Have you got what it takes to beat a Chaser?

ITV’s popular tea time TV programme, The Chase are seeking new contestants for Series 14 of the show.

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or over.
  • You must be a legal resident of and currently live in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man.
  • You are not nor have previously been employed by them, the Broadcaster or any of the ITV group of companies during the past 10 (ten) years.
  • You are not a partner or relative of an employee of them, the Broadcaster or any of the ITV group of companies.

How to Apply for the show:

Visit HERE to complete an online application form.

The Chasers

The Chase is on!

Good luck!



Join in with Advent Windows

Last month Rev. Jo put out her idea for having Advent Windows for the month of December.  Beaminster Team Churches are now promoting the event.  Read everything you need to know HERE.

If you live in Drimpton or Broadwindsor please email Rev. Jo Neary, revneary@gmail.com to register your interest. If you live in another village then you will need to get a group of people together to organise your own event but please let her know if you are joining in so you can be included and publicised.

Please sign up for your carol by Friday 23rd October allowing time to fill in any gaps. Spread the idea far and wide as some more people need to be recruited.
On Monday 2nd November the list will be confirmed, giving everyone four weeks at least to prepare their window. If there are fewer than 24 houses taking part then the Advent trail will start later in the month so that the last window is still lit on day 24.





Bombay Spice, Beaminster Start Takeaway Delivery Service

Bombay Spice Indian Cuisine in Beaminster’s Hogshill Street are now offering a midweek takeaway delivery service to the area.

For a £3 charge they are offering delivery within a five mile radius which includes delivery to Broadwindsor, Stoke Abbott, Drimpton, Mosterton, Cheddington and South Perrott.   🙂
In their other directions, they also deliver to Netherbury, Hooke and Melplash. Please note: Cash Only payments!

Bombay Spice Menu


Deliveries are being offered for the winter season, October 2020 – March 2021, and only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 6pm and 9pm.

Call them on 01308 861024 to order.
Remember – cash only.


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.





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!


Winter Opening Hours At Bridport Recycling Centre

A reminder that from today (Thursday 1 October) the Household Recycling Centres (HRCs, or “the tip”) change to Winter opening hours – 10am to 4pm daily.

The Recycling Centre is located at Broomhills Nursery, West Bay Fields, Bridport, Dorset DT6 5LB.

There are van and trailer restrictions: Vans must have a valid permit or a hire agreement of a maximum of 3 days.
Vehicles that don’t require a permit can use a trailer, but the maximum trailer size is 1.2 metres wide and 1.8 metres long (approx. 6ft x 4ft).


Local Employment: Midday Supervisor At Mountjoy School

Mountjoy School in Beaminster is seeking to appoint a caring and reliable midday supervisor to join their experienced and friendly team.

Working hours will be 12.00 – 1.30 pm, Monday to Friday, term-time only.

Mountjoy School caters for pupils aged 2-19 years who may have severe, complex, profound and multiple learning difficulties or autism.  Whilst challenging, their work is immensely rewarding and all staff are supported in their professional development.

Job Reference: REC/20/01275 – School Support Staff

Salary details
Grade 2 + 2 LMI (SCP 1-3) £9.25 to £9.62 hourly rate*
Job term
Permenant, part time, Term time only
Sarah Case: s.case@mountjoy.dorset.sch.uk or by telephone: 01308 861155
Closing Date
04 October 2020

Please apply using the online facility HERE. CVs or letters of application will not be accepted.

Mountjoy School values the diversity of their workforce and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community.

Mountjoy School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people; this is a commitment which they expect all staff and volunteers to share.  The successful candidate will be required to have a Disclosure and Barring Service check in line with the Governments safer recruitment guidelines.

*The pro rata salary shown is based on the number of hours and weeks worked and paid annual leave entitlement for an employee under 5 years’ service.