March issue out noooow 🙂

Inside this issue you will find good people, good dogs, good horses, good motorbikes,...

March issue out noooow 🙂

Inside this issue you will find good people, good dogs, good horses, good motorbikes, good books (and good booky people) ... as well as...

Festal Evensong for St Joseph’s Day | Sherborne School

Tuesday 19th March, 6.30pm Sherborne School Chapel Join the Chamber Choir as they sing a Choral Evensong in the School's Chapel.Music by Lili Boulanger, Elizabeth Poston,...

Nourishing longevity

First Milk get the cream of Shaftesbury

BV Dairy, the globally successful third generation family business in Shaftesbury, has been sold to First Milk - a British farming co-operative.The Highnam family...

Dorset Council votes for tax hike on second homes

Dorset Councillors have agreed to impose a council tax premium on second homes in the county. The introduction of the 100% council tax premium...

Sturminster Marshall | Then and Now

The original toll round house stood in the angle between the Blandford and Wimborne roads, with the Poole road going off to the right....

A wander through Colehill Wimborne | POSTCARDS FROM A DORSET COLLECTION

This month Barry Cuff has chosen a couple of postcards of Colehill near Wimborne Minster. Sent initially to Titchfield, this postcard was forwarded on to...

The forgotten slaves of the West Country

Dorset’s forgotten ordeal: Rupert Hardy explores the impact of Barbary pirate invasions on local seafaring and family histories In recent years, many have focused on...

Lydlinch | Then & Now

Step back in time with our ‘Then and Now’ feature, where vintage postcards meet modern-day reality. Explore the past and present on the same...

A wander through Winterborne Whitechurch

This month Barry Cuff has chosen a couple of postcards of the village in which he grew up. This is the school that grandfather, father...

The Dorset surgeon who rescued the Elephant Man and saved Edward VII

Sir Frederick Treves, who died a century ago this month, was one of Dorset’s most famous men – Rachael Rowe reports On 15 February 1853,...
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Rachael Rowe visits the Gillingham hotspot that has transformed from Moto Corsa dealership to mussels and marshmallows among the motorbikes With motorbike...

Rachael Rowe visits the cosy hub of community, coffee, and culinary delights which is building a reputation for its fresh fare...

Celebrating the quality and diversity of food and drink in Dorset (with a pinch of Wiltshire and Somerset) with Fanny Charles When...

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Letters, cold swims and Polecats | BV Podcast

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