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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.

Plans to open a village shop in Broadwindsor are stepping up a gear after planners approved a change of use application for the old telephone exchange.

Villagers are now hard at work to get the building in Drimpton Road just how they want it after agreeing terms of a lease and appointing a new shop manager.

The radio mast at Rampisham are now being felled to make way for a solar farm, this is a good thing I suppose but we'll miss those landmark spires, we'll miss picking up the world service through your fillings a nearby stock fence on a misty day, we'll miss the footless birds (don't perch on microwave antenna). Below is a poem about them penned by Margery Hookings (shortlisted from the Bridport Prize 2008 under the pen name, Maddie Grigg).


Members of the King Charles Estate Residents Association has been galvanised the news from the latest District Council Meeting.  They learnt that their campaign to stop building on this field, was not quite over. It seems that the landowners have been allowed to put their bid to build on the field before the Government Inspector, even though their elected councillors had removed the field from the draft local plan. So the residents, joined by many people concerned about the loss of this precious green space, are now re-doubling their efforts.

Broadwindsor residents are now planning to open a community store in the old telephone exchange after problems negotiating a lease for the empty shop in the square.

Broadwindsor and District Community Enterprise chairman Fraser Hughes told more than 100 shareholders at a meeting in the Comrades Hall on Tuesday 30 October that the current owners of the shop in the square were not in a position to look at a lease until at least February 2013.

Bridport Museum is offering anyone who is interested in wildlife, birds or the coast to spend about half a day on a guided walk in West Bay with wildlife expert Dr. Tom Brereton. On Friday 9th November, Tom will guide the group on an (easy!) walk around West Bay, encouraging the group to look out for migrating birds.

Dorwest Directors Jo-Boughton-White and Roly Boughton being presented their award by Sponsors Lloyds TSB.

Dorwest Herbs have been awarded Best Small & Medium Business award at the 2012 at the Open 4 Business awards held at Weymouth College on the 25th October amongst stiff competition from other innovative and successful businesses throughout the region. The Dorset based company which is well known for producing high quality herbal products for dogs and cats throughout the UK and Worldwide were delighted with the result. Dorwest Herbs Managing Director Jo Boughton –White said “This year we have been finalists for several national and regional awards but winning the Best Small & Medium Business at Open 4 Business has been the icing on the cake. To receive this recognition from Open 4 Business and their judging panel has been fantastic and it is with thanks to our hard working team that we continue to see our business grow from strength to strength.”

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Skills for Self Reliance (S4SR) now has its own website – - and new project coordinator who is helping the project to go from strength to strength.

S4SR began in 2011 to deliver and support the provision of knowledge and skills in self reliance and sustainability to people working and looking for work in the communities of Bridport and the surrounding areas.  It is a unique public, private and third sector partnership which links together partners to provide training in a wide range of skills from renewable energy to food and nutrition.  As this is a funded project places are offered on courses at a vastly subsidised rate and sometimes free of charge.


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