to Somerset and Dorset Air Ambulance c/o Co-operative Funeralcare, 31 Great Western Road, Dorchester, DT1 1UF Tel - 01305 266888 read more

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    FOURIE - Salo. Miss you alot. Susann and Family. read more

  • Olympic Games 2012 Temporary usage of car parks

    Olympic Games 2012 Temporary usage of car parks Weymouth and Portland Borough Council hereby gives notice of the temporary variation of the regulations which apply to the use of its car parks which are specified below, in connection with the Borough’s hosting of the sailing events of the 2012 Olympic Games and with the staging of associated special events. These temporary arrangements are to be made under Article 2.2 of The Borough of Weymouth and Portland (Off-Street Parking Places) (Consolidation) Order 2011. 1. The following car parks will be closed between the dates shown below; Beach Car Park – 19 July to 14 August 2012 Nothe Car Park – 26 July to 14 August 2012 Park Street Car Park – 25 July to 14 August 2012 Pavilion Car Park – 16 July to 17 August 2012 Pavilion Forecourt Car Park – 20 July to 12 September 2012 Swannery Car Park – 22 July to 14 August 2012 Sections of these car parks may be closed during the weeks before and after the above full closure dates, to enable preparatory and re-instatement works to be carried out. 2. Governors Lane Car Park and Royal Yard Car Park. Between 26 July and 13 August 2012 Governors Lane Car Park will be reserved for use by holders of Zone F Town Centre Residents Parking Permits only and Royal Yard Car Park will be reserved for use by holders of Royal Yard Residents’ permits and holders of Zone H Town Centre Residents Parking Permits only. Pay and display parking will not be available on either of these car parks. 3. Council Offices Car Park. Between 26 July and 12 August 2012 the whole of the Council Offices Car Park will be reserved for use only by holders of permits issued to those conducting essential duties during the Olympic period. No public parking will be available between those dates. 4. Magistrates Court Car Park. Between 27 July and 12 August 2012 the Magistrates Court Car Park will be reserved for use by authorised users only. Public parking, which is usually available on weekends and Bank Holidays, will not be available between those dates. 5. Melcombe Regis Car Park. Between 26 July and 13 August 2012 vehicles using this car park will be subject to a maximum stay of 3 hours (with no return within a further 3 hours), between 9.30am and 7pm. Between those dates the following temporary pay and display charging tariff will apply; Up to ½ Hour £0.70 Up to 1 Hour £1.30 Up to 2 Hours £2.60 Up to 3 Hours £3.90 All night (7pm to 9.30am) £3.00 Holders of Residents Parking Permits for Park District Zones A,B,C and A+C and for Town Centre Zones F,G and H may still park free of charge in pay and display spaces, between 6pm and 9.30am only. The Westham Bridge section of the car park will be closed between those dates. 6. Chesil, Masonic and Overcombe car parks. Sections of these car parks will be closed at various times during the summer of 2012. No public parking will be available within those sections of these car parks whilst they are closed. During the time periods stipulated above, Penalty Charges shall be payable in respect of any motor vehicle which is parked; A) In a Parking Place which has been closed, or within a section of a Parking Place which has been closed, unless the parking of that vehicle has been specifically authorised by the Council or, in the case of the Beach, Swannery, Nothe and Park Street car parks, by the Council or by the ODA. B) Within the Council Offices, Governors Lane, or Royal Yard car parks, without clearly displaying a parking permit valid for use in that Parking Place at that time. C) Other than in accordance with the car park regulations (including the temporary 3 hour maximum stay limit on Melcombe Regis Car Park). These temporary arrangements and/or the dates during which they will apply may be subject to change or cancellation, as operational requirements necessitate. Whenever these temporary arrangements are not in effect, the regulations and tariffs which usually apply to the use of these car parks shall apply. The power of the Council to close to the public the whole or any part of any of its off-street parking places, or to vary the regulations or charging tariffs which apply to their use, either temporarily or permanently, is not affected by this notice. read more

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