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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.

£31 million Dorset deal will bring superfast broadband to thousands more homes and businesses (eventually).

97 per cent of Dorset premises will have access to fibre based technology.

A multi-million pound contract to bring faster broadband speeds to thousands more homes and businesses in Dorset was signed on Wednesday July 10.

An Open Letter to Debbie Ward (Chief Executive’s Office, County Hall) concerning the Beaminster Tunnel Closure, co-signed by Bridport and District Tourism Association (55 members), Bridport Chamber of Trade and Commerce (60 members), The Alleyways Bridport Antiques Centre (35 independent traders), Bridport Market Traders' Federation and Market Forum (100 traders)

Dog walking volunteers urgently required in Bridport

The Cinnamon Trust is a national charity for the elderly and terminally ill and their much loved, much needed pets.

Volunteers help to keep owners and pets together either by walking a dog for a housebound owner, fostering pets when the owners need hospital care and even cleaning out a bird cage.

Check out this great collection of old postcards and photographs of Dorset on Flickr

Register your interest in the Superfast Dorset scheme online - do the DCC survey!

7,295 people have already said they are interested in superfast broadband when it arrives. Total registration numbers will help the Council understand how many people will take up the opportunity to have superfast broadband when it is available. Registrations from specific parishes will demonstrate that particular communities are really interested in superfast speeds.

Encourage your neighbours and businesses in your area to register their interest

broadwindsor-storesVillagers at Broadwindsor were in the mood for celebrating on Saturday when they officially opened their new community stores in the old telephone exchange.

And it was a special day for village school pupil Ellie Guppy, who won a poster competition to promote the opening. Not only did she cut the ribbon, it was also her ninth birthday.

On Thursday 21st March Rethink will be launching  a new Mental Health Information Point  service that will be accessible to the local community and visitors.

January 13th 2013: the Bridport Community Orchard host the fifth wassailing event to ward off evil spirits. Helping the ceremony along are the Wyld Morris Dancers


Bridport Cohousing is a group of local people working together to create more affordable, sustainable homes in Bridport for local people.  They have now announced proposals to build 30 homes plus shared facilities on part of the field just West of Bridport Hospital.  The plans were announced with public consultations for local residents in Allington on January 18, and for the general public in Bucky Doo Square on January 19.

Charles Couzens, one of the professional advisors, said, “We looked at several possible sites before the residents group chose this one.  Our reasons for proposing this site include offering shared facilities which can benefit the whole Allington community, enough space to grow food on site, easy access by bus, foot and bike from central Bridport, and a price for the land which means that all the homes will be affordable”.

The 30 homes will range in size from 1-bed flats to 4-bed houses, with a range of tenure types, all affordable.  The developer partner is Synergy Housing Group, the largest housing association in Dorset, who will provide 8 affordable rent and 4 shared ownership homes as part of the scheme.  Shared facilities will include a hall for social events, shared meals and meetings, plus workspaces, a 1-acre community allotment, and children’s play area.  These facilities will also be available for use by the surrounding community.

Bridport Cohousing aims to create a neighbourhood which is affordable, sustainable and mutually supportive.  Ways to achieve this include building eco-homes with high insulation levels, growing food on site, shared transport facilities (eg a pool car), and limits on private car ownership.  The project builds on the success of the award-winning Threshold cohousing project in Gillingham, North Dorset.

Lucy Rowland, a community nurse in Bridport, who is one of the potential residents, said, “I like the shared meals and activities in cohousing.  By working together, for example in the shared market garden, we can develop friendships and create a supportive network for old and young alike, so that we can all live together in a safe and happy neighbourhood, which is also of service to the wider community in Bridport”.

There are still some homes available, and the residents group welcomes new members.  For more information, see or contact Rose Harris on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 01308 424863.


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