Soup and pudding lunch

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Broadwindsor WI
Soup and Pudding Lunch
Saturday 4th November
Comrades’ Hall
12 noon-2.oopm
Homemade Soup- Bread- Pudding- Tea or Coffee
£6 per head
To pre-book contact:  Brenda Smith 01308 868392  email  brendamsmith@btinternet.com  or Ann Slee 01308 867784  email mrshorseradish@gmail.com
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Music at The Comrades Arms

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With the Curry Night, hosted by three local chefs – Brian Wing, Simon Emmerson and Valerie Madder-Smith – a sell out on Saturday 16 Sept, we now have Blues arranged for the end of the month.

Our very own Dave Shaw has arranged for his band, Blues Station, to play for us at The Comrades Arms in the main hall on Saturday 30 September at 7.30pm, with the bar open, as usual, from 6pm.  Entry to the ‘gig’ will be free, but we hope people will donate generously in the bucket provided.

The Blues Station have kindly agreed to support us with a free ‘gig’ and the money raised will go towards running the hall.

This may well be our last event in the current season at the Comrades Arms, if The White Lion opens again, so please come along and enjoy a great evening with drinks at unbelievable prices!

Their Finest

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BROADWINDSOR COMMUNITY FILM CLUB PRESENTS

THEIR FINEST (12A)

DIRECTED BY LONE SCHERFIG, WRITTEN BY GABBY CHIAPPE and STARRING GEMMA ARTERTON, BILL NIGHY, SAM CLAFLIN, RICHARD E. GRANT

THE YEAR IS 1940, LONDON. WITH THE NATION BOWED BY WAR, THE MINISTRY TURNS TO PROPAGANDA FILMS TO BOOST MORALE AT HOME.

REALIZING THEIR FILMS COULD DO WITH A “WOMAN’S TOUCH”, CATRIN COLE IS HIRED AS A SCRIPTWRITER IN CHARGE OF WRITING THE FEMALE DIALOGUE. ALTHOUGH HER ARTIST HUSBAND LOOKS DOWN ON HER JOB, CATRIN’S NATURAL FLAIR QUICKLY GETS HER NOTICED BY CYNICAL, WITTY LEAD WRITER TOM BUCKLEY. CATRIN AND TOM SET OUT TO MAKE AN EPIC FEATURE FILM BASED ON THE DUNKIRK RESCUE STARRING THE GLORIOUSLY VAIN, FORMER MATINEE IDOL AMBROSE HILLIARD. AS BOMBS ARE DROPPING AROUND THEM, CATRIN, TOM, THEIR COLOURFUL CAST AND CREW WORK FURIOUSLY TO MAKE A FILM THAT WILL WARM THE HEARTS OF A NATION.

 7.30 PM

 FRIDAY 6TH OCTOBER 2017

 FILM CLUB MEMBERS AND GUESTS ONLY

APPLY ON THE NIGHT OR FOR FURTHER DETAILS CONTACT:

 IAN BUTCHER 01308 867644

BRENDA SMITH 01308 868392

JOYCE CHUMBLEY 01308 868286

 WINE, BEER, FRUIT JUICE AND SOFT DRINKS AVAILABLE

Village to lose its only bus service – in a week’s time

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Broadwindsor is to lose its only bus service in a week’s time, without warning.

The news came after the new timetable from 18 September was announced on Dorset First’s Facebook page with the accompanying wording:

Service 40: We are pleased to announce additional journeys from Monday 18th September.

Broadwindsor is not included.

The timetable was reposted by Lyme Regis and Charmouth Councillor Daryl Turner.

District councillor Jacqui Sewell says she is furious that there has been no consultation. She made the announcement at the first screening of the village’s film club on Friday night, much to the shock of locals.

In a message to county council leader and our local county councillor, Rebecca Knox, Cllr Sewell said: “The new route of the 40 bus that has been announced on FB this evening by Cllr Daryl Turner is an absolute disaster for Broadwindsor, there are many, many people that rely on the bus to get to Beaminster for work, Doctor’s appointments and shopping, but also a number of school children use this bus to get home from Colfox School.

“I cannot remember any consultation about this proposed new route with myself or the parish council – unfortunately I won’t be at BW’s Parish Council Meeting on Monday, but expect there will be a lot of concerned residents attending to, find out why Broadwindsor is losing its one & only bus service.”

Councillor Turner’s reaction on Facebook to Councillor Sewell was: “Hopefully you can help with a community offer Jacqualyne Sewell. We continue to look at options.”

Councillor Knox said:  “It is frustrating that the new operator of the 40 bus as was has considered that the route through Broadwindsor is non-commercial.

“This has happened over a number of years affecting many in Dorset.  For these areas, and indeed this happened in Thorncombe, South Perrott, Chedington, Corscombe, there have been some very successful community transport link services arranged.  They are variable since each community has found the real demand for transport links does actually vary quite considerably.

“So the Maiden Newton connection is operated on a dial a bus (booked the day before) service, and for Thorncombe the solution is one with a firmer timetable but which fits with market day.  The County Council has a team looking at helping and advising communities about what can be done.  There is also seed funding.

“The basis of success of course lies with use and the evidence which will support a timetable or connection which can become sustainable.  A community transport link can be supported by payments, by means of a Bus Club for instance, or individual passengers.  There are all sorts of operating model.

“What do folk really want from a link?  Is it daily?  Early morning?  Market days?  It would be so helpful to collect that from the village as soon as possible.   For hospital appointments there are other means of travel such as the hospital car service or the local Beaminster community car service run so brilliantly by Mike Bateman and his team of volunteer drivers.  But to gather some user figures would be extremely helpful to assess what a community link might look like, suited to Broadwindsor, Drimpton and others in the area.”

A pub with no beer

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A Dorset Year

The village square is on its knees.

Tumbleweed drifts slowly by the old village stores, where the blinds have been pulled for a couple of years now.

Across the road, the shop last used a few months ago by the church on Saturday mornings, as a gathering place for coffees and a natter, has its windows whitened out.

The jackdaws gather. Ominously.

And not a drop of water comes out of the old pump under the signpost.

In a new development, the downstairs windows of the pub were boarded up on Monday. Six workmen waited outside for an hour until they could get in and seal off our hostelry from the outside world.

In the last sixteen years, I’ve never seen that happen in between landlords (and we’ve had nine of them in that time). Let’s hope it signals a refurbishment and not closure.

We need our pub.

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Comrades Arms to re-open

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With Rich and Kate closing the doors at The White Lion for the last time on Monday 28 August,  The Comrades Arms is to open again in the village hall.
Our first night will be Tuesday 29 August from 6pm, where customers can enjoy a beer, cider or something of their choice, with their fish and chips.  We will open again on Friday 1st Sept and Saturday 2nd Sept.  Maybe Sunday lunchtimes if there is a demand.
The bar will be open in the Lewesdon Room and there is a stairlift for those who cannot manage the stairs (before or after a drink…)