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TV Fred lights up Christchurch Christmas switch-on fun

CROWDS thronged the centre of Christchurch when ITV Meridian’s veteran presenter Fred Dinenage switched on the town’s Christmas tree illuminations and street lights. Saturday’s day-long event featured Santa’s procession with real reindeer from the Priory...

‘Different but not worse’ – residents to face new recycling regime

CHANGES to refuse collections planned for next year will mean Christchurch residents will be able to recycle cartons and tin foil for the first time. Despite concerns the town was getting a “worse deal” than...

Highcliffe Castle cook up some future history with time capsule concealed in oven

A HISTORIC 19th century oven was used to hide away a time capsule at Highcliffe Castle in celebration of the imminent completion of its east wing restoration. Inside the capsule is some castle memorabilia, a...
Royal Bournemouth Hospital

Hospital operations at risk in staff overtime dispute over pensions

OPERATIONS could be delayed or even cancelled at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital because consultants are not prepared to work overtime shifts due to changes to their pension taxation. Currently there are 53 theatre lists –...
New Milton Asian hornet

Sighting of ‘devastating’ Asian hornet sparks fresh alert to beekeepers

A FRESH local sighting has been made of the invasive Asian hornet that can decimate bee hives. The hornet was spotted in Highcliffe on Tuesday just months after another was captured in New Milton in...
Christchurch election results

Independents trounce Christchurch Tories in first ‘super council’ election

NO party will be in overall control of the new Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch unitary authority after the Conservatives won just 36 seats of the 76 up for grabs. The party took a particular pounding...

Horrified teen has bicycle Christmas gift snatched in front of his eyes

A 15 YEAR-OLD boy watched in horror as a thief grabbed his £800 bike from a cycle rack at Christchurch railway station and rode off on it. Isaac Page, from Lymington, said he had felt...

Council on ‘full alert’ for floods as weekend rain forecast

COUNCIL highways teams are on “full alert” as heavy rain is forecast for the south this weekend. With a Met Office yellow weather warning in force for Saturday and Sunday across the south coast, including the...

Police make appeal as concern grows for missing woman

CONCERNS are growing for the welfare of a missing Christchurch woman who was last seen on Monday evening. Dorset Police said Sarah Moore (54) had been upset, and left her home in Fairmile Road on...

Passengers face 28 days of disruption in South Western Railway strikes

A 28-DAY strike will kick off tomorrow (Monday) across the South Western Railway network after the failure of negotiations last week. Members of the RMT union will stage three walk-outs between 2nd December and 1st...
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