Eighty people charged in drink drive crackdown

Dorset Echo:

5:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

The latest crackdown on boozy motorists by Dorset Police resulted in more than 80 people being charged. Here the Dorset Echo highlights just a few examples

Traffic queues after car hits lamppost

Dorset Echo:

3:12pm Saturday 30th August 2014

A CAR hit a lamppost on Preston Road.

Woman completes what could be world's longest corn dolly

Dorset Echo:

12:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

Good golly… a woman from Dorset has just completed what could be the world’s longest corn dolly measuring more than 65 feet.

A351 reopens after Harmans Cross crash

Dorset Echo: Police Road Closed Sign

4:58pm Saturday 30th August 2014

THE A351 Valley Road has reopened after being closed both ways due to an earlier crash.

Enjoy a day out at a Dog, Sausage and Cider Festival

Dorset Echo:

12:30am Saturday 30th August 2014

A VILLAGE pub is hosting its first ever Dog, Sausage and Cider Festival.

'Brew for the Few' fundraiser for RAF Association

Dorset Echo:

3:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

LORD Julian Fellowes and his wife Lady Emma lent their support to members of RAF Association at a spe- cial ‘Brew for the Few’ event in West Bay.

Plaque made and 4,000 homing pigeons to be released for birds' wartime effort

Dorset Echo:

9:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

A COMMEMORATIVE plaque will be installed and 4,000 homing pigeons released on Portland this weekend to commemorate the role played by the birds during the world wars.

Three-car collision causes delays

Dorset Echo: CONCERNED: Margaret Morrissey

6:37pm Friday 29th August 2014

A THREE-car collision caused delays on the A35 yesterday.

Blueprint aims to guide development of Dorchester prison site

Dorset Echo: SHUTTING: Dorchester Prison

9:35am Friday 29th August 2014

DORCHESTER Town Council and the town’s Civic Society have produced a blueprint that they hope will guide development at the county town’s former prison site.

12 things to do this weekend in Dorset - Red Arrows and the Great Dorset Steam Fair

Dorset Echo: LADIES RACE: Helen Grahham from Markington tries her hand at racing this 1908 Fowler general purpose steam engine belonging to Mark Edwards from the Isle of Man at the Masham Steam Fair. Picture: ANDY LAMB

10:18am Friday 29th August 2014

Here’s ten things to do in Dorset this weekend, from the Red Arrows, to the Great Dorset Steam Fair, there’s plenty to entertain the whole family.

Woman airlifted to hospital after suffering head injury on yacht off Portland

Dorset Echo: UNDER THREAT: The Portland Coastguard helicopter

8:10am Friday 29th August 2014

A WOMAN was airlifted to hospital after she was hit on the head with the boom on board a yacht off Portland.

UPDATE: Two women with serious injuries in hospital after five-car crash

Dorset Echo:

7:29am Friday 29th August 2014

A WOMAN was airlifted to hospital following a five-car smash in Dorchester.

Patients at Dorset County Hospital enjoy high quality environment

Dorset Echo:

12:10am Friday 29th August 2014

PATIENTS at Dorset County Hospital are enjoying high standards in cleanliness, food, privacy and the environment according to the results of a new national assessment released today.

Have your say on plans for chalets' future

Dorset Echo:

8:00am Friday 29th August 2014

IDEAS are ‘welcome’ for the future of a community area which has been at the heart of a campaign to keep it in public hands.

Family wins brand new car in carnival prize draw

Dorset Echo:

9:00am Friday 29th August 2014

WINNING a new car at Weymouth Carnival doesn’t seem real yet for one family.

Travel Chaos: Four incidents on West Dorset roads

Dorset Echo:

5:05pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Yesterday afternoon there were three crashes and a broken down car, causing travel chaos across the county.

VIDEO: Newlywed Hollywood star Brad Pitt launches film in Dorset

Dorset Echo:

1:47pm Thursday 28th August 2014

HOLLYWOOD superstar Brad Pitt is at Bovington Tank Museum today to launch his new film.

Calls to boycott car park after 700 complaints

Dorset Echo:

5:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

A BOROUGH council transport spokesman has called for a boycott of a town centre car park after more than 700 complaints.

UPDATE: A35 in Chideock reopened following car crash

Dorset Echo: CONCERNED: Margaret Morrissey

2:48pm Thursday 28th August 2014

THE A35 in Chideock has been closed after a car crash.

Farmers left with ‘No hope’ over badger cull

Dorset Echo:

10:53am Thursday 28th August 2014

DORSET Farmers say they have been left ‘without hope’ by the government’s decision not to roll out the badger cull across the county.

Red Arrows fly over Dorset again at the Bournemouth Air Festival

Dorset Echo:

11:36am Thursday 28th August 2014

THE Red Arrows, daredevil wing-walking and a Battle of Britain memorial display will all be highlights at the seventh Bournemouth Air Festival.

West Dorset man scoops top music award with chart-topper Ed Sheeran

Dorset Echo:

8:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

WEST Dorset man Emil Nava has scooped a prestigious award for his work with chart-topper Ed Sheeran.

A Weymouth community safety support group needs you

Dorset Echo:

2:25pm Thursday 28th August 2014

The Community Safety Support Group, which is a subcommittee of the Big4 Littlemoor are currently working to raise the profile of Littlemoor and make it a place we can all be proud of.

Historic logbook tells tales of war

Dorset Echo:

12:19pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A WEYMOUTH man has come into possession of a coastguard order book more than hundred years old.

Coastguard round up: Portland coastguards search for missing boat and rescue broken down yacht

Dorset Echo: Woman survives fall from 40ft Kilve cliff

7:42am Thursday 28th August 2014

A YACHT was forced to return to Weymouth after its navigation lights stopped working.

200 motorists caught in driving crackdown

Dorset Echo: CONCERNED: Margaret Morrissey

1:14pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Officers caught hundreds of motorists flouting the law during a targeted ‘no excuse’ operation in Dorset.

UPDATE: Dorset County Hospital forced to find £6million more savings

Dorset Echo:

9:30am Wednesday 27th August 2014

NEW guidelines for hospital parking charges will put pressure on finances at Dorset County Hospital, a governor has said.

VIDEO: Mark Hix launches academy for aspiring chefs at Weymouth College

Dorset Echo:

9:46am Wednesday 27th August 2014

ASPIRING chefs will now have the chance to train with the backing of celebrated restaurateur Mark Hix thanks to a new academy opening at Weymouth College.

Top sports award for Wey Valley School

Dorset Echo:

11:55am Wednesday 27th August 2014

The Wey Valley School, Weymouth has been given the highest accolade in a Government-led awards scheme aimed at rewarding schools for the way they carry out competitive school sport.

Greenhill chalets put out to tender

Dorset Echo: Council under scrutiny for plan to lease chalets at Greenhill Gardens

11:37am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Community Groups and private businesses are invited to submit proposals and tenders for leasing the Greenhill Chalets and associated facilities.

In the Dock - News from the courts in West Dorset

Dorset Echo:

1:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Court listings from across West Dorset

Author to sign books

Dorset Echo:

1:16pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

AUTHOR Christopher Nicolson will launch his third novel, Winter, at Dorset County Museum.

Gardener gives talk

Dorset Echo: Dorset web button

1:24pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

WEST DORSET: Head gardener at River Cottage Craig Rudman will give a talk at Uplyme Village Hall on Thursday, August 28, from 7.30pm.

Men urged to make use of free night out

Dorset Echo:

1:13pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

MEN in Dorchester are being offered a free night out as part of a campaign to help people reclaim their social lives.

Wedding awards

Dorset Echo: Dorset web button

1:22pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

COUNTY: The Dorset Wedding Supplier Awards is set to return this year and is now accepting nominations.

Dad's big mission is to save vital cash

Dorset Echo:

1:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A father from Dorchester is taking on a mammoth challenge in aid of a children’s hospice.

Triathletes set to descend on Dorchester

Dorset Echo:

12:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

ATHLETES will be descending on Dorchester for one of the most scenic triathlons in the South West this weekend.

DT1: Volunteers unveil new historical walk

Dorset Echo:

11:40am Wednesday 27th August 2014

By Jack Welch from the Walking in their Shoes project

We're in fashion to help Mencap

Dorset Echo:

11:30am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A GROUP of Dorchester teenagers are hosting fashion fun for a good cause with a catwalk show to raise vital funds for the town’s branch of Mencap.

Para Lewis is flying high

Dorset Echo:

11:20am Wednesday 27th August 2014

PRIVATE Lewis White has won a Parachute Regiment award after finishing his recruit training. Private White, 19, from Dorchester, has successfully completed the Combat Infantryman’s Course at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick, North Yorkshire.

Youngsters’ chance to work in wildlife

Dorset Echo:

11:22am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A WILDLIFE charity has been passing on skills to the next generation of wildlife conservationists.

Dorchester's Super Sleuth flag hunt is extended due to unprecedented demand

Dorset Echo:

11:17am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A POPULAR annual children’s flag hunt in Dorchester has been extended this year to cope with unprecedented demand.

Dorchester forging links with US counterpart

Dorset Echo:

11:15am Wednesday 27th August 2014

GREETINGS were sent from one Dorchester to another as Dorset County Museum announced plans to build relations between the Dorset town and its distant American relations.

Fundraising stalwart retires

Dorset Echo:

11:08am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A CHARITY fundraiser has retired after helping to raise £34million.

Report raises concern over increase in drugs use at HMP/YOI Portland

Dorset Echo:

6:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A REPORT on HMP/YOI Portland has raised concerns that mixing adult prisoners and young offenders has led to an increase in the trade of drugs.

Medieval artefacts found in excavation of garden near Dorchester

Dorset Echo:

5:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

HUNDREDS of pieces of medieval and Georgian Dorset have been found lying right underneath the feet of one West Dorset resident.

Desperate smokers proving a real drag for Dorchester anti-litter group Stop the Drop

Dorset Echo:

12:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

DESPERATE thieves are targeting containers full of cigarette butts to re-use the tobacco.

Dancing Turtle at the Model Town

Dorset Echo: Dorset web button

4:26pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Interactive Amazonian children’s story The Dancing Turtle will be performed at the Model Town, Wimborne, tonight at 7.30pm.

On-show event at Centre

Dorset Echo: Dorset web button

4:24pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Members of the Wimborne branch of the U3A will host an ‘on-show’ event at the Allendale Centre on September 3 from 10am until noon.

Be fashionable for charity

Dorset Echo: Dorset web button

4:19pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Get involved in a charity fashion show. Students from the National Citizen Service are hosting a charity fashion show at the Dorford Centre, Dorchester, from 6.30pm-9.30pm tomorrow. The event is being held to fundraise for the new Mencap charity shop set to open in the town this autumn. Mencap aims to provide education, housing and job opportunities for people with learning difficulties. Organisers suggest a £2 donation.

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