I was beginning to wonder why I had not seen West Bay's very own Womble recently when I discovered that the Womble, aka Jackie Savage, had sustained a broken hip. This was the result of a fall on the slipway between the kiosks whilst trying to retrieve litter a couple of weeks ago. Thankfully her friends Julie and Annie were with her and called an ambulance which arrived within 10 minutes. She is now home after spending some time in hospital. I am sure that regular readers of this column join me in wishing her a full and speedy recovery.

Harbour News are now operating their winter opening hours from 8am until 4pm each day. Why not check out their wide range of gifts for the forthcoming season.

The discovery centre enjoyed a particularly busy half term with 725 visitors. Many young visitors made wonderful creations from just one leaf. By the time I arrived on Sunday they had passed the 30,000 mark for visitors since they opened last August.

On Sunday afternoon the centre marked the anniversary of the opening of the building, formerly West Bay Methodist Chapel, for a Songs of Praise service celebrating the 170th anniversary of it's opening. In a packed 'church' the congregation sang lustily. The hymns included some written by the prolific Methodist hymn writer Charles Wesley. The accompanying historical narrative was illuminating and I suspect that we all learnt something. The service was followed by tea and biscuits when many people remained to renew old acquaintanceships.

Next Thursday, November 14, at 7.30pm, Professor Denys Brunsden, a world renowned Geomorphologist, will talk about the ever changing coast between West Bay and Eype. For more details please contact the discovery centre.

Next Sunday, November 10, there will be a service of remembrance that begins outside St. John's Church at 10.50am. After the national two minute silence under the church clock at 11am, we will move into church for a service of Holy Communion with hymns.

There was a splendid 1966 MGB in the bay on Sunday afternoon. A man from Dorchester has owned it for the last 11 years. The car still sported it's original 1966 tax disc - remember those ?