National Trust reports ‘emboldened wildlife’ during lockdown

According to the National Trust, famous monuments and formal gardens have been reclaimed by wildlife, with peregrines nesting in castles, partridges strolling across car parks and buzzards hanging out in orangeries. Cuckoos and badger cubs have also been spotted playing in the grounds during daylight and even orcas have been spotted in Northern Ireland! The […]

Crossways’ shows off community spirit

The people of Crossways in Dorset have been showing that community spirit is alive and well as over 50 volunteers have pulled together to look after to the village’s more vulnerable residents. The volunteers have been coordinating via the Crossways Residents’ Info Facebook group, which has been offering support to locals with meals, newspaper deliveries […]

Raise a glass to local wine

Dorset’s largest independent wine merchant, Templar Wines, has signed a new contract with the Dorchester-based Langham Wine Estate and will now be supplying their prestigious products to hospitality trade customers throughout the county. Templar Wines was established in 2008 and since then they have imported wines from all over Europe to supply independent restaurants, hotels, […]

Dorset businesses team up to create “Cheesy” care packages!

The Book and Bucket Cheese Company has teamed up with a number of other local suppliers to create the ultimate cheese lovers care package to help us get through this difficult time. Having founded the company in 2019, husband and wife team, Peter and Angela Morgan, had a tremendous first year. They were shortlisted for […]

Gluten Free Hub launched to help during lockdown

During the lockdown, many of us have resorted to having food delivered to us rather than venturing out to shops and while cafes and restaurants are closed, but what about those of us with special dietary requirements? That’s where Christine’s bright idea comes in. Christine, who you might know from Christine’s Puddings, has come up […]

NFU Mutual Wessex announces charity donations

NFU Mutual Wessex is delighted to have nominated a number of charities across their coverage area to receive a donation of over £3,000 each from a national £1m ‘Agency Giving Fund’ launched by NFU Mutual. In the Dorset region, they have chosen Julia’s House. Julia’s House is a Children’s Hospice that operates in Dorset and Wiltshire, working to bring […]

Simply Safer supports food businesses to keep serving, even during the Corona crisis

Simply Safer, experts in Food Safety, have been offering Hampshire & Dorset food businesses free advice and documents, for those that wish to remain open during the lockdown. As council resources are stretched, Simply Safer have been helping any food business that requires Food Safety advice or guidance at a time when it is most […]

Hall and Woodhouse help make NHS workers’ Easter

Local brewer, Hall and Woodhouse teamed up with Dorset Council to deliver free hot meals to five community hospitals and three local hubs in Dorset to help NHS staff who were working throughout the Easter Bank Holiday. Over 200 meals were set to staff at Shaftesbury Westminster Memorial Hospital, St Leonard’s Community Hospital, Wareham Community […]

The Watercress Company goes Back to the Future with Traditional Bunches

In a move to better meet consumer needs, reduce waste and increase sustainability, The Watercress Company, the UK’s leading grower of watercress, has taken inspiration from the past by launching traditional handcrafted watercress bunches, wrapped in 100% biodegradable paper packaging. Watercress was hugely popular in Victorian times when it was sold at provincial markets across […]