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The supermarket chain ALDI has accused planners of holding up their plans for a new store on the outskirts of Gillingham. The company wants to build what it calls a ‘modest neighbourhood store’ …

Proposed changes in the way rural schools in North Dorset and elsewhere are funded will bring in more money but should not be seen as a ‘windfall’ solution, says a leading teaching union. …

Developers say they are pressing ahead with plans to build 130 homes on a greenfield site on Castle Street in Mere despite strong opposition from many local residents and councillors. At a sometimes …

Eagle-eyed readers of author and illustrator Raymond Briggs’ book about his parents’ life, Ethel & Ernest, would have spotted some familiar place names on page 37. In a letter that a young Raymond, …

In the early years of the 13th century King John was rather fond of hunting deer there and had a moated hunting lodge known as King’s Court built to accommodate his visits. Meanwhile …

It is a village of charm whose quiet appeal was immortalised by the painter John Constable. Now there are plans to make Colesbrook on the northern edge of Gillingham an official conservation area. …

ANALYSIS Critics of the controversial plans to close the 15 NHS beds at Westminster Hospital in Shaftesbury believe the consultation has been deeply flawed and the proposals themselves based on inadequate information. In …

Campaigners from Gillingham, Shaftesbury and south Wiltshire have joined forces in a bid to stop the proposed closure of 15 inpatient beds at Westminster Memorial Hospital. As the deadline for consultation on the …
Rick Godley

Rick Godley retired last month after 12 years as handyman at Milton-on-Stour CE VA Primary School. ‘When I started I was employed to do one hour a week and I thought I would …