Local Employment: Broadwindsor House Seek Care Staff

Our lovely Broadwindsor House are seeking Full time and Part time Care Staff for their elderly residents.  All aspects of care are necessary and required.  Covid-19 regulations are in place.

There are 3 different shift times:

  • 8am – 2pm
  • 2pm – 8 pm
  • 8pm – 8am
  • ALL shifts include every other weekend.

Telephone: 01308 868353 or
Apply via their Facebook advert HERE.


CB3 Saturday Bus Returns On 17th October

Beaminster Town Council have announced the return of the CB3 Bus service:


It has been a l-o-n-g time since the Beaminster CB3 volunteers have seen friends, supporters and passengers! but we are pleased to announce that your favourite bus will be back on the roads again from SATURDAY 17TH OCTOBER.

The bus will be running to the same timetable as before but working to Covid safe guidance which means that, unfortunately, passenger numbers on board at any one time will be limited.  We are asking ALL passengers to RING the bus before they travel on 07716 643087.  Every effort will be made to seat couples and families together and please tell us if you intend to come back on the bus so that a return seat can be booked – we would hate to leave anyone behind.

The phone number will be available for bookings all week and will be on the bus on Saturdays.

All Covid precautions have been put in place – ALL passengers are required to use the hand gel on boarding the bus and (unless you have a dispensation) wear a face mask.

Please pass this good news on to your friends and neighbours and the volunteers look forward to seeing you back on the bus on Saturdays.”

Here’s the timetable:

CB3 Bus Timetable Oct 2020

CB3 Bus Timetable

Please remember ALL passengers are asked to RING the bus before they travel on 07716 643087. 

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Shop Local, Shop Online At Broadwindsor Community Stores!

  • Monday is the day to order your groceries from our Community Stores.
  • Fresh produce is ordered for you on the Tuesday
  • You collect it on Wednesday 🙂

Register with your email address before ordering otherwise you’ll lose what’s in your basket! Click HERE to see their fantastic range and shop.

If you want to know how their Click and Collect service works – please watch the short video below which guides you through the process, step by step.



The Free Mental Health & Debt Guide

This month, TV presenter and financial journalist Martin Lewis with Jenny Keefe & Marianne Curphey has produced a free 44-page PDF booklet to assist those with mental health problems coping with debt.

For people with mental health problems and those caring for them, the free 44-page PDF booklet which is supported by Mind, Christians Against Poverty UK, Alzheimer’s Society, Citizen’s Advice Bureau and others can be downloaded  HERE.

To open and read PDFs – you require Adobe Acrobat reader. You can download for free HERE.

Martin Lewis
TV Presenter: Martin Lewis

In the opening statement it reads “No matter how bad it seems, while it may not always be easy or quick, there is light at the end of the tunnel.”  It covers how to handle debts when unwell, work with banks, free debt counselling, specific tips for bipolar disorder or depression sufferers, whether to declare a condition and much more.

Having planned it for years, in 2016 Martin founded the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute. The aim is to research, investigate and lobby for change on mental health issues and debt.





Please #SaveBroadwindsorCricket

Broadwindsor Cricket Club (BCC) was established in 1923 and currently welcomes more than 400 players each year. 

The current owners of Broadwindsor Cricket Ground have decided not to renew the lease and have now served BCC with a notice to vacate the Ground and remove the pavilion! This would tragically spell the end of a 97-year old Club.

However, after months of negotiations, the Club have come to an agreement to pay a fair price for the Ground. Broadwindsor Cricket Club must now raise £35,000 and are seeking financial aid from all players, friends and supporters to help #SaveBroadwindsorCricket.  They are also seeking support from Broadwindsor Group Parish Council at this Monday’s meeting.
They have submitted a total of 9 grant applications and  2 interest-free loan applications so far and have been successful in raising £10,000 – 28% toward their total fundraising figure.

They aim to raise £10,000 through their Crowdfunding campaign. If they don’t achieve their target – they will receive nothing!

The Ground on the Beaminster Road, where they have been playing under a lease agreement since 1965, was previously voted as one of the Top 5 Most Beautiful in the country by Wisden.
They have a £10,000 target and at the time of publishing, they have managed to raise £905 plus an estimated  £136.25 via Gift Aid.
They managed to host 40 games in 2019 which included their Sunday Mid-Wessex XI, the Middleton-Hands evening league and friendlies against many local & touring teams. Their grass roots Middleton-Hands evening league in their own words “absolutely enshrines the spirit of village cricket and is something to really shout about.”


Each year Broadwindsor Cricket Club are proud to encourage a number of youth and adult players to don pads for the first time whilst being supported by their teammates and competitors up to the standard of seasoned Dorset Premier League & West of England Premier League cricketers.

They also welcome Broadwindsor Primary school children for coaching on Friday afternoons during the summer.

PLEASE CONTRIBUTE AND SUPPORT BROADWINDSOR CRICKET CLUB HERE. Once purchased, the freehold will be placed in a Trust.


Broadwindsor Cricket Club are a constituted not-for-profit organisation and are registering as a Community Amateur Sports Club. This allows them to claim GiftAid on donations from tax-paying individuals for whom they have created a set of rewards. Added to this, they also hope to have match funding for all donations. This means your :

£10 donation = £10 from you + £2.50 GiftAid + £10 match funding.










Beaminster’s FiverFest Starts This Saturday, 10th October

Beaminster’s Fiver Fest runs from 10th – 24th October 2020.  This is first time that Beaminster is taking part in TotallyLocally’s FiverFest initiative. Local businesses taking part put on special £5 offers over 2 weeks, to show the diversity and value of what they sell, and to say thank you to the communities that support them.  We wish them all well.

Promotions so far include:

  • Cilla & Camilla: Full Cream Tea in their Cafe for a fiver per person.
  • Cilla & Camilla: Thought Bamboo Socks for a fiver.
  • Dexters: Smaller Appetite Menu for a fiver.
  • Dexters: Takeaway meal deal for a fiver.
  • Furleigh Estate: Get a fiver off when you purchase Furleigh sparkling wine.
  • Little Groves Nursery: 2x 2kg bags of Tom Chambers Wild birdseed for a fiver.
  • Little Groves Nursery: 3 x pots of herbs for a fiver.
  • Salon on the Square: Aveda travel-size product for a fiver.
  • Salon on the Square: Eyebrow shaping for a fiver.
  • Salon on the Square: Men’s beard trim for a fiver.
  • Salon on the Square: Mii makeup consultation for a fiver.
  • Sophia’s Choice: Cytoplan Vitamin D 2500iu supplement for a fiver.
  • Tangerine Cafe: Special item on their menu, which may change daily,  for a fiver.
  • The Coach House Café at Mapperton: Warming Autumn soup with crusty bread for a fiver.
  • The Ollerod: Enjoy a glass of bubbly (or wine/soft drink) and a slice of cake for a fiver.

Click HERE to find the up to date list 🙂

Find out all you need to know about TotallyLocally’s FiverFest HERE.


Have You Lost Your Bank Card In Broadwindsor?

It’s a horrible realisation when you discover you have lost your Bank Credit/Debit card.  A Lloyds Bank card was found just outside Broadwindsor Community Stores by a young man yesterday morning.  The name on the card is not a local one so please make sure any visitors are made aware too.

The bank card is currently being held at the shop.  If the owner goes in and can match the details on the card, it will be returned to them. Obviously they cannot hold it indefinitely, so it will be returned to the Bank if no one steps forward.



Chris Loder’s Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill

Chris Loder, the MP for West Dorset, introduced his Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill in the House of Commons on 5th February 2020. The Private Members’ Bill makes provision for the maximum penalty for certain offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to be increased from six months to up to five years.

The second reading, which was originally tabled for 12th June, will now take place on 23rd October 2020.

The Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill has been introduced to the House of Commons, before moving to the House of Lords. If passed, it will come into effect in two months after it receives Royal Assent.

We are renowned to be a nation of animal lovers – now let’s prove that by handing down appropriate penalties to those who bring unnecessary suffering to animals”.  Chris Loder MP

To track the progress of the Bill – click HERE.



Draconids & Orionids Meteor Showers This Month

Named after Draco, the dragon constellation, the Draconid meteor shower is at its peak tonight and tomorrow evening.  Rather than wait until the wee small hours of the night, the Draconids are best seen in the evening, after nightfall, looking North. You do have to be patient as there are only about 5 per hour.

OrionFar more illuminating are the Orionids which have already begun but reach their peak on 20th/21st October. The meteors from the Orionids are dust and debris left behind by Halley’s Comet. Orion is a relatively easy constellation to find in our autumn and winter skies – it is in the Southeast at early evening and bright and high in the South by mid-to-late evening. It is also easily recognisable by the three bright stars that form the “belt of Orion,” The meteor shower appears to come from the constellation of Orion but they can be seen in the sky from all directions, without the need for binoculars or a telescope. The Moon will just be in the first quarter so the bright shower will be clearer to see. The Orionids are one of the most reliable meteor showers each year. One can usually see about 25 per hour.
All, of course, is weather dependant!


Tunnel Road Closed At Night Oct 14th – 16th

Part of the A3066 Tunnel Road by Beaminster is to close for three nights to allow power company SSE to replace old light fittings with new LED fittings.  SSE is one of the trading names of OVO Electricity Ltd

It will be shut on both sides of the tunnel, closed between 7pm and 7am on Wednesday, October 14 until Friday, October 16.

Dorset Council’s Travel Dorset website has published the official diversion route online, which will take approximately 1hr 5mins to follow the 42.2 mile route.

1 W Dibberford Farm Cottages, Beaminster DT8 3HD, UK
      68.0 km. About 1 hour 5 mins (1 hour 11 mins in current traffic)
1. Head north-west on A3066
5.2 km
2. Turn right onto A356
23.5 km
3. Turn right onto Dorchester Rd/A37

Continue to follow A37
5.6 km
4. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on A37
2.0 km
5. At Monkeys Jump Roundabout, take the 4th exit onto A35
20.6 km
6. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Sea Rd N/A3066

Continue to follow A3066
1.9 km
7. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Beaminster Rd/A3066

Continue to follow A3066
8.0 km
8. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Tunnel Rd/A3066
1.3 km
Hewstock Farm Cottage/Tunnel Rd, Beaminster DT8 3HB, UK
   Map data ©2020
road closedObviously, residents and locals will know of alternative, shorter but unofficial routes that they can take to avoid the road closure. These roads are not suitable for HGVs and should be avoided if using larger machinery.  Drive safe!