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If you oppose the massive new housing estate planned for the scenic downland around Dorchester's water meadows, now's the chance to have your say.

The site, which would swallow up most of the showground, is on the edge of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The plan for 3,500 new homes – almost twice the size...

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Dorchester’s well-known Town Crier, Alistair Chisholm has won the Town Crying National Championships for the 10th time – equalling the record set in 1973 by Ben Johnson of Fowey.

Alistair-crier-winThe Town Criers’ National Championships are held each year in Hastings, where Alistair competed in two rounds, one giving...

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Hundreds of years of history went under the hammer at Athelhampton House as the auction of the house’s contents smashed records, realising almost £1.5 million.

AthelhamptonThe grade I-listed manor house, dating back to 1485, has been sold to economist Giles Keating (pictured) for £7 million. It is...

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Two local amateur dramatic groups have donated cash from their performances to Dorset County Hospital.

The New Hardy Players recently staged a production of Far from the Madding Crowd as a fundraiser for the hospital.

[caption id="attachment_7863" align="aligncenter" width="567"]Hardy-Players-cheque Howard Payton (centre) and Alison Payton (second from right) present...
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Dorchester’s Roman Town House has won a £248,000 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to improve access to and share its heritage with a much wider audience.

Cash from other bodies, too, including the Arts Development Company, will help the project deliver a range of improvements, including a new entrance to the Roman Town House...

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Hundreds of people commemorated the 75th anniversary of D-Day during October’s Portland at War weekend.

Members of the public were treated to the sights, sounds and even smells of wartime Britain as living history enthusiasts re-enacted Allied and German camps at the time of the D-Day landings in 1944.

The British and US camps in the grounds...

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