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  • LIVE: Olympic torch relay in Dorset (July 12)

    The Olympic torch has arrived in Dorset on day 55 of its journey around the UK. Follow this story for rolling coverage throughout the day as it heads towards Weymouth. read more

  • Heavy rain forces second closure of A35 westbound at Dorchester

    THE A35 westbound between Dorchester and Bridport has been closed again. read more

  • Weldmar fete postponed

    The Weldmar fete at the Joseph Weld Hospice is Dorchester has been postponed due to the bad weather. read more

  • Try new activities at Bridport Leisure Centre

    If the Olympic flame has lit a burning desire to get fit and sporty, Bridport’s Leisure Centre is offering the chance to try a host of activities for free. read more

  • Olympic flame's arrival gives taste of Games experience

    EXCITEMENT is hotting up for the home Games as today’s Olympic flame arrival gives Dorset a taste of the festivities to come. read more

  • Weymouth College's radio station to broadcast live at Spirit of the Sea Festival

    SPIRIT Live 87.7fm radio station broadcasting from Weymouth College is making waves. read more

  • Wey Valley teachers enter Dorset Echo quiz and curry fundraiser for Will Mackaness Trust

    STAFF at a Weymouth school will be putting their knowledge to the test at the Dorset Echo’s quiz and curry night. read more

  • Who’s bin stealing bird-proof bags? Dorset Echo: Council recycling and waste management officer Anna Beech with Dave Burchill, left and Ken Whatley with the anti-seagull bags

    A black market has sprung up ... in black bags. read more

  • Man faces jail after driving his vehicle at victim

    A MAN has been warned he could face jail after he drove his car at another man in an incident in Dorchester. read more

  • Assault woman jailed for sentence breach Dorset Echo: Charlotte Sommers at Dorchester Crown Court

    A WOMAN who carried out a nasty assault in Weymouth has been jailed after breaking the terms of her suspended sentence. read more

  • Portland couple appeal for return of lost gold bracelet

    A COUPLE are appealing for help from the public to find a lost bracelet that has sentimental value. read more

  • Weymouth's Olympic beach concert will go ahead tonight

    THE Olympic Torch Relay evening celebration due to be held on Weymouth Beach will go ahead. read more

  • Lost cygnet reunited with family

    A TWO-month-old lost cygnet was safely returned to his parents and six brothers and sisters thanks to Abbotsbury Swanherd Dave Wheeler. read more

  • 1948 torch to go on display Dorset Echo: Alf Barrett with the Olympic Torch he used in 1948

    A 91-YEAR-OLD retired police constable will be playing a special role when the London 2012 Olympic Torch relay arrives in the county town. read more

  • Get the blues with Big Boy Bloater at Bridport's Electric Palace Dorset Echo: POWERFUL STYLE: Big Boy Bloater

    EXPECT some of the best blues of all time when Big Boy Bloater, a well known figure on the global blues and roots music scene for his unique and powerful style, makes his way to West Dorset next week. read more

  • Olympic 2012 update: Dramatic roles, flame booster, RNLI photo show

    Dramatic roles JURASSIC Airlines is recruiting volunteers with dramatic flair for role-play parts as check-in crew, security guards and flight stewards or stewardesses this summer. read more

  • Dorchester woman appointed as team leader for Olympic Ambassadors

    TEAM GB will be joined in action by ‘Team JB’ at the Olympics after a Dorchester woman was appointed a team leader for the Weymouth and Portland Ambassadors. read more

  • Olympic Torch: 18 people celebrate as they receive last-chance tickets

    TORCHBEARER Di Ludlow, three sisters, a group of sailing instructors, four Olympic hopefuls and a young family are among 18 people celebrating last-chance tickets. read more

  • Appeal after man stabbed in Weymouth

    A MAN aged 19 was stabbed in an attack at Littlemoor in Weymouth, police said. read more

  • Get cyclists off town Esplanade

    Walking along the Esplan-ade from Weymouth to Preston, I moved to my left to point something out to my husband and was nearly knocked over by a cyclist who had come up silently behind us at great speed. read more

  • Resort has very unsightly weeds

    Weymouth is clothed in weeds. read more

  • Rain not sign of climate change

    No doubt some environmentalists will jump on the climate change bandwagon and blame the recent flooding in South Dorset on manmade climate change. read more

  • Not everything's smart for Games

    The last sentence of Councillor Farrell’s comments on Weymouth beach office on the Esplanade, on page 12 of Monday’s Dorset Echo, reads: “Everything else has been smartened up for the Olympics.” read more

  • Olympic Torch: Rapper to make appearance at Weymouth's evening celebrations

    RAPPER Wretch 32 will be bringing ‘lots of energy’ to Weymouth’s official Olympic Torch evening celebrations tonight and cannot wait to get partying. read more

  • Tonight's Weymouth's 2012 Moving Tides procession cancelled

    A SPECTACULAR parade to welcome the Olympic Torch Relay in Weymouth today has been cancelled. read more

  • Magpies' friendly could be cancelled if rain continues

    PHIL Simkin is prepared to sacrifice the Magpies’ opening pre-season friendly if it means preserving the pristine state of the Avenue Stadium pitch. read more

  • British Taekwondo's selection policy receives WTF backing

    WORLD Taekwondo Federation secretary general Jean-Marie Ayer hopes the sport can move on towards an “unforgettable” Olympic Games after backing British Taekwondo’s selection policy for Team GB. read more

  • A35 Dorchester-Bridport reopened westbound

    THE A35 has been re-opened westbound between Dorchester and Bridport, says the Highway Agency. read more

  • Ace Millen in a Hurrion Dorset Echo: STARLETS: Jamie Blair, Millen Hurrion, Ryan Blair, Lucian Hand and George Morrissey

    MILLEN Hurrion secured top spot in the boys’ 16 and under section at the Weymouth Town Tournament. read more

  • Nomads net crown

    VISITING Nomads reigned supreme at the South & West Dorset Netball League’s charity tournament. read more


    BILES - Harry. Remembering you with love ~ Elaine, family and friends. read more

  • Jean Mowlam

    JEAN MOWLAM Royston, Anita, Cheryl and Tracey would like to thank everyone who attended mum's funeral and for donations, cards and messages of sympathy received. Thanks to the staff of Sunnybank House for mum's care over the last year. A big thank you to Greg of Co-operative Funeralcare for all his help with the arrangements and Father Jeremy for the lovely service, also to the Marquis Of Granby for the refreshments. Please accept this as our personal message of thanks. read more


    NEWTON - Carol. To a great sister and aunt who will be sadly missed by brother Graham, June, family and friends. Her funeral will be held at Poole Crematorium on Monday 16th July at 10.30am. Forever in our thoughts - your family. read more


    JACK INGHAM Passed peacefully away at Marley House, Winfrith Newburgh on 9th July 2012, aged 91 years. Beloved husband of the late Jean, very much loved father of the late Cathryn, loved father-in-law of Phillip and dear Papa of Mark. A Service to Celebrate his life will be held at St Nicholas Church, Moreton on Thursday 19th July at 2.30pm, followed by private cremation. Family flowers only please, but donations if desired may be given for Weldmar Hospicecare Trust and sent c/o Woods Funeral Service, 11a Icen Way, Dorchester DT1 1EW. Tel (01305) 250425 read more


    HUGH LEWIN Passed away peacfully on 5th July 2012 aged 54 years. Loved son of the late Ray and Mary Lewin. He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. A service to celebrate his life will take place at St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse on Friday 20th July at 12 noon, followed by cremation. Family flowers only please, but if desired donations can be made for 10 Kirtleton Avenue (Hugh's Care Home). Please make cheques payable to FUNERAL DONATIONS ACCOUNT c/o Rose Funeral Service, 35 Shrubbery Lane, Wyke Regis, Weymouth DT4 9LY. Enquiries tel 01305 785832 or email read more


    GWENDOLINE TOUT "Gwen" Passed peacefully away on 6th July 2012 at Dorset County Hospital. So dearly loved by all her family. A true gift to us all. Gwen's Funeral Service will be held at Weymouth Crematorium at 11.30am on Tuesday 24th July. Family flowers only please, but Donations if wished, for Cancer Research UK, may be sent to Dennis Mould c/o Stockting Funeral Service, 22 Crescent Street, Weymouth DT4 7BX. Enquiries tel (01305) 785915 read more


    VIVIEN LAMING Died suddenly on 10th July. Dearly loved wife of Alfred. Mother to Philip, Paul, Michael and Veronica, mother-in-law of Myra, Evelyn, Michael and Vanessa. Much loved by all her grandchildren and great grandchildren, both here and in Australia. You will always be in our hearts. Funeral details to follow. read more

  • Planning Applications

    PURBECK DISTRICT COUNCIL PLANNING (LISTED BUILDING AND CONSERVATION AREAS) ACT 1990 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that applications have been received as follows: 6/2012/0413 Replace external render and insert two replacement windows and make internal alterations. High Street (Barnaby Cottage - 9A), Wool, BH20 6BP. 6/2012/0411 Make internal and external alterations including change of roof finish, insert roof lights and alterations to windows and doors. Blacknoll (83), Winfrith Newburgh DT2 8LW Members of the public may inspect copies of an application, plans and other documents submitted with it at Purbeck District Council, Westport House, Worgret Road, Wareham, between 8.45am and 4.45pm Monday to Thursday and 8.45am to 4.15 on Friday. Anyone who wishes to comment on an application should write to the Development Control Manager at the above address within 21 days of the date of this notice quoting the application number. Letters received will be made available for public inspection. read more

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