Steve Knightley – Friday, 29th September

In a brand new one man show, ‘Unlock Me & other Lockdown Laments‘, Steve Knightley will perform material that surfaced over two years of isolation and inactivity. Songs such as the Bristol Slaver and You’ll Get By were refreshed by headlines and current affairs whilst classic covers such as Forever Young and The Boys of Summer struck a chord with the thousands that tuned in to his hours of online content.

Insights, anecdotes and a bunch of new songs will attempt to chronicle and draw a line under an extra episode in all our lives. BBC Radio 2 commented Committed and distinctive songs of love, conscience and history” .

Steve will be performing at Broadwindsor’s Comrades Hall (High Street, Broadwindsor, DT8 3QP) on Friday, 29th September 🙂

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

A bar will be available (cards accepted) and there will be an interval.

All tickets £20.00, no concessions – available from:

To purchase 1 ticket…

To purchase 2 Tickets…

  • Broadwindsor Community Stores (CASH ONLY!)
  • The White Lion (CASH ONLY!)
  • Directly from Wendy Shields
  • If you are unable to purchase your tickets locally from Broadwindsor Community Stores or The White Lion – then please transfer your required amount @ £20/ticket with your Name as reference and you can collect them at the door 🙂Paying by BACS – please use your Name as reference.
    Lloyds Account Name: Broadwindsor.Org
    Sort Code: 30-98-97
    Account Number: 34903363   Any queries – email:

The event is being brought to you by Broadwindsor.Org with 50% of any profit made by Broadwindsor.Org being donated to the Comrades Hall 🙂 The remaining 50% is being reserved to update equipment.

Here is Steve, recorded as part of the 2017 Southdowns Folk Festival on 21/9/17:

Enjoy the show!


Community Shop Now Belongs To Broadwindsor

Announced on social media, Broadwindsor Community Stores have informed us that the purchase of the freehold of the shop was completed yesterday…

Fantastic news!

Special thanks go to Clerk to the Council, Helen Cudmore and freeholders Mr and Mrs Oldfield. 🙂

Broadwindsor Community Stores: 01308 867922



Broadwindsor Community Stores Celebrates 10 Years

Broadwindsor Community Stores celebrated their 10th birthday on Saturday.

Pavement Art by Kaitlin


Sunshine Cake by Lisa McKenzie


Celebratory bags on sale


Previous Managers Mike, Sue and Kevin.


First manager Sue with current manager Jane and assistant Margaret


Volunteers Extraordinaire – Robin & Carole

More photos of the celebratory day and the shop’s latest offers can be found on their Facebook page HERE.

An excellent way to learn new skills, feel productive and meet more people within the parish community is to volunteer for a 2-hour shift.  An opportunity for you to give back to this marvellous community enterprise – it is fun too!

Full training is provided – contact Volunteer co-ordinator, Terri Small at:

Main photo: Margery Hookings



Broadwindsor Community Stores Celebrate 10 years!

Join the staff and volunteers at 11.30am on Saturday 4th March to celebrate the community shop’s 10th birthday with a slice of sunshine birthday cake and more…

There will be a Grand Raffle with great prizes from their suppliers and a poster competition for the schoolchildren.
Follow the shop on Facebook HERE to keep up to date with more of their plans and special offers.
They hope to see many of you to help the shop celebrate 🙂

The Shop Managers over the years…

Become a Volunteer!

A healthy number of volunteers make it easier on all as individuals cover fewer shifts, or sometimes just the one. Full training is provided – contact Volunteer co-ordinator, Teri Small at:


Meet Rebecca Burt – Broadwindsor’s New Councillor

Broadwindsor resident Rebecca Burt has been co-opted to Broadwindsor’s Group Parish Council to represent the Broadwindsor ward.

Bex, as she’s known to her friends and colleagues, moved to the village in 2018 with her husband Martin and their son Eddie who attends Broadwindsor school. Bex brings a wealth of experience as a teacher and working with young people and has volunteered at both the community shop and outreach post office.

We wish Bex the very best in her new role 🙂


More Volunteers Needed At Broadwindsor Community Stores

We all so appreciate our community village shop.  It simply wouldn’t function without the marvellous management team now led by Jane and,  just as importantly, the team of volunteers who smile and serve you when you go in 🙂

A healthy number of volunteers make it easier on all as individuals cover fewer shifts, or sometimes just the one.

It is an excellent way to learn new skills, feel productive and meet more people within the parish community.  An opportunity for you to give back to this community enterprise – it is fun too!

Full training is provided – contact Volunteer co-ordinator, Terri Small at:


Changes & Continuity At Broadwindsor Community Stores 

Sadly, Mike Moles, the recently appointed manager at Broadwindsor Community Stores is unable to continue with the position and has tendered his resignation. Once again a new manager would have to be found…

Broadwindsor Community Stores has seen many changes over its almost ten years of trading but it has had one positive constant: Jane Sloman.

If you’re a regular, Jane will most likely greet you by your name, know what you like and if you ask her about anything in the shop, she most likely will have the answer. Talk to anyone who uses the village shop and they not only know Jane but think highly of her.

Sue Williams, 2015

I remember my interview like it was yesterday,’ she said. ‘The shop wasn’t open yet so Sue Williams, the first manager, and I sat on a couple of upside-down crates in the empty shop to do the interview.

And I got the job! Haven’t looked back since!

After ten years of being a valuable shop assistant Jane has now accepted to take on the manager’s role, much to the shop committee’s delight and no doubt the whole community.

Andrew Hookings, Chairman of Broadwindsor Community Stores, said: “Jane has been with us since the shop opened in March 2013. She is very popular with volunteers and customers alike.  The community knows Jane has had a tough time over the last couple of years, and she has thankfully come through. Jane richly deserves this opportunity.”

The shop committee is now looking for a part-time shop assistant to help Jane and work alongside her colleague, Margaret, as well as with the volunteers who together make the Broadwindsor Village Shop team. The part-time shop assistant role will be on a temporary basis whilst Jane settles into her new role with the aim of being a permanent position.
Anyone interested in the position is asked to please email directly.

Good luck for your future Mike
& Well done Jane 🙂


Meet Mike Moles – New Manager At Broadwindsor Community Stores

Pictured outside Broadwindsor Community Stores with Margaret is Mike Moles, the newly appointed shop manager.

Mike’s not there full time yet as he has a moral obligation to the community he is leaving but will be there in the afternoons this week being shown ‘the ropes’ by both Margaret and Jane who have held the fort fantastically & remarkably since Kevin left.

Welcome to Broadwindsor Mike!


Village Shop Seeks Loan From BGPC To Purchase The Freehold Of Premises

Stewart Urry, Secretary of Broadwindsor and District Community Enterprise (BADCE) informed members this week of the committee’s intention to seek a loan from Broadwindsor Group Parish Council at their meeting on Monday, 13th June.


  1. BADCE is registered under the Co – Operative and Community Benefits Societies Act 2014, number 31629R. Annual Returns, available on line, are filed with the Financial Conduct Authority. BADCE carries on business as a convenience store for the benefit of Broadwindsor village and the nearby district. BADCE has 330 members, on a one vote per member basis. The shop is an invaluable resource to the district, as has particularly been shown in the recent pandemic, and is widely supported by its members, volunteer assistants and the general public, and also by the local Council.

  2. BADCE was established in early 2013 after public fundraising of some £30,000. From its inception it has reported an annual financial surplus, modest by reference to turnover, but grocery is a low margin trade, and the shop is not in business to maximise profits. At 31 December 2021, its accounts show total members’ funds of £64,016, represented by some £45,000 in cash and bank deposits, with the balance invested in the shop business.

  3. BADCE occupies its premises at The Old Telephone Exchange (’TOTE’) in Drimpton Road, Broadwindsor under a lease agreement at a current annual rent of £4,000 per year, for a term expiring on 31 December 2022, with no security of tenure after that date. Relations with the landlord are good, but the risk is that circumstances may change, and a lease renewal might not be offered in 2023, or at a later date. In any event the annual rent is likely to rise with inflation. The current location suits the shop very well, and there is presently no other comparable site for the shop in the village. Leased tenure restricts the shop from making any improvements to the building, or on the shop site, and this limits the future development of the shop.

  4. Following negotiations with the landlord a price has been agreed for the freehold at £75,000 plus vendor legal fees. The value of the TOTE building is in the region of £75,000/100,000 based on other transactions in identical buildings round the country; recently such a building was offered for sale in Yetminster, let at just over £4k per year, for £99.5k. The landlord values the building at some £100,000, but is generously willing to sell it to BADCE at the discounted price of £75k. A professional opinion has been taken supporting this purchase price.

  5. The BADCE Committee recommends the purchase of the freehold, as a one off opportunity to provide long term security for the shop, at a very reasonable price for a freehold. In order to fund the purchase, grant opportunities have been sought over the last six months, but without success. The main problem is that most current grant programmes are for new projects, which cannot readily access funding in any conventional way, and BADCE does not meet these criteria. Also, the Committee does not think it an opportune time to raise further funds from the members: there are considerable funds in the bank, partly from the original members’ fund raising, and also the local community has only recently raised money for the local pub.

  6. BADCE is therefore looking at loan finance. The total cost of the freehold, with fees and costs, might be some £80,000. BADCE currently has some £45k of cash, but needs to retain a trading buffer of some £15k, making say £30k available for the purchase, and so is looking for loan finance of some £50k, and has approached BGPC for assistance.

  7. BGPC may be able to access loan finance through the Public Works Loan Board, where currently published repayment terms for a £50k loan show capital and interest repayments on say a 30 year term of a fixed amount of under £3,000 per year, which is less than the current £4,000 annual rent paid by the shop, which is not fixed for the future. So the shop could readily afford this loan repayment cost.

  8. In respect of a loan, BADCE would grant BGPC security over the TOTE freehold property, which has a value materially higher than a £50k loan, so BGPC would have good capital security for its loan. BGPC would also have income security as the shop can readily afford the projected loan repayment costs out of its current trading results. BADCE would also offer to pay any incidental costs to BGPC of the loan assistance.

S W Urry
Secretary – BADCE
May 2022

Only members of BADCE can attend the AGM which will be on Wednesday, 21st June at 6pm in the Comrades Hall.
To become a member – please contact the Secretary:


Broadwindsor Community Stores – Jubilee Hours

Over the Platinum Jubilee holiday weekend, our village shop will be open ‘Sunday hours’, from 8am – 12noon.

This will be on Thursday, 2nd June through to Sunday, 5th June.

Our thanks to the volunteers who will give their time to make it possible 🙂

Please note: the last delivery of bread from Evershot bakery will be Wednesday, 1st, so any orders must be in by Tuesday, 31st May.

Keep up to date on offers in the shop by following them on their Facebook page HERE.