Recruitment drive in Purbeck for more on-call firefighters Amid a shortage of staff, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue service is calling for more local people, to become on-call firefighters. 16h · Emergency services
Firefighters fight farmyard fire
School road sign Help for parents as children in Swanage go back to school Dorset Council is offering support to parents and carers whose children are anxious about returning to the classroom this week, after an extended time away from the school environment. 2d · Coronavirus · Education
T9-30120 Steam locomotive Green light for Swanage Railway as lockdown lifts The sound of the steam train whistle will reverberate through the town again soon, as Swanage Railway prepares to resume services as lockdown eases. 3d · Tourism and events
WWII Tank Bovington’s Tank Museum set to reopen in May but sad it’s not sooner The Tank Museum says it’s disappointed not to be opening in April 2021 alongside non-essential shops but, as long as the Prime Minister’s roadmap stays on track, it’s gearing up ... 4d · Tourism and events
Jazz musician Bruce Adams Swanage Jazz Festival cancelled in July but may move to later in year A musical medley of jazz, folk and blues could take place in Swanage this autumn as the town's main music festivals may all happen in September. 5d · Entertainment & arts · Events
North Beach car park Covid testing site to be set up in Swanage Residents will be able to get tested for Covid-19 in Swanage from this week, while asymptomatic testing is now operational in Wareham. 6d · Coronavirus · Uncategorised
Firefighters fight farmyard fire Recruitment drive in Purbeck for more on-call firefighters Amid a shortage of staff, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue service is calling for more local people, to become on-call firefighters. 16 hours ago
Digger on fire Firefighters called to a digger on fire in Wool Crews from Wareham, Dorchester and Poole Fire Stations were called to extinguish a mechanical digger that had burst into flames - WATCH VIDEO. 6 days ago
Purbeck Police seize quad bike Purbeck Police fine quad bike owners “destroying” land Covid fines have been issued to a group of people who were reportedly damaging a field on quad bikes - while also breaching lockdown. 1 week ago
Mortar bomb at Swanage Pitch and Putt Army called in as mortar bomb discovered in Swanage A member of the public got a surprise when they accidentally dug up unexploded World War Two ordnance at Swanage Pitch and Putt. 1 week ago
DeWALT tools Purbeck Police appeal after suspected stolen tools found Purbeck Police have found a set of tools at Lytchett Matravers - and are now asking for anyone whose tools have been stolen in the area recently to come forward. 3 weeks ago
School road sign
Help for parents as children in Swanage go back to school Dorset Council is offering support to parents and carers whose children are anxious about returning to the classroom this week, after an extended time away from the school environment. 2 days ago
North Beach car park Covid testing site to be set up in Swanage Residents will be able to get tested for Covid-19 in Swanage from this week, while asymptomatic testing is now operational in Wareham. 6 days ago
Gainsborough Care Home resident Barbara and care worker Louisa Swanage care home residents vaccinated as visiting restrictions eased Gainsborough Care Home in Swanage says that 100 percent of its residents have now received their first Covid-19 vaccination and the home is currently Covid-free. 7 days ago
Coronavirus testing kit January – worst month for Covid deaths in Swanage The Office of National Statistics has published the latest information on the number of deaths due to Covid-19. 2 weeks ago
Sanitiser, facemask and disposable gloves Free PPE for Swanage’s unpaid carers Dorset Council is now providing those with caring responsibilities access to free masks, aprons, face shields and gloves. 2 weeks ago
Swanage signpost No roadmap to Swanage for tourists until after Easter Swanage’s tourism sector won’t be back in action until well after Easter under the four step plan out of lockdown. 2 weeks ago
Wareham Hospital covid vaccine rollout Cabs for jabs offer from Dorset Council Dorset Council, along with Public Health Dorset, is offering support towards the cost of a taxi to get to a local vaccination centre for those who couldn’t otherwise afford to ... 3 weeks ago
Poster about plans to build 150 homes Corfe Castle calls People’s Assembly to discuss Dorset Local Plan Residents across Purbeck are being given the opportunity to discuss the Dorset Council planning document that will guide decisions until 2038. 1 week ago
Young people on surf boards Big cash boosts for Purbeck community hubs Two Purbeck organisations are set to receive an injection of cash from Dorset Council as part of a grant scheme to support our cultural and community centres in Dorset. 1 week ago
Notice about Dorset Local Plan Swanage councillors disown leaflet about proposed gypsy site Councillor Gary Suttle and councillor Bill Trite who represent Swanage on Dorset Council say they did not write a leaflet that objects to a proposed gypsy site in Swanage. 1 week ago
Barbecues at Wareham fire Ban on barbecues put on back burner by Dorset Council A Dorset Council committee has recommended not to impose an outright enforceable ban on disposable barbecues across its land. 2 weeks ago
Exterior of Dorset Council offices “Bitter pill to swallow” – Council tax to rise by five percent Dorset Council, faced with a budget shortfall in excess of £18m due to the Covid pandemic, has voted to increase council tax for residents. 3 weeks ago
Guard on Swanage Railway Station
Swanage Railway “delighted” as it hits fundraising SOS target Closed down by Covid, the heritage railway launched an ambitious appeal in March 2020 to raise £360,000 and it’s just announced it’s surpassed its goal. 2 weeks ago
Bikes on Swanage seafront Chance to boost bikes in Swanage The opportunity to run a cycle hire concession in the town is being offered by Swanage Town Council to get more people on bikes. 3 weeks ago
T9-30120 Steam locomotive Hopes rise for steam loco to return to service Moves to help get a hundred year old steam locomotive back into operation have been agreed by Swanage Railway and the National Railway Museum. 1 month ago
Sandbanks ferry from Shell Bay dunes National Trust implores ferry company to give locals a bigger discount The public inquiry to decide whether the Sandbanks Ferry company can increase the price of its tolls, heard the views of the National Trust on the third day of proceedings. 2 months ago
Sandbanks ferry toll charges sign Sandbanks Ferry company grilled over toll increase proposal The managing director of the Sandbanks Ferry company has been giving evidence on the second day of the public inquiry to decide whether the company can raise its prices. 2 months ago
Sandbanks ferry Will the Sandbanks Ferry tolls go up? Public inquiry has started The Sandbanks Ferry company wants to increase its prices but because of objections, the matter is now to be decided by a government appointed planning inspector. 2 months ago
West Street car park in Corfe Castle Free parking on offer in Dorset as Christmas shopping season begins As Christmas 2020 draws ever nearer, shoppers can enjoy free parking on certain days in Dorset Council car parks. 3 months ago
beaver swimming Plans to bring the beaver back to Purbeck The environmental group, Planet Purbeck has teamed up with the National Trust to host an open meeting to discuss the possibility of reintroducing beavers to Purbeck. 2 weeks ago
Aerial view of Swanage from Townsend Solar panels project set to launch in Swanage It’s hoped that Swanage’s green credentials are set to grow with the launch of a new solar panels scheme. 2 weeks ago
Icicles at Harmans Cross Spectacular ice show makes up for no snow in Swanage Freezing temperatures and icy winds have produced an amazing display of icicles at locations in and around Swanage - WATCH VIDEO. 4 weeks ago
Snow clouds over Ballard Down Chance of overnight snow in Swanage Following two days of bitterly cold winds, the Met Office is now forecasting the possibility of light snow overnight in Swanage. 4 weeks ago
Landslip near Sheps Hollow Swanage Coastguard witness landslip as large rocks fall on beach While investigating reports of recent landslips on Swanage Beach, the coastguard team were nearby when they saw a further serious rock fall. 4 weeks ago
Jazz musician Bruce Adams
Swanage Jazz Festival cancelled in July but may move to later in year A musical medley of jazz, folk and blues could take place in Swanage this autumn as the town's main music festivals may all happen in September. 5 days ago
Young people on surf boards Big cash boosts for Purbeck community hubs Two Purbeck organisations are set to receive an injection of cash from Dorset Council as part of a grant scheme to support our cultural and community centres in Dorset. 1 week ago
Work has started to re-erect the Albert Memorial Foundations laid for the Albert Memorial in Swanage The concrete slab has been poured to form part of the base for the Purbeck stone obelisk that is to be reconstructed in Prince Albert Gardens in Swanage. 3 weeks ago
Refreshment counter inside the Mowlem Sweet gesture by The Mowlem Swanage’s theatre, The Mowlem has decided to share some of its tasty treats, after it was forced to close once again due to the coronavirus lockdown. 2 months ago
Under Swanage Pier Discover Swanage Pier’s amazing wildlife in new exhibition Swanage Pier is offering a rare glimpse of life under its waves with an underwater photography exhibition. 3 months ago
Exterior of The Mowlem Swanage Mayor backs plan to breathe fresh life into The Mowlem Swanage’s mayor has voiced his full support for a regeneration of the town’s iconic Mowlem theatre. 3 months ago
The Trevor Chadwick statue starts to take shape in clay Early glimpse of the life-size sculpture to grace Swanage seafront Great progress is being made on the statue to remember the Swanage man, who rescued 669 children from Prague in 1939 from German occupation, and the fundraising to pay for ... 3 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.
T9-30120 Steam locomotive
Green light for Swanage Railway as lockdown lifts The sound of the steam train whistle will reverberate through the town again soon, as Swanage Railway prepares to resume services as lockdown eases. 3 days ago
WWII Tank Bovington’s Tank Museum set to reopen in May but sad it’s not sooner The Tank Museum says it’s disappointed not to be opening in April 2021 alongside non-essential shops but, as long as the Prime Minister’s roadmap stays on track, it’s gearing up ... 4 days ago
Clearing up Litter at Durdle Door Lulworth Estate demands better manners from visitors this summer Amid the easing of lockdown, Lulworth Estate is petitioning the government to insist that holidaymakers “respect” the countryside in a bid to avoid last year's trouble. 2 weeks ago
Swanage signpost No roadmap to Swanage for tourists until after Easter Swanage’s tourism sector won’t be back in action until well after Easter under the four step plan out of lockdown. 2 weeks ago
Swanage Pier entrance Swanage Pier awarded nearly half a million pounds The National Lottery Heritage Fund has announced that Swanage Pier Trust is to receive a substantial grant to get its restoration project back on track. 2 weeks ago
Work has started to re-erect the Albert Memorial Foundations laid for the Albert Memorial in Swanage The concrete slab has been poured to form part of the base for the Purbeck stone obelisk that is to be reconstructed in Prince Albert Gardens in Swanage. 3 weeks ago
Wareham Quay Proposal to turn Wareham Quay into a piazza A group of residents, backed by the environmental group, Planet Purbeck have come up with a proposal to pedestrianise Wareham Quay. 3 weeks ago
School road sign Help for parents as children in Swanage go back to school Dorset Council is offering support to parents and carers whose children are anxious about returning to the classroom this week, after an extended time away from the school environment. 2 days ago
St Mary's, Shaftesbury Views sought on use of £10m former school by Dorset Council Dorset Council wants to hear the views of Swanage residents about using St Mary’s School near Shaftesbury as a special school for pupils with additional needs. 1 month ago
Girl on a swing in playground Christmas in full swing as Swanage playground is unwrapped Just in time for the festive holidays, Swanage Town Council has delivered a brand new play park, and re-named it The Chadwick Playground, after a local hero who saved the ... 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. 5 months 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. 5 months ago
Swanage Coastguard station officer,Ian Brown
Swanage Coastguard station officer recognised in New Years Honours Ian Brown has been awarded the British Empire Medal after 30 years of volunteering as part of the Swanage Coastguard Rescue team. 2 months ago
Swanage Lifeboat Station chairman, Peter Foster accepting a cheque After 17 years of volunteering, Swanage RNLI chairman steps down Peter Foster who's described by the crew as “kind and professional” has retired, after spending the last nine years as Swanage Lifeboat Station’s chairman. 3 months ago
Swanage Pier Christmas Tree 2020 Swanage Pier Christmas tree filling with baubles for loved ones A family who’s donated the Christmas tree on Swanage Pier in memory of their mum, is urging others to hang baubles on the tree in memory of their own lost ... 3 months ago
Sally Poole and Lou Condie from Bliss Food Co in Swanage Bliss Food Co in Swanage wins Successful Women in Business award Swanage restaurateurs, Lou Condie and Sally Poole have won the Independent Food and Drink category at the Successful Women in Business Awards. 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. 4 months 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. 4 months 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 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. 6 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. 6 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. 7 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. 8 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. 9 months ago

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