Dorset Tourism Awards 2021/2022

The Dorset Tourism Awards are free to enter as they are supported by many Sponsors and Partners.

The 2021/22 awards categories cover the full range of tourism-related businesses including pubs, cafes and restaurants as well as accommodation, wedding and business venues, attractions, events and experiences.  There is a new award for ‘Resilience and Innovation’, as well as opportunities to submit entries for Unsung Heroes, new businesses, dog friendly, accessibility and sustainability.

  • To view the many award categories and their sponsors this year – Click HERE.
  • To create an account to submit your entry to – Click HERE.
  • To submit your entry through their Online Portal only – Click HERE.
    Note: entries cannot be accepted via email or any other format.

There are two workshops to help you with your entry – they will be online using Zoom and can be booked via the links below:

All entries must be submitted online by 31st August 2021 but with the optimistic outlook of a very busy summer ahead, it is recommended that businesses start their applications as soon as possible.

  • May 2021 – 2021/22 Awards, now open for entry.
  • 25th May 2021 – Awards workshop, 2.00pm.
  • 15th June 2021- Awards workshop, 11.00am.
  • 31st Aug 2021 – Awards close for entries.
  • May – Oct 2021 – judging, to include mystery visits (if Govt. …
  • 21st Nov 2021 – Jan 2022 – Finalists announced.
  • 20th January 2022 (TBC) – Dorset Awards ceremony, Lighthouse, Poole.

Good luck to all entrants!


The White Lion – Open At 6pm, Friday 21st May

Vikki and Spike at the White Lion will be welcoming customers into the pub for a drink next Friday evening 🙂 The kitchen remains closed.

Opening Times:

  • Fridays: 6pm -10.30pm
  • Saturdays: 6pm -10.30pm
  • Sundays: 12 noon – 5.00pm

Covid restrictions still apply:

  • you must wear your mask, unless seated.
  • you must sign in with Track and Trace.
  • you must be seated.

Booking your table is advised.

Tel: 01308 867070

We look forward to seeing you again!


Fresh Local Beef On Sale Saturday Afternoon

Fresh Beef is available for collection from Marshwood Country Beef on Saturday 15th May. Orders may be collected after this time but produce will be frozen. This is on a first come first served basis.
Contact: 01297 678362 or email:

Available products are:

Sirloin Steak:

  • 2kg £75.00,
  • 1.7kg £60.00,
  • 1.5kg £57.00.

Fillet Steak:

  • 650gm £25.00,
  • 800gm £30.00.

Rib Beef: 

  • 2.2kg £35.00,
  • 1.8 kg £30.00,
  • 1.7kg £25.00.

Rump Steak:

  • 2.6kg £40.00,
  • 2.2kg £34.00,
  • 2kg £30.00.

Beef Mince:

  • 500gm £5.00 for 1
  • or 2 for £4.50 each.

DIY Burger boxes (all ingredients to make delicious burgers including 500gm beef mince) £7.00.

Beef Box including:

  • Sirloin Steak £75.00,
  • Fillet Steak 25.00,
  • Rib of Beef £30.00,
  • Rump Steak £30.00 – £150.00

Marshwood Country Beef

Remember, this is on a first come first served basis.
Please email your order to


Broadwindsor’s Community Film Club Restarts Next Week

Next Friday, 21st May Film Club members will be able to go to the Comrades Hall and watch Dame Helen Mirren & Sir Ian McKellen star in The Good Liar (more below).

It is only £20/year (£15 if you’re over 65 yrs.) to join Broadwindsor’s Film Club.  They are halfway through their subscription year, renewals being in November 2021. New members are very welcome and can join at any time throughout the year.  Due to people moving and leaving the village, the Film Club desperately need some people to join their small team.
Please contact:
Emma Myers by email: or
Margaret Wing on: 01308 867252.

The Good LiarThe Good Liar (15) – directed by Bill Condon

Dame Helen Mirren and Sir Ian McKellen star together on screen for the first time in this suspenseful drama about the secrets people keep and the lies they live.

The Good Liar sees career con man, Roy (Ian McKellen) set his sights on recently widowed Betty (Helen Mirren), who is worth millions. He means to take it all but as the two draw closer, what should have been another simple swindle takes on the ultimate stakes.

Russell Tovey and Jim Carter also star alongside.

  • Film starts at 7.30pm.
  • No fee for members. Guests not permitted at this time.
  • No refreshments will be served but they hope that will be different in June.
  • Seating is marked out to adhere to Covid-19 regulations and social distancing.
  • Seating is limited to 30 people.
  • Please wear your mask when entering and exiting the hall.

You must email to reserve seats,, so the hall can be set up accordingly.  Similarly, if you have booked in, please advise if not attending.
Thank you!#Broadwindsor,#Burstock,#Blackdown,#Hursey,#Kittwhistle,#Seaborough,#Drimpton,#Dorset,#CommunityFilmClub,#Entertainment,#MembersOnly,#SocialDistancing,#BeSafe,#StaySafe


The Knapp Inn – Open At 12 Noon, Monday 17th May

Opening their doors at 12 noon on Monday, 17th May, Lel can’t wait until Monday to welcome customers back to The Knapp in Beaminster.

Landlady, Lesley Waring posted on social media: “It’s been far too long and a tough time for everyone. We have done a few improvements that we hope you all like. Cellar is fully stocked and we are ready to go (I don’t think I’ve forgotten anything but time will tell 😂)

Some restrictions do remain:
  • There will be no entry without a face mask (until your seated).
  • Everyone must sign the book or use the NHS app to register.
  • Table service is still in place.
  • The Rule of 6 still applies.

It is hoped that these restrictions will only be for a month and we can get back to normal drinking.”

Happy Hour!

They are bringing back their Happy Hour (which is infact 2 hours) from 5pm – 7pm,
Monday to Friday.

  • £3.00 a pint
  • San Miguel and Guinness £3.50 a pint
  • Medium wine, £3.00
  • Large wine, £4.00


Lel added, “Please stick to the rules coz none of us want to go through this again. On the final countdown and feeling fab. See you on Monday xxxx 😘 🍺

We look forward to your door’s opening too Lel – Good Luck!

Contact The Knapp Inn on: 01308 862408#Broadwindsor,#Burstock,#Blackdown,#Hursey,#Kittwhistle,#Seaborough,#Drimpton,#Dorset,#Reopening,#TheKnappInn,#Beaminster,#SocialDistancing,#Smile,#SupportYourLocal,#DrinkBeer,#DrinkWine,#RealAle,#BeSafe,#StaySafe

Chris Loder MP Asks You To Sign His Petition

Chris Loder MP introduced his Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill in the House of Commons on 5th February 2020. On 29th April 2021, with the support of Lord Randall of Uxbridge, it became law: the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Act 2021 (c. 21).
Click HERE to read the full legislation.

Working hard to keep Animal Welfare at the top of the Government’s agenda, he is promoting his new Animal Welfare Action Plan with the aim to:

✅ Recognise animals as sentient in law.
✅ Ban the export of live animals for slaughter and fattening.
✅ Bring in new laws to tackle puppy smuggling.
✅ Prohibit keeping primates as pets.

Banning live animal exports is his priority. He would like your help and support by adding your name and signing his petition.  Click HERE.#Broadwindsor,#Burstock,#Blackdown,#Hursey,#Kittwhistle,#Seaborough,#Drimpton,#Dorset,#BWGPC,#DorsetCouncil,#AnimalWelfareBill,#ChrisLoderMP,#BeKind,#AnimalsDeserveJustice,#ConservativeAnimalWelfareFoundation,#SocialDistancing,#BeSafe,#StaySafe

Ascension Day 2021

Today, Thursday 13th May, is Ascension Day.  It is not a Public Holiday in the UK, Canada, the USA or Australia – but it is a Public Holiday in France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Indonesia, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Vanuatu* (in the South Pacific Ocean). In general, Ascension Day services are positive and uplifting.

*Although 90% of the Indonesian population is Muslim, Ascension Day is a major holiday, and Indonesians who are not Christian often use the holiday to relax. Ascension Day’s traditions are participated in by both Protestants and Catholics in Indonesia. The major Christian event is the 40th day of Easter.

As recorded in the Bible, this is a day when Christians celebrate the Ascension of Jesus Christ into Heaven.  The celebration of the Ascension Day of Jesus Christ always falls on a Thursday as it is celebrated exactly 39 days after Easter Sunday.
The next three Ascension Days shall occur on:

  • 26th May, 2022
  • 18th May, 2023
  • 9th May, 2024

Beaminster Team Churches:

The Beaminster Area team Ministry covers 50 square miles of West Dorset and shares borders with Devon in the Diocese of Exeter and Somerset in the Diocese of Bath and Wells. The Beaminster Team is made up of 14 individual parishes plus the chapel in the grounds of Mapperton House. Their worship demonstrates a wonderful variety of styles ranging from services from the Book of Common Prayer to the child-centred Messy Church, with music a vital part of their activities.
At the helm of this team is The Reverend Canon David Baldwin. With Pioneer Priest Revd Jo Neary, partner priests, licensed lay ministers, and our team administrator, they are supported by their lay pastoral assistants and lay officers. They would be delighted to welcome you to any of their churches.

To read more on Broadwindsor’s St. John the Baptist Church – Click HERE.

Very recently, Rev. Jo led the collective worship in Broadwindsor School’s new outdoor classroomRev. Jo posted on social media:
It was a joy to see staff and pupils again, to meet the reception class for the first time and to be connected with nature as we worshipped. And even better – we can potentially use the facility for Forest Church. My heart sings. Alleluia.
Lord God, you are awesome and we love you. Amen.”


360 View From Pilsdon Pen


Included on the website’s earlier post on Mental Health Awareness Week is this 43 second video recorded by local photographer, James Dawson. If you turn your volume up – you’ll feel that wind! #ConnectWithNatureDorset#Broadwindsor,#Burstock,#Blackdown,#Hursey,#Kittwhistle,#Seaborough,#Drimpton,#Dorset,#BWGPC,#DorsetCouncil,#PilsdenPen,#360View,#Photography,#2021,#ConnectWithNatureDorset,#MIND,#ReThink,#Samaritains,#ConnectWithNature,#MHAW,#BeKind,SocialDistancing,#BeSafe,#StaySafe

Additional Restrictions Grant: Phase 3 – Apply Now

If you haven’t applied for this grant previously, you are eligible to apply for Phase 3 which covers the lockdown period of 16th February to 31st March 2021.

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) is for businesses that are required to close under the imposed coronavirus restrictions that do not qualify for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum and the Coronavirus Restart Grant for Business.

To qualify –

Your business must meet all these points:

  • must be in the Dorset Council area
  • have been open before January 2021 national restrictions were in place
  • must have been required to close due to national restrictions that came into force on 5 January 2021
  • must not have a liability to pay business rates

Or your business:

  • may be eligible if it has remained open during the January national restrictions but has been significantly impacted and suffered a severe loss of income directly as a result of the national restrictions (severe loss is defined as 50% or more, compared to your usual or forecasted income for this time of year)

Exclusions –

The following businesses are not eligible for this grant:

  • businesses in areas outside the scope of localised restrictions, as defined by government and not subject to a widespread national restriction
  • businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to
  • second homes
  • landlords of properties where they are not occupying them directly themselves for trading business purposes
  • businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State Aid permitted under the de minimis and the COVID-19 Temporary State Aid Framework
  • businesses that have received a Local Restrictions Support Grant in relation to the national restrictions commencing on 5th November 2020
  • businesses that were in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice had been made at the date of the national restriction, 5th January 2021

If you have more than one business at the same address or premises, you will only be eligible for one grant.

Payments –

Grants will be awarded for each 14-day period of lockdown based on the size of business determined by number of employees:

  • 0 to 9 employees will get £467
  • 10 to 49 employees will get £700
  • 50 to 249 employees will get £1,050

Start your Application HERE.

If you applied previously:

Businesses that applied for and received an ARG payment previously will receive a further automatic payment covering the 11 days from 1st April to 11th April 2021 inclusive.
You do not need to re-apply.  A confirmation email to qualifying businesses in the week beginning 19th April was sent.
Previous successful applicants were paid automatically for the period covering the 44 days from 16th February to 31st March 2021 inclusive.

Please address any enquiries by Email:


Mental Health Awareness Week: 10th -16th May 2021

Throughout this pandemic, millions have experienced a mental health problem, or seen a loved one struggle. The support required is not always adequate or sadly isn’t even out there. Mental health is not hidden anymore; it’s on the front pages; it’s on the political agenda; it’s spoken about by royalty. For millions of people, mental health is now something to be honest about – not ashamed of.

The week is an annual event when there is an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health. The Mental Health Foundation started the event 21 years ago. Each year the Foundation continues to set the theme, organise and host the Week. The theme this year is Nature. Download their Nature Journal HERE to document how you feel before and after connecting with nature, and jot down anything interesting you notice while doing so!

Mental Health Awareness Week is open to everyone. It is all about starting conversations about mental health and the things in our daily lives that can affect it. This year as many people as possible – individuals, communities and governments – are being asked to think about connecting with nature and how nature can improve our mental health.  We are extremely fortunate where we live surrounded by the fields and woodland with the sea shore less than 10 miles away.

Lewesdon is obviously our closest hill, but there is Pilsden Pen right next to it and the 45 second video below by local photographer, James Dawson captures the stunning 360 view from Pilsden Pen on a recent windy day:

What a wonderful place we live!

There are lots of ways that you can get involved in Mental Health Awareness Week.  Notice nature and try to make a habit of connecting to the nature every day. Stop to listen to the birdsong, smell the freshly cut grass, take care of a house plant, notice any trees, flowers or animals nearby. Take a moment to appreciate these connections.

It has been stated –

  • Spending just 5 minutes in nature can boost your wellbeing.
  • Exercising in nature reduces blood pressure, heightens immunity and improves mood and self-esteem.
  • give 11 surprising health benefits from Gardening (see below).
  • Exeter University recommends spending 2 hours or more a week in nature to get the benefits for wellbeing – similar to the 5 a day of fruit and veg.
  • Open your curtains and let the sun shine in – you’ll get a boost of serotonin and Vitamin D which helps to improve mental health and wellbeing. invite you to Virtual Picnics in the parks! Click HERE.

The Mental Health Foundation invites people to share images/videos/or just sound recordings of the nature on your doorstep (and how this made you feel) on social media using #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek hashtags.

MIND (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders): Find out more about their new strategy and how they plan to lead the fight for mental health, including their focus on supporting the people disproportionately affected by mental health issues. Click HERE.
MIND are a registered charity in England (no. 219830).


  • The Samaritans offer emotional support 24 hours a day – in full confidence.
    Call 116 123 – it’s FREE
    Or email:
  • For support in a crisis, Text Shout to 85258.
  • You can contact ReThink HERE, Monday to Friday, 10am-2pm for practical advice on:
    • benefits, debt, money issues.
    • police, courts, prison.
    • your rights under the Mental Health Act.
    • different types of therapy and medication.

Call ReThink on 0300 5000 927 (calls are charged at your local rate).

  • Mind Infoline offer an information line to answer questions about:
    • types of mental health problem.
    • where to get help.
    • drug and alternative treatments.
    • advocacy.

    Call the Mind Infoline on 0300 123 3393 (UK landline calls are charged at local rates, and charges from mobile phones will vary considerably).
    Or email:

  • Talk to someone you trust: you may find it helpful to talk to your partner, a relative or a friend about your problems. They may be concerned about you and welcome the opportunity to hear what you have to say. If this is not possible, you may prefer to talk to someone else you can trust, like a faith leader or a tutor.


Someone will listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.