Bridport Lockdown Community Project

A community project called Bridport Lockdown ( are creating a shared collection of images and stories from the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic for Bridport and the surrounding area. Get Involved
The project aim to have a record included in this of the activities of local groups and organisations and the lives of those who are part of them. They would love for you to be involved in this and to share this with your local contacts.

Submit photos – obvious of course but… There is a simple form for sending in photos (and, more importantly, the stories behind them, or a few thoughts on life right now) on their website : EVERY photo submitted via the link becomes part of the Covid-19 archive at Dorset History Centre for use by current & future generations as a record of our community in these unique times.   

The project has got off to a good start with a steady flow of photos coming and a really positive, enthusiastic response. They have Bridport Town Council, Beaminster Town Council, Dorset Mind, Bridport Coronavirus Community Support and the Dorset History Centre on board as partners and Broadwindsor Parish Council have confirmed they would support the project too.

For more specific FAQ documents, Click HERE.

Captain Tom Moore’s 100th birthday on Thursday

Captain Tom Moore - 100yrs on 30.04.2020He’s already received over a quarter of a million birthday cards 2 days before his birthday. All mail sent this week by Royal Mail will carry a commemorative postmark reading: ‘Happy 100th Birthday Captain Thomas Moore NHS fundraising hero 30th April 2020.’. The RAF will do a Spitfire flypast on Thursday.  He’s achieved No. 1 in the UK’s singles charts collaborating with Michael Ball in a rendition ofYou’ll Never Walk Alone, becoming the oldest artist to achieve that position.  He opened one of the new NHS Nightingale hospitals via video-link in Harrowgate.

Broadwindsor will publicly acknowledge and send our best British birthday wishes to Captain Tom, initially at the 1 o’clock Sound of Music Through The Square Window slot by singing Happy Birthday following the day’s song (which will also be dedicated to Captain Tom) and then in the evening, at his own request, a 2 minute silence at 19.58 hrs. for those who have lost their lives to the Covid-19 virus.
At 20.00 hrs. we do what has now become our weekly ritual to show our thanks to the NHS and all the keyworkers, the clapping outside our door.
Finally, following that, at approximately 20.05 hrs. we sing at the top of our voices Happy Birthday. Happy Birthday Captain Tom.

Captain Tom Moore

It’s one calendar month since . . .

The Sound of Music Through The Square Window began on 26th March.  Villagers, Shane Pym & Simon Emmerson prepared a snippet of what goes on for BBC Spotlight TV but sadly it didn’t make the cut as hoped.  It’s two minutes and twenty three seconds long, so it is unlikely they would have showed the whole piece anyway! Margery Hookings is sharing it on her Maddie Grigg YouTube channel.
But YOU can view ALL 2mins 23secs of it now 🙂

View and listen to the Village Playlist so far HERE.

See you at one o’ clock tomorrow!

A bit about Wasps . . .

Almost everyone loves the bees and despises the wasps but do you really know as much about wasps?

Wasp offer an informative Guide to Wasps which looks at common wasp species found in the UK, their lifecycle and why wasps tend to sting in autumn. 

Are you worried about wasp stings?
Have you found a wasps’ nest?
The British Pest Control Association can answer those questions and much more – HERELife cycle of the wasp