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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.


feb-stormBritain’s favourite forecaster, weatherman Michael Fish, will give a dire warning to Dorset next month – years of even worse weather are on the way and it’s too late to stop it.

Mr Fish, who became a national icon through his forecasts on the BBC, is to spearhead a grim reality check on future weather for Dorset’s Climate Week [March 1st-6th].

A new waste management centre for the Bridport area will be built following a 20-year wait.

Dorset County Council’s planning committee today granted planning permission to the Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) to build a combined household recycling centre (HRC) and waste transfer station at the Broomhills Nursery site off the A35 west of Bridport.


"Dang Dang Diddly Dang De Dang Dang Dang Diddly Dang De Dang Dang Dang Diddly Dang De Dang White lines....... Boyakasha....."

Centre markings are to be reinstated on the picturesque B3157 following a meeting at Dorset County Council today (15 January)

Members made the decision after considering a report on the Chickerell to Bridport road and listening to local residents’ concerns.

At its meeting on 10th December 2013, West Dorset District Council’s Executive Committee agreed a number of recommendations regarding its 2014/15 budget. The reports and minutes of the meeting can be found here.

Decisions on the recommendations will be made at a meeting of Full Council on 20 February 2014.

When a house is taken out of use it needs replacing if a community is to sustain itself. If a community is expanding then additional housing is required. We are in a situation where failing to legislate against second home ownership and a failure to build public housing is creating the scenario where large scale development may seem attractive.

Can a community build its way out of trouble? It creates jobs, (for a short while) a few meanly built affordable homes are sometimes thrown in to pacify opposition, but does it solve or add to community problems? Are they building a post office, a pub, hotels, shops, a school or an additional medical centre? How about things this community requires at this moment like a waste-transfer site with decent access? Doubt it.


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