£25,000 given to local causes in Dorchester and Bridport

Over £25,000 has been given to community organisations and charities in the Dorchester and Bridport areas.

The income from car boot sales in Fairfield Car Park in Dorchester and West Bay Road car park in West Bay is collected by West Dorset District Council. It is then paid in to the car boot funds. Community organisations in the areas are invited to apply for the funds. A panel of town and district councillors award the grants from the many applications received.

Pre-school clubs, sports clubs, youth projects, projects for people with disabilities or long-term health-related issues and projects tackling social isolation were among those that benefited from the funding.

Dorchester Grants

Successful organisations were invited to a celebration tea at the Town Hall in Dorchester on Friday 14 September. There, they received certificates handed out by Cllr Mary Penfold and Cllr David Taylor, Mayor of Dorchester.

Cllr Mary Penfold, Chair of the Dorchester Markets Car Boot Fund, said: “Every year the car boot sales raise a great deal of money for local organisations. We know that a little goes a long way for these groups that work so hard to make lives better for others.”

Who received what?

  • Volunteer Centre Dorset –  £500
  • Kushti Bok [A gypsy and traveller led organisations] – £100
  • 1st Crossways Rainbows and Brownies – £350
  • Artsreach – £400
  • Broadmayne Scout group – £500
  • Charminster Pre-School – £238
  • Dorchester and District Amateur Boxing Club – £340
  • Dorchester Community Plays Association – £500
  • Dorchester Cricket Club – £400
  • Dorchester Disabled Club – £500
  • Dorchester Men’s Shed CIC – £175
  • Dorchester Municipal Charities – £500
  • Try This Dorchester – £400
  • Dorchester U3A – £132.30
  • Dorchester Youth and Community Centre – £500
  • Dorchester Youth Extra – £500
  • Dorchester Youth Theatre – £500
  • Dorset MIND – £500
  • Fizzy Boppers – £210
  • Friends of Dorchester West Station – £100
  • Home-Start West Dorset – £500
  • Mid Dorset Guide Association – £425
  • Piddlehinton United Football Club – £100
  • Relate Dorset and Wiltshire – £500
  • Ridgeway Community Radio CIC – £850
  • Rotary Club of Dorchester – £500
  • The Horse Course – £500
  • Transition Town Dorchester – £500
  • South West Dorset Multicultural Network – £500
  • West and Weymouth Domestic Abuse Forum – £500
  • Women’s Action Network – £500

 

Bridport Area

Successful organisations were invited to a celebration tea at the Salt House in West Bay on Friday 12 October. There they received certificates handed out by the chair of the panel Cllr Keith Day.

Cllr Keith Day, ward member for Bridport North, said: “The celebration tea is a great way to speak with local groups and understand all the ways they are making a difference in their communities.”

Who received what?

  • Dementia Friendly Bridport – £1000
  • Read Easy-Bridport – £500
  • Pilsdon Community – £450
  • 1st Charmouth Guides – £250
  • 1st Charmouth Scout Group – £210
  • Bridport and District Citizens Advice Bureau – £500
  • Bridport Area Development Trust – £750
  • Bridport Bowling Club – £250
  • Bridport Gateway Club/West Dorset Mencap – £450
  • Bridport Musical Theatre Company – £320
  • Bridport Young Performers – £385
  • Bridport Youth Dance – £500
  • Dorset Blind Association – £500
  • Dorset MIND – £500
  • Heritage Coast Canoe Club – £500
  • Home-Start West Dorset – £500
  • Loders Youth Club – £500
  • Melplash Village Hall Charity – £350
  • Skills Training Bridport – £1000
  • The Burrough Harmony Centre – £700
  • The Living Tree – £1000
  • West Bay WI – £500

THE GRANT PROGRAMME IS NOW CLOSED. PLANS FOR 2019 WILL BE RELEASED IN THE NEW YEAR.

More information about the fund is available here.

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