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

Magic Table Proves ‘Magical’ for Clients

We had a demonstration of TovertafelUK’s ‘Magic Table’ here this morning. John from TovertafelUK showed clients the fun that could be had playing the games from the magic box. As well as providing fun, clients were interacting over the games, as well as using cognitive skills and being physically active.

The games, which are projected onto a table, included sweeping up leaves, keeping tops spinning, painting and Splat the Mole! We are currently looking into ways of funding a Magic Table.

Valerie and Nesta having fun passing the ball on the Magic Table

No Safe-Crackers at Chancery House!

Despite numerous attempts by day care clients and visitors at our first Coffee & Cake Morning, no-one was able to crack the WessexFM safe code this morning to win £100 in shiny new £10 notes.

We did, however, have many thrilled raffle prize winners! In addition to the raffle prizes donated by friends of Chancery House, several prizes were donated by local businesses in Bridport to whom we are extremely grateful for their support. These include Frampton’s Butchers, Waterstones and Bridport Foot Health Clinic. WessexFm also kindly provided us with prizes for the raffle.

It was a wonderful atmosphere at Chancery House this morning and we were delighted to see friends old and new attend. One particular favourite of everyone’s was our little friend Robbie – a very well behaved pupster!

We would also like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to several friends and supporters of Chancery House who very kindly baked cakes, scones and sausage rolls, and who also helped out making the coffees.

Thanks also for Vicki and James of WessexFM for taking charge of the safe cracking. They were certainly kept on their toes by several of our visitors! Vicki was also one of the prize winners in the raffle.

Our next Coffee & Cake Morning will be on Friday 3rd November from 10 12 noon, and then on the first Friday of each month. Again, there will be prizes to be won! Do put the date in your diary. We look forward to seeing you.

Bridget with Vicki from WessexFM

Bridget is trying to crack the safe code and is pictured  with Vicki from WessexFM