Broadwindsor Fun Group AGM – Tuesday, 11th October, 6.30pm

Broadwindsor Fun Group will be holding their AGM in the Lewesdon Room at the Comrades Hall on Tuesday, 11th October at 6.30pm.  

Broadwindsor Fun Group navigated the immense task of our late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June (more HERE).

Following recent events, this is an apt time to reassess the groups purpose & future.  All are welcome.

Note: there are still a few places remaining for this autumn’s First Aid Training – more HERE.



Housebuilding Starts At Netherhay Lane

An update from the Broadwindsor Group Parish Community Land Trust:

Work on the Netherhay Lane site is progressing well and on time. Elevations are now rising from the foundation blocks, brickwork and facings of Portland Stone are now visible. Large attenuation tanks to manage the surface water run off have been installed

BGP CLT and the Broadwindsor Group Parish Council have put forward the name ‘Northcombe Lea’ for this site to Dorset Council.

Our community project, Homemaking, has received grant funding from Dorset Council’s Community and Culture Fund. When waste timber from the site becomes available, community volunteers will creatively up-cycle the material to make bird and bat boxes etc, some of which we hope can be housed on the development site in due course. This project, which also includes photography, music, song and art work, is being coordinated on behalf of BGP CLT by Andrew Pastor.

Unfortunately, thefts of materials from site have recently taken place. 24/7 CCTV on site is now in place and CG Fry have also installed more secure storage areas. Any additional information anyone can provide about these thefts would be gratefully received by CG Fry’s Project Manager at the site.

The 2022 AGM took place in Drimpton Village Hall on Monday evening, 20th June.

  • Sheila Hawkins and Jacqui Sewell were re-elected to the Board for another 3 year term.
  • Francesca Hurrell and Rowland Hibbard, who had previously been co-opted on to the Board, were elected by Members, as was
  • Stefan Nikolov (Broadwindsor).
  • Steve Chubb, Brian Hesketh and Ken Banks are the remaining Board members.

If you have any questions about the development or the housing, please contact:
Sheila for a CLT membership.
Learn more at their website HERE.


Village Shop Seeks Loan From BGPC To Purchase The Freehold Of Premises

Stewart Urry, Secretary of Broadwindsor and District Community Enterprise (BADCE) informed members this week of the committee’s intention to seek a loan from Broadwindsor Group Parish Council at their meeting on Monday, 13th June.


  1. BADCE is registered under the Co – Operative and Community Benefits Societies Act 2014, number 31629R. Annual Returns, available on line, are filed with the Financial Conduct Authority. BADCE carries on business as a convenience store for the benefit of Broadwindsor village and the nearby district. BADCE has 330 members, on a one vote per member basis. The shop is an invaluable resource to the district, as has particularly been shown in the recent pandemic, and is widely supported by its members, volunteer assistants and the general public, and also by the local Council.

  2. BADCE was established in early 2013 after public fundraising of some £30,000. From its inception it has reported an annual financial surplus, modest by reference to turnover, but grocery is a low margin trade, and the shop is not in business to maximise profits. At 31 December 2021, its accounts show total members’ funds of £64,016, represented by some £45,000 in cash and bank deposits, with the balance invested in the shop business.

  3. BADCE occupies its premises at The Old Telephone Exchange (’TOTE’) in Drimpton Road, Broadwindsor under a lease agreement at a current annual rent of £4,000 per year, for a term expiring on 31 December 2022, with no security of tenure after that date. Relations with the landlord are good, but the risk is that circumstances may change, and a lease renewal might not be offered in 2023, or at a later date. In any event the annual rent is likely to rise with inflation. The current location suits the shop very well, and there is presently no other comparable site for the shop in the village. Leased tenure restricts the shop from making any improvements to the building, or on the shop site, and this limits the future development of the shop.

  4. Following negotiations with the landlord a price has been agreed for the freehold at £75,000 plus vendor legal fees. The value of the TOTE building is in the region of £75,000/100,000 based on other transactions in identical buildings round the country; recently such a building was offered for sale in Yetminster, let at just over £4k per year, for £99.5k. The landlord values the building at some £100,000, but is generously willing to sell it to BADCE at the discounted price of £75k. A professional opinion has been taken supporting this purchase price.

  5. The BADCE Committee recommends the purchase of the freehold, as a one off opportunity to provide long term security for the shop, at a very reasonable price for a freehold. In order to fund the purchase, grant opportunities have been sought over the last six months, but without success. The main problem is that most current grant programmes are for new projects, which cannot readily access funding in any conventional way, and BADCE does not meet these criteria. Also, the Committee does not think it an opportune time to raise further funds from the members: there are considerable funds in the bank, partly from the original members’ fund raising, and also the local community has only recently raised money for the local pub.

  6. BADCE is therefore looking at loan finance. The total cost of the freehold, with fees and costs, might be some £80,000. BADCE currently has some £45k of cash, but needs to retain a trading buffer of some £15k, making say £30k available for the purchase, and so is looking for loan finance of some £50k, and has approached BGPC for assistance.

  7. BGPC may be able to access loan finance through the Public Works Loan Board, where currently published repayment terms for a £50k loan show capital and interest repayments on say a 30 year term of a fixed amount of under £3,000 per year, which is less than the current £4,000 annual rent paid by the shop, which is not fixed for the future. So the shop could readily afford this loan repayment cost.

  8. In respect of a loan, BADCE would grant BGPC security over the TOTE freehold property, which has a value materially higher than a £50k loan, so BGPC would have good capital security for its loan. BGPC would also have income security as the shop can readily afford the projected loan repayment costs out of its current trading results. BADCE would also offer to pay any incidental costs to BGPC of the loan assistance.

S W Urry
Secretary – BADCE
May 2022

Only members of BADCE can attend the AGM which will be on Wednesday, 21st June at 6pm in the Comrades Hall.
To become a member – please contact the Secretary:


Broadwindsor Fun Group Secures Funding For Jubilee

Some good news for our village received today 🙂

I am more than pleased to announce that after much hard work by the Broadwindsor Fun Group committee, particularly Wendy and Michele, we have secured a  grant from the Community Foundation  Let’s Create Jubilee Fund which was oversubscribed by five times the amount available. This award of £5000 will go a long way to our Jubilee plans. We have already earmarked a considerable part of this towards updating Comrades Hall sound system and this was something I was pleased to discuss with David Leader several weeks ago. No doubt he would have been more than pleased to know that our bid was successful.

However, whilst this grant will assist greatly we do still need people to staff stalls and help with a shift working at the bar & BBQ. Please make contact if you can assist. 

Thank you all for your support.

Adrian Gray
Chair BFG.




BFG AGM Agenda – 2pm, Saturday, 18th Sept

All are welcome to attend Broadwindsor Fun Group’s AGM which starts at 2pm this afternoon, now in the Servery at the Comrades Hall.  More members, commited to playing an active role at events are required.  The agenda is as follows:

  1. Welcome by Chairman.
  2. Nominations of Core Group positions:
    – Chairman
    – Vice-Chairman
    – Secretary/IT
    – Treasurer
    – Entertainment Manager
  3. Financial Report
  4. Fun Day Debrief
  5. Fireworks Event – Saturday, 6th November.
  6. Christmas Party – Saturday, 18th December.
  7. Planned events for 2022:
    – Chilli & Quiz
    – Curry Night
    – Easter event (16th April)
    – May – Big Breakfast
    Sat. 4th & Sun 5th June – Platinum Jubilee Fun Day.
  8. Donations
  9. Date of Next Meeting.
  10. Close


Broadwindsor Fun Group’s A.G.M. – 2pm, Saturday 18th September

Dear Broadwindsor,

I write as the current chair of the Broadwindsor Fun Group to inform you that the Group’s AGM will be held in the Lewesden Room at Comrades Hall at 2pm on Saturday 18th September 2021. All are welcome and please spread the word, particularly to newer members of the community.

This meeting follows what I hope you will agree, was a successful and enjoyable fun event earlier this month. It was great to see so many people attending. Thank you for your support.

The AGM will include a short update on how the event went and some of the lessons learnt. This will include a financial statement.

Following this all of the positions on the committee will be open to anyone who wishes to stand. Please check with that person nominated that they are willing to stand before nominating them!

The committee will be seeking firm commitment from the community to support and carry out roles at future events. For example we need people to work on the bbq and bar at events. Indeed at this year’s event one person (who does it even live in the village) worked all day on the bbq, supported family members of a resident who also did not live in the area and another person who has only been in the village for a couple of years. This can’t be right.

There are many events being considered including a fireworks show in November. Sadly I will not be at this event but see it as a test whether the village will support and help.

As I say several events are now being considered but all of these need firm support by way of servers, cooks, setting up and clearing up etc. So do not be shy. There are many residents including some new arrivals and helping is a great way of integrating into the village.

I have been asked by numerous people whether I will seek re-election as Chair. This decision is not straight forward. I need to absent from the village several times in 2022. This year I have been supported by three others in the committee and if rumours are correct, at least two others have pledged support should I stay.  I also need some reassurance that the village will get behind events and work at them as necessary. Should such reassurance be given I would not shy from election. That said if anyone else wants to step into the breech…

Finally following what has been a terrible couple of years, I am of the mind that Broadwindsor contains a great many community minded and hard working residents and it is on that basis that we can enjoy many events and activities in the future.

I hope to see you at the AGM.

Chair BFG 


BWGPC Appointed Officers

At Thursday’s Annual General Meeting of our Group Parish Council, both Chairman, Rowland Hibbard and Vice Chairman, David Leader were re-elected unchallenged.  The councillors below adopted the following representative, liaison roles for the year 21/22:

  • Broadwindsor Primary School – David Leader.
  • Blackdown Village Hall – Peter Hardwill.
  • Drimpton Village Hall – Tim Bassett.
  • Comrades Hall – David Leader.
  • Hursey Sport Field – David Leader.
  • Broadwindsor Allotment Group: Kevin Madder-Smith.
  • Rights Of Way and Liaison Officer (Footpaths) – Dorothy Rowe.
  • Dorset Association of Parish and Town Councils (DAPTC) Western Area Committee – Jacqui Sewell & Rowland Hibbard.
  • Broadwindsor Cricket Club – Andrew Frampton.
  • Beaminster & Villages local area partnership (BAVLAP) – Jacqui Sewell.

The Council’s next meeting will be held at Drimpton Village Hall on Monday, 21st June, 2021.

There are 15 Elected Councillors to Broadwindsor Group Parish Council – Click HERE to identify them and the options to contact them.


Broadwindsor Group Parish Council – Online A.G.M. Thursday, 6th May 2021

Broadwindsor Group Parish Council are holding their Annual General Meeting online using the Zoom platform at 7.30pm on Thursday, 6th May 2021All are welcome to attend.

The full agenda is available to download HERE. Minutes of previous Group Parish Council meetings can be found online HERE

The A.G.M. can be accessed HERE.
The Meeting ID: 93 9228 7205
Zoom is Free! – Sign Up and get it HERE.

The meeting begins with the election of the Chairman, currently Rowland Hibbard and the Vice Chairman, currently David Leader. The election is then followed by the signing of the Declaration of Acceptance of Office.

There will be an update of Councillor’s Disclosures of personal and prejudical Interests and Dispensations prior to the last meeting’s minutes being approved.  Any matters arising will then be addressed.

Public Participation is item 6. and parishoners are invited to give their views and ask questions of the Parish Council on issues on this Agenda.  The next Public Participation is item 21. at the end of the meeting where residents are invited to give their views and ask questions of the Parish Council on any outstanding issues on this Agenda or raise issues for future consideration.

Item 7. Correspondance: there is a Message from the High Sheriff of Dorset, Michael Dooley.

Item 11. is when Representatives are appointed for the following:

  1. Broadwindsor School.
  2. Blackdown, Comrades Hall and Drimpton Village Hall Committees.
  3. Broadwindsor Community Sports Field.
  4. Broadwindsor Allotment Group.
  5. Footpaths Officer (Rights Of Way and Liaison Officer).
  6. Dorset Association of Parish and Town Councils (DAPTC) Western Area Committee.
  7. Other Representation.

Item 13. indicates there are no Planning Applications received.

Item 18. addresses our Highways:

  • Report from the Footpaths Officer.
  • Verge Management in the Grouped Parish Area.
  • Common Water Lane Updated.
  • Results of Traffic Surveys for the Installation of Speed Indicator Devices.
  • Request from Resident, Seeking Permission to Install New Field Gateway between Shepherds Meadow and Bridge.

Item 22. closes the meeting.

The full agenda is available to download HERE.

The press and public are invited to attend.  Under the Openess of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014, members of the public may now film, photograph and make audio recordings of the proceedings of the formal Council meeting, though not, under current legislation, of the Public Participation session, as this is not part of the formal agenda of the meeting. Recording activity should be respectful to the conduct of the meeting and behavious that disrupts the meeting (such as oral commentary) will not be permitted.  Any member of the public shall not speak for more than five minutes.  A question asked by a member of the public during Public Participation shall not require a response or debate during the meeting though the Chairman may direct that a written response will be provided subsequent to the meeting.

The next Meeting of the Parish Council will convene on Monday, 21st June 2021.

There are 15 Elected Councillors to Broadwindsor Group Parish Council – Click HERE to identify them.

Thursday, 6th May is also the Election day for Dorset’s Police and Crime Commissioner. Read more HERE.


Learn Zoom for Meetings at 2pm on September 14th

The Plunkett Foundation gave a huge amount of encouragement and advice to get our community shop, Broadwindsor Community Stores up and running. Tomorrow (Monday 14th September) they are holding a free webinar at 2pm to guide you through the process of holding your AMM/AGM online using Zoom.

Zoom is free to use.  Download it HERE.

The webinar is aimed at community businesses who may have been planning to hold their meetings face-to-face, but with new government guidelines restricting group sizes, are having to make the move to online.  Plunkett’s Community Business Manager, Alison Macklin, will provide a step-by-step guide to basic online meeting protocols, including:

  • Setting up and advertising the AGM/AMM
  • Registration
  • Basic settings on Zoom
  • Sharing screens
  • Managing AGM entry (waiting room)
  • Managing Q & A
  • Voting online
  • Motions online
  • Chat box on Zoom
  • Recording
  • Making it available at a later date for those who couldn’t attend

Get the Meeting Link HERE

Meeting ID: 91222499634

This webinar will be recorded and will be available to watch back on the The Plunkett Foundation website.
If you’re unable to join in on the day, please call on 01993 810 730. They have a friendly team who are happy to talk through your ideas, whatever stage you’re at.
Their helpline is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can email:


Village Meetings Cancelled

Due to the new restrictions of social distancing in effect from Monday, 14th September 2020, two village meetings have been cancelled.  Up until the weekend, gatherings of 30 people are permitted.  This reduces drastically to only six people from Monday.

Broadwindsor Community StoresBroadwindsor Community Stores was due to have their Annual General Meeting on Thursday, September 24th at the Comrades Hall. The Shop’s Committee will be in touch with members in due course about the business matters that were due to have been covered at this Meeting.  Notices will appear on the noticeboard outside the shop.

Broadwindsor Fun GroupBroadwindsor’s Fun Group was due to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting on Thursday, October 1st, also at the Comrades Hall – this too has been cancelled.  Members have been contacted.  However, if anyone not yet a member has creative ideas or suggestions and would like to be involved for the proposed Fun Day next year (Saturday 12th June 2021) – you are invited to contact