19.22hrs tonight – American Space Launch – Take II

Dragon CapsuleSpaceX’s Demo-2 mission will attempt to launch its first crewed mission for NASA today, after bad weather thwarted their first attempt on Wednesday.  Watch it LIVE HERE!

The mission will blast off from Kennedy Space Center’s historic Launch Pad (39A). The two veteran NASA astronauts, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, will be tucked inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule. Launch will begin a 19-hour journey to the International Space Station, where the astronauts will spend between one and four months living and working.

This marks the first launch of NASA astronauts on an commercial spacecraft and the first launch of American astronauts into orbit on a U.S.-built vehicle from America since 2011. The weather forecast for today calls for a 50% chance of good launch conditions. . . .

We wish them well x

Village Shop opening times

Broadwindsor Community StoresThere seems to have been some confusion over when our Community Stores is open and when it is closed.  Here are the updated times taken from the shop this morning.

Monday: 7.30am – 6pm
Tuesday: 7.30am – 6pm
Wednesday: 7.30am – 3pm*
Thursday: 7.30am – 6pm
Friday: 7.30am – 6pm
Saturday: 7.30am – 2pm*
Sunday 8am – 12 noon.

*Delivering to self-isolating customers.

#StayAtHome #StaySafe


Warning re: BBQs

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and RescueThe relaxation of the Covid-19 restrictions and the marvellous weather may tempt some of us to meet up with family, gather (maximum of 6) & enjoy a barbecue.  Dorset Fire & Rescue have issued this warning:

We are heading into ‘extreme’ wildfire risk this weekend and we are asking you, please don’t have a BBQ anywhere other than your garden and please don’t have bonfire as these can easily get out of control #EnjoyItDontDestroyIt #StaySafe #BeResponsible #StayAtHome #BinItDontBurnIt

This film shows the loss and devastation caused by the fire in Wareham Forest last week. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSHFi4eteUA

Please note: Some viewers may find these images upsetting.

The Sound of Music Through The Square Window comes to an end next Sunday, 7 June

Julie AndrewsThe last Sound of Music Through The Square Window will be at 1pm on Sunday 7th June.  The weekend would have been the village’s Fun weekend, so the date does seem appropriate.

If you’re socially distancing dancing in the Square, please wear a hat so if feels special, like some kind of celebration of us all gradually coming out of lockdown.

Margery has been interviewed for a special Desert Island Discs programme on Radio 4 at 9am on Friday 5 June featuring people from all over the country and the music that has helped them through lockdown.

BBC Radio 4 are currently doing a Desert Islands Disc Challenge. Pick your favourite eight tracks, one book and a luxury item that you’d want with you on a desert island. Share your list on social media with the hashtag #DesertIslandDiscsChallenge and nominate eight of your friends to do the same. What would you choose?

Find out more HERE


Parish Magazine returns in July.

Broadwindsor.orgAfter a two month break, Margery Hookings is aiming to produce our Parish magazine in July.
Deadline for copy is 12th June.

Her comments:  “As groups and organisations have not been meeting in the usual way, there won’t be the usual meeting reports. So I am looking for your stories from the lockdown as groups and individuals, particularly positive things which can be taken forward for the community in the future. Will you be doing things differently? What have you learned from the crisis that you can hang on to? Did you become more creative, in terms of ‘doing’ and also in communicating?

I can probably take some photos that will reproduce well in black and white and I am also looking for a good colour shot for the front cover. Many thanks, Margery.”

NHS Test and Trace – Covid-19

NHS Test and TraceThe new NHS Test and Trace system launched today (Thursday 28th May) across England, and Public Health Dorset is encouraging any residents with symptoms of coronavirus to use this service.

NHS Test and Trace will identify those who have had close contact with people who have tested positive for coronavirus, helping to reduce the spread of the virus and save lives.

Public Health Dorset is reminding residents of what they need to do if they develop coronavirus symptoms:

  1. Isolate: As soon as you develop symptoms – a new, continuous cough OR a high fever OR a loss/change of taste or smell – you should self-isolate. Stay at home for 7 days, and anyone else in your household should stay home for 14 days.
  2. Test: Book a test online at uk/coronavirus or call 119 if you have no internet access. Anyone with symptoms can book a test, now including children under 5.
  3. Results: If your test is positive, you and your household need to complete your period of isolation. If it’s negative, you can all end your isolation.
  4. Share contacts: If your test is positive, the NHS Test and Trace service will contact you by text, email or phone to give you instructions on sharing details of places you’ve been and who you’ve been in close contact with so they can be given advice on what to do.

If you’re identified as a close contact of a positive case:

  1. Alert: You will be contacted by NHS Track and Trace by text, email or phone call, and you’ll be told what you need to do to communicate with the service.
  2. Isolate: You’ll be told to stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days from your last contact with the person who tested positive, even if you currently feel well, to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus. Other members of your household don’t need to self-isolate unless you have symptoms, but they should take extra care with handwashing, social distancing and avoiding contact with you.
  3. Test if needed: If you develop symptoms, other members of your household should self-isolate immediately for 14 days. You should book a test – if it’s positive, you should stay home for 7 days and you will need to follow the process for identifying contacts. If it is negative, you must still complete your 14-day self-isolation period because the virus may not be detectable yet.

Staff from Public Health Dorset are joining NHS Test and Trace’s 25,000-strong contact tracing team which has the capacity to trace contacts of up to 10,000 people who test positive per day.

For more information – please click HERE. #StaySafe

#StaySafe #NHS

Last night of Clapping?

Clap for our CarersThe Dutch woman, who lives in South London and the instigator of this weekly public gesture, Annemarie Plas, has said tonight’s show of support for NHS staff and key workers should be the last because of concerns the event has become politicised.

Tonight’s clap will be the 10th weekly event since the UK went into lockdown in March, and it has seen members of the Royal family, the Prime Minister and many celebrities join in.

#StayAtHome #Stay Safe