• Lee Valley Legacy Loop

    YEAR 6 children from Portesham Primary school were able to take advantage of a wonderful opportunity recently to go white water rafting at the Lee Valley White Water Centre in Hertfordshire. They were lucky enough to ride the rapids, prior to the world

  • Theatre half way to fundraising target

    THE Lyric Theatre in Bridport is half way to its £8,000 fundraising target. The Barrack Street venue launched an appeal earlier this year after being told they needed to meet new fire regulations to bring the 18th-century building up to the

  • Bridport meeting about day care

    A PLEA has been issued for people to pack a public meeting in Bridport about the future of day care services. Dorset County Council was forced to organise a special summit in the town after an outcry when the west of the county was excluded from its

  • Powerstock pub gets Michelin praise

    FOOD critics from the acclaimed Michelin Guide have praised a West Dorset pub – for its Scotch eggs and burgers. They included the Three Horseshoes at Powerstock as a new entry in the 2012 edition of the international food bible. Its citation reads:

  • Town hall work has cost me £18,000

    THE owner of a Bridport sandwich bar claims work on the town hall has cost him £18,000 in lost revenue. Andrew Peters, of Get Stuffed in Bucky Doo Square, has written to complain to the town council. A town council committee has decided

  • Traffic moving again in Tophill after a two-car smash

    TRAFFIC has began moving again on New Road in Portland after a crash blocked it for an hour and a half. A spokesman for Dorset Police said the collision was reported to the police and fire service at 3.10pm today. The incident involved

  • Portland prisoners help clean up the community

    FOUR prisoners joined dozens of volunteers to brave The Ghost Tunnels of Portland and shift boulders, rubble and rubbish in time for a community event. More than 50 sacks of rubble and rubbish were cleared from the three tunnels at the High

  • Fight Night boosts Cheeky Kids Foundation

    TWO FRIENDS who went toe-to-toe in the boxing ring have raised hundreds of pounds for a children’s charity. Businessmen Joe Djeeebt and Nathan Moore put aside their longstanding friendship to square up to each other in a white collar boxing bout in aid

  • 'Lapland' brothers' convictions overturned

    Two brothers jailed after being accused of conning thousands of customers into visiting what they claimed was a Lapland-style theme park near Ringwood have had their convictions overturned by appeal judges. Three judges at the Court of Appeal

  • Silent movie about drug smuggling at West Bay in the 1930s

    A SILENT melodrama about drug smuggling at West Bay features on a new website alongside modern-day interviews. The Close Encounters media trail takes people on a journey of the resort as seen through the eyes of a group of amateur actors in the 1930s

  • Weymouth epilepsy sufferer speaks out about illness

    AN EPILEPSY sufferer has spoken out against the lack of understanding about the illness. Family man Gavin Roberts has been hospitalised, grabbed around the neck by strangers and even handcuffed by police during an epileptic seizure. Problems occur when

  • Charity Hallowe'en event at Dorchester Corn Exchange

    TICKETS are still available for a night of Hallowe’en themed entertainment to raise funds for two worthy causes. Ghoulish costumes will be on show at the Hallowe’en Party at Dorchester’s Corn Exchange on Friday night in aid of Help for Heroes and the

  • MP Richard Drax joins Euro rebels

    TORY MP Richard Drax said he was standing up for his constituents and his country when he backed a motion for a referendum on EU membership. The South Dorset MP was one of 81 rebel Conserv-atives who defied David Cameron’s three line whip – the strongest

  • Olympics: Nothe Fort's role for 2012 Games

    AFTER tense negotiations the future of the Nothe Fort during the 2012 period has been revealed. Now Weymouth Civic Society is celebrating securing a deal with Olympic organisers that will ensure the town's historic landmark benefits from the sailing

  • Swanage residents return home after gas leak

    RESIDENTS are being allowed to return home this morning after a major gas leak yesterday. The fire service was called to Victoria Avenue, Swanage at 9.25am on Tuesday after reports the main was emitting gas and 28 homes were evacuated after

  • We'll carry on, says head of blaze-hit primary school

    THE headmaster of Powerstock Primary School hopes that classes will continue as normal on Monday despite one building at the school being gutted by a blaze on Tuesday morning. The blaze was described as a ‘tragedy’ by parents, staff and governors after

  • Open4Business boosts Dorset County Hospital appeal

    BUSINESS people have marked a successful Open4Business festival by giving a local appeal a boost. A cheque for £1,751.07 was presented to Dorset County Hospital’s digital mammography appeal which was raised from the Open4Business Awards dinner and matched

  • Weymouth Drama Club stages Far From the Madding Crowd

    THE turbulently beating heart of rural Dorset is laid bare this week when Weymouth Drama Club stages Far From the Madding Crowd at the town’s Pavilion theatre. Directed by Dennis Dunford, the cast breathe vibrant life into Thomas Hardy’s perennially

  • Debra Stephenson to host Dorset Business Awards

    TWO local companies are celebrating being shortlisted for this year’s Dorset Business Awards. Judges for the 2011 countywide awards, which are supported by the Dorset Echo, have produced a shortlist of 27 companies and three schools across nine categories

  • Catch cyclists

    THANKS to J Neimer for once again highlighting the mindless cyclists using pedestrian areas and footpaths. Also well done to Dorset Police for catching scores of motorists speeding in their no excuse campaign. Now can they please extend a no excuse

  • Police vow to catch car arsonists

    “YOU will be brought to justice” – that’s Dorset Police’s message to arsonists who torched five vehicles in Weymouth. Arsonists used flammable liquid to set light to four cars in Beverley Road and Pemberton Close at Littlemoor just after 10pm on Sunday

  • Don’t care attitude

    Our local MP has been found to dispose of letters, sent to him in good faith by his constituents in West Dorset, in the nearest dustbin. This outrageous behaviour is typical of the ‘don’t care’ attitude displayed by the current government. He is one

  • No more travellers

    At the risk of being politically incorrect, do we in Dorset wish to encourage another 3,000, possibly double that figure, travellers to the county. Chief Insp Nick Maton appears to welcome the plan stating Operation Elder was a great success, reducing

  • Members were told of all the key issues

    I REFER to the letter concerning the School Crossing Patrol (SCP) at Winterbourne Abbas First School (Your Say, October 17). Richard Hyde claims that ‘when decisions are made many of the councillors are no more than voting fodder’ and that ‘half of them

  • Swanage road remains closed after gas leak

    A SWANAGE road remains cordoned off after a gas leak. The roads around Victoria Avenue in Swanage remain closed this morning after a gas leak in the town yesterday. Dorset Police put up a cordon and 28 homes had to be evacuated yesterday

  • Magpies capitulate at Havant

    HAVANT & W 4 Jones 49, Palmer 59, Igoe 65, Woodford 83 Dorchester TOWN 2 Bowles 8, Dickenson 15 THE age-old cliché ‘a game of two halves’ was more than apt as Dorchester Town surrendered a two-goal advantage at Westleigh Park last night

  • King hopes to lure more fans to the Bob Lucas

    BRENDON King is hoping more fans flock to the Bob Lucas Stadium on Saturday when Weymouth meet big-spending Brackley. The jubilant Terras’ boss saw his side grind out a 1-0 victory over second-placed Oxford City last night, to extend their unbeaten

  • Ash takes defeat on the chin

    BOSS Ashley Vickers took full responsibility for last night’s capitulation at the hands of Havant & Waterlooville. The Magpies led 2-0 at the break courtesy of first-half goals from Gary Bowles and Ben Dickenson. But the tables turned dramatically in

  • Reed's rocket as Terras see off City

    WEYMOUTH 1 OXFORD CITY 0 WEYMOUTH continue to build momentum as they made it four league games unbeaten with what boss Brendon King described as a “workmanlike and professional” triumph over high-fliers Oxford City. A solitary Stephen Reed

  • Wells woe for Bees

    BRIDPORT 2 WELLS CITY 4 WELLS City completed the double over Bridport with victory at St Mary’s Field last night. Having suffered a 6-2 defeat in Somerset at the end of August, the Bees were keen to set the record straight on home turf.

  • Warriors edged out in nine-goal thriller

    Under-12 Division Three CORFE MULLEN 5 WEYMOUTH WARRIORS 4 CORFE Mullen welcomed the Weymouth Warriors to their ground, which boasted a full-size pitch with adult goals, dwarfing the two keepers and looking promising for the strikers.

  • Maton bags a bronze medal

    ALL Saints School pupil Matthew Maton, 11, finished third in the Dragon Tang Soo Do Open Championship near Bristol. The Weymouth youngster, was competing in the 11 to 16-year-old black belt sparring category. Having won his first two fights, his third

  • Great start for Twin Counties

    Under-15 Girls DORSET & WILTS 63 SOMERSET 5 DORSET & Wilts Girls started the new season just as they finished the last – in fine style. Playing at Monmouth Avenue, the Twin Counties inflicted a 63-5 hammering over Somerset. After

  • Warrior siblings bag a gala treble

    WEST Dorset Warriors held their Autumn Steps Gala at Thomas Hardye Leisure Centre, giving the younger members of the club the chance to compete against each other and obtain up-to-date personal best times. As always there was good competition among

  • Thomas Hardye team heading to nationals

    THE Thomas Hardye equestrian team have qualified for the National Championships at Addington Manor in Buckinghamshire, after winning the eventers’ challenge at Millfield School. The team consisted of Maddie Morris, Chelsea Loveday, Kizzie Russell