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Piddle Valley now has its own neighbourhood plan. The plan was drawn up by local people in the parishes of Piddlehinton, Piddletrenthide and Alton Pancras, and agreed by Piddle Valley Parish Council.

After a consultation period a submission to an independent examiner was made in mid-2016.

Following feedback from the examiner, Piddle Valley worked with the district...

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Controversial plans to build up to 120 houses close to Wolfeton House on Strawberry Field at Charminster have been decisively turned down by councillors.

The scheme has been widely criticised on a number of grounds, not least its proximity to the grade I-listed manor house, whose historic setting has remained substantially unchanged for centuries.

In a packed...

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Campaigners have won their fight to keep two direct trains an hour to London from Dorchester and local villages on the line to Waterloo.

Changes proposed by new franchise holder South Western Railway included just one ‘fast’ train to London every hour, and a new stopping service to Portsmouth.

However, there was anger in the town at...

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It was May Day, International Workers’ Day – a very appropriate day to open the Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum because the Tolpuddle Martyrs were tried and sentenced here.

There was an air of anticipation as we waited for the blue doors to open and admit us to Dorchester’s newest attraction.

The first person in the queue,...

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Dressed in Dippy teeshirts and waving green flags, more than 250 children from Dorchester schools excitedly gathered in Brewery Square to bid farewell to Dippy the Diplodocus.

 The crowd paraded through the town, following the dinosaur footprints down South Street to Dorset County Museum, where the Natural History Museum’s iconic cast has amazed more than 140,000...

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Runners from all over the country will be heading for Dorchester at the end of May for the town’s second marathon.

The organisers are hoping that everyone in the county town and surrounding villages will give it as much support as they did for last year’s highly successful event.

The event is being staged by local groups...

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