Month: November 2015

Shop at Broadwindsor Community Stores this Christmas

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inside the hallBroadwindsor Comrades Hall was full of the Christmas spirit when the village stores hosted a special ‘shop-up’ in the run-up to the festive period.

Stalls full of seasonal fare, along with craft tables, lined the hall to give customers a good look at all the items available at the community-run shop.
Thanks to manager Steve Jarvis and a snow machine, there was even a festive feel to the hall entrance where an inflatable Santa stood guard. Inside, Santa’s Grotto on the stage provided another sprinkling of Christmas magic.
Customers were able to buy produce, place orders and have a go on the bumper Christmas raffle while enjoying mulled wine and mince pies.

Superfast broadband is now available in Broadwindsor and Drimpton!

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Dorset Village Winter FINAL

By Thomas Briscoe

Communications & Marketing Officer for Superfast Dorset, Dorset County Council

Faster, more reliable broadband is now available to the majority of residents and businesses in Broadwindsor and Drimpton thanks to the Superfast Dorset programme. If you haven’t already made the change to benefit from faster speeds, now is the time to check with your provider to see what is on offer at your property.

Although Superfast Dorset has started work in Broadwindsor and some of the surrounding areas, this does not mean that all of the work has been completed. There is still more work to come that will affect the north of Broadwindsor as well as many of the surrounding areas in the parish. This work will be taking place from 2016, and it will allow us to connect even more places. To see if you are able to upgrade to faster, more reliable broadband, please check by visiting

If you find that you are not yet able to receive a superfast broadband connection, you can sign up to be notified by the Superfast Dorset team when a service becomes available. To receive a notification email, sign up here

Your broadband speeds will not automatically improve. You will have to contact an internet service provider and ask to be upgraded to a ‘superfast’ or ‘fibre’ broadband service. For a step-by-step guide on how to upgrade to faster and more reliable broadband, please visit

The arrival of better broadband brings many benefits to communities. Faster upload and download speeds allow business to grow and thrive. Businesses can benefit from a greater reach than ever before, connecting with customers on a global scale. File sharing also becomes much faster which can have a huge impact on how resources are shared both internally and externally. For residents, better broadband means that staying connected with friends and family becomes easier. The improved speeds allow for a more reliable and better quality connection when on a video call. Online tasks such as shopping and paying bills become quicker and easier too. Streaming online videos requires far less time buffering than it would on a standard broadband connection.

Be aware that superfast broadband is now cheaper than ever. It is worth taking the time to seek out broadband packages that may include other services such as television services. You may find that some internet service providers do not offer a fibre service in your area despite providing a standard broadband package.

If you need help getting online or want to improve your digital skills, free support is available. Visit to see what’s on, or to meet a digital champion who can help you get online.

To check coverage in your area or find out how you can help spread the word so your whole community can make the most of the new service visit our website

Already benefitting from superfast broadband? We want to hear your story! Get in touch with the team via the website. And if you have any other questions or requests for materials to distribute in your community, please contact the team via the website.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Broadwindsor Community Stores

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Broadwindsor Community Stores is celebrating after winning an award from the Dorset Volunteers Centre.

The shop, which opened in spring 2013, has 50 volunteers who support manager Steve Jarvis and his assistant, Jane Sloman.

“They’re the lifeblood of the shop,” said shop chairman Fraser Hughes. “Without them, the shop just wouldn’t be here.”

The shop was nominated in the Dorset Volunteers Centre’s Volunteer Group of the Year category.

Among the shop’s volunteers are three young people doing their Duke of Edinburgh award. Teenagers Joe and Michael O’Hagan (pictured) and Grace Reeder can regularly be found behind the counter at weekends.

A young resident who lives in a house run by Autism Wessex also volunteers at the shop.

“We have volunteers throughout the village and further afield,” said Mandy Crane, volunteer co- ordinator. “It really reinforces that the shop is run by the community for the community.”

Mr Hughes said more and more customers were using the stores to do their weekly shop because the prices gave value for money without people having to travel very far.

“We’re seeing a lot more people we haven’t seen before, as word about us spreads,” he says.

The shop has introduced a number of new lines and also new services. The latest includes the Amazon Pass My Parcel delivery service in which Amazon customers can select to have their packages delivered to the shop.

Broadwindsor Community Stores also offers Pay Point, which allows customers to pay utility bills and top up their gas and electric. People can also buy their TV licence at the shop.

In the lead-up to Christmas, there will be a ‘Shop Up’ event at Broadwindsor Comrades Hall on  Saturday 21 November There will be hot food tasters from E @ Tangs Chinese Takeaway, a new line the shop will be carrying, and other local suppliers, as well as tea, coffee and mulled wine. This will be a cash-only event as the hall does not have card payment facilities.

“Broadwindsor Community Stores is a shop with something for everyone,” Mr Hughes said.

Village Christmas Tree lighting

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Saturday 12 December

Bernards’ Place, Broadwindsor, at 6pm

Official lighting of the Christmas Tree on the village green by Wessex FM’s David Goulden, followed by Christmas Carols around the tree, led by The Rev Jo Neary, and organised by Broadwindsor Jubilee Group.

Get together afterwards at the White Lion.

Participating children will receive a gift from landlords Richard and Kate Moulsdale.

Broadwindsor Christmas Tree Festival

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Broadwindsor Christmas Tree Festival

13-19 December

St John the Baptist Church, Broadwindsor

10am to 4pm every day. Admission free, donations for church and Autism Wessex.

Sun 13 11am Service and Blessing of Trees

Tues 15 3.30pm Family Fun Activities

Thurs 17 12 noon Soup Lunch

Fri 18 Late night opening of Church, 6-8pm

Sat 19th 10.30am Coffee Morning

Woman in Gold (12A)

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Friday 18 December

Broadwindsor Comrades Hall

Woman in Gold

Starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds and Katie Holmes, director Simon Curtis.


Tickets £6 on the door

Bar available

Sixty after fleeing Vienna, Maria Altmann, an elderly Jewish woman, attempts to reclaim family possessions that were seized by the Nazis. Among them is a famous portrait of Maria’s beloved Aunt Adele: Gustave Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer 1. With the help of a young lawyer Randy Schoeberg, Maria embarks upon a lengthy legal battle to recover this painting and several others, but it will not be easy, for Austria considers them national treasures.

To book tickets call 01308 867638 or 01308 868582.

Fireworks and BBQ

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Friday 6 November

Bernards’ Place, Broadwindsor


BBQ from 6pm

Fireworks at 7pm

Kindly sponsored by Symonds & Sampson.

Donations in the bucket, please, to help meet the shortfall.

Organised by Broadwindsor Jubilee Group

(Sat 7 Nov if wet)