A Dorset fundraiser has played down the postponement of Swanage bandstand opening concert. Alan Houghton, the Friends of Swanage Bandstand founder, has devoted two and a half years to raising money for the complete rebuild of the bandstand. Refurbishment of the town's popular Victorian structure is close to completion, with just the audience seating and remaining railings to be installed. The charity was formed after 200 people attended a crisis meeting with the bandstand facing its final curtain. In excess of £100,000 has been raised by the FOSB group, in addition to a £40,000 government coastal revival grant and £50,000 pledged by Swanage Town Council. The estimated final cost of the bandstand restoration is around £209,000. The opening ceremony will now take place at the end of October with a performance by the Swanage Town Band.
Dorset chef Sarah Ali Choudhury wants to encourage more women to work in Indian restaurants.
BBC Business News
Unemployment in the South West has continued to fall to a low of less than 2.5%, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The latest 2.4% figure of people aged 16-64 unemployed between May and July 2019 is lower than the UK-wide figure of just under 3.8%.
The official figures also showed earnings nationally grew at an annual pace of 3.8%.
The ONS said rising employment was being driven mainly by more women in work, partly due to the rise in the state pension age.
An obsessive fan who was jailed for stalking Samantha Bumford is due to be released later this year.
In the South West, Oliver and Olivia have been revealed as the most popular baby names.
The figures are from 2018 and some believe the show Peaky Blinders has been an inspiration behind many of the choices.
There’s a warning that GPs and patients in the South West need to be more aware of the early symptoms of Lyme disease
The illness is spread by ticks bites (pictured) and is particularly prevalent in the region.
Doctors said early treatment with antibiotics was very effective, and could prevent serious long-term complications.
However, some people can continue to have symptoms, like tiredness, aches and loss of energy, that "can last for years", the NHS says.
BBC News Online
South West Water is facing significant challenges with climate change and the increasing demand for supply, bosses say.
Thousands of new homes are being built in the South West every year, while the population expands over the summer with tourists.
According to the company's head of water resources, Rob Scarrott, the "very high demands" over the summer grows by as much as 30%.
Wimbleball Reservoir on Exmoor is refilled in the winter months by pumping water from downstream to ensure it's full for the summer.
Mr Scarrot said that climate change and population growth would affect water supplies in the coming decades.
"The environment is going to look quite different that what we have today, and we need to plan for that," he said.
However, he added that the company planned 25 years in advance and was "confident" that it had the plans in place for this period.
South West Water provides water and sewerage services to Devon and Cornwall, plus small parts of Dorset and Somerset.
A medical bike with life-saving equipment will not be withdrawn from service in Weymouth but its future is under review.
There had been some speculation on social media that the rapid response bike would be "pulled".
But South Western Ambulance Service Trust said it was still being used on an "ad-hoc" basis because only one paramedic is trained to use it.
A petition to save the facility had attracted more than 2,000 signatures.
BBC News UK
Drug crime is increasing in many small towns and villages even as it falls significantly in city centres, the BBC has found.
Police data shows drug crimes in England and Wales have fallen by more than 50,000 in the past five years. But national averages hide a major shift in where drug crimes are being committed.
As well as towns on the peripheries of cities seeing increases, another pattern can be seen along the south coast of England.
In Dorset, Bournemouth and Weymouth both saw rises of at least 50%, and Swanage, Bridport, Lyme Regis - plus Exeter in Devon and Redruth in Cornwall - all saw significant increases in drug crime.
It comes as the government pledged an extra £85m to prosecutors to help deal with a rise in violent crime.
Dorset HealthCare NHS Trust has been rated "outstanding" by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
It comes four years after the trust - which provides community health services - was criticised for significant failings and told it needed improvement.
CQC deputy chief inspector of hospitals Dr Paul Lelliott said the trust had developed "a culture of continuous improvement".
Organisations do not provide outstanding care – people do. Therefore, this rating reflects our collective effort and determination to deliver the very best outcomes and experiences for our patients, their families and friends.
Aside from the odd shower, it should be a largely fine day with plenty of sunshine and blue skies developing.
Fairly breezy at times. Highs of 22C.
Local Democracy Reporting Service
Technological solutions are being considered to help prevent Dorset Council from overspending on adult social care.
The service is currently projected to be £2.4m over budget by the end of the financial year.
Councillor Laura Miller told Tuesday’s cabinet meeting that work was being carried out to help older people stay in their homes for longer, reducing the need for residential care and hospital admissions.
She said she was excited by the prospect of assistive technology being fitted in homes and on individuals, including the use of sensors, GPS trackers and voice activation software.
Skip Graham from Swanage arrived in the UK from the Gold Coast in Australia eight years ago. He recently quit his design engineering job in Wareham to embark on a six week unsupported 1000km water challenge - he’s paddleboarding in the prone position from Minehead to Poole round the south west coastline to raise funds and awareness for #2minutebeachclean. Depending on sea conditions, Skip is set to end his expedition at Poole in Dorset on Friday 2nd August.
Sunny spells this morning but also there is a risk of a few showers.
Through the afternoon, more widespread and heavier showers will spread in from the south-west, potentially thundery.
Maximum Temperature: 21 to 24C.
Martin Sheret has been working on the Swanage Railway as temperatures rocket.
He has a novel way to stay cool - by immersing his head in a bucket of water.
Three cars were damaged in a layby on Monday in Saint Leonards.
Dorset Police say the vehicles were targeted at about 16:00 BST in a layby near All Saints Parish Church on Ringwood Road.
A silver Ford Mondeo, silver Citreon C4 and blue VW Golf were targeted, and police said: "The damage caused to all vehicles has had a significant impact on the owners as their cars have been considered a write-off."
Dash cam footage of a suspect has been released.
A351 Dorset both ways severe roadworks, from De Moulham Road to Shore Road.
A351 Dorset - A351 Victoria Avenue in Swanage closed in both directions from the De Moulham Road junction to the Shore Road junction, because of Swanage Carnival.
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