Re-creating recreation

Christchurch Borough Council is looking to make improvements to a local recreation ground and is asking local people their opinions on the suggested scheme.  Public consultation is about to start on proposals for improvements to Stanpit Recreation Ground which will enhance the appearance of the site and offer people greater enjoyment from this important local…

Not hot air as staggering savings found

Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI)  and Dorset County Council have highlighted over £233,000pa worth of savings to Dorset based businesses. Over the past two years DCCI have been offering companies free compressed air surveys via a grant received from Dorset County Council.  The DCCI ‘Control your Compressors’ project was initially to be a four year project but…

At the edge of garden history

A recent discovery in the grounds at Highcliffe Castle could help to determine more about its garden history. Gardeners and volunteers clearing an overgrown area found a row of previously unrecorded garden edging tiles following a line about three feet from one of the garden walls.  The tiles were interesting because they were marked with…

Run rabbit run

Despite its title the West Street “Bunny Run” does not require any physical exertion whatsoever! Bunnies of all shapes and sizes have popped up in shop and residents windows all along West Street and the public are simply invited to “guestimate” how many there are. The bunnies will “run” until Saturday 13 April.  Get an entry form…

Beacon Project in the making

St Mary’s Church in Ferndown is submitting a planning application to East Dorset District Council for the Beacon Project. The aim of the project is to develop the church’s current buildings and grounds to make St Mary’s more accessible and to benefit all members of the community. The scheme includes the building of a church…

Dormen opens doors

A Dorset-wide business mentoring service is expanding across the county and has more than 80 experienced business people who give their time freely to mentor local businesses. Due to the recession, there has been a sharp rise in people in Dorset who now run their own firms. Dormen – a name that comes from the words…