It was with great sadness that we learned last week of the death of Peggy Chapman-Andrews.  Peggy was one of the founders of Bridport Arts Centre, almost 40 years ago in 1973, when the then ‘Arts Society’ of which Peggy was the secretary, purchased the old Methodist Chapel.

In the same year Peggy also founded the Bridport Prize, as a fundraiser for the Arts Centre, which has gone on to become one of the largest and most respected creative writing competitions in the country, bringing great prestige as well as financial support to Bridport.

Peggy’s contribution to the Arts Centre and the Bridport Prize over many years is beyond estimation.  She continued to visit the Arts Centre up until last year and she always had words of encouragement (and an opinion or two on the content of the programme!).  We will all miss her presence and send our condolences to her family.

Polly Gifford (Director) and all the staff and Trustees of Bridport Arts Centre

Frances Everitt, Bridport Prize Administrator, and all the readers and volunteers

Images:Peggy Chapman-Andrews fourth from left at Bridport Arts Centre's Inauguration (1974) and Bridport Arts Centre's 2010 Members Party.