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Upton Wood is blooming marvellous

Upton Wood won a Gold Award in the 2016 South & South East in Bloom Awards. The Wood, near Upton Country Park, received the prestigious gold award for the “Small Conservation Area” category. Purbeck District Council owns and manages the site and co-ordinates the volunteer activities which see local volunteers and residents working hard to […]

Ford Farm Cheesemakers on a Winning Streak in 2016

Ford Farm Cheesemakers in Litton Cheney is celebrating a raft of awards this year for its cheese-making prowess. In two of the major cheese competitions, the British Cheese Awards and the International Cheese Awards in Nantwich, the Farm achieved a total of 15 medals including 6 golds, 4 silvers, 3 bronzes, a very highly commended […]

Get active in Purbeck this September

Free and low cost events are tempting people to get out and get active this autumn in Purbeck. Following the success of the Purbeck Pledge alcohol reduction campaign in 2015, local people will be able to try a range of activities during the month of September. Councillor Bill Pipe, Local Communities Portfolio Holder for Purbeck […]

Steam Plough Club Celebrates 50th Anniversary at Great Dorset Steam Fair

The Steam Plough Club (SPC) is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a special display of ploughing engines and equipment at the Great Dorset Steam Fair. The exhibit, in collaboration with the National Traction Engine Trust (NTET), will bring to life the history of steam ploughing and demonstrate the historical impact of British engineering agriculture worldwide. […]

Swanage Fish Festival 2016 raises £2250 for charity

Swanage RNLI, The Fishermen’s Mission and Swanage Coastwatch will all receive £750 thanks to the success of the Swanage Fish Festival 2016. Once again, Swanage proved to be a mecca for all things fishy during the fish festival weekend. From foraging masterclasses to chefs cooking up a storm, there was entertainment for the whole family. […]

John Makepeace wins Prince Philip Designers Prize

Dorset furniture designer and maker John Makepeace OBE has won the Prince Philip Designers Prize which recognises an outstanding lifetime achievement and contribution to design. He was nominated by The Furniture Makers’ Company. Nominees are judged on their personal design achievements and overall contribution to design and design education. John Makepeace was presented with a specially-commissioned […]

New music championed at Larmer Tree Festival 2016

Since its early days as a boutique festival in the heart of the Cranborne Chase, Larmer Tree Festival has long been a supporter of new music and emerging talent. With great local and regional connections to the music hubs of Bournemouth, Salisbury, Bristol and beyond, new talent has always been highlighted on the festival programme. 2016 […]

Purbeck Volunteers Honoured at Annual Ceremony

Purbeck’s ‘Volunteers of the Year’ have been thanked at a Council ceremony which has become an annual fixture in the District. The volunteers, who do exceptional work for their local communities, received recognition and praise from Purbeck District Council Chairman, Councillor Bill Trite. This year’s event was the eighth annual gathering to be hosted by […]

Mum’s Christmas Appeal for Julia’s House

The mum of a brave little boy who died as a result of a rare genetic disorder is appealing for people to support Julia’s House this Christmas in memory of the care he received from the charity. Samuel Monk‘s condition meant he suffered from seizures that were frequent and often severe. He wasn’t expected to […]

‘Clinker’s Challenge’ For Charity

On 27 August, a team of steam enthusiasts will attempt the 189-mile journey from Cornwall to the Great Dorset Steam Fair in a Burrell 3257 Steam Locomotive called ‘Clinker’ to raise money for Cancer Research UK. When Jon Eastman and Rob Wing got together for a drink to chat about this year’s Great Dorset Steam […]