The official opening at 11am on Saturday 6 April marks the culmination of months of hard work by local people.
The ribbon will be cut by Ellie Guppy, the winner of the shop poster competition, selected from entries from Broadwindsor Primary School children. It will be a very special event for Ellie as she also has her ninth birthday on that day. Runners-up were Alfie Marsh, Kitty Neary and Ryan Leader.
Afterwards, there will be refreshments at the school next door, where visitors can look at the display of posters and enjoy a celebration cake given by Fancy That Cakes of Beaminster.
There will also be special offers during the day and a draw for a selection of prizes including an iPod and docking station.
When the original shop in the Broadwindsor Square closed at the end of August 2011, it seemed at first that there might never be another shop in the village. But a team of residents, with tremendous backing from the community, embarked on the road to prove it could be done.
Unsuccessful attempts were made to buy or rent the original shop, and at one time a temporary shop in the grounds of Comrades Hall (the village hall) was considered. Despite setbacks, the village stayed committed and at the beginning of December 2012, the breakthrough came when planning approval was given to turn the old telephone exchange into a shop.
The finance to open the shop has been raised from donations, grants and a share issue, to which over 200 local people subscribed. Chalk & Cheese*, an organisation administering funds for rural development on behalf of the EU, also awarded the shop a grant. This money has meant that the shop fittings, stock and initially part of the manager’s salary have been funded.
The shop committee has also received a huge amount of encouragement and advice from outside organisations, particularly the Plunkett Foundation, the acknowledged experts in the community shop field. Broadwindsor’s is the 307th community shop to open in the country.
The shop manager is Sue Williams, who is assisted by Jane Sloman and a team of volunteers.
Broadwindsor Community Stores, The Old Telephone Exchange, Drimpton Road (next to the school) 01308 867922 www.broadwindsorcommunitystores.org.uk
*The project is part funded by the European Fund for European Development 2007-2013; Europe investing in rural areas. The project is being delivered through the Chalk & Cheese Local Action Group, with Defra as the managing authority.
Broadwindsor Community Stores now has its own website.
Here’s an extract from the front page:
The opening of Broadwindsor Community Stores is a triumph of local endeavour and a major achievement for Broadwindsor and the surrounding villages.
When the original shop in the Square closed at the end of August 2011, it seemed at first that there might never be another shop in the village. But a team of residents, with tremendous backing from the community, embarked on the road to prove it could be done.
Unsuccessful attempts were made to buy or rent the original shop, and at one time a temporary shop in the grounds of Comrades Hall (the village hall) was considered. Despite setbacks, the village stayed committed and at the beginning of December 2012, the breakthrough came when planning approval was given to turn the Old Telephone Exchange in Drimpton Road into a shop.
The finance to open the shop has been raised from donations, grants and a share issue, to which over 200 local people subscribed. Chalk & Cheese, an organisation administering funds for rural development on behalf of the EU, also awarded the shop a grant. This money has meant that the shop fittings, stock and initially part of the manager’s salary has been funded. The shop committee has also received a huge amount of encouragement and advice from outside organisations, particularly the Plunkett Foundation, the acknowledged experts in the Community Shop field.
It is our shop and many local volunteers will be helping to run it. Having battled so hard to provide this amenity, requested by over 90% of residents in the recent Parish Plan, we now need to ensure it succeeds. Please help by supporting it. Thank you!
The project is being delivered through the Chalk & Cheese Local Action Group, with Defra as the Managing Authority
The project is part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for European Development 2007-2013: Europe investing in rural areas
Broadwindsor & District Community Enterprise Ltd. Registered in England No. 31629R: VAT Number: 152 5751 14
Registered Office: 2 Manor Farm Cottages, Common Water Lane, Broadwindsor DT8 3QR
Fantastic! That’s the verdict on the new community stores which opened in Broadwindsor today.
Bunting was waving and the Dorset flag was flying as customers were greeted with shelves bulging with produce at the old telephone exchange in Drimpton Road.
There’s a good range of local produce for sale, as well as everyday items. Orders are being taken for fresh meat and fish and the shop has a coffee machine (with real beans!) so early birds can call in to pick up a sandwich and a coffee en route to work.
The shop is managed by Sue Williams and her assistant Jane Sloman and around 40 volunteers from the community. The shop hopes to offer to make up welcome hampers for holiday cottages, a dry cleaning service and prescription collection.
The date for this year’s Broadwindsor Fun Day has been set – and this time it’s a whole weekend.
The fun will take place in the Comrades Hall and on Bernard’s Place over the weekend of June 8 and 9.
Other events have also been lined up by the Jubilee Group, which organises the fun day actitivies.
Broadwindsor Jubilee Group events 2013
Friday 29 March Hot Cross Buns at Comrades Hall 10.30am-noon £1.50 admission includes coffee/tea and a bun
Saturday 11 May Coffee Morning and Spring Sale at Comrades Hall 10.30am-12.30om
Saturday and Sunday June 8 &9 Broadwindsor Fun Weekend
‘Superstitions and Old Wives’ Tales’
Saturday: Big Breakfast in Comrades Hall, Scarecrows and Barn Dance
Sunday: Fete at Bernard’s Place (village green) 2pm
Broadwindsor Community Stores opens its doors at 9am on Monday 4 March.
The facility in the old telephone exchange in Drimpton Road is the culmination of months of hard work by locals after the village shop in the Square closed 18 months ago.
Funding for the project comprises £33,000 from villagers and a Chalk and Cheese grant of £29,000.
Shop manager Sue Williams and her assistant, Jane Sloman, will be helped by an army of local volunteers.
The shop will be open on Mondays to Saturdays from 7.30am to 6pm and Sunday mornings from 8am until noon.
Broadwindsor residents are now planning to open a community store in the old telephone exchange after problems negotiating a lease for the empty shop in the square.
Broadwindsor and District Community Enterprise chairman Fraser Hughes told more than 100 shareholders at a meeting in the Comrades Hall on Tuesday 30 October that the current owners of the shop in the square were not in a position to look at a lease until at least February 2013.
“The committee’s view was that in these circumstances it would not be possible to open a shop on this site until at least June 2013,” he said.
Mr Hughes said swift action had been needed to find another site, otherwise a £29,000 grant from Chalk and Cheese would be lost. Villagers have already raised £33,000 to help re-open the shop, which has been closed for more than a year.
“We have been fortunate enough to find another site at the old telephone exchange in Drimpton Road, which until recently housed a small print business,” he said.
“Negotiations have been conducted with the owners of the building and we are close to signing a five-year lease, with break clauses after one year. However, the building will need change of use approval and we have applied to West Dorset District Council for this, with a decision expected in early December.”
If successful, the bulk of the grant would be secure.
Mr Hughes said: “The shop in the square remains the ultimate goal and once the current owners have resolved their situation, we can re-open negotiations.”
Shareholders unanimously backed the plan of the committee, whose members were thanked for the amount of work they have put in so far.
A poem written by the community for the Diamond Jubilee of
Queen Elizabeth II 2012
Where the summer mist descends like Brigadoon.
It’s a wonderful place to be, with its distance glimpses of the sea,
with a friendly face round every corner.
We go here, we go there
but we all come together to enjoy.
Popcorn-less cinema in the village hall and
hearing the shouts and the laughter as the boys run with the ball
on the field.
The post office ran out of money.
Never mind the weather, be it sunshine or be it rain,
nothing will deter the dog walkers
of Common Water Lane.
The heart of the village is Broadwindsor Square,
where the ley lines cross.
Feeling very fortunate and a little bit smug
when visitors comment on what a lovely place we live in,
but equally sad when they see only fog.
Sometimes, it can all get a bit too claustrophobic,
especially when it’s been wet all month.
The clock strikes thirteen as a ginger wig blows up the path to the church,
where it was standing room only when the Rev Thomas Fuller was parson.
it’s where Charles II hid from the Roundheads in 1651.
Characters with tales to tell of years gone by.
They must be recorded before they depart.
A caring, sharing walk in the past.
Things ain’t what they used to be,
when the over-sixties were toddlers.
So much to do we are spoilt for choice.
The mists come swirling, wrapping us all in their damp blanket.
But you will never get lost, it’s always so bright,
the lamp-posts in the Square make it seem like
Broadwindsor has a pub, Mosterton has a shop.
The shop it is shut but the pub is still here,
though you can’t get your milk,
you can still get a beer.
Shop open, pub open.
Shop shut, pub shut.
Pub open, shop open?
the noise of military jets,
‘the sound of freedom’.
No ghosts or ghouls like village life
but techno viruses are rife!
There is often some fog
and there is often some mist.
Oh, and the drizzly rain,
that’s on the list.
Shrouded in mist,
the village could be missed.
With only three buses a day
keeps the village hidden away.
Bathed in summer sunlight,
a village of sheer delight.
And the fairies on Lewesdon help you on your way,
as the lime green leaves of the beech trees sway.
The school, with its hive of quiet activity,
distant shouts and giggles from the playground,
the only clear sound being the ringing of the old school bell
to signal the end of playtime.
Collect gossip galore
from the post office floor.
Remember those summer days,
long and hot.
The skylark singing high above,
the blackbird in early morning singing.
Look at the scenery,
beautiful trees and hills.
Every season is a delight.
Friends on our doorstep,
people you can rely on for support
and you can call your friends,
regardless of politics.
The ebb and flow of people and seasons
make village life a joy to experience.
Oh to be in Broadwindsor at cream tea time!
Oh to be on Lewesdon, every day of the year.
There are folks that will and those that won’t,
here today and gone tomorrow.
A little haste and less speed.
It’s a happy place where people come but rarely go.
Unless it’s in a box.
Our Queen is great, let’s celebrate.
We drink a toast to our special Queen
for her sixty years’ reign.
Village people, young and old,
a diamond year will behold.
A Dorset village free from strife,
ensuring such a happy life.
Harmony and peace will in our village never cease.
Sunshine in Beaminster, rain in Broadwindsor,
rain in Beaminster, snow in Broadwindsor.
Where charity begins at home
but it doesn’t end there.
A man had far too much to drink.
‘I must go home,’ he began to think.
He tried to stand up and fell to the floor.
So he decided to crawl out of the door.
‘I’ll never get up,’ to himself he said.
‘I won’t try again, I’ll crawl instead.’
His wife found him on the step asleep.
‘I went for a drink,’ he said ‘like a sheep.’
‘I know what made you crawl so far.
Your bloody wheelchair’s left at the bar.’