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Volunteers clean up Blandford

OVERFLOWING bins on the meadows and the North Dorset Trailway, and cans, papers and sometimes fly-tipping discarded from cars and other vehicles on the bypass have prompted action by members of the public seeking more bins and clearing litter themselves. Even before Dorset Council announced in its residents’ newsletter on March 5 that roadside verge litter-picking would be focused on four main county routes, volunteers in Blandford took matters into their own hands and over three days succeeded in clearing the large amounts of litter on the Blandford bypass.      

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Hairdressers & other retailers set to re-open

THE date most are looking forward to is Monday April 12, when it is hoped that a continuing fall in infections, deaths and R rate nationwide will see the reopening of  non-essential retail, hairdressers, nail salons and public buildings, including libraries and community centres.  Shopkeepers have been busy preparing their premises for the opening date, refreshing their stock for what, for many, will be a completely different season to when they closed first in November and then again in January.

Similarly pubs have been preparing for what they hope will be their reopening date...     Read more…

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