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Shaftesbury will host England’s third-largest Fringe Festival

    Shaftesbury Fringe organisers say that the three-day event is now England’s third-largest open-access arts festival, based on performance numbers. When artist registration closed on Thursday night, 139 separate performances had been booked, a massive increase from the 83 … Read More

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Picnic Time on the Meadow

The Great Get Together picnic is being held on the Town Meadow in Gillingham on Sunday 24th June from 12 noon. Nationally, The Great Get Together encourages communities to hold an event to spend some time together and emphasise that we have … Read More

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Young Chamber welcomes BV Dairy as Sponsor of Shaftesbury School

Award-winning BV Dairy, one of the most respected and successful independent dairies in the South West of England and supplier of dairy products to national / international brands and the hospitality industry, has sponsored Shaftesbury School’s membership of Dorset Chamber’s Young Chamber … Read More

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BV Dairy Sponsor new Gold Hill Museum exhibitions

Gold Hill Museum opened for the season on Saturday 24th March with two new exhibitions, sponsored by BV Dairy. One of the displays features life on a North Dorset dairy farm in 1940. It reveals how we take modern luxuries for granted. … Read More

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Voluntary work in Cambodia

Young Gillingham woman raising money to support voluntary work in Cambodia Rowan Mackain-Bremner, from Gillingham Dorset, is raising money to support a project that tackles poverty in Cambodia, where she will be volunteering for 10 weeks.   Rowan, 22, will travel out … Read More

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“The Rusty Nail” by Rik Lonsdale

‘What have you found?’ Jeanette’s words were whipped away by the wind and never reached her husband’s ears. She caught up with Mark, crouching on the shingle, examining his latest find. ‘What is it?’ she said, a little breathless. ‘It’s … Read More

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Topsie Rabbit out in the Community

The children of Topsie Rabbit Kindergarten have completed the first term in their new premises and been as busy as ever.                 They continue to visit the residents of St Martins Grange; in … Read More

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Eight go Jamboreeing in America

Every four years the International Scouting Family gets together to celebrate, learn and share experiences from their home countries. The next  International Scout Jamboree will take place in West Virginia, USA in 2019.  Dorset is the home of the International … Read More

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Shaftesbury Civic Society and NDDC’s Local Plan revision

Shaftesbury Civic Society responds to North Dorset District Council’s Local Plan revision Following a lively session with Civic Society members and other guests, SCS has completed its response to the District Council’s questionnaire. At the meeting it was clear that … Read More

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Gillingham Local History Society

Gillingham Local History Society – Historic Buildings Register Do you recognise this? The Gillingham Local History Society has begun a project to identify and record the details of all historic buildings in the town. The aim is to record the details … Read More

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