From Swanage Pier to the cloud, community radio moves online Former Purbeck Coast community radio station presenter Lex McKee is back on air again and others are expected to join him. 11h · Business
Purbeck Radio presenter Lex McKee will set up a new station online
Main beach car park Ban on learner driver lessons in Swanage car parks exposed by review A 30 year old policy which prohibits teaching learner drivers in Swanage’s car parks has come to the forefront following Swanage Town Council’s review of its car park rules. 1d · Transport
Peatland restoration at Studland Work starts on new bogs for Studland While spiders in bogs are not always welcome, there’s hope that the restoration of the peatland habitat in Studland, Dorset will see the widespread return of the rare raft spider. 2d · Environment & weather
Blue Wilson is walking the coastline of the UK for marine charities and has just reached Old Harry Warm Swanage welcome lifts the blues for UK coast walker Generous Swanage families made a real impression on round the UK coast walker Blue Wilson when her 11,000 mile journey took her into Purbeck. 3d · People
Swanage Carnival procession 2023 What’s on in Swanage: Festivals line-up for 2024 There’s plenty of festivals happening in and around Swanage for 2024 and the dates have just been released. 4d · Tourism and events
Volunteers at Swanage Railway were celebrated at a special weekend to help recruit more colleagues Unsung heroes shine as Swanage Railway celebrates its volunteers The magnificent work done by hundreds of Swanage Railway volunteers took centre stage at a special community weekend. 5d · Swanage Railway · Tourism and events
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Both Swanage lifeboats were launched together for the first time in 2024 to help search for a person reported missing off Old Harry Swanage lifeboat crew search for missing man Both Swanage lifeboats were launched together to help search for a missing person in the early hours of the morning of Thursday 15th February 2024. 1 week ago
Wareham Road outside Romany Works business park Wareham man airlifted to hospital after scooter crash A man in his 70s from Wareham was taken by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital with serious injuries after a collision between his scooter and a car near Holton ... 3 weeks ago
Swanage lifeboats launch to rescue dog First rescue for new Swanage lifeboat as dog falls over cliff A family pet dog sustained a leg injury but was lucky to survive after an 80 foot fall at Old Harry near Swanage in Dorset. 1 month ago
D Class D884 at Swanage Lifeboat station Come and meet Roy at Swanage Lifeboat Station Swanage RNLI’s latest recruit - its new inshore lifeboat named Roy Norgrove - is to be the star attraction at a specially arranged event. 1 month ago
New inshore lifeboat Roy Norgrove D884 Swanage RNLI takes delivery of new lifeboat The gift of a brand new inshore lifeboat named Roy Norgrove has arrived at Swanage Lifeboat Station in time for Christmas. 2 months ago
Second home tax to help build affordable houses in Purbeck Double council tax is to be charged on all second home owners in Swanage and across Dorset from 1st April 2025. 1 week ago
Sandbanks Ferry Support for Sandbanks Ferry toll rise ‘strongly refuted’ by Dorset Council Dorset Council has denied claims by the Sandbanks Ferry company that it backs its bid to inflation link toll increases. 2 weeks ago
Swanage Bay aerial view Double council tax for Swanage second homes back on agenda Owners of second homes are set to be charged twice the amount of council tax by Dorset Council from 2025 and Swanage Town Council will get more cash too. 2 weeks ago
Swanage football club Plans for new Swanage leisure centre kicked into touch A proposal to build a large multipurpose leisure centre at the football ground in Swanage in Dorset, has been scaled back and now there's a new plan. 4 weeks ago
Swanage Community awards 2024 Winners of Swanage’s community awards announced Swanage’s community heroes were recognised for their valuable contribution to society at a special event organised by Swanage Town Council. 1 month ago
Beach huts Charities given chance to book free Swanage beach hut With the growing popularity of beach huts in Swanage, the town council is looking to support local charities and community groups by offering an opportunity to hire a hut for ... 1 month ago
Swanage tip Charges scrapped for DIY waste at Swanage tip Households will no longer have to pay to get rid of DIY waste at recycling centres including Swanage, as Dorset Council introduces a new scheme from the start of 2024. 2 months ago
Blue Wilson is walking the coastline of the UK for marine charities and has just reached Old Harry Warm Swanage welcome lifts the blues for UK coast walker Generous Swanage families made a real impression on round the UK coast walker Blue Wilson when her 11,000 mile journey took her into Purbeck. 3 days ago
Henk Artlink Former Swanage postmaster tells of ordeal due to Horizon computer Henk Agelink who was the Swanage postmaster until he was wrongfully sacked in 2005, is now seeking redress after he was made bankrupt as a direct result of the Post ... 4 weeks ago
Hike to raise money for Emily McDonald Spirit of Swanage delivers Christmas gift for Emily Brave Swanage teenager Emily McDonald will be flying out to the USA in the New Year for life changing treatment - thanks to the generosity of Purbeck fundraisers. 2 months ago
Kevin Dimarco and Keith Parkinson with defib Heart attack victim says he owes ‘huge debt’ to Swanage man A regular visitor to Swanage who narrowly escaped death, has returned to Ulwell Holiday Park to thank local resident Kevin Dimarco who saved his life using a defib and CPR. 3 months ago
Kevin Dimarco at Ulwell Holiday Park Swanage man saves a life using a defib A local man is being recommended for an award after saving the life of a person who had a heart attack while staying at Ulwell Holiday Park in Swanage. 5 months ago
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Cigarettes stolen from Harmans Cross garage A petrol station at Harmans Cross near Swanage in Dorset has been targeted by burglers. 2 months ago
Three e-scooters next to police car Don’t buy e-scooters for Xmas, warns Dorset Police commissioner Families in Swanage and across Purbeck have been advised not to buy electric scooters as Christmas presents or run the risk of having them confiscated. 3 months ago
Photos found in a tent at Studland may lead to the identity of a man found dead there Police in photo plea to identify body found in Studland Dorset Police have made a public appeal for help identifying a man whose body was found near a tent pitched in Goathorn Woods, Studland. 4 months ago
Swanage Coop Swanage Co-op closed after overnight burglary Thieves have targeted Swanage’s Co-op, stealing cash from the supermarket and causing damage to the till area. 4 months ago
Dorset Police's new mounted rural volunteer force was launched at Kingston Maurward College Neighbourhorse Watch scheme trotted out for Purbeck A mounted version of the Neighbourhood Watch scheme has been launched by Dorset Police, giving horse riders an official role in helping to make Purbeck villages safer. 4 months ago
A Dorset police rib and helicopter were sent to sightings of a deflated boat in Swanage Bay Significant cocaine haul recovered in Swanage Bay A large quantity of cocaine was recovered by police and brought ashore in Swanage on Friday 6th October 2023 - one of three similar finds off Purbeck shores in a ... 5 months ago
Man that police wish to speak to Police investigate alleged assault on woman cyclist in Wareham An image of a man that police wish to speak to has been issued following a report of a woman on her bike being hit round the head 5 months ago
Main beach car park Ban on learner driver lessons in Swanage car parks exposed by review A 30 year old policy which prohibits teaching learner drivers in Swanage’s car parks has come to the forefront following Swanage Town Council’s review of its car park rules. 1 day ago
Sandbanks Ferry Support for Sandbanks Ferry toll rise ‘strongly refuted’ by Dorset Council Dorset Council has denied claims by the Sandbanks Ferry company that it backs its bid to inflation link toll increases. 2 weeks ago
Sandbanks ferry Sandbanks Ferry company bids to raise tolls higher than agreed Only three years after a planning inspector ruled on the maximum tolls that could be charged over the next 10 years for using the ferry between Studland and Sandbanks in ... 2 weeks ago
The speed limit in Langton Matravers will be lowered from 30mph to 20mph in April 2024 - so watch out! Langton Matravers becomes Dorset’s first 20 mph village Twenty will have to be plenty for all traffic through Langton Matravers in future, as the village’s fight for a 20 mph zone has finally been won. 3 weeks ago
Shore road on Swanage seafront Permanent closure of part of Swanage’s seafront approved The southern section of Shore Road along Swanage’s seafront in Dorset is to be closed to traffic on a permanent basis to create a safer area for pedestrians. 3 weeks ago
Peatland restoration at Studland
Work starts on new bogs for Studland While spiders in bogs are not always welcome, there’s hope that the restoration of the peatland habitat in Studland, Dorset will see the widespread return of the rare raft spider. 2 days ago
Seaweed collection from beach Seachange in policy means new plan for Swanage seaweed After 30 years, the local farmer who removed excess seaweed from Swanage Beach during the summer season is retiring and it’s causing a dilemma for the town council. 1 week ago
Pupils at Sandford St Martin's School are making hedgehog homes to keep the animals safe on school grounds Purbeck pupils fix up new homes for hedgehogs Hedgehogs waking up from hibernation are in for a treat at Sandford St Martin's School, where pupils are making homes to keep them safe, warm and well fed. 2 weeks ago
Oly Rush on his swim around Ithaca in 2023 - he now hopes to return to Greece to set a stunning world record Purbeck’s human fish Oly Rush plans new world record swim Purbeck waste warrior Oly Rush is ready to push his body to the limit in a 60 hour, world record setting swim - to bring global attention to the state ... 3 weeks ago
The corner of Prince Albert Gardens will be transformed into a sanctuary garden of peace and tranquility Cancer charity creates new sanctuary garden for Swanage Work has begun to landscape a forgotten corner of Prince Albert Gardens in Swanage, Dorset, funded by a legacy left to Purbeck cancer charity Cancare.  1 month ago
One of the trees which has been gnawed through and felled by beavers at Little Sea Beavers in Studland due to likely unlawful release Evidence has been discovered indicating that Studland in Dorset has been ‘beaver bombed’ - the intentional and unsanctioned release of beavers into the wild, in defiance of government policy. 1 month ago
Winterwatch will be broadcast from RSPB Arne for four days from Tuesday 16th January 2024 Purbeck storm damage under spotlight as BBC Winterwatch returns BBC’s Winterwatch team is back broadcasting live from RSPB Arne in Dorset, featuring the destruction caused by the worst winter storms in years. 1 month ago
Volunteers at Swanage Railway were celebrated at a special weekend to help recruit more colleagues Unsung heroes shine as Swanage Railway celebrates its volunteers The magnificent work done by hundreds of Swanage Railway volunteers took centre stage at a special community weekend. 5 days ago
The HRA Awards took place in Brighton on 10th February 2024. The winners of the Steam Railway Magazine award and the Chairmans award. The 563 Swanage Railway Group Swanage Railway volunteers win two top heritage awards The impressive six year restoration of a unique Victorian steam locomotive has scooped two prestigious national awards for a group of Swanage Railway volunteers. 2 weeks ago
All systems are go for the Swanage Railway community weekend in February 2024 Swanage Railway offers locals half price tickets for weekend Volunteers at Swanage Railway are to give the public a rare chance to see behind the scenes of the award winning heritage railway - with half price train tickets available ... 1 month ago
The T3 563 on her way out of Swanage station on the first of many trips Swanage Railway’s Winter Warm Up weekend returns Generating a bit of heat at the start of the new year, steam and diesel trains will be back in action at Swanage Railway for its first main event of ... 2 months ago
Polar Express at Swanage Railway Catch Swanage Railway’s Polar Express at a discount Golden tickets are being reduced by 25 percent for the last few days of the popular Polar Express train ride before Swanage Railway in Dorset resumes normal service. 2 months ago
Swanage Carnival procession 2023
What’s on in Swanage: Festivals line-up for 2024 There’s plenty of festivals happening in and around Swanage for 2024 and the dates have just been released. 4 days ago
Volunteers at Swanage Railway were celebrated at a special weekend to help recruit more colleagues Unsung heroes shine as Swanage Railway celebrates its volunteers The magnificent work done by hundreds of Swanage Railway volunteers took centre stage at a special community weekend. 5 days ago
With a new name and logo, the Swanage Fish and Food Festival is back for 2024 Popular Swanage festival scales up to cater for all tastes The Swanage Fish Festival is back with new branding for summer 2024 following its triumphant return last year after a three year absence. 6 days ago
A Jurassic gallery at The Etches Collection museum is about to close, even as it sets new attendance records Sea Rex museum to shut for a month as crowds flock to Purbeck A Purbeck fossil museum has set a staggering new record for visitors since the BBC screened a show about its new star attraction - but is now about to close ... 2 weeks ago
Swanage Carnival caravan Swanage Carnival theme for 2024 revealed With the world going fossil crazy and visitors flocking to Purbeck in Dorset to see the newly discovered fossilised marine reptile from the Jurassic era, Swanage Carnival has chosen a ... 3 weeks ago
Swanage Information Centre win gold in Dorset Torism Awards Swanage Information Centre scoops Gold in tourism awards Swanage Information Centre has won Gold in the Dorset Tourism Awards 2024 and in other categories, there was a Silver award for National Trust’s Corfe Castle and Bronze for Swanage ... 3 weeks ago
Purbeck Mummers led the blessing of the orchards at Purbeck Cider Farm - but need new members to join their group Mummer Mia – young actors sought to keep alive Purbeck’s oldest plays The ancient Dorset tradition of a folk performance called a mummers play was revived at Purbeck Cider Company’s wassail weekend. 1 month ago
Purbeck Coast presenter David Hollister and station manager Michelle Langthorne on the last evening of broadcasting A final farewell as Swanage based radio station closes Purbeck Coast radio has broadcast for the last time from its base on Swanage Pier - but even as the station went off air, its last words were ‘We’ll be ... 1 week ago
Popular BBC radio programme to be recorded in Swanage Politicians will be heading to Swanage in Dorset to be quizzed live on BBC Radio 4 by a local audience for the news show Any Questions? 3 weeks ago
The Longest Johns Purbeck gets more music, drama and comedy this spring A new programme of music and theatre performances has been launched by Dorset touring arts charity Artsreach for spring 2024, and The Mowlem in Swanage has announced another new comedy ... 4 weeks ago
Purbeck Coast radio station Purbeck Coast community radio station axed The plug is to be pulled on the popular local radio station Purbeck Coast 101.2 FM based on Swanage Pier, due to, “a lack of funding and practical pressures”. 1 month ago
Custodians art sculpture at Sheps Hollow Pop up sculpture surprises dog walkers on Swanage Beach The Sheps Hollow is constantly evolving due to the climate but the latest change was unexpected - a sculpture of a man running through a door thrusting a baton! WATCH ... 1 month ago
Sheila Walker with community first responder Jonathan Greetham
Sheila’s grand gesture to Swanage heroes who saved her life Swanage woman Sheila Walker has presented £1,000 to the medical heroes who saved her life after an everyday medicine sent her into anaphylactic shock. 4 weeks ago
Harry and Sandra Rednapp Celebs back appeal to raise funds for hospice care in Purbeck Well known personalities have recorded video messages to raise money for hospice support and bereavement services across Purbeck - WATCH VIDEOS. 3 months ago
Studland villagers were keen to try out new gym equipment installed at the playing field Fit for life as new outdoor gym opens in Studland An outdoor gym has opened in Studland to help locals stay fit and has already proved a huge success with villagers of all ages. 4 months ago
Soaring costs of dental materials and electricity are helping to push dentists away from NHS contracts Access to NHS dentistry in decay across Dorset Latest figures reveal there’s been a further decline in the number of adults in Dorset who got to see an NHS dentist and it’s having, “long term health and wellbeing ... 4 months ago
Kevin Dimarco at Ulwell Holiday Park Swanage man saves a life using a defib A local man is being recommended for an award after saving the life of a person who had a heart attack while staying at Ulwell Holiday Park in Swanage. 5 months ago
Swanage Hospital MIU sign Reduced hours at Swanage’s minor injuries unit to continue Dorset Healthcare Trust which runs Swanage Hospital has announced that the temporary reduced opening hours of the minor injuries unit over the summer, will now remain until the end of ... 5 months ago
Poole Hospital sign Health trust scraps another clinic for Purbeck residents Following the closure of the chemotherapy clinic at Wareham Hospital, University Hospitals Dorset has now scrapped the rheumatology follow up clinic at Swanage Hospital with no warning. 5 months ago
Pupils at Sandford St Martin's School are making hedgehog homes to keep the animals safe on school grounds Purbeck pupils fix up new homes for hedgehogs Hedgehogs waking up from hibernation are in for a treat at Sandford St Martin's School, where pupils are making homes to keep them safe, warm and well fed. 2 weeks ago
Swanage school race team ‘Unique’ Swanage school gets results in classroom and on race track With extra curricular opportunities like driving a racing car, The Swanage School in Dorset has been praised for the outstanding personal development of its pupils following an inspection by Ofsted. 2 months ago
The Swanage School celebrates 10 years Celebrating 10 years since return of secondary schooling in Swanage The extraordinary vision of a group of determined parents, residents and local councillors which created The Swanage School marks its 10th anniversary. 6 months ago
Little Birds staff team with banner Pre-school in Swanage graded by Ofsted as Outstanding The team at a pre-school in Swanage are ‘over the moon’ having been told by Ofsted that they’ve been awarded the highest possible grading in all areas following a recent ... 6 months ago
St Mark's School receives sport award School in Swanage is first in Purbeck to get top sport award A primary school in Swanage is one of only a handful in Dorset and the first in Purbeck to be awarded the Platinum School Games Mark. 9 months ago
Purbeck Radio presenter Lex McKee will set up a new station online
From Swanage Pier to the cloud, community radio moves online Former Purbeck Coast community radio station presenter Lex McKee is back on air again and others are expected to join him. 11 hours ago
Selina Kerley, pictured left, with her team, all ready for the opening day of Tide florists in High Street, Swanage Swanage’s new florist shop opens for Valentine’s Day Fulfilling a lifelong ambition, a new florist shop is opening in Swanage and it's just in time for one of the busiest days of the year. 1 week ago
Purbeck Business awards winners Purbeck Business Awards 2024 winners announced The names of the 11 winners of the Purbeck Business Awards 2024 have been revealed with Wareham’s Italian Kitchen restaurant scooping the top title of b0usiness of the year. 2 weeks ago
Joe and Kate Hartle of Purbeck Cider launched Purbeck Gold at the Horse and Groom pub, Wareham Official launch for new Purbeck cider with a golden touch A new cider for Purbeck to treasure has been created, with the intention of making it the flagship drink of Dorset. 3 weeks ago
Italian Bakery in Institute Road Swanage bakery applies for planning after redesign completed The Italian Bakery in Swanage, Dorset has submitted a retrospective planning application for a new look shop front, a year after the work was done. 1 month ago
A 3D model of the planned new luxury resort at Knoll House Hotel, as seen from Ferry Road, Studland Planning upset for new luxury resort in Studland Plans for a £65 million rebuild of Studland’s much loved Knoll House Hotel, creating 86 new jobs, have been refused by Dorset Council. 1 month ago
Langton Matravers The Old Rectory care home Purbeck care home closes due to ‘financial difficulties’ The company running a residential care home in Langton Matravers near Swanage in Dorset has ceased trading with a loss of jobs and with residents now having to find new ... 2 months ago
Swanage football club Plans for new Swanage leisure centre kicked into touch A proposal to build a large multipurpose leisure centre at the football ground in Swanage in Dorset, has been scaled back and now there's a new plan. 4 weeks ago
The Isle of Purbeck golf club, with views described as among the best in the world Natural beauty of Purbeck drives golf course into top 100 The restoration of heathland and a rewilding scheme has helped propel the Isle of Purbeck golf club near Swanage in Dorset, into a list of the UK’s top 100 golf ... 4 weeks ago
Super Vets championship at Swanage 2023 Swanage Sea Rowers celebrate club success The annual awards ceremony for the Swanage Sea Rowing Club in Dorset has taken place, highlighting the achievements and challenges of 2023. 3 months ago
Swanage super vets championship 2023 Super supervets Saturday for Swanage Sea Rowing Club It was billed as a big deal for Swanage in Dorset and the day did not disappoint as hundreds arrived to compete in the first national supervets gig rowing championships. 5 months ago
Sea rowing competition at Swanage Major gig rowing championship to take place in Swanage Swanage is to host the first national supervets gig rowing championships which will see 66 crews, 33 gig boats and 400 competitors descend on the town. 5 months ago

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