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Plans to cut direct trains to London from Dorchester to one an hour have been slammed by two Dorset councils.

Currently, weekday train services on the Weymouth to Waterloo line provide a twice-hourly direct service to London Waterloo.

New rail franchise holder South Western Railway is proposing to cut the service to one per hour,...

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By Alistair Chisholm

‘You’re passionate about this town, you want to preserve its heritage and you’re sceptical about Marks and Spencer’s.’ These were the points that Martin Hamilton, Strategic Director for the Dorset Councils Partnership, said he would be taking away from Dorchester Civic Society’s December meeting.

Mr Hamilton had been addressing the society on...

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Dorchester’s historic King’s Arms pub will not reopen until later this year due to further planning hold-ups over converting the historic grade II* listed building.

The former hotel has been bought by a company with strong connections to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage, which plans an extensive and sensitive refurbishment into a gastro-pub.

However the original plans to...

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Two students from Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester have raised funds for charity.

YoungFundraisers-Nov2017-WeldmarEmma Betts and Isabella White chose to fundraise for the volunteering section of their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.

They raised money by holding cake sales over school breaks and lunch times for three months,...

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More than 20,000 new homes could be built in western Dorset over the next 16 years.

That’s the target set by Opening Doors, and joint initiative by North Dorset District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.

To reach the 20,000 target, as set out in the Western Dorset Economic Growth Strategy, an...

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