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Monday, 29 October 2007

Spooky fort is a scary prospect

Nothe Fort in Weymouth has been named as one of the top 10 spookiest locations across the UK.

The fort, which was built in 1860 as part of the defence of Portland Harbour, has been ranked fourth best place for ghost hunters in a survey by the National Lottery.

Source: Dorset Echo Monday 29th Oct 2007

Saturday, 27 October 2007

Steps back in time

Hidden traces of Weymouth's medieval history have been uncovered at Chapelhay.

Sections of 400-year-old stone steps have been revealed by volunteers clearing undergrowth in Chapelhay Gardens.

The Chapelhay Community Partnership is removing vegetation which began to thrive after a German land mine flattened much of the area in 1941.

Source: Dorset Echo Saturday 27th October 2007

Thursday, 25 October 2007

Theatre revamp may banish 'ghost'

A planned £13m restoration of a "haunted" 1920s theatre to its former glory may silence its ghostly sounds.

Footsteps on an empty stage and sightings of a woman in a bonnet are some of the ghostly reports by staff at Bournemouth's Pavilion.

Some say it is the spirit of Emily, an actress who died on stage in the 1930s.

Source: BBC News Thursday, 25 October 2007

Fathers group denies attack on monuments

Two Dorset monuments have been daubed with paint by activists claiming to be from Fathers4Justice.

Hardy's Monument and the Nine Stones at Winterbourne Abbas were both daubed with graffiti saying "Read family court hell" and "F4J".

The attacks have been condemned as mindless vandalism by landowners and people who use the sites.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Thursday 25th October 2007

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Vandals target two historic sites

Two historic sites in Dorset have been targeted by vandals who have covered them in graffiti.

The ancient Nine Stones circle, beside the A35 at Winterbourne Abbas, near Dorchester, was targeted overnight.

READ MORE - Source: BBC News Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Monday, 22 October 2007

Halloween in Dorset

Pumpkins at the ready, witches! Around Dorset this Halloween there's spooky goings-on galore, and here are just a few of them...........

Source: BBC - Dorset - Entertainment - Halloween 22/10/07

Peter Knight on Sacred Sites in Dorset

If you enjoy walking through the Dorset countryside, you’ll probably have spotted them for yourself. Big grey boulders placed in a circle in an isolated field. Earth Mysteries expert Peter Knight uncovers the secrets of the county’s sacred stones.

Source: BBC Dorset - Features - Sacred Sites 22nd October 2007

Thursday, 18 October 2007

Author’s return to Littlemoor

A weymouth author who has taken the magical fiction world by storm is returning to Littlemoor where she started writing 24 years ago.

The latest of Kit Berry's series of novels - Solstice At Stonewylde has been released this month after worldwide critical acclaim about her books set in a hidden community in Dorset.

There will be a double signing on Saturday, October 27, starting off at A Littlemore Hardware, Littlemoor from 9.45am to 11am and then heading to The Pickled Witch Market at the Corn Exchange, Dorchester, from midday until 2pm.

Her fifth book, Solstice at Stonewylde, is available locally and in national bookshops this month.

Source: Dorset Echo Thursday 18th October 2007

Monday, 15 October 2007

Ghostly things that go bump in the night

Ghostly goings-on mean two neighbours are keeping their lights on.

Mysterious footsteps, an opening and slamming door - and a cry for help from a phantom woman are disturbing the lives of two Boscombe residents.

Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Monday 15th Oct 2007

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

It’s market day for witchy folk

Witches will be topping up their stocks of wands and other little essentials at the Pickled Witch Market in the Corn Exchange this month.

Organiser Chris Walsh said the event followed a successful witch market in Dorchester a year ago.

Source: Dorset Echo Wednesday 10th Oct 2007

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Dorset’s hidden black history and the legend of the Bettiscombe Screaming Skull

The Black History in Dorset Project aims to explore the experiences of black people in Dorset. Behind the project is British-Ghanaian poet and historian Louisa Adjoa Parker. Here she describes Dorset’s slave trade past link: BBC Dorset - Dorset’s hidden black history

One reference she makes is the The legend of the screaming skull
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