How The Arts Reach The Village Halls of Dorset

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Since the launch of its first programme in March 1990, Artsreach has been committed to working with volunteers across Dorset to overcome the barriers of rural isolation by providing communities with access to professional arts events.  Dorset’s touring arts charity Artsreach have brought professional live theatre, music, dance, circus, family shows and more to the […]

New Living Legacy Fund will help grass roots groups support their communities

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A NEW fund to help grass roots groups tackling poverty and isolation to improve health and wellbeing is being launched by Dorset Community Foundation and BCP Council. The Living Legacy Fund is targeting the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area and has been boosted with a £50,000 injection from the council. The fund, which is now […]

“I panicked when a police car pulled up”

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HEALTH AND VEG FOR ALL When a police car drove up to the Big Yellow Bus Garden Project (BYBG), alongside the North Dorset Trailway between Blandford and Sturminster Newton, project co-ordinator Paul Williams panicked. It was lockdown. His community space was allowed to be open but could he find his letter of authority? The uniformed […]

Four Men went to Row

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I’m Nick Zambellas, from Leigh originally and currently living between London and Dorset.  Myself and four friends, led by my Australian friend Nick Honey, will be rowing non-stop between Ibiza and Barcelona around 27 July (depending on the weather window) in a race against an Irish team.  The race itself will take around three and a half […]

New report reveals impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our village halls

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New research sheds light on the extent to which village halls and community buildings have been affected by three successive national lockdowns. Much has changed since England’s 10,000+ village halls were surveyed at the beginning of 2020 by national charity, Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE). Whilst 3 in 20 halls supported Covid-19 relief […]