Lammas is celebrated on August 1st and is the first of the three harvest festivals (the Autumnal Equinox and Samhain being the others). The first fruits of summer are enjoyed. There are many festivals and ceremonies but throughout, there is a custom of climbing hills and mountains – we have Lewesdon hill our our doorstep 🙂
August’s Full Moon is on Monday, 3rd and is known as the Sturgeon Moon. So called because the giant sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain in North America were most readily caught during this part of summer. It is also referred to as Full Green Corn Moon, signalling that the corn was nearly ready for harvest, Grain Moon, Fruit Moon, Barley Moon. Wheat Cut Moon, and Blueberry Moon.*
The word “sturgeon” means “the stirrer”, which is what this giant freshwater fish does when it is looking for food; it stirs up the mud and silt on river and lake bottoms. The sturgeon is sometimes called a “living fossil,” as it belongs to a family of fish that has existed for more than 135 million years.
In ancient times, it was common to track the changing seasons by following the lunar month rather than the solar year, which the 12 months in our modern Gregorian calendar are based on.
*For millennia, people across Europe, as well as the Native American tribes, named the months after features they associated with the Northern Hemisphere seasons, and many of these names are very similar or identical.
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The charity ECT are currently recruiting School Minibus Drivers to join their team in Dorset (DCT) – ready to start in September 2020.
Part-time, split-shift, term-time vacancies as well as casual or relief shifts are available.
No previous experience is required and comprehensive training will be provided.
Drivers are trained to the nationally-recognised and accredited MiDAS (Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme) standard, which is administered by the Community Transport Association.
- If you are interested, please check their Application Guide for Minibus Drivers HERE (the pdf file will download to your computer) for more detail on the position, including the kind of candidates they are looking for.
Applicants should have D1 on their licence or PSV driving entitlement.
- Please then download the Application Form for Minibus Driver HERE.
If you are unable to download the forms, then telephone: 01258 287986.
- Complete the form and email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or snailmail to:
Dorset Community Transport,
25E Sunrise Business Park,
Higher Shaftesbury Road,
Dorset DT11 8ST.
Dorset Community Transport (also known as DCT) was launched in 2011 and has a fleet of approximately 50 vehicles, over half of which are wheelchair accessible.
DCT operate across the entire county, with their offices based in Blandford Forum.
ECT Charity aims to provide safe, accessible and affordable community transport to people unable to use mainstream transport due to mobility or other difficulties, or because ordinary public transport is unavailable in their area.
ECT also provided accessible community transport solutions to one-off events such as the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as Prince Harry’s Invictus Games 2014, and the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships.
ECT Charity started as Ealing Community Transport in 1979.
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Apologies for not giving fair warning – but you can listen to what the Chairman of Broadwindsor Community Stores, Andrew Hookings, had to say in a seven minute interview on BBC Radio Solent’s Breakfast Show this morning.
Please click on the link below, fast forward it to 47mins, 15 seconds and you’ll hear Andrew being introduced by Steve Harris discussing the affect of Covid-19 has had on our community stores and how the shop was successful in securing a grant from the Dorset Community Foundation Coronavirus Fund.
Listen to Andrew’s interview HERE (at 47m 15s).
To find out more about the Dorset Community Foundation Coronavirus Fund click HERE.
BROADWINDSOR COMMUNITY STORES ARE LAUNCHING THEIR NEW CLICK AND COLLECT WEBSITE ON SATURDAY AUGUST, 1ST 2020 🙂
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There will be news on the restaurant at Redlands Yard very soon – but here’s a look at the other units at Redlands Yard with what they’ve got and when they’re open.
- THE WOBBLY COTTAGE
Open 🙂 Tuesday – Friday 10am – 2.30pm and Saturday 10am – 1.30pm.
Rich & Dani: “Having been open all the way through Lockdown and adjusting accordingly we are getting back to normal a bit more and generally have stock to sell from the counter with an ever changing selection of bread and baked goodies. Beewraps are back in stock and we are also back to making small batches of preserves. We can take orders to secure loaves etc.. and are still offering a delivery service to those that can’t get to us although we are asking that anyone that can come up to the bakery please do so.”
On Fridays – they are also taking delivery of fresh flowers from Beaminster’s Lovette Farm.
Contact Rich and Dani: 01308 867 748
Message them through their Facebook page HERE.
- EARTH DESIGN
Open 🙂 Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 3pm (hopefully more in the next couple of weeks).
Lisa and Paula will update their Facebook page when they get back to normal hours, hopefully in the next couple of weeks.
“We have sanitizer at the door for everyone to use. Masks must be worn. We have a One way system and social distancing markings on the floor. A limit of how many customers are in the shop at the same time. A safety screen around the till area. All safety measures are working well and it’s been lovely seeing our customers again.”
Contact 01308 868911
Message Lisa & Paula through their Facebook page HERE.
- DIMENSIONS HAIR STUDIO
Open 🙂 APPOINTMENT ONLY
Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 3pm & Late night – 7pm on Thursdays.
Saturday, 9am – 2pm.
Steph and her team have been exceptionally busy since lockdown restrictions have been lifted. They continue to cheerfully transform heads and share the ‘befores’ and ‘afters’ on their Facebook page HERE.
Contact: 01308 867711
Message Steph through Facebook, click HERE.
- THE PAINTED NAIL
Open 🙂 APPOINTMENT ONLY.
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm & Late nights – 9pm on Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Saturday 10am – 5pm
Toni and her team are merrily flattering the fingertips and fluttering the eyelashes of many ladies since Lockdown restrictions have been eased.
Contact: Book an appointment through their website HERE.
Message Toni through their Facebook page HERE.
Telephone: 07378 818 676
- BECCA’S FABRIC LARDER
Open 🙂 Wednesday & Thursdays 11am -4pm
Saturdays 11am – 3pm
Offering an incredible array of fabrics under one roof. Other days closed or reduced hours.
Contact: 07486 062 343
- THE PAINTED POOCH
Open 🙂 APPOINTMENT ONLY
Geri is bathing and blow drying a variety of your beloved four legged friends.
As well as bathing, cutting nails and general pampering, they also offer a microchipping and scanning service.
Contact: 07539 551993
Message through their Facebook page HERE.
Book an appointment for your dog HERE.
- GALLERY OF MAKERS
Open 🙂 Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Selling a range of original works handmade by a group of 20 or so dedicated local artists.
A relieved Clare Colby commented “...nearly six weeks now of re-opened doors … good to see so many peeps visiting and returning ..“.
Explore their new online shop HERE.
Contact: In the first instance, please email: email@example.com
Their website and Facebook page are being developed by a marketing company and we can expect lots more news and photographs next month.
We wish you all well!
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The 1000 wool fleeces in the photograph are about to be incorporated into the manure heap.
What a waste of a once valuable resource. A sustainable product that could be used to insulate homes for all government grant supported buildings.
Sheep farmers receive less for their wool than the cost of shearing the sheep. Last year David Jones, who is pictured with his wool above, received 28p a fleece and paid the shearer £1. This year the value it set to drop by at least half. Hence he and many other farmer’s across the country, decision to plough their wool into the fields as fertiliser.
Wool is sustainable, fire-retardant, bio-degradable, and the most efficient form of insulation.
Read more and sign the petition HERE.
#Broadwindsor #WestDorset #Farmers #Sheep #Fleece #Petition
A great big thank you to all the wonderful people who gave up their Sunday morning to make a start on the tidy up of Bernards’ Place and the areas around the Comrades Hall. We thought we would end up with a few dumpy bags of waste but ended up with a skip load. It was a fantastic community effort. There are too many hardy soles to name everyone individually, a sincere thank you to you all.
All the play equipment is now open apart from the large swing which needs some further attention.
The baby swing has got to be removed as it does not meet current standards.
All the other equipment has had the work done to it rectify faults identified in the recent RoSPA report 🙂
There are lots of plans for Bernards’ Place and for the Comrades Hall being considered, as these plans develop we will share them with all of you for your thoughts.
With my sincere thanks
Well Done Everybody!
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Harry Isaacs, the young farmer who tragically lost his life earlier this week, will be celebrated this evening by a tractor procession from Mosterton to Beaminster Square for a Memorial service and tributes from family and friends.
As you’d expect, things are subject to change but the plan is . . .
- 6.45pm – Marshall meeting in Beaminster Square.
- 7pm – Procession gathering in Mosterton.
- 7.30pm – Procession departs Mosterton. Slow drive.
- 8pm – Arrive in Beaminster Square
- 8pm – Tributes and speeches
- 8.30pm – Candles lit and one minute silence.
- 9pm – Start to clear the Square
Please remember face coverings and social distancing where possible.
The Highways and Police are informed and are in full support of this but would respectfully ask that the town is cleared by 9.15pm.
You are invited to bring “Flags, flowers, photos, banners, candles, cheers and good vibes for this special young man and his family and all of us grieving at this very sad time.”
A true and fitting tribute to such a beautiful young man with the biggest smile of anyone we’ve ever known.
Harry’s Tribute Page is HERE.
The fundraising page for a Memorial Bench for Harry (with any surplus going to his parents) can be found HERE.
They officially open next Saturday but the premises is open today from 12 noon – 5pm for viewings.
There will be selected people testing the place throughout the afternoon & others (including co-owner Rob Ridge) doing more finishing off work. Next weekend they’ll open at 10am. Their August timetable is:
- Monday – Closed all day.
- Tuesday – 9am – 12noon (Under 12’s) & 5pm – 9pm
- Wednesday – 5pm – 9pm
- Thursday – 5pm – 9pm
- Friday – 3pm – 9pm
- Saturday – 11am – 7pm
- Sunday – 11am – 6pm
Mondays and other closed times may be used for private hire but this will be subject to staffing.
There are numbered zones on the ramps which will help with social distancing and make users feel safe. Rob said: “If we get busy or we have youngsters we can say, ‘stay in that zone’ and people can keep in their zones, not just because of the virus, but if they are learning, hopefully it will stop a collision or two.”
Don’t want to take part but watch?
Then relax on one of their comfortable stools in the viewing gallery.
Rob Ridge and Dom Brown, known for The Trick Factory indoor skate park which closed in St Michael’s, Bridport in 2016 got the thumbs up from Dorset Council to change the use of unit 2A from a general industrial unit, to a skate park, with support by Bradpole parish council. They and their team would like to thank all those who donated to the facility’s Crowdfunder and all the local businesses that donated money or equipment.
They are still seeking volunteers to supervise and businesses to advertise at the skate park. Keep up to date and communicate with them through their Facebook page HERE.
Photo credit: Steve Guthrie.
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It’s your last chance to catch Comet Neowise before it goes back into the outer solar system and doesn’t reappear until 6,800 years!
The comet is currently about as bright as Polaris, the North Star, and can be observed in dark skies without the aid of a telescope or binoculars. Look East. The comet will appear underneath the Plough constellation, and just above the horizon. By the weekend, the comet will have moved so that it is directly underneath the Plough, as it moves further westwards and slightly higher on our horizon every night.
The beautiful photograph shows Comet Neowise behind St. John the Baptist Church in Broadwindsor. Photo credit: Jamie Dawson.
In our dark sky, there’s the chance you’ll see shooting stars too. These are the Perseids and these will be increasing each night until their peak on 11th/12th/13th August. The Perseids tend to be very bright, so you can still expect a good percentage to overcome the moonlit glare.
In ancient Greek star lore, Perseus is the son of the god Zeus and the mortal Danaë. It is said that the Perseid shower commemorates the time when Zeus visited Danaë, the mother of Perseus, in a shower of gold.
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