Blackdown recycling sale

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Come along and Bag a Bargain

at the

Blackdown Recycling Sale

Pipe House, Kittwhistle


Saturday 20th July


From 9.30am – 1pm

Teas, Coffees & Bacon Butties

Cake Stall, Plants & Goods

Please pass any items to Philip or Alison

01460 30661/30517 or 01935 83086


Broadwindsor Fun Weekend

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Scarecrows 2013

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A Year in Lush Places

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ImageA Year in Lush Places: Tales from England’s Rural Underbelly a book taken from and inspired by the blog written by our very own Maddie Grigg is now on sale for Kindle on Amazon for just £3.38.

A paperback version will be available in a few weeks’ time.

Immersed in a sea of Barbour wearers and waves of Daily Mail readers, Maddie Grigg charts the highs and lows of a Dorset year as she attempts to swim against the tide in the lively and lovely village of Lush Places.

From singing groups, book clubs and point-to-point, not to mention election wars, the village has it all.

A quiet rebel, Maddie is married to a charmer, a man with whom men want to get drunk and women fall in love.

Her diary is a story of love, trust and friendship. Inspired by and taken from the affectionate and amusing Blog of Note, The World From My Window, the novella will make you smile and leave you yearning for a life more simple.

But you might never eat another pasty again.

Buy now

Broadwindsor Fun Weekend

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Theme – 2013 Superstitions, Old Wives’ Tales and Sayings

9- 10.30am come and join a BIG BREAKFAST in Comrades Hall
8pm Comrades Hall BARN DANCE led by Crooked Furrow
Entry only £1.50 and children free (accompanied by an adult)
Bar and Bacon Rolls on sale
Celebrate the many groups and activities that thrive in our village at a 11.00am SPECIAL CHURCH SERVICE
2pm FETE
on Bernards’ Place (village green) beginning with the parade of banners

(if wet in the Comrades Hall)
Music from The Paper Boys & Duff Paddy
Malcolm the Magician, fortune teller, teas & BBQ, games, stalls etc.
Scarecrows on show around the village all weekend

Happy Oak Apple Day!

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In 1651, Charles II had an amazing escape from the Battle of Worcester to the safety of the continent.

He stayed at many places along the way, including the famous oak tree at Boscobel.

Dorset, too, has a number of incredible stories surrounding the King’s escape. Here in Broadwindsor, Charles holed up in the ‘best room’ of the old Castle Inn while commonwealth troops were billeted around him.

When a camp follower went into labour in the narrow kitchen, Charles made his escape while the soldiers and parishioners argued about who was going to look after the baby.

He was restored to the throne in 1660. The day he returned to London – 29 May, which was also his 30th birthday – was celebrated as a holiday.

Visit the Dark Dorset website for more information about Oak Apple Day.

Annual Report for 2012/2013 from District Councillor Jacqui Sewell

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This is the report given to the annual parish meeting by Broadwindsor’s district councillor Jacqui Sewell:

Over the past 12 months there have been many changes at the District Council; the Shared Services Partnership with Weymouth & Portland has resulted in savings of £2.1m – which has enabled West Dorset District Council to keep the council tax for 2013/14 the same as last year, still protecting front line services, no cuts to grants to our local voluntary and community groups – and have frozen short stay car parking charges yet again to help local businesses.

Moving into new greener offices in ‘South Walks House’ have given us more savings from better ways of working, also getting the maximum potential from our workforce, and for the first time, public and staff can access the whole building if they have a disability – and at a total build cost

of under £10million – almost £1 million under budget, this will also save the District Council more than £200,000 every year in running costs – much more that was budgeted for.

I now turn to a issues raised in our Local Plan.

Although Public Transport is no longer my responsibility as it passed to County some time ago I still do what I can to assist & of course I actually use the bus most weeks. At Drimpton Somerset County Council changed the route of the 99 Bus – it no longer goes through the village – but looking at the route that it takes it is still possible to catch this bus from Horn Ash – which is not too far for someone to be dropped off, or into Broadwindsor to catch the 47 Bus to Crewkerne – the 47 bus has a new timetable – I have put copies in the Comrades Hall & our Community Shop & is available on-line.

The best news is that the Number 42 Bus to Bridport on Wednesday’s & Saturday’s continues, although it leaves at 9.28am -Bus Passes can still be used – this was a totally NEW service that I initiated after I was first elected in 2007 as there wasn’t a bus to anywhere in Dorset running from

Drimpton. Also the lack of and the seemingly uncoordinated timetables between bus & trains is a huge problem – consultation between the bus & train companies is on-going & as soon as I hear anything I will get the information out.

Affordable Housing

A CLT Community Land Trust has been formed in Marshwood – if enough people put themselves forward to form an action group – this could be the way forward for this area as well, please contact me if you are interested in this.

Refuse & Recycling

As I said last year, West Dorset District Council has become part of the Dorset Waste Partnership – this partnership is responsible for managing 11 household recycling centres across Dorset & dealing with over 65,000 tonnes of waste – the collection PLASTIC – the service has already started and it will be here in 2014 -future years will bring more challenges…

Cllr Jacqui Sewell – 01308 867145