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The old railway line in Stalbridge … | Tales from the Vale

My last column mentioned the old railway line in Stalbridge which, before the Beeching cuts, had a level crossing to stop traffic on each...

This is a True Story | Tales from the Vale

This is a true story. It is the late 1970s, or early 80s, on a farm in Dorset. The hunt is close by.  But something’s...

The campaign for a real Dorset accent … | Tales from the Vale

A lot of readers seemed to approve of my last column, the Editor tells me, in a rare burst of communication.  The general feeling, though,...

It kicked off with a great story … | Tales from the Vale

I really enjoyed the column of my fellow scribe Roger Guttridge in the last issue – read it if you missed it first time...

Stalbridge back in the 60s and 70s … | Tales from the Vale

Stalbridge back in the 60s and 70s was a bustling village. Roughly half the size it is now, the main street was full of...

Go up Bulbarrow Hill … | Tales from the Vale

Go up Bulbarrow Hill and at the top, just off Cuckoo Lane, apart from a really beautiful view, you’ll see disused buildings, aerials and,...

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Peter Morgan of Cranborne’s Book and Bucket Cheese Company has just announced the launch of a new cheese, Stowaway – you might say it...

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