Campaigners join hands to save hospital in Dorset

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sun, 02/17/2019 - 11:39
More than 200 people joined a protest calling for beds to return to Portland Hospital.
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Man, 70, dies after collision with lorry in Dorset

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 11:05
A woman in her 60s, travelling in the same car as the man, also has life threatening injuries.
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Private probation firms in Wales and south west in administration

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 15:22
Unions say they had warned about the "disastrous privatisation programme" four years ago.
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Bournemouth restaurant owner fined for illegal fishing

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 13:04
An angler filmed three men landing protected fish at night in Poole Harbour.
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Man charged over Wimborne chemical substances find

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 10:34
Homes were evacuated and a bomb disposal team called in after suspicious items were found at a house.
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Toni Coombs set to host a Thanksgiving Service at Wimborne Minster

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 15:06

Cllr Toni Coombs, Chairman of East Dorset District Council, is set to host a Civic Service of Thanksgiving at Wimborne Minster on Monday 4 March at 1.45pm.

Ahead of the creation of the new unitary council, Dorset Council, on 1 April 2019, the service will be held in celebration of East Dorset. Many community representatives have been invited; however the service is open to anyone who wishes to attend.

The Sermon will be delivered by the Bishop of Sherborne and the Right Reverend Karen Gorman. The service will include a handover of the area for safekeeping to the Shadow Dorset Council Chairman, Cllr Hilary Cox.

Local schools from across East Dorset will take part in the service, with pupils from Ferndown Upper School, Queen Elizabeth, St James’ CE First School, St Mary’s First School, West Moors, Wimborne First School, Cranborne First School and Ferndown First Schools in attendance.

A retiring collection will be taken in support of the Chairman’s charities; Macmillan, Mosaic (who support bereaved children throughout Dorset) and Wimborne Minster.

The service will end with a ceremonial gun salute on the Minster Green, by the Wimborne Militia and refreshments will be available after the service.

Cllr Toni Coombs, Chairman of East of Dorset, said: “This is an historic occasion as after 31 March; East Dorset District Council will no longer exist. Although this is the right decision to protect services for the community, it is still hard to let go of our local history. We should mark this last civic service in a special way, by thanking all of those who have made a difference to our district.”

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Poole explosion: Ex-husband admits arson

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 13:18
Ian Clowes was airlifted to hospital following the blast in Poole which also injured his ex-wife.
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New rules about dogs in public places

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 13:12

New rules about dogs in public places will come into force in North Dorset on 31 March 2019.

The rules were drawn-up after more than 800 people had their say about where and when dogs should be allowed in public places.

North Dorset District Council carefully considered the views’ of dog owners and the concerns of other residents who use public places such as parks.

After considering 859 responses the council attempted to strike a balance and also simplified a raft of regulations. The result is the new North Dorset Dog Related Public Spaces Protection Order 2019, which will replace existing orders.

This decision was taken at a meeting of the district council’s cabinet and then approved by Full Council.  The new rules will come into effect on 31 March 2019.

Councillor Andrew Kerby, Community Safety and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder at North Dorset District Council, said: “Thank you to everyone who took the trouble to share their views on how dogs should be managed in public places in North Dorset. We have looked carefully at the results and have tried to strike a balance to suit the interests of all.

“North Dorset District Council encourages responsible dog ownership. Most owners are very responsible, unfortunately a small minority who do not clear-up after their dogs do cause a problem.”

Here is the new North Dorset Dog Related Public Spaces Protection Order 2019.


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Free central heating and grants to keep warm

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 10:53

Need affordable heating and hot water? Want a warmer and more cosy home? Free mains gas central heating may be available. 

Help may be available, whatever your income, if you live in Melcombe Regis, Littlemoor, Underhill, Westham East, Westham North, Westham West and Weymouth East.

In other areas across Dorset  help may be available if you are on a low income. Gas connections are free as well. You can apply now here.

The HEAT Melcombe Regis project is offering first time full gas central heating systems (if you do not have central heating already). This is usually free. Gas or LPG Boiler Upgrade Grants may also be available if your boiler is broken, old, or inefficient.

Loft Insulation Grants and Cavity Wall Insulation Grants are available wherever you live in Dorset. Find out more here.

Fuel Poverty Awareness Day

It is Fuel Poverty Awareness Day on Friday (15/2), so please tell anyone who might benefit that this help is available.

Advice about how to keep your home warm is available here from National Energy Action (NEA), a national charity that aims to end fuel poverty for all households.


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Discover Lost Words in Thorncombe Wood

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 09:28

Thorncombe Woods, near Dorchester, has a new ‘Lost Words’ trail for visitors to follow, inspired by the book of the same name by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris.

The Lost Words celebrates the once-common ‘nature’ words – including acorn, wren, starling and dandelion – that were dropped from the Oxford Junior Dictionary. It takes these words that have been falling out of use amongst children – such as adder, kingfisher and bramble – and brings them back to life through Macfarlane’s ‘spell poems’ and illustrations by Morris.

An accompanying leaflet also highlights some old Dorset dialect words to stimulate memories for the older generations and inspire interest in younger generations:

This trail is part of a wider crowd-funded Dorset Lost Words project supported by Westbourne Books, in which schools across Dorset are being given a copy of The Lost Words. Together with funding from Dorset AONB a programme of school workshops, an exhibition of children’s work and the development of a website using the hashtag #LostWordsDorset is being delivered across the county.

The concept will also be taken to Memory Cafes for those living with dementia in Dorset.

Thorncombe Wood ranger Claire Platten said: “We hope that people of all ages, and those caring for others, will enjoy this trail. It is a wonderful opportunity to get close to nature and to search for, find and speak about The Lost Words.

“The trail encourages everyone to write, illustrate and share their own poems and ‘lost words’. Have a go – the most outstanding artist and wordsmith will win a copy of The Lost Words.”

The short trail runs alongside Thomas Hardy’s cottage and follows paths that can be used by off-road mobility scooters (which can be hired from Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre) and will be open from February half term until 10 April.

To celebrate the opening of this trail, local storyteller Martin Maudsley will be leading a Lost Words story walk on 20 February. It will feature folktales, myths and legends that celebrate plants and animals found in Dorset. To book your place email:

The Lost Words Trail is funded by Stepping into Nature – a local community lottery funded project which provides activities for Dorset’s older generations, including people with dementia and their carers, to access and enjoy our unique landscape, wildlife and culture.

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Hampshire CCC: Jimmy Adams and Alfonso Thomas named assistant coaches

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 16:23
Former captain Jimmy Adams and ex-Somerset bowler Alfonso Thomas join Hampshire as assistant coaches.
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Weymouth to host new library, information and learning centre

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 15:37

A refurbishment project at Weymouth Library is due to get underway in mid-February.
It will bring together a range of services and teams into one shared building, as a ‘library information and learning centre’.

The library building in Great George Street in the town centre will be adapted to offer space for:

o The town’s library
o Skills & Learning – the local Adult Learning provider which offers a variety of high quality courses and learning opportunities to the local community and training opportunities to local employers
o Community Resource Team (mental health) – part of Weymouth & Portland Community Mental Health Team, which facilitates attendance at a range of social, vocational and educational activities to aid recovery
o Citizens Advice – providing free, confidential and independent advice to help people overcome their problems

Dorset County Council has been working with representatives from these organisations to bring together the new offer. Together, they have designed how the library building can be reorganised to make the space work for everyone.

Cllr Andrew Parry, Dorset County Council Cabinet member for education, learning and skills said:

“There are huge benefits to be gained from this £550,000 project, including improved links between organisations and services. It will provide easier access to services as they are based in one building, at a central location with good public transport links. The refurbished library space will provide a wider range of uses, as well as refurbished public toilets and two additional accessible toilets. The building works will not result in fewer books or public access computers.”

So that we limit disruption to the library service, the building works will take place in phases, starting in mid-February and finishing in July. The library will remain open for most of this period but may close towards the end of the works while new shelving is fitted.

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Volunteers needed in local libraries

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 15:08

People in Sherborne, Blandford, Lyme Regis and Shaftesbury need help to use digital technology.

There is no need to be an IT expert, just an interest in helping people and basic knowledge of computers and phones.

Digital Champions are volunteers that support people to learn basic computer skills. Around 70,000 people in Dorset are not online at all. Our champions give people confidence to start, help them to save money and keep safe online.

Volunteering as a Digital Champion might be your next career move. The rewards might be unexpected. Jessica Orchard, of Wimborne, (pictured above) started last year, hoping to become a librarian.

She said: “Originally I became a Digital Champion for my own personal gain, but now I do it for the feeling I get when I see people improve. One of my learners cried with happiness when he learned something.

“I meet lots of new people and admire them for coming and trying something new, especially if they are older.”

Currently, over 50 Digital Champions run weekly sessions in Dorset libraries and learning centres. They normally see up to six learners over two to three hours. Now, libraries in Sherborne, Shaftesbury, Blandford and Lyme Regis want to offer sessions too.  Other libraries want to provide more sessions.

Learners often lack anyone else with the time and patience to teach them. Your help will allow them to stay connected to family and use essential online services. Many learners bring their own digital device and library facilities are also available.

Roy Arnold, also of Wimborne, has attended Jessica’s sessions for several weeks. Initially, she had to remind Roy where to click each time. Now, he logs in and remembers what to do.

Daryl Turner, Dorset County Council Cabinet Member for Natural and Built Environment, said: “It’s fantastic that we have so many Digital Champions who are happy to share their knowledge. They already help more than 100 people a month to get to grips with computers, phones, tablets and the internet.”

“There are still lots of people in Dorset who need help with digital skills and risk being left behind, especially as more and more services move online. If you can help, please do by volunteering as a Digital Champion.”

It is easy to get involved. Enrol as a Digital Champion at or call us on 01305 221048 and we’ll invite you to an induction session to give you some training. We support our volunteers throughout their experience.

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Bomb squad searches Wimborne home after chemical find

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 12:19
An Army bomb disposal team is carrying out a thorough search of the house, police say.
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Councils recognised for improved land searches services

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 10:23

Three councils in Dorset are up for an award recognising the service they deliver to home buyers.

Dorset Councils Partnership’s Local Land Charges Team serves North Dorset District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council.

North Dorset District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council are each nominated for ‘Most Improved Services’ at the 2019 Land Data Local Land Charges Awards for Excellence.

The three councils share a single work force and over the last few years have focused on improving the overall land charges service. Their plans included recruiting more people to process applications and improving the way relevant information is held.

Searches now completed well within target time

The average turnaround of searches across all the councils is currently less than 10 working days. This exceeds the 15 day target time set by the councils as part of their improvement plans. It also means they are meeting the national targets set by central Government.

The Land Charges Team remains committed to continue the development of its service going forward.

North Dorset District Council portfolio holder for Access and Customer Service, Cllr Piers Brown said:

“It’s great news that we are up for the award.

“A win for one of the councils would be a win for all as we work together as a single team.

“The land charges team have worked incredibly hard to improve the service across the three councils’ areas and ensure our customers receive consistent, high quality and fast service.”

West Dorset District Council’s Corporate portfolio holder, Cllr Peter Barrowcliff said:

“It’s fantastic news that we are on the shortlist.

“Regardless of whether we win, I would like to thank our staff who have worked hard to turn it around for west Dorset.

“I’d also like to thank our customers who have shown great patience while we worked to reduce search times.

“We now have an efficient process in place and our customers can be confident of a fast turnaround – vital when buying a house.”

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s brief holder for Corporate Affairs and Business Improvement, Cllr Alison Reed said:

“It’s great news that we are being considered for this award. It shows our customers that we are continuing to improve the service as we go forwards to the unitary council in April this year.

“The Land Charges Team has worked hard to increase the speed of the service and to ensure and maintain the quality for people looking to buy property in Weymouth and Portland.”

About the awards

This year’s shortlist for the Local Land Charges Awards for Excellence is made up of 46 local authority teams and 12 individuals who have all demonstrated excellence, enthusiasm and willingness to adapt and improve in a tough and uncertain market.

The shortlist has been drawn from over 200 entries and nominations submitted by solicitors, conveyancers, customer service experts and local land charges personnel.

The awards are held every year and celebrate the achievements and successes of Local Authority Local Land Charges departments across England and Wales .

The winners and highly commended for each category will be announced at an awards dinner on Monday 4 March 2019 in Birmingham

Watch this space!

More about Land Charges

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Holwell Neighbourhood Plan backed by residents

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 09:20

A local community is one step away from having an approved Neighbourhood Plan for their area.

Holwell residents support Neighbourhood Plan in referendum

A final version of the Holwell Neighbourhood Plan was submitted to the district council for examination and a referendum was held on whether to accept or reject the plan on 7 February.

Residents voted to accept the plan, with 81.95 per cent of votes cast in favour.

The plan has been drawn up by local people, and agreed by the parish council, who feel confident that the plan reflects the hopes and views of the local community.

Neighbourhood plans were introduced in the Localism Act 2011 and aim to give residents more say in the future use of land and buildings in their area. For example a neighbourhood plan can say where new homes, shops or offices might be built or where important green spaces might be protected.

Cllr Robert Gould, West Dorset District Council’s Ward Member for Holwell, said:

“I congratulate all those who put so much hard work into producing this Plan and I am delighted that it has now received such strong backing from the residents of Holwell.”

The Holwell neighbourhood Plan will now be taken to West Dorset District Council’s Full Council, where members will decide whether to formally adopt the plan.

Cllr Ian Gardner, West Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, said:

“It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to bring a Neighbourhood Plan forward and have it backed by the local community. I look forward to presenting the plan to Full Council on 26 February and am confident of a positive outcome.”

View the full result of the Holwell Neighbourhood Plan referendum. 

View the Holwell Neighbourhood Plan online. A hard copy of the plan is available at the district council offices in South Walks House, Dorchester.

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Bestival drugs death: Accused Ceon Broughton 'erratic'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 15:01
Security guards found Louella Fletcher-Michie dead in "thick forest" outside the festival site.
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David Ibbotson: Emiliano Sala pilot's family in underwater search plea

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 10:18
Nearly £150,000 has been donated to an appeal to fund an underwater search for David Ibbotson.
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£380k worth of grants provided by West Dorset District Council

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 09:37

One off grants totalling £380k have been awarded to projects across West Dorset.

Grants: Beaminster skate park concept

Last week (7 February), West Dorset District Council’s Strategy Committee gave the go ahead to provide a financial boost to seven different projects across the area.

Cllr Mary Penfold, West Dorset District Portfolio Holder for Enabling, said:

“I am really pleased that the council has been able to provide support to these projects.

“Each scheme will provide significant benefits to local communities and West Dorset as a whole. I look forward to seeing these projects develop.”

The projects

St Osmunds Middle School

A one-off grant of £15,000 has been awarded to St Osmund’s Middle School to support the retention of community access to sports facilities following the demise of the St Osmund’s Community Sports Centre Trust. The grant will complement a grant of £5,000 from Dorchester Town Council and help the school improve access controls and security measures in order that those clubs that have been using the centre in the evenings can continue to do so.

Cam Vale Parish Council

A one-off grant of £78,800 has been awarded to Cam Vale Parish Council to help the project to build a new community hall in Longburton, subject to planning permission. The parish council has also been given a loan of £20,000 to assist with the project. The new hall would provide a modern facility for the surrounding community.

Bridport Museum Trust

A one-off grant of £25,000 has been awarded to the Bridport Museum Trust to assist with the cost of urgent conservation works for its collection. The council has also set aside £10,000 to enable the commissioning of a specialist building survey of the Museum’s store and offices at the Coach House on Gundry Lane.

Beaminster Town Council

A one-off grant of £60,000 has been awarded to Beaminster Town Council to support its project to build a skate park to meet the needs of young people in both the town and surrounding villages.

Dorchester Town Council

A one-off grant of £90,000 has been awarded to Dorchester Town Council to support a project to enhance the townscape and paving in the vicinity of the Town Pump in South Street. The aim of the project is to replicate the paving style recently installed at the southern end of South Street.  The grant is conditional on the town council committing £100,000 of its own money to the project.

Dorchester Heritage Joint Committee

A one-off grant of £50,000 has been awarded to the Dorchester Heritage Joint Committee to support a project to develop a heritage-based tourism strategy for Dorchester. This grant will be matched by funding from the town council and help to promote the town’s heritage attractions including Dorset County Museum, Shire Hall and the Keep Military Museum.

Beaminster Town Council

A one-off grant of £70,000 has been awarded to Beaminster Town Council to support the provision of a new public toilet in Beaminster – plans are at an early stage.

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Anti-FGM bill being blocked by MP Chope 'appalling'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sun, 02/10/2019 - 13:19
Cabinet minister Liz Truss says a Tory MP who blocked anti-FGM legislation must change his mind.
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