May issue of The BV magazine – out now!

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Royal Bath & West pre-show magazine 2024

Introducing the Royal Bath & West Show Pre Show Magazine for 2024! Dive in and find out what you can do, see and explore at...

Soggy fields and fresh starts

Navigating a challenging spring after the wet winter has meant late plantings and livestock turnout, but it could be worse, says James Cossins At long...

A message from our Astrophotographer Rob Nolan of RPN Photography

Northen Lights alert! Tonight and tomorrow (Friday and Saturday nights 10th & 11th May 2024) could be rather spectacular, with Northern Lights being visible...

County Show gives £10,000 to new Emergency Department

The Dorset County Show has generously donated £10,000 to the appeal for the new Dorset County Hospital Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit. The new...

Leigh, nr Sherborne | Then and 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 century ago in East Stour | POSTCARDS FROM A DORSET COLLECTION

This month Barry Cuff has chosen a couple of postcards of East Stour: Sent in 1909 to Miss Wood, c/o Lady D’Oyly of Newlands Manor...

Stourton Caundle | Then and 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 century ago in Thornford

This month Barry Cuff has chosen a couple of postcards of Thornford, near Sherborne: Sent in 1911 to Mr Y Jackman of Smart’s Heath in...

Stourpaine | Then and 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 rare look at Winterborne Zelston

This month Barry Cuff has chosen a couple of postcards of Winterborne Zelston: ‘I have been collecting since 1974, and I have only ever...
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The BV magazine is a monthly digital publication which launched in August 2020, and it is in no way connected with the original, much-loved Blackmore Vale Magazine (owned by Reach PLC, and which ceased publication early the same year), nor with any other, more recently launched printed publication with a similar name. Never the free paper you pick up from the floor of the petrol station, The BV is the half hour read you spend a weekend coffee with.

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