Dorset In Tier 2 From 2nd December

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced where we are in the Government’s 3 tier system (as shown below), when the National Restrictions end on 2nd December.

At the time of publishing, the Government’s Postcode Checker has crashed and you are asked to try again later.

  • Here in Dorset, we are in Tier 2
  • South Somerset, Somerset West, Taunton and Devon are also in Tier 2 at this time.

Tier 2Tier 3

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Chimney Fires

The Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Rescue team have already attended several chimney fires this month.

If you haven’t already had your chimney swept ready for winter, make sure you get yours cleaned before the cold weather really kicks in.
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue

More advice on chimney safety and some useful links can be found on their website HERE.

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Happy Hallowe’en From Broadwindsor House

The residents and staff at Broadwindsor House have had lots of fun this week baking cupcakes ready to decorate for today’s spooky festivities.


BW House - Halloween

There has been a lot of laughter and today they have already been dancing using photo props and winning prizes with a ‘Pass the Pumpkin’ game.

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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).

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Could You Become A Fireman?

Many children say they want to be a fireman when they grow up and a brave few grow up to be just that.  Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Service are recruiting.

You will be able to register your interest and start your application from 10am on Monday 5 October 2020.  All applications must be completed before the closing date of midnight on Friday 9 October 2020.

Due to the high volumes of application, the process will be managed online and supported by email only and you will be given clear instructions, and how to access support if needed, at each stage.

What GCSE’s/Qualifications do you need?

You do not need to have any GCSEs or Qualifications in order to apply to this process. They will be assessing candidates through the online ability test process that they have put in place.

Do you have these characteristics?

  • Are you a role model that leads by example?
  • Are you a team player?
  • Want to work within your community and make a difference?
  • Looking for a challenging and rewarding career?
  • Respect for diversity, with a fair and ethical approach?
  • Do you have physical and mental strength?
  • Are you calm under pressure with the ability to work outside your comfort zone?
  • Can you stay focused and achieve a goal under stressful emergency situations?
  • Do you have the drive, ability and initiative to make a positive personal impact?
  • Are you able to work at height and in dark confined spaces?

At the initial stage of the recruitment process, they ask you to sit online tests. These include Situational Judgment Test and a Behavioral Style Questionnaire (Clicking the link will download the pdf document to your device.) and Fire Service Ability Tests in verbal, numerical and mechanical reasoning. These will be completed online at home.

Here is an idea of what to expect in the tests:

The test comprises 12 questions and you will have 9 minutes to answer them to the best of your ability.
You will be presented with passages of information and four statements about that passage. For each of the four statements you must select one of the following answers:

1) True (the statement is definitely true based solely on the information contained in the passage)

2) False (the statement is definitely false based solely on the information contained in the passage)

3) Cannot Say (it cannot be determined whether the statement is true or false without further information)

This test does not count towards your real assessment in any way, it is purely for the purpose of candidate preparation. This example test is shorter than the real FRS Verbal Reasoning test which comprises 20 questions and has a maximum time limit of 15 minutes.

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and RescueThey recommend that their assessments are completed on either a desktop or laptop computer.   It is not recommended to complete the assessments using a tablet or mobile device.

  • Click HERE and confirm you are over 16yrs of age and view the example English (Verbal) test.
  • Click HERE and confirm you are over 16yrs of age and view the example Numerical test.
  • Click HERE and confirm you are over 16yrs of age and view the example Mechanical Reasoning test.
  • Click HERE for their Frequently Asked Questions page.
  • Click HERE for more information on their Recruitment Process and to register online.

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This Week is #RecycleWeek2020

It’s Recycle Week 2020! (21 – 27 September). Wherever you live. Wherever you call home. 89% of us recycle. Keep doing your bit. This year and every year.
In Broadwindsor,

  • there are recycling bins are at Redlands Yard  for tetrapaks and aluminium foil respectively.
  • there are recycling bins for crisp packets at Bernards’ Place and outside the school.
  • there are two large clothes recycling banks, also outside of the school.

Please remember to wash and crush your tetrapaks or the bins will fill up too quickly.  Please don’t put an item in the recycling bin if it’s not meant to go in there – the volunteers then have the undesirable job of having to sort through it all!

The local Eco-Group would welcome new volunteers to empty the two bins by Redlands Yard.  It needs emptied weekly and a monthly visit to Bridport Recycling Centre.  There is a rota, but more help is always welcome.  Usually a volunteer will have two dates allocated. All that is required are three black bin bags: one for aluminium and two for tetrapaks. Please contact Jackie Riley HERE or call her on 01308 868949.

Dorset CouncilBridport Recycling Centre is located at Broomhills Nursery, West Bay Fields, Bridport, Dorset DT6 5LB and is open 9am – 6pm (at the time of publishing).  Regular opening hours are due to change on October 1st but Government Guidelines and Regulations re: Covid-19 may change opening times before then.
All the following items are accepted at Bridport Recycling Centre:

Asbestos cannot be taken to this recycling centre.

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).

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Sloe Gin

Sloe gin is a British red liqueur made with gin, sloes and sugar.

There are many locations in and around our lovely village where one can gather sloes from the Blackthorn bushes which had beautiful white blossom in the Spring.  The number of sloes you will find on a blackthorn bush or tree each year is very much linked to the weather during the previous spring and summer. Too dry and the sloes will be small and shrivelled. Too wet and cold and they will not develop at all. A good crop of plump, well-ripened sloes needs the perfect balance of warmth and water. This year – crops are good 🙂

There is a lot of debate about when to pick sloes. For the best flavour, wait until the berries are ripe. They should be a rich dark purple and should squash easily between your fingertips. It’s a good sign if they’ve already started to drop naturally to the ground.

If you’re picking them for sloe gin then traditionally you wait until after the first frost. These days, there’s no reason why you can’t pick them earlier, bag them up and pop them in your freezer to mimic that first frost. The theory behind this is that the frost splits the skins so the juices can flow into your gin without you having to go to the effort of pricking all the berries.

Ingredients

  • 1 litre bottle of gin
  • 500g sloes
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 1 large sterilised jar or 2 empty gin bottles

Method

  1. Wash sloes and seal in an airtight bag. Freeze overnight or until you’re ready to make the gin.
  2. Put frozen sloes into sterilised jar or empty gin bottles.
  3. Add gin then the sugar directly onto frozen sloes. Their skins will split which means you avoid the laborious pricking of each individual sloe berry.
  4. Seal jar tightly and shake well.
  5. Store jar in a cool, dark place and shake every other day for a week. After the first week you only need to shake it once a week for 2 months.
  6. Leave for a minimum of 12 weeks.  The liquid should now be dark red and ready for drinking, although it does improve over time.

Serve sloe gin neat, over ice or drizzle over ice cream.  You can also make the cocktail Sloe Royale by adding some to sparkling wine, prosecco  or champagne.

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