First World War projects

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Chairman’s Centenary Fund

This one-off grant fund has been established by the Chairman of West Dorset District Council to support projects and events to commemorate the anniversary of the ending of the First World War.  

 A total budget of £10,000 has been set aside for this Fund and the scheme is likely to be oversubscribed.

Who can apply?

  • Town and parish councils.
  • Constituted community groups or charitable organisations.

How much funding is available?

  • The total budget for the Fund is £10,000.
  • The minimum grant that can be applied for is £250 and the maximum grant is £500.
  • Only one grant can be awarded per organisation or project.
  • Applicants are encouraged to raise partnership funding although this is not essential.

What is eligible for funding?

  • Only events or projects that take place within the West Dorset district will be funded.
  • Projects/events that are part of the curricular activity in schools are not eligible for funding.

How does the application process work?

  • Complete the application form here – Chairman’s Centenary Fund – Application Form and send it to the district council’s Leisure & Tourism team – either by post or via email to:
  • The deadline for applications is 11th June 2018.
  • Applications will be assessed and applicants notified of the council’s decision by 13th July 2018.
  • All applicants will be notified of the decision by email.

What happens if the grant is approved?

  • Applicants will be notified of the decision.
  • Grants are usually claimed after the project or event has taken place.
  • Copies of receipts or invoices showing expenditure incurred need to be sent when claiming the grant.
  • The support of West Dorset District Council for your project (if a grant is awarded) should be acknowledged in any publicity or information about your project.







Villagers get their homes – and garages – in order

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Spring cleaning has taken on a new meaning in the West Dorset village of Broadwindsor.

Residents are banding together to put on a massive garage sale on Sunday 8 April, from 10am until 1pm.

“Some 30 households have now signed up to take part,” says organiser Margery Hookings, who came up with the idea after talking to friends who wanted to declutter their homes

“We had a big garage sale in the village a few years ago and had lots of customers, including dealers who turned up early while villagers were still putting out their wares.

“People kept asking me when we were going to do it again. Now seemed as good a time as any because we have quite a few new residents in the village who have downsized and need to move on their old items.”

Articles for sale will include furniture, antiques, plants, books, toys, clothing and bric-a-brac.

Said one resident: “With three children, the number of outgrown bikes, garden toys and welly boots threatens to overwhelm us at times. We are having a good clear out and would love to pass on grown out of things to other families.”

Said another: “Last time I managed to sell quite a few things but then went round other stalls and bought other people’s junk. But you know what they say, one person’s rubbish is another person’s treasure. I was thrilled to pick up a vintage set of brass kitchen scales for a tenner. I’ve since seen the same ones online for more than a hundred pounds.”

Unlike car boot sales, there is no entry fee for customers, who can walk around the village at their leisure, call in at the shop for a map and a tea or coffee and then maybe have Sunday lunch in the White Lion Inn or Staddlestones, the new restaurant at Broadwindsor Craft Centre.

Garage sale participants are paying £1 so the location of the stall or garage can be put on the map, copies of which will be available at Broadwindsor Community Stores in Drimpton Road. Volunteers help run the shop, which belongs to the village.

“There is a great sense of community here in Broadwindsor,” says Margery. “There are lots of clubs, organisations and events – lots of things going on. So it’s not surprising that when I was in the White Lion and happened to mention I was thinking about staging another garage sale that straight away, I had about dozen people wanting to find out more.

“The pound coins given to me by stallholders will go to Broadwindsor Jubilee Group, of which I’m joint secretary. We have our village Fun Day on Saturday 2 June and plan to close off the road for an afternoon and evening of entertainment on a big lorry provided free of charge by local construction firm PH Hardwill Ltd.

Entertainment includes the djembe drums of Organic Rhythm, who will running two workshops, local musicians Broadwindsor Jammers and Blues Station and The Sidekicks from Bridport.

The weekend also sees the return of the popular scarecrow competition, which has the theme of Broadwindsor Goes to The Movies.

  • Broadwindsor’s Massive Garage Sale takes place in and around the village on Sunday, 8 April from 10am to 1pm.

Victoria and Abdul (12)

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Abdul Karim arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favour with the Queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity.






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Massive garage sale!

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STOP PRESS: Now at least 30 households taking part.

Ofsted praise for primary school

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Broadwindsor School has received another ‘good’ Ofsted report after the latest inspection.

“This school continues to be good.

“The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. You invite all staff to make a contribution, share ideas and
lead on initiatives. Consequently, staff feel positive about working in the school because they know they are valued by you and trusted to do their jobs. All the staff
who responded to the staff survey stated, many strongly so, that they were proud to be members of staff at the school. Nearly all staff agreed that leaders do all they
can to ensure that staff are motivated, respected and effective in their roles.”

To read all the findings, take a look at the report here – Ofsted report 2018

Bypass proposal

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Our parish council is supporting this because Broadwindsor is one of the villages that becomes gridlocked when there are accidents on the A35. This group has asked for this letter to be featured on community websites and parish magazines. It’s probably too long for our magazine, but here it is for your perusal:

Dear Sir / Madam

Have you ever been caught in one of the regular traffic jams on the A35 in the vicinity of Chideock arising from traffic incidents or accidents? Or do you live in one of the villages that become gridlocked while motorists try and get out of the inevitable traffic jams that follow?

We are the Chideock Bypass Working Group (CBG) and we are reaching out to all parish councils, district councils and town councils in the area to express our position on a possible bypass for our village and to gather your feedback and your opinion on this matter.

The CBWG is a group of registered electors in the parish of Chideock. It was formed in November 2016 at the instigation of the constituency MP Sir Oliver Letwin (OL) and with the support (at that time) of the Chideock Parish Council (CPC). Its main purpose then was to initiate a village survey to test village opinion for a bypass. This was organised by the CBWG in March 2017 when a questionnaire was delivered to every household in Chideock. The result from the 223 participants was that 80% were in favour of a bypass within the parish boundary (approximately on the route of the cancelled 1990’s bypass).

There have been several village surveys and polls over the years attempting to determine the support amongst the village residents for a bypass. They have all been conducted in good faith and have always returned a significant proportion of those that participated in favour of a bypass.

We are firmly of the opinion that a bypass is the only practical solution to the problems of safety; air pollution; traffic congestion; noise and vibration arising from the traffic through the village (particularly the ever increasing volume and size of HGVs) and the negative impact on the local economy from the traffic congestion detracting from tourism and making business travel longer and more costly.

The last village poll (held in August 2017) returned 78% of those participating to be in favour of a Chideock bypass, albeit that the wording of the question specified that the bypass should be located outside of our parish. We believe that in the absence of an alternative route question this was simply interpreted as being for a bypass anywhere! We continue to argue against a route outside of our parish. We consider that proposal to be wrong for three major reasons:

  1. A Chideock only bypass is our problem and is for us to resolve within our own boundary. It is slightly immoral to expect our problem to be passed onto our neighbours.
  2. The additional time required for liaison with neighbouring parishes followed by rounds of public inquiries and consultations are likely to delay any bypass for years, possibly even render it totally impossible.
  3. Any route outside of our boundary will be considerably longer than a bypass within our parish making the construction costs higher. Therefore returns on investment will be less also making the cost benefit analysis less attractive (or perhaps non-existent)

There is a body of thought that one of the ways of dealing with the problem is by introducing a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) for Chideock. While this can be seen as a well-meaning and environmentally friendly solution we believe that it is both naïve and impractical. This will add monetary cost and time to all those whose vehicles do not comply. We attach a copy of a report – CBPWG LEZ Report FINAL Main – prepared by our group raising a number of very serious consequences of an LEZ which we are certain have not been fully considered by many people. We urge you to read this report and make your own minds up on the practicality of an LEZ for Chideock.

We ask you to seriously consider our situation, to investigate our proposals further through our website and if you are in favour of a Chideock bypass to support our Government petition either via the homepage of our website or directly via

We also ask you to publish a copy of this letter on your community website and in the next available edition of your parish magazine so that as many of your parishioners as possible may see our arguments and our position on a bypass for Chideock.

We thank you for taking the time to consider all this and hope that you may find time to respond to us with your comments, and hopefully your support.

Yours sincerely

George Dunn