Farewell to the Dump

And good riddance

What joy. This is not a dump but a waste management centre. It opened on Thursday 1 October, took 22 years to become a reality and cost £8m, but it works. Drive in, dump, drive out. No gates closing when a truck comes to pick up a skip; no queues down South Street; no working out when you might be able to get in, dump and get out without losing half a morning. And no climbing up those steps, heaving bags.

The men of the dump, hitherto to be saluted as waste management operatives, are happy campers. (Ron Mitchell is pictured.) Their own hut – sorry, office – is under construction and their lives, as well as ours, will surely be enhanced.

Open seven days a week, with none of the old restrictions on garden waste.

By |October 1st, 2015|News|2 Comments

Lives lost for liberty

French Cartoonists Four of France’s most revered cartoonists – Stephane Charbonnier, Georges Wolinski, Bernard ‘Tignous’ Verlhac and Jean Cabut – were among 12 executed by gunmen at the offices of magazine Charlie Hebdo. Charbonnier, 47, known by his pen name Charb, was the editor of the magazine, Cabut, also called Cabu, its lead cartoonist and Wolinski an 80-year-old satirist who had been drawing cartoons since the 1960s.

‘Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them.

We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant.’ Karl Popper
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By |January 7th, 2015|News|0 Comments

James’s World Record Rowing Challenge

BR Coming SoonJames Campbell, a most determined and enterprising young man, has been filling the drab days leading up to Christmas at Bridport Leisure Centre, rowing, rowing and rowing.

On Boxing Day, Campbell, 22, will launch an assault on a world record. He is aiming to exceed a distance of 266,007 metres on a Concept II rowing machine in 24 hours for the lightweight category, which is under 75kilos.

After graduating from Chichester University in the autumn, Campbell found regular employment hard to come by and took up the challenge to raise money for the Heroes Haven charity in Swanage, which provides affordable holidays for injured and disabled servicemen and ex-servicemen. Thus far, he has laboured in a corner of the gym upstairs in the Leisure Centre, preparing his body and mind for the challenge, kilometre by kilometre, hour after hour.

“It can get very boring,” Campbell said. He also admits to suffering from what he calls “dead bum”.

On Friday 19 December and Saturday 20 December Campbell will be rowing in the foyer of the Leisure Centre from 10am each morning in his last two major training sessions before ‘tapering’ down. Campbell hopes to row 100,000m on each day, and it will take all day.

Fortunately, Campbell is comfortably within the weight limit which means that his last major intake of fuel before the record attempt will be a full Christmas dinner with his mum: turkey and all the trimmings. “I’ve trained hard and I’m optimistic, but on Boxing Day I will be entering the unknown,” Campbell said.

Bridport Leisure Centre has supported Campbell by giving him free temporary membership. We can support him by lobbing coins in his collection box or donating through: https://www.justgiving.com/James-Skip-24hour-Row/

By |December 18th, 2014|News|0 Comments