WI plant Centenary Tree

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Broadwindsor Women’s Institute is starting its Centenary Year, finalising its 100th birthday with a celebration in October 2018.

Said Brenda Smith, president: “We are planning the planting of a small plot of land between the Community Shop and the village school.

“Last week our choice of tree, Malus Toringo Scarlett, was planted by Eric from Sherborne Castle Garden Centre, and we hope to be able to plant the ground cover in the spring.

“We have been very grateful to those who have donated to this project, and within the next year all plants should be well established.”

A date for the Centenary Celebration of the WI will be announced in due course..


Broadwindsor Stores is nominated for a Rural Oscar

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Broadwindsor Community Stores has been nominated for a ‘Rural Oscar’ in the 2017 Countryside Alliance Awards.

Now in their 13th year, the awards celebrate rural business, produce and communities. They are public-nomination led, meaning that the stores have been nominated by one or more people who value what the Countryside Alliance describes as the ‘remarkable contribution’ the shop makes to our local area.
Awards director Sarah Lee said: “The ‘Rural Oscars’ are something of a gold standard in rural business awards. The feel-good factor and pride that they bring cannot be overestimated.”
Nominations close on Monday 13 November and the Countryside Alliance is encouraging more, although it’s the quality of the nomination rather than the quantity they are looking for.
Customers can add their nomination in the Village Shop category by visiting http://www.countryside-alliance.org/campaigns/countryside-alliance-awards/
The address is Drimpton Road, Broadwindsor, Dorset, DT8 3QL.
Once nominations are closed, the Countryside Alliance will draw up a list of regional finalists and begin judging. Regional winners will be announced and invited to a reception at the Houses of Parliament next April, where they will be congratulated by parliamentarians, and the British Champion in each category will be announced, winning the coveted ‘Rural Oscar’ in their category.

Fireworks Night Sat 4 November – free entry

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Broadwindsor Jubilee Group



Bernards’ Place, Broadwindsor

BBQ from 6pm • Fireworks 7pm



No sparklers on site, please

Please make sure  pets are safe.

                                                                                       Thanks to Symonds and Sampson Estate Agents for sponsoring this event

New bus service – use it or lose it

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Bridport to Yeovil bus services agreed

Dorset County Council has worked with First Wessex, Yeovil College and local communities to ensure a continued bus service between Bridport and Yeovil.

Two new services are being introduced to replace the current service 40, which the couny council and subsequently First Wessex have run since the withdrawal of the route by Damory Coaches in July.

First Wessex will operate commercial service 6 between Beaminster and Bridport Hospital, with one journey each way to and from Yeovil. The number 6 will run throughout the day between Monday and Friday. For people studying and working in Yeovil, the council will provide additional links between Yeovil and Bridport or Beaminster, with four return trips a day linking with the First Wessex timetable.

The council has worked with Dorset HealthCare to clear overhanging trees on Hospital Lane in Bridport, meaning double-decker buses can now run along the route to the hospital.

The county council service 40 will provide a journey between Bridport and Yeovil College via Broadwindsor and Mosterton starting at 7.30am from Monday to Friday. A return journey to Bridport will leave Yeovil at 5.15pm.

The service, which is being jointly funded by Yeovil College, will be in place until the end of the year. This will give the council, college and local communities three months to understand the level of demand for the service and develop longer-term transport solutions, which could be community-based.

At the same time, the council is continuing to work with west Dorset communities to develop community transport solutions to fill in some of the gaps in the timetable for local villages in the area.

The county council is working with the Traffic Commissioner to register the new services as quickly as possible and, pending registration, the new timetables will be published and start running in the next few weeks.

Cllr Rebecca Knox, Leader of Dorset County Council and councillor for Beaminster, said: “We have been working with communities to meet the travel needs of all ages, and I’m pleased that we’ve been able to respond with a short-term solution. I’m sincerely hoping that, if well-used by local people, these services will continue, with a responsive community option offering flexibility and freedom for small villages to access the core bus network. We are encouraging communities to join forces to build further on the great work already underway to identify people’s travel needs.”

Cllr Ros Kayes, county councillor for Bridport, said: “I’m particularly pleased to see that the Bridport Hospital bus stop is back on the timetable and would like to thank officers for their hard work in providing this solution. Now we need to work together to make a long term solution available and I urge residents to make good use of these buses in order to enable that to happen.”

Simon Newport, general manager of First Wessex, said: “We’re pleased to see the new arrangements for this bus service. This is the best solution for this route, which will hopefully go a long way to securing its long-term future, as well as and meeting the needs of these communities. We hope that this change will encourage more people on to the bus.”  

Screen Bites

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Screen Bites, the food and film festival, celebrates its Baker’s Dozen this year with 13 events.

The festival started in 2005, every night’s films including one of West Dorset-based filmmaker Robert Golden’s Savouring Europe series.  At Broadwindsor Comrades Hall on Friday 20 October, we return to the film he made about the food producers of the area, and many of those featured will be at the hall to talk about their lives and businesses in the intervening years.

At the Screen Savours evening, audiences can also see Dinner for One, the hilarious monochrome English movie about an old lady and her increasingly drunken butler, watched by the population of Germany every Christmas. There are also several shorts including promotional films made by Purbeck Film Festival and the Guild of Fine Food, and a surprise film.

The evening is sponsored by the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As usual at Screen Bites, local food producers will be offering tastings and selling their wares. They will include Nether Cerne Herbs, not listed in the programme, and Bridge House Hotel, Dorset Blue Vinny, Evershot Bakery, Tamarisk Farm, Washingpool Farm Show and Wyld Meadow Farm, all featured in Savouring West Dorset.

Audiences are asked to book in advance, so ensure that the food producers have enough tastings on the night.

To find out more visit the website – screenbites.co.uk – or telephone 01963 32525.