Tickets are available from Bridport Tourist Information Centre in the Town Hall and Wild and Homeless Books, 12 South Street, Bridport.
BADT is keen to invite expressions of interest from local commercial operators to run a new café/restaurant to be launched in the second quarter of 2017. This opportunity forms a key part of the Trust’s plans for the restoration and regeneration of a historic landmark in the centre of Bridport.
For more information, please download the brief from here.
Closing date Friday 4 March 2016
The Bridport Area Development Trust issued the following press release today:
A barn dance organised by Creeds Design and Print has raised £1,700 to support the restoration of Bridport Literary and Scientific Institute.
Held at The Tithe Barn by kind permission of Symondsbury Estate, the event was a sell out with over 200 people attending. Dancers enjoyed a light supper with bread and cheese supplied by Leakers Bakery and Ford Farm, and some mouth-watering tray bakes from Jessica’s Farmhouse Cakes, before dancing the night away to local group ‘Up and Running’.
Harry of Creeds Design and Print said, “the evening was fantastic and everyone attending had a great time. We are thrilled that it was such a success and that we were able to raise such a large amount to support the restoration of this important local community building.”
Crystal Johnson, Activities Coordinator for the LSI project said, “we are enormously grateful to Creeds for organising this event which will makes a big contribution towards our current fundraising target. It is this kind of support that will really help in our last push to raise all the funds necessary to bring the LSI back into use and save it as a community building for the future”.
The majority of the £2.6m needed to restore the LSI has already been secured, with major grants received from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic England and various other bodies. The project has about £125k left to raise. It was recently awarded £10k from the Wolfson Foundation and further fundraising will continue throughout 2016. It is anticipated that work will begin on site after Easter this year, with a view to reopening the building in early Summer 2017.
If you would like to be kept informed about the project and future developments please contact Crystal Johnson to join the mailing list: email@example.com
If you would like to make a donation to the project please visit: www.bridportadt.org.uk/donate
Be a part of it…
The project to restore Bridport Literary and Scientific Institute is getting underway and we have a number of opportunities for artists, designers and consultants to work on specific elements of the project.
Information on each opportunity can be downloaded from here. The closing date for submissions for all these contracts is Friday 19 February 2016.
If you have any questions please contact Crystal Johnson, Activities Coordinator: Crystal@BridportADT.org.uk
Bridport Area Development Trust which now owns the West Bay Methodist Church (“The Chapel on the Beach”) is developing plans to convert it into a Visitor Centre providing information about the history and environment of West Bay and the surrounding area. The Trust has recently submitted a Listed Building application WD/D/15/001833 to West Dorset District Council for permission to proceed with the necessary conservation works to this historic Grade II Listed building.
Last year, the Trust opened the Methodist Church during August and September when a number of display boards, and exhibits loaned by Bridport Museum, explored a number of topics relating to West Bay and the Church building itself. The Church had over 1600 visitors during this summer period who provided some very positive and useful comments.
The Trust has now developed a questionnaire to consult Bridport area residents and visitors on what they would find attractive in the converted Church, and launched this questionnaire at the Melplash Show.
The Trust will also be holding a public consultation session at the Salt House, West Bay during Architectural Heritage Week. This session will run from 2.00pm to 7.00pm on Wednesday 9 September 2015. Please come along on the day to look at the Trust’s plans for the Church, let us have your views and feedback via the questionnaire, and see how you may be able to help.
Your views are very important to the success of this project.
The questionnaire can also be completed online here.