Dorset news

Parking fine scam

East Dorset District Council is warning residents to be aware of a potential scam where people are being asked to pay for parking fines that they don’t owe. The warning comes after a local woman received a telephone call from a person claiming to be from East Dorset District Council and asking her to pay…

Dorset Wildlife Trust Chief Executive Simon Cripps

Badger cull condemned

Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) has condemned a potential badger cull in the county, announced by Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson MP, as a reserve pilot cull area in case of problems with either of the proposed cull areas in Gloucestershire and Somerset. DWT is keen to find an effective, long term solution to the problem of Bovine TB (bTB), but urges the Government to put more effort into an effective vaccine instead of a cull.

Top chefs move on

Two budding local chefs have won through to the regional round of the Rotary Young Chef competition.  They are now just one step away from the national final. Harry Gatehouse, 16, from Prospect School, Havant scooped the top prize, a voucher for £50; Sian Davies, 14, from Priestlands School, Lymington was only narrowly beaten into second…

Students given the chance to shine

Selected students at Ferndown Upper School were today awarded over £15,000 between them to pursue their ambitions. Local charity, John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation, awarded 12 scholarships and 23 bursaries to a group of pupils at the school who had been recognized for their commitment and dedication. The JTYAF supports ambitious and aspiring young people…