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Illuminating time at historic castle

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

3:30pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

CORFE Castle is being illuminated by Christmas lights for the first time in its 1,000 year history.

Legal lifeline thrown for shooting school

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

12:00pm Monday 15th December 2014

PURBECK Shooting School has been thrown a High Court lifeline by one of the country’s top judges.

New solar farm will generate enough electricity to power 1,500 homes

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

1:00pm Monday 24th November 2014

PLANNING chiefs have given the green light for a 20-hectare solar farm on land currently used as a Christmas tree plantation north of Wareham.

Hospital to stay open in shake-up

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

12:00pm Monday 13th October 2014

SWANAGE Hospital will not close under the proposed Purbeck healthcare shake-up, it has been announced.

Take a stand against cancer

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

3:00pm Friday 10th October 2014

A cancer patient who was given just months to live last April is determined to fight on so he can celebrate his tenth wedding anniversary.

Bovington Tank Museum's heavyweight stars of new Brad Pitt film showcased at exhibition

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

6:30am Tuesday 7th October 2014

AN EXHIBITION showcasing Bovington Tank Museum’s “integral” role in Brad Pitt’s latest Hollywood Second World War blockbuster is preparing to launch.

The butterfly coming back from the brink

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

2:00pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

EXPERTS from the Purbeck-based Butterfly Conservation charity say one of the UK’s best-loved butterflies is continuing to fight back after years of declining numbers.

Musical feast for folk lovers

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

10:12am Friday 22nd August 2014

BUMPER crowds are expected at The Purbeck Folk Festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Fire service joins foodbank partnership to help struggling families

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

11:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

DORSET Fire and Rescue Service (DFRS) has launched a ‘Foodbanks and Fire’ partnership in a bid to help families across the county who are struggling to feed themselves.

In for a treat at dog fundraiser

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

10:35am Monday 21st July 2014

The biggest fundraising event of Margaret Green Animal Rescue’s (MGAR) year is set to take place next month.

Bands urged to enter Purbeck Folk Festival contest

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

12:00pm Thursday 10th July 2014

LIVE acts are being urged to set their sights on Purbeck Folk Festival’s annual talent contest this summer.

Tributes paid to man killed in collision

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: TRAGIC: Tributes lie by the side of the B3075 South Causeway near Wareham after a 29-year-old man was killed in a collision with a car

5:00am Tuesday 17th June 2014

TRIBUTES have been paid to a man killed in a collision with a car yesterday.

Sunshine, beer and trains - all in the name of charity

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: ALL ABOARD: Enthusiasts arrive for the annual Diesel Gala and Dorset Beer Festival.

1:00pm Friday 16th May 2014

BUMPER crowds attended the Swanage Railway annual three-day Diesel Gala and Beer Festival.

Volunteers receive awards for 'exceptional' community work

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: WELL DONE: Volunteers with their awards

3:00pm Monday 7th April 2014

ELEVEN volunteers from across Purbeck have been honoured at a special reception for the ‘exceptional work’ they do in the community.

Landowner’s joy as High Court upholds decision to give wind farm green light

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: APPROVED: The Alaska Wind Farm

2:00pm Saturday 5th April 2014

THE landowner of Purbeck’s Alaska Wind Farm site has spoken out following the High Court ruling that effectively ended the legal challenge against the project.

Seven fire death danger factors identified in report

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: Seven fire death danger factors identified in report

11:00am Friday 14th March 2014

A REPORT compiled by the South West Fire Investigation Group has identified seven factors linking most home fire deaths in the region.

Expert speaks out against legal primate pet trade

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: WELFARE PROBLEMS: Dr Alison Cronin with a baby monkey

1:00pm Monday 10th February 2014

MONKEY World director Dr Alison Cronin has told MPs the UK’s legal primate pet trade represents a ‘huge and significant’ problem for animal welfare.

Motorbike santas ride out for charity 'Mistletoe Run'

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: HO, HO, HO AND HERE WE GO: Motorbike riders dressed as Santa Claus and other festive characters take on the ‘Mistletoe Run’ in aid of the air ambulance

4:00pm Thursday 2nd January 2014

AROUND 90 bikers, many of them dressed in festive costumes, took part in the annual ‘Mistletoe Run’ through Purbeck.

Boost to aid Chalkhill Blue butterfly at Durlston Country Park

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: CASH BOOST: Chalkhill Blue butterfly

12:00pm Saturday 28th December 2013

DURLSTON Country Park has secured almost £10,000 of funding to help reverse the decline of a “much loved jewel of the grasslands”.

New round of 'drop-ins' for Navitus Bay wind farm announced

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: TURNOUT: Wind farm protesters at Swanage.

5:40am Tuesday 24th December 2013

THE company behind the controversial Navitus Bay wind farm proposal has announced another round of public events.

Updated: Cave death victim's body remains unrecovered

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: The Coastguard helicopter searches at Durlston Head

10:20am Tuesday 5th November 2013

THE body of a woman who died in a cave at a Purbeck beauty spot at the weekend remains unrecovered.

Sparkler ban at bonfire event

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: The Bovingdon display will be sparkler free

10:49am Friday 1st November 2013

FAMILIES attending a fireworks extravaganza run by The Tank Museum at Bovington have been banned from using sparklers.

New £8m luxury care home, which boasts a hairdressers and cinema, opens in Poole

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: The first resident at Potteries Care Home Mrs Eileen Williams, 87, with Poole’s mayor Cllr Philip Eades cutting the ribbon to open the new facility

2:00pm Monday 21st October 2013

A NEW £8million luxury care home has opened in Poole.

Former Beirut hostage falls foul of health and safety regulations

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: TANK YOU: John McCarthy sits on the tank which escorted him to meet the students at The Purbeck School

12:00pm Tuesday 15th October 2013

HE MAY have survived more than five years in captivity, but even former Beirut hostage John McCarthy failed to triumph over the dreaded health and safety regulations.

High achiever for charity

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: Bryan Proudly descends during his tandem parachute jump

2:00pm Friday 11th October 2013

TWO daredevils have completed a 15,000ft charity skydive in aid of Swanage St Mark’s Primary School.

Find in Dorset field leads to quest to discover medal owner

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: WARTIME FIND: Jason Carter-Jones with the medal

12:00pm Friday 11th October 2013

A TREASURE hunter is anxious to trace relatives of a Great War veteran following a historic find in a Dorset field. Metal detector enthusiast Jason Carter-Jones uncovered the First World War medal, with the name HG Bristow inscribed, on land at Langton Matravers.

Farmer Palmer co-owner to appear on Come Dine with Me

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: Farmer Palmer co-owner to appear on Come Dine with Me

12:00pm Wednesday 25th September 2013

THE co-owner of Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park is hoping to wow his fellow hosts on the hit TV show Come Dine With Me.

Brave Sophia, 7, cuts her locks to help children with cancer

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: HAVING THE CHOP: Sophia Gray, 7, with Salon owner Ruth seaman, her brother Stephen, 10, and mother Laura

10:00am Saturday 18th May 2013

BRAVE seven-year-old Sophia Gray astonished her mum after asking to have her hair chopped off to help children with cancer.

Disabled students' museum trip row

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: TRIP SETBACK:   Dorchester’s Prince of Wales School headteacher Peter Farrington with year one pupils.

11:00am Thursday 18th April 2013

A DISMAYED headteacher has cancelled his school’s annual museum trip after health and safety officials banned teaching staff from carrying disabled pupils up a flight of stairs.

Jeremy Paxman visits Bovington's Tank Museum

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: ACE OF SPADES: Jeremy Paxman with Museum Director Richard Smith, facilities manager Roy Hicks and Dawnus Construction project manager Stewart Spearman

6:00pm Thursday 25th October 2012

TOUGH talking Jeremy Paxman felt right at home digging the dirt during a visit to Bovington’s Tank Museum.

It’s all in a good cause

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: BIG EFFORT: Combat veterans completed a 200-mile cycle ride for Heroes Haven

4:30pm Thursday 18th October 2012

EIGHT combat veterans from the army’s gunnery school at Lulworth Camp have completed a tough 200-mile cycle ride for Swanage’s Heroes Haven charity.

Crowds set to flock to Bovington Tank Museum festival

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: Tanks of all sizes are on show at Bovington this weekend

4:30pm Friday 29th June 2012

BUMPER crowds are expected to flock to Bovington’s Tank Museum this weekend as the history of armoured warfare rumbles into life.

Sonia McColl celebrates ministerial support for park home owners' rights

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: Annette Brooke MP with Sonia McColl with campaigners at Downing Street

3:00pm Monday 28th May 2012

A DORSET woman who forced the fight for park home owners’ rights on to the political agenda has welcomed ministerial support for tough new laws.

Have your say on Dorset Coast

3:00pm Friday 2nd September 2011

A PUBLIC consultation that could result in a huge area of the Dorset coast being designated as a protected European marine site was launched today.

Britain's rarest spider released on to Arne's RSPB reserve

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4:00pm Sunday 14th August 2011

A SINISTER-looking creepy crawly is setting up home in Dorset.

Alastair Campbell pens poem for Bovington Middle School charity book

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: Alastair Campbell has written a poem about troubled times

1:00pm Monday 1st August 2011

FORMER Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell has penned a deeply personal poem, detailing his nervous breakdown, for a Bovington Middle School charity book.

Toy poodle survives a week lost in Wareham Forest

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: Karen Harvey with her toy poodle Billie

4:30pm Friday 17th June 2011

A TERRIFIED toy poodle has defied the odds and survived a week in Wareham Forest on her own.

Corfe Castle First School pupils enjoy Roman battle lessons

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: Children from Corfe Castle First School are put through their paces by Simon Stone  as they prepare for a mock Roman battle as part of their week long Roman lessons

5:30pm Wednesday 25th May 2011

HISTORY was brought alive for youngsters when they took part in a mock Roman battle.

Wind turbine scheme: Planning chiefs vote 'No'

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: Members of the Purbeck Environment Action Team (PEAT)

11:00am Friday 1st April 2011

PLANNING chiefs have dramatically ruled against a proposed £14m wind farm that would have changed the Dorset landscape for generations.

Developers confident of meeting East Stoke wind farm conditions

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: Terry Stewart of the CPRE and other protesters

3:00pm Saturday 19th February 2011

DEVELOPERS are confident of meeting the ‘challenging conditions’ imposed for a controversial £14million wind farm.

Leeson House is reprieved

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: Leeson House Field Studies Centre manager Barry Cullimore

1:10pm Saturday 9th January 2010

SIX years after staring into the abyss, the threat of closure has lifted at outdoor education centre Leeson House.

Dorset farm deliveries “severely hampered”

11:20am Wednesday 6th January 2010

SUB ZERO temperatures are “severely hampering” deliveries to Dorset farms, union chiefs reveal.

Weymouth street attack victim says he's lucky to be alive

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: The scene minutes before the attack captured by CCTV cameras

8:59am Wednesday 15th July 2009

THE VICTIM of a brutal attack in a Weymouth street says he is lucky to be alive.

Footballer Ian Wright's team of young inmates to play at Portland festival

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: ALL WRIGHT ON THE DAY: Ian Wright has been filming a Sky TV series at Portland Young Offender Institution

8:56am Friday 10th July 2009

FOOTBALL legend Ian Wright will be cheering on this team of hardened young criminals at Portland tomorrow.

Weymouth lecturer to tackle charity Channel swim

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: Rachel Reed will attempt to swim the Channel

10:10am Thursday 9th July 2009

COLLEGE lecturer Rachel Reed is preparing to fulfil one of the more unusual childhood ambitions – a gruelling 22-mile swim across one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.

Fire chief praises heroism of neighbours after woman rescued from blaze

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: Dorset Fire and Rescue officers at the house fire

9:29am Tuesday 7th July 2009

TWO hero neighbours have been praised for rescuing a woman who was trapped in a burning house.

Crowds enjoy perfect start for Spirit of the Sea festival

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: Samatha Bryant from the International Boat Show is welcomed to the launch party by organisers and Gareth Peaston, Captain of the SS Shieldhall

10:10am Monday 6th July 2009

THE Spirit of the Sea festival enjoyed a perfect start, say organisers.

Coastguard alert after fossil hunter's accident

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: Coastguard sector boss Rob Sansom

9:50am Monday 6th July 2009

A COASTGUARD boss has warned of the dangers of fossil hunting after a man was injured by falling rocks at a Dorset beach.

Fire chief warns of danger caused by Weymouth's blocked roads

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: A fire engine struggles with double parking along a Weymouth street

12:00pm Thursday 2nd July 2009

LIVES could be at risk because of drivers blocking access along Weymouth’s narrow streets.

Diamond anniversary delight for Osmington Mills couple

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: June and Reg Taylor

1:50pm Wednesday 1st July 2009

THEY say the most successful relationships are built on strong foundations – and that’s something Reg and June Taylor know all about.

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