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Dorchester’s own Oxford University student is currently setting up a brand new skills-enhancing project for the local community.

Hettie Burn, 19, has been planning the project as a catalyst to encourage people of all ages to share their skills, talents and ideas – whether they involve life skills or are run purely for fun.

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The Dorchester and District Lions have recently presented a £500 cheque to the West Dorset Swimming Club to help in its work with disabled children.

The swimming club is the latest beneficiary of the Lions annual fundraising Swimarathon, where sport for the disabled in the local community was chosen as its main good cause.

Swimming club treasurer...

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The Dorchester’s Business Improvement District (BID) must be more accountable if it wins a second term in this month’s voting.

That is the claim by town crier and local councillor Alistair Chisholm, who was instrumental in setting up the first BID in Dorchester.

The BID has come under fire for lack of transparency about how it spends...

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Campaigners fighting plans to build 1,000 new homes in a beautiful valley overlooked by Thomas Hardy’s former home, Max Gate, have won a temporary reprieve.

The site, known as Came View, lies between the Dorchester bypass and the Broadmayne road and was earmarked for housing in the draft Local Plan – which decides long-term planning strategy.

However,...

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Dorchester’s Business Improvement District (BID) has set out its case to win re-election by the town’s traders in June.

The scheme has to be voted on every five years, and raises a levy of roughly £100,000 per year from businesses to improve the town.

The BID has been under fire over the past couple of years, but...

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A new parking scheme could arrive in Dorchester this summer, revolutionising the way people pay for their car parking.

The pay-on-exit pilot scheme would do away with pay-and-display parking, and use the latest automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology to work out how long people have parked.

Shoppers would pay at a machine before leaving the car...

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