19th January 2018



Chancery House Day Centre to Close.


One of the most loved and best known charities in Bridport and West Dorset is to close on March 29 this year.

Chancery House Day Centre (for the elderly) in Bridport will be closing due to falling numbers of clients, rising costs and a reducing income.

Chancery House has been serving the elderly community of Bridport and District since 1973.

Clients have always been able to relax, socialise, be stimulated, be entertained, have a decent meal, visit the resident hairdresser or enjoy an assisted bath at the Centre. Even transport was provided for those that needed it. In more recent years the Centre has had to concentrate more on providing care for those suffering with various forms of dementia.

In the current circumstances the Trustees felt there was no other option available but to close.

The decision was made with enormous sadness and much concern for the remaining clients and the eight extremely loyal members of staff that will be made redundant.

It had been hoped to sell the Chancery House property in Chancery Lane and use the proceeds to re-locate to a suitable alternative (leased) building nearby. Unfortunately, that plan had to be shelved.

When the land was sold to Chancery House in 1996, the vendor included a restrictive covenant and that is currently preventing the marketing and sale of the building.

Chancery House has provided a unique service to the community for decades and will be missed by many.

The Trustees would like to thank everyone in and around Bridport including Bridport Town Council, WDDC Car Boot Fund and the many, many other individuals and organisations – too many to mention here – that have supported Chancery House over the last 45 years.



Contact –

Chair of Trustees                                                                              Deputy Chair of Trustees

Barbara Vousden                                                                             Keith Day

01308 424357                                                                     07882-758044 (mobile)