Hurrah for Broadwindsor Community Stores!

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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.


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Fun Day 2013: now it’s a whole weekend

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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

Villagers celebrate opening of shop

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Broadwindsor Community Stores logo

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.












Update on the shop

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Broadwindsor Community Stores logo

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.

The village poem

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Broadwindsor from Lewesdon Hill

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 distant 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.

Let’s swop.

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.’

Coming events

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(Information from Broadwindsor News)


1 Thursday

10.15 W.I.Coffee Morning Blackdown Village Hall

7.30 Whist drive Blackdown Village Hall

3 Saturday

6.30 Fireworks and Barbecue in the Square. Fireworks at 7pm.

4 Sunday

8pm Quiz evening Royal Oak

6 Tuesday

Folk evening Royal Oak

8 Thursday

10.30 – 12 Royal British Legion Poppy Coffee Morning Craft Centre

10.30-12 Coffee morning 32 Chard Rd.

7.30 Skittles Comrades Hall

9 Friday

6.30-8.30 Youth Club Fun and games Drimpton Village Hall

10 Saturday

7pm Charm Chrysanthemum Show Royal Oak

11 Sunday

6.30 RBL Remembrance service Broadwindsor Church

13 Tuesday

2.30 Country dancing Comrades Hall

14 Wednesday

12.30 Light lunch Drimpton Village Hall

7.30 Film club Drimpton Village Hall

15 Thursday

7.30 Whist drive, Blackdown Village Hall

16 Friday

7.30 Artsreach Seven Ages of Man Comrades Hall

17 Saturday

10.30 Coffee morning Drimpton Village Hall

7.30 Jubilee quiz night Comrades Hall

21 Wednesday

7.30 Horticulture Society meeting Drimpton Village Hall

24 Saturday

7.30 Dance for Air Ambulance Drimpton Village Hall

27 Tuesday

2.30pm Country dancing Comrades Hall

30 Friday

7.30 Moviola Salmon Fishing in The Yemen Comrades Hall

December 1 Saturday

10.30-12.30 Three churches Coffee Morning and Christmas Sale Comrades Hall

7 for 7.30 Christmas Bingo Drimpton Village Hall

Dec 3  Monday

12.30 Advent lunch Drimpton Village Hall

Jubilee Group payout 2012

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Recipients and jubilee group members

Broadwindsor Jubilee Group has made a bumper £1,500 pay-out to village causes after a year of fun events.

Cheques were presented by group treasurer Heather Bunch at a thank you party at Comrades Hall for all those who helped over the Diamond Jubilee weekend earlier in the year.

Broadwindsor was one of the busiest places in the area, with a pram race, church service, scarecrow competition, street party and live bands in the village square, a display of flowers and memorabilia in the church where handmade quilts were also on display, cream teas in the churchyard, a village artwork, a community poem with residents contributing a line each, children’s games and a Jubilee party for older residents at Fullers.

A big money spinner was a raffle of hampers put together by village groups and run by Brenda Smith and Fran Waters

A planned rounders match on the cricket pitch did not go ahead because rain stopped play.

Jubilee Group chairman Andrew Hookings said: “It was a fantastic weekend, with organisations from the village putting on their own events as part of a busy timetable that everyone had a hand in and enjoyed.

“We raised the money from various events throughout the year to enable us to have a real weekend to remember. After paying expenses, we were left with £1,500 which the group decided to donate to eight worthy causes.”

The community enterprise that will be running the village shop received £500, the church £450, £100 each to Fullers, the over 60s club, the community sports field, the cricket club and Comrades Hall and £50 to the allotments group.