Article - Offsetting carbon emissions

Saturday 13 October may mean many things to many people. No doubt, for some, it is a significant birthday or anniversary, for others the day of a happy wedding or a sad funeral.

But, for Bridport’s Community Orchard, it is ‘Apple Day’ - the 11th of its kind.  

Article - Housing

I saw recently, with some delight, that the Garmans Field Community Land Trust in Lyme Regis had been nominated for the affordable housing scheme of the year award. 

Article - Rural enterprise

I see, with delight, the news that the National Lottery has awarded a tidy little sum to Thorncombe Village Shop to fund improvements that will make the shop an even more attractive location for the locals to gather at than it is already.

Article - Salisbury poisonings

Salisbury and Amesbury are not, of course, in Dorset, let alone West Dorset. But they are near enough to us to make the ghastly Novichok poisonings seem pretty close to home.

Article - Climate change

After the long, hot days of June and July that turned so much of our countryside and our gardens an unaccustomed brown, the more variable weather (and indeed the rain) of August has been in many ways a relief.

Article - Holidays

In the last few days, following all the end of session dramas of Parliament, I have found myself opening a number of new tourist facilities in West Dorset. 

Article - Digital Connectivity

The last few weeks have been full of news. So the readers of this column could be forgiven for having missed the news that West Dorset has taken another step into the digital future with the provision of free wifi in the centre of Dorchester. 

Article - RAF and the NHS

I recently overheard someone who was evidently a local explaining to someone who was clearly a tourist, that this was a very unusual summer because the sun was shining and England were doing rather well in the football.

Article - Housing

I see that plans are afoot for a significant further development of housing next to the Granby Industrial Estate in Chickerell.