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ribbon cutting Mayor of Sherborne Cllr Juliet Pentolfe cuts the ribbon to officially open the new Platinum Skies community in Sherborne. PHOTO: Paul Collins/Platinum Skies

Mayor officially opens ‘absolutely fantastic’ retirement village

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Homeowners and businesses came together to enjoy a party to celebrate the launch of the new Sherborne Platinum Skies community. As one of the first...
Gillingham, Churches Together Walk of Witness

Churches Together Walk of Witness

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The Walk of Witness, organised through Churches Together in Gillingham, revived a long-standing tradition on Good Friday. It started from outside the Barn Surgery and...
Wasting food which has been grown for people to eat is nothing short of disgraceful, says Barbara Cossins

Food crops ploughed in as worker shortages bite

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A shortage of labour is causing huge problems for farmers and the UK hospitality industry. Every week British farmers have to plough back tons of...
Take time at the end of each day to look back and focus on three things you are glad about that day. PHOTO: Paul Stachowiack/Pixabay

Don’t live life on repeat: Why we need to put joy first

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You know you feel better after an evening spent laughing – really belly-achingly laughing – with good friends. You go home, sleep well and wake...
Go orienteering for wellness

Go orienteering for wellness

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The first of two new orienteering courses was launched in Blandford on Saturday 11 June, when Mayor Colin Stevens and his wife Chris untied...
Fiona Chapman Inula helenium

Introducing… a favourite herb

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Inula helenium or elecampane is one of my favourite herbs. I started growing it last year but just got the foliage, huge lance-shaped leaves, but...
Animals which have licked or mouthed a toad (above) may salivate profusely, show oral pain and develop tremors and dilated pupils. PHOTO: Kathy Büscher/Pixabay

Harms outside and inside the home

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We are often very aware what we should not feed our dogs to avoid accidental toxicity such as chocolate and raisins but we must...
Scent of summer in the garden by Sally Gregson

Scent of summer in the garden

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What could be more redolent of an English summer than the perfume of roses scenting the air on a warm June evening? It’s what...
Land registered as a village green is protected from development

‘How to’ guide to saving the village green

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The Open Spaces Society, Britain’s oldest national conservation body, has published a new edition of ‘Getting Greens Registered’, a step-by-step guide to registering land...
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The magic of your local library

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If you’re looking to cut your spending it’s time to check out what could be The Blackmore Vale’s best-kept money-saving secret: libraries Depending on your...
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