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‘Lidl’ bus to be withdrawn

The ‘Lidl bus’ which has for the last three years been circling the town – originally to and from Lidl but more recently including Tesco – is due to be withdrawn on Saturday February 13. The contract for the service with Morebus expired on December 31, and Morebus have advised that they are unable to continue running it without funding. The service was provided with a subsidy of more than £250,000 which was made a condition of approval of the building of the supermarket in Shaftesbury Lane. It has continued to run half-hourly on the same route around the town but in the opposite direction to the hour X8 return service to Poole, frequently within minutes of each other.

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First Blandford vaccine

THE arrival of the first delivery of vaccine to Blandford surgery just days after the start of the third lockdown came as some relief to many who had been asking since before Christmas when they would hear about their appointments. A number of people reported on social media that they had been able to secure a vaccination at other centres such as hospitals in the county and towns across the country, while others said that booked appointments had been cancelled when the vaccine did not arrive. But the first members of the public to be vaccinated at the surgery were Doreen and Tony Wort of Ryan Court, who were invited to attend…     Read more…

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