Nothe Fort

 

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Bounce Back successfully raised funding from the Coastal Revival Fund to improve the appeal of – and accessibility to – the north terrace of Weymouth’s Nothe Fort, run by the town’s Civic Society. An event was held in July 2020 to celebrate both the opening of the north terrace and the re-opening of the Fort to visitors, following lockdown.

Jonathan Turner – Nothe Fort Facilities Manager – deserves a very big Bounce Back ‘THANK YOU’ for his guidance and management of the north terrace project. Jonathan was a pleasure to work with and his knowledge, commitment and unfaltering good humour ensured a high quality enhancement scheme, now accessible to all. It would not have come together without you, Jonty!

Jonathan got things off to a great start – arranging installation of the new chairlift to enable wheelchair users to access the north terrace, landscaping the terrace and commissioning uplighting for the new signage, designed by Joe Coleman (Cheers, Joe!). 

Working closely with Jonathan, Bounce Back commissioned Zoe and Alex of  ‘Stoneform’, who soon became a part of the team. Their brief was to create two bespoke,  stone benches portraying the narrative of the Fort’s relationship – across the centuries – with the maritime environment at its feet and surrounding it. 

Stoneform’s two benches provide the jewel in the crown of the Fort’s newly improved north terrace, which is now open to visitors to the Fort. Not only are the benches beautiful and so skilfully crafted, but the views from them are breathtaking!

It was an eventful 18 months for the creative team – between us, we weathered serious illness, bereavement and a pandemic! But on 10th July 2020 and with a small invited audience Bounce Back Arts Director – Paul Atterbury – cut the ribbon and shots rang out from the ramparts, in celebration of the project’s completion and the safe re-opening of the Fort.