£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 us. 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.”

Dorchester boot fund

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.”

Bridport Grants

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


More information about the fund is available here.