Never underestimate the power of Facebook. Despite the lack of the 'Down your Way ' column in last week's edition of the Bridport News, a small but very sincere group of well wishers appeared on the Esplanade on Sunday afternoon to watch a presentation being made to John and Margaret Grundell on behalf of friends and customers to mark their retirement from the kiosk after 50 years of dedicated service in all weathers. They were probably open about 360 of the 365 days a year. When John was unwell last year Margaret still kept the kiosk open. John, thankfully, has made a full recovery after some excellent physiotherapy from Bridport Community Hospital. They have sold the lease of the kiosk to Sarah Forsey, who grew up at Pilsdon. She has already said how much she is looking forward to getting to know regulars and holiday makers alike. I am sure everyone who has used Margaret's kiosk over the last fifty years wishes them both a long, happy and healthy retirement. The presentation cheque amounted to £365 and was very gratefully received.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Harbour, in St. John's Church, a wonderful concert was held to raise funds to send Essie Stone and Tim of the Bridport Gig Club to represent Great Britain in the Atlantic Challenge GB. This takes place in Bantry Bay Gig World Championships, Antrim, Northern Ireland in July 2018. Unfortunately, I could only manage to stay for the first half of the concert, but this was a very enjoyable afternoon with some very generous donations being left as well as a stunning raffle. The boats used in the contest are replicas of an 18th century captain's gig. The vessels are 38 feet long and powered by three masts and ten oars. Contest events include traditional rowing and sailing races, as well as events more specific to the Atlantic Challenge.

Preparations are taking place in readiness for the second Annual General Meeting of West Bay Days. As reported in previous editions of this newspaper there will be vacancies on the Committee this year. So please step up to the mark and come to this year's meeting on Monday, February 26 at 7pm in Haddon House Hotel. For more information check out the web site www.

Sadly, our great companion the collie/labrador cross Mutley had to be put to sleep on Saturday . Since we moved to Bridport 10 years ago he has befriended countless tourists and holidaymakers and will certainly leave a huge gap in our lives. The answer to the inevitable question is yes, we will be getting another dog, but some time later in the year.