Heroic horsewoman runs the London marathon (aged 77) for the charities that saved her life

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This month, Shena Kozuba-Kozubska will be running her second London Marathon. It’s likely to be even tougher than the one she did 30 years ago. Running that one, she “only had a fractured skull and broken hand,” she recalls understatedly. What this top-class horse rider had actually suffered was a massive blow to the head, […]

14yr old Ruby ‘The Pocket Rocket’ Else-White is crowned Two Time National Champion

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Last weekend Stalbridge teenager Ruby Else-White competed in the England Boxing National Schools Championships, and once again was crowned champion. Twice-national champion Ruby was also selected as Female Boxer of the Tournament by the England Talent coaches. Earlier this year we reported that 14 year old Ruby Else-White from Stalbridge has earned recognition as one […]

How an 1857 murder in India halted Dorset traffic last month

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A young Dorset army officer, severely wounded during the 1857 Indian Mutiny, succeeded in leading women and children to safety despite being under constant rifle and shell-fire. The 27 year-old hero, raised in Fontmell Magna, where his father was vicar, became the first man to posthumously win the Victoria Cross, the highest medal for courage […]

The Deep, Dark And Enchanting Secrets Of Somerset Are Revealed In Beautiful New Book

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Digging into Deepest Somerset If you think of Somerset (and apparently a lot of people do these days), you probably picture delicious farmhouse Cheddar and cider (or better still, Somerset Cider Brandy), Lorna Doone’s Exmoor, birdlife on the Somerset Levels and donkeys on the beach at Weston-super-Mare … but there is so much more. The […]