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mindfestBridport Mind Fest is an independent Festival for all ages, organised by local People wishing  to help create a caring community. Through supporting and celebrating mental health and wellbeing they hope to reduce the stigma of mental illness, encouraging people to talk about, and to look after their own mental wellbeing. 


The second Mind Fest runs from Friday 5th October through to World Mental Health Day on Wednesday 10th, with five celebrity events, two films and over thirty workshops, widening awareness of mental health and with the aim of reaching out to the community – the community is warmly invited to join in.

mindfestBridport Mind Fest is an independent, open access, all age Festival promoting mental wellbeing runs from Friday 5th to Wednesday 10th October. It celebrates the creative power of the mind. It offers signposts for healing it. It supports people’s aspirations wherever they are on the spectrum of mental wellbeing. Major themes this year are “Stress and the World of Work” and The Five Steps to Mental Wellbeing”.

Tradgedy strikes as fire rages through St Michael's Artist's Quarter.

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The blaze broke out on the St Michael's Trading Estate in Bridport shortly after 18:00 BST on Saturday.

The Prince of Wales makes his first-ever visit to Bridport to see the newly refurbished Bridport Literary & Scientific Institute

prince-charlesHRH the Prince of Wales visited Bridport to see the historic Literary and Scientific Institute (known by locals as the Old Library) which has been totally regenerated to be once again an important part of the future economy of Bridport.   The Trustees of Bridport Area Development Trust (BADT) who have been responsible for rescuing and restoring the building were honoured to have the opportunity to share with Prince Charles some of the history of the building and to show him around the new Town facility.

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.

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.

History is about to unravel as Bridport Museum prepares to re-open its doors

Bridport Museum will once again be free and open to all this Summer after its major £1.3 million redevelopment.

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The five year long project has enabled a complete internal modernisation of the galleries making them innovative and interactive.

A video by Mike Wood of the unveiling of the statue of Admiral Sir George Somers in Lyme Regis on July 26th 2016.

Sir George Somers was the mayor of Lyme Regis and is remembered today as the founder of the English colony of Bermuda, also known as the Somers Isles. Lyme Regis is twinned with St Georges, Bermuda.

playarea_dorset_policeThe concept of a "teenage playground" was developed as part of the first SUMMENTOR – a Summer mentoring project focusing on local junior school leavers who, it was felt, would struggle with the transition to Senior School. Involving children who were disadvantaged, the victims of bullying and rural isolation and, in some cases, with a disability, they were mentored by students from the Sir John Colfox Academy for three weeks over the Summer of 2006.

Paul Tansey writes > I'm launching the "Dorset better off without the UK movement". It's called Exit Dor.

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