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Go ahead for Nordon


DETAILED plans for 40 affordable homes on the site of the former North Dorset District Council headquarters Nordon, which will follow the demolition of the Edwardian villa built for brewery chief George Woodhouse at the turn of the 20th century, have finally been given the go-ahead by Dorset Council. The application by Aster Housing was approved in accordance with the recommendation of case officer Robert Lennis at Dorset Council’s Northern Planning committee meeting on December 15. It had been revised only slightly after being submitted in June last year following finalisation in April of the outline approval given in February 2019 by North Dorset District Council.    Read more…

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Sylvia’s 100th

FAMILY members from across the world zoomed in on the 100th birthday celebrations of a Whitecliffe House resident who worked for military intelligence during the second world war and married into a prestigious Blandford family.

Sylvia Spooner, nee Blest, was born in Streatham, London, in November 1920, and in her late teens was staying with an English lady and her husband, a German General, on an arranged stay in Bavaria when she attended a Hitler rally in Munich and had a chilling foretaste of looming trouble in store for the world. She was later taken to visit Austria after its annexation by Germany.     Read more…


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