All Broadwindsor’s Advent Windows

As stockings are being hung on Christmas Eve, here are all the Advent windows which were assigned to and displayed by the villagers of Broadwindsor. The creativity and imagination shown was both incredible and beautiful.  Well done to Rev. Jo for coming up with the idea, to all those who participated and thank you to Margery Hookings for providing most of the photographs.  It is certainly going to be a Christmas that no one will forget where they were or what they were doing! Stay Safe.

Please enjoy Broadwindsor’s Advent Windows 2020….



Christmas Garland


NIck Tett’s 12 Days of Christmas

There are many businesses doing December/Festive competitions and raffles this year and Nick Tett Butchers in Beaminster has joined the festive sleigh with not one but twelve opportunities to win via their Facebook promotion.

Running from Tuesday, 1st – Saturday 12th December 2020, here’s what you have to do:

  • You have to be a user of Facebook
  • You have to go to Nick Tett Butchers Ltd. Facebook page HERE.
  • You then have to ‘Like‘ and ‘Follow‘ their page.
  • When the competition opens on December 1st, there will be a daily post on their page on Facebook.
    You have to both ‘Like‘ and ‘Share‘ that post on that day.

Entries are limited to one per day!

The winners will be drawn daily and drawn at random.  Prize value will be between £10 – £50. Good Luck!



In 2020, Age Is Just A Number

Our whole world is of the same age! This random and remarkable fact remains unexplained by experts but it only occurs once every Millennium.

Your Age + The Year of your Birth = 2020

Try it out – it’s a thousand years until it next comes around.*

  • Edit – It works every year. Not every thousand years. It’s not a trick or a quirk of maths, it’s just how date of birth and age work. Your age is the time between your DOB and the current year. – Thank You Harry Neary.



Dorset Features in New Netflix Film ‘Rebecca’

Two years after Daphne du Maurier’s gothic novel, the most popular film in the UK in 1940 was ‘Rebecca’, directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. 

Netflix has produced an adaptation, shot last summer and this time starring Armie Hammer, Lily James, and Kristin Scott Thomas. Many locations including Mapperton House, Beaminster are used.  Mapperton provides the scene for a garden party on the lawns by the Orangery when the characters wed.  Due for release on October 21st, there is a trailer:


Live-in Home Groom/Yard Manager Required For Competition Yard

The position is now filled.

*Advertising on September 10th that the position is still available!*

A live-in position is available with Team Heritage Equestrian at Three Legged Cross in Dorset (BH21 6RH). They are looking for an additional Home Groom / Yard Manager to work alongside their existing team within their busy yard.

Immediate Start Available for the right candidate, and also accommodation is available/included if required.

They are looking for someone to work alongside the existing team looking after 18 Showjumping horses. It’s a very busy yard with always plenty to do, so would suit ambitious and hard working individuals.

This is a wonderful opportunity to work with current international standard staff and a successful showjumping team (No Liveries). Groom wanted to work alongside the existing team on a vibrant, purpose built yard.

The successful candidate should be able to:

  • Work alongside the existing team on a day to day basis.
  • Have good communication skills liaising with staff, owners, vets, farriers, clients, etc.
  • Have knowledge of the care and welfare of horses, and a basic veterinary knowledge would be of benefit.
  • Be competent to develop in to taking take sole charge when necessary in the future.
  • Be diligent and prepared to work hard and to carry out a variety of tasks.
  • An eye for detail and work to industry standards and speed.
  • Ability to think on their feet and to be flexible.
  • All normal yard duties on day to day basis.
  • Position is 6 days a week.
  • Good wage for right candidate relevant to experience.

Serious enquiries only.

Please call Rob on: 07802 365 976 or apply online HERE. The position is now filled.

Team Heritage Equestrian is a unique International Showjumping Team. They also specialise in the production and sales of young and high end showjumping horses. 


New Fashion Retail Unit at Redlands Yard

Officially opening Saturday, 5th September – Little Boutique in a Box is a new fashion retail unit at Redlands Yard.

The photograph shows shop owner, Helen Atkins (right) with her friend Sandie who were finalising things this evening and even managed a couple of sales while at it! Helen’s lovely toy poodle, Lucy should be a regular sight in the shop too.

Little Boutique In A BoxFrom her home in Loscombe, nr. Bridport, Helen has been trading Little Boutique in a Box by appointment and online.  Little Boutique in a Box is about offering the customer fashion that is comfortable, relaxed, timeless and affordable! Clothing, accessories, jewellery and gift ideas – there’s plenty to browse.
Call in to visit them at Redlands Yard (before or after your coffee and cake!) – You can follow them and check out their offers on Facebook @littleboutiqueinabox.
Visit their website to see their stock HERE.

Welcome to Broadwindsor & Good Luck 🙂



Broadwindsor Girl Guide Rescues Sister From West Bay Harbour

Broadwindsor would really like to give praise to a young Girl Guide who on Saturday, 29th 2020 August rescued her sister after she fell off the slipway at West Bay and into the harbour.

The 2 girls had wandered from the pier, where they were crabbing with their family to fill their bucket with water. On doing so the younger girl slipped and fell into the harbour.  She was unable to touch the bottom and also unable to reach to get up out of the water. Her sister, Eleanor (from 1st Broadwindsor Guides) called for help and proceeded to try and get her sister out of the water. Eleanor said “It was scary because my sister went under a few times but I knew that I had to try and pull her up out of the water or she could drown.”  Thankfully Eleanor was able to pull her younger sister to safety by the time her family arrived to help.

Emma House (Leader 1st Broadwindsor Guides) said ‘ I am incredibly proud of Ellie’s quick thinking, accidents happen and if she had not remained calm it could have been a different story

🙂 Well done Eleanor! You should be very proud! 🙂

1st Broadwindsor Guides – for girls aged 10-14 yrs.
Please contact Emma at



The following information is taken from the Government’s website:

T Levels are new courses coming in September 2020, which will follow GCSEs and will be equivalent to 3 A levels. These 2-year courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work.

T Levels will offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days). They will provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door into skilled employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship.

Students will be able to take a T Level in the following subject areas:

  • accounting
  • agriculture, land management and production
  • animal care and management
  • building services engineering for construction
  • catering
  • craft and design
  • design and development for engineering and manufacturing
  • design, surveying and planning for construction
  • digital business services
  • digital production, design and development
  • digital support and services

The first 3 T Levels will be available at selected colleges*, schools and other providers across England in September 2020.
A further 7 T Levels will be available in September 2021 with the remaining courses starting in either 2022 or 2023.

*Exeter College are starting this month offering Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction and from September 2021 Yeovil College will commence their transition programme offering:

  • Digital Business Services
  • Digital Production, Design and Development
  • Digital Support Services
  • Education and Childcare
  • Health
  • Healthcare Science
  • Science

Employer or Student —  learn more HERE.






Broadwindsor News Back In Publication

Broadwindsor News July 2020The Broadwindsor News is now out – being delivered to households who subscribe and there should be some available in the shop.
Containing lots of updates from village organisations, this edition also includes Margery Hooking’s ‘Broadwindsor in Lockdown 2020′ poem.

You can download the poem to your computer in PDF format: BROADWINDSOR IN LOCKDOWN 2020
or you can read it below . . .


Nature, you were never lovelier,

when the world stopped, but the Earth kept spinning.

And then the world turned upside down, freedom could not be found

We all became experts at social distancing – no grandparents would be visiting.

Sunshine, birdsong, a much quieter life but life still went on.

Thursday night clapping for our hard-pressed carers,

a ripple of applause from one end of the village to the other.

The Sound of Music every day at one o’clock.

Business booms at the community shop

as sales of fruit, veg and alcohol go pop.

Takeout drinks from the pub

and Vikki’s quiche and coleslaw in the shop.

The Tuesday night chip van at Comrades Hall,

Friday morning Post Office, chairs six feet apart.

Anxiety calmed by WhatsApp and Zoom, meeting family and friends by the touch of a button.

People chatting with new friends while standing next to bollards in the shop queue.

Heart attacks, cancelled operations, masks, gloves and Perspex screens.

Food deliveries for the vulnerable.

Our church went blue for the NHS.

The Sound of Music every day at one o’clock.

And we had time to just be with the one we love without duty or obligation stealing the day.

Doing all that we can to keep a company viable,

sorting wages and furlough staff, all reliable.

Farmers cut the fields for silage and tractors trundled through the village.

Up on Lewesdon Hill, bluebells didn’t know about coronavirus.

VE Day flags and afternoon tea outside our homes.

Socially distanced wildflower planting – digging, sowing and watering.

A beautiful sight to welcome visitors to our village when all this has passed.

The Sound of Music every day at one o’clock.

Lock down with the family – fantastic at the start, learning through the struggles, stresses and worries, tears, laughter and love.

Dusting flour from my hands, I pick up my book;

to bake or read, my lockdown dilemma.

There’s only one village in the west for me, Broadwindsor is the place I love to be.

It’s music at one and clapping at eight to rid us of the virus we love to hate.

Virtual Bananagrams, with gin, on Skype; virtual birthday parties on Zoom; virtual running – for medals – on Strava.

Virtual life.

The village roads, now used much less, speeds traffic onward faster;

too fast for the slowworm outside the shop, who is now not just slow, but flatter.

The sun beckons and mocks. Enjoy what you have, count your blessings.

The Sound of Music every day at one o’clock.

The church buildings are silent, dusty, locked, empty, paused.

God is active, loud, renewing, unrestricted, present, recreating and filling us every day.

Time to listen to the birds, watch the flowers grow, to smell the air, walk up the hill and to be still.

The warmth, love and friendship uncovered and blossoming as we all work together through this strange, uncertain  time.

House quiet, headphones on, five laptops glowing, each immersed in our own virtual business and learning,

waiting for the next punctuation point in days we can’t name.

Then kettle on, frisbee out, meals prepared, conversation flows, reconnected again.

The Sound of Music every day at one o’clock.

Free loo rolls from the village shop. The kindness of strangers.

And then a huge blue ball hurtles down the road, like the ever-present Rover bubble in The Prisoner.

A small army of tireless volunteers, stacking, selling, delivering.

Painting, writing, reading, decorating – my furniture has never been so upcycled.

The village phone box becomes a book exchange, tales of a community bound up on donated shelves.

Take-outs from the pub, food and drink, got to keep it going.

The call of rooks from their satellite rookery at the Old George,

while the parish councillors discuss village affairs over Zoom.

The space station goes over, the sun’s fading light makes it glow for all to see.

Endless sunshine, we will never see this blue a sky again.

The Sound of Music on the World Service and Desert Island Discs.

Slippers or flip flops worn all day.

The garden glorious in all this sun.

A tank of petrol lasts for months.

A time of reflection for the things that really matter. The birdsong and beautiful countryside.

Teaching the children, online bitesize that doesn’t bite back.

A fish van arrives in the Square at half past eleven, a shoal of customers in single file down the road.

Gardens and allotments provide solace and colour.

The Sound of Music at one o’clock

Afternoon briefing, highlight of the day.

What day is it, by the way?

– Margery Hookings, June 2020