Dorset

Covid-19: 49 new cases recorded in Dorset

There have been 49 new cases of coronavirus recorded in Dorset in the past 24 hours, according to the latest statistics. The latest government figures show 49 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the county in the 24 hours leading up to 4 p.m. on Friday June 11. In the …

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Dorchester is ready for the Cattistock fight

DORCHESTER captain James Dunham backed the defending champions to keep the winning train rolling ahead of a winless visit to Cattistock & Symene tomorrow (1pm). Dunham’s men lead the Dorset Funeral Plan Premier League by 16 points from Martinstown in second after successive wins. And with games against the Foxes …

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Win a book prize competition to celebrate Empathy Day LIVE!

Dorset Echo READERS can win a prize pack in a contest to celebrate Empathy Day LIVE! Empathy Day Live! returns for its fifth year today with a free digital program of events featuring some of the UK’s leading authors and illustrators including Michael Rosen, Cressida Cowell, Malorie Blackman, Michael Morpurgo, …

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The Dorset Theater Festival announces the winners of the 8th Annual Jean E. Miller Young Playwright Competition, a summer reading adventure club for young people

DORSET, Vermont (June 7, 2021) – The Dorset Theater Festival will welcome its 43rd summer season with two celebrations designed for local youth and their families. First, the community is invited to join in celebrating the winners of this year’s 8th Annual Jean E. Miller Young Playwrights Competition with a …

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Latest coronavirus: cases, deaths and vaccinations in Dorset

NEARLY 900,000 jabs have been given across Dorset, according to the latest figures. The number of coronavirus cases and deaths also remained low in Dorset throughout the past month. The most recent government data shows that no deaths from the coronavirus have yet been reported since May 3 in Dorset. …

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When you can see the Red Arrows fly over Dorset TODAY

The iconic Red Arrows will fly over Dorset as they take to the skies today (Saturday 5 June). The RAF Demonstration Team pilots will fly away from RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, after playing at the Midlands Air Festival, which takes place at Ragley Hall, Warwickshire this weekend. Agreement on military …

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Burglary at Gillingham Church

POLICE are investigating after burglars broke into a church in Dorset. Officers investigating the heist, which took place in Gillingham, are calling for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward. According to a police statement, it was discovered at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 3 that entry had been …

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Castle View residents give gifts to frontline workers

SHOCKING boxes and treats were delivered to “frontline heroes” by grateful nursing home residents and staff. Two residents of Castle View Care Home in Poundbury delivered baskets of treats to GP office staff to thank them for all the work they have done to keep people safe throughout the pandemic …

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10 signs you’ve lived in Dorset for a long time

OUR beautiful county is loved by locals and visitors alike and today is very special as it is Dorset Day. The annual event celebrates the feast of Dorset’s patron saint, Saint Wite, whose relics can be found in the Church of St Candida and Holy Cross at Whitchurch Canonicorum. Its …

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Fewer than 10 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Dorset

Fewer than 10 new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Dorset, according to the latest statistics. The latest government figures show six people tested positive for Covid-19 in the county in the 24 hours leading up to 4 p.m. on Monday, May 31. In the Dorset Council area, only …

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Coronavirus: two new cases confirmed in Dorset

ONLY two people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Dorset, according to the latest figures. The latest government figures show two new cases were recorded in Dorset in the last 24-hour period through Thursday 27 May. No new cases have been recorded in the Dorset Council area. As of March …

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Weymouth man arrested on suspicion of allotment brawl

A PENSIONER was arrested on suspicion of a fight after apparently ‘brandishing a knife’ against two people on a housing estate in Weymouth. Police were called on Tuesday after the man allegedly threatened people while in possession of a knife in the White Roughet housing estates on Barclay Road. The …

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Parkway Farm commercial site expansion plans, Dorchester

More business units are planned at the Duchy of Cornwall’s Parkway Farm business site in Dorchester. The 21 units, between Middle Farm Way and the town bypass, could provide increased employment for the area, if agreed. It is from Jade-Aden Services Ltd, based at Holton Heath Trading Park in Poole, …

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Huge fire destroys 16th century thatched cottage in Dorset

Huge fire destroys £ 900,000 thatched 16th-century cottage in Dorset, as wannabes raise £ 2,000 to help family renting National Trust property A fire broke out in a 16th century thatched cottage in the village of Pamphill, Dorset Firefighters said the roof and first floor were completely destroyed The family …

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Girl injured near Portland Bill Lighthouse

A YOUNG girl was taken to hospital after falling 10 feet on rocks and reportedly injuring her spine. Portland Coast Guard officers and Wyke Coast Guard rescue teams were called in to assist a child who had fallen near the Portland Bill Lighthouse at 1:16 p.m. yesterday afternoon. The girl …

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McDonald’s ‘Weymouth Animal Rebellion’ sticker

ANIMAL right protesters put up stickers at McDonald’s in Weymouth amid a day of nationwide blockade in the fast food chain. Animal Rebellion, sister organization of Extinction Rebellion, has blocked four of McDonald’s distribution centers, in a move that protectors say will impact around 1,300 restaurants. The group is asking …

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Both Dorset areas over three Covid-19 cases

Only two areas in Dorset have reported more than three active coronavirus cases, according to the latest figures. An interactive map, which uses data from Public Health England, shows how many people tested positive for the virus in each region of the county during the seven-day period through Sunday, May …

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Change of Dorset Council Covid test sites

LOCATIONS for Lateral Flow Device Covid testing in Dorset Council is changing. Free weekly LFD tests are available for Dorset Council residents, but some locations and operating times change for community testing sites. As of Monday, the Wimborne Town Football Club site is no longer available daily, but there will …

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Japanese knotweed hotspots in Dorset

The famous Japanese knotweed is known to be Britain’s most invasive plant and has just emerged from hibernation. Japanese knotweed has a bad reputation among horticulturalists and homeowners, as this incredibly invasive plant can damage property and land beyond recognition. The zombie-like plant can grow a whopping four inches per …

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No change in senior roles in Dorset Council

NO change at the top for Dorset Council – primary council roles are to all remain the same for another year. The annual board meeting, held Tuesday night, voted to return the entire Tory Cabinet – with Chairman Val Pothecary and Vice Chairman Mike Parkes. Cllr Spencer Flower, who has …

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Gillingham carnival canceled after ‘careful consideration’

The GILLINGHAM carnival will not take place this year after a “careful consideration” by its committee. Carnival, scheduled to take place on Saturday 9 October, is an annual event that sees carts and entertainers line the streets of Dorset town along with a funfair, children’s procession and duck race. His …

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Bridport woman kicked police officer

A WOMAN kicked a police officer after being arrested for spitting in a man’s face, a court has heard. Hephizibah Elspeth Watts, 29, confronted a group of people in Beaminster on New Years Day, where she coughed in their face and spat in the face of one of the victims, …

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How the Dorset brewery went green with its unsold beers

As pubs were closed across the UK, thousands of gallons of beer that had already been brewed passed their expiration date – meaning in many cases they were simply thrown away. But independent regional brewer Hall & Woodhouse has found a more sustainable solution to what to do with unsold …

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