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Are you eager to become a Beaminster eager Beaver leader?

First Beaminster Scout Group is crying out for a new leader to take charge of its Beaver colony. Scout leader Joy Edwards said the First Beaminster Scout Group has continued […]


Milkshakes and Astroturf: Eweleaze Farm in Martinstown has a unique approach to milk

A family farm is making all the difference to their cows – and the proof is in the taste of the milk. The Marsh family, who have been farming in […]


Everything in Melplash is coming up roses

The results of one of the ‘most prestigious garden competitions’ in the West Dorset area, the Melplash Agricultural Society’s Annual Gardens and Allotments Competition are in. Some 16 gardens were […]


Fond memories of Fudge’s Firewater are stirred

It’s rare that a medicinal nostrum from a bygone era is held in high regard. Images of snake oil salesmen plying their dubious wares from roadside stalls spring to mind. […]


One of the oldest fairs in Wessex, the Yetminster Fair will bring joy to the

One of the oldest fairs in Wessex will be taking place on July 16 on the grounds of Yetminster Community Sports Club. The Yetminster Fair has been running almost continuously […]


Hot, dry weather is increasing the chances of landslips – ‘stay safe by the seaside’

Recent sudden changes in the weather are increasing the risk of landslips on the West Dorset coast, a coastguard has warned. Rob Sansom, senior coastal operations officer for the West […]


Bowled over by Jubilee celebration at Bridport club’s day of fun

Bridport Bowls Club celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a fun day, where the bowlers had to navigate six different stations with points up for grabs at each. The special […]


Rapturous masterpieces performed bu the Gaudier Ensemble in Cerne Abbas

French composer Oliver Messiaen’s rapturous masterpiece is just one of the highlights performed by a top cast of principal players from major European Orchestras and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at […]


A career turnover for pâtissier Lynette Fisher

After hanging up her rolling pin for the final time, former pâtissier and novelist Lynette Fisher has now penned and illustrated her first children’s book. Inspired by the day-to-day adventures […]

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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