List of the Week’s Events

Saturday, September 18th

Opening Gathering West Dorset FoE. Sept 18 Bridport Millennium Green. Start at 10:30, speeches and proclamation by the mayor 11:30-12 noon. Stalls, music, and picnic (plus coffee and homemade soup). contact Scott on info@scottstudio.co.uk to join in. Details are here.

Youth Forum: We invite all young people who want to share their views about COP26 to go to our own mini youth forum, which will be from 12.30 today (announced from the stage). It will be held in the Community Shed, which is  on the eastern edge of Millennium Green, beyond the gardens. Raja Jarrah to moderate.

Sunday, September 19th

THIS EVENT HAS HAD TO BE CANCELLED> The plan is to hold it at a later date: Lyme Bay’s Road to Recovery, West Bay Discovery Centre. Coastal Eco Systems are under increasing threat from overfishing, pollution and Climate change. The Lyme Bay Marine Protected Area demonstrates some success stories where local communities are being empowered to manage and protect their coastal environment. Dr Adam Rees will give a talk coupled with a video presentation at West Bay Discovery Centre followed by a short walk along the quayside. Free tickets booked in advance www.plover-rovers.com/events-1 

Monday, September 20th

Climate & Refugees:  6:30 pm, Bridport Shed.  In a Strange Land performed by the Bridport Shakespeare Company, with excerpts from the Tempest plus added singing.  The theme focuses on the plight of refugees.  While climate, war & inequality have always produced refugees, recent weather related extremes have caused 21.5 million displacements annually. Details of the performance: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1003261616414021/ courtyard performance: bring your own chairs.

Community Shed: 10-12 All welcome. Scroll foundry – signalling the voices of Bridport’s young people and drawing from the Youth Forum on the 18th, the Shed will be inviting people to join our Monday session. Using available materials we will create a scroll outlining the distilled points made at the forum. The scroll will then be sent (in some form) to the UK delegates attending the COP26 UN youth Pre-summit. http://www.bridportcommunityshed.org.uk/

Tuesday, September 21st

Practical Local Climate Change Responses: briefing and discussion evening 7pm start at Bridport’s United Reform Church, East Street. A discussion of what steps we need to take to mitigate the impact of climate change: focussing on Bridport Town Council’s Climate Emergency Action Plan, food, home energy and mutual support. For further details and bookings, see:https://www.bridportfoodmatters.net/practical-local-climate-change-responses-discussion-evening/.

Any Day you choose

Do it yourself event:  in your own home, at your own time. Robert Golden’s film”this Good Earth” https://this-good-earth.com/license/ Single and family viewing ticket.  £3.95.  Divided into 3-30 minute sections, it focuses on soil, land and food. Much of it filmed around Bridport, it is a film everyone should view.

Wednesday, September 22nd

Try out an electric bike. St Mary’s Field at 11am (just over the bridge). Bridport Cycles will bring down some their e-bikes and let you have a ride. Using a level cycle path: helmets provided. http://bridportcycles.co.uk/

Delivering Bridport’s Climate declaration: Bridport Mayor Ian Bark has set delivering the town’s climate emergency declaration as the theme of Civic Day; an annual event when Mayors from all over the county visit Bridport. The mayors will visit the edible food garden at St. Mary’s Primary School, the Community Orchard and Bridport Co-housing, finishing at the West Bay’s Discovery Centre (which is hosting an exhibition about the impact of single use plastic). Not a public event.

Singing in Borough Gardens: 2-3pm with local Taize choir. Meditative songs to celebrate Spirit and songs to honour the Earth. The public is invited to take part or simply to enjoy listening to our harmonies in the nurturing surroundings of this beautiful community garden.  contact Christina.harmonydance@gmail.com for further information.

A river ramble: a one hour walk along the River Asker with Dorset Wildlife Trust and Dorset AONB. 6pm South Street Carpark. Come along and find out about the health of the river, what animals call it home and how we can make it better. 

Clay endangered species. Bridport Youth Club’s regular Wednesday meeting (5pm) will be making clay animals to fire and paint later. contact bridportycc@gmail.com

Thursday, September 23rd

Making the Best of What’s Left: from 11:30. Join Bridport Food Matters in St. Swithins car park, as local chef Giles Smith creates delicious recipes with the leftovers. Free tasting.

Green Ethics: Actions and Dilemmas
7.30pm (doors open at 7pm) Bridport Town Hall. A community philosophy discussion introduced by Kelvin Clayton and chaired by Horatio Morpurgo. All welcome – Entry free (voluntary donations welcomed).
More info: bricabrac.yolasite.com or telephone Neil or Louise on 01308 421720.

Sustainable Living Workshop: 7:30-9.00 upstairs Unitarian Chapel. Want to reduce your carbon footprint but don’t know where to begin? GoGoEco with special guests offer expert advice on how to reduce emissions in your home and lifestyle. You will feel more empowered about the climate crisis and better prepared for the challenges ahead. £6 advance tickets or entry on the door. Proceeds towards The Word Forest reforestation charity.

Friday, September 24th

Inside Out Dorset: Friday 24 – Sunday 26 September, at Symondsbury Estate. Extensive artwork trails will reveal performance and installation artworks from Dorset artists Lue Jerram, Lorna Rees and the Shouting Mute.  Themes include climate change, rock, our land and nature.  More detail: https://symondsburyestate.co.uk/events/inside-out-dorset/   

Voices of Hope: 11am to 12pm. Borough Gardens. Join local community singing group Voices of Hope to learn short easy songs about the earth and the natural world. For all ages, no singing experience necessary. If you don’t feel like singing please feel free  come and listen. Contact: janesilvercorren@gmail.com

Parent & Child tree walk, treasure hunt and quiz. 5PM upper Millennium Green. Including talk about trees and climate (Bridport Tree Planting). Aimed at children under 12. Free refreshments – cold drinks and cake – provided at the close. contact joe@thehacketts.uk

Saturday, September 25th

Greener Homes. Transition Town Bridport and Dorset CAN. Sept 25-26 & Oct 2-3. Visit examples of eco homes, village halls, and churches. For Further Information: http://dorset.greenopenhomes.net/
Please contact admin@transitiontownbridport.co.uk  or telephone 07715171948 if you have any questions.

Charter Fair, Buckydoo Square: 9:30-2. Several of the groups involved in the GBGW will be holding stalls in the Square and inside the Arts Centre.

Sunday, September 26th

Tree Planting Preview:  A guided tour at 3pm around The Hyde in Walditch to look around their wonderful walled garden and vegetable gardens and then to view where Bridport Tree planting is going to assist in planting specimen parkland trees plus a shelter belt of trees. (refreshments included). Contact: Joe at joe@thehacketts.uk