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bobBridport’s iconic Electric Palace Theatre is up for sale. Owner Peter Hitchin has decided to call it a day after running the entertainment venue for the past seven years.

It goes on the market with Savills in September with a price tag of £550,000
Mr Hitchin said: “It’s been an enjoyable business to own but it’s a ‘lifestyle’ business which needs new enthusiasm and commitment. I’m looking for the right person or company to take it over.

Museum-VolunteersBridport Museum awarded full Arts Council Accreditation status. Bridport Museum was extremely happy to find out last week that it has again achieved full Museum Accreditation status.

Accreditation is managed by Arts Council England, the body responsible for setting the nationally agreed set of standards required of Museums. Bridport Museum first achieved Accreditation in 2009, but it is reviewed approximately every 3 years, with its progress being tracked in great detail.

Second homes are no longer acceptable in rural and coastal communities (like Bridport) that have severe housing shortages. Less than two thirds of the homes the South West needs each year are being built and the lack of supply is pushing up the region's house prices and rents.

If you agree then please sign this petition:
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/second-home-levy

A busker who chucked water over another performer caused chaos in Bucky Doo Square this morning. See more here: http://bit.ly/1pNhZXw

busker-bucketPicture Finnbarr Webster

In an attempt to clarify some comments featured in a recent Guardian newspaper article ‘Sun, sand and inequality: why the British seaside towns are losing out’ 22/6/14:

Firstly, regarding 'cultural wastelands' ‘Graveyards of opportunity’ comments etc these were clearly neither made by me, nor targeted at Bridport.

Taking Google Street View one step further try this view of The Alleyways Bridport Antiques Centre: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@50.732111,-2.762489,3a,75y,337.28h,90t/data=!3m5!1e1!3m3!1s4HOExlx3_64AAAQWnkPG6Q!2e0!3e2

Although these are the memoirs of five girls living in Shipton Gorge, a village three miles east of Bridport, readers will recognise similarities to their own childhood. It will also be of interest to social historians and simply people who enjoy a good read.

It brings to life, events, interests and everyday living of village people in the not-too distant past.  From lack of mains water and electricity and infrequent transport to the austerity of the war years, it was a hard life, especially for the adults. Simplicity of life was the norm, but for certain, life was never dull.

Palmers Brewery has given more than £4,000 to local community groups this spring through the Palmers Fund. Here's the list. 

Defibrillators at Seatown and West Bay: £1,000.00
Flamingo Pool, Axminster: £375.00
Bridport Gig Rowing Club for a safety boat: £2,000.00
Loders Youth Club: £400.00
Bridport Bandits grasstrack racing for teenagers: £500.00

Lightning storm of 19/5/14 caught on video by Lewis Aburrow and family.

Up-cycled Workshops for Young & Creative Adults

more-binsMore Bins are running eco-workshops teaching individuals how to make Bags, Wallets, Coasters and Place Mats out of recovered waste materials collected from the event industry.

How it works

Last summer More Bins collected and recovered over 400 broken camping chairs and a dozen abandoned tents from the events we worked with.

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Images of Bridport and West Bay

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