Happy New Year!

Most of us will be at our own home as 2020 becomes 2021. Everything continues to be different.

Auld Lang Syne is traditionally sung in the village square where we all come together – this is not possible this year but somewhere, you may be able to hear the celebratory, nostalgic and hopeful tones of Auld Lang Syne being sung.
What does Auld Lang Syne mean? It literally translates as Old Long Since making reference to the “olden days”, particularly with friends.

Written as a poem by Rabbie (Robert) Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796) in 1788, it was put to the music of an even older folk tune.  The Scottish Bard used the Scottish dialect however here are the lyrics in an English, singable form:

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!
and surely I’ll buy mine!
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

We two have run about the hills,
and picked the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give me a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for the sake of auld lang syne.

Happy New Year Everybody!

Stay Safe!


Weldmar’s Christmas Tree Recycling Scheme

For a fourth year, Weldmar Hospicecare’s Christmas Tree-cycle project returns:

You can book a collection for your real Christmas tree. You must book your collection by the end of Monday. 4th January 2021. In return they suggest a minimum donation of £10.

With not being able to hold any fundraising events this year, Weldmar Hospicecare are hoping that their Christmas Tree-cycle will be bigger than ever, in partnership with Trinity Street Christmas Trees who are making the collections on their behalf and helping to dispose of the trees in an eco-friendly manner.

Local collections will be –

  • Beaminster – Saturday 9th January
  • Bridport – Sunday 10th January

All you need to do to secure a collection is complete the form at the bottom of the page HERE with all of your details and the donation.

Please remember:

  • Real Christmas trees only, no taller than 8ft
  • They could pick up your tree anytime between 8am and 7pm so have it ready to go!
  • Please take all the decorations off your tree and place it outside the front of your house (avoiding blocking any pavements or roads), and where it won’t be necessary for volunteers to need to open gates etc.
  • Place trees outside the day before collection to ‘air’ and reduce the risk of contamination
  • They cannot return to make a later collection if your tree is not ready for collection

Weldmar HospicecaWeldmar Hospicecarere is a charity that provides end of life care for people living in Dorset who need our specialist support. Their compassionate approach supports patients and their families, medically and in other ways, in the community, in their hospice and at home. All their services are provided free of charge and they are fully reliant on public donations.


Dorset Now in Tier 3

Recently announced, Dorset has been moved from Tier 2 (High Alert) to Tier 3 (Very High Alert) from 31st December. Here are the new guidelines:

Tier 3

What you can and cannot do in Tier 3 – Click HERE.

Here is what’s happening in the rest of the South West:



The Bishops’ Kitchen – Jan 21

Two Pheasant recipes for you this month to use up end of season birds.

Christmas GarlandBEER BRAISED PHEASANT serves 4

2 oven ready pheasants cut in half & backboned, carcass trimmed. 1 tbsp oil, 1 tbsp butter, 2 onions sliced, 1 sprig of thyme, 3 tbsp brandy, 2 tsp brown sugar, 2 tsp clear honey, 300 ml beer, 150 ml double cream, squeeze of lemon juice.

Season the birds. Heat oil & butter in a roasting tray. Place the birds’ flesh side down & fry over a moderate heat for 10 mins until golden brown turn & cook for 3 mins. Remove birds from tray, place onions & thyme in tray & fry for 2 mins, add brandy & allow to reduce until nearly dry. Add sugar, honey & beer and return birds to tray flesh side up. Bring  up to simmer place in oven & roast  for 15 -20 mins at 220c/gas mark 7.
Remove birds & leave to rest. Return tray to hob & allow the liquid to reduce by half. Remove thyme then add cream & simmer for a few minutes until the sauce is thickening slightly. Check seasoning and skim any impurities from surface. Finnish with the lemon juice & serve.



25g dried mushrooms, 150 ml hot water, little fat for frying, 2 pheasants jointed, 2 lemon grass stalks, 1 fresh red chilli, 5 cm piece fresh ginger,  4 large cloves garlic, 4 strips orange rind, 175 g fresh blueberries, juice 3 oranges & 1 lemon,  1tbsp cornflour, hand full of fresh coriander leaves, sea salt.

Put the dried mushrooms in a bowl pour over the hot water & leave to soak for 2 hours. Fry the jointed pheasant in a little oil in two batches until browned on both sides. Place joints in large casserole dish. Using a sharp knife cut the lemon grass across very finely. Cut open the chilli lengthways and discard seeds, peel the ginger & garlic.  Chop together with the chilli & scatter over pheasant with the lemon grass. Add the orange rind, blueberries and orange and lemon juice. Strain the water from the mushrooms over the pheasant & press mushrooms between the pheasant joints. Season with salt & cover casserole & cook on the middle shelf  at 170c/gas mark 3 for about 2 hours.
Then pour juices from casserole into a pan. Mix cornflower with a little water & stir into the cooking juices, bring to the boil stirring all the time. Cook for 2 mins, pour over pheasant & scatter with the coriander & serve. 

All recipes are from village resident, Richard Childs.

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There has been a significant increase in cases of COVID-19 in the last couple of weeks in both BCP Council and Dorset Council areas, as well as a rise in hospital admissions.
If this continues, it is likely our Tier shall change from 2 to the more restrictive Tier 3.  Please stay safe, play your part in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and protect your loved ones.

New Rules for Dogs from 1st Jan 2021

A dog related Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) across the Dorset Council area comes into force on 1 January.

Notice of making a Public Spaces Protection Order under Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

1. Dorset Council has carried out the necessary consultation on its proposal to make The Dorset Council Dog Related Public Spaces Protection Order 2020 (the PSPO’) in accordance with section 72 of the above Act.
2. The PSPO has now been made in accordance with section 59 of the Act and it comes into force on the 1st January 2021 and will expire on the 31st December 2023
3. For further information on the content of the Order, penalty levels, maps and exemptions visit HERE.
4. Under the provisions of section 66 of the Act an interested person may apply to the High Court within 6 weeks from the date that the PSPO is made to question its validity on the grounds that:
(a) that the local authority did not have the power to make the order or variation, or to include particular prohibitions or requirements imposed by the order (or by the order as varied);
(b) that a requirement under Chapter 2 of the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 was not complied with in relation to the order.
5. An ‘interested person’ is defined by section 66(2) of the Act as being an individual who lives in the restricted area or who regularly works in or visits that area.
Dated this 27th day of October 2020

For the first few weeks the Council will focus on advice and guidance to dog-owners explaining the new rules.
The order replaces a number of existing dog related PSPOs across the Dorset Council area. The intention is that the new Order will provide clarity and consistency across the area for dog owners and non-owners alike about dog controls on public open spaces such as beaches, sports fields and other public areas.

Cllr Jill Haynes, Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Customer and Community Services said:
The order has been made to protect the health of Dorset residents and visitors and is particularly aimed at areas that children and families use.
“It focuses on times and places that attract families, but leaves a variety of open spaces, countryside and beaches where there aren’t any restrictions.
“It is a compromise, and as such, won’t be everyone’s ideal situation but it provides a balance for dog owners and non-owners.”

The order follows a 15-week consultation that received 8,602 responses. 83% of responses were from local residents, with 15% from visitors and 2% other organisations. 64% of responses came from dog owners and 36% from non-dog owners. 6.6% of the respondents  considered they had a disability. The recommendations from the consultation were considered and approved by the Place and Resources Overview Committee in September and Dorset Council Cabinet in October.

Dorset Council’s Responsibilities of a dog owner:

Animal welfare

Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 you are responsible for your dog to ensure they get the best out of life. They should be given a suitable environment, a suitable diet, be able to exhibit normal behaviour patterns, be able to socialise with their own breed and be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease in relation to the size, breed and age. The RSPCA can give you additional guidance.

Ensure your dog carries identification

By law, a dog should wear a tag inscribed with the owner’s name and address. You should also include an up to date mobile phone number. This is so that if your dog goes missing, the finder will be able to contact you. It is compulsory for all dogs to have a microchip fitted with their owner’s details. Owners must ensure their details are up to date with the microchipping company, it is an offence not to do so under the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015.

Dogs under eight weeks old are exempt from the microchipping law. Dogs can also be exempt through a certificate issued by a registered vet. If you are buying a puppy, the breeder should have microchipped it and added their details, the breeder should then provide you with the information needed to change the chip to your details.

If your pet has a microchip and goes missing, the scanners held by the:

  • police
  • dog wardens
  • vets

help identify your pet’s unique chip number to re-unite you with your dog.
Even if your dog is microchipped, it must wear a tag in a public place to be legal.

Clear up after your dog

Everyone knows of the potential for dog faeces to carry disease as well as unpleasant odour when caught on shoes or wheels of wheelchairs, prams, bikes or scooters. It is an offence not to clear up after dogs and offenders are likely to receive a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN). There are a few exceptions but, in general terms, any open land that the public has access to, whether by payment or not, is covered by this legislation, unless you have the direct permission of the land owner.

Dog waste can be ‘bagged and binned’ in any litter or dog bin, or taken home and deposited in your waste bin. Follow the ‘Doggy Doo’ code.

Keep your dog under control when on and off a lead

The person responsible for the dog should be able to ensure that the dog will return to heel when requested, having good recall, and will respond to simple commands. That person should also be able to hold or restrain the dog should the need arise. Dogs should be under the control of a suitable person at all times.

Prevent your dog from straying

Please ensure that your home and garden are secure against escape. Neutering may also curb your dog’s urge to stray.

Do not leave your dog in a hot car

Even an open window may not be enough to be sure a dog will not over heat. It may be better to leave dogs at home where they have the comfort of shade and available drinking water.  See RSPCA Dog Advice & Welfare for more information on your obligation to your dog.  If you are concerned about a dog left in a car on a hot day please dial 999.

Make sure your dog doesn’t bark excessively

We all recognise that dogs bark, however, excessive dog barking is both stressful to the dog and upsetting to those listening to it. If you believe that you have a problem or have been advised that your dog barks excessively then consider what action you can take to resolve the problem. It may be that your dog is bored or anxious when left alone. A low volume radio left on can help to settle your dog but you may want to think about training your dog or speaking to a dog warden for advice.

Where no challenge is lodged the Order will automatically begin on the 1 January 2021.

The Order includes:

  1. removal and disposal of dog faeces for all public spaces
  2. dogs to be excluded from identified areas, such as enclosed children’s play areas or marked sport pitches, and on certain named beaches between 1 May and 30 September
  3. dogs to be kept on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer
  4. dogs to be kept on lead in identified areas these may be generic or specifically identified, such as council owned allotments or car parks, formal gardens, church yards etc. and extends 5m from the marked sports pitch edge.

Details are supplied in the schedules of the Order along with maps to assist.

Exemptions apply which mainly relate to those with poor dexterity or disability preventing them collecting dog faeces, as well as enabling those with assistance dogs to access dog excluded areas, these are described in the Order.

An Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) was supplied for Cabinet and was used to formulate the exemptions within the Order, to assist with enforcement and ensure signage was appropriate for all.

Information signs are provided to show where the areas of restriction are and the nature of the offence associated with it. Clearance of fouling signs are generally found only in areas where there is a level of high deposition and owners are acting irresponsibly by not collecting and disposing appropriately.  If you are going to visit other areas outside of the Dorset Council one, please ensure you check with the Local Authority for that area to see if any restrictions apply. There also remains local land owner restrictions, if you are travelling across private land please ensure that you follow any request about how you control your dog.

Dogs on leads by direction

Some of the current PSPOs have a dogs on leads by direction element.  They would respectfully ask that if you are requested to put your dog on a lead you do so. The reason an authorised officer will request this might be that they wish to speak to you, or your dog may be causing undue distress to people or dogs in the immediate area. Where the Order exists a fine may be issued for failing to do so.

Further advice

The Dog Warden is happy to speak to members of the public on all dog related issues. If you have queries please contact the Dog Warden Service HERE. (You have to submit your email address and Register on their online portal to make contact.)


Peter Davies Wins Local Bowls Championship

It was mainly sunshine this afternoon and a brief rain shower was followed by a beautiful rainbow high in the sky over Fullers and our village.  Three local villagers were in competition.

The match was close at times and despite scoring the most Woody’s of the afternoon, Peter Davies (in main photo) had accumulated the most points over the last 14 weeks with 226 and at 3pm was declared the overall Winner of their championship.Christmas GarlandThe title of the most Woody’s overall could have been declared before the match began as Steve ‘Slick’ Kylie was so far ahead on this count!

Steve won this afternoon’s match but overall had accumulated 217 points and he received the Runner up trophy.Christmas GarlandThere was also a trophy for the one coming in last and the Loser’s trophy went to Mike ‘Slammer’ Steer who managed just 201 points.

With Christmas music playing, they enjoyed a barbecue at half time and a few passer’s by observing the action, they were fortunate with the weather although it was a cold wind.

The 3 winners: Mike, Peter & Steve.

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The three now plan to have a week off next weekend and resume playing on Sunday, 10th January 2021.

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Bowls & Post Office

A couple of reminders for you:

Starting in approximately one hour, the Bowling Championship at Fullers followed by presentation.

Read more HERE.

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Post OfficeThe Post Office will be open on Tuesday morning at the Comrades Hall, 10am – 12.30pm

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Please Shop Local at our Community Stores and up at Redlands Yard!



All Broadwindsor’s Advent Windows

As stockings are being hung on Christmas Eve, here are all the Advent windows which were assigned to and displayed by the villagers of Broadwindsor. The creativity and imagination shown was both incredible and beautiful.  Well done to Rev. Jo for coming up with the idea, to all those who participated and thank you to Margery Hookings for providing most of the photographs.  It is certainly going to be a Christmas that no one will forget where they were or what they were doing! Stay Safe.

Please enjoy Broadwindsor’s Advent Windows 2020….



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End of Broadwindsor’s First Responders

Broadwindsor First Responders are no more.  The decision to close the group follows the retirement of their last Responder. Broadwindsor First Responders proudly came into force in the spring of 2003 with nearly 40 volunteers at that time.  All trained by Phil Lathey of Dorset Ambulance.   The idea had been started by the then landlord of The White Lion, John Beighton. The late Pat Clarke volunteered to take on the monumental task, accepted the collection bottle and started some serious fundraising.

First Responders 2012
Broadwindsor First Responders 2012 appealing for volunteers: Pat Armes, Jacqui Sewell, Heather Coley and Terry Clarke

By 2012, volunteer numbers had dwindled and the group were threatened with being forced to disband but an appeal through the Bridport News brought them some much needed publicity. The people of the village certainly appreciated and supported it.  Former Chairman and co-founder Terry Clarke had said “The problem we found was that people were desperate for it to continue but no-one seems to want to volunteer to keep it going.
Certainly I felt that the times we were called we did give the people a lot of help and support and they were very pleased to see us because inevitably we were the first to see them because they were desperately ill or had befallen some accident.

In a Farewell notice in the Broadwindsor News, Jacqui Sewell, Margaret Jenkins, Terry Clarke & Val Johnson  thanked Rowland Hibbard from Kittwhistle Garage who maintained their vehicles.  They thanked all the previous & present First Responders who gave their time to provide a hands on emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for over 15 years.

The Responders assisted in the installation of defibrillators located at:

  • Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor
  • Kittwhistle Garage

Monies from the trade in value of their last vehicle was donated to Dorset Air Ambulance.

Parish Councillor Jacqui Sewell commented ” It does make me feel sad. It was a privilege to serve the village as a First Responder and I am very grateful to South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust for the training.”

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“Thank you for all your support over the years. Stay safe and keep well”

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