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Knitted dolls made by RVS volunteers will be going on display at Dorchester Library as part of a celebration of the Royal Voluntary Service (formerly known as the WRVS) and its 80-year history.

The RVS display will run for two weeks from Monday 15 October, and it is hoped that many people will come and see what our generous...

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Dorchester Town Council has voted unanimously to object to the development of 3,500 houses north of Dorchester.

Planners from West Dorset District Council (WDDC), determined to meet new government housing quotas, are eyeing up the rolling downs north of the river to build the vast new scheme, which would be bigger than Poundbury.

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“You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”, as the song goes. This is what our local planners will discover if they pursue their intention of allocating a vast swathe of land north of Dorchester for housing in the revised Local Plan.

One of the most distinctive things about Dorchester is the sharp cut-off between...

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By Town Crier Alistair Chisholm

A planning application to develop north of Dorchester was turned down by a planning inspector in 1988 on the grounds of the area’s “timelessness”, cultural significance for Thomas Hardy’s writings and importance in Henry Moule’s paintings.

Nothing changes “timelessness” and its unique contribution to both the look and feel of Dorchester.

If you...

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A bid to build a huge new retail park on the site of Dorchester’s historic charter market has been quietly dropped by councillors.

But the market still looks set to be moved – with plans drawn up to relocate it to the Waitrose end of the Charles Street car park.

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There’s great news for Dorchester book-lovers. Julian Nangle, who, as many will remember, ran the much-lamented secondhand bookshop Words Etc in South Street a few years ago, has opened a new secondhand and antiquarian bookshop at 25 High East Street, Dorchester.

The new shop, Books Beyond Words, opened at the end of July, and is a...

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