Respect others at Halloween

With Halloween fast approaching, Dorset Police is reminding the public to enjoy the festivities safely but to ensure they respect others. Enhanced patrols will be carried out by officers on Halloween evening, Friday 31 October, as well as the weekend following to ensure members of the public enjoy a safe and trouble free Halloween. For…

Concern over missing woman

Nottinghamshire Police is growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of 50-year-old Gloris Smith of Nuthall, Nottingham. Gloris was last seen at 2pm on 22 October, after leaving home. She is thought to have used her bank card at the Lloyds branch in Rotherham town centre, around 12.15pm on 23 October. She is described as black,…

Smithers celebrates Ofsted Success

Smithers, an overnight and day short breaks service for children and young people aged between two and 19 with profound physical and/or learning disabilities, has received a glowing report and received a ‘good’ rating by Ofsted at a recent inspection. Run by Diverse Abilities, Dorset’s disability charity, the short break service provides families a safe…

Ken Clay celebrates his 90th birthday

Railway guard approaches 90

Ken Clay, a volunteer guard on the Moors Valley Railway, is probably the oldest railway guard in the country. Ken, who crewed Lancaster bombers in WW2, will celebrate his 90th birthday on 26 October. He lives in Ferndown. The steam railway at Moors Valley is the south’s longest fully signalled narrow-gauge railway, with 17 steam…

Heatherlands Centre on show

Chairman of East Dorset District Council, Cllr Robin Cook was taken on a tour of the Heatherlands Centre in Ferndown on 23 October.
Welcomed by the Centre Manager John Hanrahan, the tour included a visit to Hopscotch Pre-school where Lorraine Clark talked about the new extension that will cater for 75 children.
Robin also met the leader of the Age UK group, Theresa and her helper Miriam and spoke to some of the 27 members. The group provides a much needed meeting place, lunch and activities for all who attend.