Miscellany

DCF’s Covid-19 fund

DORSET Community Foundation has launched the Dorset Coronavirus Community Fund to support local charities and voluntary organisations that are assisting some of the county’s most vulnerable people during the crisis. Donations raised through the foundation’s Dorset Coronavirus Community Appeal, as well as funds from the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal will support community and voluntary…

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Keep fit with Rachel

YOU could join millions of others and watch Joe Wicks – or you could keep it local and get fit with local trainer Rachel Carter After a career in food, Rachel, who lives in north Dorset and is a member of the Guild of Food Writers and a regular judge at the Great Taste Awards,…

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Community Covid-19 fund

DORSET Community Foundation has launched the Dorset Coronavirus Community Fund to support local charities and voluntary organisations that are assisting some of the county’s most vulnerable people during the crisis. Donations raised through the foundation’s Dorset Coronavirus Community Appeal, as well as funds from the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal will support community and voluntary…

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Shaftesbury Community Radio emergency programme

SHAFTESBURY’s community radio station, Alfred, is due to start FM broadcasting next year, but the volunteers behind this not-for-profit service have started producing a 30-minute programme of Shaftesbury area news and information, seven days-a-week. “Things are changing by the minute, particularly concerning business operating hours and the support services available for self-isolating residents in Shaftesbury…

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Herbal heritage at Lytes Cary

MUGWORT doesn’t have the most appealing name in English, but its scientific name “artemisia” will be familiar to anyone interested in the history of herbs. Its medical uses included preventing weariness on a journey, according to a 16th-century medical text that is the inspiration behind a herbal border at the National Trust’s Lytes Cary Manor…

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Delivery offer from the Gardens Group

THE Gardens Group, which has three garden centres in Sherborne, Poundbury and Yeovil, is taking extra steps to help customers during the coronavirus crisis. The garden centres, and the Brimsmore farm-shop at Yeovil, are following the Covid19 guidelines to assist customers who have been advised to self-isolate or are following social distancing measures so that…

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Pride of place – Place of Pride

A NEW photographic competition, with £500 cash prizes, has been launched, inviting professional and amateur photographers to submit entries that capture their emotional connection with a place in their area. Run by specialist insurance provider, Ripe Photography, the inaugural Place of Pride competition is open to photographers of all abilities. The image can be of…

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Inspired at Mompesson House

THE National Trust’s Mompesson House, in Salisbury Cathedral Close, has opened for the 2020 season with an exhibition called “Inspired: Mompesson House and the Creative Arts.” Emma James, visitor experience officer, says the seasonal exhibition will highlight pieces from the collection – both familiar and unexpected – and will show how Mompesson has inspired people…

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Hardy’s Cottage is re-thatched

THOMAS Hardy’s Cottage has had the front of the roof re-thatched. While the work was under way, visitors were able to watch this traditional craft in action on Hardy’s childhood home, which is in the care of the National Trust. The work was done by Scott Symonds, a Master Thatcher based in Chideock, who re-thatched…

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