Singers & Instrumentalists Wanted For ‘Gallery Quire’

The newly formed Broadwindsor Gallery Quire meets every other Tuesday in Comrades Hall at 7.30pm.

They are singing West Gallery music from the Thomas Hardy era . The tunes are catchy and easy to pick up and they would love to welcome new members from the village and surrounding areas 🙂

Not sure what West Gallery Music is? Check out for some general information about this style of music and song. The West Gallery Music Association is a charity. Established in 1990 as an association of singers, instrumentalists and scholars, it became a charity in 2017.

There are spaces for both for singers and instrumentalists, a range of voices, high and low and instruments to accompany the singing.
If you would like a taster session to see what goes on please do go along (next Tuesday, 25th) or contact Clare on 07816 490021 for more details.

They are a friendly bunch and look forward to meeting you soon.

Next meeting – Tuesday June 25th: Gallery Quire 7.15pm.
and then on July 9th & 23rd.


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Exmouth Coach Trip – Wednesday, 10th July

Broadwindsor Over 60’s Club invite you to join them for a day coach trip to Exmouth on Wednesday 10th July.
Cost: £22 per person.

This trip is open to all ages – not restricted to over 60s!
You can be picked up from:

  • Broadwindsor 9am,
  • Mosterton 9.10am,
  • Beaminster Square 9.20am,
  • Bridport Co-op 9.30am.

Please contact Rita on (01308) 868729 to book your seat and secure your place 🙂

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Broadwindsor Film Club – Friday, 21st June

At 7.30pm at the Comrades Hall Friday, 21st June, Broadwindsor’s Community Film Club will be showing…

Wicked Little Letters (15)

Directed by Thea Sharrock
Starring Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley, Timothy Spall & Anjana Vasan.
(Running time 1hr 40mins)

A 1920s English seaside town bears witness to a farcical and occasionally sinister scandal in this riotous mystery comedy.  Based on a stranger than fiction true story, Wicked Little Letters follows two neighbours: deeply conservative local Edith Swan (Olivia Colman) and rowdy Irish migrant Rose Gooding (Jessie Buckley).  When Edith and fellow residents begin to receive wicked letters full of unintentionally hilarious profanities, foul-mouthed Rose is charged with the crime.  The anonymous letters prompt a national uproar, and a trial ensues. However, as the town’s women, led by Police Officer Gladys Moss (Anjana Vasan), begin to investigate the crime themselves, they suspect that something is amiss and Rose may not be the culprit after all.

  • Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm.
  • Film Club members – Free entry
  • Guests – £4 (cash please)
  • Refreshments available, including a cash bar.
  • To help estimate numbers, please book your ticket(s) in advance by contacting:
    Emma or
    Margaret Wing01308 867252

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ightAtTheMovies #OffToTheFlicks #BeKind #BeSafe #StaySafe

100 Club Winners

The Comrades Hall 100 Club draw took place on Thursday, 6th June 2024 at the Comrades Hall Post Office.  The numbers were drawn by the Post Office Outreach Clerk and are as follows:

  • 1st              £75      no. 12              Constance Case
  • 2nd            £50      no. 53              Keith Haggett
  • 3rd             £25      no. 56              Donna Heys
  • 4th             £15      no. 40              David Watson
  • 5th             £10      no. 5                Cheryl Lim
  • 6th             £5        no. 9                Megan Jones

Congratulations to all 🙂  The next draw will take place on Monday, 2nd September 2024 at The Comrades Hall.

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Broadwindsor’s Bells Ring Out On 80th D-Day Anniversary

The Bells at St. John the Baptist Church rang out yesterday afternoon as part of the commerative honours for the fallen.  For those who missed them and for those who have been missing the sound of our church’s bells – the following is a ten minute recording taken while sat in the back garden of The White Lion

Many watched on as the children from the local primary school stood by the new war memorial and some read out facts from their research they had been conducting at school.

The beacon was lit in the evening at the allotments.

Thank you to Margery Hookings for the photographs 🙂

❤️ Lest We Forget ❤️

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Pop Up Picnic In The Park – Sunday, 2nd June

With the sunshine forecast, the Comrades Hall Committee are inviting you to a neighbourly pop up picnic!
Come to Bernards’ Place (the village green) outside the Comrades Hall on Sunday, 6th June from 2.30pm. Bring your own picnic, chair/blanket and meet other villagers 🙂

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Entries Open For MelPlash Show

The Melplash Agricultural Society Show is one of the South West’s premier agricultural exhibitions and is held at The West Bay Show grounds, Bridport, Dorset on the last Thursday before the August Bank holiday. The 2024 Show will take place on Thursday, 22nd August.

The showground is packed full of exhibits including livestock, horses, homecrafts and horticulture. There are over 400 trade stands selling everything from locally produced food to tractors… and plenty in between! The Sections are:

Show Day Ticket Prices

  • Adult tickets will be available at £22 if you purchase by card payment on the day.
  • Advance tickets are priced at £20 and are available to buy up to midnight on Wednesday, 21st August 2024, after this time tickets will be priced at £22 each.
  • Children aged 16 and under are Free

To buy Tickets, click HERE.

Click HERE to download the Showground Map.

In 2021, villager Bob Link won the allotment section – more HERE.

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Memorial Plaque For David Leader – Friday, 24th May 2024

A plaque dedicated to David Leader and the leading role he played in the establishment of the MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) will be unveiled tomorrow, Friday 24th May, at 9.30am at the MUGA.
David’s family, the Parish Council and Broadwindsor School would like to extend an invitation to the community to join them. David was passionate about the MUGA and highly instrumental in the project, working tirelessly over many years and overcoming many obstacles along the way. He never gave up and today we have this wonderful community asset, used and enjoyed by so many 🙂


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D-Day Celebrations – 6th June

To mark the 80th Anniversary of the Normandy Landings on Tuesday, 6th June 1944 – our Parish council invite all to attend a Service of Commemoration to be held at the new war memorial in Broadwindsor from 10.30am on Thursday, 6th June 2024.
At 6.30pm
the Bells will ring along with the rest of the Nation.
At the Allotments (opposite the Primary School) at 9.15pm, there will be a lighting of the beacon .

The largest amphibious invasion in the history of warfare, the statistics of D-Day, codenamed Operation Overlord, are staggering. The Allies used over 5,000 ships and landing craft to land more than 150,000 troops on five beaches in Normandy: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Junoand Sword.
By the end of the day, the Allies had established a foothold along the coast and could begin their advance into France, marking the start of a long and costly campaign in north-west Europe, which ultimately convinced the German high command that defeat was inevitable.

Here are a few facts sourced from The Imperial War Museums

  • D-Day required unprecedented cooperation between international armed forces. The Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) was an international coalition and although the Allies were united against Germany, the military leadership responsible for ‘Overlord’ had to overcome political, cultural and personal tensions.
  • By 1944, over 2 million troops from over 12 countries were in Britain in preparation for the invasion. On D-Day, Allied forces consisted primarily of American, British and Canadian troops but also included Australian, Belgian, Czech, Dutch, French, Greek, New Zealand, Norwegian, Rhodesian and Polish naval, air or ground support.
  • The invasion was conducted in two main phases – an airborne assault and amphibious landings. Shortly after midnight on 6th June, over 18,000 Allied paratroopers were dropped into the invasion area to provide tactical support for infantry divisions on the beaches. Allied air forces flew over 14,000 sorties in support of the landings and, having secured air supremacy prior to the invasion, many of these flights were unchallenged by the Luftwaffe.
  • Nearly 7,000 naval vessels, including battleships, destroyers, minesweepers, escorts and assault craft took part in Operation ‘Neptune’, the naval component of ‘Overlord’. Naval forces were responsible for escorting and landing over 132,000 ground troops on the beaches. They also carried out bombardments on German coastal defences before and during the landings and provided artillery support for the invading troops.
  • Germany tried to defend the northern coast of France with a series of fortifications known as the ‘Atlantic Wall’. However, German defences were often incomplete and insufficiently manned.
  • Members of the French Resistance and the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) provided intelligence and helped weaken defences through sabotage. The Allied deception campaigns succeeded in convincing the Germans as late as July 1944 that the main invasion force would still land elsewhere. The threat of this larger, second invasion kept German reinforcements tied down away from Normandy.
  • ‘Overlord’ did not bring an end to the war in Europe, but it did begin the process through which victory was eventually achieved. By the end of August 1944, the German Army was in full retreat from France, but by September Allied momentum had slowed. The Germans were able to regroup and launched a failed but determined counter-offensive in the Ardennes in December 1944 – The Battle of the Bulge.

The Imperial War Museums and Royal British Legion are excellent resources to read and learn more 🙂

Lest We Forget

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Broadwindsor Group Parish – New Councillors On Board

The Annual Meeting of the Parish Council convened on Monday, 13th May and marked the start of a new five year term of office.

Many returning Councillors were welcomed and Councillor Rick Dyke was elected as Chairman, receiving unanimous support from all.
Of the six vacancies there are currently 2 vacancies remaining: one for Broadwindsor Ward and the other for Drimpton Ward*.

Bringing fresh new perspectives and a wealth of skills and experience, a warm welcome goes to:

  • Councillor Garry Miller (Broadwindsor ward)
  • Councillor Tim Beer (Blackdown ward)
  • Councillor Philip Dixon (Drimpton ward)
  • Councillor Chris Beck (Drimpton ward).

We wish them all well and hope that they enjoy being part of the Parish Council.

During the meeting a number of representations were agreed as follows:

  • Broadwindsor School – Councillor Rebecca Burt
  • Comrades Hall – Councillor Rick Dyke
  • Blackdown Village Hall – Councillor Sonia Raymond
  • Drimpton Village Hall – Councillor Chris Beck
  • Broadwindsor Allotment Group – Stefan Nikolov
  • ROWLO/Footpaths Officer – Councillor Philip Dixon
  • DAPTC Western Area Committee – Councillor Rick Dyke & Councillor Nathalie Roberts
  • Dorset Council Climate & Ecological Emergency Support Group – Sheila Hawkins


Broadwindsor Group Parish CouncilThe next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Monday, 3rd June, 7.30pm at Blackdown Village Hall.  All are welcome.

* If you are interested and would like to find out more about the role and responsibilities of a parish councillor, please contact the Parish Clerk at

Photo Credit: Helen Cudmore.

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