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St Mary’s Does the Honours in Bridport

by glynch — last modified 05 Nov, 2015 05:05 PM

Primary School organises community celebration for community heroes in West Dorset town

St Mary’s CE VC Primary will soon have been at Skilling Hill Road for 25 years. The school was opened in June 1991 by the author Dick King-Smith and dedicated by the then Bishop of Sherborne, John Kirkham. 

As part of the school’s 25th anniversary celebrations, Headteacher Helen Farmer, assisted by staff and children, hosted a Bridport Night of Honour on Thursday 22 October 2015 at the Bridport Arts Centre. 

The event recognised and celebrated Bridport community heroes: local people and businesses that help make the town a thriving, friendly place. Nomination forms were circulated throughout the town ahead of time via the local library, the Bridport & Lyme Regis News, the Tourist Information Centre and the school website. 

The eleven award categories included Religious Representative of the Year; Emergency Services Star of the Year; Bridport Family Dining Award; Friendliest Shop of the Year; Sports Club of the Year; Parent of the Year; Spirit of Bridport Award; Community Event of the Year; Good Neighbour of the Year; and Local Artist of the Year. Children at St Mary’s also voted on their favourite activity of the Year. 

On the night, the Arts Centre was full with over 100 attendees, including Cllr Sandra Brown, the Mayor of Bridport. The invited audience of nominees, friends and families were treated to fizz and cooked food served by pupils from the school. Song and dance routines were performed by the children themselves and the eleven award winners were revealed. 

Headteacher Helen Farmer said, “The response was so huge, a panel of three took two hours to go through all the nominations. 

“Well done to the pupils and staff who made this an evening to remember! It was wonderful to recognise the exceptional people and businesses in Bridport with awards and celebrate together.” 

The award winners were:

·   Religious Representative of the Year: the Revd Pete Stone
·   Emergency Services Star of the Year: Community First-Aid Responder Helen Long
·   Bridport Family Dining Award: The Stables Restaurant
·   Friendliest Shop of the Year: Bridport Music
·   Sports Club of the Year: Bridport Football Club
·   Parent of the Year: Paul Lynham
·   Spirit of Bridport Award: Daryl Chambers, the town surveyor
·   Community Event of the Year: the Bridport Hat Festival
·   Good Neighbour of the Year: Mel Hayter
·   Local Artist of the Year: multi-media artist and performer Holly Miller
·   Favourite Children’s Activity of the Year: swimming sessions at Bridport Leisure Centre

Learn more on the school website,


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