• Dorset pub trade is trickling away

    LANDLORDS have warned that falls in alcohol sales in Dorset are threatening the trade’s future. A report by the British Beer and Pub Association said the last year saw the sharpest annual decline in alcohol consumption – down six per cent on the year

  • A31 set for safety improvements

    A DORSET road has been targeted for safety improvements after fatal crashes. The single carriageway stretch of the A31 between Bere Regis and Sturminster Marshall has become a blackpot for serious and fatal collisions. The Highways Agency, which is

  • Crossways patient's fear at 999 response refusal

    PATIENT Daphne Hodge said she was petrified after the ambulance service refused to respond to an emergency call. Pensioner Mrs Hodge, of Oakland Park, Crossways, suffered a painful attack from a thrombosis and her husband Geoffrey called 999 to request

  • Dorset doorstep trader alert

    DORSET County Council’s Trading Standards is warning people to be on their guard when dealing with door-to-door tradesmen. The warning comes after the prosecution of Walter John Cooper, aged 72, of Addison Close, Gillingham, who was selling his gardening

  • Helicopter sent to rescue boat sinking off Dorset coast

    THE coastguard helicopter came to the rescue of two people whose boat was in danger of sinking off the Dorset coast. The crew of the 37-foot yacht Sea Thyme sent a mayday distress call after their vessel started taking on water out to sea off Anvil

  • Dorset stream may become wildlife haven

    A DISUSED stream in Dorchester could be set for a transformation into a ‘haven for river wildlife’. Conservation and community groups have come together to form plans for the Dorchester Mill Stream Enhancement Scheme. The Dorset Wildlife Trust has

  • The marriage of Philip Godley and Louise Holmes

    A WEYMOUTH-born bride has tied the knot with her fiancé in the Channel Islands. Corporate lawyer Louise Holmes married chartered accountant Philip Godley at St Brelade’s Church, Jersey. The service was followed by a marquee reception in the garden of

  • The birth of Amber Rose Anthony

    A PORTLAND couple have just welcomed their second child into the world. Amber Rose Anthony was born at Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester last month, weighing 7lb 6oz. Little Amber is the second child of shop fitter Wayne Anthony and former retail worker

  • The life of Penelope Ann Benveniste

    WEST Dorset-based artist Penelope ‘Pip’ Ann Benveniste has died aged 89. Miss Benveniste was born in Cornwall in 1921 and loved to roam the countryside, which was seen by many as an inspiration for her work in later life. She left home at 18 to join

  • St. Osmund's celebrates another harvest

    THIS year’s harvest thanksgiving service in St. Osmund’s is on Sunday, September 26 at 11am. Members of the Flower Group will be in the church from 10am on Saturday 25 to receive any gifts of produce or non-perishable provisions for display in the church

  • Dorset veterans' concern over threat to Gurkhas

    FEARS Gurkha soldiers could be facing the axe have been met with dismay by Dorset veterans of the legendary regiment. The Queens Gurkha Signals enjoy the freedom of Blandford, as many members of the regiment spend time at Blandford Camp’s Royal School

  • Simple solution to Weymouth's rail lines

    I SEE from the Echo (August 31) that the issue of the train lines through Weymouth has raised it’s head yet again. I have lived in this town for a very long time and this has been a contentious issue for as long as I can remember – even when the trains

  • Hundreds pay their respects to the Terras legend Bob Lucas

    MORE than 300 wellwishers paid their final respects at the funeral service of ‘Mr Weymouth’ Bob Lucas. Players, managers and officials past and present joined family and fans at a packed Pavilion Ocean Room to honour the Weymouth Football Club

  • Frank Bruno's boost for Weymouth blast victim

    TEENAGE blast victim Jon Jo Look met his boxing hero Frank Bruno at a dinner in Dorchester. The junior boxing star was given VIP treatment and joined the former world heavyweight champion on the top table in the county town’s Football club

  • Vickers in Sole catch

    HOT-SHOT striker Giuseppe Sole has agreed to join Dorchester Town on a three-month loan. Magpies’ boss Ashley Vickers had been on the trail of a Blue Square Bet Premier striker for the last two weeks. And his persistence has finally paid off with the

  • Hale: Work is proving a problem

    WORK commitments are proving a “stumbling block” in ex-player-boss Matty Hale’s proposed return to the Bob Lucas Stadium. Ian Hutchinson, who replaced Hale in the Terras’ hot-seat following his resignation last October, is determined to land the experienced

  • Darren's double

    DARREN Samways netted twice as Upwey & Broadwey carried on from where they left off last season at Hardings Lane. The Weymouth outfit finished runners-up in the Dorset Senior League last season and the aim this time around is to go one better

  • Depleted Sports happy with a point

    STEVE Alcock was happy to see his depleted side come away with a point from Tintinhull in the Senior League. Sports, who were missing several key players through suspension and unavailability, took the lead on 40 minutes through Ed Bastick, only to

  • Waller's star turn

    MAX Waller plundered four wickets as Dorset ended the second day of an absorbing Minor Counties Championship final one run ahead of Lincolnshire at Dean Park yesterday. But the spin king was still left disappointed with his effort after the Eastern Division

  • Fox-Pitt misses out on record

    WILLIAM Fox-Pitt agonisingly missed out on becoming the first person ever to win six times at the Burghley Horse Trials – but insists next year he will not be so unlucky. The 41-year-old Sturminster Newton star had high hopes that this year’s four-star