Celebrate With Broadwindsor Cricket Club

All are welcome at 2pm tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon at the Grand Opening of Broadwindsor Cricket Club.

Clive Stafford-Smith announced on Twitter last night that it was thanks to the generosity shown that the Club had been saved.  He also teased that there will be a “mystery England former test cricketer appearing for my team against regulars

In preparation for the Club’s Centenary, Clive Stafford-Smith OBE has carried out some research and is collating the history of the Club.  Read more HERE.

For a full list of this years fixtures, click HERE.


Pride Month

Happy Pride Month to all LGBTQIA+ supporters.

LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer or Questioning.
More recently, I and A have been added to the acronym to represent Intersex and Asexual.
The + represents those not included in the original acronym, in terms of gender identity or sexual orientation e.g. Pan and Nonbinary.

Pride is not to be confused with LGBTQ+ History Month which is in February to coincide with the abolition of section 28 in 2003.

Section 28 was a law that prohibited the “promotion of homosexuality” and hindered education about homosexuality in schools. Introduced by Margaret Thatcher and her Conservative government in 1988 and then repealed by Tony Blair’s Labour in 2003 (this was after an earlier, unsuccessful attempt in 2000).


Pride is held in June to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall riots, a series of protests that happened in New York city after police attempted to raid the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar, in the early hours of June 28, 1969.
The confrontation sparked a gay rights uprising that grew year on year – including in other American cities and abroad – with each passing anniversary.
The Stonewall Inn is now a designated US national monument, and New York City Police issued an apology 50 years later in June 2019 for its officers’ actions back in 1969.

In the UK, inspired by this movement and founded in 1989 to lobby for equal rights for LGBT people, Stonewall is now the biggest LGBTQ+ rights organisation in Europe. Describing themselves as “a team of bold, passionate people fighting for the freedom, equity and potential of LGBTQ+ people everywhere.”

They stand for lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning and ace (LGBTQ+) people everywhere. They imagine a world where all LGBTQ+ people are free to be themselves and can live their lives to the full.

Please view their list of organisations that can provide support and help HERE.
You can also ring the LGBT Switchboard every day 10am-10pm on 0300 330 0630 if you would like to talk to someone.
Contact them on FREEPHONE 0800 0502020, lines are open 9:30am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday (an answerphone is available outside these hours).
Email them at info@stonewall.org.uk.
Write to them at: Stonewall, 192 St. John Street, London, EC1V 4JY.

This is the 1st Pride Flag designed by Gilbert Baker, which appeared in 1977. Commissioned by a gay politician, he was inspired by Judy Garland’s ‘Over The Rainbow and the colours symbolised the following: Hot pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for magic/art, indigo for serenity, and violet for spirit.
Click HERE to read an article published last month in Marie Claire showing the 30 Different Pride Flags and stating what each one represents.


Beccas Fabric Larder Is Back

Having been located at Broadwindsor Craft Centre, now Redlands Yard in recent years, Beccas Fabric Larder is now a mobile shop and will be revisiting Broadwindsor’s Comrades Hall on Monday, 7th June. With her lorry (van) called FlorryBecca Balazs will be running a six week patchwork course. Limited to ten places at each session.

  • Book your 2.5 hour slot. The premises has to be vacated by 3pm, so the last slot available is at 12 noon.

Becca aims to introduce you to techniques & patterns you may not encounter on your own at home (or on YouTube!). If you have a particular project you need help with please do bring it along & hopefully Becca will be able to help.

As well as learning some traditional patchwork & quilting techniques, you are encouraged to create your own patchwork, whether it is a quilt, wall hanging or smaller projects you would like to make.  Brush up on rotary cutting, piecing, templates, applique & machining as well as building confidence choosing colours and fabrics & maybe getting out of your comfort zone.
Patterns and advice sheets are all included.

Beccas Fabric LarderCost is £70 for the course. You can secure your place with a £20 deposit HERE (the remainder payable minimum one week before course starts)
Contact Becca directly by text/WhatsApp or call: 07486 062 343.
Follow Becca‘s daily updates on Instagram HERE.
Becca and Florry are at Bridport market every Wednesday and Saturday.


Dorset Mind’s Tour de Dorset Fundraiser

The Tour de Dorset Fundraiser is super simple and open to all ages and abilities. All you need to do is cycle as far as you can between 26th June and 18th July and track your progress on Strava group. This year Beryl, the bike share provider across Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole, is running their annual fundraiser coinciding with the Tour de France. They have nominated Dorset Mind as its official fundraising partner in BCP, so help us raise as much money as we can!
Sign up to the Tour de Dorset Fundraiser and you’ll be in with a chance of winning some incredible prizes!

🏁  Furthest distance Adults 17+:

1st place: Beryl Laserlight light
2nd prize: Beryl Pixel light
3rd prize: Beryl 100 minute bundle

🏁 Furthest distance Ages 13 – 16:

  • 1st place: 1 hour session at Tunnel Tree Tops + A Giant Compel ARX Youth Helmet
  • 2nd place: 1 hour session at Tunnel Tree Tops + A Giant Compel ARX Youth Helmet
  • 3rd place: 1 hour session at Tunnel Tree Tops + A Wakey Wakey ART’s bundle

🏆 Bonus prizes for:

  • The ‘Biggest fundraiser’ – Beryl Laserlight light worth £125
  • The ‘Best view from Strava photos’ – Beryl Pixel light worth £19.99

Sign Up HERE.

Adults £5, Ages 13-16 £2.50 and free for under 13’s.
There is an optional Beryl merchandise bag available for £5, all proceeds going to Dorset Mind.

Visit their newly launched Just Giving page HERE.

Once registered you will receive an invite to join Beryl’s Strava Challenge. (Please note that logging your rides is optional, and will allow you to win prizes, in order to use Strava you must be 13 years of age and above to register for an account).

Dorset MIND’s services are available for all Dorset adults and young people aged 11+, and they offer targeted support to minority communities to ensure they are supported. They offer specialist services for BAME and LGBTQ+ people; and provide support for women-only and carers. #Broadwindsor,#Drimpton,#Burstock,#Blackdown,#Hursey,#Kittwhistle,#Seaborough,#Dorset,#TourDeDorset,#MHAW,#Beryl,#FightForMH,#Lewesdon,#WestDorset,#MIND,#Cycle,#PedalPower,#ReThink,#LGBTQ,#Crisis,#Help,#Support,#BeKind,#BeSafe,#StaySafe

New Beautician & Therapies At The Painted Nail

Salon owner, Toni Rodway asks us to please give a warm welcome to Alexandra!
Alexandra is a fabulous beauty therapist with heaps of experience. We are extremely lucky to have such a talented therapist having worked for many years at a local top spa. Alexandra is extremely professional, friendly and a lovely person. Her work is incredible, she also happens to be the most fabulous massage therapist which is one of her most popular treatments along with Dermalogica facials. You will not be disappointed with any treatment carried out.”
To celebrate beauty therapist Alexandra joining their team, The Painted Nail are offering the following amazing offers:
  • Full body Hot stone massage – ONLY £30
    Normally £43
  • Spa pedicure with gel polish – ONLY £30
    Normally £38
  • Dermalogica Pro 30 – ONLY £20
    Normally £26.50
  • Eye brow wax and tint – ONLY £10
    Normally £17
  • Gel polish – £18
    Normally £25
    Discount is applied in the salon.

Note: This offer is ONLY VALID WITH ALEXANDRA  from 14/6/2021-26/6/21. Please book to avoid any disappointment.

The Painted Nail - Alexandra
Beauty Therapist, Alexandra.

Alexandra will be available:

  • 🌸Monday 9am – 4pm.
  • 🌸Tuesday 9am – 4pm.
  • 🌸Wednesday 9am – 4pm.
  • 🌸Every other Saturday 10am – 2pm.

Appointments will be available from the 14th of June.
Message or book online at: ThePaintedNail.co.uk.


Pentecost 2021

Sunday, 23rd May marks the Christian holiday of Pentecost.  It is the Spring Bank Holiday Monday the day after. The Monday was a bank holiday in the United Kingdom until 1967. It was formally replaced by the fixed Spring Bank Holiday on the last Monday in May in 1971.
Countries that celebrate the Pentecost include: Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Austria, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, The British Virgin Islands, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominica, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Hungary, Iceland, Ivory Coast, Luxembourg, Monaco, Montserrat, The Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Switzerland, Togo and Ukraine.

King Edward VI, son of Henry VIII.

Another moveable feast, Pentecost is celebrated on the 50th day from Easter Sunday. Also called Whitsunday, which was White Sunday. White Sunday made reference to the special white garments worn by the newly baptized. Baptism was administered both at the beginning (Easter) and end (the day of Pentecost) of the Paschal season. Eventually, Pentecost became a more popular time for baptism than Easter in northern Europe.
In The First Prayer Book of Edward VI (1549), the feast was officially called Whitsunday, and this name has continued in Anglican churches since.

As recorded in the Bible, it commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and other disciples following the Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus Christ (Acts of the Apostles, chapter 2), and this marks the beginning of the Christian church’s mission to the world. The Pentecostal Fire is the ancient fire that indicated the Presence of God or the Holy Spirit appearing to bless or to judge humans.

Priests often wear red vestments during Pentecost to symbolize the “tongues of fire” that descended on the disciples from the Holy Spirit; members of the congregation also wear red in some traditions, and the altar is commonly dressed in a red frontal cloth. Red banners are often hung from walls or ceilings to symbolize the blowing of the “mighty wind” and the free movement of the Spirit.

Red flowers at the altar/preaching area, and red flowering plants such as Geraniums around the church are also typical decorations for Pentecost services. These symbolize the renewal of life, the coming of the warmth of summer, and the growth of the church at and from the first Pentecost.

In the southern hemisphere,
for example, in Australia, Pentecost comes at the start of a mild autumn, often after the great heat of summer, and the red leaves of the Poinsettia are often used to decorate churches there.

For Jews, it is called Shavuot, or the Festival of Weeks. It marks their all-important wheat harvest in the Land of Israel and  commemorates the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah to the entire nation of Israel assembled under the leadership of Moses at Mount Sinai.  This harvest festival is seven weeks and one day after the first fruits offerings of Passover. On Passover, the people of Israel were freed from their enslavement in Egypt; on Shavuot they were given the Torah and became a nation committed to serving God.

Holy Ghost Holes.

Holy Ghost hole, Saints Peter and Paul Church in Söll, Tyrol, Austria.

In the Middle Ages, cathedrals and great churches throughout Western Europe were fitted with a peculiar architectural feature known as a Holy Ghost hole: a small circular opening in the roof that symbolized the entrance of the Holy Spirit into the midst of the congregation. At Pentecost, these Holy Ghost holes would be decorated with flowers, and sometimes a dove figure lowered through into the church while the narrative of Pentecost was read. Holy Ghost holes can still be seen today in European churches including Canterbury Cathedral.

Make an Origami Dove

If that’s a bit too tricky for some – try this simpler version, particularly with young ones. 🙂


Chris Loder MP Asks You To Sign His Petition

Chris Loder MP introduced his Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill in the House of Commons on 5th February 2020. On 29th April 2021, with the support of Lord Randall of Uxbridge, it became law: the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Act 2021 (c. 21).
Click HERE to read the full legislation.

Working hard to keep Animal Welfare at the top of the Government’s agenda, he is promoting his new Animal Welfare Action Plan with the aim to:

✅ Recognise animals as sentient in law.
✅ Ban the export of live animals for slaughter and fattening.
✅ Bring in new laws to tackle puppy smuggling.
✅ Prohibit keeping primates as pets.

Banning live animal exports is his priority. He would like your help and support by adding your name and signing his petition.  Click HERE.#Broadwindsor,#Burstock,#Blackdown,#Hursey,#Kittwhistle,#Seaborough,#Drimpton,#Dorset,#BWGPC,#DorsetCouncil,#AnimalWelfareBill,#ChrisLoderMP,#BeKind,#AnimalsDeserveJustice,#ConservativeAnimalWelfareFoundation,#SocialDistancing,#BeSafe,#StaySafe

360 View From Pilsdon Pen


Included on the website’s earlier post on Mental Health Awareness Week is this 43 second video recorded by local photographer, James Dawson. If you turn your volume up – you’ll feel that wind! #ConnectWithNatureDorset


Mental Health Awareness Week: 10th -16th May 2021

Throughout this pandemic, millions have experienced a mental health problem, or seen a loved one struggle. The support required is not always adequate or sadly isn’t even out there. Mental health is not hidden anymore; it’s on the front pages; it’s on the political agenda; it’s spoken about by royalty. For millions of people, mental health is now something to be honest about – not ashamed of.

The week is an annual event when there is an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health. The Mental Health Foundation started the event 21 years ago. Each year the Foundation continues to set the theme, organise and host the Week. The theme this year is Nature. Download their Nature Journal HERE to document how you feel before and after connecting with nature, and jot down anything interesting you notice while doing so!

Mental Health Awareness Week is open to everyone. It is all about starting conversations about mental health and the things in our daily lives that can affect it. This year as many people as possible – individuals, communities and governments – are being asked to think about connecting with nature and how nature can improve our mental health.  We are extremely fortunate where we live surrounded by the fields and woodland with the sea shore less than 10 miles away.

Lewesdon is obviously our closest hill, but there is Pilsden Pen right next to it and the 45 second video below by local photographer, James Dawson captures the stunning 360 view from Pilsden Pen on a recent windy day:

What a wonderful place we live!

There are lots of ways that you can get involved in Mental Health Awareness Week.  Notice nature and try to make a habit of connecting to the nature every day. Stop to listen to the birdsong, smell the freshly cut grass, take care of a house plant, notice any trees, flowers or animals nearby. Take a moment to appreciate these connections.

It has been stated –

  • Spending just 5 minutes in nature can boost your wellbeing.
  • Exercising in nature reduces blood pressure, heightens immunity and improves mood and self-esteem.
  • EnglishGardening.co.uk give 11 surprising health benefits from Gardening (see below).
  • Exeter University recommends spending 2 hours or more a week in nature to get the benefits for wellbeing – similar to the 5 a day of fruit and veg.
  • Open your curtains and let the sun shine in – you’ll get a boost of serotonin and Vitamin D which helps to improve mental health and wellbeing.

DorsetAONB.org invite you to Virtual Picnics in the parks! Click HERE.

The Mental Health Foundation invites people to share images/videos/or just sound recordings of the nature on your doorstep (and how this made you feel) on social media using #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek hashtags.

MIND (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders): Find out more about their new strategy and how they plan to lead the fight for mental health, including their focus on supporting the people disproportionately affected by mental health issues. Click HERE.
MIND are a registered charity in England (no. 219830).


  • The Samaritans offer emotional support 24 hours a day – in full confidence.
    Call 116 123 – it’s FREE
    Or email: jo@samaritans.org.uk
  • For support in a crisis, Text Shout to 85258.
  • You can contact ReThink HERE, Monday to Friday, 10am-2pm for practical advice on:
    • benefits, debt, money issues.
    • police, courts, prison.
    • your rights under the Mental Health Act.
    • different types of therapy and medication.

Call ReThink on 0300 5000 927 (calls are charged at your local rate).

  • Mind Infoline offer an information line to answer questions about:
    • types of mental health problem.
    • where to get help.
    • drug and alternative treatments.
    • advocacy.

    Call the Mind Infoline on 0300 123 3393 (UK landline calls are charged at local rates, and charges from mobile phones will vary considerably).
    Or email: info@mind.org.uk.

  • Talk to someone you trust: you may find it helpful to talk to your partner, a relative or a friend about your problems. They may be concerned about you and welcome the opportunity to hear what you have to say. If this is not possible, you may prefer to talk to someone else you can trust, like a faith leader or a tutor.


Someone will listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.


Local Employment: Beauty Therapist At The Painted Nail

Having just re-opened 3 weeks ago, an unexpected vacancy has arisen at The Painted Nail beauty salon at Redlands Yard in Broadwindsor.  Owner, Toni Rodway requires a talented and experienced Beauty Therapist to join her friendly team.
With flexible options:

  • Employed or Self-Employed with Dermalogica training available.
  • Hours are negotiable – although you would need to work at least one evening and every other Saturday.
Contact Toni directly –
Text or Call: 07378 818 676
Message through their Facebook page HERE
Toni won a Top 50 HBA Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the UK Hair and Beauty awards last month – Read more HERE.

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