What's Happening in Dorchester blog

Donation keeps swimming club afloat

More young people in Dorchester can be taught the vital skill of swimming thanks to a generous donation of equipment. The donation of essential floats and armbands have been donated to the Natterjacks Swimming Club in Dorchester by the Rotary Club of Dorchester Casterbridge. The Natterjacks Club teaches young people to swim, but has been flooded with demand for places recently and was desperate for more equipment to keep it afloat.

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Builder saves life after first aid course

Quick-thinking builder Martin Turner saved the life of a pensioner just weeks after taking a first aid course. Mr Turner, 40, from Puddletown, carried out CPR on 84-year-old Roy Hardy after he saw him collapsed on a chip shop floor. Paramedics said he saved Mr Hardy’s life after leaping into action at the Case and Brewer Fish and Chip Shop in Victoria Road, Dorchester.

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Schools carry Olympic flame

An Olympic flame was transported by limousine as part of its journey around schools in Dorchester. Schools in the Dorchester Area Schools Partnership are transporting their own Olympic flame to each other in as many different and unusual ways as they can think of. The latest leg of its journey saw pupils from St Osmund’s Middle School carrying the torch to Dorchester Middle School by limousine while dressed in the colours of the Olympic rings.

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Rare piece of time on display

A rare piece of time is on display at the Dorset County Museum. The 14th century timepiece, worth more than £200,000, is on display at the Dorchester museum and is one of only four of its kind in the world. The gilt brass fan-shaped quadrant is dated 1398 and measures just 8cm across. There are two more like it in the British Museum and one more, which was recently found in Australia and was auctioned for around £200,000.

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Road safety project wins top award

HRH Prince Michael of Kent has presented a special award to Dorset County Council for its campaign to improve road safety. The Prince Michael International Road Safety Award was presented for the No Excuse project during a special ceremony in London. The project was chosen from hundreds of entries and will now be able to feature the award logo on all its future literature.

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