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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.

in-th-bagLocal woman Margaret Allen has just had a book published entitled "In the Bag! Labrador Training from Puppy to Gundog"It offers a fresh approach to gundog training for beginners and seasoned trainers alike. It contains sound advice on the selection of your Labrador Retriever and valuable information regarding his care and management from puppy to veteran.

Margaret Allen who lives just outside of Bridport has been successfully training, trialling, breeding and showing Labradors since 1964. Margaret believes that in order to train your dog successfully, you should make it your chief objective to find out what makes him tick. In this book, you will learn how your dog thinks, reacts and learns. Armed with this knowledge, training should proceed with a minimum of setbacks.

Is available from Crowood Books or if you would like a signed copy you can contact Mrs Allen via her website

Bridport Neighbourhood Plan application and map for Bridport, Symondsbury and Allington Parishes can be found at

Neighbourhood planning is about giving local people a proper say over what new buildings will look like, where they will be built, and the confidence that they will have the proper support to cope with the demands of new development.

Neighbourhood planning provides a genuine opportunity for local people to influence the future of their area.


BridportRotary-Nov2013-WeldmarWhen Clive Bath became President of the Rotary Club of Bridport he nominated Weldmar Hospicecare to be his charity for the year. Now that his year is over he, along with the new President and President Elect, came to Joseph Weld Hospice to present the cheque to Caroline Nickinson their Director of Fundraising.

During his year, sadly, a fellow Rotarian from the Club passed away having been cared for by Weldmar and a special summer lunch in his memory was held to raise additional funds.

These three short films were made by Watershed PR for Spirit of Bridport and funded by Dorset Chalk and Cheese. They really give a taste of the best of West Dorset .

living-treeThe Living Tree - one year on and well rooted.

“To me beating cancer is not about not dying. It’s about living, really living, every moment and every day. But how could I do that?  Who could help me stay on track?  Throughout my cancer treatment, despite asking and looking, there were no survivor or support groups where I live in West Dorset.”

Viva Dorch Vegas!


That's up there along with Weybiza (a must read from Uncyclopedia)..

To safeguard and protect the Historic Street Market of Bridport please say NO to any plan or policy to introduce roadside parking meters on East, West and South Street.

Why is this important?

It will not, as claimed, "promote economic growth" or "make the town safer, more attractive" or "generally nicer to visit".

african-american-giA new book explores stories of African American soldiers in Dorset during Second World War A new book which explores stories of the African American GIs who came to Dorset to train for D-Day is now available to buy online. The book, entitled 1944 We Were Here: African American GIs in Dorset is part of a project run by Development Education in Dorset (DEED) in partnership with Walford Mill Crafts and the Priest House museum. It was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and JP Morgan. An exhibition containing some of the material included in the book was successfully launched last May at Walford Mill Crafts. The exhibition has been touring different venues in Dorset and has had a positive reception from the people who have seen it.

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