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plain-pullOrganisers are delighted to announce the return of one of the county s most unique yet original fundraising events based at Bournemouth Airport.  This year will see the Dorset Plane Pull celebrate it s 10th Birthday. The fundraising event founded in 2009 challenges teams of 20 to pull a 35,000kg aircraft a distance of 50 meters all in aid of raising funds for good causes.

Since its inception the event has raised over  130,000 for a variety of charities ranging from large national organisations to local community projects.

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.

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.

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

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Personal Statement from Robert Ridge Regarding The Trick Factory.

At the End of this month of May The Trick Factory will close for the summer and will cease to operate at its current location.

This is in accordance with the wishes and instructions of the owners of The St. Michaels Trading Estate, Hayward & Co.

margery-hookingsDorset writer Margery Hookings has just published a new book about her grown-up gap year on a Greek island.

Just like the Durrells, whose real-life story is currently being told on ITV on Sunday nights, Margery and husband Andrew abandoned rainy Dorset for a new adventure in Corfu. With beautiful countryside, kind neighbours and plenty of sunshine, what could have been better?

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