rope-walkOn Sunday 13th May between 11am – 4pm Bridport Museum will be celebrating the town’s ancient rope-making heritage with the annual Ropewalk Fair.

The Millenium Green will be abuzz with live music from local bands, food stalls, rope, net and craft demonstrations and sporting activities such as tennis and football in the arena. There will be opportunities to try out commando style training under an obstacle net, tug of war and many other fun events including local organisations showcasing their activities.

TeaCupFilm-Apr2018-Weldmar-PatientsWorkingAn animated film made by people attending Weldmar Hospicecare’s Day Services

The Arts Therapy team at Weldmar Hospicecare work with patients and family members using a wide range of creative activities. The aim is to offer people opportunities to express themselves, rekindle skills and maybe gain new ones.

cursusAs the long winter nights draw in the organisers of the Cursus Music and Cider Festival in Dorset have announced a fantastic line-up for 2018 to brighten up the season with thoughts of lazy summer days.

The three day festival is being held over the May bank holiday weekend (May 25th – 27th) and will see an outstanding line-up of national, international and local acts entertain the crowd at Canada Farm near Sixpenny Handley.

Weldmar-ColourRunGroupDorset’s Brightest Weekend is BACK and bigger than ever in 2018!

One of Weymouth’s biggest fundraising events is returning in 2018 - this year with a new twist! Weldmar Hospicecare’s fourth Colour Run will be held on Saturday 12th May, where 1,500 people will scramble up/over/through ten inflatable obstacles. Participants will also run through Colour Stations along the course, getting covered in brightly coloured powder paint as they pass through.

nes-concertThe New Elizabethan Singers' May concert brings together two great French choral masterworks:  the 'Messe Solennelle' by Louis Vierne, and the 'Requiem' composed by his pupil, Maurice Duruflé on 19th May, 7.00 pm, at St Mary's Church, Bridport

The 30th Stanley Mansbridge Perpetual Trophy competition for Dorset town criers is to be held in Bridport next Wednesday (22nd November 2017).

Criers from Beaminster, Blandford, Blandford Forum, Dorchester, Gillingham, Langton Herring, Swanage, Wareham and West Moors will be judged on diction, volume and interpretation. There will also be a prize for the best-dressed crier/couple. The first cry will be about the crier's home town (Borough Gardens 1.30) The second will be about Rope (Bucky Doo 3.00). This is the first town criers' competition to be held in Bridport since 1938.

Weldmar-cookbookAlthough many people know about Weldmar Hospicecare, not everyone knows about the full range of outstanding services on offer. The arts therapies team is just one of those services, and works with patients and family members with a whole range of creative activities.

At a challenging time it’s important to be able to express oneself and reflect on a life’s journey.

statues-legacyA new book about Dorset's statues has been published by West Dorset author Michael Russell Wood.

Dorset's Legacy in Public Statues features some well-known figures such as Thomas Hardy in Dorchester and George III in Weymouth alongside lesser-known pieces including a skateboarder by the sculptor Greta Berlin in the garden of Wimborne Library and Eric Gill's obelisk in Briantspuddle.

After more than 6 years of planning, Bridport Area Development Trust is about to start work on the restoration of the Literary and Scientific Institute building in East Street.  The Grade 2* listed building in East Street has been empty since 1997 and is currently on the national At Risk register.

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