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Countryfile presenter Adam Henson opens new University Centre at Kingston Maurward

The new University Centre at Kingston Maurward has been opened by Countryfile presenter Adam Henson. The college’s principal and chief executive Luke Rake said: “A proud day for me as leader of Kingston Maurward – over the last three years, we’ve built a new Higher Education Building, gained formal University Centre status from the DfE, […]


Weldmar Hospicecare raise £316,846 to make every moment matter

Weldmar Hospicecare raised a staggering £316,846 in its Making Every Moment Matter crowdfunding campaign after an ‘overwhelming response’. The 30-hour marathon smashed its £250,000 target and raised the highest total of any appeal since the launch of the charity. A number of generous donors and trusts contributed to a match fund, which allowed donations from […]


An Aladdin’s Cave with a lot to boot at County Clearance in Dorchester

Matt Rashleigh is well known to Dorchester car booters, with boxes and boxes of useful items piled high at bargain prices. But what the booters don’t know is that Matt has a degree in fine art and has been buying and selling antiques since he was 12. The boot sale bargains are just a fraction […]


Bibby Stockholm review is dismissed

The High Court has dismissed a judicial review which argued that Dorset Council has the power to enforce planning rules over the Bibby Stockholm barge at Portland. Lawyers for Carralyn Parkes said their client is “disappointed that a loophole continues to exist” whereby the Home Office can “avoid” local authority oversight of its use of […]


Delight as lucky Bridport mum wins our Brights competition

Thrilled Nicola Childs from Beaminster has won our John Bright Country Stores competition. Nicola chose the store shed on offer in our competition after counting the wooden fences, hidden among 96 pages. “I was absolutely shocked when I was told I had won,” she said. “This was the first competition I have entered in years, […]


Royal British Legion President Tony Greenham remembers the stillness after US troops left Beaminster

Eighty years ago, Beaminster’s Royal British Legion President Tony Greenham was just eight. But he vividly remembers the stillness after the soldiers left Beaminster on D-Day. He then lived at Pattle (now Eggardon Close). He remembers soldiers being billeted all over the town – their HQ was at Parnham House. He said: “I remember the […]


Green light fears for huge housing development after Dorset Wildlife Trust buys 827-acre Lyscombe Farm

Fears have been raised that a huge housing development in Piddletrenthide will happen after a multi-million-pound purchase of the 827-acre Lyscombe Farm by Dorset Wildlife Trust and Natural England. The acquisition of the 827 acres of chalk downland and farmland was the most expensive land purchase in the history of Dorset Wildlife Trust and made […]


Village memorial to RAF personnel in Warmwell Church

A village of just 100 people has managed to raise £12,500 towards a permanent memorial to RAF personnel who were based there during the Second World War. A £22,000 project to install a new stained window at Warmwell church is underway, with the remaining money to be raised at a series of talks and fundraising […]


Volunteers needed to keep Bishop’s Caundle Village Shop open at weekends

Volunteers are urgently needed to keep the community shop in the heart of Bishops Caundle open at weekends. Bishops Caundle Village Store is run for the community by the community and relies ‘heavily’ on volunteers for support. The shop opens every day, serving villagers with a good supply of newspapers, a bountiful supply of food, […]

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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