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Driver who hit a pedestrian gets pub and club ban

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: Weymouth Magistrates' Court

12:20pm Tuesday 1st September 2015

A DRIVER who hit a pedestrian after being rejected by a woman he was chatting up has been banned from all pubs and nightclubs in Dorset for three months.

Dorset teacher heading for Rio in round the world yacht race

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

1:50pm Tuesday 1st September 2015

A DORSET schoolteacher is heading for Rio after securing a spot on the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

Weymouth Carnival float winners revealed

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: Weymouth Carnival 2015 - Derek and Pat Dawson in the Bat Mobile - 190815, Picture GRAHAM HUNT HG13400 (36011522)

6:43am Wednesday 26th August 2015

PATIENCE paid off for those who braved the rain to take part in the Weymouth Carnival procession.

Councillors throw their weight behind national campaign to clamp down on tax dodgers

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

12:00pm Tuesday 13th January 2015

COUNCILLORS in West Dorset have thrown their weight behind a national initiative to end tax dodging.

Chiefs urged to resign over waste partnership 'fiasco'

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

5:00am Tuesday 13th January 2015

CALLS are being made for senior management figures to step down over the Dorset Waste Partnership ‘fiasco’.

Hundreds at talk to see Baghdad’s vicar

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

2:00pm Monday 12th January 2015

MORE than 600 people attended a talk in Dorset by Canon Andrew White, the Vicar of Baghdad.

Help at hand for the hard-up and hungry

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

1:00pm Saturday 10th January 2015

FOR a small army of volunteers, Tuesday evenings mean one thing: serving a warm meal and a queue of hungry mouths.

Government to cut £14m of council's funding if emergency hospital admissions aren’t reduced

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

2:00pm Friday 9th January 2015

DORSET County Council has accused the government of ‘moving the goalposts’ after a move to cut funding by over £14million if emergency hospital admissions are not reduced.

£27m Navy deal brings up to 30 new jobs to Weymouth

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

5:00am Wednesday 7th January 2015

Dozens of new jobs are to be created after a Weymouth-based firm won a Royal Navy contract worth £27m.

Dorset Historic Churches Trust raises record £79,000 through Ride+Stride event

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

4:00pm Monday 5th January 2015

DORSET Historic Churches Trust is celebrating raising a record-breaking £79,000 during its annual fundraising Ride+Stride event in September – £3,000 more than the previous year’s amount.

Youngsters on course for top sailing prize

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

12:00pm Friday 2nd January 2015

TWO teenagers are in the running to win a place aboard a round the world yacht race thanks to a Dorset-based charity.

Loving couple celebrate sixty years of marriage

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

10:00am Thursday 1st January 2015

A DORCHESTER couple are celebrating a special anniversary today.

Dorset County Council stands firm on Navitus Bay wind farm plans

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

12:00pm Wednesday 31st December 2014

DORSET County Council is continuing to oppose the Navitus Bay wind farm plans despite an offer to reduce the number of turbines from 194 to 85.

My three months living on the streets of Weymouth and how I turned my life around- One man’s inspirational story

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

8:00am Wednesday 31st December 2014

WHAT do you do if you see a homeless person on the streets? Give them money? Buy them a cup of tea? Or walk past? Here, a Weymouth man who spent three months living rough in the town shares his story and talks exclusively to the Dorset Echo about how he turned his life around

Charity teams up with Portland Museum to mark Dorset's maritime history

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

1:33pm Tuesday 30th December 2014

A WEYMOUTH charity is teaming up with Portland Museum to mark part of the county’s maritime history.

Community buses expanding route thanks to funding boost

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

12:23pm Tuesday 30th December 2014

A COMMUNITY bus service will be expanding its route to Dorchester thanks to a funding boost.

Get ready for the big party

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

6:00am Tuesday 30th December 2014

REVELLERS are gearing up to bring in the New Year in style.

WITH PICTURE GALLERY: Plucky swimmers take a dip for West Bay Boxing Day Swim

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

3:23pm Friday 26th December 2014

RAIN didn't stop play as more than 100 fundraisers took to the water in West Bay.

Meet Dorset County Hospital’s lifesavers this Christmas

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

12:00pm Tuesday 23rd December 2014

IT’S a wonderful time of year, but for the county’s emergency services, charities and organisations, Christmas can also be the busiest. This festive season, the Dorset Echo has been out and about with the people who keep the county going all year long. RACHEL STRETTON spends some time at Dorset County Hospital with the staff nursing patients back to health.

Attempt to smuggle goods into prison is foiled when mobile phone in package rings

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: Police are appealing for information after a teenager had his ear bitten off in an attack.

8:00am Monday 22nd December 2014

A PLOT to post mobile phones and drugs worth more than £23,000 into a Portland jail was foiled when the package began to ring.

Results published after the second year of trial badger cull

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

9:00am Sunday 21st December 2014

WILDLIFE campaigners have hit out against efforts to roll out the badger cull in Dorset after a trial showed it ‘could be effective’.

Give the gift of life this Christmas

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

12:00pm Saturday 20th December 2014

WHILE we all look forward to spending Christmas with loved ones and exchanging gifts, there are 81 people in Dorset desperately hoping for the gift of an organ.

Bags of festive joy for families thanks to two good causes

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

1:00pm Saturday 20th December 2014

DOZENS of Dorset families have been given a helping hand and a Happy Christmas thanks to a project jointly run by two good causes.

Bart's Bash raises more than £366,000 in memory of sailor Andrew Simpson

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

2:45pm Thursday 18th December 2014

A GLOBAL sailing race organised by a Weymouth and Portland based charity has raised more than £366,000.

Council must make savings of £1.7m before next financial year

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

5:30am Thursday 18th December 2014

DORSET County Council must find savings of £1.7m in order to balance the books ahead of the next financial year.

Dorset Echo campaign: Give a life for Christmas - become an organ donor

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

12:10am Monday 15th December 2014

WHILE we all look forward to spending Christmas with loved ones and exchanging gifts, there are 81 people in Dorset desperately hoping for the gift of an organ.

Plans for 340 homes unveiled

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

5:00am Saturday 13th December 2014

PLANS are going on display for hundreds of homes off Dorchester Road in Weymouth.

Tributes flood in for railway campaigner Moyra Cross

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

1:00pm Thursday 11th December 2014

TRIBUTES have been paid to a ‘devoted’ volunteer who campaigned for a Dorset steam railway for more than 40 years.

Container cafe plan rejected by council

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

5:30am Thursday 11th December 2014

COUNCILLORS have rejected an application for a food retail unit on the harbourside.

UPDATE: 'Mindless' vandals destroy Christmas tree which is centre of yearly charity celebration

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

1:23pm Tuesday 9th December 2014

A Christmas tree which is the centrepiece of a yearly charity event has been 'severely damaged' by 'mindless' vandals.

St Peter's lights up purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

3:00pm Monday 8th December 2014

DORCHESTER’S St Peter’s Church took on a different colour to kickstart an awareness month.

Warning after charger bought at market explodes

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

11:00am Monday 8th December 2014

A WARNING has been issued after a mobile phone charger bought at Bowleaze market exploded.

X Factor star Stevi Ritchie on his Weymouth panto past

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

2:00pm Friday 28th November 2014

THE X Factor’s Stevi Ritchie, all-round entertainer and Simon Cowell’s Harvester dinner date, tells Rachel Stretton how Weymouth was the perfect launch pad for his showbiz career

Community rallies to help girl with rare genetic condition

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

6:00am Friday 28th November 2014

A COMMUNITY is pulling together to help a special little girl who suffers from a rare genetic condition.

National campaign group joins fight to restore access to Castle Cove Beach

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

5:00am Tuesday 25th November 2014

THE issue of access at a Weymouth beach is one of national importance, according to the head of a campaign group.

World War One truce tribute

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

2:00pm Monday 24th November 2014

A SPECIAL moment in First World War history will be commemorated in a community event organised by Weymouth and Portland churches.

National campaign group joins fight to restore access to Castle Cove Beach

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: Castle Cove beach

10:49am Monday 24th November 2014

A NATIONAL organisation which fights for public access to open spaces has thrown its weight behind the campaign to restore the steps at Castle Cove Beach.

Health workers set to strike over pay and conditions

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

6:00am Friday 21st November 2014

HEALTH workers in Dorset are set to strike again in an ongoing row over pay and conditions.

Challenge was a piece of cake for bakers

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

12:00pm Wednesday 19th November 2014

BAKERS young and old put on their aprons to take part in the second annual Great Broadwey Bake Off.

Wildlife lovers urged to be vigilant after bird flu outbreak

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

6:00am Tuesday 18th November 2014

DORSET wildlife lovers are being urged to be vigilant after an outbreak of bird flu in Yorkshire.

Art is the star attraction

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

2:00pm Monday 17th November 2014

VISITORS to Salisbury Cathedral will be greeted by a new Christmas-themed light installation.

Housing system condemned after family of five left sharing one-room for three months

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

6:00am Tuesday 18th November 2014

A COUPLE have condemned the housing system after they and their three daughters have been left sharing one room for three months.

Mother urges mobility scooter users to drive safely after collision leaves her with dislocated knee

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

8:00am Monday 17th November 2014

A MOTHER is calling on mobility scooter users to drive safely after an accident left her with a dislocated knee.

Southill fireworks go with a bang despite torrential rain

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

11:11am Sunday 16th November 2014

CROWDS turned out to watch a community fireworks event despite torrential rain.

Blackadder Dining Experience, Laughlines, Weymouth Pavilion

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

2:00pm Friday 14th November 2014

Blackadder Dining Experience Laughlines Weymouth Pavilion

Finding the families of war heroes who served aboard the HMS Ajax

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

11:14am Wednesday 12th November 2014

LOCAL knowledge proved crucial when a Portland man was tasked to track down the descendants of war heroes who served aboard the HMS Ajax.

Councillors pledge cash to support funding project

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

12:00pm Monday 10th November 2014

COUNCILLORS have pledged to support a rural funding project that could give a £1.7m boost to the economy.

Dorset countryside to get part of £500m fund to reduce visual impact of power lines

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

8:29am Monday 10th November 2014

DORSET is set to benefit from part of a £500m fund available to reduce the visual impact of power lines in protected landscapes.

Councillors swear to tackle the problem of rogue landlords

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: CONCERN: Weymouth and Portland Council Offices,

12:00pm Friday 7th November 2014

COUNCILLORS have sworn to crackdown on rogue landlords as it emerged that half of some types of properties fall below a national standard on decent homes.

Alcohol licence granted at Thomas Hardy visitor centre

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

4:09pm Thursday 6th November 2014

COUNCILLORS have granted a controversial application to allow alcohol to be served at a visitor centre near Thomas Hardy's birthplace.

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