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1st May 2015 sees the 100th anniversary of a tragic episode in World War I involving men of the 1st Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment. On 1 May 1915 the Dorsets were holding part of the front line at Hill 60, a large spoil heap from the construction of the nearby railway cutting. It was a fine sunny day and the enemy was unusually quiet until around 7.15 p.m. when they opened a severe bombardment. And then, before the sentries could give the alarm, thick clouds of gas were shot out of cylinder nozzles from the German trenches. Company Sergeant-Major Ernest Shephard said in his diary entry for Saturday 1 May:

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A celebration of Bridport’s Rope and Net Industry returns for another year!

ropewalk-fairPlans are gathering speed for Bridport’s second Ropewalk Fair, which this year will be over the weekend of 8th-10th may.  Designed primarily to highlight Bridport’s unique rope making past, it also celebrates the current netting industry. Furthermore, the event is designed to raise much needed funds for the Museum and the Literary and Scientific Institute’s redevelopment projects.

Now is the chance for people to get involved in a variety of ways!

warren-hitchinThe Electric Palace, Bridport’s prestigious live entertainment venue, has new owners – a local family from West Dorset.

Under its new manager, Susan Warren, who grew up in West Dorset and went to   school in Dorchester, the Electric Palace will continue as a venue for great music, live comedy and film, whilst expanding its range of events for families, children, and older members of the Bridport and West Dorset community.

Check out these 360o panoramas of West Bay by Steve Powell

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net-machine2Bridport Museum are seeking people to help them identify a new and exciting collection of rope and net making machinery as part of their redevelopment plans. The aim to rebuild them and display them in the refurbished museum so visitors can really see how rope and net were made.

You may have heard that we have  entered an exciting phase of re-development which has come about as a result of a bequest from the Sanctuary family of the contents of their museum which was formerly located at Uploders. Part of that bequest consisted of some rope and net machinery which had been dismantled and is now in pieces.

jurassic-fields-band-battleIf you're a band or artist with original material, who lives within 50 miles radius of Bridport, Dorset and who would love the chance to win the opening slot on the main stage at Jurassic Fields Music Festival plus 10 tickets (worth £250) this is the page for you. www.facebook.com/jurassicbands

Band Battles will consist of 3 rounds, an online application, 2 semi finals and a final.

Hipster Beards and Cappuccino Coffees Implicated In New MRSA Pandemic

hipster-coffeeIt has been revealed in the December edition of posh BMA journal that the trendy face hair worn by "Hipsters" to hide behind is responsible for the latest outbreak of superbug MRSA in Dorsetshire.

Dr Charalambous Beardipopolous talking via Skype from his office at the BRA (Beard Research Academy) is an expert in beard related transmittable diseases has suggested that froth from cappuccino style coffees drunk on pavement cafes is the perfect breeding ground for the superbug.

Highlights of Bridport's First Ever Music Festival. Jurassic Fields 2014

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