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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:

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.

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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