The South West Dorset Multi Cultural Network encourages you to join them to remember the Holocaust

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 16:59

The South West Dorset Multi Cultural Network will be hosting their annual Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) Event.

This free event will be attended by local councillors, network members, local schools and organisations, and will take place at the Corn Exchange, High West Street, Dorchester on Friday 25 January 2019 between 12.30pm – 1.30pm.

All members of the local community are invited to join the commemoration. The event includes readings from local schools, poetry and music from network members.

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 is “Torn from Home” and marks the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda. It provides an opportunity for us to consider those who experienced the Holocaust and subsequent Genocides.

Hopefully this will help us all to better understand the past and act as an inspiration for the future. Students from Thomas Hardye School will reflect on the impact of the genocide, using Myanmar as a current example. Pupils from Sunninghill School will share the poetry they’ve been inspired to write in response to learning about the Holocaust and genocide.

The event will conclude with a lighting of candles, and a minute’s silence. Free refreshments will be served afterwards.

Mona Elkotory, Chair of the network, said “We are looking forward to our local community coming together to remember victims of the Holocaust and those whose lives have been affected by exclusion and hatred in subsequent genocides”.

Cllr Peter Shorland, Chairman of West Dorset District Council, said; “At this event we ask people to learn lessons from the past to create a safer, better future. It gives us a chance to reflect on how the enforced loss of a safe place to call ‘home’ is part of the trauma faced by anyone experiencing persecution and genocide”.

The Network would also like to extend their thanks to Dorchester Town Council who have kindly sponsored this event.

The Corn Exchange will open from midday to allow time to view exhibits before the event commences at 12.30. The South West Dorset Multicultural Network will be putting exhibitions up about the Holocaust in Dorchester library, Bridport library and Weymouth library.

Other events in Dorset taking place to commemorate the Holocaust include:
  • Weymouth and Portland

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council are holding a short Holocaust Memorial Ceremony hosted by the Mayor, Cllr Gill Taylor at Radipole Park Gardens on Friday 25th January at 10,30am. Everyone is welcome.  Details available from

  •  Dorchester

A play by James Still ‘And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank’ Corn Exchange on Friday 25 January at 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm) – £10 / £5 under 18s – More information from

  • Bournemouth and Poole

Holocaust Memorial Day on Sunday 27th January 2019 between 14.00 – 16:30, The Bournemouth and Poole Holocaust Memorial Day Committee are holding their Annual HMD event at the Lighthouse Poole.

Poole Museum has a Holocaust Memorial Display from 2nd January 2019 running until 2nd February 2019.

Further information can be found by visiting

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Grants for tennis and squash club

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 16:58

Improvements have been made at Dorchester Tennis and Squash Club.  

Grants for tennis club

The courts have been resurfaced and will re-open on 19 January. A £5,000 grant towards the costs was awarded to the club from West Dorset District Council’s Leisure Development Fund. Other grants were also awarded to the club by Sport England, Tesco, Dorset LTA and Pengillys Solicitors.

Mary Penfold, Community Enabling Portfolio Holder at West Dorset District Council, who will attend the opening ceremony at the new improved courts, said: “I am pleased that we have been able to help improve this valuable leisure facility. I hope people will have a great deal of fun playing on the resurfaced courts.”

Tennis Chairman, Keith Mason, said: “The project to improve the courts has gone extremely well. The feedback on the new surface across the age spectrum has been pleasingly positive. I’d like to thanks all our donors for supporting us.”

More information about the Tennis Club is available here. 

More information about funding for leisure projects is available here.


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5 ways our Family Information Directory can help you this January

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 14:19

The tree is down, the leftovers have been eaten (bar a few pesky mince pies) and it’s back to school/work after the excitement of the festive period. However, January doesn’t need to be all doom and gloom. The new year is a great time to try new things and indulge in some family time.

Our Family Information Directory is not only a great place to search for family essentials like childcare, you can also find exciting days out, new activities to try and social groups to join. Filter your searches by location, child’s age and more to get the best results for your family.

Here’s our top 5 things to look for in January:

  1. Get back to nature

We live in one of the most naturally beautiful counties the UK has to offer, but with busy lives it can be easy to forget what’s right on our doorstep.  ‘Nature and environment’ activities will help you to get the most out of our local area. Find out which Dorset beaches are dog friendly for your winter welly walk, or search for activity sessions that will nurture your child’s love of nature.

Search nature and environment

  1. Get crafty

Treat the budding artists in your family with ‘arts, crafts, cookery and media’ activities. Bring out your child’s creative side, help them learn new skills and discover a new hobby for 2019. You might even be able to use their creations as thoughtful gifts for friends, family or your own home!

Search arts, crafts, cookery & media

  1. Try a new sport or hobby

While a wintry walk can help with blowing out the cobwebs, sometimes the brutal January weather makes it impossible to get outside. Luckily, we have almost 50 listings for indoor sports and play, so staying in doesn’t have to mean keeping still! Try a new sport or let the children blow off some steam at an indoor playground to keep those January blues at bay.

Search indoor sports and play

  1. Try a parent and toddler group with a difference

You’ll find over 200 Dorset parent and toddler groups on the directory. The groups vary from traditional sessions, offering singalongs, toys and crafts to those offering something a little different, like outdoor learning in nature, or sessions in a second language. Find a group that suits you and enjoy meeting other parents while your child plays with new friends.

Search parent and toddler groups

  1. Seek some support

Whether you’re looking for specific help and guidance, or for more general social groups, you’ll find a wide range of parenting advice and support groups on the directory. Search over 300 parenting support listings on the directory and find the right one for your family’s needs.

Search parenting advice and support

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Get up to £2,000 with Tax-Free Childcare in 2019

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 14:15

If you have children under 12 years and work full- or part-time hours, you could get up to £2,000 a year per child, towards your childcare costs. For disabled children, you can claim for children under 17 years and could get up to £4,000 a year per child.

Check if you’re eligible to claim

How does Tax-Free Childcare work?

When you successfully apply for Tax-Free Childcare, you’ll open an online childcare account, which you will access via the website. For every £8 you pay in to your childcare account, the government will pay in £2, or £4 for disabled children.

You can pay money into your childcare account by:

  • • using a debit card
  • • setting up a standing order
  • • making a bank transfer

Other people, such as family members, can also pay in to your account by:

  • • bank transfer
  • • setting up a standing order
How do I use my childcare account to pay my childcare provider?

You will need to check that your chosen childcare provider is signed up to Tax-Free Childcare. Only registered or approved childcare providers can sign up to receive payments from parents who use Tax-Free Childcare.

Once your childcare provider is signed up, you can add them to your childcare account by clicking on the ‘Your Tax-Free Childcare account’ link on your account homepage. You can pay them directly through your childcare account and can also set up a regular payment on a chosen day each month.

When you apply, you’ll get a unique reference number for your child. You’ll need to give the reference number to your childcare provider so that they can match your payments to your child. You can find the reference number in your welcome pack by clicking the ‘secure messages’ link on your account homepage.

What childcare costs can I use the account to pay for?

Your childcare account can only be used to pay for childcare to cover hours while you are working, or for hours necessary to allow you to work. This includes childcare while you’re:

  • • working
  • • travelling to and from work
  • • sleeping (during the day) after a night shift
How do I apply and what will I need?

You can follow the online steps to check whether you’re eligible and apply for Tax-Free Childcare. You, and your partner if you have one, will need your:

  • • National Insurance number(s)
  • • details of one or more of the following – your UK Passport, tax credits, P60 or a recent payslip

In most cases, you’ll find out straight away if your application is successful. For some applications, HMRC may need to do extra checks, or request more information to confirm if you’re eligible.

If you don’t have access to the internet, you will need to call the childcare service helpline on 0300 123 4097 to apply.

What happens when I close my childcare account?

If you become ineligible or you wish to close your childcare account, you will be able to withdraw any money you have saved. You can’t withdraw money paid in by the government at this point and will only have access to funds that you have paid in to the account.

I’m not eligible, what other help can I get with childcare costs?

Visit to see all childcare funding options. You can use the online childcare calculator to find out which schemes work best for your family.

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Hillsborough trial: Fans 'failed by match chief'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 14:14
David Duckenfield contributed to the deaths of "wholly innocent" Liverpool fans, a court hears.
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Axed Dorset Police merger preparations cost £500k

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 10:10
Dorset Police had planned to merge services with Devon and Cornwall's force.
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Harry Redknapp revises Bournemouth hotel flats plan

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 08:39
Two previous proposals to demolish the Belgravia Hotel and build flats and homes have been refused.
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Mobile showers for homeless people in Bournemouth

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 00:14
The van has a shower installed so that homeless people can wash with hot water.
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Glenn Miller: Possible crash site investigated by US team

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 16:34
The disappearance of the musician's aircraft remains one of WW2's most enduring mysteries.
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Chesil Bank residents have chance to shape their community

Dorset Council News Feed - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:26

Residents of Chesil Bank have the opportunity to shape their community through the development of a Neighbourhood Plan.

West Dorset District Council has approved a request from Chesil Bank Parish Group Council (Incorporating the villages of Portesham, Abbotsbury, Langton Herring and Fleet) for the designation of a Neighbourhood Area, which is the first formal stage of preparing a plan.
A Neighbourhood Plan aims to give residents more control over their local area, when plans for new homes, shops and offices in their town or village are considered.

Once the plan is written, it will be consulted on locally and submitted to the district council for independent examination. It will also be subject to a local referendum to make sure it has the support of local people.

Cllr Ian Gardner, West Dorset District Council’s Planning Portfolio Holder, said: “The Neighbourhood Plan will allow residents of Chesil Bank to have more say and influence regarding development in their area.

“It is very important that local people get involved and help shape the future of their community.”

Those interested in helping with the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan can contact Mrs Michele Harding, parish clerk by email
Any parish council or parish meeting that might be interested in forming a neighbourhood plan should contact for more information.

Notes to Editors:

Neighbourhood plans were introduced in the Localism Act which Government passed in 2011.

In areas where there is a parish council, the parish council has been given the powers to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan. In other areas a neighbourhood forum must be designated for this purpose.

West Dorset District Council has a duty to provide technical advice and support to those communities who wish to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan. The district council is also responsible for approving the neighbourhood area.

More information on Neighbourhood Plans can be found at

Issued by West Dorset District Council’s Communications Team. For more information contact 01305 838079.

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Illegal fox kill claims: Dorset Police take no further action

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 11:27
Anti-hunt campaigners had claimed a fox was chased and killed by hounds from the Portman Hunt.
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Hillsborough disaster: David Duckenfield's trial due to begin

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 00:55
Match commander David Duckenfield denies gross negligence manslaughter over the deaths of 95 people.
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Man arrested after Verwood gas mains car crash and fire

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 01/12/2019 - 12:54
The man, 40, was arrested on suspicion of driving offences which led to a gas mains fire in Verwood.
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Campaigns for Members of Youth Parliament get underway

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 15:50

13 students across Dorset are campaigning to become the county’s next Members of Youth Parliament.

They will stand for election at the end of this month, with voting taking place in schools between 28 Jan – 1 Feb.

Two Members and two Deputy Members of Youth Parliament will be elected.

Students running for election are:

  • Emily Marshall, Weymouth College
  • Harry Howard, St Mary’s CofE Middle
  • Henry Slocombe, The Gryphon School
  • Holly Hayden The Gryphon School
  • Josie Whitmore, The Gryphon School
  • Imogen Watson, Budmouth College
  • Jamie Paterson, Sturminster Newtown High School
  • Lily Frenzen, St. Osmund’s Middle
  • Luke Mills, Dorchester Middle
  • Melissa Garanowako, Thomas Hardye School
  • Natalie Harper, Emmanuel Middle School
  • Shayla Kathrecha, Emmanuel Middle School
  • Rhys Jauncey, Wey Valley

Dorset County Council runs the campaign in conjunction with Participation People.

Cllr Andrew Parry, Cabinet member for Education, Learning and Skills said: “The UK Youth Parliament is a great opportunity for young people to have a strong democratic voice and a chance to have their say on the issues that matter to them and their peers.

“They will be engaging with fellow students as well as members of the public in making Dorset a better place and should be applauded for being prepared to serve and uphold the courage of their convictions.

“I am looking forward to meeting the elected MYPs and hearing their manifestos next month.”

Current Dorset MYP Laurence is running a period poverty campaign in schools, making sure girls have what they need when they need it. And together with Deputy MYP Matthew they championing Mental Heallh services across Dorset and have organised Dorset’s #YouthVoice Summit with 136 young people and decision makers to talk about community problems and how to fix them.

Deputy MYP Stasia Smith is also running a video campaign to help young people deal with exam stress and wants to encourage students to talk about how stress affects them together.

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New Play Equipment for a New Year

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 15:43

New play equipment will be installed in various sites across Weymouth.

Example of ‘springer’ play equipment

Elm Close Play Area will be the first to receive new equipment consisting of a roundabout, train and spring see saw, costing approximately £20K. The play area will be closed until Monday 21 January.

Southill Play Area will receive an entire new play set including a swing, roundabout, four seat spring see saw, metal pod swing, multi-play unit, springers and a new drainage system costing approximately £52K. The play area will be closed from Monday 14 January until Monday 4  February whilst the work takes place.

Pottery Lane Play Area will receive some updated play equipment, including a multi-play unit and a spring see saw, costing approximately £7.5K. Work will commence on Wednesday 23 January with the aim of being completed by Monday 4 February.

The completion dates of these play areas are weather dependent.

Councillor Kate Wheller, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Briefholder for Community Facilities, said; “This is very exciting news – what a great way to start the New Year. Play areas are so important to encourage active lifestyles and local children will benefit immensely from these improvements.”

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Yeovil Town: Chelsea's Josh Grant and Bournemouth's Alex Dobre join on loan

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 12:28
Yeovil Town sign Chelsea defender Josh Grant and Bournemouth winger Alex Dobre on loan until the end of the season.
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Askerswell has Neighbourhood Plan approved

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 12:15

Askerswell now has its own neighbourhood plan for the district council to make use of. 

The plan was drawn up by local people in the parish of Askerswell, and agreed by Askerswell Neighbourhood Forum.

The Neighbourhood Plan was submitted to the District Council in early 2018 before being recommended to proceed to Referendum by an independent examiner in August 2018.

After approval by West Dorset District Council’s Strategy Committee on 11 September 2018, a referendum was held on the plan.

The referendum, held on 21 November 2018, had a turnout of 45.65 per cent.

82.5 per cent voted in favour of West Dorset District Council using the neighbourhood plan to help make planning decisions in the Askerswell area.

As more than half of those voting were in favour of the plan, Askerswell Neighbourhood Plan was officially ‘made’ at West Dorset’s Full Council meeting on 10 January 2019.

The plan can be accessed via

Mark Roberts, West Dorset District Council’s Ward Member for Askerswell (Netherbury Ward), said:

“It is a great achievement to produce a plan with a small community of 140 residents.

“24 dedicated people took part in producing a Neighbourhood Plan that is supported by local residents, council and independent examiner. It has taken tremendous hard work and commitment and I congratulate everyone involved.”

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

“Neighbourhood plans give residents more say in the future use of land and buildings in their area.

“The Askerswell Neighbourhood Plan is the fifth to be approved In West Dorset and will now be used alongside our adopted local plan, when making planning decisions in the parish area.”

View the plan.

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Everton v Bournemouth

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 11:36
Preview followed by live coverage of Sunday's Premier League game between Everton and Bournemouth.
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'Failed fire doors' used in hundreds of Poole council houses

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 10:13
More than 800 doors of the type that failed fire safety tests are in use in Poole's council houses.
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Councils merger: BCP redundancies 'to exceed £1.5m'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 08:23
The £1.5m budget is for the current financial year with most redundancies happening after April.
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