Witness Appeal: Broadwindsor Community Stores

Any witnesses to a vehicle, most probably a medium van turning around in front of shop and colliding with the canopy of the village shop are asked to please step forward.

The incident happened on the morning of Wednesday 2nd June. It is presumed that it happened before opening as the noise most certainly would have alerted staff and/or customers. Volunteer, Philip Coltart noticed the damage when coming in on duty. The vehicle involved cannot have escaped without damage to the rear of their vehicle as the 6×2 inch timber has been broken. Broadwindsor Community Stores to date, have found no witnesses to the incident.

Chris Edgerley, who will be reparing it in the next couple of weeks commented “It is going to be complex to fix without taking the whole structure down but that is my problem. I have done a temporary repair to pull the whole structure together.

Anyone with any information is asked to please let shop manager, Kevin Madder-Smith, or a senior member of the staff know, either in person, telephoning 01308 867922 or by email to kevinmaddersmith@badce.plus.com.


Celebrate With Broadwindsor Cricket Club

All are welcome at 2pm tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon at the Grand Opening of Broadwindsor Cricket Club.

Clive Stafford-Smith announced on Twitter last night that it was thanks to the generosity shown that the Club had been saved.  He also teased that there will be a “mystery England former test cricketer appearing for my team against regulars

In preparation for the Club’s Centenary, Clive Stafford-Smith OBE has carried out some research and is collating the history of the Club.  Read more HERE.

For a full list of this years fixtures, click HERE.


Summer Bus Timetable

Wessex Transport have produced their summer brochure with the bus timetables for Weymouth and the Jurassic coast.

Below are the timetables for our local service: you can get a bus from the White Lion in Broadwindsor to Yeovil at 10.09hrs or 13.29hrs.

There are three buses to take you to Bridport from the Old Bakery at 09.42hrs., 13.40hrs. and 17.27hrs.

Click HERE to read and download their Summer timetable for all routes.

Please remember to wear your mask on public transport.  Safe travelling.


Pride Month

Happy Pride Month to all LGBTQIA+ supporters.

LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer or Questioning.
More recently, I and A have been added to the acronym to represent Intersex and Asexual.
The + represents those not included in the original acronym, in terms of gender identity or sexual orientation e.g. Pan and Nonbinary.

Pride is not to be confused with LGBTQ+ History Month which is in February to coincide with the abolition of section 28 in 2003.

Section 28 was a law that prohibited the “promotion of homosexuality” and hindered education about homosexuality in schools. Introduced by Margaret Thatcher and her Conservative government in 1988 and then repealed by Tony Blair’s Labour in 2003 (this was after an earlier, unsuccessful attempt in 2000).


Pride is held in June to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall riots, a series of protests that happened in New York city after police attempted to raid the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar, in the early hours of June 28, 1969.
The confrontation sparked a gay rights uprising that grew year on year – including in other American cities and abroad – with each passing anniversary.
The Stonewall Inn is now a designated US national monument, and New York City Police issued an apology 50 years later in June 2019 for its officers’ actions back in 1969.

In the UK, inspired by this movement and founded in 1989 to lobby for equal rights for LGBT people, Stonewall is now the biggest LGBTQ+ rights organisation in Europe. Describing themselves as “a team of bold, passionate people fighting for the freedom, equity and potential of LGBTQ+ people everywhere.”

They stand for lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning and ace (LGBTQ+) people everywhere. They imagine a world where all LGBTQ+ people are free to be themselves and can live their lives to the full.

Please view their list of organisations that can provide support and help HERE.
You can also ring the LGBT Switchboard every day 10am-10pm on 0300 330 0630 if you would like to talk to someone.
Contact them on FREEPHONE 0800 0502020, lines are open 9:30am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday (an answerphone is available outside these hours).
Email them at info@stonewall.org.uk.
Write to them at: Stonewall, 192 St. John Street, London, EC1V 4JY.

This is the 1st Pride Flag designed by Gilbert Baker, which appeared in 1977. Commissioned by a gay politician, he was inspired by Judy Garland’s ‘Over The Rainbow and the colours symbolised the following: Hot pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for magic/art, indigo for serenity, and violet for spirit.
Click HERE to read an article published last month in Marie Claire showing the 30 Different Pride Flags and stating what each one represents.


Drimpton FC – Annual Awards

Drimpton Football Club held their Annual Awards last weekend at The Royal Oak in Drimpton.
Manager Andy Loudon and Chairman David Symonds both thanked the players and officials for all their efforts this season. The sponsors St Michael’s Trading Estate in Bridport were also thanked for their generosity in sponsoring the kit and training jackets.
The award winners were as follows :
  • Clubman : Rory Dodge
  • Young Player : Frankie Symonds
  • Chairman’s Player : Tom Franklin
  • Manager’s Player : Pawel Ciereszko
  • Player’s Player : Ryan Gay
  • Leading Goalscorer : Tim Hussey
  • Special Achievement Award for scoring his 500th Goal also went to Tim Hussey ( 516 goals )

Manager, Andy Loudon commented “Many thanks to everyone involved at this great club. Looking forward to next season for what we hope will bring continued success.

Drimpton F.C.To contact Drimpton FC:
Telephone: 07376 890052 or
Message through their
Facebook page HERE.

Offers For Children At The Stableyard Restaurant

For this half term week, Linda is offering free bacon and egg for children when adults buy a breakfast. (max 4 children per family).

Pizzas have been added to their lunchtime menu and there are free milkshakes with every chocolate brownie, shortbread biscuit or cup cake 🙂

Stableyard Restaurant, BroadwindsorBooking is not necessary but is strongly advised if you’re making a special journey to get there.



Comrades Hall 100 Club

The Comrades Hall 100 Club held their Summer draw on Tuesday 1st June 2021 at the Comrades Hall Post Office. The numbers were drawn by John, the Post Office Outreach Clerk.

The winning numbers and names are as follows:

  • 1st £75         No 45    Winner  – Diana Stothard
  • 2nd £50       No 30    Winner –  Wendy Shields
  • 3rd £25        No 87     Winner  – Val Madder-Smith

Congratulations to all 🙂

The next draw will take place on Tuesday 7th September 2021 at Comrades Hall.

Joyce and Sally say thank you to all the Members for their continued support for the Comrades Hall.


The Bishops’ Kitchen – June 21


150g tender nettle tops,  35g knob butter,  1 onion peeled & chopped, 1 large leek trimmed & finely sliced,  2 celery sticks chopped,   1 clove garlic peeled & chopped, 2tbsp basmati rice,  1 litre vegetable stock, seasoning, 6 heaped tbsp. thick plain yoghurt and a bunch of chives to finish.


Pick over the nettles wash them thoroughly & discard the tougher stalks. Melt the butter in a large pan. Add onion, leek celery & garlic cover & sweat gently for 10 mins stirring them a few times until soft  but not brown. Add the rice & stock & cook bring to a simmer & cook for 10 mins. Add the nettles & simmer for 5 mins until the rice &  nettles are tender. Season with plenty salt & pepper. Puree the soup in a blender & check seasoning. Serve in warmed bowls topping with a large dollop of yogurt & a large sprinkling of snipped chives.


1 tbsp olive oil  200g nettle leaves, washed boiled & drained  200ml tub crème fraiche  1 tsp wholegrain mustard  140 creamy blue cheese such as blue vinny 4 thick slices sourdough bread  seasoning.


Heat the olive oil in a frying pan. Add the nettles & cook for 1 minute until wilted. Allow to cool for I minute then roughly chop. Place in a bowl with the crème fraiche, mustard, half the blue cheese & seasoning, taste & set aside. Lightly toast the bread on both sides, divide the cheese mix between the slices of toast then pile on remaining cheese & grill until golden & bubbling serve immediately.

All recipes are from village resident, Richard Childs.

Missed a recipe? Click HERE to view Richard’s earlier recipes and other seasonal ideas.

Nettle - Urtica dioica,
Nettle – Urtica dioica,

Nettles have a rich, earthy, spinach-like flavour with a slight tang. Nettle leaves must first be cooked or steamed to destroy the hairs on them, which contain a number of irritating chemicals.


Dimensions Hair Salon Relocates

Still within Redlands Yard, Stephanie and her team have moved! Only to next door though 🙂  With no disruption to her clients, Stephanie’s husband Ben and their friends moved everything over the Bank Holiday weelend.

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The new salon is spacious, airy and welcomed clients yesterday morning.

A great accomplishment, we wish Steph and her team good luck for the future.

To make an appointment – please call 01308 867711.

The unit Steph was previously in and another are now for let.  Contact Colin or Sarah at: hello@redlandsyard.co.uk


Bees – The June Gap

There are around 280 species of bee which are found in the UK.  June is the beginning of the summer season when the spring flowering plants and trees shed their blooms having been pollinated and now begin to form seeds but the main flow of summer flowering blooms has yet to begin. For bee keepers, this time is known as the ‘June Gap‘.

The June Gap is often felt the most in rural areas dominated by intensive agriculture. The plentiful hawthorn blooms of hedgerows, hedgerow trees and the glut of autumn sown Rapeseed are largely over throughout most of the UK by June but the summer wild flowers are not yet at their peak and the Heather bloom is still many weeks away.

It isn’t just our bees – this affects any invertebrate which depends on nectar and pollen as a food source: butterflies*, moths, hoverflies, beetles, thrips and wasps.  If you are a caring wildlife gardener, then it is worth ensuring there is not a gap in your garden at this time 🙂

*June is also a good month for garden butterflies including the large and small green veined whites, early migrant painted ladies, red admirals, small tortoiseshells, brimstonees, speckled wood and meadow browns.

The weather has an effect on when the colonies of bees swarm and May has been very wet.  There is a 17th century proverb:

A swarm in May is worth a load of hay;
a swarm in June is worth a silver spoon;
but a swarm in July is not worth a fly.

The Natural History museum have produced a pocket ID chart with the six most common UK bumblebee species for you to identify by looking at the insects’ colour patterns. Download the Bumblebee Quick ID chart HERE.