Out and About

Share your river memories

WIMBORNE Community Theatre is planning a site-specific community theatre production in 2021 performed in, on or near the River Allen (one of the purest chalk streams in Europe) or the River Stour, which both flow through Wimborne. To launch the project WCT is inviting people to share their memories of visiting the river with people…

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Seeing red for hedgehogs

HEDGEHOGS are now officially on the Red List of endangered species published by the Mammal Society in July 2020. They are categorised on the list as Vulnerable to Extinction, which means there is still sufficient numbers for the population to return to healthy numbers again.  But that is purely up to us. We have been…

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Chilled out at the Longleat safari park

  KEEPERS at Longleat Safari Park have come up with a selection of unique “ices’ to keep their exotic animals chilled out over the summer. From a “fruit salad” for giraffes to pear and apple lollies for red pandas, these gourmet treats are just what they need in these near-tropical temperatures. A particular favourite among…

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Museums grant for young people

A GRANT of £83,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund will enable the four museums in the Wessex Museums group to offer new opportunities for children and young people. Dorset Museum, Poole Museum, the Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Museum have received the grant for their Bridging the Gap project, which includes a programme of employability skills…

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Ropemaking goes rogue

BRIDPORT Museum’s ropemakers are “going rogue” this summer with a programme of activities outside the museum during the school holidays. Whilst the museum is closed, due to the Covid-19 lockdown, they will be making rope outside every Thursday when the weather is good. Come along between 11.30am and 1pm on 30th July, 6th, 13th, 20th,…

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Shows launch farming platform

DORSET’s two agricultural shows, Dorset County Show and Gillingham & Shaftsbury Show, have got together for the first time to bring British farming to the public’s homes via a new virtual content platform – Farming @ Home. In a year when the public can’t go to the two shows , because the one-day Gillingham and…

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Stunning setting for new arts festival

SCULPTURE by the Lakes, the home and outdoor gallery of sculptor Simon Gudgeon and his wife Monique, is the setting for a new three-day Dorset Arts Festival, from 3rd to 5th July. The festival, set in and around the lakes at Pallington, near Dorchester, will be a showcase of art and music, with more than…

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Wildflower verges at Shaftesbury

JUST before the lockdown, Shaftesbury Town Council’s grounds team prepared four sites across the town for sowing with wildflower seeds. The team has now planted different seeds in the trial areas at the Christy’s Lane/ Linden Park junction, a strip on the Royal Chase roundabout, the  A30 Salisbury Road verge and New Road by the…

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Springhead looks ahead

THE coronavirus pandemic arrived at a bad time for everyone and every business, including Springhead, the environmental education and cultural centre at Fontmell Magna. Springhead has been closed like so many businesses, unfortunately, says director Edward Parker, coinciding “with our busiest and most important time of the year – a time when there are usually school…

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Gardens Group social distancing

THE Gardens Group has announced plans to manage social distancing at its three garden centres in Sherborne, Poundbury and Yeovil, when the business reopens on Wednesday 13th May. Among the measures to keep shoppers and staff safe are separate entrance and exit doors, one-way systems and a limit on the number of customers on site…

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