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colmers-ajmerIt's no surprise, the popularity of our very own Colmers Hill could not go unnoticed throughout the world, a firm of Indian architects have built a full size replica of Dorset's most iconic mound in  Ajmer,  a city in Ajmer District in India's Rajasthan state. 

The amazing feat of human ingenuity took a mere six weeks to complete and over 30,00 moundwallas were drafted in to complete the ginormous landmark.

Picture of Malcolm French presenting yours truly with a cheque from Bridport Rotary Club. Also thanks to Sherborne Youth Club for a generous donationThis open letter is intended to share a predicament, suggest a course of action and incite some feed back. Put bluntly The Trick Factory in 2010 has lost a lot of money, more than any previous year. I don’t know the exact figure but its around 3K. The reasons for this are lack of support. Either from would be sponsors, contributors or simply people attending the facility, either to use and/or help at the premises.

appleNew regulations that set a minimum juice content for cider will benefit quality producers and protect the integrity of the category.

Summer, a few years back now

hatfestBridport Hat Festival 2010 turned out to be a marvelous event - the sun shone and people were out in droves wearing all sorts of fancy headgear as can be seen by this mass hat photograph (below), taken in Bucky Doo square. Many thanks to all who took part in this jolly occasion and we hope to see you again for the next one.

Check out the Hat Fest gallery here...

Spirit of BridportA campaign has been launched to restore The Spirit of Bridport on signs welcoming visitors to the town.

The image of the flaxen-haired woman sitting on a throne is a detail from a mural in Bridport Town Hall painted by Fra. Newbery, a founder of the renowned Glasgow School of Art. It was later adapted for the town road signs post-war in the 1950s or 60s by George Biles, whose murals adorn The Electric Palace foyer.

The stereoscopic photo of Askers Roadhouse below is actually a glass slide. It was sent in by Derek Barnsley who says "All I know about it is that it was taken on someones family holiday to Wales and the West Country in either 1934 or 1935".

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Local boy Toby Burnham (now living in Lun-dun) has stupidly agreed to join ex-England Rugby Captain Lawrence Dallaglio’s “Cycle Slam” project, raising money for both Sport Relief, and the Lawrence Dallaglio Foundation, which gives money to Help for Heroes, and Cancer Research amongst others.

 Everyone can help save the Trick Factory, as everyone has something different to offer. Take a look at the list below and let us know what you are committed to doing to save the Trick Factory. The Trick Factory an indoor BMX bike and skateboard facility located in the St Michaels Trading Estate in Bridport is under threat of closure because of a the planning bid to develop the South West Quadrant, this will also force several other businesses and many artist studios to close or relocate.
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