Join the Big Garden Birdwatch, 27th-29th January

The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch is fun, free and for everyone. You don’t need a garden to take part!

Counting birds from your balcony, or your local park will play a vital role in helping the RSPB understand how UK birds are doing. Let’s look out for birds together on Friday 27th through to Sunday 29th January.

There are 3 things you have to do:

1. Watch the birds around you for one hour.
2. Count how many of each species of bird lands on your patch.
3. Go online and tell us what you saw.

Click HERE to sign up, take part and get your free guide.

Why is this important?

The fact that we’ve lost 38 million birds from UK skies in the last 50 years underlines that nature is in crisis. We see it in our own back gardens with house sparrows struggling and starlings undergoing a severe decline. As a conservation charity, your Birdwatch results help the RSPB monitor how our UK birds are faring in the face of the nature and climate emergency. But they can’t do it without your support.

Attracting birds to your garden:

With birds facing greater challenges due to the nature and climate emergency, every Birdwatch matters. So it’s time to get your patch ready for Birdwatch. Top up your bird table and fill the bird bath to the brim. Make sure to remove old food and clean your feeders weekly, as disease can be a serious issue for some species.
Greenfinch numbers have massively dropped due to a disease that spreads around contaminated feeders and water bowls, and chaffinches are now struggling. Click HERE for guidance on cleaning feeders to keep you and your garden birds safe.

Click HERE to sign up, take part and get your free guide.


Update On Tetrapak And Foil Recycling

Update from Hursey resident, Sara Dyke:

In response to my recent post on, I am delighted to report that we now have a full rota of volunteers (including several on the reserve list!).

Firstly a massive thank you to those who are willing to continue to volunteer and to those who have stepped up to fill the gaps. Your help is hugely appreciated.

Secondly, as a community, it would be really helpful to continue to use this facility considerately and I would like to gently remind everyone that the volunteers are handling the recycling and transporting it in their own vehicles. If we could all follow the following guidelines it makes the job more pleasant. Please also see the photos as a reminder of what to recycle.

  • Please ensure the tetrapaks are CLEAN and FLATTENED to maximise bin space.
  • Please ensure the foil is CLEAN and FLATTENED for the same reason. If milk bottle lids can be put inside a larger foil tray if possible. This speeds up the process and prevents litter on windy days!
  • Crisp packets are NOT to be put in the foil recycling. Basically, if it doesn’t keep its shape when scrunched up, it cannot be included with the foil.
  • If you drive to shop at Morrison’s or visit Bridport Recycling Centre, you may want to consider taking your recycling there at the same time. There is also a foil recycling bin at Yarn Barton car park in Beaminster. This would free up space in the bins for those who don’t drive or who are unable to do their own.
  • Please feel free to contact me with any questions or thoughts on 07840 128763 or

Please note that the bins are now to be located at the front of Comrades Hall in the car park area.

Thank you.
Sara Dyke.


Local Reared Pork For Sale

Local farmer, Matt Curtis has 🐷 PORK FOR SALE 🐷

“I have fresh locally reared pork ready Thursday/ Friday this week and more again in two weeks time. Prices as above.

Please let me know asap if you would like some. (Please note that Gammon and bacon will take 3/4 weeks to cure.)

If you could collect, that would be great or we can deliver locally.”

Contact Matt: 07731 434654.



New Dispensary Times At Barton House Medical Practice

Barton House Medical Practice in Beaminster have altered their dispensing hours in order to reduce disruption to the smooth running of the practice due to ‘urgent’ medication requests.

Telephone lines open for dispensary queries: 01308 861938, option 2

  • 10.30 – 12.00
  • 15.00 – 17.30

Note: Requests for prescriptions cannot be taken.

Dispensary open for collection of pre-ordered prescriptions, Monday – Friday:

  • 08.00 – 12.00
  • 15.30 – 17.30

Please request your medication at least five days before they are required.

Order – Collect, Monday – Friday:

  • Monday – Friday afternoon
  • Tuesday – Monday afternoon
  • Wednesday – Tuesday afternoon
  • Thursday – Wednesday afternoon
  • Friday – Thursday afternoon

Items ordered after 5pm will be actioned for the next day. Any orders on a Saturday or Sunday will be available to collect on the Friday afternoon.


Harold Jenkins 16.01.1940 – 14.01.2023

Sadly, village resident, Harold Jenkins died peacefully in his sleep at home on Saturday morning.

Harold & his wife Margaret operated as First Responders for several years within our community. Harold was also a judge for many photographic competitions including The Melplash Show.

Harold leaves behind his wife, Margaret with whom he celebrated their Diamond (60 years) anniversary at the end of last year and his two children, Nick & Elizabeth.

There will be a private cremation and a remembrance service will be held at a later date. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

❤ Harold Jenkins  16.01.1940 – 14.01.2023  ❤


All Change At The White Lion 2023

Thank you to Kate Staff and her daughters who worked their last shifts at the White Lion this weekend.

Now the Community Pub’s Management Committee have a posse of volunteers trained and ready to start tomorrow evening, fish ‘n’ chips night. Until new management staff have taken over, the volunteers will be keeping the pub open for all as follows:

  • Tuesdays 6-9pm (bring your fish and chips). 11pm on Folk Club nights
  • Thursdays 6-11pm
  • Fridays 6-11pm
  • Saturdays 11am-11pm (Warm Hub until 5pm – free tea and coffee and the day’s papers)
  • Sundays 12 noon to 9pm
These hours will be reviewed regularly, subject to volunteer availability and how much the pub is used by customers. The aim is to resume a limited food service on Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday lunchtimes, as soon as they can.

If you’d like to volunteer in any way, please get in touch with Andrew Hookings at: or Rick Dyke at:

Please continue to support our lovely pub.


Driving Aged 70yrs Or Over

Approximately 90 days before you turn 70 years old, the DVLA will send you a D46P form to renew your licence for a maximum of three years. You need to declare on this form that you are still fit and able to drive safely, so it remains your responsibility to judge this.
The DVLA is currently very slow in renewing licences, if you’re not confident you can make this judgement yourself, you can get professional advice from a Driving Mobility Centre.

You can either renew your licence in three ways:

  1. Online using the web site. Only use the website to renew your licence – Click HERE to visit this web site.
  2. Renew using the D46P form sent you by the DVLA.
  3. Renew by using a D1 form obtained from the Post Office.

To apply or renew your licence online: Click HERE.

Please be aware there are many companies advertising on the internet, offering to renew your licence for you and charge you for this doing this. It is always best to do it yourself by applying directly using a D46P or D1 form from post office, or using the link above direct to the DVLA. Renewals at 70 are free of charge.

Section 88 of The Road Traffic Act 1988 may allow you to continue driving even though you do not hold a current driving licence. In practice, this will be when you have applied to the DVLA to renew your licence, but the licence expires (runs out) whilst they are processing the application.

Section 88 Criteria:

  • Your doctor must have told you that you are fit to drive.
  • You have held a valid driving licence (see *below) and only drive vehicles you have applied for on your current application and were entitled to drive on your previous licence.
  • If you hold a Group 2 (bus or lorry) licence, your entitlement has not been suspended, revoked or refused by a traffic commissioner.
  • You meet any conditions that were specified on your previous licence that still apply.
  • DVLA has received your correct and complete application within the last 12 months.
  • Your last licence was not revoked or refused for medical reasons.
  • You are not currently disqualified from driving by a court.
  • You were not disqualified as a high risk offender on or after 1 June 2013 (a high risk offender is a driver convicted of a serious drink driving offence).

*this licence can be a full GB licence, a GB provisional licence, a European Community licence, a Northern Ireland licence, a British external/British Forces licence or an exchangeable licence.

Section 88 cover is valid until any of the following apply:

  • You receive your new driving licence, (as that will cover you to drive).
  • Your application is refused or licence revoked by DVLA. You will receive a letter from DVLA if this is the case.
  • Your application is more than a year old.
  • You have been disqualified from driving since your application was sent to the DVLA.

Surrendering your driving licence:

There’s no legal age at which you must stop driving. You can decide when to stop, but medical conditions can affect your driving and might mean you have to give up your driving licence until you can meet the medical standards of fitness to drive again.

When you decide to stop driving or are advised by your doctor to stop you’ll need to tell DVLA and send them your licence.

You can download a ‘Declaration of Voluntary Surrender’ , click HERE to find out more about this.

To apply or renew your licence online: Click HERE.

* Drive Safe *


Broadwindsor’s Village Party – Saturday, 25th March

A date for all the residents of Broadwindsor to put in their diary! Saturday, 25th March. Those who have received questionnaires had this advertised on the reverse side. All Broadwindsor residents are welcome!

The idea of the Village Party was the brainchild of village resident, John Staff, who had the desire to “get the village back to pre Covid and encourage new residents of the village to come and meet others.Broadwindsor Fun Group have sponsored the event through donation. Local musicians will be performing for you 🙂

Starting at 7.30pm – late, the event is FREE but tickets are required (to help calculate catering numbers).

Tickets are available from Broadwindsor Community Stores or
Tel: John Staff on 01308 868584



Collared Earthstar In Common Water Lane

Thank you to village resident & dog walker, Brian Wing who recognised & photographed this fungus, Geastrum triplex, more commonly known as the collared earthstar, while walking up Common Water Lane. Geo means earth and astrum means star. The species name triplex, which means ‘having three layers,’ refers to the way the ‘star’ arms of the outer layer crack when they peel back, making it look like the spore-sac is sitting on a dish.

You’re most likely to see one in woods with deciduous, hardwood trees, especially those with lots of leaf litter. They like woods with beech on chalky soils in the south. They can be found under coniferous trees or even on sand dunes, in scrub and along roadside hedgerows, especially on sloping ground.

Even though they’re not poisonous, they don’t taste good. However, Earthstars were used medicinally by the indigenous peoples of the Americas. The Native American Blackfoot Confederacy called collared earthstars ka-ka-toos – meaning ‘fallen stars‘ – and believed them to be indicators of supernatural events. To read more, click HERE.


Enjoy A Wobbly Evening Workshop – Wednesday, 23rd January

Rich and Dani from Wobbly Cottage are inviting you to join them in a Wobbly Scotch Egg Workshop at 7pm on Wednesday, 23rd January.

Celebrating Burns Night, come create your own Haggis Scotch Eggs!

At £20 per person – the price includes 4 Scotch Eggs and a complimentary cocktail.

Places are limited so to avoid any disappointment, please don’t hesitate to book yourself and a friend in for an evening of fun and creativity – with your supper at the end of it too!

The Wobbly Cottage

Telephone: 07488 313857
or call in: The Old Post Office, The Square, Broadwindsor, DT8 3QD


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