Archive for ‘January, 2011’

New life for Dorset’s wild chalk rivers

WATER is flowing through a new Dorset chalk stream created as part of a project to restore the county’s alluring network of winterbournes. Six hundred and…

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BBC may launch Dorset breakfast radio show

THE BBC has pledged to start a breakfast radio show just for Dorset – IF it won’t badly affect Wessex FM – and IF the idea…

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Your Dorset: A Rant

SO, EVEN in these straitened times, Dorset County Council has still managed to bring us yet another edition of that little belter Your Dorset. A 16-page,…

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Dorset’s Digital Time Capsule launched

We have the chance to create and pass on to the future a record of the present realities of Dorset life. Let’s not miss it.

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£10m West Dorset solar farm could power 1000 homes

PROPOSALS are being unveiled today for West Dorset’s first solar farm, costing an estimated £10-12 million. Fifteen acres of photo-voltaic panels at Wyld Meadow Farm near Monkton…

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Praise for history of Bridport rope and net making

There are few, if any, other places in Britain that have been shaped for so long by one industry as Bridport has been by rope, net and twine. The trade probably dates back to the ninth century. Read Mr Sims detailed book and you’ll never look at Bridport and its surrounding villages in quite the same way ever again.

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Reviewed: The Pilot Boat, Lyme Regis

Michel Hooper-Immins feels well restored after a good lunch of Lyme Bay fish and some well-kept real ale.

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Green Party plots Bridport revival

THE GREEN PARTY is re-launching itself in Bridport. It’s hoping to attract new members who are fed up with Conservative-Liberal Democrat policies on social justice and…

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20 Dorset cider apples rediscovered

TWENTY varieties of traditional Dorset cider apple have been rediscovered by the award-winning Powerstock Cider Festival supremo Nick Poole and the renowned cider apple expert Liz Copas, author of A Somerset Pomona.

For the last four years Liz and Nick have been hunting through orchards, fields and gardens for apples that used to make Dorset cider.

In the case of Golden Ball from Netherbury, there was only one tree left. Marlpits Late Bittersweet may also have been unique. But no more.

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CAMRA West Dorset pub guide published

YOU KNOW the scenario – you’ve arrived in a place you don’t know well and you need to find a fine pint of real ale –…

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