• Swimming: Seahorse Challenge an instant success

    SUNDAY'S inaugural Seahorse Challenge open water race in Studland Bay has been voted an unqualified success after attracting a high-class field of 93 swimmers. Organisers East Dorset Open Water SC say they are thinking of increasing the maximum entry

  • Gyrocopter crash in North Dorset village was tragic accident

    A BLANDFORD man killed when his gyrocopter dropped out of the sky died as the result of a tragic accident, a coroner has ruled. Brian Errington-Weddle, 57, suffered multiple injuries after his gyrocopter crashed in a field near the North Dorset

  • Help needed to pull a Boeing 737 - fancy the challenge?

    WOULD you like to help pull a 30,000kg Boeing 737-300 and raise money for charity at the same time? Teams and individuals are being urged to get involved in the Dorset Plane Pull at Bournemouth Helicopters, Bournemouth Airport, on Sunday

  • Swimming: More league laurels for dominant Otters

    FERNDOWN Otters retained their Southern Junior League title with a convincing victory that also maintained their longstanding record as the South West’s most consistent club. Otters recorded 20 wins and 15 second places in the final at Weston-super-Mare

  • Festival’s not all about air, you sea

    WHEN the hundreds of thousands of visitors descend on Bournemouth for this year’s Air Festival, chances are they will be too busy having fun to appreciate what goes on behind the scenes. But they will be in the presence of the biggest Royal

  • Bournemouth lifeguards rescue 12 from the sea in one day

    WEAK swimmers are being warned by lifeguards not to stray too far out into the sea after 12 people were rescued from the water in one day. RNLI lifeguards patrolling Bournemouth beach say three of those rescued on Sunday were in danger of drowning and

  • So who "won" E3?

    Microsoft Nintendo Sony This year felt like it was all about catch up for Sony and Microsoft. What can they do to tap into this mass market that Nintendo have managed to dominate? It was said by both companies when the Wii was launched

  • "Glastonbury changes your perspective on life"

    I arrived at Glastonbury to find a man writhing around on the floor like a mad dog. The top half of his body lay under the shade of his tent; the bottom half was exposed to the sun. He looked hot, ill and much like a piece of Barrat Nougat.

  • Bransgore cyclist Danny Lloyd is called up for Tour de France

    BRANSGORE professional racing cyclist Danny Lloyd has taken a step up in his career by being selected for the Tour de France. Lloyd received his call-up to the world’s greatest bike race, which starts with a prologue time trial in Rotterdam on Saturday

  • June 30: I'll never give up

    Leah lost her first tooth yesterday, she was so excited bless her. My baby is really growing up! Megan keeps pulling her teeth wanting to know when hers will be wobbly!!! I’m feeling a bit down lately, I think the chemo is taking its toll on my body

  • Super Speedy Paprika Lamb Skewers

    Super Speedy Paprika Lamb Skewers Serves 6 Cooking time: 12-16 minutes 675g lean lamb mince Salt and freshly milled black pepper 1 small red onion, peeled and finely chopped 1tbsp dried mixed herbs 1tbsp paprika powder In a large bowl,

  • Wines of the times: wines that smell as good as they taste

    Fancy a wine with a fantastic bouquet, that smells as good as it tastes? Try one of these... Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2008 £9.99 at Waitrose Hailing from the Eden Valley in Australia, this golden wine has heady and plump apricot aromas that demand

  • Athletics: Ryan's reward is a national silver

    Ryan Saunders finished runner-up in a thrilling finish to the England Athletics Under-20 1500m Championships. The Bournemouth AC star clocked three minutes 50.54 sec at Bedford, missing out on gold to Woodford Green’s Ronnie Sparke by just 0.16 sec,

  • Graham's glory in Seniors shoot-out

    MARATHON man Graham Butson won two epic play-offs on his way to securing the Dorset Seniors Championship at Broadstone. The home favourite came from dormy three down in the quarter-final to beat Meyrick Park’s Dave Barton at the first extra hole with

  • Woman injured in New Forest car crash dies

    THE woman severely injured in Sunday evening’s crash on the A35 road in the New Forest has died. It took firefighters from Burley, New Milton, Lymington and St Mary’s in Southampton about 90 minutes to extricate the seriously injured driver from the

  • Winter flight details from Bournemouth still up in the air

    PASSENGERS are still waiting to find out what is happening with Ryanair’s flights from Bournemouth after the airline announced it was slashing its winter capacity at UK airports. The low-cost airline, which has two aircraft based at the recently transformed

  • Help children in crisis

    Emergencies are unfolding for thousands of children around the world in countries as diverse as Kyrgyzstan, Niger and Kenya. Children are urgently in need of nutritional supplies, water and healthcare. This is wrong and UNICEF needs the help of your

  • Value for money from shopping trip

    Louise Kenchington comments on the cost of parking in Bournemouth town centre (Have Your Say, June 24). The lady tells the council to “get sensible with the charging”. May I point out that for just £1 shoppers can park for two hours in either the

  • Moving on despite claims of turmoil

    Further to the comments from opposition councillors on Bournemouth council concerning my colleagues and myself, it is important that the public understands that those who are the subject of investigations have been advised not to make any comment that

  • Red for danger at busy town crossing

    I am 31 weeks’ pregnant and have very nearly been run over twice at the set of traffic lights outside the Walkabout bar on Old Christchurch Road in Bournemouth. Thankfully, the drivers spotted I was crossing (at a red light) both times and were able

  • Try some new players but stick with Capello

    YES, England were dreadful. Yes, losing to the Germans was humiliating. And yes, it seems most of the nation are again calling for the manager’s head. But the Football Association must show some guts and stand by Fabio Capello. If the FA are to continue

  • Nice work vital in 21st century NHS

    Mr Russ expressed concern about the complicated mess that surrounds the prescribing of drugs (Have Your Say, June 25). Obviously it is shocking that well informed doctors are not allowed to use their expertise and judgement to prescribe, however the public

  • Arsonists blamed for Turbary Common fires

    Police are investigating a spate of fires on Bournemouth's Turbary Common last night (Tues). Firefighters were sent to West Howe at 10.15 pm after receiving more than 30 reports that heathland was alight. They tackled seven seperate

  • Wind of change a breath of fresh air

    In response to Cllr Tony Woodcock, (Have Your Say, June 26) it seems a breath of fresh air, pardon the pun, that offshore windfarms (miles off shore) are in the process taking off without too much hassle from those who do not want them to spoil their

  • Police charge 14 with drug offences in New Milton

    POLICE have charged 14 people with drug offences following early morning raids in New Milton on Tuesday. Eight men and six women will appear at Southampton Magistrates Court this morning. The warrants were executed as part of Operation Mercury, which

  • I won’t fund Sky high stars’ pay

    HAVING just witnessed yet another woefully inept display of football from the England team, I was so incensed by the poor display against the Germans that I thought “Yes – I’ve had enough”! I am a 73-year-old pensioner and a season ticket holder

  • Double trouble? No, double the cuddles!

    Nearly one in five mothers of multiple births develop post-natal depression – almost double the number of mothers of singletons Michelle Houldsworth, who lives with her husband and twin boys Jack and Connor in Poole, has had first-hand experience of

  • Morecambe: Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne

    The comic genius that was Eric Morecambe lives again thanks to the extraordinary talents of actor Bob Golding. Eight months after this one-man show first played the Tivoli it is back after touring the nation and winning critical acclaim in the West End

  • A good result against the Germans? You bet!

    THE majority of the nation may be mourning our worst ever World Cup defeat, but one die-hard England fan ended the game cheering on the Germans. Lee Churchill, a painter and decorator from Poole, is believed to be one of the few punters in England to

  • Will electorate be as forgiving?

    IT’S a privilege to be a councillor. It means the electorate trusted you to represent them, whatever their gender, colour or creed. And not only them but everyone in your ward. Sometimes, councillors – many hard-working – are privy to confidential

  • Lending us a helpful paw

    Their unconditional loyalty, carefree nature and ability to cheer you up with the wag of a tail are all attributes that have helped the pooch become man’s best friend. Yet for many owners, cuddly canines aren’t merely part of the family. Blind, deaf

  • Brothers in arms reunite at Blandford Camp

    FORMER army comrades have returned to the site of their basic training after 50 years. Mike Whitmarsh, 72, led a reunion of five former colleagues who trained at Blandford Camp in 1960 before completing their national service with the Royal Electrical

  • Gurkha boost for Blandford centre

    BLANDFORD’S threatened leisure centre has received a financial boost from the town’s Gurkha community. Soldiers and their wives serving at Blandford Camp with the famed Nepalese regiment raised nearly £770 for the leisure centre in Milldown Road. Cllr

  • Skills centre for Shaftesbury

    A skills centre for Shaftesbury has taken a step closer to reality. County, district, and town councils have joined forces with Yeovil College to draw up a blueprint for the centre. Town councillor Mick Hicks said the centre was vital if Shaftesbury

  • Woolf at the door

    HOME studio pop maestro Othello Woolf is due in Bournemouth on Sunday to play 60 Million Postcards with New Young Pony Club. Widely feted on XFM and in Clash magazine, Othello tinkers with the synth brilliance of Purple Rain-era Prince and adds a Bryan

  • "Barbecue explosion has ruined everything for me"

    TEENAGE burns victim Will Reynolds is home at last after life-threatening injuries kept him in a specialist hospital unit for nearly eight weeks. The 16-year-old suffered 50 per cent burns in an explosion at a barbecue, which set his clothes

  • Gardening makes children and grownups happy

    This week the Royal Horticultural Society, revealed results from a survey it carried out, questioning 1300 teachers and 10 schools, which taught gardening to its pupils, that gardening makes children happy and teaches them new skills. When

  • Tories reinstate racist texts row councillor

    A TORY councillor who admitted sending racist texts from his mobile phone has been reinstated by the board of the Conservative Party. Cllr Richard Powell, a 24-year-old language school consultant, was suspended after it was revealed that he

  • Sparring partners

    SHE might be only 5ft 3 and a half, but feisty Jo Frend can still pack a good punch when she needs to – just ask her husband Adam! For the couple, who have been together for eight years, are both martial art fanatics and they often have a sparring match

  • Summit meeting in bid to save Blandford's 'Crown Jewel'

    CAMPAIGNERS fighting to save “Blandford’s Crown Jewel” have come face-to-face with district planning chiefs. Members of the Bryanston Park Preservation Group (BPPG) recently held a summit meeting with planning bosses at North Dorset District Council

  • Open air class for Blandford

    AN “open air classroom” has been secured for Blandford. The town’s Rotarians, historians and school leaders have joined forces to take on a 25-year lease on Angus Wood – a lightly wooded area near White Cliff Mill Street. Rotarian Nic Nicol, the chairman

  • Blandford's big lunch

    A “big lunch” to boost good causes in Blandford is being held by the town’s new mayor. Cllr Esme Butler is inviting residents to join her at Woodhouse Gardens on Sunday July 18 in a bid to boost the funds of her chosen charities. Knees Up – an exercise

  • Opera night in Blandford

    A “night at the opera” is promised to visitors to Blandford’s Corn Exchange on Friday, July 30, when the Band of the Royal Corps of Signals performs operatic classics to boost the funds of local good causes. Tickets cost £7.50 in advance and £8.50 on

  • Pinter classic at Lighthouse

    LONDON Classic Theatre presents Harold Pinter’s classic The Caretaker at Lighthouse, Poole for three nights from Monday. First performed at The Arts Theatre, London in 1960, 50 years later this compelling study of loneliness and power games remains a

  • Pirates: Holder thought Cardiff GP dream was over

    CHRIS Holder believed his boyhood dream of riding at the Millennium Stadium had gone after his horror smash at Torun earlier this month. Pirates’ star was struck at high speed by Greg Hancock’s footrest after falling in the Grand Prix of Poland. The