• Weighty spuds win the day

    Despite a reduced number of entries due to conflicting village events, the Village Vegetable Show was a huge success. The gloves were off for the ‘Spud in a Tub’ competition – literally, for Peter Sheaves and Mike Haines bare hands made light

  • Portland's unofficial welcome sign

    A NEW welcome sign for Portland was secretly erected with highways chiefs left in the dark. Portland Town Council has been calling for a new sign to be put up at the entrance to the island’s boundaries at Ferrybridge. But one resident got so fed up

  • Head for McDonald's to get involved in Olympics

    RESIDENTS are being urged to get down to McDonald’s to find out how they can get involved in the home Olympic and Paralympic Games. The London 2012 Games Maker team is coming to Weymouth tomorrow to meet residents and to raise awareness of volunteering

  • Dorset's monster pumpkin

    HOW’S this for size? Little Benjamin Aplin Webb tries to lift this giant pumpkin grown in Dorset. Two-year-old Benjamin, from Maiden Newton, was among the visitors aghast at the size of the vegetable which broke the show record at the National Gardening

  • Weymouth seafront light plan defended

    Weymouth and Port-land Borough Council has defended its decision to replace Victorian lights on the seafront with lasers after concerns they could attract stag parties. The borough is working with artists Claire Oboussier and Vong Phaophanit and lighting

  • Weymouth's Steps youth centre 'hopes for best' over funding

    SUPPORTERS of a Weymouth youth centre are confident that plans for their new centre will go ahead despite government spending cuts. Youngsters from the Steps club in Chickerell Road have said they are ‘hoping for the best’ after it came to light their

  • Keeping the cogs oiled!

    THE CHIMES Oil Group Syndicate (COGS) will be accepting their next order on Friday, September 17. Please telephone on that date only for your oil requirements or email prior to that date. Please be accurate with the amount of oil to be delivered

  • £150 for Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance

    ANNETTE Plaistow-Trapeud accepted a cheque from Reginald Thompson of the Holly Court residents, whose summer tabletop sale had raised the funds. Annette described the work of D & S Air Ambulance, for which £1,400,000 has to be raised each year, and

  • YOBS at Weymouth SC

    My brother Sam Pascoe and I went to YOBs at Weymouth SC to help out on their last training night of the season. Youth on Boats (YOBs) is a great way of getting young people into sailing and is very accessible. Youth parts of any clubs

  • Discarded barbecue blamed for Charmouth boat blaze

    A BOAT was destroyed after a rubbish fire in Charmouth. Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said a discarded barbecue sparked a fire in a dustbin area on the town’s beach early yesterday which spread to a fibreglass sailing dinghy and trailer.

  • Car ends up in West Bay harbour

    A CAR ended up in West Bay harbour as the driver was trying to manoeuvre his boat and trailer. It is understood the driver of the 4x4 Mitsubishi vehicle had been trying to get the boat into the water when the accident happened on Saturday morning

  • Fair Votes For Dorset campaign ready for launch

    Next Thursday (September 9) sees the Launch of Fair Votes For Dorset’s ‘Yes’ Vote Campaign at Bridport’s No. 10 café and bar (7.30pm). The campaign includes members of the Liberal Democrats, Green Party, Citizens’ Action Party, the Labour Campaign For

  • The Memory of Water at Royal Manor Theatre, Portland

    A PLAY about three sisters at their mother’s funeral has become a real family affair. The Memory Of Water, which will be performed at Portland’s Royal Manor Theatre next week, focuses on three sisters gathered for their mother’s funeral. Two of the

  • Dorset County Show: It's a record breaker

    VISITORS flocked to the Dorset County Show near Dorchester as the annual event was hailed as one of the best ever. Organisers are confident that record numbers visited the showground over the weekend. Sunshine on Saturday drew

  • Dorset County Show: Runaway tractor terror

    A DISABLED woman had a lucky escape after a runaway tractor crashed into her mobility scooter at the Dorset County Show. Amputee Ann Topp, 73, was sent crashing into a stall in the dramatic accident. The tractor, part of a static display on top of a

  • Taste of glee with Dorchester Harmonious Funk Choir

    A PAIR of married music teachers are determined to show that Dorchester is full of glee. The in-tune couple are starting up a Harmonious Funk Choir that will perform contemporary songs spanning the spectrum of chart pop history from Lady Gaga to The

  • Hill for Terras?

    IAN Hutchinson has opened talks with another “experienced player” in a bid to strengthen his ailing squad. Echosport understands the mystery man to be Kevin Hill, who was released by near neighbours Dorchester Town just last week. Hutchinson

  • Double blow as Martin and Coutts injured

    DORCHESTER Town may seek reinforcements this week after seeing both Neil Martin and James Coutts stretchered off during Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Chelmsford City. Full-back Martin sustained a hamstring injury while midfielder Coutts suffered a “severe

  • Bees back on song

    A SCINTILLATING 25-minute spell in the first half laid the foundations for Bridport’s fifth consecutive victory in Toolstation Western League Division One. Following last week’s 6-0 defeat against Clevedon Town in the FA Cup, boss Trevor Senior was

  • Hurricane Higgins

    A LATE double from substitute Sam Higgins finally broke Dorchester’s resistance and left the Magpies at the bottom of Blue Square Bet South for the third week in succession. Ashley Vickers’ men frustrated high-flying Chelmsford for the vast majority

  • Brakes put on Terras

    WEYMOUTH’S frustrating start in the Zamaretto Pre-mier Division continued as they failed to break down an organised Leamington side. The Terras were blown away by Bashley last Monday but at the New Windmill Ground they more than held their own, and

  • Reserves have to wait before floodgates open

    THE Terras eventually found their shooting boots in the second half to cruise past basement boys Sturminster Newton United at the Bob Lucas Stadium. Weymouth dominated the Magna Dorset Premier League clash from start to finish but did not register until

  • Bickerstaff howler gifts Cranes all three points

    CHICKERELL United boss Chris Wilson refused to pin the blame on keeper Ian Bickerstaff after his howler gifted all three points to Cranborne. The Chickens twice led at Weymouth College on Saturday – thanks to Rob Maxted’s double – only to shoot themselves

  • Islanders dig in and foil Sports

    UNITED boss Stuart Heath hailed his side’s character as they dug in to claim all three points at Parley Sports. Richard Marshallsay and substitute Adam Linaker were the men that found the net for Portland but the real key to victory was a solid defensive

  • Bryony misses out on podium

    BRYONY Shaw missed out on third place by the narrowest of margins in the RS:X event at the World Windsurfing Champion-ships in Kerteminde, Den-mark. The Beijing Olympic bronze medalist climbed from fifth to fourth on the final day, her best ever result

  • Spin is key for Dorset

    SEAN Walbridge is backing his spin kings to wreak havoc on a dry Dean Park wicket after Dorset made a solid start in their pursuit of Minor Counties Championship glory. The hosts were indebted to an unbeaten knock of 80 from Glyn Treagus, the experienced

  • Colliton Club, Dorchester, wins CAMRA award

    REAL ale buffs have toasted a Dorchester club as the best in the region. They have named the Colliton Club as the Wessex winner for the third time in four years. It scooped the award as the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Club of the Year title for the