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This planning application has now been withdrawn

askers_meadows_weirA planning application has been lodged to use Askers Meadows for "Temporary classroom for courses in traditional skills, dry stone walling and hedge laying and temporary parking for 100 cars on show field on Saturdays and for festivals between July- September"

It is not simply a field it is an ecosystem. Small plants, insects, birds and other animals use it as their habitat, compacting of the soil will also have an effect on the microorganisms in the soil.

richard-3rdIt was whilst on a visit to York that Arthur Woodgate discovered the link between Bridport and Richard the Third, popularly known as “The King in the Car Park.”

Now plans are afoot to commemorate the visit of the much maligned monarch. In the riverside gardens by East Bridge an information notice board identifies the location of the Priory of St John the Baptist just across the road, but gives no indication that this is where Richard is considered to have stayed.

After more than six years of project development, the Bridport Area Development Trust is in the final process of appointing contractors to begin work on the restoration of Bridport Literary and Scientific Institute.

The Grade 2* listed building in East Street has been empty since 1997 and is currently on the national At Risk register.  Initial clearing and tidying inside the building has already been completed and the architects have undertaken further studies and opening up works to inform the detail of the restoration and redevelopment.  Once the final drawings and costings have been completed, contractors will be confirmed, with a view to starting the main building work on site later this year.  In the meantime, the building will be protected to ensure there is no further deterioration to its condition.

Walking Tours around Bridport’s Past

This Easter Bridport Museum brings back our popular guided walks. They were very popular last year so we have decided that, in 2016, they should run in both the summer and the Easter school holidays. Bruce Upton, the Museum’s Community Engagement Officer, will lead participants around some of Bridport’s key sites in the town’s development from its Saxon origins through to the present day.

lord-left-jan-artJanet and Arthur Watson, co-owners of The Riverside Restaurant, were surprised and thrilled to both be awarded the BEM in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to the Hospitality Industry in the South West .

Below is a transcript of the award ceremony held at The Riverside last Saturday 12th December 2015 which was attended by friends, family and colleagues.The award was made by Angus Cambell, The Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset.

dotA  young lady from Bridport has come up with an idea to raise funds for the homeless. This is her story:

"This Christmas I have put together a Christmas Card design to raise funds to help the homeless in Bridport and West Dorset.

I have felt very upset seeing homeless people on our streets. There is no reason why anyone in this country should be homeless. It upsets me to think of people without a home when it’s cold and wet and I don’t want to be one of those people who walks by without helping.

Bullshit-Baffles-BrainsBullshit Baffles Brains - New book launched telling veterans' story for the first time

The latest book by Dorset author Christopher Jary has been launched at a reunion of the Dorset Regiment Old Comrades Association.

The book entitled Bullshit Baffles Brains follows the success of They Couldn’t Have Done Better (The Story of the Dorset Regiment 1939-67).

This time Christopher Jary has teamed up with Dick Eberlie - who served as a subaltern with the 1st Dorsets in Hong Kong 1952-53 – and together they have written the untold story of the veterans.

jan-arthurJan and Arthur Watson, co-owners of The Riverside Restaurant, were surprised and thrilled to both be awarded a British Empire Medal in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to the Hospitality Industry in the South West.

They see it as an award not only for themselves but for all the wonderful staff who have worked at the Riverside over the years and particularly the present team led by the Managers Neil Chilcott and Sue Turner.

They would like to thank the unknown people who put their names forward.

National Carers Week. Tuesday 9th June, 10am-12.30pm at Bridport Arts Centre

"Walking into the Living Tree, well, it's the best thing we ever did," says Brenda Knight.

Brenda and her husband Alan live in Whitchurch Canonicorum and they've both been treated for cancer. "As a wife or a husband you get on and deal with it, you don't think of it as a being a carer. But in fact you are." That realisation is sometimes difficult, knowing that you're in charge of everything as Brenda explains. "At the Living Tree Alan would be happily chatting away with members of the group and I'd be meeting up with the friends I'd made there. It was like being off duty for an afternoon and I came to see I really needed that break." Brenda also valued the practical advice she received at the meetings. "There was always someone who could suggest where to look for help, even if it was for gardening. You need to feel that you're still on top of life's everyday things and the Living Tree helped me achieve that."

In this documentary 23 global thinkers – many of them ignored by mainstream media – break their silence about how the world really works, catalysing a debate about the whole system and the solutions we urgently need.

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