Chancery House Invitation

It is with great sadness that Chancery House Day Cares last day will be Wednesday 28th March 2018.

We would like to invite past and present Trustees, Friends and Volunteers to a Celebration Buffet on Wednesday 28th March

For more information please call into the Centre or ring 01308 424357

Closure of Chancery House Day Care Centre


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)


Charity of the Year

We are delighted that Sally Woolmington, the new Lady Captain of Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club, has chosen Chancery House as her Charity of the Year for the coming year.

Sally and her fellow lady golfers attended the Drive In which ‘tees off’ her year as Lady Captain on 7th November. Fortunately the weather held out for the ladies.

We are most grateful to Sally for choosing to support Chancery House in her year as Captain, and to her fellow lady golfers for their support.

Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club's Lady Captain's Drive In photograph

Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club’s Lady Captain’s Drive In


The Bingcows were brilliant!

The clients and guests who were entertained by The Bingcows this afternoon went home smiling and humming and were all asking when they’d be back! The staff thoroughly enjoyed it too.

It was thanks to Artsreach Dorset that Louis Bingham and David Insua-Cao, otherwise known as The Bingcows, performed for us today.

Louis and Dave, who have played together for five years, introduced us to several new instruments, with David on dulcimer and pandero (a Brazilian tambourine – but it does so much more) and Louis on guitar, sitar, and a Bulgarian tamboura (a bit like a Greek bouzouki). The music they played included folk music from northern Spain, Greek and Irish folk music (we thought Bridget was about to break out into Riverdance when the Irish music started up) and they sang a smuggler’s song from Devon, supposedly found written on a pub wall during renovations!

It was during the second half of the concert, when percussion instruments had been given out to all, that we joined in with a Cuban Mozambique song – Spanish lyrics included. Everyone tapped instruments or tapped the table, clapped, rang bells, or banged chimes in time with the rhythm and we all did our best to sing along. However, we didn’t manage the foot movements, ably performed by Louis and David, that also went along with it. It was a bit like trying to rub your tum and pat your head at the same time!

The concert was soon over, much to everyone’s disappointment, and it was amazing the positive effect that the afternoon had on some of our clients, particularly the quieter ones.

If you are able to catch their show at Broadoak Village Hall tonight, or at Shillingstone Portman Hall tomorrow you’ll have a great evening.

Once again – thank you Louis and David, and of course Artsreach. You made a lot of people very happy today!

The Bingcows folk duo





Bingcows Concert This Friday

Everyone is welcome to the FREE concert by the folk-duo The Bingcows to be held here this Friday at 1pm.

The concert, kindly sponsored by Artsreach, features music described as ‘genre-defying’ and will be performed by Louis Bingham and David Insua-Cao. They will be bringing several percussive instruments with them so there will be an opportunity to take part.

Tea & coffee will be available before the performance for a donation.

Thank You Bridport Car Boot Fund!

We were delighted to have been chosen once again to receive a grant from Bridport Car Boot Fund, administered by Bridport Town Council.

Our Chair of Trustees, Barbara Vousden, attended the presentation for all grant recipients which was held at the Salt House, West Bay, on Friday 6th October.

Barbara said ” We are so grateful to the Car Boot Fund and the Town Council for the £500 we have received. This will be spent on tutor costs for various activities for our clients to take part in.”

Recipients of grants from Bridport Car Boot Fund 2017