Surge in Swanage lifeboat calls during summer following lockdown The RNLI has released data showing that Swanage Lifeboat Station had to cope with a 69 percent increase in callouts over the summer in 2020 compared to 2019. 4h · Emergency services
Swanage RNLI second coxswain Gavin Steeden
Swanage Recreation Playground under construction Swanage children to get new playground for Christmas! Plans for a completely refurbished play area with new equipment at the Recreation Ground in Swanage are in full swing. 2d · Environment & weather
Purbeck Park, Norden “Don’t squander four week break” warns Public Health Dorset, as Covid testing starts in Purbeck Purbeck is to get its own mobile coronavirus testing unit, as number of Covid cases begins to level off, after two weeks of lockdown. 3d · Coronavirus
PC Dave Cotterill, Superintendent Heather Dixey and PC John Upsher with the dedicated car Fines issued for lockdown breaches as Dorset Police launches Covid patrols Dorset Police says it has issued 20 penalties since officers began a new patrol called Operation Tattoo last week to enforce coronavirus restrictions. 4d · Coronavirus · Crime
Julie Wheeldon Tributes paid to “feisty and outspoken” and “thoughtful and truly caring” former Swanage Mayor The funeral is to take place of one of Swanage’s most remarkable residents, Julie Wheeldon, who will be remembered for her campaign against plans for a marina in Swanage. 5d · People
Sandbanks ferry from Shell Bay dunes Sandbanks Ferry inquiry into toll increases stopped to consider new proposals The National Trust and a consortium of councils have both submitted alternative proposals to the Sandbanks Ferry company’s price increase plans. 5d · Transport
Swanage RNLI second coxswain Gavin Steeden Surge in Swanage lifeboat calls during summer following lockdown The RNLI has released data showing that Swanage Lifeboat Station had to cope with a 69 percent increase in callouts over the summer in 2020 compared to 2019. 4 hours ago
River Frome in Wareham Man dangerously speeding on Wareham’s River Frome, dealt with under new law A 30 year old man from Hertfordshire, causing danger to other water users in a motor boat has received a community resolution order. 7 days ago
Bin lorries on fire Swanage Fire crew help tackle major blaze destroying bin lorries A huge fire destroying around 15 bin lorries at Dorset Council’s Chickerell depot means bin collections suspended in Weymouth - SEE VIDEO. 1 week ago
Taunton Road in Swanage Witness appeal after man in balaclava in Swanage spotted “rubbing his crotch” Detectives investigating a suspicious incident in the area of Taunton Road are appealing for anyone with information to come forward. 1 week ago
Graffiti at Swanage skatepark Swanage skatepark targeted by “mindless scrawling” says police Purbeck Police are appealing for information after the equipment at the skatepark in King George’s playing fields was daubed with paint. 1 week ago
Purbeck Park, Norden
“Don’t squander four week break” warns Public Health Dorset, as Covid testing starts in Purbeck Purbeck is to get its own mobile coronavirus testing unit, as number of Covid cases begins to level off, after two weeks of lockdown. 3 days ago
PC Dave Cotterill, Superintendent Heather Dixey and PC John Upsher with the dedicated car Fines issued for lockdown breaches as Dorset Police launches Covid patrols Dorset Police says it has issued 20 penalties since officers began a new patrol called Operation Tattoo last week to enforce coronavirus restrictions. 4 days ago
Institute Road More Swanage shops and takeaways to stay open through lockdown two This time in Swanage, shops selling essential goods and a good number of cafes and restaurants offering takeaways are remaining open - SEE LIST. 2 weeks ago
Swanage Bay viewed from the Downs Swanage mayor asks us to look out for our vulnerable as the town enters second lockdown The town is bracing itself as Swanage starts four weeks of lockdown, in a bid to reduce the spread of Covid that's threatening to overwhelm the NHS. 3 weeks ago
Swanage Institute Road Holiday over as Swanage prepares for four weeks of lockdown New restrictions in England to reduce the spread of COVID-19 mean that holiday makers and second home owners won’t be able to visit holiday destinations including Swanage. 3 weeks ago
Covid marshals on patrol Covid marshals to be deployed in Dorset towns this weekend With a sharp increase in the number of cases of coronavirus across the county, Covid marshals are to start patrolling the streets of the main towns in Dorset. 3 weeks ago
Coronavirus testing kit Half term not a break from Covid as Dorset hospital numbers rise The number of people in hospital in Dorset with Covid-19 has shot up over the past two weeks - reaching a total of 44. 1 month ago
View of houses in north Swanage Plan to give legal backing to Purbeck second home restrictions in final stage The Purbeck Local Plan, which aims to provide the framework for future planning decisions, is out for consultation for the last time. 1 week ago
Affordable homes in Worth Matravers Chance to make a difference during lockdown by tackling Swanage’s housing crisis A community-led affordable housing scheme in Swanage is being proposed and there's a Zoom meeting to find out more. 2 weeks ago
Exterior of Durlston Castle What Dorset Council will and won’t deliver during November lockdown Many services in Swanage provided by Dorset Council are to continue through this second lockdown, however some things will have to shut to comply with Covid guidelines. 3 weeks ago
Brown lid garden waste bin Dorset bin collections and local tip expected to be “largely unaffected” by new lockdown The leader of Dorset Council has said he’s hopeful that most council services will continue as usual under the new set of rules to reduce the spread of coronavirus. 3 weeks ago
Covid marshals on patrol Covid marshals to be deployed in Dorset towns this weekend With a sharp increase in the number of cases of coronavirus across the county, Covid marshals are to start patrolling the streets of the main towns in Dorset. 3 weeks ago
Sandbanks ferry from Shell Bay dunes
Sandbanks Ferry inquiry into toll increases stopped to consider new proposals The National Trust and a consortium of councils have both submitted alternative proposals to the Sandbanks Ferry company’s price increase plans. 5 days ago
Sandbanks Ferry Sandbanks Ferry to reduce hours during second lockdown but will continue to operate The ferry company, which is facing a public inquiry into its plans to increase toll prices, will finish operating at 9 pm on a daily basis for the next four ... 3 weeks ago
Road works sign at the High Street Drivers should watch out for partial closure of the High Street on Monday A short section of the High Street in Swanage is to close and vehicles will be diverted down Church Hill, to allow road works to take place. 3 weeks ago
Speed sign in Langton Matravers high street New initiative investigated to slow down traffic coming into Swanage Across Dorset, 45 communities already have electronic signs that show an approaching vehicle’s speed and now Swanage may get one too. 1 month ago
Slow sign at Langton Matravers high street Purbeck village pursues 20mph speed limit despite lack of “collision data” Langton Matravers’ parish councillors express disappointment that the request to Dorset Council for a 20mph speed limit through their village is “probably not looking positive". 1 month ago
Sandbanks Ferry Public inquiry into Sandbanks Ferry’s proposed inflation-linked toll increases The Department for Transport says a public inquiry will be held to examine the new proposed toll increases for the Sandbanks Ferry. 2 months ago
Historic boat plans to make return to Swanage A historic ferry is set to make its first trip to and from Swanage in years - and it could soon be offering trips to Brownsea Island too. 2 months ago
Swanage Recreation Playground under construction Swanage children to get new playground for Christmas! Plans for a completely refurbished play area with new equipment at the Recreation Ground in Swanage are in full swing. 2 days ago
River Frome in Wareham Man dangerously speeding on Wareham’s River Frome, dealt with under new law A 30 year old man from Hertfordshire, causing danger to other water users in a motor boat has received a community resolution order. 7 days ago
Seahorse Studland seahorses up for adoption to help Dorset’s wildlife this Christmas The Dorset Wildlife Trust is urging people to help the local wildlife this Christmas by adopting a Studland seahorse or even a Brownsea Island red squirrel. 1 week ago
Rainbow Rainbow message of hope illuminates Swanage The sky over Swanage was lit up for a few minutes by the most astonishing and vivid double rainbow that had residents and visitors grappling to find a camera. 4 weeks ago
Campaign banner at Old Harry Rocks Anger as Swanage outdoor education sector says it’s been left high and dry A campaign to draw the attention of the government to the plight of the outdoor industry in Dorset caused by coronavirus, has been launched at Old Harry Rocks. 1 month ago
Queen Rolls Royce Museum 1997
100 year old armoured Rolls Royce celebrates birthday with new Tank Museum film Bovington’s Tank Museum has commemorated the 100th anniversary of its oldest running vehicle by releasing a film to watch while the museum is closed under lockdown. 2 weeks ago
Purbeck Coast Halloween banner Tune in and spook out to Purbeck Coast 101.2 FM’s Halloween special! The community radio station, Purbeck Coast 101.2 FM, based in Swanage, is broadcasting a Halloween Spooktacular throughout the day and up to the witching hour. 4 weeks ago
The Disappearing Fish installation at Swanage Beach Giant fish art installation catches the attention of Swanage beachgoers With great panache, local artist Eilidh Middleton delivered a message to half term holiday makers about the tragic consequences of overfishing our seas. 4 weeks ago
Doris map showing the contours of the seabed in Dorset The seabed laid bare in Wild Seas exhibition at Durlston Castle In an attempt to reveal the mystery of what lies under the sea along our Jurassic coastline, a new exhibition has just opened. 1 month ago
The exterior of The Mowlem The Mowlem – despite Covid, the show must go on! Swanage’s independent theatre and cinema, The Mowlem has revealed details of its festive programme scheduled for the run up to Christmas. 1 month ago
Poole Cineworld Swanage loses one of its nearest multiplexes as Poole Cineworld closes Film fans in Swanage will have to look elsewhere to catch the latest releases as the town loses one of its nearest multiplexes with the temporary closure of Poole’s Cineworld. 2 months ago
Architect drawings of the proposed Albert Memorial Albert Memorial gets planning permission to be re-erected in Prince Albert Gardens After fifty years of neglect, the obelisk that was erected in Swanage to commemorate the life of Prince Albert has been given permission to be rebuilt. 2 months ago
Christmas Tree Festival 2019-12-22 video thumbnail The Christmas Tree Festival lights up the Emmanuel Baptist Church and brings plenty of festive cheer We find out more about this annual event by chatting to the minister at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Swanage, Mark Hatto and the church's adminstrator, Janet Norley.
Artisans on the Beach 2019-12-18 video thumbnail “I thought I’d have a go at this ‘being an artist’ thing” – Andy Knill from Artisans on the Beach Every Christmas the beach huts in Shore Road become pop up shops selling artwork and handmade crafts. We find out more by speaking to event organiser, Andy Knill.
Swanage and Purbeck Rotary Club 2019-12-10 video thumbnail “There’s a lot of really good food stalls today…I’ve spotted the olives!” – Rotary’s Steve Parsons Every year the Swanage and Purbeck Rotary organises a Christmas market in Station Road. The club's president, Steve Parsons explains more.
Swanage Bandstand 2019-12-10 video thumbnail “Ours is a sunken bandstand and it’s rare”- Alan Houghton, who campaigned to save Swanage Bandstand. After many years of neglect, the Swanage Bandstand has been restored to its former glory. We speak to the man who led the rescue mission, Alan Houghton.
Love Swanage Beach 2019-11-28 video thumbnail “Clear sewers equals clean seas!” – Sarah Spurling, Love Swanage Beach campaign Love Swanage Beach is a campaign to help improve and maintain the bathing water quality in Swanage. We speak to the project officer, Sarah Spurling.
Queen Rolls Royce Museum 1997
100 year old armoured Rolls Royce celebrates birthday with new Tank Museum film Bovington’s Tank Museum has commemorated the 100th anniversary of its oldest running vehicle by releasing a film to watch while the museum is closed under lockdown. 2 weeks ago
Christmas at The Tank Museum Festive food fair ‘pops up’ at Tank Museum to end a challenging year The Tank Museum is set to host Christmas festivities in a cheerful end to a year marred by Covid-19. 3 weeks ago
Santa on a sleigh in Swanage Santa set to bring festive cheer to Swanage for a Covid safe Christmas Despite the pandemic, Father Christmas still plans to bring merriment and joy to Swanage with the help of Swanage and Purbeck Rotary. 4 weeks ago
WW2-War-Stories Government shells out £780,000 funding boost to keep Tank Museum on track through pandemic The Tank Museum at Bovington has been thrown a major lifeline, receiving a total of £780,000 as part of the UK Government's Culture Recovery Fund. 1 month ago
Guard on Swanage Railway Station Swanage Railway gets over £200k in government COVID-19 recovery grant The heritage railway based in Swanage is to get a substantial cash payment to cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. 2 months ago
Steam train lit up with coloured lights Swanage Railway lights up Christmas! In a first for Swanage Railway, bookings have now opened for a ‘Steam and Lights’ festive train trip, which replaces the 'Santa Specials' that have been cancelled due to COVID-19 ... 2 months ago
Historic boat plans to make return to Swanage A historic ferry is set to make its first trip to and from Swanage in years - and it could soon be offering trips to Brownsea Island too. 2 months ago
Parkstone Grammar School sign Parkstone Grammar School students to work from home after Covid cases at school The girls’ grammar school in Poole, attended by many children in Swanage has just announced that it’s to temporarily close for all staff and pupils. 1 month ago
Pupils from Swanage Primary Swanage Primary pupils raise an amazing £1,790 for cancer charity Children from the primary school in Mount Scar were at last able to complete their Race for Life fundraiser, after delays due to coronavirus. 1 month ago
St Marks School Back to school for St Mark’s after coronavirus closure The pupils and staff at St Mark’s CE Primary School in Swanage return to their classrooms after a two week closure due to a member of staff testing positive for ... 2 months ago
St Marks school Closure of St Mark’s School – Public Health Dorset gives reassurance about COVID-19 in Swanage After a school staff member tested positive for COVID-19, the Director of Public Health Dorset, Sam Crowe has spoken to Swanage.News about stopping the spread of the virus in Swanage. 3 months ago
St Marks School St Mark’s Primary School to close after staff member tests positive for COVID-19 St Mark's CE Primary School in Swanage is the first school in Dorset since schools reopened in September, to shut due to a staff member testing positive for COVID-19. 3 months ago
Julie Wheeldon
Tributes paid to “feisty and outspoken” and “thoughtful and truly caring” former Swanage Mayor The funeral is to take place of one of Swanage’s most remarkable residents, Julie Wheeldon, who will be remembered for her campaign against plans for a marina in Swanage. 5 days ago
Sarah Lillian Priest Happy 112th birthday to Lillian who lives in Swanage – UK’s oldest person! Officially the UK's oldest person, Lillian Priest celebrated her 112th birthday with a party at her care home in Swanage. 2 weeks ago
Dave Corben receiving is record of service certificate. Dave Corben retires from Swanage RNLI after 50 years of volunteering Well known Swanage resident and local estate agent, Dave Corben has announced his retirement from the RNLI, calling it an “honour and privilege”. 4 weeks ago
Karen Penny raising money for Alzheimers in Swanage Woman on mammoth trek around UK “absolutely overwhelmed” by Swanage welcome As part of a four year journey around the British Isles - raising an impressive £70,000 for charity on the way - Karen Penny described the kindness of Swanage residents ... 4 weeks ago
Gaia Pope Date set for the full inquest into death of Swanage teenager Following delays due to the coronavirus pandemic, the full inquest into the death of Gaia Pope will now be heard four months later than expected. 2 months ago
Alison Milmer on her bike Swanage sports therapist needs own treatment for “sausage feet” after ultra endurance challenge! A sports therapist from Swanage, Alison Milmer has just completed an amazing five continuous ironman triathlons, called doing the ‘Quin’ - a total of 703 miles in six days. 2 months ago
Wedding ring found in grass Small miracle as man reunited with lost wedding ring A man has found his treasured wedding ring – just days after he feared it was lost forever along the coastal path in Studland. 3 months ago
Swans match against Corfe Castle Swans’ first three league matches called off as player tests positive for COVID-19 In a bitter blow at the start of the Dorset Premier League season for Swanage Town and Herston FC, a first team player has got coronavirus. 3 months ago
Swans playing Corfe Castle FC Swans aiming to continue winning streak in football league opener Swanage Town and Herston FC wants to build on its winning momentum against Shaftesbury Reserves in its first match of the Dorset Premier League season. 3 months ago
Swans first team and reserves playing a football match Swans get kitted out for new football season With the Swans in action tonight against Wareham Rangers, Swanage Town and Herston Football Club is pleased to announce its kit sponsors. 3 months ago
Reopening of the putting green at Beach Gardens Mini golf provides ‘green’ alternative to Swanage Beach Beach Gardens in Swanage is being promoted as an alternative safe space to the beach, as the putting green finally reopens. 4 months ago
Swanage Town and Herston football club's pitch Swans get cash from football Premier League to help beat coronavirus crisis With the footy season cancelled and no revenue, there’s at last some good news as Swanage Town and Herston FC gets £1,500. 6 months ago

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