Community Land Trust update

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Broadwindsor Group Parish Community Land Trust

Update, February 2017

Site feasibility surveys of the proposed Netherhay Lane site in Drimpton should be completed by the end of February. This information will inform the initial layout design sketches by Trewin Design Architects, to form the basis for discussions with planning and highways departments at Dorset County Partnerships.

Once the proposed layout plans are at a more detailed stage, BGP CLT will hold a public consultation meeting during the summer of 2017 at which proposed layout plans will be on display and comments invited from the local communities.

The CLT will also host a housing ‘clinic’ at which Yarlington Housing Group and Dorset Councils Partnership’s Housing Enabling Officer will be present to respond to questions on the housing register, tenancy, and shared ownership.

The CLT’s  engineering consultant (Barnaby Associates) has had initial discussions with Highways department, who have indicated that they do not wish to have a pavement installed on Netherhay Lane, and that any entrance splay to the development should be designed for mixed use (traffic and pedestrian). As there is an existing regular bus service along Netherhay Lane, there is the possibility of negotiating for the bus stop to be moved into the development entrance, causing minimal disturbance to the current road layout arrangements.

The CLT has highlighted the issue of sewerage problems currently experienced in Drimpton. Our preferred option would be to install an on-site sewerage system for this development, which would not impact on the mains sewer. This would be similar to the successful arrangements in place in the Bramble Hay development in Marshwood.

Dorset Councils Partnership is in the process of collating housing need information for the Broadwindsor Group Parish area.  The CLT, along with development partner Yarlington Housing Group, is developing a housing allocation plan, covering priorities and definitions of ‘local connections’.

Dorset Councils Partnership will receive an allocation from central government’s Community Housing fund. BGP CLT will be able to apply to this for capital grant funding for the next stage of the project, to develop a planning application.

A video showing an example of another rural CLT project in Devon (Christow CLT) was shared by Wesex CLT Projects. Click here to see it.

BGP CLT will publish its first quarterly Newsletter in March.

More information is available on the BGP CLT website at


New manager required for Broadwindsor Community Stores

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Broadwindsor Community Stores

Our award winning shop seeks an enthusiastic Manager to run our thriving business. The successful applicant will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the store, working alongside an assistant and volunteers. They will be computer literate (the shop runs an EPOS till system) and possess excellent inter-personal skills. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate initiative, imagination and leadership to implement strategies to increase customer spend and shop profitability. Relevant retail experience is a prerequisite of the job, with a liquor licence an added benefit.

Hours are negotiable, around 39 per week, with early starts, weekend and Bank Holiday work involved. In addition, the person appointed will be expected to attend Management meetings outside these hours.

A full job description, including remuneration, can be obtained by e-mailing or telephoning 01308 868806.

Closing date for applications: Friday 3rd March.





Bridget Jones’s Baby (15)

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Broadwindsor Comrades Hall

Friday 17 February at 7.30pm

Bridget Jones’s Baby (15)

The 2016 romantic comedy film directed by Sharon Maguire and written by Helen Fielding, Dan Mazer and Emma Thompson, based on Fielding’s fictional columns. Starring Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones and Emma Thompson.

‘Broad gags, choice turns and some terrific slapstick involving a hospital revolving door elevate a possibly opportunistic outing into a solid and satisfying comeback.’ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Tickets £6 on the door or call Ian 01308 867644.

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman here on 14 January

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Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman

Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor

Saturday 14 January 2017

at 7.3opm

Tickets: £9  

01308 867644

equation-7648sean-sunset-web-197x300Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships.

Twice recent winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo – 2016 & 2013 – the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation as ‘Songwriters par excellence’-(fRoots),  whose greatly varied original songs cover such subjects as wicked mermaids, Norwegian legends, and a lonely whale.

Building upward from their last two highly praised albums ‘Hidden People’ & ‘Tomorrow Will Follow Today’,  fans of acoustic music can only wonder where this leading couple will choose to turn next.

With a story that includes over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British folk.

Winners – ‘BEST DUO’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016
Winners     – ‘BEST DUO’ – Spiral Earth Awards 2015
Winners     – ‘BEST DUO’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013
Kathryn Roberts

A lauded singer, one of the finest of her generation, Kathryn is held in the highest regard by peers and music fans alike.

Born and raised in the South Yorkshire mining town of Barnsley, Kathryn has simply sung since she could speak.

Her musical parents took great delight in introducing her to many types of music including a regular summer trawl of folk festivals. This engendered a life long love of traditional song and also introduced her to some of the finest young talent on the British folk scene.

An early duo career with fellow Barnsleyite Kate Rusby led to much critical acclaim and an award winning album along with Kathryn being the first singer to win the revered BBC Young Tradition award. The Kate and Kathryn partnership led swiftly to the teaming up with three brothers from West Devon and the folk – pop band ‘Equation’ was born.

Many years fronting the band saw Kathryn grace exotic stages all over the world, 5 years of which were spent almost exclusively in the U.S. Her relationship with Sean Lakeman flourished both personally and musically, and after a decade of relentless touring the two decided to return to their English folk roots and gig as an acoustic duo.

Four acclaimed albums and TWICE winners of ‘Best Duo’ at the BBC Radio2 Folk Awards have helped them cement a formidable reputation at the very forefront of British contemporary folk music.

In 2015 Kathryn was asked to join the iconic 70’s folk rock band Fotheringay thus stepping into the shoes of the late great Sandy Denny. She will tour with the band to promote their comprehensive Box Set released on Island Records.

Sean Lakeman
Whether on stage or in the recording studio Sean Lakeman is a tour-de-force of modern folk music.

As the eldest of the 3 ‘Lakeman Brothers’, Sean was raised on Dartmoor and has played the guitar since the age of six. He was recognised at an early age as one of the most promising guitarists around.

Sean learned his trade and travelled the world for a decade with folkpopsters ‘Equation’, he then famously went on to orchestrate the sound of his little brother ‘Seth’, producing his most successful albums, scooping many awards along the way.

Whilst a member of Seth’s live touring band, Sean played at the highest levels, breaking down musical boundaries and and winning over legions of music fans with a commitment and energy seldom seen from a folk band.

Sean excels when working within a band or as an accompanist, and his musical services have been called upon by many other leading artists and groups.

As well as producing all four Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman albums his production credits include some of the biggest names in British folk and folk-rock , including Levellers, Seth Lakeman, Frank Turner, Billy Bragg, Imelda May, Bellowhead, Rev Hammer and Show of Hands.

“Kathryn Roberts smoky, assertive vocals are a tasty feast for listeners craving music that requires a sharp mind and an open heart.”  – Billboard Magazine 

‘As a guitarist, producer and co-songwriter, Sean Lakeman is one of the unsung heroes of modern British folk’ – MOJO 

Kathryn Roberts is extraordinary, exuding more emotion in a single sigh than most divas can manage in an aria”  – Sing Out, USA

Sean Lakeman`s clever acoustic guitar riffs mixed with Roberts` sultry singing combine to bring tuneful, intelligent and soulful music” – Acoustic Guitarist

Love and Friendship (PG)

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Friday 16 DEC 2016 at 7.30 pm

Directed by Whit Stillman and starring Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Stephen Fry and Justin Edwards

Beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon visits the estate of her in-laws to wait out the colourful rumours about her dalliances circulating through polite society.

‘A racy delight.’ Guardian

Tickets £6 on the door or call Nigel 01308 868582 or Ian 01308 867644 Bar available

Lili La Scala

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Artsreach and Comrades Hall present



Broadwindsor Comrades Hall

Friday 9 December at 7.30pm

an enthralling night of classics, show tunes and bright and breezy numbers from yesteryear. Lili offers songs delivered with cabaret sass and her huge voice and equally big personality won’t fail to leave you cheered.

Adults £9 from 01308 867644 or 01308 868582


Three Churches Christmas Coffee Morning

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Three Churches Coffee Morning

Saturday 3 December

10.30am – 12.30pm

Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor

Cake Stall, Tombola, Bric-a-Brac, Books, Christmas Stall

Come Along & Bring Your Friends

Admission £1, to include coffee & biscuits