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Dorchester has been left reeling by the shock announcement that the town’s prison is to close at the end of the year, putting around 100 jobs at risk.

The Victorian prison has developed a positive reputation in recent years – with an ongoing mentoring scheme involving local people helping to rehabilitate offenders.

However, the government says closing...

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It’s amazing what citizens can do when they get together, whether it is to make an event happen or to respond to a concern they share. Frack-Free Dorset is one such local example.

Oil companies have been issued with new licences that, subject to county council planning permission, give them the right to explore and develop...

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Transition Town Dorchester is one of well over a thousand Transition Town initiatives that have sprung up all over the world in the last few years.

So what is a Transition Town? These communities have started up projects in areas such as food, transport, energy, education, housing, and waste...

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Eco-homes in and around Dorchester will be open to visitors again this year, and this time homes in the Bridport area will be open, too. Altogether there will be 19 eco-homes available to visit. They are opening up to demonstrate how homes can be more comfortable, cheaper to run, and greener at the same time.


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The Education Team at Monkey World ape rescue centre near Wool were thrilled to receive their first ever Monkey Mobile, proudly sponsored by Westerly Dorchester.

An important part of the ethos of Monkey World is education. The education team visits groups, schools, holds assemblies, conducts guided tours and talks at the park, and teaches both children...

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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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