Festival Programme 2017

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Workshops will run throughout the Festival.  You don’t need experience or special skills, but where space is limited, it’s first comers – book early! They are FREE but donations to cover costs are appreciated.

Thursday 5th October – The Opening Evening

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestStarring Jack Nicholson. This multi award winning production is considered to be one of the greatest American films ever made. Following its showing, as the opening event of the festival, there will be an interactive discussion about what has changed in mental health treatment.

Arts Centre 7.00 for 7.30 pm Thursday 5th October Tickets are available from the Arts Centre

Friday 6th October

Puppet Making workshop with Holly Miller at the Lyric Theatre, Barrack  Street, 10am – 12.30pm. You the have the opportunity to develop and create your own puppet. The character is up to you.

Go on, express yourself!

The creative and making process is a great way to start conversations and idea sharing between the participants.

EDP – Led by Donna Bentley

7, Downes Street DT6 3JR 12.30 – 2 pm.  Substance abuse – building awareness of the impact on emotional wellbeing.  Harm reduction.  Family support.  Coping mechanisms and changing routines.

Writing  for Wellness:

Creative expression through writing with The Living Tree at the Quaker meeting house 2 – 4pm

This workshop opens up enormous possibilities to experiment.  How do you know how you feel until you express it?

(See also Creative writing Saturday 7 October 2-4 pm)

Meditation in the NHS

Friday 6th October 2.00 – 4.00 pm United Church Lower Hall

This workshop will look at evidence and models behind the use of Mindfulness based interventions (MBIs) used in the NHS locally.

We will also do some meditations so people can get a taste of them and start practising straight away!

We will share knowledge of local and web based resources plus books and CDs from credible and validated writers.

We also treat people with poetry!

Dementia Friend session

Join Megan Dunford at Bridport Arts Centre 4.30-5.30 to take part in a Dementia Friends Information Session.

Megan is a Dementia Friends Champion, who has been trained and supported by the Alzheimer’s Society.

The Session lasts around one hour. You will learn more about dementia and how you can help to create dementia friendly communities.

Round off the day with one of the highlights of the Festival

Clive Stafford Smith in Conversation

Bridport Town Hall Friday 6th October 7.00 for 7.30

The Internationally known lawyer speaks frankly about his upbringing with a mentally ill father and the impact it had on his adult life; how he copes with the mental stress of prisoners in death row and Guantanamo bay and the need for therapy for himself and his colleagues. This will be a dynamic and eye-opening sharing of some deeply personal experiences. So, book early! He is putting his families experiences together in a book.

There will be a bar, supplied by Wessex Wines.

Saturday 7th October

An Engagement with local and national organisations involved in mental health

Takes place in Bucky Doo square and the Town Hall. There will be numerous stands and people from many organisations, both national and local, to talk to. Open access to the square and the Town Hall through the Tourist Information Centre by lift or from East Street.

Bucky Doo Square and the Town Hall 9.30 – 4.00 

A Peaceful Supportive Refuge

There will be a quiet supportive place to go at the the Quakers meeting house south street for anyone who wants it.

Deborah Gildersleeves of the
Still Waters Therapy Centre
who is a qualified psychotherapist will be there to help



With Grateful thanks to the Living Tree who will be stewarding it.

Yoga drop in sessions

Yoga , sessions between 9.30am and 4pm at the White Room The Chapel in the Garden  Led by Lesley Wilson.  A day of drop-in, short Yoga sessions with different teachers, styles and emphasis – so maybe 20 minutes of posture, breath awareness, relaxation or a mixture.  A demonstration of the various tools Yoga can offer to aid a sense of quietness and calm.  Teachers will be available after each session for questions and guidance.  Try as many short sessions as you like!

Clay as a creative medium

The process of learning and applying the techniques of ‘pinching, coiling and sculpting’.  Monica hopes to facilitate an environment in which participants can feel relaxed and grounded in their body, free to be creative and playful.  The chatter of the mind and sometimes invasive/destructive patterns, may possibly also be worked through in ‘talking therapy’. At the United Church Lower Hall from 10.00-12.30.

Bridport Runners – Clive Whaley.

The “feel-good” from the joy of running.

This will be a fun and basic introduction to running – for fitness and wellbeing.  We will do some gentle warm ups and explain some of the basics of running technique. Then we will run some short distances and maybe do some fun relays towards the end. People do not need to be able to run fast and we will spend time walking as well as running. The main thing is to enjoy it and to get an idea of how running can improve your health and wellbeing. It would be a good idea to wear trainers/running shoes and just general sports kit or loose fitting clothes to suit the weather conditions.

Meet 11 – 12.30 by the ‘Shelter’ on St Mary’s Playing Fields (next to the Football Club).  From Bucky Doo Square down South Street right at the War Memorial through the Bridport Orchard and across the bridge to the Shelter.

Mental Health and Wellbeing – a Family Issue?

2.00-4.00 at the United Church Lower Hall Louise Wender

We will explore family awareness and support around mental health and wellbeing, including some of the signs and symptoms and communication needs within the family and the wider community.

We shall also have an opportunity to look at support alternatives for those of us who do not have a supportive family structure.

Creative Writing with Carol Hyde

These workshops open up enormous possibilities to experiment.  How do you know how you feel until you express it? Writing can shed a new light on our understanding of ourselves. Go on try it!

With grateful thanks to the Living Tree for funding the event

Friend’s Meeting House 2 – 3.30 pm. See also 6 October

Poems for Joy

Presented by “Some Bridport Poets”
Soulshine Cafe, South street 7.30-9.30 pm

They will offer a session talking about poetry and writing as a group. They will write and read poems written on the theme of joy and invite people to come and bring a poem that gives them a sense of joy. Some of these can be read, time allowing.

Food and drinks will be on sale. Come on, make a joyous evening of it!

Sunday 8th October

Cartoon Drawing with cartoon artist Petra

The White Room, The Chapel in the Garden 10am – 12

Everyone can draw cartoons.  On-the-spot, large paper, speed drawings. Show your feelings to yourself – and others!  The pictures can be recorded and emailed when you are happy with them. Petra has trained to teach and has been drawing quick cartoons professionally for decades and more recently Speech Content for Conferences.

A different genre for you to try expressing yourself with.

SANE’s Black Dog Campaign anti – stigma workshop

SANE recognises that stigma against mental health issues is a direct leading cause of unnecessary suffering and deterioration in people who live with all varieties of mental health issues. As such these workshops are designed to educate people on mental ill health as well as teaching people to encourage the eradication of stigmatising language in their communities and have a good understanding of recovery in those who may be ill from time to time.

In the Council Chamber at Mountfield 10.30 – 12.30 pm.

“Be Yourself Everybody Else is Taken”.

Healthwatch Dorset Creative Workshop for Children

Louise from Healthwatch Dorset will be running a free creative art workshop for children. Drop in to write, draw & create artwork about your emotions. Healthwatch Dorset is your local champion for people who use health & social care services.

The Arts Centre 11am to 12.30

TRE UK with Cathy Bailey

TRE UK® has helped individuals from all walks of life by teaching how to release symptoms from stress, tensions and deep anxiety. Everyone has their own ‘story’ and the wonderful thing about doing TRE is that they have not had to talk about or relive their experience/s.

TRE is for ANYONE who wants to heal themselves from day to day pressures, trauma or PTSD. TRE is a journey of healing or becomes a practice such that you can feel more balanced and resilient to deal with life issues.

In the Council Chamber at Mountfield 2.30 – 3.30pm.

Photography and Wellbeing

Photography can help us look more closely at the beautiful and diverse world we inhabit.  Reconnecting to our environment can help us reconnect to our true selves beyond the speed, anxiety and struggles of life. Like the sun we know is always behind the darkest of clouds, this true self lies waiting to be revealed.  Colin Tracy invites you to join him on this journey towards wellbeing – camera in hand! Remember to bring your camera. Any camera/phone will do!

In the White room at the Chapel in the Garden 2.30- 4.30 pm. 

Disney’s “Inside out”

“Inside Out” explores the mind of a young girl as her world dramatically changes following her family moving house. This widely acclaimed film presents her different moods through characters representing them in her head.


Charlotte Storey, Coordinator of the ASPIRE Project,  will be introducing the free showing of Disney’s “Inside Out”. She will be speaking about her work with local young people who are struggling with their lives.

Free biscuits and squash!

Sunday 8th October 3.00 pm The Arts Centre. Tickets available from the Arts Centre.

Monday 9th October

Managing Panic and Anxiety Attacks

Open session on managing panic and anxiety attacks – at the Harmony drop-in centre,   Join us for a craft therapy session. Bridport Youth Centre, 10am – 2pm.

This event is not ticketed

The Death Café Dialogue

Drink Coffee, Eat Cake, talk about Death at the The Death Café Dialogue at

DIEALOG Death Café events in Bridport are about honest and upbeat talk, in a safe and caring environment which is open to all. Our Death Café on Oct 9th with Dr Max Mackay-James, a GP, will offer a ‘Mental Health Twist’, opening up questions that are often regarded as taboo including:
How do we deal with depression or anxiety at end of life?  Can our fears around death and dying spill over into mental illness?

Suicide at ALL ages, young and old can we be open about our experiences, concerns and worries?

 Soulshine Café, South Street 2.00-4.00 pm. This event is not ticketed

West Dorset Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

Sarah Stockham introduces West Dorset Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. “We work with young people up to the ages of 18 with a variety of mental health conditions and work closely with schools and other agencies. We see young people in a variety of locations to suit their needs. We are a multi-disciplinary team including psychiatry, nursing, occupational therapy, social work, family therapy and psychology. referrals to us are available through GP/health care providers, schools or social care.”

United Church lower hall 2.00-4.00 pm

World Mental Health Day

Tuesday October 10th

The Gathering  10.00 – 11.00

The Gathering will take place in Bucky Doo Square at 10.00 am. An opportunity to get together and discuss experiences during the festival.

The Medley  11.00-4.00

The Medley will follow this at 11.00 or earlier if the weather is inclement!

This will be an opportunity to review the festival and what we have discovered through it. Entry will be informal, a wander in or out for a cup of coffee

or a meal and return when you want to. With a number of performances arising from the festival and its themes.

The Minerva Learning Trust Choir
drawn from the local primary and secondary schools will sing at 11.30 am.

The Cartoon Action Theatre company will perform a pop up play at 3.00 pm. There will be performances drawn from the workshops.

11.00-4.00 pm at the Arts Centre Tuesday 10th October The Medley event is not ticketed.

With Love from Angie – Humour to complete the Festival

Angie Le Mar

The nationally and internationally acclaimed black stand-up comedian will bring the festival to a close in the Town Hall.

Angie has appeared on BBC (The real McCoy), ITV (Loose Women) and Channel 4. She gave the first ever sell out show by a black female comedian in the West End.

Tuesday 10th 7.00 for 7.30 Bridport Town Hall. Limited tickets, as at all the events, so hurry.

Life Animated

Owen was a thriving three-year-old who suddenly and inexplicably went silent – and for years after remained unable to connect with other people or to convey his thoughts, feelings or desires. Diagnosed as autistic, yet his family found he could reconnect through animated Disney films. A must-see film.

Bridport Film Society.  “Life Animated” Bridport Arts Centre 7:30 pm.

Booking through Film Society essential.  There is a charge for a guest ticket – please call… or email guests@bridportfilmsociety.co.uk in advance, and quote Bridport Mind Fest.


Your 2017 committee are;

  • Simon Williams chairman coordinating structure, programme and Website
  • Richard West Treasurer covering fund raising, crowdfunding pledges and finance
  • Gill Smith Secretary
  • Lesley Archibald covering Publicity
  • David Powell covering liaison with the Primary schools
  • Arthur Woodgate covering liaison with the Sir John Colfox Academy
  • Louise Ramsden covering The Art Exhibition and facebook page
  • Colin Tracy covering House Design publications and the art Exhibition
  • Kelvin Clayton coordinating contacts with third party organisations and the Town Hall
  • Caroline Gamble Contact for workshops

We all owe grateful thanks to

  • Laura Callaway who made a fantastic contribution in shooting and editing the video.
  • Bridport Radio for setting up the structure of the web site
  • Zac Dixon for the striking Logo,
  • Alfred Ross, Ellena Musz, and Dahlia Twigger for poster designs
  • Gemma Aldred Programming at the Arts Centre for advice and support
  • Dee Fenton for coordinating all the various intricacies of organising the festival at the arts centre
  • Lizzie Hornby and Angelica Kennard for helping with allocations at the Chapel in the Garden
  • Daryl Chambers of the Town Council for organising the hardware
  • The Team at the Bridport Tourist Information Centre for ticketing the Festival
  • Bridport Museum
  • The leisure Centre
  • And Everyone who is doing a workshop
  • And many more