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museumAt 10am on Saturday 27 May Bridport Museum welcomes its first visitors after its major redevelopment.

Since its doors shut for the renovations in September passers-by have been caught peering in through the windows to try and catch a glimpse of the huge changes and new galleries inside.

horses-ally-hillHorse will be working on the land again on Allington Hill. Kate welcomes people to come along and watch the horses work on Friday 16th of June, when the horses will be  bashing the bracken on top of the hill. If you can’t make it to the top of the hill, on Saturday 17th of June they will be doing a logging demonstration in Cooper’s Field (off Hospital Lane).

graves-hand-cycleRobert Graves is hand-cycling 2,500 miles of the UK coastline to raise money for his favourite charities (Sea Shepherds) (SIA Spinal Injury Association) and (The Cycling Project). Scroll to the bottom to donate. Robert will be passing through Bridport on 4th July on the third day of this epic challenge so give him a cheer if you see him.

Robert's story is remarkable in that he is part paralysed; here is his story:

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.

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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.

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.

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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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