By Sara Hudston

Wild Boar photo by Ben Locke — www.benlocke.co.uk

Midnight at the crossroads

It was late and the night was sharp and still. The car headlights kindled frost fires in the black hedgerows as we turned off the Maiden Newton road, wiggled around the radio station and plunged down the side of Toller Down heading for Powerstock.

We bumped over the Kingcombe dogleg, car wheels spinning loose flints into the frozen verge. The road dipped into the valley and climbed steeply uphill over clods of frozen mud and cow spatter to the clump of Scots pines at the Mount Pleasant crossroads.

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The wind turbine at Marshwood School. The survey showed support for small-scale energy generation, but not wind farms

Vale residents would prefer fracking to wind power

Energy generation is an issue that affects us all. The question of how we heat our homes, cook our food and power our transport becomes more acute as fuel costs rise and climate considerations grow more pressing.

Sara Hudston reports on a parish survey in the Marshwood Vale that found support for fracking.

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The Team at Smith & Smith, West Street, Bridport

Traditional Values and Amazing Underpants

Fashions come and go, but in Bridport there is always a need for tweed jackets, nightshirts and “excellent country trousers”, which is one reason why Smith & Smith has flourished in the town for 131 years as a traditional gentleman’s outfitter.

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