Poole Bridge reopening further delayed

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 18:09
The lifting bridge is expected to open in December - six months later than expected.
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Jack Gudge inquest: Alcohol 'contributed to' teen's fight death

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 17:10
The 17-year-old suffered a heart attack due to a brain injury "augmented by alcohol".
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We #loveweyportparks

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 12:55

Thank you to everyone who entered the #loveweyportparks photography competition.

The competition, which celebrated our beautiful parks and gardens, saw around 80 photographs entered from across our borough.

They are all available to view and the winning shot (fourth one down) of flowerbeds is captioned.  

Sarah, who is from Portland and works as a freelance Project Manager and book keeper, said: “I recently took up photography as a hobby and often find inspiration in our local parks, so I can’t tell you how delighted I am to have won this competition! 

“I grew up in Weymouth and spent some very happy teenage summer holidays on the beach near Greenhill. I had a summer job in the Greenhill Gardens Café, right next to where my photo was taken, so of course Greenhill Gardens holds many happy memories for me.  During the last couple of years I have increased the amount of walking I do, aiming for 10,000 steps a day, so having a park or two along my walking routes is so uplifting.”

The competition was judged by members of the Friends Groups, who support our parks and gardens. They were impressed by the high standards and also particularly liked Marc Eyre’s atmospheric shot of Sandsfoot Castle.

The winning entry and a selection of the other photographs will shortly be on display at the borough council offices in Commercial Road.

Councillor Kate Wheller, Community Facilities Briefholder which covers parks and gardens, said: “Our parks and gardens are among the best in the whole country and a fantastic asset to our borough.

“I would encourage everyone to go and explore the beauty that is on their doorstep, after all a walk in the park is free, healthy and fun.”

Around 3.6 million people visit Weymouth and Portland’s 91 hectares of green space every year.

Winning picture #loveweyportparks photography competition

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Hunt for murderer who has absconded from HMP Spring Hill

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 10:21
Nicholas Redding is among three people on the run from a Buckinghamshire jail.
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Festive free parking in Purbeck

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 09:41


This December, Christmas shoppers in Purbeck will be able to enjoy some free parking.

Small Business Saturday 2 December

Purbeck District Council and Wareham Town Council will be helping people support traders on Small Business Saturday, 2 December. Shoppers can enjoy free parking in car parks at Bonnets Lane, Connegar Lane, Howards Lane, Streche Road and the Rempstone Centre, Wareham and at West Street, Corfe Castle.

The District and Town Councils worked with the Wareham and Corfe Castle Chambers of Trade to make this possible.

Further dates in December

The District Council and Town Council will also be waiving parking charges in their Wareham car parks on Sunday 10 December (when Santa comes to town!), Friday 22 and Saturday 23 December.

Free parking will also be available in Corfe Castle West Street car park on Saturdays 9, 16 and 23 December.

Councillor Cherry Brooks, Economy and Infrastructure Spokesperson for Purbeck District Council, said: “We are grateful to Wareham and Corfe Castle Chambers of Trade for helping us support our local traders again in the run-up to Christmas.

“The district hosts a super range of independent shops and businesses, so take advantage of the free parking and get something a little different for friends and family this Christmas!”

Free and discounted parking in Swanage

Swanage Town Council will be providing free parking in its Broad Road and Main Beach long stay car parks on all the Saturdays in December and the first Saturday in January. On the other days in December, parking will be £1 per day in these two car parks.

Norden car park and Dorset County Council-owned car parks at the Quay and St Johns Hill, Wareham are not included in the free parking offer.

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Scientist finds UK water companies use 'magic' to find leaks

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 19:22
Engineers from a majority of the UK's water firms still use divining rods to locate pipes, it emerges.
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'Rare 3D' Dorset plesiosaur fossil fetches £90k at auction

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 15:57
The fossil of the extinct marine reptile is 90% complete and said to be "the best of its kind".
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South Western Railway workers 'bullied for not striking'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 15:08
Members of the RMT union walked out earlier this month in a dispute over driver-only operated trains.
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Gaia Pope death: Arrested family want police apology

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 11:51
A teenager arrested over Gaia's disappearance has been "on the verge of a breakdown", his mum says.
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Hardy volunteers receive award

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 10:45

Volunteers from Hardy’s Birthplace visitor centre have won the prestigious Dorset Volunteer Group of the Year award.

The award from the Volunteer Centre Dorset, was in recognition of the achievements of the group over the last two years.

The volunteers are part of an NHS Support, Transition and  Recovery Team (START) that attend the Dorset County Council run visitor centre. This group’s work has included creating wildlife gardens, making bird boxes, coppicing hazel, maintaining the Roman Road as well as assisting in the creation of the entrance feature and benches throughout the reserve using timber from the woodland.

Daryl Turner, Cabinet member for natural and built environment, said:

“The volunteers input has been a vital part of keeping this reserve and visitor centre in good condition for the thousands of people who visit each year. They were also fundamental in us achieving our Green Flag status this year for the first time. It great to have them recognised for their hard work.”

The Volunteers support the work of the countryside rangers while enjoying the spectacular environment of Thorncombe woods as well as lots of fresh air and physical activity that all helps contribute to a healthy lifestyle.

Visit our  facebook page for more information about volunteering opportunites.


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Durdle Door litter beach sign translation is 'nonsense'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 10:14
An anti-litter notice, mistranslated into Hindi, urges people not to leave their 'nonsense' behind.
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Dorchester children's home earmarked for closure

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 09:34
Maumbury House is the county's only home for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties.
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Gaia Pope struggled with health before her death, father says

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 20:42
The father of teenager Gaia Pope says she "clearly couldn't cope" with epilepsy and other issues.
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South West Ambulance staff call for trust boss to resign

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 20:26
An open letter from the GMB union claims staff are "struggling to maintain a crumbling service".
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Guy Hedger shooting: Diamonds and watches stolen in raid

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 14:52
Goods worth £124,000 were taken, including a 14-carat gold ring with rubies and emeralds, a court hears.
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Jack Gudge inquest: Fight death teen 'flopped to ground'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 14:10
Witnesses say the teenager was punched and kicked in a street fight after a house party.
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Childcare settings recognised for outstanding achievements

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 14:08

Dedicated staff working with young children in Dorset have been praised for their commitment at the annual Early Years and Childcare Awards ceremony organised by Dorset County Council.

The ceremony recognised nurseries, pre-schools and childminders that have been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted over the last year. Awards were also given to individuals who have shown their commitment to improving education and care of children by gaining graduate Early Years Teacher Status and early years degrees.


The event was held at beautiful Hethfelton House, an education centre and events venue near Bovington which is run to support the Jim Cronin Memorial Fund, a charity set up in memory of Monkey World’s founder. The charity’s Chief Executive, Shelley Fletcher, spoke at the event about some of the similarities between caring for primates and children. This included issues such as bullying and neglect, but also encouraging communication and friendships.

Deborah Croney, Cabinet member for Economy, Education, Learning and Skills at Dorset County Council said: “I am thrilled that so many dedicated staff have been recognised with these awards. With these devoted practitioners working with children in Dorset, we can really influence children’s emotional, social and intellectual development.”

Patrick Myers, Assistant Director for Children’s Services presented the awards, and said: “We know from research that children who attend high-quality childcare achieve better outcomes at school and into adulthood, so this is why it’s so important that settings and individuals are recognised when they exceed the standards and qualifications required”.

If you’re interested in a career in childcare visit, or if you’re looking for high quality childcare search  Alternatively call 01305 221066.

Those who collected an award…

Foundation Degree in Early Years

Abby Collins and Megan Wilkins

Degree in Early Years

Jo-Anne Hallett, Hannah McMullen and Lisa Spraggons 

Early Years Teacher Status 

Karen Richardson

Outstanding childminders

Marianne Barker, Susan Dallinger, Catherine Gover, Danielle Howlett, Rebecca Jolliffe, Rachael Maidment, Christina Moles and Claire Selby-Armstrong

Outstanding group settings 

Christchurch Montessori Preschool, St Mark’s Little Birds Preschool and The Elves and Fairies Woodland Nursery

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Slow down for National Road Safety Week

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 13:27

Speed Down – Save Lives is the theme for this year’s Road Safety Week, 20 – 26 November.

The annual event is the UK’s biggest road safety initiative, coordinated by Brake, with the aim of making our roads safer.

Speeding causes needless crashes and untold suffering.  If something unexpected happens on the road ahead – such as a child stepping out from between parked cars – it is a driver’s speed that will determine whether they can stop in time and, if they can’t stop, how hard they will hit.

The faster you go, the harder you’ll hit someone. In most cases, a pedestrian struck by a vehicle travelling at 40 km/h or less survives, while most pedestrians struck by a vehicle travelling at 60 km/h or more die.

Most of us live busy lives and there is a temptation to speed up in the hope of saving time, but in fact it could be costing lives.

Our roads are dangerous places, where hundreds of deaths and serious injuries take place every week.  But by slowing down the speed we can help to make our villages, towns and cities safer places to be.

Cllr Daryl Turner, the county council’s Cabinet member for natural and built environment, said:

“The county council is committed to reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured on Dorset roads.   We work with partner organisations on a number of initiatives including; education, enforcement and engineering.

National Road Safety Week is a great opportunity to promote road safety and also to encourage people to drive less and, if they do drive, to do everything they can to protect themselves and people around them.”

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Three face no action over Gaia Pope death

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 12:06
Three people who were held over the death of teenager Gaia Pope will face no further action, police say.
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Callum Wilson: Bournemouth hat-trick striker rues missed chance of fourth goal

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:09
Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson rues the missed chance of a fourth goal despite his hat-trick against Huddersfield.
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