Local Employment: Sales Contracts Engineer At Ackermans

Located at Gore Cross Business Park in Bridport, this is a permanent, full time position with Ackerman Engineering Ltd.

They are looking for an experienced Contract Engineer who will work within their customer contracts team and deal with incoming enquiries. The purpose of the role is to develop new customers and build a portfolio of repeat order business. Ensuring quotations and orders are allocated/ processed efficiently and professionally to achieve continued customer satisfaction.


This role is suited to a Contracts Engineer who has experience building quotations. Ideally with a manufacturing background

Key Responsibilities:

  • Supporting the contracts team, dealing with incoming enquiries, providing accurate quotations.
  • To obtain a correct understanding of customer requirements.
  • To prepare quotation responses in accordance with the established procedures for investigation, design, costing and presentation.
  • To ensure that documentation received for orders/enquiries is sufficiently Informative and detailed to allow efficient processing.
  • Providing technical and commercial support to customers.
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships, demonstrating continuous commitment to customers focus.
  • Communicating internally with purchasing, quality and production departments.

Knowledge, skills and personal qualities required:

Essential –

  • Excellent communication skills, ability to communicate clearly at all levels.
  • Computer literate.
  • Positive, motivated, can-do attitude.
  • Energy to increase the capability to deliver and improve business results.

Desirable –

  • Driving Licence, to be able to visit customers in the future.
  • Experience working in a sheet metal manufacturing environment.
  • Contract engineering experience.

You will report to Contracts Engineer Manager.

Hours: Monday – Thursday 08:00 – 17:00, Friday 08:00 – 13:00

Telephone: 01308 422185 or email: sales@ackerman-eng.com

Ackerman Engineering are a 5th generation family owned Dorset UK company. Established in Bridport in 1885, today they fabricate utilising the very latest in sheet metal working machinery and CadCam simulation techniques.


CB3 Bus Timetable

The CB3 bus service is now operational, serving Broadwindsor and the surrounding villages.

  • Buses to Bridport will leave the Old Bakery at 10.45hrs and 17.49hrs.
  • Buses to Crewkerne will leave The White Lion at 09.51hrs, 13.02hrs, 14.50hrs & 19.04hrs.

All passengers are required to telephone the bus prior to their journey: 07716 643087#Broadwindsor,#Burstock,#Blackdown,#Hursey,#Kittwhistle,#Seaborough,#Drimpton,#Marshwood,#Mosterton,#Crewkerne,#Bridport,#Dorset,#CB3bus,#DorsetCouncil,#BWGPC,#WearYourMask,#SocialDistancing,#BeSafe,#StaySafe

Local Employment: Heavers Are Hiring Again

Heavers of Bridport are specialists in the supply and installation of windows, doors and other glazing solutions throughout the Southwest.

They took on 3 new apprentices in November 2020. This time they are looking for an Experienced Installer to join their team.

The successful candidate will:

  • Be experienced in all aspects of glazing installations.
  • Be able to provide evidence and references of previous experience.
  • Be punctual.
  • Be able to work as a member of a team.
  • Have good communication skills
  • Be able to adapt to a multitude of new skills.
  • Be self motivated.

Please email ross@heavers.co.uk to apply.



Local Employment: Experienced Installer at Heavers of Bridport

In addition to the 3 Apprentice positions advertised earlier, Heavers of Bridport are also looking to hire an experienced Installer.

The candidate must be:

  • Experienced in all aspects of glazing.
  • Able to provide evidence of previous experience.
  • Punctual.
  • Able to work as part of a team.
  • Have good communication skills.
  • Able to adapt to a multitude of new skills.
  • Self motivated.

A full UK driving licence is essential.

In return, they offer:

  • Competitive rates of pay.
  • NVQ & MTC qualifications if required.
  • All clothing and PPE supplied.
  • Health & Safety Training, such as manual handling, working at heights, Fire awareness & First aid.
  • All new installers, even those with previous experience, work with a senior team member for at least a year in order for them to get used to our good working practices. We pride ourselves on our workmanship.

To Apply: please contact ross@heavers.co.uk in the first instance.


Local Employment: 3 Apprentice Installers at Heavers of Bridport

Heavers of Bridport are specialists in the supply and installation of windows, doors and other glazing solutions throughout the Southwest. They have three Apprentice positions available.

Candidates need to:

  • Be punctual.
  • Be able to work as a member of a team.
  • Have good communication skills.
  • Be able to adapt to a multitude new skills.
  • Be Self-motivated.

In return, they offer:

  • Competitive rates of pay.
  • NVQ & MTC qualifications.
  • All clothing and PPE supplied.
  • Health & Safety training such as manual handling, working at heights, fire awareness and First Aid.

All three positions are available with an immediate start date.

To Apply: please contact ross@heavers.co.uk in the first instance.


Petition Against Extended Car Park Charges

Most will be aware that Dorset Council has a series of proposals to raise extra money from local car parks. This includes charging between 6pm and 8pm from Monday to Saturday and daytime on Sundays. The daily rate for some car parks, including those in Bridport and Lyme Regis, is proposed to double.

There are many who are concerned that these new charges will increase parking in nearby residential streets where parking is currently free.  There is an online petition calling on Dorset Council to withdraw their plans to extend these car parking charges.

The petition has been launched by the Liberal Democrat Party.  However, you are able to sign the petition and state whether or not you want to be updated by email about their campaigns.

Sign the petition HERE.


Chris Loder MP Responds To Why He Voted Against Free School Meals

After being exposed as voting against the Free Meals For School Children In Need during the holidays, our local MP Chris Loder was compelled to address the issue this evening and issued a letter of response on his website.

“Many constituents have taken the trouble to write to me on the question of free school meals and I have responded to them by letter today.” – Chris Loder, MP

Read his full letter HERE.






Feed The Children

The Stableyard Restaurant is the latest to join a list of local suppliers who are offering free meals to children for Half Term week following MP’s voting down free school meals for hungry children this winter.

The full list of the 322 MPs who voted such can be found HERE. It includes our MP for West Dorset, Chris Loder.

AristotleThe Stableyard Restaurant:

are offering a free meal to children who are entitled to free school meals in the Broadwindsor, Drimpton and surrounding areas, from 28th October – 31st October.

Pre-order the night before for collection between 12pm-3pm the following day. 01308 868362
Choose from any of the following takeaway meals;
* Soup & bread
* Macaroni cheese
* Sausage and chips
* Chicken bites and chips
* Jacket potato, plain or topping of cheese & beans
* Ham, cheese or jam sandwich with crisps
All they ask is that your child attends Broadwindsor or surrounding village schools, maximum 1 meal per child per day. They are funding this themselves and it is provided on a trust basis.
Click HERE to visit their website.

L&F Catering:

From Tuesday 27th until Friday 30th October KIDS EAT FREE at Nat and Jens vans!
Pick one meal per child from our KIDS MENU
Cod, fish cake, chicken nuggets or sausage all come with chips 😋
Children must be aged between 4 & 16 and attend a local school.
As always children attending the vans need to be accompanied by an adult.
We hope lots of you will make the most of us this half term 💜

Villages visits and times:

MONDAY – Burton Bradstock 5 – 6pm Puncknole 6.15 – 7pm
TUESDAY- Drimpton 5-6pm ~ Broadwindsor 6:45-8pm
WEDNESDAY-Martinstown 5-6:30pm ~ Portesham 6:45-8pm ~ Charminster 5-6.45pm,
THURSDAY- Bradpole(post office) 5-6pm ~ Cerne Abbas 5-6.45pm
FRIDAY- Charlton Down 5-7pm


The Half Moon at Melplash:

On a no question asked basis, a free meal to children from the local area.
With only a few clicks on their website, you can choose a meal from our Childrens menu or Brunch menu which will be available to collect between 12pm & 1pm (you must select these times to qualify)
All we ask, to qualify, is the children attend a school in our local community (both Beaminster & Bridport).
This is an act of kindness in a time when worry about the future is high & is entirely non-profit. Let’s work together to end child poverty. Click HERE to visit their website.
Use promo code #helpinghand this will allow you to checkout with 100% off child and brunch menu items only.
Please think of this as a helping hand from our family to yours to.


Beaminster Food Bank:

6, Prout Bridge, Beaminster, Dorset DT8 3AY
Contact: 01308 861030 (Children’s Centre)
Opening Hours: Mondays 10am – 12pm, Wednesdays 2pm – 4pm and Fridays 10am – 12pm

Bridport Food Bank:

Contact: 01308 301457
Food is distributed from 11.30am till 1pm on Walk-in-Wednesdays inside St Mary’s in South Street.

Broadwindsor resident, Paul Davies is raising funds for Bridport Food Bank – Donate HERE.



Dorset Citizen’s Advice have arrangements in place to help provide food. Their helpline is 01305 221000 and is open from 8:30am on today (Monday) or email: communityresponse@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk .

AristotleOther Businesses in Beaminster & Bridport have generous offers – please contact them to find out more.

  • Aroma Cafe, East Street
  • Bella’s, South Street
  • Brassica Restaurant, Beaminster
  • Bridge House Hotel, East Street
  • Burgers At The Bay, West Bay
  • Cilla & Camilla -Pack up boxes
  • Kernow Pantry, West Street
  • Long’s Fish and Chips, West Street
  • Moore Than Tea Cafe/Deli
  • Morrisons Community Champion
  • Refresh, South Street
  • Snack Shack, West Bay
  • The Three Horseshoes, Burton Bradstock
  • The White Lion, West Allington
  • Windy Corner Cafe, West Bay


Village Resident Launches Fund For Food Bank

Village resident Paul Davies witnessed something humbling this morning (Saturday 24th October). “In the checkout queue at Morrison’s behind a gent whose trolley was overloaded with packets of rice, bottles of Dolmio and cans of rice pudding. Nothing else. It went through at over £100. He paid with good cheer, wheeled through trolley to where they collect for the food bank and left the whole lot then walked out without any fuss. No “virtue signalling” You Sir, are a star. I hope you are a member of this site and see this- you clearly don’t want fuss but you should know how much that action means. MPs take note, be humbled and ashamed.”

Donate HERE!

“Inspired by the generosity of an anonymous gentleman in Morrisons, Bridport this morning and encouraged by the hundreds of positive responses on social media, I would like to see how much we as a community can raise to emulate the fabulous generosity of the unknown hero by raising as much as possible for the Cupboard Love Bridport food bank.
Please help if you can!!”

Donate HERE!

At the time of publishing – £135 of the £500 target has been raised 🙂




Local Employment: Boiler Engineer & Plumber/Heating Engineer With Guy Crabb

Guy Crabb Plumbing & Heating Ltd need recruits to join their team in Bridport.

They have vacancies within their friendly, professional team for a Boiler Service Engineer and a Plumber/Heating Engineer.
Both posts are Full time.
Please contact them on 01308 420464 or email them on office@guycrabb.co.uk if you are interested.

Guy Crabb Plumbing & Heating Ltd