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Friday, 30 March 2007

MP’s call for bronze statue of a monster

A Bournemouth MP plans to apply for National Lottery funding to put up a bronze statue of Frankenstein's monster in Boscombe.

Tobias Ellwood, who represents Bournemouth East, is hoping the council will agree to the statue being sited on the roundabout at the bottom of Sea Road or in Shelley Park.

The author of the Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, is buried in St Peter's Churchyard and her son Sir Percy Florence Shelley used to live at Shelley Manor in Boscombe.

Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Friday 30th Mar 2007

Thursday, 29 March 2007

Residents stumped by felling joke

Residents were outraged at a pre-April Fool's Day hoax that announced ancient trees would be felled and replaced by telephone masts in a Dorset town.

Locals complained after seeing fake planning notices bearing the West Dorset District Council logo on much-loved trees in Bridport.

The forms announced that a telephone company had applied for permission to fell all local trees.

The deadline for public comments on the scheme was stated as 1 April.

The notices apparently bore the signature of John Greenslade, the council's development control manager.

Mr Greenslade said: "These notices are a hoax. There has been no planning application.

"We sometimes get this sort of thing around April 1 and we hope that this April fool has not caused local people too much concern," he said.

READ MORE - Source: BBC News Thursday, 29 March 2007

Saturday, 24 March 2007

Heroes’ memorial plan hit by delays

Plans for a display in Dorchester's council chamber to honour Dorset's ex-servicemen have run into delays.

Former mayor Leslie Phillips - an ex-Household Cavalry solider - has called for a scroll to honour the county's soldiers.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Saturday 24th Mar 2007

Tuesday, 13 March 2007

Sadness at loss of ancient tree

A 200-YEAR-OLD tree at the centre of worship by druids and witches has been chopped down to size after it became diseased.

The 80ft beech at Winterbourne Abbas has been reduced to a 10-metre stump by English Heritage because of fears it would die and fall over.

The tree has become a dominant feature at the site, famous for the ancient stone circle standing beneath its branches.

Source: Dorset Echo Tuesday 13th March 2007
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