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Social care charity Encompass appeal for new bench

A charity which has provided social care and support to adults and young people with learning disabilities and mental health needs for more than 32 years across Dorset has launched an appeal to provide wheelchair- accessible picnic benches for public areas. Encompass Care, based in Poundbury, was initially being established to support people out of […]


Oyez! Oyez! In with a shout to be new town crier

It’s a crying shame! Champion town crier Alistair Chisholm, who has been proclaiming and pontificating his way rather noisily around Dorchester for the past 27 years, is hanging up his bell and his tricorn hat. Now the hunt is on for his successor – but you’ll have to get in quick, as entries close on […]


Our Renaissance Man: How Lyndon Wall was drawn to a life of creative brilliance

A few days before Christmas, my esteemed editor Miranda and I had the pleasure of a very leisurely lunch at the home of our illustrious cartoonist Lyndon Wall, who has been toting the WDM pencil since we launched two years ago. We felt it was about time we celebrated the work of this prolific and […]


Pub owners are setting their sights to open The Bottle in spring

A much-loved, historic village pub could reopen in April, more than a year after it was purchased by a couple of pub enthusiasts. Tessa and Julian Blundy are in their late 60s and have a passion for pubs. They took on the Bottle Inn in Marshwood last February, after it had been closed for four […]


Giant sea monster is dug from the Jurassic coast

A giant sea monster – possibly the most powerful ever discovered – is now on display after being painstakingly dug out of the Jurassic coast over three weeks. The pliosaur, which had 130 teeth and whose jaws were twice as powerful as a crocodile, was discovered by fossil enthusiast Phil Jacobs, 69, of West Bexington […]


TV drama reveals real-life trauma suffered in PO computer scandal

A new drama which aired on national television last week exposing the Post Office scandal that ruined hundreds of lives has a particular significance for Tracey Merritt – once postmistress at Yetminster and Chetnole. Tracey, 56, had worked for the Post Office for six years when she was investigated for fraud – being locked in […]


Sherborne grandmother wins our tree-mendous Christmas competition in association with Groves Nurseries

A grandmother from Sherborne will be celebrating Christmas with a stunning six-foot tree after winning The West Dorset Magazine’s competition in association with Groves Nurseries. Lucky Daphne Langdon, who was born on Christmas Eve, was delighted to hear she had found the eight reindeer hidden in the pages of our November edition. And as such […]


‘Destitution in Dorchester a reality’ say Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice staff say they are now dealing with cases of destitution – not just poverty – in the Dorchester area. A recent open meeting of Dorchester Poverty Action heard from Caroline Buxton of Citizens Advice, who said some people are now having to make “really difficult decisions” about whether to eat, heat their homes […]


Quadruple insurance costs are the final blow for The Clock in Chideock

A 16th century pub which suffered a devastating fire but was rebuilt before being hit by covid has closed, after its owners were left with ‘no other option’. Chideock’s The Clock was rebuilt after the blaze, in April 2015, gutted the building. A chimney fire caught the thatched roof and despite the best efforts of […]

Welcome to The West Dorset Magazine

We are Bird Media – two experienced journalists who have decided to break free and launch
their own news publication The West Dorset Magazine.


Miranda Robertson

Editor Miranda Robertson has worked for a number of local papers, including the Dorset Echo, Salisbury Journal and The New Blackmore Vale. She lives in Maiden Newton with her husband Peter, son Robert, jug PugsieMfanwy, pug Hugo and the ginger ninja Kitten Mitten.

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Karen Bate

Karen Bate has worked for the Salisbury Journal, Wiltshire Living Magazine, Bournemouth Echo and The New Blackmore Vale. She lives with husband Stuart, daughter Florence, dogs Jarvis and Buddy and cat Milton. There’s also a bonkers horse called Mars in her menagerie.
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