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People power wins award for Broadwindsor

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Broadwindsor has won the people’s project category in the annual Dorset Villages competition.

The sterling work by villagers to get the new shop up and running – a real community enterprise – has been rewarded with a trophy.

See the article here in this week’s Bridport News.

  • Pictured receiving the award is Fraser Hughes and Susannah Madigan, from the community stores committee, from councillor Su Hunt (left) and Adam Peat (right), from Magna Housing.

Taken from the Broadwindsor Community Stores website:

Broadwindsor Community Stores has won the prestigious ‘Best Dorset Village – People’s Project Award’ for 2013. The awards ceremony, held at Puddletown Village Hall on the evening of 19th September, saw a packed audience gather for the announcement of the winners across the various categories of this popular annual competition.

Before the announcement of the People’s Project Award, the four finalists from the 18-strong field for this category were invited to give a summary of their project, after which the chair of the Dorset Community Action judges’ panel announced the result. Represented by chairman Fraser Hughes and secretary Susannah Madigan, we were presented with our award by Adam Peat OBE, Chairman of the Board of Magna Housing, the sponsors of the competition, and Cllr Su Hunt, Chair of North Dorset District Council.

The criteria for the award is that it is a project which involves local people, benefits the community and is supported by it. So we thank all those who over the past two years backed the project, bought shares to help finance it, volunteered to work in the shop, and support it by being customers. You can see our award, a framed certificate and fine wooden plaque on display in the shop. 

Well done everybody! 

Community stores official opening

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Broadwindsor is in celebration mode with the opening of its new community stores in the old telephone exchange in Drimpton Road tomorrow.

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.

Background information

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

*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.