Broadwindsor Show

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Broadwindsor and District Horticultural Society

Annual Show

  Monday 26th August 2013

 At The Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor

 Official  opening at 2pm by Mr Ron Wright

 Entry to show 50p. Under 16s free

 Raffle and Refreshments

 Schedules available from Angela Frampton on 868596

Or Broadwindsor Community Stores

 Closing date for entries   

Friday 23rd August 2013


Your village needs YOU!

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Residents will soon be shortly receiving their Parish Plan Bulletin which gives an update on what has happened since the plan was published.

Progress has been made on many issues, but certain goals won’t be achieved unless more people volunteer to get involved. It is not too late to volunteer so if you feel you can offer in some way please contact 

The parish plan committee hopes to put together a directory of organisations in the parish by the end of the year . If you would like your club etc to be included, please send details of your group, including name of organisation, who to contact, telephone number and email address, to the email above. The directory will cover a wide range of organisations including churches, shops, tourist attractions etc and should prove a useful reference for existing and new households in the parish.

The shop continues to prosper with the holiday trade helping boost turnover. If you have a holiday cottage to rent and would like to have a leaflet to go in your compendium please call in at the shop and get one. What is quite remarkable is that it now stocks more than 1,600 items. No wonder people refer to it as a tardis.

The shop committee is making a real effort to buy local where possible, so if you know a local firm which has something to offer pop in and tell Sue and she will follow it up. It seems the shop is drawing customers from further afield and it is widely talked about in official circles as what a community can achieve.

Apart from customers, the shop’s most valuable asset is the volunteers and it can always do with more. If you have a few hours to spare, are new to the village, or would like to get more involved in village life why not become one? Either drop in to find out more, or call Mandy on 868684. Most shifts are of a manageable two hours and you will be properly trained.

Hursey charity stall

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Sales of jam and marmalade on the charity stall raised £500. The following causes will be receiving £100 each: Julia’s House, Marie Curie, Help for Heroes, Royal National Institute for the Deaf and Cats Protection.

Free Art Friday

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ImageThere’s a Free Art Friday in the village tomorrow, 2 August.

FAF Broadwindsor comprises artwork of any type being placed on the street or in indoor locations for members of the public to enjoy. If people like it, they can take it home.

At the moment, there is small number of artists joining in so if you would like to join in please feel free.

If you are looking for some art then take a walk around the village.

For more information, visit the Free Art Friday Facebook page or take a look at the blog.

Our community donation to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

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On behalf of the local community, shop manager Sue Williams, Broadwindsor and District Community Enterprise member Mandy Crane and shop volunteer Chris Edgerley presented a cheque for £70.70 to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance’s fundraising co-ordinator for the Dorset area, Annette Plaistow-Trapaud.

The money was collected in the Stores’ charity box.

Pictured, from left, are Mandy Crane, Chris Edgerley, Annette Plaistow-Trapaud and Sue Williams.  Photo by John Heys

Parish Plan update

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It is a year ago that the Parish Plan was published and later this month you will receive through your letterbox an update on progress on the action points. Remembering that the timescale for a number of the actions was over three years significant progress has been made, as you will read.

Amongst the successes to date are, progress on speed limits, saving Common Water Lane from destruction, a working group on broadband and mobile communications, recycling of plastic and garden waste (2014), the saving of First Responders, and of course the opening of the village shop. These have been achieved because residents have come forward to help as individuals or groups. If we can extend this to other projects we can achieve even more.

 The Community Shop goes from strength to strength and sales targets are being exceeded. New products are being introduced all the time and customers are commenting that they are able to find items that they cannot find in the more illustrious supermarkets!

Sue and Jane are proving wonderful staff and volunteers are seemingly enjoying their role. Thank you to everyone who is shopping with us and making the venture so successful. 

Fraser Hughes

Garden open

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Oldcotes, Hursey

 Summer Garden Open

and Coffee Morning

Tuesday July 9th

10.30 – 12.30

 Plant and cake stalls

Inclusive entry £2

 In aid of maintaining Broadwindsor Churchyard

  • Some 149 people came along, enjoyed the morning and spent £1,071.