Can You Marshall Or Donate?

Two Drimpton residents, Paul Clements (Cleaner Chimneys) and Stuart Pearce, are and members of  Drimpton Cycling Club and are taking the Challenge below and cycling the 55.2 miles route to raise funds for Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.
Motivation is provided by Stuart’s desire payback for his trip in the helicopter following a cardiac arrest 5 yrs ago. It costs on average £3,500 for each helicopter deployment, so they are seeking to reach that figure as a target, both to repay Stuart’s debt and to cover the cost of a trip for somebody else.

Please click HERE to visit their fundraising page to donate.

The 55 mile route from Watchett to West Bay passes through Drimpton and Broadwindsor as it does annually, so a rest stop at the Royal Oak for local support will be in evidence!

Stuart’s story:

I had been water skiing on the Saturday & we were going back out again on Sunday. Chugged 3 miles round the coast to get to a more calm bay. I got up & promptly keeled over …. Thankfully my best man’s wife saved me going overboard but now had a 13.5 stone dead weight lying on top of her 🥴 Luckily my best man has a 150hp outboard on his rib so floored it back to Salcombe. The lifeboat had been launched but Justin was greeted by the harbour master on his launch for speeding. Once he realised the emergency he escorted Justin to the jetty. Peak holiday season – August 5th. Thankfully 2 families walking by included 2 nurses. They started cpr. 6 doctors were also attracted by the commotion- one got a defib. 2 ambulances turned up from nowhere so they took over & eventually got me to the rugby club where the air ambulance was waiting to take me down to Plymouth. I was in an induced coma for 4 days, ITC for another 8 days & finally released after 22 days with pacemaker & defibrillator fitted. Every day is a bonus, the grass is greener, the sky bluer. Best thing every day is the dog walk. Thoroughly enjoy all the smallest details in life’.

Stuart may not be here today but for the combined efforts of so many bystanders, but critically the speedy trip to hospital via the air ambulance.

From Samantha Smith, DSAA Fundraising Officer…
Dear Residents
On Saturday 18 May 2024 we shall be holding our thirteenth annual Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge, starting at 10.30 am in Watchet and ending in West Bay.
Last year’s event saw 318 supporters take part to help raise funds to keep Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance flying. In doing so they collaboratively rode just over 17,000 miles and raised approx £49,000 – that’s enough to fund approximately 14 missions by the air ambulance.
We are aware that this event may cause you and your neighbours some slight disruption and would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.
If you would be willing to help marshal this event in your neighbourhood and help us keep everyone safe, we would love to hear from you.
With best wishes and many thanks for your support.
Samantha Smith
Fundraising Officer
Tel: 01823 669604

We wish both Paul and Stuart a safe and enjoyable day on Saturday, 18th May 🙂

Please click HERE to
visit their fundraising page to donate.

There are also donation boxes in The Wobbly Cottage and The White Lion.


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Broadwindsor Community Film Club – Friday 17th May

** Also showing at Drimpton Village Hall on Wednesday, 8th May. **

At 7.30pm at the Comrades Hall Friday, 17th May, Broadwindsor’s Community Film Club will be showing…

One Life (12A)

Directed by JAMES HAWES.
(Running time 110 mins.)

One Life tells the true story of Sir Nicolas ‘Nicky’ Winton, a young London broker who, in the months leading up to World War II, rescued 669 predominantly Jewish children from the Nazis.  Nicky visited Prague in December 1938 and found families who had fled the rise of the Nazis in Germany and Austria, living in desperate conditions with little or no shelter and food, and under threat of Nazi invasion. He immediately realised it was a race against time.  How many children could he and the team rescue before the borders closed?  Fifty years later, it’s 1988 and Nicky lives haunted by the fate of the children he wasn’t able to bring to safety in England; always blaming himself for not doing more.  It’s not until a live BBC television show, ‘That’s Life’, surprises him by introducing him to some surviving children – now adults – that he finally begins to come to terms with the guilt and grief he had carried for five decades.

  • Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm.
  • Film Club members – Free entry
  • Guests – £4 (cash please)
  • Refreshments available, including a cash bar.
  • Tickets can be booked in advance by contacting:
    Emma or
    Margaret Wing01308 867252

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ightAtTheMovies #OffToTheFlicks #BeKind #BeSafe #StaySafe

Local Elections – Thursday, 2nd May

The Comrades Hall operates as the Polling station on Thursday, 2nd May 2024 from 7am – 10pm

You will have two ballot papers to fill out:

Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset.
You will have one vote, and can choose from four candidates:

  • Howard Legg (LibDem)
  • David Sidwick (Con & Unionist)
  • David Stokes (Lab & Co-op)
  • Marianne Storey (Ind)

Dorset Council local election: Marshwood Vale ward.
You will have one vote, and can choose from four candidates:

  • Steve Chapman (Lab)
  • Simon Christopher (Con)
  • Jane Gregory (LibDem)
  • Jacqui Sewell (Green)

You don’t need to take your poll card but remember to take some photo ID with you. Every voter is required to do this.

To read more about the candidates listed above – Click HERE.


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It’s Time To Enrol/Renew And Show Your Support

With thousands of visitors to the village website each month from all around the world, Broadwindsor.Org celebrates 4 years! 🙂

Local business’ support is invaluable as Broadwindsor.Org (affectionally referred to as ‘The Org‘ by many) is a not-for-profit organisation. £300 was donated to the Comrades Hall following a successful music promotion in September ’23.

The QR code above is for a £20 payment.

If you are a visitor and would like to donate a different amount, please use the QR code below.



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For Whom Do The Church Bells Toll In Broadwindsor?

There are many angry and disappointed village residents in response to the church bells at St. John the Baptist church being ‘silenced’.

The Parochial Church Council met last week and have released the following statement:

The Church Clock Chimes

The church of the Nativity of St John the Baptist, Broadwindsor has a clock which sits in the 15th Century tower, striking the hour day and night.

After a relatively recent failure, the striking had been silent until, thanks to a local engineer, the chimes of the village church clock were to be heard once again. Many local residents were delighted to have the sound of the clock back in their lives. However, some were not as thrilled and have asked whether it might be possible for the sound to be silenced during the night when people are asleep.

Investigations have been made and it is possible to purchase a device which will allow the chimes to be heard by all at certain times of the day whilst silencing them for certain periods of the night to allow the lightest sleepers a peaceful rest.

At the annual meeting of the Parochial Church Council the opinions of parishioners were heard. It became clear that many had views one way or the other on the subject. The PCC heard that the cost of purchasing and fitting the device had been reduced from an initial estimate of over £2,600.00 to a figure just over £800.00. This would enable the chiming of the clock to be set between certain hours of the day/night.

The feeling by many members of the PCC that although the aim of the Church in our villages was to “make Jesus known,” it was not felt necessary to remind everybody of his presence throughout the night.

The members of the PCC took a vote and decided that as a good neighbour the church should for the good of the whole community, and taking all views into consideration it would be most important to compromise, and those who wished to hear the clock chiming should be allowed to do so, whilst those who wished for an uninterrupted nights’ sleep should also be allowed their wish. By a majority, the PCC elected to keep the clock chiming from 6.00am in the morning until 9.00pm at night.

The Parochial Church Council of Broadwindsor with Blackdown and Burstock.

It truly seems incredible that just one complaint can bring about this outcome when it appears most of the village want the clock to chime throughout the night. (What will happen on Hogmonay? – Editor)

When asked, Rev. Jo Neary commented “I didn’t attend that meeting so I wasn’t part of the discussion But I support the decision of a compromise and finding a way forward that is kind, considerate and makes Jesus known by sharing his values of love, compassion, kindness and mercy. The clock will still chime.”

To contact Rev. Jo – please email

Rev. Canon David Baldwin, who conducted last week’s meeting commented “...I have always turned to the very useful advice from the Council for the Care of Churches (now called the Church Buildings Council). Amongst other points they suggest that you consider your neighbours and be reasonable so as to avoid your neighbours bringing a claim against you and to prevent the possibility of the local authority bringing a prosecution against you on the grounds of noise abatement.”
He added “On dealing with complaints about bell ringing and Clock Chimes issued by the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers they advise that reactions, for example, “the church was here first” and ” we have been doing this for hundreds of years” are not helpful.”

To contact Rev. Canon David – please email

From local poet, Peter Roe:

A Townie goes Wild in Dorset

“Stop the church clock…” he said
“My children lie awake in bed
Disturbed by the chimes in the night
I’m telling you, this place isn’t right

We left the city with planes overhead
Now we have screaming foxes instead
Then the noise from people leaving the pub
I’m telling you this place isn’t any good?

Harvesters working through the night
All those animals fornicating in plain sight
Shit on the field that God awful smell
Creeps into the house makes us unwell

Bloody great, tractors blocking the lane
Refusing to back up drive me insane
Hooting owls and Cockerels crowing at Dawn
This incessant noise is making me yawn

Escape to the Country, get a new life?
It just isn’t worth all this trouble and strife
This village is not the haven promised to me
I’m going back to the city where I can just be!”

Peter Roe – April 2024

Main photo: Ruthie Stevens

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Happy St. George’s Day!

St. George’s Day is also known as the Feast of Saint George. As well as England, St. George is a Patron Saint of several countries: Portugal; Cyprus; Georgia; Serbia; Bulgaria; Bosnia & Herzegovin, and the Republic of Macedonia, all of who fly the red cross flag on the day.
St. George is also the patron saint of The Scout Movement, which has held St. George’s Day parades by Scouts (and now Girl Guides) since its first years.

Not much is known about Saint George’s early life, and what is known has been argued for centuries. It is believed that he was probably born to noble birth, around 280 AD in Cappodocia (Turkey) and died on 23rd April in Lydda, Syria Palaestina, an area which is now in modern-day Israel.

St. George Slaying DragonThe Legend:

The myth of St. George & the Dragon became popularised around the time of the Crusades who brought back tales of a dragon-slaying Christian who saved a princess and her village from the flesh eating monster. It is said that the local villagers had offered up sheep everyday to appease the monster, but when that failed they tried feeding it their children, chosen by lottery! Until, on one occasion, it happened that the lot fell on the king’s daughter.  Distraught with grief, the King told the people they could have all his gold and silver and half of his kingdom if his daughter was spared. His people refused and the daughter was sent out to the lake, decked out as a bride, to be fed to the dragon…
By chance, George rode past the lake. Noticing him, the dragon charged for George, who fortified himself with the Sign of the Cross and charged on horseback delivering a grievous wound. With the dragon harnessed, George rode the princess back to the village, subsequently telling the villagers that he would only kill the dragon if they all became Christians. Unwilling to subject themselves back to the terror of the dragon, the king and his people agreed to convert to Christianity and George slew the dragon.  On the site where the dragon died, the king built a church to the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. George, and from its altar a spring arose whose waters cured all disease.

George became a solider, and ultimately an officer, in the Roman army under Emperor Diocletian. When the Emperor ordered the systematic persecution of Christians. George refused to take part, which resulted in his torture and subsequent death on 23rd April 303 AD. The Emperor’s wife was so inspired by George’s bravery and loyalty to his religion, that she too became a Christian and was subsequently executed for her faith.

The earliest documented mention of St. George in England comes from the Catholic monk the venerable Bede (c. 673–735). His feast day is also mentioned in the Durham Collectar, a ninth-century liturgical work.  The will of Alfred the Great is said to refer to the saint, in a reference to the church of Fordington, Dorset. At Fordington a stone over the south door records the miraculous appearance of to lead crusaders into battle. Early (c. 10th century) dedications of churches to St. George are noted in England, for example as well as Fordingham, Dorset, at Thetford, Southwark and Doncaster.

St. George's ChapelSt. George’s Chapel at Windsor castle was established by Edward III in 1348. The chapel, which is in the Lower Ward of Windsor Castle, had a big refurbishment started on it by Edward IV in 1475 that wasn’t finished until his grandson Henry VIII was on the throne in 1528.
It is both a Royal Peculiar, that is a Church of England parish or church exempt from the jurisdiction of the Diocese and the province in which it lies and subject to the direct jurisdiction of the monarch.  It was where the funeral of H.R.H. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh took place in 2021.

Order Of The GarterThe chapel also serves as the Chapel of the Order of the Garter. The Garter Service takes place at St George’s chapel every year because St George is the patron saint of the Order of the Garter. It is the most senior order of knighthood in the British honours system, outranked in precedence only by the Victoria Cross and the George Cross. It is granted by the Sovereign to people who have either served her well or contributed something special to the nation – such as Sir Winston Churchill.   The annual ceremony takes place in June.
The motto in gold lettering  ‘Honi soit qui mal y pense’ translates as “Shame on him who thinks evil of it.

St. George’s Day was a major feast and national holiday in England on a par with Christmas from the early 15th century. The tradition of celebration St. George’s Day had waned by the end of the 18th century after the union of England and Scotland in 1707.

English FlagA traditional custom on St. George’s Day is to fly or adorn the St. George’s Cross flag in some way: Pubs in particular can be seen on 23rd April with garlands of St. George’s crosses adorning them inside and out.
It is customary for the hymn “Jerusalem” to be sung in cathedrals, churches and chapels on St. George’s Day, or on the Sunday closest to it. Traditional English food and drink is likely to be be consumed.


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The Broad Palate – Mar ’24


Macaroni Cheese with Leeks and Mushrooms (serves 4)

Seasonal leeks and mushrooms lighten up this mac ‘n’ cheese and make it a bit more nutritious.

  • 400g leeks, trimmed weight, washed and finely sliced
  • 250g punnet chestnut mushrooms, sliced
  • 50g butter
  • 5 heaped tbsp plain flour
  • 800ml milk
  • 400g macaroni
  • 250g mature Cheddar, grated, plus extra for topping
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard, or to taste
  • 4 tbsp breadcrumbs (optional)
  • salt and pepper


Pre-heat oven to 180C/160C Fan.
Cook the macaroni as usual in salted water, until just al dente. Drain, stir in a trickle of olive oil to stop it clumping together, cover and set aside.
In a large, heavy-ish saucepan, fry the mushrooms in 10g of the butter until golden and dry. Remove and set aside.
In the same pan, melt the remaining butter over a medium heat. Add the leeks, cover and cook gently until soft (10-15 minutes should do it). Stir occasionally and add a tiny splash of water if sticking.
Sprinkle the flour over the cooked leeks and stir over a medium heat for one minute, then bit by bit add the milk, stirring all the time. Simmer for 2-3 minutes until thickened.
Stir in 200g of the cheese until melted and season with the mustard, salt and pepper.
Add the mushrooms and macaroni, mix well, check for seasoning and transfer to a baking dish.
Top with the remaining cheese and the breadcrumbs and bake in the oven for 45 minutes or until bubbling and golden.

Welsh Cakes (makes around 12)

 Welsh Cakes are for all year round – not just for 1st March – Happy St. David’s Day!

  • 125g salted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 100g raisins
  • 0.5 teaspoon allspice
  • 0.5 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 large egg, beaten (+ a splash of milk if needed)


Rub or process butter into flour until like breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar, spices and raisins.
Add beaten egg and mix to a dough, adding a splash of milk if too stiff. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out to about 1 inch thickness then cut out rounds using a 2.5”/6cm biscuit cutter.
Heat frying pan to a medium heat and rub lightly with butter – you should need to do this only once.
Cook the Welsh cakes in batches for 3-4 minutes each side, until cooked through (keep an eye on the heat, you don’t want them browning too quickly).
Test for readiness by gently pressing the middle – also the sides will look dry when done.
When cooked, remove and immediately toss in some granulated sugar then place on a rack to cool.
They keep well in an airtight container for a week.

Many thanks to Ann Shaw 🙂

Bon Appetit!

The Bishops' Kitchen
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Broadwindsor Cricket Club 2024 Fixtures

Here are the 2024 Fixtures at Broadwindsor Cricket Club 🙂

You can download the pdf file HERE.

They always welcome new players and anyone interested in being involved with Broadwindsor CC. If you would like to find out more, please use the contact form HERE.

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Broadwindsor Community Film Club – Friday 19th April

At 7.30pm at the Comrades Hall Friday, 19th April, Broadwindsor’s Community Film Club will be showing…

The Old Oak (15)

Directed by Ken Loach and starring Dave Turner, Elba Mari and Claire Rodgerson.
Running time: 113 mins.

The Old Oak is a special place.  Not only is it the last pub standing, but it’s also the only remaining public space where people can meet in a once thriving mining community that has now fallen on hard times after 30 years of decline.  TJ Ballantyne (Dave Turner) the landlord hangs onto The Old Oak by his fingertips and his predicament is endangered even more when the pub becomes contested territory after the arrival of Syrian refugees who are placed in the village without any notice.  In an unlikely friendship, TJ meets a curious young Syrian Yara (Ebla Mari) with her camera.  Can they find a way for the two communities to understand each other? So unfolds a deeply moving drama about their fragilities and hopes.

  • Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm.
  • Film Club members – Free entry
  • Guests – £4 (cash please)
  • Refreshments available, including a cash bar.
  • Tickets can be booked in advance by contacting:
    Emma or
    Margaret Wing01308 867252

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ightAtTheMovies #OffToTheFlicks, #BeKind #BeSafe #StaySafe

The Broad Palate – April ’24

Slow cooked Chinese Beef with Ginger (serves 4)

As with many dishes, this is even better the next day, so make a day or two ahead if possible, and keep in the fridge. Delicious with jasmine rice and pak choi. You can also make this in a slow cooker.

  • 2 onions, roughly chopped
  • 50g ginger,  peeled and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 small pack coriander, stalks and leaves separated
  • 1250g thick slices stewing steak,  cut into large cubes
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 100g dark brown muscovado sugar
  • 2 tsp Chinese five-spice
  • 5 whole star anise
  • 100ml dark soy sauce (or 50/50 dark and light)
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 500ml beef stock (from cubes)
  • 1 tin water chestnuts, drained


Blitz onions, ginger, garlic and coriander stalks in a food processor to a paste.
Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large, ovenproof pan and brown meat in batches. Set aside.
Heat oven to 160C/140c fan/gas 3.
To the same pan, add the paste with a good splash of water and cook gently until soft. Keep adding splashes of water to stop it sticking.
Stir in five-spice,  star anise and a scant teaspoon of ground black pepper. Cook for 1 minute.
Add the beef and any juices, plus sugar,  soy sauce and tomato puree.  Stir in enough stock to cover and bring to a simmer.
Add water chestnuts. Cover and cook in the oven for two and a half hours or until tender.
Remove beef and keep warm.
Boil the sauce to thicken (or slake 1-2 tbsp cornflour with water, stir in and cook for 2 mins) and reunite with the beef.
Sprinkle with coriander.

Saucy St. Clements Pudding 

This is a good springtime dessert,  fresh and zingy. Don’t worry if the mixture seems very liquid – that’s what gives you a light sponge on top and a delicious sauce underneath. If you prefer limes to oranges,  use two limes instead of the orange and increase the sugar to 200g.

  • 180g caster sugar
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon and 1 orange
  • 50g butter
  • Extra lemon juice to make the above up to 100ml
  • 3 eggs,  separated
  • 50g sifted plain flour
  • 250ml milk (preferably not skimmed)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.
Beat or blitz butter, sugar and zests until paler in colour.
Mix in citrus juice (100ml in total), yolks, flour, milk and vanilla until you have a thin, smooth batter.
Whisk egg whites until firm but not stiff, and fold into batter.
Pour into a 1.5L buttered ovenproof dish and place in a baking tray half filled with hot water.
Bake for 45-50 minutes until the top is lightly browned and just set.
Serve warm, with cream or ice cream.

Many thanks to Ann Shaw 🙂

Bon Appetit!

The Bishops' Kitchen
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