Craft Centre now Redlands Yard!

30 June 2020

Broadwindsor, Beaminster, Dorset, UK.  Redlands Yard, formerly known as The Broadwindsor Craft Centre, has launched a new look and feel, signalling its next stage development in the continued growth to become a true community hub that showcases wonderful local products and services, food and drink and visitor hospitality.

Announced this week, following the devastating effects of Covid-19 to local business, the managing company of the restaurant and shop at the Broadwindsor Craft Centre has had to cease trading. The individual business units on site, however, do not fall under the same ownership model and therefore remain unaffected by this change, enabling them to remain open for business.

The Craft Centre, which has been operational for over 30 years, has undergone a number of significant changes within the last few years, and owners Colin & Sarah Williams have been re-evaluating their business plan as to the next stage developments of this community hub in West Dorset.

“Firstly, we will be phasing out the name ‘Broadwindsor Craft Centre’, and are excited to build a new vision for the site that will continue to serve as place to enjoy good company, experience warm hospitality, visit fantastic local suppliers of products and services. With that in mind, Broadwindsor Craft Centre will be no more, and we will be building a new look and feel under the banner of Redlands Yard. Our vision is to create a vibrant hub of independently trading businesses operating in a variety of sectors including retail, personal service, health, financial and hospitality to name a few,” says Sarah Williams.

As part of this next phase development, the owners are also reviewing ways to establish and maintain financial stability while maintaining the same collective core of community spirit that the Craft Centre has enjoyed over many years. Some of these plans may include restructuring the existing layout of the site as well as enabling the continuation of an onsite restaurant and café in an effort to continue to attract visitors to the area and serve as a wonderful place for people to relax with good food and great service.

“Despite the challenges that so many of us have had to go through over the past 3 months, we are excited by the idea of starting again, with a renewed vision, and to continue building on the hard work that the Craft Centre has enabled over the course of 30 years, to attract visitors to Broadwindsor and serve as a creative retail space that enables small businesses to thrive and visitors to create new memories,” says Colin.

For more information on Redlands Yard, please visit

Good luck Sarah & Colin

#Broadwindsor #Covid-19 #Change #RedlandsYard

White Lion Reopens Sat 4th – Please Read The Rules

White Lion Reopening 4 JulyVikki posted up on Facebook today:
Please read all of this post carefully, it contains important information…..
We will be open on Saturday 4th from 3pm – 10pm, Sunday 5th from 12pm – 5pm. New temporary hours to commence from Monday 6th (please see accompanying picture)…
BUT there are rules we all have to follow, these rules are based on government guidelines, social distancing and the limited space we have available, to keep you and us safe.
These rules are not up for discussion, debate or argument, without them we will be unable to open.
Social distancing of AT LEAST 1 meter must be observed at all times, you MUST BOOK your table and time slot (see picture).
Maximum of 4 people per table, maximum of 2 different households per table (1 household means who you permanently live with).
You must stay at your allotted table (not stand around nattering!).
One person to approach the designated area at the bar to order at a time, please wait in your seat until area is available.
Please use hand sanitisers provided and have consideration for us and other customers.
If I have come across as harsh, then I apologise, but we must all do our bit to control this virus, it hasn’t gone away, it is still very serious shit! Oops! xxx

#StaySafe #SocialDistancing #Broadwindsor #Community #Covid-19 #SupportYourLocal #TheWhiteLion #Cheers


Any Symptoms – Stay At Home – Get Tested

Gov.ukDo not leave home if you or someone you live with has any of the following:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Anyone with symptoms MUST get tested and MUST self isolate at home.
Check the NHS website if you think you have symptoms – HERE.

#StaySafe StayAtHome #Covid-19 #GetTested #NHS #SaveLives

Yeovil College – New Students

Yeovil CollegeESTART, traditionally known as News Students’ Day, has been set for Friday 10th July 2020.
At this time of year all their new year 11 students are usually welcomed onto site. Traditionally, they would spend time meeting tutors and peers, as well as asking those all important questions such as; how do I enrol, when will I get my timetable, when will I start, what will my learning look like?
Due to Covid-19 and Government guidelines they are not able to hold their traditional ‘New Students Day’, so they are taking to social and digital mechanisms to cascade all that you need to know.
They will be sharing information about:

  • Their blended learning approach for September 2020, ensuring that all students have the time and support to undertake all necessary practical learning.
  • What your learning experience will look like in September.
  • FAQs – have all your questions answered.
  • How to enrol ahead of your September start.
  • How to engage with Yeovil College to gain additional support.
  • Virtual tours and curriculum showcases.
  • Campus tours to re-familiarise yourself with Yeovil College.

If you have any immediate concerns or you would like to talk to someone, please call: 01935 845494 or email and there will be someone from the College ready to help you.
Yeovil College - Estart

2 Minute Wildlife Survey

Dorset Wildlife TrustThe Dorset Wildlife Trust are asking you to spare just two minutes to complete their online survey.  This is to help to ensure they’re working to protect the wildlife and wild places in Dorset that really matter to you.

Click HERE.

#StaySafe #SocialDistancing #Broadwindsor #WestDorset #DorsetWildlifeTrust

10 Years Of Our Sun In Time Lapse Video

We frequently gaze at the Sun, wish for the Sun, curse the Sun and praise the Sun. It is the star at the centre of our Solar System and unquestionably, the most important source of energy for life on Earth.
This is a marvellous video recorded from June 2010 to June 2020.  This time-lapse video is just over one minute.
The full video, which has accompanying custom music entitled  Solar Observer”, composed by musician Lars Leonhard, is just over one hour where each second representing a day.  Watch & listen to it HERE.

#StaySafe #LookUp #Sun #NASA

The Knapp Inn Opens On Wednesday 8th July

The Knapp Inn, Beaminster.Leaving the village, drive East over Clan(den) Hill and you arrive at Beaminster.  The first pub you encounter on that road, past the school and on the right is The Knapp Inn.  Family run, led by Lel Waring, announced yesterday:
We can’t wait to welcome you all back to The Knapp on Wednesday 8th July. Things will be very different to what we are used to so please be patient with us while we get used to the new ways of working. It will be new for everybody but we promise you we will do everything we can to keep you safe so you can enjoy a nice cold pint again.
There will be signs as you come in letting you know details of how we now have to operate.
PLEASE PLEASE don’t turn up if you have any symptoms, even if you think it’s just a cold ‘coz we don’t want to upset anyone by refusing them.
The beer garden is all ready for you to enjoy the sunshine (hopefully lots of sunshine).
Normal opening hours from 12 noon to 11pm Sunday to Thursday and 12 noon to midnight Friday, Saturday.
Look forward to seeing you all and a good old catch up xx 🍻🍺🥰🥂❤️

The Knapp Inn - Beer Garden
We look forward to your door’s opening too Lel – Good Luck!

Contact The Knapp Inn on: 01308 862408

#StaySafe #SocialDistancing #SupportYourLocal #DrinkBeer #RealAle #FreeFromLockdown

Prom At Haselbury Mill – But Only If Students Respond Quickly

Haselbury Mill, Tithe BarnBeaminster’s Year 11 students may have their Prom but only if students respond by Wednesday 1st July.
The provisional date is Thursday 27th August 2020 and as before, it will be held at the beautiful Haselbury Mill.
Teachers Mr. & Mrs. Randall at Beaminster School issued a letter to all their Year 11 students via ParentMail yesterday, Friday 26th June.

The cost for the evening will be reduced, as Haselbury Mill  have kindly offered to only charge for food and not the venue.  We estimate the cost to be between £22-25.00 per person.
Arrangements will need to be made and menu’s sorted before the end of term.  Therefore, could we please ask that at this stage you indicate whether you would be interested in attending, by completing the attached form*.
Please spread the word to as many Year 11’s as you can and hopefully, Mrs Randall and myself will be welcoming you to your Prom in August!
Stay safe.
Mr and Mrs Randall

*The link to the form is HERE.

Beaminster School - Excellence For All

#Broadwindsor #BeaminsterSchool #HasleburyMill #PromNight #Summer #Covid-19 #SocialDistancing #Dancing


The Countryside Code

No Bonfires or BBQsNatural England has updated the Countryside Code.

It now includes ‘don’t have BBQs or fires‘ as well as ‘check what facilities are open‘ and ‘obey social distancing measures‘.
Whether you’re enjoying our countryside as a walker, cyclist or horse rider, please follow the Countryside Code in order to respect others and protect our natural environment…and have a BBQ at home!

The Countryside Code:

Respect other people

  • Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors
  • Park carefully so access to gateways and driveways are clear
  • Leave gates and property as you find them
  • Follow paths but give way to others where it’s narrow

Protect the natural environment

  • Leave no trace of your visit, take all your litter home
  • Don’t have BBQs or fires
  • Keep dogs under effective control*
  • Dog poo – bag it and bin it

Enjoy the outdoors

  • Plan ahead, check what facilities are open, be prepared
  • Follow advice and local signs and obey social distancing measures

* Dogs: A local note –

  • Dogs can disturb farm animals, people and wild life. By law your dog has to have a short lead in the country side.
  • If you’re on a public foot path your dog can have no lead only if he’s under control.
  • If your dog scares or injures a farmer’s animal they are entitled to shoot it if they want.
  • If you’re being chased by the farmer’s animals, let your dog off; don’t protect it.
  • Make sure your dog does not disturb nesting birds.
  • By law and for safety, clear up dog poo because it carries disease. 
  • Do NOT hang bags of poo on fences, gates, trees or bushes.  You take it to the nearest bin.
  • Please follow the code and please, keep your dog under control.  Thank you 🙂

The Countryside Code