Month: December 2014

Cinema comes to Broadwindsor thanks to Big Lottery

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Ian Butcher and Nigel Budden

Broadwindsor Comrades Hall has been awarded a £6,000 grant to screen its own movies.

Money from The Big Lottery’s Awards for All England fund has paid for a large screen, a ceiling-mounted projector and a Blu Ray DVD player, which have been installed in time for the showing of the film Effie Gray on 9 January.

New stage lighting and spotlights for live presentations are also being put in.

“It’s great news,” said hall committee member Ian Butcher. “The hall has run a very successful programme of films over the years through rural film company Moviola but recent price increases meant it was becoming unviable.

“We wanted to carry on because the film evenings we have are always popular and it’s a great way to bring people from the village and wider community together.”

So the committee agreed to seek funding. Moviola will still supply the films but the hall committee will be able to use its own equipment.

Chris Newall, chairman of the Comrades Hall Management Committee, said: “This is a really exciting venture for the Comrades Hall and is something the whole village will be able to enjoy.  It’s marvellous to think that Broadwindsor now has its own high quality cinema.”

Hall vice-chairman Andrew Hookings, who applied for the grant, said: “We wanted to be able to continue putting on regular film shows at an affordable price for the local community.

“Showing films in the hall that people want to see is a good way of helping to reduce social isolation in a rural community.

“We’re now looking at ways of widening our audience by perhaps having children’s matinees and themed evenings.

“We also now able to offer state-of-the art presentation equipment to businesses and organisations when they hire the hall.”

There will be a complimentary glass of bubbly for members of the audience at Effie Gray on 9 January to celebrate the award. The film will be preceded by a couple of shorts, including the village’s own version of Pharrell Williams’ Happy, which was made in the summer of 2015 by villagers Margery Hookings and Donna Heys.

  • Picture shows Ian Butcher, left, and Nigel Budden who, with Denny Hughes, has been running the film shows at Broadwindsor for several years. Ian is taking over the role with the help of Margery Hookings.

2014 in review

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The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this website.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This website was viewed about 13,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Dates for rubbish collection over Christmas and New Year

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bin-bagsNormal collection day                              Revised collection day

Thursday 25 December                            Saturday 27 December
Friday 26 December                                 Monday 29 December
Monday 29 December                              Tuesday 30 December
Tuesday 30 December                              Wednesday 31 December
Wednesday 31 December                         Friday 2 January
Thursday 1 January                                   Saturday 3 January
Friday 2 January                                        Monday 5 January
Monday 5 January                                     Tuesday 6 January
Tuesday 6 January                                     Wednesday 7 January
Wednesday 7 January                                Thursday 8 January
Thursday 8 January                                    Friday 9 January
Friday 9 January                                         Saturday 10 January

Christmas Services in Broadwindsor 2014

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Christmas Services in Broadwindsor 2014:

9.30-11am Saturday 20 Dec
Messy Church, Comrades Hall

4pm Sunday 21 Dec
Village Carol Service

11.30pm Wednesday 24 Dec
Midnight Mass

11am Thursday 25 Dec
Family Eucharist for Christmas

Festive opening hours at The White Lion

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STOP PRESS: Live music on Boxing Day from 3pm by Peter James.

Hits from the Blitz

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SIMONE Sax & Vocal

Hits From The Blitz

Sunday 11 January 2015


Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor.

As seen at London’s Leicester Square Theatre.

£8.00 (seated at tables with bar available)

The unique feel-good 1940s show, as featured at the Leicester Square Theatre, London, will be swinging into the Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor, on Sunday 11 January.

The show, which starts at 7.30pm, will have you singing along to famous war-time tunes brought to life by the singers and multi-instrumentalists of the Five Star Swing band, as seen at Dame Vera Lynn’s Charity Gala Nights.

“Superb, they swing like crazy!” –says the BBC’s Sheila Tracy.

Featuring Simone from the latter days of the Ivy Benson Orchestra plus Chris Smith (Jnr) composer and arranger for Glenn Miller’s Brother, Herb and the BBC Radio Big Band. This show will soon sell-out – book early to avoid disappointment!

Box office: 01308 868368

Here’s the band’s website:

And here’s some more details about Simone and Chris:

Simone – The famous bandleader and saxophonist Ivy Benson taught Simone to play alto saxophone in the late 1970s and with whom Simone subsequently performed. Simone went on to become an accomplished vocalist, Clarinet and flute player, recording with Paul Weller, TV film Lace 2, Vince Hill and the New Squadronaires plus solo saxophone on the Paul Merton TV show. Her international performances have taken her to France, Italy & South Africa.

Chris Smith –  Son of bandleader and trombonist Chris Smith (Snr) who was trombonist with Frank Sinatra & Ted Heath Band. Chris (jnr) Plays Piano & Trumpet (sometimes at the same time!) plus vocals. In the 1980s Chris was writing music for BBC radio 2 shows including the Radio Big Band then toured with Glenn Miller’s brother (Herb Miller Big band).  The Prince & Princess of Wales commissioned a Royal Fanfare from Chris. Other performances have been with Tommy Steele, Les Dennis, Bob Monkhouse, Ken Dodd, Joe Longthorne a Royal Variety performance with Kenny Bal/ plus a solo trumpet performance on Michael Cain Film “Silver Bears” & Top of the Pops…

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