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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 …
Lidl shaftesbury

The supermarket chain Lidl has confirmed it is looking to open a store in Shaftesbury. The popular store, which already has branches in Gillingham and Blandford, told Gillingham & Shaftesbury News: ‘We are …
TSB closing Gillingham

The TSB Bank is to close its branch on the High Street in Gillingham in September. The departure of the bank will be seen as a further blow to the town’s High Street …
Ambulance Dorset

Police officers investigating a road traffic collision in North Dorset are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to get in contact. At around 3.50pm yesterday, Thursday 12 April 2018, a two-vehicle collision …
rubbish collection bins Dorset

Dorset residents’ bin collections may be affected for up to a week while services return to normal, officials have warned. Due to the recent severe weather, the Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) suspended collections …
snow A 303

UPDATE from Wiltshire Police: ‘We believe everyone stranded on the A303 has now been rescued by our officers. If you are still stranded and we haven’t reached you, call 101. The road remains …
Gillingham Town Council

Councillors on Gillingham Town Council’s planning committee have unanimously recommended the acceptance of two separate outline planning applications for schemes to build close to 1,600 homes on the town’s planned Southern Extension. The …