Broadwindsor Cricket Club Celebrates On Saturday, 18th

Broadwindsor Cricket Club are having a party at 1pm on Saturday, 18th September. With drinks and a BBQ – all are invited. The Club announced their party on Twitter earlier today…


Hymns & Pimms – Thursday 5th August

Hymns and Pimms is a service of favourite hymns and readings led by Rev David Baldwin. With cold Pimms served afterwards! All are welcome including families and children.

This year’s event is being held on Thursday 5th August at 7pm. The event will take places in the garden of Sandpit, Drimpton Road, Broadwindsor, DT8 3RA, hosted by Steven and Jemma Loveridge and family. There will be a marquee in the event of rain.

Hymns and Pimms is organised by Seaborough Parochial Church Council as an act of worship of Seaborough Church. The service is free but donations towards the church are welcome and a collection will be made.

Tickets are not required and you may just arrive on the day. However numbers in advance would be helpful.
Please email Steven Loveridge07767 263953


Father’s Day – Sunday 20th June

Honouring fathers and all things paternal, Father’s Day has been celebrated on the third Sunday in June since 1910.

The Stableyard Restaurant at Redlands Yard are offering all Dads:

  • A bottle of beer/lager/cider
  • Roast lunch
  • Pudding

All for £19.50

There are 1/2 price puddings for everyone else 🙂 Be quick and call them on 01308 868362 to check availabilty!

Founded by the daughter of a U.S. Civil War Army veteran in 1910, in 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day. Then in 1972, President Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father’s Day to be held on the 3rd Sunday of June each year. The U.K. follows this observation.

A customary day for the celebration of fatherhood in Catholic Europe is known to date back to at least 1508 and is usually celebrated on March 19th, recognised as the feast day of Saint Joseph.

Germany marks Father’s Day on Ascension Day in May or June, 40 days after Easter, while Australia and New Zealand commemorate it on the first Sunday in September.

In Thailand, Father’s Day is celebrated on 5th December, the birthday of their late king who was considered the ‘Father of the Nation‘.

Russia continues a tradition from the Soviet Union of celebrating “Man’s Day” on ‘Defender of the Fatherland Day’ on 23rd February, which marks the first mass draft into the Red Army.

In addition to Father’s Day, International Men’s Day is celebrated in many countries on November 19th in honour of both men and boys.


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.


Half Price Puddings At The Stableyard Restaurant This Sunday

Any space left for pudding? How can you resist when pudding is coming from the kitchen at the Stableyard Restaurant at Redlands Yard in Broadwindsor? To celebrate being back open, Linda Paget and her team are offering Half Price puddings this Sunday, 23rd May when you buy a Roast Lunch.

Stableyard Restaurant, BroadwindsorPlease, book early to avoid disappointment.


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.”


Easter Egg Cheesecakes From McKenzies Cake Bakery

Tucked away in Orchard Mead in Broadwindsor is the kitchen of McKenzies Cake Bakery.
Village resident, Lisa McKenzie is producing the most delightful Easter Egg Cheesecakes in 3 varieties 🙂 The main picture shows the Easter Egg Cheesecake.  There is also Malteser Easter Egg Cheesecake and Biscoff Easter Egg Cheesecake…
Available in two sizes:
Malteser Easter Egg Cheesecake
  • The large ‘sharing’ size cost £5 each.
    (Sharing is optional)
  • The small ‘single portion’ size cost £2.50 each.
Biscoff Easter Egg Cheesecake

Collection: available from 19 Orchard Mead, Broadwindsor, DT8 3RA
on Thursday 1st, Friday 2nd or Saturday 3rd April.

McKenzies Cake Bakery
Lisa creates far more than Easter Egg Cheesecakes. She bakes cakes for all occasions – cupcakes, giant cupcakes, mini cakes, layer cakes, wedding cakes, Christmas cakes and more – whether it be a birthday, wedding, special anniversary, celebration or you are simply in need of cake!

Lisa specialises in cupcakes with a wide range of styles and flavours.  Also available is a range of mini cupcakes especially for little ones!

Delivery is available to the local area.

You can text or call Lisa on 07812 757 547

Visit her Facebook page HERE.


Plant A Tree For Mothers Day – Sunday, 14th March

With just a week until Mother’s Day, some may have consumed enough chocolate throughout Lockdown so why not consider something a bit different?  The National Trust are giving you the opportunity to dedicate a single sapling or up to half a hectare of woodland to your Mum this Mother’s Day and you’ll be helping to support their aim to plant 20 million trees by 2030:

  • £5 will buy a tree sapling.
  • £50 will buy 10 tree saplings.
  • £250 will plant 50 square metres.
  • £500 will plant 100 sq.m.
  • £2,500 will plant one fottball pitch (half a hectare!).

You can choose your amount and choose if it is in memory of someone or a celebration. At the moment, you are unable to ‘tag’ a specific tree, or choose a location for a tree to be planted. However, they have the ambition to plant 20 million trees by 2030, and your donation today can directly help create a living memorial that benefits nature for everyone, for ever. 🙂

Donate & Dedicate Your Tree HERE.

National Trust LogoWith care, attention and natural progression, small saplings grow into happy, healthy woodlands full of wonder. A lot goes into nurturing new life – and Mum’s know it!


International Women’s Day, Monday 8th March

The theme of International Women’s Day 2021 is ‘Choose To Challenge’.  Their statement is: “This states that the women are responsible for their own thoughts and actions everyday and they challenge the world everyday. The theme further signifies that women can choose to challenge gender bias and inequality in the world. People need to celebrate women’s achievements and also make world a better place to live in with equality.


International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th.

27 countries (mainly former Soviet republics) have adopted International Women’s Day as a national holiday, and it is widely observed in several others.

For most of the countries who observe this holiday, if the 8th falls on a weekend, it will be moved to the following Monday. If it falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, several countries will bridge the holiday to the weekend by declaring an additional public holiday on the Monday or Friday – though often this is compensated for by making a Saturday a working day.

In China since 2014, women are entitled to a half-day holiday for Women’s Day. In Madagascar and Nepal, the day is also an official women-only holiday.

International Women’s Day was first established at the 1910 International Socialist Women’s Conference in Copenhagen. German women’s rights activist and Marxist theorist Clara Zetkin was the one who tabled the idea.

Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Denmark celebrated the holiday for the first time on March 19th 1911, with the Soviet Union the first to make it a public holiday in 1917.  The date of 8th March was adopted internationally in 1921.

In 1977, the United Nations declared 8th March as International Women’s Day, a day each year when the world should celebrate, recognize and remember women and the accomplishments they have made to society. Each year has a different theme.

Purple, green and white are the colours of International Women’s Day.

  • Purple signifies justice and dignity.
  • Green symbolizes hope.
  • White represents purity, albeit a controversial concept.

The colours originated from the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in the UK in 1908.

International Men’s Day…

is on November and their objectives include a focus on mens’ and boys’ health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality and highlighting positive male role models.


Celebrate Imbolc On 1st February

Imbolc (or Imbolg) is also called St. Brigid’s Day and is celebrated on 1st February each year and is a Gaelic (Irish) traditional festival marking the beginning of Spring. It is approximately halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Time to celebrate the lengthening days and the early signs of spring.

Imbolc is one of the four traditional Gaelic seasonal festivals. The others being Beltane (1st May), Lughnasa (1st August) and Samhain (31 Oct).  As well as signifying the beginning of Spring, Imbolc is also associated with the onset of the lambing season and the blossoming of blackthorn.

St. Brigid was a Christianization of the goddess of fertility, Brigid.  St. Brigid was also invoked to protect homes and livestock. The holiday was a festival of the hearth and home. It is time to ‘spring clean’. To receive the blessings of St. Brigid, people would make a bed for her and leave her food and drink. Items of clothing would be left outside for her to bless.  The lighting of candles and fires represents the return of warmth and the increasing power of the Sun over the coming months.  For Christians, particularly in Ireland, it is a time to feast!  Although many of its customs died out in the 20th century, it is still observed and in some places it has been revived as a cultural event.