A COMMUNITY stalwart and volunteers who helped in a major effort to get people vaccinated against Covid will be honoured.

The awards will be presented at the revitalised Bridport Community Charter Fair, which will be held at the Millennium Green at Mountfield from 9.30am to 3.30pm on Saturday, May 14.

Mayor of Bridport Ian Bark will be presenting the event’s annual awards at 10am.

The Above and Beyond award will go to Sandra Brown for her sterling work throughout the community for many years.

The former mayor, who received the MBE for her services to culture and the community, has dedicated half a century of involvement in the children’s charity Barnardos, the arts centre, the museum, Encore Theatre company, Friends of the Millennium Green and the New Elizabethan Singers.

Last year the Charter Fair Trophy was presented to Bridport Medical Centre in recognition of its outstanding service to the community during the pandemic. This year the trophy will be awarded to the medical centre’s partners throughout that difficult period, the many volunteers who did such a brilliant job in meeting the challenge and helping to overcome it.

As reported, in a new initiative designed to ensure the future and further development of Bridport’s most historic event, organisers of the Charter Fair have entered into a partnership with Bridport Town Council towards creating Bridport Community Charter Fair. It coincides with the Love Your Market initiative.

The free fair will include entertainment from the likes of with Dan Shackell and Sue Smith, Bridport Young Performers, Bridport Choral Society, Bridport Musical Theatre, Shiraz, Rough Assembly with Chloe Rainey, and the Phoenix Youth Band.

At 12.50pm, maypole dancing and the crowning of the May Queen on the Millennium Green will be re-introduced for the first time in some years, thanks to the Lyric School of Dance.

With 44 organisations running stalls, Jurassic Fields Music Festival running the bar, Bridport and Brit Valley Rotary Clubs offering refreshments, and the Young Performers and Musical Theatre providing a children’s area with face painting and the chance to have a photo taken with Rexy the Dinosaur (donations welcome) there should be a lot to see and do.

Free event programmes are available at the Tourist Information Centre in Bucky Doo Square.

The Bridport Community Charter Fair has been sponsored by McCarthy Stone.

More information from Daryl.Chambers@bridport-tc.gov.uk, Claire.Peters-Way@bridport-tc.gov.uk, Terri.Foxwell@bridport-tc.gov.uk or a.c.woodgate@btinternet.com