Local News

Unsung local heroes

I'm asking communities to tell me about their unsung local heroes. Those who have been working in voluntary initiatives or doing personal acts of kindness; from shopping and cooking, to walking dogs, collecting medical supplies, manning support helplines or running community response groups.

Dorchester South Station accessibility funding

West Dorset is set to benefit from a share of a £20 million government fund, as Dorchester South station receives much-needed funding for accessibility improvements.

Search and rescue funding for West Dorset

West Dorset is set to receive a share of £1m grant funding towards vital search and rescue services, in an announcement made today by Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps.

Private Members' Bill - have your say!

On 9th January, Chris Loder, the new MP for West Dorset was successful in being drawn fifth in the Private Members’ Bills Ballot at the House of Commons.

Visit from Secretary of State Matt Hancock

On Tuesday 26th November Chris Loder, the Prospective Conservative MP for West Dorset, welcomed Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Rt Hon Matt Hancock during a visit to Sherborne’s Yeatman Hospital.

The Sherborne Podcast

On the first official day of the 12th December 2019 General Election campaign, listen in to The Sherborne Podcast and my views on growing up and living in Sherborne, my 4th generation family farm, Brexit, railways, council tax, housing and my plans for the future of West Dorset.