VOICES: Dorset is an incredible place to grow up

Dorset Echo: ALWAYS FUN: Weymouth beach ALWAYS FUN: Weymouth beach

WHEN I meet new people and tell them where I’m from I get one of two reactions: ‘God, that must be boring’ or ‘Where is Dorchester?’ Moving when I was eight from the buzzing city of Birmingham to the rolling hills of Dorset was a shock for both me and my family.

But once I had got used to being able to see open green spaces from my bedroom window rather than tall grey buildings, I began to really notice the differences between life in the countryside in comparison to a city.

The first thing was the fact that almost everyone knew each other – I’d walk down the high street and my friends would be constantly saying hello to people we crossed.

The first time I noticed this I thought it was crazy but now after 10 years of living here I do the same thing.

Last year I worked in a café, and after a couple of months, when I could chat to the regulars on a Saturday morning, I began to love the sense of community gained from living in a small town – a thing you would not get in the total anonymity of a city.

But when I got a bit older and my friends and I would plan to meet up at the weekend, it was then that I realised the lack of things to do.

The range of activities for young people in Dorchester fails in comparison to that offered when in a city.

However, it could be argued that things to do here are actually better – nobody can say no to a day on Weymouth beach in the summer, or an incredibly cheap ticket to the latest film at the Plaza!

Many interpret the sense of safety you get by living here is due to it being ‘boring’.

However, there is no denying that it’s brilliant to have when you’re a teenager.

I am fortunate enough to be able to walk down the street by myself and not be worried about who I might come across – if I do encounter anybody, it’s probably my neighbour walking his dog!

I know many young people find it frustrating living in the sleepy county of Dorset, but I believe it’s your perspective, rather than your location, which needs to change.

If you embrace the countryside with all its strengths, you’ll realise what an incredible place it is to grow up in and you’ll be desperate to get back when you go away to university!

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6:45pm Sat 8 Mar 14

cosmick says...

If you really love dorset think carefully about the future. What age are you and what do you expect out of life? People are moving to Dorset every week to get away from big cities and large towns. (Where often it is not safe to go into areas that are not known to you.) I know many places that were like Dorset at one time and through people not being interested in what was going on, and they have now changed beyond recignition.
Dorset is a place worth saving, the lifestyle the culture, the little things that dont seem much but when they are gone you will miss them.
So if you really love DORSET in MAY vote UKIP and try to retain our wonderfull way of life.
If you really love dorset think carefully about the future. What age are you and what do you expect out of life? People are moving to Dorset every week to get away from big cities and large towns. (Where often it is not safe to go into areas that are not known to you.) I know many places that were like Dorset at one time and through people not being interested in what was going on, and they have now changed beyond recignition. Dorset is a place worth saving, the lifestyle the culture, the little things that dont seem much but when they are gone you will miss them. So if you really love DORSET in MAY vote UKIP and try to retain our wonderfull way of life. cosmick
  • Score: 2

7:02pm Sat 8 Mar 14

malkie says...

cosmick wrote:
If you really love dorset think carefully about the future. What age are you and what do you expect out of life? People are moving to Dorset every week to get away from big cities and large towns. (Where often it is not safe to go into areas that are not known to you.) I know many places that were like Dorset at one time and through people not being interested in what was going on, and they have now changed beyond recignition.
Dorset is a place worth saving, the lifestyle the culture, the little things that dont seem much but when they are gone you will miss them.
So if you really love DORSET in MAY vote UKIP and try to retain our wonderfull way of life.
A sensible and well presented article, but now someone puts forward their own biased political views. I am undecided who to vote for, but if UKIP have to stoop to this, then I doubt very much if they will have my support.
[quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: If you really love dorset think carefully about the future. What age are you and what do you expect out of life? People are moving to Dorset every week to get away from big cities and large towns. (Where often it is not safe to go into areas that are not known to you.) I know many places that were like Dorset at one time and through people not being interested in what was going on, and they have now changed beyond recignition. Dorset is a place worth saving, the lifestyle the culture, the little things that dont seem much but when they are gone you will miss them. So if you really love DORSET in MAY vote UKIP and try to retain our wonderfull way of life.[/p][/quote]A sensible and well presented article, but now someone puts forward their own biased political views. I am undecided who to vote for, but if UKIP have to stoop to this, then I doubt very much if they will have my support. malkie
  • Score: 0

7:04pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Harpya Orkinus says...

Actually, I expected to be bored sileshts when I moved up to London in search of work (yeah - ME !!) in 1967, then found myself there again in 1982, but apart from multiple visits to the Natural History Museum and the Zoological Society, the REAL jewel in the crown was in seeing my first ever Lesser-spotted Woodpecker - in HOLLAND PARK, of all places. So it wasn't ALL bad !!
Actually, I expected to be bored sileshts when I moved up to London in search of work (yeah - ME !!) in 1967, then found myself there again in 1982, but apart from multiple visits to the Natural History Museum and the Zoological Society, the REAL jewel in the crown was in seeing my first ever Lesser-spotted Woodpecker [Dendrocopos minor] - in HOLLAND PARK, of all places. So it wasn't ALL bad !! Harpya Orkinus
  • Score: 3

7:38pm Sat 8 Mar 14

JackJohnson says...

Best places I've lived - Cagayan D'Oro, Manila, Delhi, Hong Kong, Munich, Karlskrona, Jakarta, Bandung
Ok - Gaithersburg (North of Washington DC)
Worst - London, Birmingham

I'm now in North Dorset and would definitely put that near the top of the 'best' list. There's something about English large towns and cities that has gone seriously wrong that doesn't seem to have gone bad in the rest of the world (that I've experienced).

Let's hope we can keep it that way.
Best places I've lived - Cagayan D'Oro, Manila, Delhi, Hong Kong, Munich, Karlskrona, Jakarta, Bandung Ok - Gaithersburg (North of Washington DC) Worst - London, Birmingham I'm now in North Dorset and would definitely put that near the top of the 'best' list. There's something about English large towns and cities that has gone seriously wrong that doesn't seem to have gone bad in the rest of the world (that I've experienced). Let's hope we can keep it that way. JackJohnson
  • Score: 3

8:45pm Sat 8 Mar 14

cosmick says...

malkie wrote:
cosmick wrote:
If you really love dorset think carefully about the future. What age are you and what do you expect out of life? People are moving to Dorset every week to get away from big cities and large towns. (Where often it is not safe to go into areas that are not known to you.) I know many places that were like Dorset at one time and through people not being interested in what was going on, and they have now changed beyond recignition.
Dorset is a place worth saving, the lifestyle the culture, the little things that dont seem much but when they are gone you will miss them.
So if you really love DORSET in MAY vote UKIP and try to retain our wonderfull way of life.
A sensible and well presented article, but now someone puts forward their own biased political views. I am undecided who to vote for, but if UKIP have to stoop to this, then I doubt very much if they will have my support.
Hi malkie, i tried to give an unbiased veiw, i have lived in many places and been connected with many types of people i dont know why you thought what you did. In this post i only said what i belive in, and i will try put my point across . I cant see whyyou thought it was a biased political view. The truth sometimes hurts.
[quote][p][bold]malkie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: If you really love dorset think carefully about the future. What age are you and what do you expect out of life? People are moving to Dorset every week to get away from big cities and large towns. (Where often it is not safe to go into areas that are not known to you.) I know many places that were like Dorset at one time and through people not being interested in what was going on, and they have now changed beyond recignition. Dorset is a place worth saving, the lifestyle the culture, the little things that dont seem much but when they are gone you will miss them. So if you really love DORSET in MAY vote UKIP and try to retain our wonderfull way of life.[/p][/quote]A sensible and well presented article, but now someone puts forward their own biased political views. I am undecided who to vote for, but if UKIP have to stoop to this, then I doubt very much if they will have my support.[/p][/quote]Hi malkie, i tried to give an unbiased veiw, i have lived in many places and been connected with many types of people i dont know why you thought what you did. In this post i only said what i belive in, and i will try put my point across . I cant see whyyou thought it was a biased political view. The truth sometimes hurts. cosmick
  • Score: -1

9:02pm Sat 8 Mar 14

malkie says...

cosmick wrote:
malkie wrote:
cosmick wrote:
If you really love dorset think carefully about the future. What age are you and what do you expect out of life? People are moving to Dorset every week to get away from big cities and large towns. (Where often it is not safe to go into areas that are not known to you.) I know many places that were like Dorset at one time and through people not being interested in what was going on, and they have now changed beyond recignition.
Dorset is a place worth saving, the lifestyle the culture, the little things that dont seem much but when they are gone you will miss them.
So if you really love DORSET in MAY vote UKIP and try to retain our wonderfull way of life.
A sensible and well presented article, but now someone puts forward their own biased political views. I am undecided who to vote for, but if UKIP have to stoop to this, then I doubt very much if they will have my support.
Hi malkie, i tried to give an unbiased veiw, i have lived in many places and been connected with many types of people i dont know why you thought what you did. In this post i only said what i belive in, and i will try put my point across . I cant see whyyou thought it was a biased political view. The truth sometimes hurts.
I shall let readers draw their own conclusions as to whether you are trying to score political points, or not.
[quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]malkie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: If you really love dorset think carefully about the future. What age are you and what do you expect out of life? People are moving to Dorset every week to get away from big cities and large towns. (Where often it is not safe to go into areas that are not known to you.) I know many places that were like Dorset at one time and through people not being interested in what was going on, and they have now changed beyond recignition. Dorset is a place worth saving, the lifestyle the culture, the little things that dont seem much but when they are gone you will miss them. So if you really love DORSET in MAY vote UKIP and try to retain our wonderfull way of life.[/p][/quote]A sensible and well presented article, but now someone puts forward their own biased political views. I am undecided who to vote for, but if UKIP have to stoop to this, then I doubt very much if they will have my support.[/p][/quote]Hi malkie, i tried to give an unbiased veiw, i have lived in many places and been connected with many types of people i dont know why you thought what you did. In this post i only said what i belive in, and i will try put my point across . I cant see whyyou thought it was a biased political view. The truth sometimes hurts.[/p][/quote]I shall let readers draw their own conclusions as to whether you are trying to score political points, or not. malkie
  • Score: 1

9:33pm Sat 8 Mar 14

woodsedge says...

malkie wrote:
cosmick wrote:
malkie wrote:
cosmick wrote:
If you really love dorset think carefully about the future. What age are you and what do you expect out of life? People are moving to Dorset every week to get away from big cities and large towns. (Where often it is not safe to go into areas that are not known to you.) I know many places that were like Dorset at one time and through people not being interested in what was going on, and they have now changed beyond recignition.
Dorset is a place worth saving, the lifestyle the culture, the little things that dont seem much but when they are gone you will miss them.
So if you really love DORSET in MAY vote UKIP and try to retain our wonderfull way of life.
A sensible and well presented article, but now someone puts forward their own biased political views. I am undecided who to vote for, but if UKIP have to stoop to this, then I doubt very much if they will have my support.
Hi malkie, i tried to give an unbiased veiw, i have lived in many places and been connected with many types of people i dont know why you thought what you did. In this post i only said what i belive in, and i will try put my point across . I cant see whyyou thought it was a biased political view. The truth sometimes hurts.
I shall let readers draw their own conclusions as to whether you are trying to score political points, or not.
Your right malkie, it would appear that Cosmick is unable to post without pushing the UKIP agenda. It is a shame that there cannot be a discussion about how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place without one persons political views being peddled.
[quote][p][bold]malkie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]malkie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: If you really love dorset think carefully about the future. What age are you and what do you expect out of life? People are moving to Dorset every week to get away from big cities and large towns. (Where often it is not safe to go into areas that are not known to you.) I know many places that were like Dorset at one time and through people not being interested in what was going on, and they have now changed beyond recignition. Dorset is a place worth saving, the lifestyle the culture, the little things that dont seem much but when they are gone you will miss them. So if you really love DORSET in MAY vote UKIP and try to retain our wonderfull way of life.[/p][/quote]A sensible and well presented article, but now someone puts forward their own biased political views. I am undecided who to vote for, but if UKIP have to stoop to this, then I doubt very much if they will have my support.[/p][/quote]Hi malkie, i tried to give an unbiased veiw, i have lived in many places and been connected with many types of people i dont know why you thought what you did. In this post i only said what i belive in, and i will try put my point across . I cant see whyyou thought it was a biased political view. The truth sometimes hurts.[/p][/quote]I shall let readers draw their own conclusions as to whether you are trying to score political points, or not.[/p][/quote]Your right malkie, it would appear that Cosmick is unable to post without pushing the UKIP agenda. It is a shame that there cannot be a discussion about how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place without one persons political views being peddled. woodsedge
  • Score: 2

7:48am Sun 9 Mar 14

cosmick says...

woodsedge wrote:
malkie wrote:
cosmick wrote:
malkie wrote:
cosmick wrote:
If you really love dorset think carefully about the future. What age are you and what do you expect out of life? People are moving to Dorset every week to get away from big cities and large towns. (Where often it is not safe to go into areas that are not known to you.) I know many places that were like Dorset at one time and through people not being interested in what was going on, and they have now changed beyond recignition.
Dorset is a place worth saving, the lifestyle the culture, the little things that dont seem much but when they are gone you will miss them.
So if you really love DORSET in MAY vote UKIP and try to retain our wonderfull way of life.
A sensible and well presented article, but now someone puts forward their own biased political views. I am undecided who to vote for, but if UKIP have to stoop to this, then I doubt very much if they will have my support.
Hi malkie, i tried to give an unbiased veiw, i have lived in many places and been connected with many types of people i dont know why you thought what you did. In this post i only said what i belive in, and i will try put my point across . I cant see whyyou thought it was a biased political view. The truth sometimes hurts.
I shall let readers draw their own conclusions as to whether you are trying to score political points, or not.
Your right malkie, it would appear that Cosmick is unable to post without pushing the UKIP agenda. It is a shame that there cannot be a discussion about how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place without one persons political views being peddled.
I would love to come onto this topic and say i love DORSET which i do without the effect of anything any ways of life or people making major changes. If i could keep Dorset like it is that would be great, but under the present system that is not possible. There was an increase of 212000 people in this country last year, where do you think they are living? there is no reason why this year the same numbers dont arrive. Sometime soon this will affect DORSET and our lifestyle will be changed we will never get that style back again.
I am sorry that you think i should not talk about the political points of this but how else could our lives not be changed to the point of our culture we live with not being our own.
I want the schools to retain that ENGLISH is the spoken word. I want there not to be a longer list for homes. I want services to be able to cope with the challenges of delivering the services to people without pressure being made more by the amount of people who require these services increacing.
Iam sorry that is the case but no other party than UKIP will deal with the problem.
[quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]malkie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]malkie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: If you really love dorset think carefully about the future. What age are you and what do you expect out of life? People are moving to Dorset every week to get away from big cities and large towns. (Where often it is not safe to go into areas that are not known to you.) I know many places that were like Dorset at one time and through people not being interested in what was going on, and they have now changed beyond recignition. Dorset is a place worth saving, the lifestyle the culture, the little things that dont seem much but when they are gone you will miss them. So if you really love DORSET in MAY vote UKIP and try to retain our wonderfull way of life.[/p][/quote]A sensible and well presented article, but now someone puts forward their own biased political views. I am undecided who to vote for, but if UKIP have to stoop to this, then I doubt very much if they will have my support.[/p][/quote]Hi malkie, i tried to give an unbiased veiw, i have lived in many places and been connected with many types of people i dont know why you thought what you did. In this post i only said what i belive in, and i will try put my point across . I cant see whyyou thought it was a biased political view. The truth sometimes hurts.[/p][/quote]I shall let readers draw their own conclusions as to whether you are trying to score political points, or not.[/p][/quote]Your right malkie, it would appear that Cosmick is unable to post without pushing the UKIP agenda. It is a shame that there cannot be a discussion about how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place without one persons political views being peddled.[/p][/quote]I would love to come onto this topic and say i love DORSET which i do without the effect of anything any ways of life or people making major changes. If i could keep Dorset like it is that would be great, but under the present system that is not possible. There was an increase of 212000 people in this country last year, where do you think they are living? there is no reason why this year the same numbers dont arrive. Sometime soon this will affect DORSET and our lifestyle will be changed we will never get that style back again. I am sorry that you think i should not talk about the political points of this but how else could our lives not be changed to the point of our culture we live with not being our own. I want the schools to retain that ENGLISH is the spoken word. I want there not to be a longer list for homes. I want services to be able to cope with the challenges of delivering the services to people without pressure being made more by the amount of people who require these services increacing. Iam sorry that is the case but no other party than UKIP will deal with the problem. cosmick
  • Score: 2

11:39am Sun 9 Mar 14

randomperson says...

I agree with the article, I enjoyed my teenage years growing up in Weymouth (and Dorchester). Further down the line is where you run into problems! You’ll probably end up having to move away or work away for a large proportion of your time, especially if you want to use that University qualification and have a stable, full-time job; as in this respect, it’s incredibly dead.
I agree with the article, I enjoyed my teenage years growing up in Weymouth (and Dorchester). Further down the line is where you run into problems! You’ll probably end up having to move away or work away for a large proportion of your time, especially if you want to use that University qualification and have a stable, full-time job; as in this respect, it’s incredibly dead. randomperson
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