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By Town Crier Alistair Chisholm

Let’s be clear on the important issues surrounding the much used word ‘development’.

Dorchester, like any other market town, cannot and should not aspire to stand still. Over the millennia and the centuries it has changed, and change will continue to be part of its future.

Dorchester’s unique setting of ‘town...

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A massive new expansion of Dorchester is being planned north of the River Frome in a move that would forever destroy the idyllic views of the countryside from the town centre.

Planners determined to meet new government housing quotas are eyeing up the rolling downs north of the river to build 3,500 new homes.

The move –...

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Voters are being invited to have their say in drawing up ward boundaries for the new Dorset Council.

In May, the government confirmed that local government in Dorset should change with the county and all other councils being replaced by two new councils. This includes a new Dorset Council.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England consultation...

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Revellers flocked to take part in Midsummer Madness – Dorchester’s rebranded summer carnival.

The day started off with workshops including costume-making and wheel-decorating at Brownsword Hall and the Corn Exchange.

More than 400 people from a wide variety of organisations took part in the walking parade, led by the New Hardy Players and their folk band Tatterdemalion,...

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More than 1,600 runners turned out to take part in this year’s Dorchester marathon and Casterbridge half-marathon.

The route took in villages to the east of Dorchester including Tincleton, Tolpuddle and Puddletown, with the races finishing at the Cokers Frome Farm on the outskirts of Dorchester

One of the runners who took part said, “Over the last...

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Wartime glamour came to The Old Tea House in Dorchester when owners Debbie and Derek Alley staged a 1940s charity tea party, complete with live music from the Land Girls and the GO Girls.


The event at the popular café in High West Street raised hundreds of...

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