Last Saturday would have seen the return of the town’s most historic event.

Bridport Charter Fair didn't be going ahead, but its prestigious trophy has been awarded to a group for its outstanding service to the community.

The charter fair trophy has been awarded to Bridport Community Hospital.

Bridport mayor, councillor Ian Bark, presented the trophy to matron Ellen Holmes, accompanied by David Powell of Bridport Rights Respecting, town crier John Collingwood and charter fair chairman Arthur Woodgate.

Cllr Bark said: “During these challenging times I cannot think of a more deserving recipient than Bridport Community Hospital. A place where people are able to access and receive the best of healthcare, a place where people matter.

“I myself have recently benefitted from the highly professional care provided by the dedicated staff. For that reason I am extremely pleased to be able to present this award on behalf of the people of Bridport as a small token of thanks for the wonderful work you continue to do.”

Matron Ellen Holmes said: “I am very proud to accept this award from the local community on behalf of everyone at Bridport Hospital. Thank you so much.”

The group were treated to a cry from town crier John Collingwood.

He - very loudly - said: “Bridport was granted its charter in 1253. Seven hundred and sixty-five years later a new charter was signed making us the first rights respecting town in the land, a charter including the right to access healthcare as so wonderfully provided by Bridport Community Hospital.

“We are here to recognise outstanding service to the community and express the town’s love, respect and appreciation to all who look after us here.”

For more information on Bridport Rights Respecting, email David Powell on To find out more about Bridport Charter Fair and Branden’s Trail, email