R.I.P. James Bond

His family have announced that Sean Connery, the Scottish actor, best known for his portrayal of James Bond, and appeared in seven of the 007 thrillers died peacefully in his sleep. He was always top of the polls for being the best actor to have played the character.

He won many awards over his career: BAFTAs, Golden Globes, a Tony, an Oscar in 1988 for his role as the Irish policeman in ‘The Untouchables’; he was the recipient of the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award when he retired in 2006 – presented by his Indiana Jones co-star and friend, Harrison Ford.

Popular? Sean Connery was polled in a 2004 The Sunday Herald as “The Greatest Living Scot” and in a 2011 EuroMillions survey as “Scotland’s Greatest Living National Treasure. He was voted by People magazine as both the “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1989 and the “Sexiest Man of the Century” in 1999.

He was knighted by the Queen at Holyrood Palace in 2000 for his services to film drama.

He celebrated his 90th birthday in August.  From his home in the Bahamas, he remained a fervent supporter of independence for Scotland.  Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said  “Our nation today mourns one of her best loved sons.

Read his full obituary HERE.

R.I.P. Sir Sean Connery.

Happy Hallowe’en From Broadwindsor House

The residents and staff at Broadwindsor House have had lots of fun this week baking cupcakes ready to decorate for today’s spooky festivities.

BW House - Halloween

There has been a lot of laughter and today they have already been dancing using photo props and winning prizes with a ‘Pass the Pumpkin’ game.





Trough In Bernards’ Place Fully Planted Up

As they promised, Chairman of the Comrades Hall, David Leader with Ruth Stevens and Morgan Napier topped up the trough to bring some spring colour to the square and Bernards’ Place in 2021.

Bernards' Place Bulbs

120 bulbs of an array of tulips and daffodils were planted in and at the front of the trough.  David Leader commented “Massive thanks to Morgan Napier and Ruth Stevens.

We look forward to seeing them in the Spring!

Photo Credit: David Leader 🙂



Girl Guides Visit Xtreme Falconry

Yesterday, Girl Guide leader, Emma House took her girls to visit Xtreme Falconry, just outside Dorchester.

They were fortunate enough to have Bob Dalton give up his time to speak to the girls and present them with an educational pack in support of Project LuggerEmma commented: “One of the many things I love about being a guider is being able to take the girls out to experience new things. The [Ballam] family really were so accommodating and gave the girls a fantastic experience. We certainly didn’t expect such an hands on experience! Amazing! Thank you! And thank you to Bob Dalton from Project Lugger for explaining the project and it’s importance, we hope we can follow its progress.

Bob Dalton Dorset Falconry Park is at Lewell Mill Lane, Lewell, Dorchester, DT2 8AN.  For more information, you can visit their website HERE or email your enquiry to: enquiries@xtremefalconry.co.uk. You can also contact them by telephone: 01305 250710

Girl Guide Connie was featured with her younger sister Elsie (a Rainbow) and their Dad, Martin at the beginning of the month when they appeared live on This Morning TV with Phil and Holly promoting the Project Lugger mission. (View the article HERE.)


Broadwindsor Group Parish Community Land Trust Update

In Issue 4 of the BGP CLT News, the focus is mainly on new housing with the anticipation of the start of building on their development of affordable housing for local people at Netherhay Lane, Drimpton, in the Spring of 2021.

To be eligible for the affordable homes proposed by Broadwindsor Group Paris CLT you must apply to join the Dorset Home Choice Housing Register. You can do this using the online application form at: www.dorsethomechoice.org

They will be looking for local people with skills and talents to take part in their project. Chairman, David Leader stated: “We foresee many opportunities for young people in the village and the wider Parish area to take part and have fun learning about building, sustainability and the environment. It will be a chance for everyone to showcase their talents, be they musical, photographic, practical, or artistic in other ways. Meanwhile, if you have any ideas to contribute or would like to be involved then please contact Lesley Tibballs at Tibballs55@outlook.com.”

As Broadwindsor resident, Philip Colthart has resigned from the Board recently, there are seeking 2 new Members to be recruited as soon as possible. Anyone interested in being part of the current and future CLT community projects are invited to contact Sheila Hawkins (11esgh528@gmail.com) for a CLT membership form.

Download the Full News HERE.

In the ‘closer to home’ section shown below, the Blue indicates Completed Projects by the CLT and the Purple represent ongoing Projects/Projects by the CLT which are “in the pipeline” in Dorset, Devon and Somerset.

CLT Projects


The Broadwindsor Group Parish comprises of:

  • Blackdown
  • Broadwindsor
  • Burstock
  • Drimpton
  • Hursey
  • Kittwhistle &
  • Seaborough

Road Closure: Broadwindsor – 30th Oct 2020

At 9am on Friday, 30th October the B3164 road at Hollis Hill will be closed until 3pm.  This is to allow BT safe access to carry out urgent replacement of damaged telegraph poles.

Although in force for five days, it is anticipated that the work will be completed in just one day.  The alternative route will be signposted: B3164 – Beaminster – B3163.

Find all the information HERE.




Blue Full Moon on Hallowe’en

This Saturday we will see the second Full Moon of this month which gives it the name of a Blue Moon. The Moon does not appear blue in colour.  What makes this event even rarer is that it will be seen in all parts of the world on Hallowe’en for the first time since World War II.

The entire 21st Century will see only six Halloween Full Moons: 2001, 2020, 2039, 2058, 2077, and 2096.

This Full Moon is known as The Hunter’s Moon or by others, Blood Moon. Traditionally, this time included hunting, slaughtering and preserving meats for use in the winter months ahead.


Chris Loder MP Responds To Why He Voted Against Free School Meals

After being exposed as voting against the Free Meals For School Children In Need during the holidays, our local MP Chris Loder was compelled to address the issue this evening and issued a letter of response on his website.

“Many constituents have taken the trouble to write to me on the question of free school meals and I have responded to them by letter today.” – Chris Loder, MP

Read his full letter HERE.






1st Broadwindsor Rainbows Want To Make You Smile

Our 1st Broadwindsor Rainbows have made these colourful pebbles with the intention of making people smile over the Half Term holiday. They are dotted around the village. Happy hunting!

1st Broadwindsor Rainbows1st Broadwindsor Rainbows is for girls aged 5-7 yrs.
Please contact Emma at emmahouse@btconnect.com
You can also support/donate the Group by shopping via EasyFundraising.


Vote for Matt!

Beaminster Young Farmers Club have issued this statement asking us all to vote for Matt Frampton.

“Please vote for our brilliant Matt Frampton to win the Heart of YFC award.
If it wasn’t for Matt Frampton’s enthusiasm and commitment, Beaminster YFC might have folded a few years ago. He is considered the heart and the soul of the club and his passion for YFC has extended to his involvement at County, Area and national levels too.
From taking on different roles and encouraging others to get involved, Matt is described as being everything that YFC is about. He is currently Chairman of Dorset FYFC and as part of the Dorset FYFC Executive committee in the last few years he has spearheaded such events as the County Ball and made Dorset’s annual County Rally an event that is now shared with the public and raises funds for the Federation.
As County Chairman, he is described as approachable and always willing to listen, to learn and improve – and the best advocate for YFC’s values.
Matt’s commitment to YFC never waivers and even after his diagnosis and subsequent treatment for testicular cancer just before Christmas 2019, he still attended and led every County meeting.
Matt faced an intensive nine-week period of chemotherapy after it was discovered the cancer had spread but once again, he remained active in YFC, attending all meetings with a smiling face.
Matt’s battle with cancer and positive attitude inspired members of his County to pull together and launch a fundraising campaign to help raise awareness of the disease and show their support to their County Chairman.
There is no better reflection of Matt’s character and passion for YFC than in the huge response the County received off the back of such horrible news. The fundraising campaign raised £7,300 for Orchid – a charity which funds research, awareness and support to save men’s lives from male cancer.
With grace, courage and enthusiasm Matt has shown the YFC community that when people support each other, the possibilities are endless.”

Vote for Matt HERE. Done it – Good Luck Matt!

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