• The two Weymouth Abbeyfield Houses, Legh and Macpherson, combined to hold a fete in the latter’s garden in Wyke Oliver Road. The good weather encouraged a bumper turnout of residents and visitors, plus more than a few well behaved dogs! On show was a wide array of stalls offering beautiful homemade cards, jewellery, books, plants, artwork and new to you items. Cream tea refreshments were much enjoyed and the hamburger stall was doing brisk business - so much so that a runner was sent to the house kitchen with a plea for more fried onions! A highlight of the afternoon was a very professional performance by the WOW Kids under the watchful eyes of John and Janet Stockley. It was nice to see the equal mix of boys and girls really putting their hearts into some very lively song and dance routines. The proceeds of the fete went to providing amenities for the residents, split equally between the Legh and Macpherson houses.
WEST Bay Day is coming back to life this weekend with an event designed to coincide with the closing of the Olympics .
TOWN councillors have launched a scathing attack on a bid to lower the building requirements on the new Dorchester Library.
STOP smoking services across Dorset have helped more than 4,000 people kick the habit between April 2011 and the end of March 2012.
A group of enthusiastic sixth form students from Budmouth College are currently undertaking unique work placements in the fields of their future career ambitions, thanks to the Sir Samuel Mico Scholar-ships scheme.
WHAT better excuse to visit five Pubs than fundraising for good causes?
A HOST of events are lined up as the first Spirit of Bridport Festival of Culture opens on Saturday, August 11.
WEYMOUTH’S Saskia Clark admits the British 470 Women are bidding for a golden post box as they head into the business end of their London 2012 Olympic regatta.
THIEVES have stolen a distinctive boat from outside a house in North Dorset.
PORTLAND’S sailing stars Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell know they have won at least a silver medal at their first ever Olympic Games.
TOWN councillors are seeking reassurances about the capacity of local sewage works and how they will cope with the growing population of Dorchester.
Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes of Team GB have failed to win a medal in the 49er Skiff.
A FAMILY whose holiday with their ill son threatened to turn into a nightmare have heaped praise on a Dorchester mechanic who proved to be their knight in shining armour.
A FATHER who glassed another man at a Weymouth holiday park has been jailed for over a year.
COASTGUARDS have warned about the illegal firing of red flares after a false alarm connected to Olympic celebrations.
A BLIND guitar player and a talented young singer who were due to perform at the Bayside Festival in Weymouth will get to play after all, thanks to the Dorset Echo.
THE countdown is on for Weymouth Carnival 2012 which will be held a week today.
AN OLYMPIC ambassador will play a starring role in one of Australia’s favourite TV programmes.
Olympian Bryony Shaw said this week's ‘spectacular’ performances by the windsurfing fleets had proved the sports Olympic worth.
BRYONY Shaw missed out on repeating her Olympic medal-winning exploits of four years ago but immediately paid tribute to her silver-medal winning British teammate Nick Dempsey .
HAVING already visited Dorset this summer with their successful production of Richard III, Gloucestershire’s Festival Players are back in the county later this month with a very different play.
MARCUS BEN EVANS , aged 22, of Homefield, Milborne St Andrew. Admitted stealing a safe containing £3,000. Community order made with drug rehabilitation requirement, have treatment for six months. Plus supervision requirement made for 12 months.
SIMON PAUL BROOKES , aged 42, of Main Street, Bothenhampton, Bridport. Admitted driving a vehicle on the A35 Upton Road at Poole at a speed exceeding 30mph. Fined £250 and ordered to pay £35 costs. Licence endorsed with four penalty points.
ANDREW GREEN , aged 45, of High East Street, Dorchester . Admitted driving a vehicle otherwise than in accordance with as licence. Fined £35 and ordered to pay £35 costs. Licence endorsed with three penalty points. In a separate case admitted driving a vehicle otherwise than in accordance with licence. Fined £35. Also admitted using a vehicle without third party insurance. Fined £90. Licence endorsed with six penalty points.
CHRISTOPHER ANDREW HEAL , aged 28, of Dorchester Road, Weymouth. Admitted possessing a quantity of cannabis, a Class B drug. Discharged conditionally for 18 months. Ordered to pay £85 costs. Drugs to be forfeited and destroyed. Also admitted possessing a quantity of Benzylpiperazine, a Class C Drug. Discharged conditionally for 18 months. Drugs to be forfeited and destroyed. Also admitted possessing a quantity of Diazepam, a Class C Drug. Discharged conditionally for 18 months. Drugs to be forfeited and destroyed.
Congratulations to Dorset Opera Festival and in particular Philip Thomas on his rendition of Verdi’s Il Trovatore. It was a privilege to be there.
My son lives in Basingstoke and phoned me to say that on his way home from Bracknell the road signs telling drivers to beware of traffic problems in Weymouth and Portland were very prominent and that this could be one of the reasons that trade has been affected in the area.
SUZANNE LOUISE OGILVIE , aged 39, of Blacknor Road, Portland . Admitted driving a vehicle when using a hand-held mobile telephone. Fined £60. Licence endorsed with three penalty points.
Just returned with my family from two excellent days in Weymouth.
WEYMOUTH’S windsurfing star Nick Dempsey claimed Olympic silver for Great Britain on his home waters and declared: ‘It doesn’t get any better than this’.
We who live in Weymouth and Portland are not the only people to be disappointed by the effect of the Olympic Games on our communities and environment.
FANS descended on Weymouth beach to watch Nick Dempsey win a silver medal yesterday.
PRIME Minister David Cameron heralded the Olympics as a ‘great advertisement’ for Weymouth and Portland that will inspire a new generation of sailors.
SPONSORSHIP of Dorset roundabouts has received further criticism from Dorchester town councillors.
THE Princess Royal's standard flew proudly from the watch tower of the NCI Portland Bill station as she arrived to be greeted by over 100 invited guests.
HELEN CALLAN (Née Pressly) In memory of a great best friend, loved by so many. I will never forget all you did for me. Sharon Dreher
Follow rolling coverage for the latest sailing updates on day 12 of the events in Weymouth and Portland.
DORSET’S Minor Counties Championship clash against Devon at Exeter was yesterday abandoned without a ball being bowled.
MATT Condliffe’s first-half double ensured Bridport’s perfect start in the Toolstation Western Premier Division continued at St Mary’s Field.
ST GEORGE’S secured their sixth Dorchester Evening League Division One crown in seven summers after recording their eighth successive win.
JON Bevan added the Forest Classic title to the Marston’s Beer Company PGA West Region Championship he won a year ago to continue the incredible success of the three professionals at Weymouth’s Wessex Golf Centre.
DESPITE a valiant effort, Dorchester Seconds were unable to halt the progress of Dorset League Division Two leaders Wimborne & Colehill.
TERRAS’ defender Scott Dixon has completed the first of three summer soccer schools at the Bob Lucas Stadium.
CERNE Valley claimed the Bright Sparks Under-18 Cricket Cup for the third time after beating Martinstown and Dorchester in a thrilling finals day at Dorchester Recreation Ground.
Dorchester teenager Matt Sturmey has taken the Ringwood Motocross Club (MCF) by storm this season.
BRIDE Valley Archers were hot-shots at the Bournemouth Blue Lion Tournament. County record scores were achieved by Hannah Corfield (longbow), Jason Larcombe (longbow) and William Bilbe-Smith (barebow).