This most recent issue of the BV magazine – don’t forget to use the square-shaped icon bottom right to make it full screen! (and yes, we’re totally different from the original weekly printed Blackmore Vale Magazine – Reach PLC stopped publishing the old newspaper in March 2020)

Inside the February issue of the BV magazine, the heart of the Blackmore Vale:

• The Blackmore & Sparkford Vale Hunt have been suspended after drone footage shows a fox being killed. We’ve spoken to both sides, and have a balanced look at the issue | Page 4

• Award-winning writer Sam Peters looks for a game-changing playbook with ex-All Black Jerome Kaino’s rugby clinic at Clayesmore as they work to make the game safer for everyone| Page 34

• In his Farm Tales column, Andrew Livingston shares a streak of Dorset daring rescues – but points out there’s a thin line between humourous mishaps and farming tragedies | Page 56

• Dorset’s leisure centres and recreation grounds at risk – as local communities fight to save their facilities, Rachael Rowe highlights the clash between budget cuts and public health priorities | Page 8

• The Ice Milers of Shaftesbury Lido – it might be actually freezing, but the open air pool has transformed into a hub of cold water swimming camaraderie | Page 20

• A grassroots revolt against The Jockey Club’s closure decision has created a ‘Kitchen Cabinet’ which is breathing new life into Wincanton Golf Course – and has earned them a reprieve | Page 22

• Polecats have quietly been making a secretive but fragrant return, says wildlife writer Jane Adams. So why aren’t we all shouting about them like we do the otters? | Page 64

•Plus there’s pages of brilliant community news, 12 pages of What’s On’s, more wildlife, farming, art, food & drink … and I’ll not bang on again about the BRILLIANT reader’s photography (page 100)

The BV – every month we’re jam-packed with Dorset goodness. News, opinion, people, farming, wildlife … and frankly stunning photography. And it’s FREE. Why wouldn’t you want a flick through?

(if you’re staying tucked up against the weather and have some time to fill, you can see all the back issues here. Or if you really should be getting on, why not have a listen to the podcast while you do that thing you should be doing?)

A modern successor

The BV – the Blackmore Vale magazine – sits in its own space between a free local newspaper and a glossy magazine. Launched in 2020 after the original, much-loved Blackmore Vale Magazine weekly free paper closed, it has swiftly become a trusted powerful voice that covers in-depth community news and issues, combined with entertaining local expert columnists on all aspects of life in a modern rural community.
“my favourite half hour of the month!”
With strong reporting on the biggest local issues, celebrity guests, local profiles, jobs, what’s on, equestrian, art, wildlife, amazing photography, local small businesses… Read it on your tablet, phone, or computer; swish the pages just like a magazine, share articles with friends or family… Fully interactive and always free.

The BV Magazine Bookshelf.

All the back issues - click a cover to read.

BV issue 41 - Jan 2024

BV issue 40 - Dec 2023

BV issue 40 - Nov 2023

BV issue 39 - Oct 2023

BV issue 37 - Sep 2023

BV issue 36 - Aug 2023

BV issue 35 - Jul 2023

BV issue 34 - Jun 2023

BV issue 33 – May 2023

BV issue 32 - Apr 23

BV issue 31 - Mar 2023

BV issue 30 - Feb 2023

BV issue 29 - Jan 2023

BV issue 28 - Dec 2022

BV issue 27 - Nov 2022

BV issue 26 - Oct 2022

BV issue 25 - Sep 2022

BV issue 24 - Aug 2022

BV issue 23 - Jul 2022

BV issue 22 - Jun 2022

BV issue 21 - May 2022

BV issue 20 - Apr 2022

BV issue 19 - Mar 2022

BV issue 18 - Feb 2022

BV issue 17 - Jan 22

BV issue 16 - Dec 2021

BV issue 15 - Nov 2021

BV issue 14 - Oct 2021

BV issue 13 - Sept 2021

BV issue 12 - Aug 2021

BV issue 11 - July 2021

BV issue 10 - June 2021

BV issue 9 - May 2021

BV issue 8 - Apr 2021

BV issue 7 - Mar 2021

BV issue 6 - Feb 2021

BV issue 5 - Jan 2021

BV issue 4 - Dec 2020

BV issue 3 - Nov 2020

BV issue 2 - Oct 2020

BV issue 1 - Sep 2020

The BV is a modern successor to the original Blackmore Vale Magazine – it’s a ‘glossy’ monthly digital magazine from North Dorset, and is for anyone who loves Dorset. 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.

We sit comfortably in our own niche; important local issues and news, along with contemporary rural living. Nationally-important art alongside farming, unique Dorset walks sit with wildlife, leading naturally to the amazing local Dorset food & drink. Not to mention the pages of charity and community news, jobs and business news … all in a glorious high res glossy magazine format with a stunning high-end visual aesthetic.
The BV magazine is a slice of contemporary rural Dorset life – no tabloid headlines, simply reliable news, entertaining columns and unstinting support for local independent small businesses and community causes. Our brilliant team of hugely experienced local columnists include the top five wine merchant in the UK, the CEO of Dorset Chamber, a member of the Guild of Food Writers executive committee, a world-renowned Thoroughbred horse breeder, a rising national star in Three Day Eventing, a popular author with seemingly-limitless knowledge of Dorset’s local history – and even regular contributions from the legendary ex-editor of the original Blackmore Vale Magazine, Fanny Charles …
Remember: we never print – we’re only digital, fully interactive and you can read us anywhere (and if you pop your email in the subscription form, we’ll come straight to your inbox every month).