Month: March 2013

Broadwindsor Community Stores

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Broadwindsor Community Stores now has its own website.

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Here’s an extract from the front page:

The opening of Broadwindsor Community Stores is a triumph of local endeavour and a major achievement for Broadwindsor and the surrounding villages.

When the original shop in the Square closed at the end of August 2011, it seemed at first that there might never be another shop in the village. But a team of residents, with tremendous backing from the community, embarked on the road to prove it could be done.

Unsuccessful attempts were made to buy or rent the original shop, and at one time a temporary shop in the grounds of Comrades Hall (the village hall) was considered. Despite setbacks, the village stayed committed and at the beginning of December 2012, the breakthrough came when planning approval was given to turn the Old Telephone Exchange in Drimpton Road into a shop.

The finance to open the shop has been raised from donations, grants and a share issue, to which over 200 local people subscribed. Chalk & Cheese, an organisation administering funds for rural development on behalf of the EU, also awarded the shop a grant. This money has meant that the shop fittings, stock and initially part of the manager’s salary has been funded. The shop committee has also received a huge amount of encouragement and advice from outside organisations, particularly the Plunkett Foundation, the acknowledged experts in the Community Shop field.

It is our shop and many local volunteers will be helping to run it. Having battled so hard to provide this amenity, requested by over 90% of residents in the recent Parish Plan, we now need to ensure it succeeds. Please help by supporting it. Thank you!

 The project is being delivered through the Chalk & Cheese Local Action Group, with Defra as the Managing Authority
The project is part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for European Development 2007-2013: Europe investing in rural areas
Broadwindsor & District Community Enterprise Ltd. Registered in England No. 31629R: VAT Number: 152 5751 14
Registered Office: 2 Manor Farm Cottages, Common Water Lane, Broadwindsor DT8 3QR



Hurrah for Broadwindsor Community Stores!

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Fantastic! That’s the verdict on the new community stores which opened in Broadwindsor today.

Bunting was waving and the Dorset flag was flying  as customers were greeted with shelves bulging with produce at the old telephone exchange in Drimpton Road.

There’s a good range of local produce for sale, as well as everyday items. Orders are being taken for fresh meat and fish and the shop has a coffee machine (with real beans!) so early birds can call in to pick up a sandwich and a coffee en route to work.

The shop is managed by Sue Williams and her assistant Jane Sloman and around 40 volunteers from the community. The shop hopes to offer to make up welcome hampers for holiday cottages, a dry cleaning service and prescription collection.


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Fun Day 2013: now it’s a whole weekend

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The date for this year’s Broadwindsor Fun Day has been set – and this time it’s a whole weekend.

The fun will take place in the Comrades Hall and on Bernard’s Place over the weekend of June 8 and 9.

Other events have also been lined up by the Jubilee Group, which organises the fun day actitivies.

Broadwindsor Jubilee Group events 2013

Friday 29 March  Hot Cross Buns at Comrades Hall 10.30am-noon £1.50 admission includes coffee/tea and a bun

Saturday 11 May Coffee Morning and Spring Sale at Comrades Hall 10.30am-12.30om

Saturday and Sunday June 8 &9 Broadwindsor Fun Weekend

‘Superstitions and Old Wives’ Tales’

Saturday: Big Breakfast in Comrades Hall, Scarecrows and Barn Dance

Sunday: Fete at Bernard’s Place (village green) 2pm

Villagers celebrate opening of shop

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Broadwindsor Community Stores opens its doors at 9am on Monday 4 March.

The facility in the old telephone exchange in Drimpton Road is the culmination of months of hard work by locals after the village shop in the Square closed 18 months ago.

Funding for the project comprises £33,000 from villagers and a Chalk and Cheese grant of £29,000.

Shop manager Sue Williams and her assistant, Jane Sloman, will be helped by an army of local volunteers.

The shop will be open on Mondays to Saturdays from 7.30am to 6pm and Sunday mornings from 8am until noon.