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Chideock cider makers make a donation of £1,000 to Weldmar Hospicecare.

Throughout 2016 a group of cider makers from Chideock in west Dorset supported Weldmar Hospicecare – and visited Joseph Weld Hospice to present their cheque for £1,000 in March 2017.


Roz Copson and Lottie Welch are  going to walk the South West Coast Path from Portland Bill to West Bay pier over two days on Saturday and Sunday 22nd and 23rd April 2017  to raise money for  both The Living Tree Cancer Support group in Bridport and The Fortuneswell Cancer Trust.

The money raised for The Living Tree will be used to support the highly successful Stepping Out project which is a twelve week rolling programme of excercise and health education tailored to the individual needs of local  people recovering from cancer treatment. The project, held in the Bridport Leisure Centre, is run by instructors specially trained in both the physical and emotional rehabilitation of people after a diagnosis of and treatment for any type of cancer.

lord-david-neubergerTalk by Lord Neuberger, the UK’s most senior judge 

Bridport Area Development Trust is delighted to welcome Supreme Court President, Lord Neuberger, to Bridport to give a talk about the Supreme Court and its role in our challenging times.

The talk will take place at 7.30pm on Friday 28 April at Bridport Town Hall.

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.


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

ASD Mingle: Do you have an autistic spectrum disorder? Would you like to meet other people on the spectrum? Good news; there’s a social club (18+) just for you!

Monthly meetings are being held at the Bearkat Bistro situated in the Lyric Theatre on the last Wednesday of every month. Meetings start from April 26th, 3pm.

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Do you have a great idea for young people in Dorset - but need money to make it happen?

Crowdfunder has a launched Crowdfund Dorset with a £200,000 fund for youth projects.

All you have to do is launch a crowdfunding project, and you could receive a grant of up to 50% of your target.

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.


Bridport Museum Trust: Hibernating ‘til Spring 2017

Bridport Museum will be closing early this season. The Museum will close the doors on Friday September 2nd 2016 so that, in spring 2017, it can reopen with a brand new offering for everyone to enjoy.

This year Bridport Museum is being redeveloped! The team are working hard so that, from spring 2017, there will be fabulous new galleries for visitors to explore – and Bridport Museum will become a hub for the whole community.

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.


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