Ascension Day 2021

Today, Thursday 13th May, is Ascension Day.  It is not a Public Holiday in the UK, Canada, the USA or Australia – but it is a Public Holiday in France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Indonesia, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Vanuatu* (in the South Pacific Ocean). In general, Ascension Day services are positive and uplifting.

*Although 90% of the Indonesian population is Muslim, Ascension Day is a major holiday, and Indonesians who are not Christian often use the holiday to relax. Ascension Day’s traditions are participated in by both Protestants and Catholics in Indonesia. The major Christian event is the 40th day of Easter.

As recorded in the Bible, this is a day when Christians celebrate the Ascension of Jesus Christ into Heaven.  The celebration of the Ascension Day of Jesus Christ always falls on a Thursday as it is celebrated exactly 39 days after Easter Sunday.
The next three Ascension Days shall occur on:

  • 26th May, 2022
  • 18th May, 2023
  • 9th May, 2024

Beaminster Team Churches:

The Beaminster Area team Ministry covers 50 square miles of West Dorset and shares borders with Devon in the Diocese of Exeter and Somerset in the Diocese of Bath and Wells. The Beaminster Team is made up of 14 individual parishes plus the chapel in the grounds of Mapperton House. Their worship demonstrates a wonderful variety of styles ranging from services from the Book of Common Prayer to the child-centred Messy Church, with music a vital part of their activities.
At the helm of this team is The Reverend Canon David Baldwin. With Pioneer Priest Revd Jo Neary, partner priests, licensed lay ministers, and our team administrator, they are supported by their lay pastoral assistants and lay officers. They would be delighted to welcome you to any of their churches.

To read more on Broadwindsor’s St. John the Baptist Church – Click HERE.

Very recently, Rev. Jo led the collective worship in Broadwindsor School’s new outdoor classroomRev. Jo posted on social media:
It was a joy to see staff and pupils again, to meet the reception class for the first time and to be connected with nature as we worshipped. And even better – we can potentially use the facility for Forest Church. My heart sings. Alleluia.
Lord God, you are awesome and we love you. Amen.”


BWGPC Appointed Officers

At Thursday’s Annual General Meeting of our Group Parish Council, both Chairman, Rowland Hibbard and Vice Chairman, David Leader were re-elected unchallenged.  The councillors below adopted the following representative, liaison roles for the year 21/22:

  • Broadwindsor Primary School – David Leader.
  • Blackdown Village Hall – Peter Hardwill.
  • Drimpton Village Hall – Tim Bassett.
  • Comrades Hall – David Leader.
  • Hursey Sport Field – David Leader.
  • Broadwindsor Allotment Group: Kevin Madder-Smith.
  • Rights Of Way and Liaison Officer (Footpaths) – Dorothy Rowe.
  • Dorset Association of Parish and Town Councils (DAPTC) Western Area Committee – Jacqui Sewell & Rowland Hibbard.
  • Broadwindsor Cricket Club – Andrew Frampton.
  • Beaminster & Villages local area partnership (BAVLAP) – Jacqui Sewell.

The Council’s next meeting will be held at Drimpton Village Hall on Monday, 21st June, 2021.

There are 15 Elected Councillors to Broadwindsor Group Parish Council – Click HERE to identify them and the options to contact them.


Broadwindsor Group Parish Council – Online A.G.M. Thursday, 6th May 2021

Broadwindsor Group Parish Council are holding their Annual General Meeting online using the Zoom platform at 7.30pm on Thursday, 6th May 2021All are welcome to attend.

The full agenda is available to download HERE. Minutes of previous Group Parish Council meetings can be found online HERE

The A.G.M. can be accessed HERE.
The Meeting ID: 93 9228 7205
Zoom is Free! – Sign Up and get it HERE.

The meeting begins with the election of the Chairman, currently Rowland Hibbard and the Vice Chairman, currently David Leader. The election is then followed by the signing of the Declaration of Acceptance of Office.

There will be an update of Councillor’s Disclosures of personal and prejudical Interests and Dispensations prior to the last meeting’s minutes being approved.  Any matters arising will then be addressed.

Public Participation is item 6. and parishoners are invited to give their views and ask questions of the Parish Council on issues on this Agenda.  The next Public Participation is item 21. at the end of the meeting where residents are invited to give their views and ask questions of the Parish Council on any outstanding issues on this Agenda or raise issues for future consideration.

Item 7. Correspondance: there is a Message from the High Sheriff of Dorset, Michael Dooley.

Item 11. is when Representatives are appointed for the following:

  1. Broadwindsor School.
  2. Blackdown, Comrades Hall and Drimpton Village Hall Committees.
  3. Broadwindsor Community Sports Field.
  4. Broadwindsor Allotment Group.
  5. Footpaths Officer (Rights Of Way and Liaison Officer).
  6. Dorset Association of Parish and Town Councils (DAPTC) Western Area Committee.
  7. Other Representation.

Item 13. indicates there are no Planning Applications received.

Item 18. addresses our Highways:

  • Report from the Footpaths Officer.
  • Verge Management in the Grouped Parish Area.
  • Common Water Lane Updated.
  • Results of Traffic Surveys for the Installation of Speed Indicator Devices.
  • Request from Resident, Seeking Permission to Install New Field Gateway between Shepherds Meadow and Bridge.

Item 22. closes the meeting.

The full agenda is available to download HERE.

The press and public are invited to attend.  Under the Openess of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014, members of the public may now film, photograph and make audio recordings of the proceedings of the formal Council meeting, though not, under current legislation, of the Public Participation session, as this is not part of the formal agenda of the meeting. Recording activity should be respectful to the conduct of the meeting and behavious that disrupts the meeting (such as oral commentary) will not be permitted.  Any member of the public shall not speak for more than five minutes.  A question asked by a member of the public during Public Participation shall not require a response or debate during the meeting though the Chairman may direct that a written response will be provided subsequent to the meeting.

The next Meeting of the Parish Council will convene on Monday, 21st June 2021.

There are 15 Elected Councillors to Broadwindsor Group Parish Council – Click HERE to identify them.

Thursday, 6th May is also the Election day for Dorset’s Police and Crime Commissioner. Read more HERE.


Clothes Banks By School Empty & Ready For More

The two big clothes banks located just outside the school gates have just been emptied after being full for over a week.  The P.T.A. did receive lots of messages and thanks to everyone for their patience.
Village resident, Hazel Catton stated that they usually are emptied every two weeks and as she lives around the corner, usually notices if they should fill up before then.  Any queries, please message her through Facebook.
Deposits can be made at any time.  All of the clothes donated raise vital funds to help support our village school.

Thank you for all donations so far – please keep them coming!

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