Get ahead!

Residents with a passion for Hengistbury Head are being encouraged to volunteer their time to help support the brand new visitor centre – opening late summer 2013. The Council is looking to recruit more than fifty volunteers to provide a variety of services all year round at the new community-run facility, including: ·         Front of house…

Verwood’s new mayor

Verwood Town Council has revealed its new mayor elect: Cllr Peter Richardson. Born in 1940 in Portsmouth, Peter was educated at the grammar school, leaving in 1957 to take up a position in the City Architect’s Department. In 1963, he entered the King Alfred College of Education, Winchester and trained as a teacher, specialising in primary…

Aid, granted

 On Tuesday 30 April the Annual Town Assembly of Verwood Town Council took place. Reports were received from the Mayor, the Chairmen of the Finance and General Purposes Committee, Amenities Committee and the Plans Consultative Committee. Grant Aid cheques were handed out to the East Dorset Citizens Advice Bureaux, Forest FM, New Forest Citizens Advice…

School is where the art is

Talented students at one Bournemouth school will soon have a new state-of-the-art centre to express themselves in. Avonbourne College has been awarded half a million pounds from the Government to build a new expressive arts block. This facility will be the base where all music, drama, art and dance students can perfect their skills. It…

Dorset news

Life for violent rapist

A rapist who committed a string of offences while on the run in Dorset and Hampshire has been handed nine life sentences at Bournemouth Crown Court.

32-year-old Dean James Frederick Goodwin, of Blackburn Road in Poole, sparked a huge police manhunt after brutally raping a woman in her Poole home on 23 November 2012.

Push and Pull

A day of nostalgia – returning the Isle of Purbeck to the Swinging 60s and the Summer of Love – will be marking the 25th anniversary of the end of push-pull slam door trains between Bournemouth, Poole, Dorchester and Weymouth. Push-Pull Day will be staged as a nostalgic prelude to the Swanage Railway’s popular annual three-day…