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Dorset veteran's wife wants more help for veterans with PTSD

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 15:17
Army veteran Jamie Davis was found dead after struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, now his wife wants to help others.
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Dog owners warned of deadly hemlock plant on beaches

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 13:13
Kimmy the labrador had a lucky escape after ingesting plant roots, believed to be water hemlock.
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Eddie Howe says Bournemouth can turn their league form around after run of defeats

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 11:59
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe says his side can turn their fortunes around after dropping into the relegation zone on the back of nine losses in 11 league games.
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Dorset Police officers' gross misconduct over false reports

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 11:21
Two Dorset Police officers are found guilty of making false reports in a domestic abuse case.
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Norwich City v Bournemouth

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 11:12
Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Norwich City and Bournemouth.
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Give your views on future funding for voluntary organisations

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 14:03

Dorset Council is looking for your thoughts on how to financially support the voluntary community sector beyond March 2021.

A total of £1.9 million has been invested this year into the voluntary community sector (VCS) by all six predecessor councils in the Dorset Council area. Grants were given to a cross section of topics including advice, museums, heritage, community, leisure, arts, culture and environment.

The council are reviewing their direct financial contributions to these community resources. They want to gather opinions from the organisations themselves, the people that use them and also other Dorset residents.

The current funding arrangements are unequal, with some areas of Dorset receiving significantly more funding than others. This review will ensure grants are fairly distributed across the county. This consultation will provide the VCS with the opportunity to share their views about potential future options and to comment on the grant’s selection criteria.

Cllr Tony Alford, Dorset Council’s portfolio holder for Customer, Community and Regulatory Services, said:

“We want to hear from people across the Dorset Council area. Not only from those involved with voluntary bodies working in the community, but also those who benefit from their activity and also those who have no direct connection

“We have already written to current grant recipients explaining what we are doing. Their funding has been extended for another year, giving us time to review and put in place a supportive grant system from April 2021.”

Find out more about the Voluntary Community Sector Grants Review 

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Face Forward youth project closes as funding runs out

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 13:08
The scheme helps hundreds of young people across Dorset but its EU and lottery funding has run out.
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Jurassic Coast fossil hunters warned of rock fall risk

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 12:47
The increased erosion following storms exposes fresh fossils from within the clay.
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£15,000 given to local community organisations

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 11:50
The Dorchester Market Car Boot Fund has awarded over £15,000 worth of grants to community organisations in the Dorchester area. Dorset Council collects the income from people who hired pitches at the weekly car boot sales. These are held on Sunday mornings in Fairfield Car Park in Dorchester. All the income collected is then awarded to local community organisations.   There were many projects and organisations that benefited from the grants. These include pre-school, sports and youth clubs. Projects for people with disabilities or long-term health related issues also received grants. Celebration tea Successful organisations attended a celebration tea at the Town Hall in Dorchester on Friday 4 October 2019. They received certificates from Councillor Anthony Alford, Chair of the Dorchester Markets Car Boot Fund and Councillor David Taylor, Deputy Mayor of Dorchester Town Council.  Some of the organisations who received grants with their certificates. Making lives better Councillor Alford said: “It’s wonderful to award £15,000 to these local organisations. We recognise the hard work that they do to make lives better for others. Thank you to those who hire pitches at the car boot sale in Dorchester.” Successful organisations   Successful organisations include:  
  • The Wyvern Credit Union who received £1,500 towards modernising their IT infrastructure
  • Kushti Bok – a Gypsy and Traveller led organisation received £590 towards a Memorial Day to remember the Gypsy Roma Holocaust
  • Dorchester Youth and Community Centre who are supporting a group of vulnerable young people to learn cookery skills
  • 1st Charminster Scout Group (£200)
  • Charlton Down Cricket Club (£300)
  • Domestic Abuse Intervention Training (£288)
  • Dorchester Arts (£500)
  • Dorchester and District Amateur Boxing Club (£300)
  • Dorchester Ballet and Dance Club (£200)
  • Dorchester Child contact Centre (£500)
  • Dorchester Community Plays Association (£800)
  • Dorchester Disabled Club (£500)
  • Dorchester Men’s Shed CIC (£260)
  • Dorchester Opportunity Group (£500)
  • Dorchester Rugby Club (£664)
  • Dorchester Social Stroke Club (£500)
  • Dorchester Youth and Community Centre (£840)
  • Dorchester Youth Extra (£500)
  • Dorchester Youth Theatre (£600
  • Dorset Blind Association (£250)
  • Dorset MIND (£800)
  • Dorset Search and Rescue (£200)
  • Friends at Broadmayne School PTA (£500)
  •  Friends of Dorchester West Station (£200)
  • Home-Start West Dorset (£1,000)
  • Jurassic Coast Raptors (£700)
  • Piddlehinton United Football Club (£100)
  • Puddletown Cricket Club (£200)
  • Puddletown FC (£200)
  • South West Dorset Multicultural Network (£800)
  • Volunteer Centre Dorset (£750)
The 2020 grant programme will be open for applications soon. Please contact the Communities Team at Dorset Council on 01305 838126 for further details.

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Dorset Digital Champion and cyber security expert releases new book to help protect you from crime

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 10:08

A useful guide to help people take steps to protect themselves from cyber and identity crime is released this month from the British Computer Society.

The guide has been co-written and edited by Andy Taylor, a volunteer Digital Champion with Dorset Council who also works full time as an independent information security adviser following a career in the Royal Navy.

Photo Caption:  Role Reversal:  Alan Turing cracked code for good – now it is criminals doing it.  Dorset Digital Champion pays homage to the father of computer science, image is part of  ‘The Sherborne Community Mural’.

Andy is based at Sherborne Library on a voluntary basis, providing free support and advice to anyone needing help with basic digital skills. He is one of 75 Digital Champions volunteering in Dorset libraries to help people with computers, tablets, phones and more. Most have gained experience from their professional careers.

As Andy explains in his new book, information security fraud has evolved more rapidly than any other crime with the onset of computers and the digital world.

Andy said: “We mitigate against crime and injury everyday by following set rules and best practice.  As an analogy, we drive vehicles and take a lot of risk going from A to B but we follow the rules of the road to stay safe. We can’t take the risks away, but we know where they are and take steps to avoid injury.

“The same applies to information security. Paying by debit card on a reputable website, carries a risk, but it is very small so we take it. The risks increase significantly though when connecting to an insecure Wi-Fi where the credentials are unclear.”

Take steps to protect yourself against cyber and information crime

  • • Consider using Paypal, it is very secure – https://www.paypal.com/uk/home
  • • Never put any financial information including banking or credit card details in an email, it is not secure.
  • • Be quick to install the latest versions (patches) in software. Criminals look for the weaknesses in the old versions to exploit.
  • • Always use websites with https:\\ the ‘s’ actually stands for security and will generate a padlock, make sure it is not crossed out. If the website does not have the ‘s’, do not shop there.
  • • Protect your documents. Always shred all discarded documents that contain personal information (including name and addresses).  An advantage that identity and cyber criminals have on their side is the time to sift through and pull together information from everywhere.

To buy the book called Information Security Management Principles 3rd Edition go online to the BCS bookshop (https://shop.bcs.org) or visit any good bookseller including Winstone Books in Sherborne.

To get free help from a Digital Champion simply call 01305 221048 and we will match you with a friendly volunteer in your own area who will help you feel right at home in the digital world.



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Threatened seabirds on Teesside and Solent coast to get extra protection

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 07:44
The moves are expected to benefit species including little and common terns, avocets and ruffs.
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Mudeford Spit beach cafe rebuild approved after fire

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 01/15/2020 - 17:03
The new cafe at Mudeford, where beach huts sell for up to £300,000, is expected to open next year.
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Seven charged over 'card cloning fraud' with 70 victims

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 01/15/2020 - 14:08
More than 70 victims had credit cards and driving licences cloned, organised crime police say.
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Dorset AONB land owner fined for planning breach

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 01/15/2020 - 07:56

A Dorset landowner has been prosecuted and fined for failing to comply with a planning enforcement notice within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (13/1/20).

View of the unauthorised dwelling (north western elevation).

Thomas William Gibbs (aged 69) of Willow Farm, Longbarrow Lane, Stoke Abbott, Beaminster pleaded guilty at Weymouth Magistrates Court to an offence contrary to Section 179 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

Mr Gibbs pleaded guilty on 5 August 2019 however sentencing took place on 13 January, after being adjourned twice, to enable Mr Gibbs to comply with the enforcement notice.

Long running dispute

Planning enforcement officers first served notice on Mr Gibbs as far back as April 2008 after discovering he had built an unauthorised dwelling at Willow Farm.

The farm is located between Beaminster and Stoke Abbott and is in a protected area of countryside that falls within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The enforcement notice required Mr Gibbs to cease the residential use of the land and to demolish and remove the structure.

Mr Gibbs appealed the notice which resulted in temporary permission for the dwelling being granted on the condition it would be removed by February 2012.

Sometime before February 2012, Mr Gibbs then went on to build a further unauthorised barn-like structure which was deemed harmful to the scenic beauty of the AONB.

View of the unauthorised chicken barn (south eastern elevation).

Mr Gibbs applied for planning permission to retain the dwelling and barn but this was refused in September 2012.

A second enforcement notice was issued requiring residential use on the land to cease and the demolition and removal of the unauthorised buildings by June 2014.

A further appeal by Mr Gibbs was rejected and the second notice came back into effect requiring to him to comply by 23 January 2015.

Residential use of building continued

Mr Gibbs did not comply however and a follow up investigation by planning enforcement officers in 2017 found that the dwelling continued to be occupied in spite of the enforcement notice.

Further inspections took place in 2018 and 2019, by which time the offending had continued for over four years.

Following a court summons being served in April 2019 significant steps were taken by Mr Gibbs to comply with the enforcement notice.

Demolition of the dwelling has yet to take place however because a bat roost had become established in the roof space of the building.

A licence has been granted by Natural England to allow the demolition to take place in a way that ensures the protection of the bats. This work is now expected to take place in the spring.

Mr Gibbs was fined £1000 and ordered to pay the full amount of the Council’s prosecution costs in the sum of £1,480.  In addition a victim surcharge of £100 was ordered to be paid. The fines have to be paid within 28 days.

Mr Gibbs was told by the sentencing court that he could be prosecuted by Dorset Council again if he did not demolish the building as promised.

Dorset Council Cabinet Member for Planning, Cllr David Walsh said:

“I would like thank our officers for bringing this long running case to a successful conclusion. We have a duty to protect land which is part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

“This case in particular shows how we use court proceedings as a last resort and where possible we will try to work with landowners to ensure planning law is respected and complied with.

“That said, we will not allow the integrity of the planning system to be undermined. We will take appropriate action to ensure that Mr Gibbs does not allow the demolition of the building to drift and delay.”

More about planning enforcement

Dorset Council as the local planning authority has responsibility for taking whatever enforcement action may be necessary, in the public interest, in its administrative area.

Find out more about planning enforcement or report concerns about a possible unauthorised development.

More Dorset Council news.

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Vision for South West powerhouse revealed

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 01/14/2020 - 17:48
South West businesses say they want to create growth in an eco-friendly way and be carbon neutral.
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CoastSnap – Your coastline needs you!

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 01/14/2020 - 17:13

Please help monitor Dorset’s changing coastline by sending in your snaps!

CoastSnap – your coastline needs you!

Dorset Council has installed two ‘CoastSnap’ points at West Bay and is now asking people walking past to take pictures there.

The CoastSnap points feature special smart phone cradles that point in a particular direction. This means images taken there can be used to monitor Dorset’s dynamic coastline.

Cllr Ray Bryan, Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Environment, Travel and Highways, said: “This is an interesting project which anyone with a smartphone can get involved in.

“We are asking people walking by to take a quick snap, using the special smart phone CoastSnap cradle. I hope there will be some ‘Citizen Scientists’ out there who will be keen to help monitor Dorset’s ever-changing coastline.”

Dorset Council is working on this project with Plymouth Coastal Observatory, who will use the images to monitor ongoing coastal changes. The phone cradles mean the exact same image will be taken each time so they can be used to accurately identify coastal changes.

More than a dozen photos have already been submitted and the points were only installed last week.

Any photos taken at the CoastSnap points will help record the status of the beaches. Dorset’s beaches are constantly changing due to tides, weather and erosion.

All photo-senders will remain anonymous. If you send in a photo please note the time and the date it was taken.

Please email photos taken at the CoastSnap points to the Plymouth Coastal Observatory. The address, available at the CoastSnap points, is: coastal.observatory@plymouth.ac.uk

More information is available here.


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Oh! Yes it is – the January blog from foster carer Amanda

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 01/14/2020 - 09:30

A sea of paper in every room, noise level up ten octaves and barely-open presents tossed on the floor. I’m still in my dressing room looking like an extra from the Gremlins and my husband is sat with five boxes of chocolates, a little overwhelmed at where to begin. Must be Christmas day.

This year we are greatly reduced in numbers as this is the first year without my mum and no one really wants to make a big thing of celebrating this year.

I knew I would probably over compensate in presents due to my lack of Christmas cheer and knowing that the boy’s parents had not sent gifts this year for different reasons. The trouble with overcompensating is watching all the children actually getting tired of opening presents and having a little melt down over not knowing what to play with first.

Christmas is also a time when emotions run high for our fostered children . ‘Will Santa know where I live?’ ‘Is it ok to be happy when mummy/ daddy are not?’ ‘Why did mummy/ daddy not buy me anything?’ ‘ Why did mummy/ daddy buy me something I don’t like?’ ‘ I wish mummy/ daddy were here too.’ Or ‘I hope my parents don’t see  me being happy here.’ My boys cried a lot over the Christmas break, usually they did not know why they were crying.

So what else comes hand in hand with Christmas? Oh yes panto season ‘Oh yes it does.’ The boys, my daughter and my husband are on stage for the next week, strutting their stuff and trying to remember the script. My husband has left the lime light for the chorus this year so he can support the boy’s first ever show. Littlest boy is taking everything in his stride and filling the whole stage with his presence where oldest boy is a little apprehensive that people will laugh at him. Trouble is panto is full of laughs so the pressure is on to help him distinguish being laughed at to the audience laughing with him.

Here’s a picture of my middle daughter as Lolly in this year’s Dick Whittington.

So training this month. I was lucky enough to attend the ‘Play therapy’ course. I spent a whole day playing and meeting some lovely people from all parts of Dorset children’s team. I definitely recommend this course as  it links in very well with PACE and helps with communication and interaction difficulties that children in care may face.

I also attended the meeting to discuss future plans for Dorset fostering services with Theresa. Still early days but we had nearly two hours of putting our points and needs across to hopefully strengthen the care service for all our fostered children. So I must away to find missing bits of costume and try and get the ridiculously sticky stage make off  two little boy’s faces.

Please come and support us – Dick Whittington at the Mowlem theatre Friday  17 Jan uary 7.30pm and Saturday 18 2pm and 7pm. All money raised goes straight back into the Swanage drama pot to fund another fabulous show and to keep theatre in Purbeck going.

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Dorset NHS shake-up plans to go ahead

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 01/14/2020 - 09:04
The raft of changes to Dorset's health services were first put forward in 2015.
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Asmir Begovic: Bournemouth goalkeeper joins AC Milan on loan

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 01/13/2020 - 19:45
Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic joins AC Milan on loan for the remainder of the season.
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Eddie Howe: Bournemouth manager 'will have to reflect' on position

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 01/13/2020 - 17:06
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says he will "have to reflect on" whether he is "doing well enough" after his side went second bottom in the Premier League.
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