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flood12TORRENTIAL rain and force six gales, prompting a Red Alert warning from the Met Office, have caused extensive flooding in Bridport and the surrounding area. Rivers burst their banks and flooding struck Bridport on Saturday 7th July 2012 Environment Agency river gauges have recorded record levels at the River Bride after parts of West Dorset received between 75mm and 120mm of rain in 24 hours - more than a month's worth of rain in a day.

Institute Plans on display

badt-lsiThe project to restore the Bridport Literary and Scientific Institute which is being undertaken by Bridport Area Development Trust, is making good progress.

For the past three months the Trust’s project group has been working with the consultants appointed with the help of English Heritage funding to develop plans and a feasibility study, which will be used to support a major bid to the Heritage Lottery later this summer for the capital costs of restoration.  The bid’s prospects of success have been strengthened by commitments of significant match funding by Dorset County Council (£300,000) and West Dorset District Council (£100,000).

The West Dorset District Council have now released their Officers Report on the current proposal for the Demolition of 40,000 sqft of working business premises, and the erection of 105 dwellings at St Michaels Trading Estate in which a refusal for both applications have been recommended.

A bench in Bucky Doo square has been dedicated to a popular local doctor. The late Dr Crawshaw came to Bridport in 1951 in the early days of the NHS. An ardent supporter of free health for all, he was involved in setting up the town’s first health centre, in North Allington. A well-known figure in the town, people remember him riding round on his bicycle into his nineties.

Dorset police have released a list of unique excuses given by drivers for why they should avoid getting a penalty points. Between January and March of this year the Roads Policing Team dealt with 4,067 driving offences including speeding, driving while using a mobile and not wearing a seat belt.

Bridport Job Club meets on Tuesday afternoons between 2.30pm and 4.30pm in the Library on South Street.

The Job Club is run entirely by volunteers who have a passion to help anyone out of work for any reason who wants to return to work in any capacity. We are lucky enough to have considerable talent, experience and expertise in our ranks so we would encourage anyone to come along, if only for a friendly welcome and an informal chat.

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In case you were wondering; this is the wrong way to exit Rax Lane car park

knife_smallNo 10 Cafe Bar has commissioned self defence expert Horst D. Lindenau to hold knife defence classes for its door staff and bar managers.

Following several incidents in the town involving attacks on members of the public with knifes, No 10 has decided that although no incidents have happened at No 10 it is prudent that its responsible staff receive relevant training to cope with such incidents.

pasties_petrolPetrol and pasties is all about mind control and social engineering and many fall for it. You deserve the government you get I fear and this one is well rehearsed and good at it. They're laughing in the bars at the houses of corruption ... and the tax payer subsidises their alcohol consumption oh woe...

and here i go ... oh the only main petrol supplier, morrisons, in bridport have employed a traffic controller to direct traffic towards the 'empty' pumps and many of them are chelsea tractors from the surrey dahling i notice.

Ancient Giants is a documentary that follows three young explorers from Dorset deep into the Chilean temperate rain forest in search of some of the world’s oldest and largest trees. The Alerce Tree, also known as the Redwood of the South, is truly an impressive species. This film gives you stunning footage of these trees and the life that is sustained within their canopy, contrasted against the deforestation of these trees and the effects of their destruction.

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