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Planners refuse to back offshore wind farm over “significant harm” fears to Purbeck landscape and economy

Bournemouth Echo:

1:00pm Saturday 27th September 2014

PURBECK planning chiefs have refused to back the Navitus Bay offshore wind farm, arguing it will cause “significant adverse harm” to the landscape and could damage the area’s tourist economy.

Coach collides with level crossing at Wool

Bournemouth Echo: Campaign highlights level crossing risks

4:49pm Friday 26th September 2014

A COACH has been in collision with the level crossing at Wool.

Left on the verge of collapse - but Swanage Pier to be re-painted months after successful storm repairs

Bournemouth Echo:

4:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

SWANAGE Pier will be getting a new lick of paint tomorrow, thanks to staff from a Poole accountancy firm.

Grandmother still bringing in the harvest at age of 86

Bournemouth Echo:

7:52am Friday 26th September 2014

ONE Dorset great-grandma is still bringing in the harvest at 86.

Small Tortoiseshell butterfly fighting back despite cool August

Bournemouth Echo:

4:15pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

EXPERTS from the Purbeck-based Butterfly Conservation charity say one of the UK’s best-loved butterflies is continuing to fight back after years of declining numbers.

Oil and gas exploration work at California Quarry delayed for another year

Bournemouth Echo:

10:43am Monday 15th September 2014

PLANS for oil and gas exploration at California Quarry near Swanage have been postponed until winter 2015/16.

Corfe Castle’s under siege! full-scale re-enactment to wow the crowds

Bournemouth Echo:

1:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

A FULL scale re-enactment of the fall of Corfe Castle will top off a month of English Civil War-themed activities at the historic site.

VIDEO: Meet the real life banana man who's managed to grow the fruit in exotic... Swanage

Bournemouth Echo:

10:00am Monday 15th September 2014

KEEN gardener Martin Jones has been growing banana plants in his Swanage garden for the past decade – but he never thought the Purbeck climate would prove quite this fruitful.

GALLERY: Hundreds of runners set off from Swanage for the third Purbeck Marathon

Bournemouth Echo:

12:48pm Sunday 14th September 2014

RUNNERS from around the world came to Swanage to compete in the third Purbeck Marathon today.

Kayakers rescued at Old Harry Rocks

Bournemouth Echo:

10:38am Sunday 14th September 2014

SWANAGE Inshore Lifeboat was deployed after two kayakers called for help off Old Harry Rocks yesterday.

Get set, go: runners limber up for today's Purbeck Marathon

Bournemouth Echo:

8:00am Sunday 14th September 2014

AROUND 400 runners are set to line up at the start of the Purbeck Marathon this morning.

Coastguard helicopter rescues diver with decompression sickness near Swanage

Bournemouth Echo: UNDER THREAT: The Portland Coastguard helicopter

4:11pm Saturday 13th September 2014

A DIVER suffering from decompression sickness was rushed to Poole Hospital for emergency treatment after falling ill near Swanage.

Jailed: school taxi driver who raped girl sentenced to 13 years behind bars

Bournemouth Echo:

5:00am Friday 12th September 2014

A TAXI driver trusted by the county council to take children to school has been jailed for a string of historic sex offences against a young girl.

The race is on! UK's best-rated marathon across Purbeck hills and coast will be better than ever

Bournemouth Echo:

11:00am Friday 12th September 2014

THE clock is ticking down to the start of the eagerly-anticipated Purbeck Marathon, which takes place on Sunday.

Navitus Bay: planning process starts today

Bournemouth Echo: DIVISIVE: Navitus Bay has split opinions locally

10:15am Thursday 11th September 2014

THE planning process into the decision over the Navitus Bay wind park planned for off the Dorset coast gets under way today.

VIDEO: D-Day veterans presented with badge honours for bravery in Battle of Normandy

Bournemouth Echo:

9:23am Thursday 11th September 2014

FIVE World War II D-Day veterans from Swanage were presented with special commemorative badges at the town’s railway station on Monday.

Mixed fortunes for Britain's butterflies as small tortoiseshell numbers continue to rise

Bournemouth Echo: The small tortoiseshell butterfly

9:37am Thursday 11th September 2014

EXPERTS from the Purbeck-based Butterfly Conservation charity say one of the UK's best-loved butterflies is continuing to fight back after years of declining numbers.

Will new deal see Swanage Railway permanently reconnected with the mainline?

Bournemouth Echo:

11:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014

SWANAGE Railway bosses have secured a deal with County Hall that paves the way for a permanent reconnection to the mainline rail network.

Wareham landfill fire: disposable barbecue or used coals 'likely' cause, say investigators

Bournemouth Echo: Pictures of the fire at Trigon Landfill site in Wareham. Photo by Dorset Fire and Rescue Service.

11:39am Tuesday 9th September 2014

THE huge fire that blazed for three days at a landfill site near Wareham was likely to have started due to a discarded barbecue or used coals, investigators say.

Historic lease signed to link railway at Swanage and Corfe Castle to mainline at Wareham

Bournemouth Echo:

10:20am Tuesday 9th September 2014

SWANAGE Railway bosses have secured a deal with County Hall that paves the way for a permanent reconnection to the mainline rail network.

UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Pod of dolphins delight lucky sailors with aquatic display off Sandbanks

Bournemouth Echo:

9:50am Monday 8th September 2014

A POD of dolphins stunned lucky sailors with their aquatic acrobatics yesterday afternoon

Dragon’s Den star Duncan Bannatyne gives home brew firm a £40k boost

Bournemouth Echo:

2:00pm Monday 8th September 2014

A man from Wareham won £40,000-worth of investment for his home brewing company after starring on the BBC’s Dragon’s Den.

VIDEO AND GALLERY: Hundreds take to the saddle for the Rotary Dorset Bike Ride

Bournemouth Echo:

11:50am Monday 8th September 2014

HUNDREDS of cyclists took part in an epic charity challenge on Sunday to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

UPDATE: Hundreds of classic vehicles at Purbeck Transport Rally

Bournemouth Echo:

5:22pm Saturday 6th September 2014

CLASSIC four-wheeled and two-wheeled vehicles have been converging for the annual Purbeck Transport Rally.

UPDATE WITH GALLERY: Thousands enjoy Swanage Folk Festival

Bournemouth Echo:

4:30pm Saturday 6th September 2014

 THOUSANDS of people have lined the streets and seafront of Swanage for the annual folk music event.

Gentle walks to 12-mile hikes – come and enjoy beauty of Purbeck on foot

Bournemouth Echo:

3:00pm Saturday 6th September 2014

OVER 50 organised walks will be held later this month for residents to get a closer look at the beauty of Purbeck.

Hundreds to get in the saddle for popular Rotary Dorset Bike Ride

Bournemouth Echo:

10:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

MORE than 600 cyclists are expected to turn out for the annual Rotary Dorset Bike Ride in Wareham on Sunday.

Lytchett Minster School gets new head

Bournemouth Echo:

3:59pm Thursday 4th September 2014

LYTCHETT Minster School is starting the new academic year with a new headmaster at the helm.

Wareham landfill fire investigation underway after major blaze

Bournemouth Echo: Pictures of the fire at Trigon Landfill site in Wareham. Photo by Dorset Fire and Rescue Service.

11:06am Thursday 4th September 2014

THE cause of the huge landfill site fire at Wareham is under investigation after finally being extinguished following three days of drama.

Wareham landfill fire is out, say fire service

Bournemouth Echo: Pictures of the fire at Trigon Landfill site in Wareham. Photo by Dorset Fire and Rescue Service.

1:03pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

THE fire on a landfill site in Wareham which has been burning since Sunday afternoon is out.

'Great progress' made by fire crews at Wareham landfill fire

Bournemouth Echo:

8:03am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Firefighters have made 'great progress' tackling the Wareham landfill fire, chiefs say.

UPDATE: Wareham landfill blaze now under control after firefighters make "huge progress" over last 24 hours

Bournemouth Echo:

1:00pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A FIRE that raged for more than 24 hours at a Wareham landfill site is now under control.

VIDEO: Missing 11-year-old boy found safe and well down ditch after major search

Bournemouth Echo:

10:40am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A MISSING disabled boy was found down an eight-foot ditch after a home-owner saw pleas for information published by the Daily Echo's sister website.

Bitcoins welcome: Swanage newsagent becomes first in Dorset to accept digital payment

Bournemouth Echo:

7:00am Monday 1st September 2014

AN ENTERPRISING shop-owner from Swanage has become the only shop in Dorset to accept Bitcoins as a way of payment.

Man airlifted to Poole Hospital after accident at Harmans Cross

Bournemouth Echo: Police Road Closed Sign

7:50pm Saturday 30th August 2014

THE A351 Valley Road has reopened after being closed both ways due to an earlier crash.

See the view from the top of the tower

Bournemouth Echo:

2:00pm Friday 29th August 2014

ONE of Dorset’s best known landmarks Clavell Tower is open to the public from Saturday, September 13 to Sunday, September 14. Clavell Tower, near Wareham, is open to the public on both days between 10am and 4pm.

Streets of Swanage set to come alive with annual folk festival

Bournemouth Echo:

12:00pm Friday 29th August 2014

SWANAGE Folk Festival starts next Friday with thousands of people expected to attend the weekend event.

UPDATE: Newlywed Brad Pitt launches new film Fury in Dorset on day marriage is confirmed

Bournemouth Echo:

5:10pm Thursday 28th August 2014

HOLLYWOOD heart-throb Brad Pitt chose Dorset to launch his latest film.

Countdown is on for UK’s best marathon

Bournemouth Echo:

4:00pm Thursday 28th August 2014

THE countdown to the start of the third Purbeck Marathon is almost over.

No preferred sites for new homes in Swanage

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12:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A PUBLIC consultation into the preferred sites for future development in Swanage has revealed “no clear consensus” for where new homes should be built, says Purbeck District Council.

A35 shut after single-vehicle crash

Bournemouth Echo:

9:49am Monday 25th August 2014

The A35 was shut in both directions near Slepe as emergency services dealt with a single-vehicle crash this morning.

Super troupers set to mark 40th anniversary

Bournemouth Echo:

1:04pm Monday 25th August 2014

AN ABBA tribute show, marking 40-years since the Swedish stars first wowed Eurovision Song judges with their smash hit Waterloo, is coming to Swanage.

Volunteer locomotive driver features in Harbour Lives documentary

Bournemouth Echo:

12:00pm Monday 25th August 2014

A VOLUNTEER steam locomotive driver from the Swanage Railway was featured on ITV’s primetime Harbour Lives documentary.

First concert set to commemorate War

Bournemouth Echo:

11:02am Monday 25th August 2014

THE first concert in this year’s Purbeck Chamber Music Festival will be a Great War commemorative concert performed at Bovington’s Tank Museum.

Purbeck Folk Festival boosted by top acts

Bournemouth Echo:

5:32pm Sunday 24th August 2014

MUSIC fans flocked to the Purbeck Folk Festival this weekend.

Pregnant woman rescued by coastguard after fall at beauty spot

Bournemouth Echo: Coastguard control centre to close in 2014

8:25am Friday 22nd August 2014

A pregnant woman was rescued after she fell down steps and fractured her ankle.

Top acts, beer and fancy dress – get ready for Purbeck Folk Festival

Bournemouth Echo:

6:43pm Thursday 21st August 2014

BUMPER crowds are expected at The Purbeck Folk Festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Landscapes were the muse behind many of Enid Blyton’s books

Bournemouth Echo:

4:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

The Isle of Purbeck marks the start of one of the true natural wonders of the world - the mighty Jurassic Coast.

23 residents in need of relocation after care home fails to find buyer

Bournemouth Echo:

12:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A HOME near Wareham providing specialist care for adults with learning difficulties will close next month, leaving 23 residents in need of relocation.

Raft racing, music and stunts rounds off thrilling Swanage Lifeboat Week

Bournemouth Echo:

6:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

SWANAGE Lifeboat Week came to a fun-filled and thrilling conclusion on Sunday amid raft racing, live music and lifeboat stunts.

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