General News

St Martins House

The housing association aiming to build 59 units for older people on the old St Martins site in Queen Street, Gillingham, has put in its planning application. And in its planning statement housing …
Matt Prosser

The first appointment has now been agreed for the new unitary authority in Dorset. Earlier this month, the shadow senior appointments committee had recommended Matt Prosser be appointed as the first chief executive …
A 303 mere fire

A fire on a lorry carrying straw on the A 303 today near Mere caused traffic chaos today. Five fire engines were called to deal with the blaze which occurred between the turnings …
Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police and partners have declared a major incident after it is suspected that two people might have been exposed to an unknown substance in Amesbury. Emergency services were called to an address …
Merck Simon Hoare Gillingham

Leading science and technology company Merck has today announced plans to expand its Gillingham, UK distribution centre. The €9 million investment will boost distribution capabilities for the business. Anticipated to open in early …
Cheetah cub Longleat Xena abandoned

An abandoned cheetah cub is being hand reared by her keeper at Longleat. The female cub, which has been nicknamed Xena after the warrior princess to mark her battling qualities, spent the first …
Orchard Park

The well-known Orchard Park garden centre in Gillingham has been sold to a large company – and the site now looks to expand. Guernsey-based Blue Diamond, Britain’s third largest garden centre operator, has …

  Margaret Marande, 81, is now half way on her marathon 220-mile trek of The Hardy Way, having left Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre on 18 April. As reported in the May issue of …
hail storm shaftesbury

One of the heaviest hailstorms in recent years hit Shaftesbury this afternoon with hail lying more than an inch deep in places, turning surfaces white and causing local flooding on roads. The intense …