Last week, the West Bay Community Forum heard reports on a number of different issues. You may have noticed the beach works have re-commenced, the esplanade closed to traffic except for contractors vehicles which don't appear to be short supply. Work is still awaited on placing the proper walkways on to East Beach to enable disabled access which is awaited with eager anticipation. Work to complete the 'Capstan' outside the George is expected by the end of October, but then so is Brexit!

The Wednesday evening markets held in the Salt House and on Fisherman's Green have been very successful, but have now come to the end of their season.

A number of highway issues are still outstanding, including repeated clearway signs along Marsh Barn Road, better signage with clearer indications for 'give way' on the bridge; and the pedestrian crossing. It was reported that on the August Bank Holiday Monday, a total of 22 cars were 'ticketed' along Marsh Barn Road. Whilst that may sound like a success for law enforcement it certainly did nothing to improve the mood of the bus drivers who do their best to safely negotiate the hazard of illegally parked vehicles.

Saturday, September 14 is this year's annual Ride and Stride to raise money for the Dorset Historic Churches Trust. St. John's will be the safe haven for saddle weary riders, and foot sore walkers to pause and take some refreshment. If you are in the vicinity of St. John's why not call in and welcome the riders and walkers. Many of these will have travelled considerable distances to visit West Bay.

At 3pm on Sunday, September 15, the Bridport and Lyme Regis branch of the Royal Air Force Association will hold their annual Battle of Britain service in St. John's and the colours of the association will be paraded. The service will be conducted by the branch Chaplain, the Reverend Janis Moore. This is always a moving tribute to those who came to the aid of this country in its great hour of need in 1940. All are welcome.

On Sunday afternoon as two cousins were baptised at St John's - Ralph John Good and George Preston Good. Both families were well supported and there was some really wonderful singing of the hymns 'Give me joy in my heart keep me praising' and 'One more step along the world I go.'