May’s BV magazine is out!


The May edition of the BV magazine is here – the perfect companion to a month filled with Bank Holidays!

Online only – read it here

In this issue:

  • Banned in Dorset on council land, disposable barbecues still pose an ever-increasing fire and environmental risk.
  • Dorset’s ancient hill forts may offer stunning views to their thousands of visitors, but they bring a challenge for farmers.
  • A new monthly Shaftesbury Market begins this month – and with entertainment and a 100 artisan goods and food stalls, the event is expected to be great for tourists and the town alike
  • Jim Bettle – Dorset charcoal maker and countryman, makes a living from his ancient craft, fuelling his passion for a more sustainable country. 
  • You can’t interview the Tivoli Theatre’s manager Charlie North-Lewis without hearing a steady stream of name-dropping – his long and winding career is a musical tour through 40 years of popular culture. He picks his Dorset Island Discs with Tracie.
  • Bestselling author Libby Page answers the Random 19 questions. A Sunday Times bestselling author, known for her feelgood novels exploring themes of community, love and connection, Libby was born and raised in Dorset.
  • In local history, Roger Guttridge tells the story of Bradford Abbas’s Rose and Crown pub and its ‘famous five’ customers from the 1930s. We tracked down the actual footage of them, and it’s definitely worth a watch.
  • Charlotte Tombs not only has the most glorious page this month, but she also has a pretty blunt explanation of the difference between your supermarket tulip, and the artisan version.


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