• Round-up: Defender Lynch dons keeper's gloves

    DEPLETED Verwood Town hammered Tadley Calleva 4-1 – despite being forced to field centre-half Chris Lynch in goal. The defender was called upon to don the gloves on Saturday as regular stopper Dan Fawcett was one of seven players unavailable to Potters

  • Shop owner denies police access to CCTV footage

    “THEY’RE not having it,” said an angry Philip Meek, after police asked for his CCTV footage. “They said they couldn’t use the footage in my case because it was inconclusive. “So why should I waste my time letting them look through 15 hours of footage

  • Celebrate Dorset's parklife

    PICNICS, nature trails, sunbathing, football, feeding the ducks or just plain running about – there really is no limit to what can be done at a park. To celebrate our wonderful open spaces, people in Dorset are being urged to hold an event

  • The organic farmer keeping old traditions alive

    IN many ways, Mark’s heroic sideburns are a metaphor for his approach to farming; admirably unconventional and defiantly old fashioned. “I get quite a lot of stick to be fair,” he says, as we walk through one of his fields. “People think

  • Our little neighbours in Portugal and their big past

    IF YOU thought that Portugal was all Algarve, Mateus Rose and Jose Mourinho you couldn’t be more wrong. They may be on their uppers now – the crunch has come because the government has failed to push through its austerity measures – but Portugal is a

  • Gillingham to celebrate Royal Wedding with street party

    ROYAL wedding fever is set to sweep Gillingham on Friday April 29 when the town holds a street party to celebrate the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton. Businesses have put up funding to create an event described by organisers as

  • Tributes to 'absolutely remarkable girl'

    TRIBUTES have been paid to an inspirational teenager “who left a mark on everyone who came across her”. The family of Natalie Keith, who died at home in Ensbury Park last week after a short illness, described the 14-year-old an “absolutely

  • Pirates: Dobrucki out, Doyle and Darcy back in

    PIRATES chief Matt Ford has re-declared his team after labelling the situation regarding Rafal Dobrucki “untenable.” Dobrucki, a Poole Castle Cover winter signing, is one of four Poles granted permission to ride on the controversial new silencers in

  • John Bishop BIC

    John Bishop, BIC By Patrick Gough JOHN Bishop effortlessly takes the step up from playing the Bournemouth Pavilion last year to filling two nights at the BIC this weekend. It just shows how ridiculously popular the Liverpudlian comedian has become

  • Roundabout to get £5.7m makeover

    FUNDING for £5.7million of works to Canford Bottom roundabout, part of the 2012 Olympic network, has been approved. Bosses at the Highways Agency officially got the cash to correct the traffic bottleneck between Wimborne and Ferndown this week. With

  • Death riddle becomes quest for clues

    THE mysterious death of a Bournemouth woman in Australia has become a quest for the truth. Deborah Anderson was found dead in a burned out car in a suburb of Perth in January 25, 2000. Firefighters discovered her charred body in a Ford

  • Royal Wedding shop window raises eyebrows

    IT’S nothing if not eye-catching. But this Royal Wedding window display at a Highcliffe charity shop is certainly attracting a few glances and raised eyebrows. The arrangement, dedicated to the impending nuptials of Kate and Wills, is currently adorning

  • Marina plans for Poole get backing

    SUPPORT has come for the contentious new marina proposed for Poole Harbour from a local body keen to maintain the maritime heritage. The 60-strong Poole unit of the Maritime Volunteer Service says it considers Poole Harbour Commissioners’ plans for a

  • Fire-hit charity Reclaims its place in business

    “LIKE a phoenix from the ashes, we’ll rise again.” Those were the words of horrified Dorset Reclaim staff as they watched the charity’s warehouse burn after an arson attack last year. Sure enough the organisation, which supplies low-income families

  • Nature diary- 22nd March 2011

    Our group naturalist George Dunkling, regularly records the flora and fauna on site. Here is his first diary entry for 2011. A mild day 17+ hazy sunshine, spent three hours on site mainly looking for insects and spiders to photograph. A few spring