• Jamega Tour: Eagle-eyed Lee lands another second

    JAMEGA Tour leader Lee James strengthened his position at the top of the money list with a second successive runners-up cheque at Barnham Broom yesterday. The Salterns Marina-backed star won £1250 for a share of second place, on four-under-par

  • Swanage lifeboat coxswain invited to Royal garden party

    A STALWART of the lifeboat community will be swapping his waterproofs for something a bit more up market when he travels to Buckingham Palace next week. Martin Steeden, the volunteer coxswain of Swanage’s RNLI lifeboat station, was thrilled

  • Cliff win the battle of depleted sides

    WITH both Section One teams affected by Middleton Cup duties – Boscombe Cliff more so than Alexandra Park – Cliff had enough in reserve to win 10-4 (87-75). Bill Ashworth, John Cole, Brian Frith and David Halliday (30-17) were the stimulus for Cliff’

  • Phillips tips Ferndown for the title

    WINTON skipper Luke Phillips tasted defeat at the hands of leaders Cranborne – and then tipped Ferndown Wayfarers to win the Division One title. Cranborne’s comfortable six-wicket victory over newly-promoted Winton at Penny Lane saw them maintain a narrow

  • They're Bourne Brilliant

    THE stunning achievements of young people in Bournemouth were celebrated at an Oscars-style awards ceremony. Three finalists were selected in each of ten categories for the Bourne Brilliant event and all got the chance to be a star for the night at the

  • Will government make coastguard U-turn?

    A decision on the future of coastguard stations including Portland is expected to be made this week. The government could perform a U-turn over proposals to close coastguard stations following a fierce reaction from campaigners fearing lives

  • It was high time Tash said ‘yes’

    DAVID Devine combined his love for aviation with a special proposal for a very special lady. The 30-year-old from Branksome, Poole, organised a surprise flight on Friday evening to pop the question to his girlfriend Natasha White, 25.

  • County’s cameras will be cut back

    ROAD safety chiefs have confirmed a massive cut in the number of Dorset’s speed cameras after councils slashed their funding. The number of fixed cameras at “core” sites will drop from 37 to 15, while the number of mobile sites being regularly operated

  • Police appeal for motorist

    POLICE have renewed their appeal for help after a motorist failed to stop after a collision. They have released details of a car that is thought to be linked to the incident, in which a 21-year-old man cycling from Bradford Abbas to Sherborne

  • Ferndown Carnival proves a real hit

    CROWDS flocked to Ferndown on Saturday for the annual carnival. One of the biggest events of its kind in the county, more than 1,000 people took part – more than ever before, and many more came to watch. The procession set off around

  • Bournemouth woman: I stabbed my mum to death

    A BOURNEMOUTH woman has admitted stabbing her 69-year-old mother to death in the street. Ecila Henderson, 39, was charged with murder when her mother, retired teacher Rosemary Elaine Armstrong, was found dead outside a block of flats in Queensland

  • Arts University College fees are £700 higher

    AVERAGE tuition fees at the Arts University College will be around £700 higher than those at Bournemouth University from next year. The estimated average for the Arts University College is £8,600, while Bournemouth University will be charging an estimated

  • Seven's up for the Beckhams

    THE Beckhams have added to their roll-call of exotically named children with their latest addition. It was footballer Beckham who revealed her name on his Facebook page: “I am so proud and excited to announce the birth of our daughter Harper Seven Beckham

  • £5,000 reward to catch Glyn's killer

    A £5,000 reward has been offered over the death of “gentle giant” Glyn Helliwell. And in a “major development” yesterday afternoon, detectives found what they believe to be Mr Helliwell’s missing mobile phone at a business in Colville Road,

  • Dreamboats and Petticoats back at the Pavilion

    The smash hit musical Dreamboats and Petticoats is heading to the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre from August 15 to August 27. The original tour premiered in February 2009 at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley to rave critical reviews and widespread audience

  • Dick and Dom coming to the castle for Camp Bestival

    WITH just over three weeks to go until Camp Bestival at Lulworth Castle, it’s been announced that kids TV legends Dick and Dom will be joining this year’s bill. The music festival runs from July 28 - 31 with headline performances from Blondie, Mark

  • Coastguard rescue helicopter is saved

    PORTLAND’S coastguard search and rescue helicopter has been saved. The helicopter’s future has been secured under a new contract that could last until 2018, the government has confirmed. The future of the island’s helicopter Rescue 106 has been under

  • A royal visit from Princess Alexandra 50 years ago

    POOLE Hospital has celebrated 50 years since the first brick was laid on its A Block. Princess Alexandra laid the foundation stone for one of the hospital’s four main ward blocks back in 1961. On opening, the block housed six 30-bed

  • You'll never hear me complaining

    I CANNOT understand why pensioners are constantly complaining about the buses. l am 68 years of age and have a bus pass but this cannot be used after 11pm which means that every time I visit a nightclub until 4 am l have to get home at my own expense

  • I wish that I was in their shoes

    I HAD the occasion to drive through to Bournemouth at around 6.30 on Saturday morning. Unbelievable the amount of young people meandering, some staggering along obviously back to where they live some only dressed in remnants of what they were wearing

  • Thin end of the wedge...again

    WITH regards to Alan Gerault’s letter dated July 9, the same sneaky tactics have been used on vulnerable minorities before. Some call it the thin end of the wedge strategy. As an example, I recall some years ago when another minority group of people

  • I thought it would be more painful

    FOLLOWING doctor’s advice, I finally decided to have a trip to Poole Hospital’s accident and emergency department to be checked over following an elbow injury sustained six weeks ago. Typically waiting times can be huge for A&E, so I rang beforehand to

  • Did you have a nice hospital visit?

    ON arrival at Poole Hospital we entered the multi-storey car park, and on extracting a ticket from the machine, the words came on the screen “Welcome to Poole Hospital”. On our departure six hours later, after having blood transfusions and first emptying

  • Fame and the name game

    OUR daughter’s middle name is Fairlie. She was named after a close friend who has that forename and we think it’s beautiful if unusual. But why on earth would you give your child a number for a name? Like Seven? Like the Beckhams have?

  • Public enquiry starts today

    THE article in Saturday’s Echo (Heathland Versus Housing at Enquiry) concerning the forthcoming Public Enquiry, mentions Poole Council’s statement that the Talbot Village development will ‘secure £9m worth of funds for the local area’. As this sum was

  • Just like a plot out of James Bond

    WE can only hope that the phone-hacking scandal is the last nail in the coffin for the Murdoch empire’s bid to gobble up BSkyB. The Murdochs have thrown the News of the World to the wolves in a cynically desperate attempt to shelter themselves from

  • Living in our Bermuda triangle

    I, LIKE Mrs Vacher whose excellent letter appeared on July 9, live in an area of BH9 which is rapidly becoming an “Amenties Bermuda Triangle”. In the last few years all post offices and banks within an able-bodied person’s walking distance have disappeared

  • Councillor denies inappropriate behaviour claim

    A SENIOR Bournemouth councillor is under investigation for “unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature”. A complaint has been made against Conservative cabinet member Rob Lawton, which has been referred for investigation. Cllr Lawton vigorously

  • Southern Cross staff and residents ponder homes’ future

    STAFF and residents of three care homes in Christchurch are among thousands of people unsure about their future after Southern Cross announced plans to shut down. The cash-strapped operator, which has 752 homes and 31,000 residents, is to close

  • Walbridge slams batsmen after away reverse

    SEAN Walbridge pulled no punches after watching Dorset crash to an eight-wicket defeat against Western Division rivals Herefordshire – their first away reverse in the Minor Counties for almost four years. The reigning champions, who last lost on the

  • Cherries: Holder-Spooner set for Magna run-out

    BOSS Lee Bradbury will run the rule over a trio of trialists when Cherries kick off their pre-season campaign at Hamworthy Recreation tonight (6.30pm). Wingers Jordace Holder-Spooner and Ivan Forbes will be joined by attacking midfielder Sofiane

  • Repair cost estimates put library on hit list

    DON’T shut our library because of overblown repair estimates. That’s the plea from readers at Colehill Library, which is still being considered for closure by Dorset County Council. Friends of Colehill Library chairman Derek Henderson believes a £66,050

  • Cherries: Bradders looking forward to keeper battle

    CHERRIES boss Lee Bradbury is anticipating a battle royale as the gloves come off in the duel for the number one spot at the Seward Stadium. Bradbury knows current first choice Shwan Jalal and new signing Darryl Flahavan will both rise to

  • Speedway: Middlo's boys Pole-axed in Lynn

    NEIL Middleditch probably knows a little about how Andy Murray and the England football team feel, as Poland simply stared in the face of immense British expectation and laughed at it last night. Tomasz Gollob’s men are speedway’s equivalent of Rafael