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D.O.R.C.H. Campaign – English Heritage Statement


1 April 2015

Merry Meet Magazine has been supporting the D.O.R.C.H. (Defend Our Rich Cultural Heritage) Campaign to prevent developers and West Dorset District Council destroying important archaeology during the building of a new shopping centre.

The campaign now has very strong support from English Heritage, as the following document makes plain:


The site in question lies in the centre of modern Dorchester, within the old Roman walls, and forms part of the site of a unique and internationally important Neolithic henge monument, as the map below illustrates (click on it for high-res. version).

Roman Map

The developers, Simons, are in cahoots with West Dorset District Council to develop the site as quickly and cheaply as possible. To this end the latest planning application has severely curtailed the amount of archaeological excavation proposed for the site, despite the fact that the proposed underground car-parking area in the new development would effectively destroy all the archaeological layers below ground level.

Please support our campaign by signing the petition at:


Welcome to the New Website


Jerry20 May 2014

At last, a new website, which hopefully I should be able to update more easily than the previous one, which became stuck around 2012.

Apologies for the late appearence of the current (Spring) edition. It is at the printer as I speak and should be with subscribers within a week. I will endeavor to produce the next one a bit sooner, and with a bit of luck, I may catch up with the schedule by the end of the year – it does all rather depend on what other work I have to do in order to make ends meet, and whatever new disasters befall me in the meantime.

Some readers who knew her, will be sad to hear of the demise of my little dog Freya on 16 April, and a brief obit is included in issue 52. She was very old and while she did not appear to be in any pain, her last stroke left her quite disabled and disorientated, and she had obviously decided it was time to give up, as she stopped eating and drinking, bless her.

Jerry Bird

Freya's Last Portrait