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Proof of global warming in the West this winter?

The red admiral was caught on camera in Dorset on 7 December Credit: Jenny Mac

Now here's some proof that the recent mild weather is having an effect on wildlife in the west country.

This photo of a red admiral was taken by a viewer in Sherborne in Dorset on 7 December. It may or may not be a sign of global warming but butterflies certainly seem to be responding to an increase in temperatures. Apparently, several species can regularly be spotted on sunny days in December.

Daffodils in full bloom in Witcombe in Gloucester Credit: Carol Wager

And while we're about it, check out these daffs - spotted by a viewer in full bloom by the road in Witcombe in Gloucester yesterday, 15 December. Carol Wager wonders if they are the first daffodils of 'next' year.

It makes you wonder what we'll see next...


Another woman bishop for the West Country

Karen Gorham will be consecrated as Bishop of Sherborne on 24 February 2016 Credit: Diocese of Salisbury

The 36th Bishop of Sherborne is to be the current Archdeacon of Buckingham, Karen Gorham.

She started serving God early - helping sharpen pencils in Sunday School - and worked as an administrator before going on to train for the ministry at Trinity College Bristol.

Ven Gorham will be consecrated at Salisbury Cathedral on 24 February, 2016, and will have responsibility for the parishes in Dorset.

I am also keen to get to know those who live in the conurbations, seaside towns, highways and byways of Dorset who might be seeking and searching, in need of support or help, to see where we as Christians can make connections, to ensure that God’s love, hope and grace is shared abundantly.

In the wider diocese I will have responsibility for lay ministry and chaplains, two areas vital to the Church’s ministry in the 21st century, and I also look forward to seeing how that work can continue to thrive through support, encouragement and training.

– Karen Gorham

Pedestrian killed in A30 accident

A pedestrian has been killed after being hit by a car on the A30 near Sherborne.

The man, in his 40s, died at the scene. The driver of the car, a 32-year-old man from Yeovil, was taken to hospital for treatment. His condition is not life-threatening.

Both carriageways of the A30 were closed between Babylon Hill and the A352 at Sherborne while emergency services dealt with the incident.

"This is a very serious incident and I would like to thank motorists for their patience during the road closure, which is necessary to allow us to establish what happened."

– Police Sergeant Mark Scammell, Dorset Police

A30 in Dorset closed due to serious crash

The A30 is closed both ways between Babylon Hill and the junction with the A352 Credit: ITV News

The A30 in Dorset is closed near Sherborne due to a serious accident.

The crash, involving a car and a pedestrian, happened on the westbound carriageway at around 1 am.

The stretch between Babylon Hill and the A352 is likely to be shut for a number of hours while police examine the scene. Officers would like to hear from anyone who saw what happened.

This is a very serious incident and the A30 is expected to be closed for quite a number of hours.

I would like to thank motorists for their patience during the road closure, which is necessary to allow us to establish what happened. While the closures are in place, I would urge motorists to please avoid the area and look for alternative routes.

I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision, or saw a pedestrian on the A30 at around the time of the incident, to please call Dorset Police on 101.

– Chief Inspector Bob Acaster, Dorset Police

'Bart's Bash' sets new world record

Andrew 'Bart' Simpson died in 2013 while training for the America's Cup. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive

A global sailing event held in memory of Dorset sailor Andrew "Bart" Simpson has been declared a world record.

More than 30,000 people from 60 countries took part in 'Bart's Bash', which was held to raise money for his Foundation.

The Olympic gold medallist from Sherborne died in 2013 while training for the America's Cup.


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Judge: Napier joined school because of proximity to children

Charles Napier joined the school at which he taught, which cannot be named, after leaving university and when he was arrested last year he told police he already knew he was a paedophile at that time.

The judge said:

I have no doubt that ... you sought that post because of the proximity you would have to boys.

Within a very short time you were grooming those you had chosen, using the techniques of charm, flattery and the abuse of your power.

The number of indecent assaults must be into the hundreds.

– Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith

The judge said some of the victims' lives had been "dramatically damaged".

Sherborne shooter announces his retirement

Peter Wilson's ecstasy at winning gold at London 2012 Credit: PA

A west-based Olympic champion has announced his retirement.

Dorset's Peter Wilson, who won the Double Trap gold medal at the London Olympics in 2012, said in a tweet today that he was quitting competitive shooting.

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