Category Archives: Community news


Hundreds of people turned out to watch the annual Dorchester Carnival on one of the hottest days of the year.

The theme this year was a Night at the Movies, and there was a dazzling array of colourful costumes on display in the carnival procession. The...

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The Crossways Writing for Fun group meets on a Thursday morning 10am to noon. Group members have lots of fun building up their writing skills. Although the group never intended to submit stories for publishing, it has happened and several have had their work published. However the sessions are simply about enjoying experimenting with...
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Twenty-five years ago Major-General Mark Bond officially opened the library at Crossways. In that same year, the war memorial was installed in the village to honour those who were stationed in Crossways during the two wars.

Also in that year, a young woman, Marilyn
Wheller, returned to the village where she was born.  Two...

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The Dorset WI’s Centenary celebrations begin on 27 January. A centenary baton will begin its 500-mile journey around the Dorset Federation of WIs and their 4,300 members, in the county where one of the first Women’s Institutes was formed at Wallisdown in autumn 1915.

The baton, started its journey in Anglesey, where the first WI meeting...

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Organisers of the Home-Start West Dorset Winter Ball, held at Athelhampton House near Dorchester recently, have raised £4,080 for the charity.

Helen Horsley, Senior Organiser of Home-Start West Dorset and co-organiser of the grand event, said: “The Winter Ball was our second ball; we were delighted when we beat the amount raised last time, plus we...

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Just under a year ago, two Dorchester mums set out to make a pipe-dream a reality – and now Munchkins Play Cafe in Dorchester is about to celebrate its first birthday.  

Born of a love of good coffee and cake and a good catch up with friends, Michelle Cheeseman and Mel Ford created Munchkins Play...

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