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Plans to build an £80million dinosaur themed attraction in a quarry on Portland and a stone spiral tower to accommodate the MEMO (Mass Extinction Monitoring Project) on the cliffs have had to be downsized and combined due to funding issues. The two attractions have now been merged with a biodiversity project to create an attraction …

Dorset County Museum has received one of the largest single Heritage Lottery Fund grants ever made to Dorset, a whopping £11,349,200! Thanks to National Lottery players, the Dorset County Museum can now realise and deliver a major redevelopment as part of its vision for Tomorrow’s Museum – Making Dorset Proud. A spokesperson said the vision …

A Bristol chef swapped the comfortable surroundings of his hotel kitchen for al fresco camping stoves as he set out across America with an elite team of cyclists competing in what’s billed as the world’s toughest bicycle race. Patrick Frost, 32, head chef at Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel and Spa, was the sole chef …

A Dorset-based firm of accountants will be spending a day later this month trying to escape hordes of zombies roaming the streets of Bournemouth – all in the name of charity. Ward Goodman, are hoping to raise £2,000 for Dorset Mind, an in- dependent charitable provider of mental health services, on Saturday October 21 with …

It may be the ultimate game of office cricket… Later this week a cricket bat made by Taunton-based Millichamp and Hall will be presented to His Holiness Pope Francis, by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Right Reverend Justin Welby. The Archbishop of Canterbury’s ABC cricket team, accompanied by the Archbishop himself, will be flying out …

From Long John Silver to Captain Jack Sparrow, pirates have plundered and pilfered their way through story books and films since time began – but a crew of kind hearted pirates from Weymouth has turned the tide to donate more than £1,000 to charity. The ‘Pirates of the Pavilion’ visited Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park …

A NEW feature film on the life of famed fossil hunter Mary Anning could be given a £15,000 financial boost from councils in Dorset. As reported in The Independent last week producers need £110,000 to complete filming scenes for the biopic, with a cast led by Call The Midwife star Jenny Agutter. Lyme Regis Town …

Education leaders in Cornwall have come together in a unique “urgent” new protest over funding. Headteachers and principals of Cornwall’s providers of post-16 education have signed a letter to all six Cornish MPs, who are all Conservatives, about shared “serious concerns” about the “underfunding” of learners in the 16-to-19 age group. All 16 heads and …