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LIFELINE: Prince Charles and Camilla at the opening

Pub’s shop is needed more than ever

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Almost a decade ago, Stourpaine lost its village shop and post office. Its inhabitants were facing a journey to Blandford to post letters, pick...
Owls’ home saved in £30k roof project

Owls’ home saved in £30k roof project

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Carpenters, tilers and scaffolders have swooped to the rescue of the beloved but endangered barn owls of Bere Marsh Farm and saved them from...
MAKING MEMORIES: Peter Fineman at his piano

Musical therapy for people with dementia moves online

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A north Dorset charity has switched its music sessions for people with dementia online to try and help lift spirits during the pandemic. Mindful...
School’s poppy day tribute to the fallen

School’s poppy day tribute to the fallen

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North Cadbury Primary School commemorated Remembrance Day 2020 with a Garden of Remembrance. The children placed the poppies in the front area of the school...

Scout fundraiser axed due to costs

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A paper recycling scheme that raised money for St Mary Gillingham Scout Group has been scrapped after more than 40 years after new owners...
HONOURED: The unveiling of the war memorial in Shillingstone and, below, erecting a Tommy memorial in Stalbridge

‘Bravest village’ crown rekindles war memories

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A public spat over siting a Tommy statue at Shillingstone war memorial has resurfaced a fascinating story of the village’s contribution in the First...
LIGHT DUTIES: The illuminated Blandford Woodhouse Gardens

Illuminated start to festive season

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Christmas is coming, and in Blandford it came early in the first week of November with the promised illumination of the Woodhouse Gardens which...
President of Blandford RBL branch Gyan Tamang places his wreath watched by trumpeter Geordie Thomson

Town pays its respects at service of Remembrance

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Blandford’s Remembrance Service was brought forward to November 4, the day before lockdown started, and held not in the Market Place but in the...

Council’s fund in bid to aid covid recovery

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Sherborne Town Council has launched a Community Pandemic Recovery Fund. As coronavirus restrictions begin to increase again, Sherborne Town Council is making funding available...
BRILLIANT MIND: Alan Turing aged 18

Stolen archives of Alan Turing returned to school

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Stolen memorabilia and accolades belonging to Second World War Bletchley Park code-breaker Alan Turing are to be returned to their rightful place at Sherborne...