This issue of the Dorchester Voice marks the fifth anniversary of our launch as the town’s very own community magazine.

Every two months we aim to keep you in touch with everything that is going on in your local community. We now print 3,500 copies of the Voice, which you can find in the TIC, together with shops and pubs around the town and in local villages.

Whether it’s major issues of concern, such as the new housing development planned near Wolfeton House in this issue, or local community news from around the villages, you’ll find it in the Voice.

If you explore the magazine you will find in-depth articles on local history, such as the feature on surgeon Frederick Treves, together with folklore, highlights from the local arts scene, and comprehensive local what’s on listings.

You will notice a word I’m repeating a lot here: ‘local’. Because that’s what this magazine is all about. We set out not to compete with big commercial publishers, but to try to fill the void as they pull back from grassroots journalism and close local offices.

People want local news

We’re not alone. All over the UK a new breed of ‘hyperlocal’ community newspapers is proving people really do want local news.

Perhaps it’s hardly surprising in a world of increasing globalisation that people are turning back to their local communities for the things that really matter in life.

I must pay tribute to the people who helped start the Voice with me – Town Crier Alistair Chisholm, bookseller Julian Nangle, environmentalist Pete West, web designer Didier Sanjo and musician and local historian Jerry Bird. As for myself, I am a journalist with my roots in local newspapers.

Jerry and I now produce the Voice with help from ‘new girl’ Jill Bryant, while Alistair still makes a valuable contribution in every issue. Mention must also go to Sheena Dearness and my wife Jayne, who also play a vital role.

If you have any news you would like to see featured in the Voice, contact If you’re missing out, and would like copies of the Voice for your area, please let us know.

And to all our readers and advertisers, a massive thanks for your continued support!

Richard Reed, editor


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