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Purbeck Has Talent - Get Your Application In!

Purbeck Has Talent is gearing up for a fantastic show this weekend! Held at the Mowlem Theatre in Swanage and in its second year, Purbeck Has Talent first sprung onto the social calender last year, organised by our local police and youth services as a way of bringing our community together. Following last year's massive success, entrants are now busily rehearsing, with the age range of contestants extended this year to include anyone from the age of 10 to 110 who lives in Purbeck. Top prize in each age group is a massive £250, with £100 second and £50 third prizes. All winners will also be rewarded with a selection of fresh Chococo chocolates.

Have Your Say On Quarrying In Dorset

People in Dorset are being asked to have their say on the future strategy for quarrying minerals across the county. The Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Minerals Core Strategy aims to ensure that adequate and steady supplies of minerals are secured efficiently and in environmentally acceptable ways to meet everyone’s needs. At the end of 2010, Dorset County Council - in partnership with Bournemouth and Poole borough councils - consulted on the draft Minerals Core Strategy. Over 1,000 comments were received and, as a result, the document has been redrafted. And from 15 July to 9 September 2011, the revised strategy will be open for public consultation.

Dorset Manufacturers Urged To Contact Westminster

Manufacturers across Dorset are being urged to help change the perception of industry by telling their stories of innovation and ingenuity to their local MPs. Terry Slater, Region Director in the south west for EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, is calling on local companies to participate in the "Made By Britain" scheme launched by Business Secretary Vince Cable by getting in touch with their Westminster representatives.

Frank Roberts Completes Heroes Haven 633 Mile Walk

Frank Roberts completed his 633 mile walk of The South West Coast Path, in aid of 'Heroes Haven' Swanage, and to publicise the work of Alan Rowe, founder of 'The Baton'-a Symbol of the Nations conscience. Frank was inspired to walk this route after he had read a book about this section of the Coastal Path, but unlike the writer, he has no dog to keep him company, just the Baton.

Only 3 Weeks Until Camp Bestival!!

With just over three weeks to go until we descend upon the magical Lulworth Castle on Dorset’s dramatic Jurassic coast for a whole weekend of frolicsome Camp Bestival fun, we’re getting super-excited at Camp Bestival HQ. There will be headline performances from Blondie, Mark Ronson and the Business INTL and Primal Scream and must—see sets from the likes of Laura Marling, House of Pain, ABC, Katy B, Beardyman, Ed Sheeran and The Cuban Brothers. The little ones won’t know what’s hit ‘em with over a hundred free things for kids to do including appearances from Mr Tumble, Peppa Pig and Shrek The Musical and a wealth of entertainment from soft play and the Freestyle Sports Park to Comedy4Kids and Mini Discos. And with mouthwatering food including Kerstin Rodgers Underground Restaurant, and Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage Café and lots more amazing food stalls it’s set to be the best Camp Bestival yet.

Swanage Lifeboat Man Receives Invite From Queen

The volunteer coxswain of the RNLI lifeboat station in Swanage has been invited to Buckingham Palace as a guest at The Queen’s royal garden party on Tuesday 19 July. Martin Steeden joined the crew of the Swanage lifeboat in January 1977, following in the footsteps of his father-in-law. During his 34 years at the station, there have been almost 1,500 lifeboat launches, resulting in more than 400 lives saved.

WHSmith Confirm Ten Jobs Available In Swanage

WHSmith is delighted to announce that it will be opening a new store in Swanage towards the end of July 2011. WHSmith sells a wide range of newspapers, magazines, stationery, books and confectionery products and we are very pleased to be bringing our broad range of products and services to the local community in Swanage.

Swanage Library Opening Ceremony This Saturday

Swanage Library re-opened last week following an extensive refurbishment programme. Dorset County Council has carried out a range of repairs and improvement works at the High Street building over the past six months, providing replacement windows, better access for all and a more energy-efficient heating system.

Deaf Blind Awareness Week

With National Deafblind Awareness Week commencing June 27, national charity the Meningitis Trust is reminding everyone in the UK that the loss of hearing and sight are two of the most common devastating after-effects that meningitis can leave sufferers with. Meningitis can strike within hours and its effects can last a lifetime. Bridie Taylor of the Meningitis Trust says: “The effects of meningitis can be life changing. It is important that everyone understands the seriousness of the disease. Around half a million people in the UK have suffered from meningitis, and thousands are left with serious after-effects like deafness. Meningitis can damage the nerve responsible for sight (the optic nerve), resulting in partial loss of vision, or blindness in one or both eyes. Many people experience eyesight difficulties due to the optic nerve swelling after their illness.”

Swanage Armed Forces Weekend 2011

Once again Swanage is to hold its annual Armed Forces Weekend, on the 25th and 26th of June. Over the weekend you can find a number of stalls and displays on sandpit field by the seafront. Which will include the ever popular disaster field kitchen and their cooking displays, with the use of everyday objects to replaces those that you would normally find in a kitchen.

Armed Forces Honoured In Purbeck

Purbeck District Council today thanked the Armed Forces at a flag raising ceremony in Wareham. A special flag was raised at the District Council’s offices to mark Armed Forces Day which takes place on Saturday 25 June. Lieutenant Colonel Richard Taylor from the Royal Armoured Corps Training Regiment based in Bovington; Lieutenant Alex Burlingham from the Royal Navy School of Recruiting, Bovington; and soldiers and marines, from Bovington and Lulworth, all visited Wareham to raise the flag.

Missing Person Alert - Have You Seen John?

Police in Poole are increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing vulnerable 68-year-old man – with a picture of the missing man being released. John Veal, of Petersham Road in Poole, was reported missing at about 11.30pm on Thursday, 16 June 2011, and was last seen at 9.30am that day. Police Constable Martin Strange, of Bournemouth and Poole police, said: “We need to find John as a matter of urgency and establish that he is safe and well as he may not be able to take good care of himself.

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