Do you fancy a trip to the Scilly Isles for the World Gig Racing Championships next May?

This is a call for all men from Jason Matthews, the men's captain and lead cox of the Bridport Gig Rowing Club (BGRC), to join them on Saturday, November 23 between 10am and 2pm at the BGRC Boathouse, on Fisherman's Green to learn more. The club are particularly keen to recruit men from 18 to 40 (or thereabouts) to join the men's squad for the 2020 season. If this tickles your fancy, please pop along on Saturday. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.

The Gig Club has nearly 200 members, but there is always room for more and it provides a great atmosphere of competitive friendship.

The discovery centre is open at the weekends during these dark winter months. However, they welcomed a group of Cubs and Beavers from Burton Bradstock last Monday evening. They were thoroughly interested in the many aspects of life in West Bay depicted in the centre. The talk by Professor Denys Brunsden on Thursday was attended by a capacity crowd.

The winter months are an ideal time to spot a variety of wildlife that inhabit the area around the bay. With the absence of traffic noise you may be lucky to see some interesting and unusual sights and sounds.

An interesting fact that I picked up whilst visiting the discovery centre on Sunday related to the current exhibition of the history of religion in West Bay over the last 170 years. The London Evening Standard of October 10, 1905 records the case of a large cat jumping out of the organ in the Bridport Wesleyan Chapel where it had caused some rather discordant notes to be played. When that chapel was closed the organ came to St. John's where it will be played, without discordant notes on Sunday afternoon at 4pm for 'Songs of Praise' followed by tea to mark our golden wedding anniversary. All welcome. Come and check out the organ for yourself.