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New pattern of electoral divisions in Dorset to be planned

The Commission is asking people and organisations for their help to produce a new pattern of electoral divisions for 46 county councillors.

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Photo by Colin Varndell

Autumn in Dorset - photography, walks and places to visit

A collection of walks, places to visit and photography for you to enjoy this autumn

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Where in Dorset? October 2014

If I’m not careful I could easily give away the name of our mystery village this month.

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The Royal Naval Cordite Factory site model from 1942. The Acetone Cooker House and circular distillation tanks can be seen bottom left, note the buildings are painted in camouflage to avoid enemy bombers

Behind the scenes at a top secret Royal Naval facility in Dorset

A top secret Royal Naval facility briefly opened to the public during Dorset Architectural Heritage Week, Edward Griffiths is given a special tour by some former employees who reveal the vital role it played during two world wars

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Teresa with her dog Luca in her studio at Upwey

Dorset artist Teresa Lawton and her inspirational walks through Dorset

From the rapture of a lonely shore to the pleasures of a pathless wood, artist Teresa Lawton’s abstract paintings are her instinctive response to Dorset’s natural beauty

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The Wareham family were a branch of my paternal family from Shaftesbury  before that they came from Shillingstone, Child Okeford and Tarrant Gunville.

Where to start when tracing relatives and the meaning behind some Dorset surnames

It’s fascinating tracing relatives but where do you start? In a new series genealogist Luke Mouland provides useful tips and turns up some interesting Dorset names

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Kevin Wilson

Bridport’s unique characters photographed by Kevin Wilson

Renowned photographer Kevin Wilson returned to original techniques to capture the unique characters of St Michael’s estate in the town, picturing trades of bygone eras from net-making to waxworks.

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Marilyn Allis

TV series partly filmed in Wimborne and Weymouth features 2 Dorset artists

Local artists, Marilyn Allis and Alison Board, both from Blandford Forum near Wimborne, are to be featured in a new TV series called Fraser and Friends.

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