Congratulations to The White Lion

Congratulations to Spike & Vikki at The White Lion, Broadwindsor as they have featured in the latest edition of the Good Beer Guide which celebrates the best real ale pubs.  This is the 48th edition of the beer drinker’s bible produced by CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale).

Since 1972 CAMRA has produced a completely independent regional guide to the best pubs covering the whole of the UK and Northern Ireland with listings based entirely on evaluation by CAMRA Volunteers.

The 2021 guide features more than 4,500 pubs as well as a directory of more than 1,800 breweries in the UK.
A total of 29 pubs in the DT1 – DT9 postcode area have been included in the 2021 guide:

  • Spyway, Askerswell
  • Crown, Bridport
  • Pursuit of Hoppiness, Bridport
  • Ropemakers, Bridport
  • Woodman, Bridport
  • White Lion, Broadwindsor
  • Sailors Return, Chaldon Herring
  • Royal Oak, Charmouth
  • Rivers Arms, Cheselbourne
  • Oak at Dewlish
  • Blue Raddle, Dorchester
  • Convivial Rabbit, Dorchester
  • Royal Oak, Dorchester
  • Tom Browns, Dorchester
  • Bulls Head, Fordington
  • Squirrel, Laymore
  • Rose & Crown, Longburton
  • Nags Head, Lyme Regis
  • Thimble, Piddlehinton
  • George, Portland
  • Royal Portland Arms, Portland
  • Mitre, Sandford Orcas
  • Anchor, Seatown
  • Saxon, Stratton
  • Springhead, Sutton Poyntz
  • Kings Arms, Thornford
  • Globe, Weymouth
  • William Henry, Weymouth
  • Smugglers, Wyke Regis

A possible Christmas gift – the Good Beer Guide 2021 is selling for £14.99 on the CAMRA website HERE.

Pubs and clubs are a force for good in society, providing social and wellbeing benefits for people across the UK. CAMRA is proud to be leading the fight to ensure that these venues stay open and thrive.

Landlord Mark Phillips commented: “It’s a team effort and not possible without the support from our valued customers and Palmers Brewery.


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.


Local Employment: 3 Apprentice Installers at Heavers of Bridport

Heavers of Bridport are specialists in the supply and installation of windows, doors and other glazing solutions throughout the Southwest. They have three Apprentice positions available.

Candidates need to:

  • Be punctual.
  • Be able to work as a member of a team.
  • Have good communication skills.
  • Be able to adapt to a multitude new skills.
  • Be Self-motivated.

In return, they offer:

  • Competitive rates of pay.
  • NVQ & MTC qualifications.
  • All clothing and PPE supplied.
  • Health & Safety training such as manual handling, working at heights, fire awareness and First Aid.

All three positions are available with an immediate start date.

To Apply: please contact in the first instance.


Shopping Permits Throughout The County?

You have until midnight on Saturday, December 5th to have your say on a new shoppers permit for Dorset.

Residents in the former West Dorset District Council area have been able to purchase shopping permits for several years. This took the form of a cardboard disk which is displayed in vehicle windscreens.  It currently allows 2 hours’ parking per day (or 3 hours if a disabled badge is also displayed), 7 days a week.

They want to know if this should be extended across the Dorset Council area, or if the permits should be withdrawn. The new proposed permit may be virtual where the registration number allows access for a set period in short stay car parks.

Let them know what you think while you still can!

Complete their 5 minute consultation HERE.

If a decision is made to stop the scheme, the Western Dorset permits will remain valid until their expiry date.


This Weekend’s Specials At The White Lion

Vikki’s added extras this weekend are….

  • Homemade Beef Stew with a Dumpling and hot Baguette
  • Homemade Chicken and Mushroom Tagliatelle with Garlic Bread
  • Homemade Lamb and Mint Pie with Mash or Chips
  • Homemade Chicken Balti with Basmati Rice

All @ £8.50

Also available for Takeaway puddings, you can choose from:

  • Baileys Cheesecake with Cream
  • Blackberry and Apple Pie with Custard

And don’t forget Sunday Lunch! This Sunday, there is the choice of Beef, Pork or Turkey.

Every order (not item!) gets you an entry into the pub’s Lockdown Raffle, to be drawn when the pub re-opens.


Tel: 01308 867070
Email: or message them through Facebook.


Broadwindsor Rainbows, Brownies and Guides

The group have spaces available from January 2021.
  • Rainbows age 5-7
  • Brownies age 7-10
  • Guides age 10-14
  • West Dorset Rangers age 14-18
Leader, Emma House had this update on what they have all been up to:
We have been meeting via Zoom rather than doing what we do best but that’s not a bad thing! We have had so much fun! (There is a lot less clearing up for us leaders that’s for sure 😉).
We have been making indoor rockets, clay creatures, edible Houses of Parliament, completed Taskmaster challenges, chatted and laughed – laughed a lot!!
The laughing 😂 is what’s making the difference, everything is so strange for the children at the moment. The social life they are used to is hugely restricted so if we can as leaders continue to try and offer a piece of normality in the best way we can then we have done our job well.
The smiles say it all!” – Emma House.

Girl Guides

You can contact Emma at
Learn more at the GirlGuiding website HERE.


NIck Tett’s 12 Days of Christmas

There are many businesses doing December/Festive competitions and raffles this year and Nick Tett Butchers in Beaminster has joined the festive sleigh with not one but twelve opportunities to win via their Facebook promotion.

Running from Tuesday, 1st – Saturday 12th December 2020, here’s what you have to do:

  • You have to be a user of Facebook
  • You have to go to Nick Tett Butchers Ltd. Facebook page HERE.
  • You then have to ‘Like‘ and ‘Follow‘ their page.
  • When the competition opens on December 1st, there will be a daily post on their page on Facebook.
    You have to both ‘Like‘ and ‘Share‘ that post on that day.

Entries are limited to one per day!

The winners will be drawn daily and drawn at random.  Prize value will be between £10 – £50. Good Luck!



Thursday 19th is International Men’s Day – in Movember

Observed by 44 countries, International Men’s Day has been celebrated on 19th November since 1992.
It gives the opportunity for people everywhere of goodwill to appreciate and celebrate the men in their lives and the contribution they make to society for the greater good of all.

The 2020 theme is “Better Health for Men and Boys” with the aim to make practical improvements to the health and wellbeing of the male population.  It is also a special time to make mention of the brave men who protect our communities in the defence force and emergency services such as: Police, Fire Fighters, Ambulance Officers and Hospital Emergency Departments.  Key people in Charities, Religion, Government, Business and Academia that help create a fair and safe society for others.

Sign up to receive their newsletter HERE.

Movember November is also the month of Movember! The leading charity changing the face of men’s health: addressing mental health and suicide issues, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
Movember first started in Melbourne, Australia in 2003 when two friends (Travis Garone and Luke Slattery) talked 30 of  their friends into growing a ‘Mo’ (moustache). They had been inspired by a friend’s mother who was fundraising for breast cancer, they decided to make the campaign about men’s health and prostate cancer.
By 2007, the campaign had grown internationally including the UK campaign with The Prostate Cancer Charity. There are now official campaigns in 21 countries around the world.


Little Boutique in a Box – December Re-Opening!

Helen Atkins will be re-opening her Little Boutique in a Box at Redlands Yard on Thursday 3rd December.

During December she will be helping you catch up with lost shopping time by opening extra hours. And there’ll be fizz to celebrate!

From 3rd December, Government legislation permitting, Helen will have her lovely boutique open:

  • Monday to Saturday – 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday – 11am – 4pm

Plus 2 Late Night Shopping evenings until 9pm
(complete with Fizz!):

  • Saturday 12th December
  • Friday 18th December

In the meantime . . .  All stock is online and during November, you can enjoy 10% off everything and Free Shipping!
Visit HERE.

Any enquiries, please email:




The Stableyard Restaurant’s Christmas Menu



Festive goodies, mince pies, Christmas lunches and two evenings for celebrations. Also after re- opening the restaurant, we will be open the three Mondays as well before Christmas, so please make sure that you pop in. Please see the Christmas menu, or if you would like a copy please phone or email us. Christmas lunches and dinner will need to be booked in advance.
We just need the go ahead now, so the team can greet you all again.
Looking forward to better times.”
– Linda