Factor In The Tractor

In Dorsetshire we’ve got it all
The landscape and attractions
For adults to children small
We have the best distractions

Our little lanes and scenic views
Are the best beyond reproach
But satnavs driving time it skews
When you’re stuck behind a coach

Factor in the Tractor
If you’re on the road, on your way
Factor in the Tractor
Because we don’t have motorway

If you live life at the speed of light
Then Dorset’s not for you
But if you feel our pace is right
Then here’s what you should do

Factor in the Tractor
If you’re on the road, on your way
Factor in the Tractor
Because we don’t have motorway

Peter Roe, 2017

Back British Farmers!


Back British Farming Day – Wednesday, 15th September

Today is Back British Farming Day and MPs are being encouraged to show their support for British farming as part of an annual initiative which aims to celebrate agriculture and its importance to the UK economy.

Now in it’s sixth year, the NFU’s Back British Farming Day shines a spotlight on the work that our farmers do.
The initiative gives producers an opportunity to promote their commitment to high production and environmental standards.  It also aims to highlight the importance of the industry to the UK economy, contributing over £120bn each year and employing four million people. Prominent farming accounts on social media have started to encourage farmers, the public and MPs to join in. Read more HERE.

Village resident & poet, Peter Roe wrote the following poem in 2017.

Factor in the Tractor

In Dorsetshire we’ve got it all
The landscape and attractions
For adults to children small
We have the best distractions

Our little lanes and scenic views
Are the best beyond reproach
But satnavs driving time it skews
When you’re stuck behind a coach

Factor in the Tractor
If you’re on the road, on your way
Factor in the Tractor
Because we don’t have motorway

If you live life at the speed of light
Then Dorset’s not for you
But if you feel our pace is right
Then here’s what you should do

Factor in the Tractor
If you’re on the road, on your way
Factor in the Tractor
Because we don’t have motorway

Thank you to all our Farmers!



Broadwindsor Parish Group Council Meeting – Monday, 13th September 2021

A face-to-face meeting of the Parish Council will be held at 7.30 pm on Monday 13 September 2021 at Blackdown Village Hall.  SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES WILL BE IN PLACE. All are welcome to attend.

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

Lots for the councillors to address this month, including six Planning Applications.

They begin by disclosures of personal and prejudicial interests from Councillors and employees on matters to be considered at the Meeting together with any dispensations and any updates to the Register of Interests.

After any matters arising, parish residents are invited to give their views and ask questions of the Parish Council on issues on this Agenda.

Reports include the Election Broadwindsor Group Parish Council Vacancy, Burstock Ward.

A variety of issues received on Correspondance & Notices:

a. Broadwindsor Group Parish Community Land Trust, Request for Grant of £600.00 towards administrative costs.
b. Broadwindsor Resident, Maintenance of Back Lane.

c. Broadwindsor Resident, Comrades Hall Entrance/Exit Safety Concerns.

d. DAPTC, Notice of Annual General Meeting 13 November 2021.

e. Beaminster Museum, Gardens and Allotments Exhibition.

Item 8. Accounts include To approve payment of £5410.00 for Small Engine Services (Ariens Apex 52 Model 991315 Mower).

Item 9. Planning Applications Received for consideration this month are:
(Please click on the Planning Application Number for further details.)

Item 11 on the agenda will be an update on the Community Pub proposal.
Item 17 considers the request for a beehive on the Allotments.
Item 18 – the highways addresses the following:

a. Report from the Footpaths Officer, Cllr. Dorothy Rowe.
b. Verge Management in the Grouped Parish Area.

c. Back Lane, Broadwindsor.

d. Common Water Lane Update.

e. Fly Tipping on Hursey Common.

f. Fingerpost Maintenance Tender Update.

g. Adopted Telephone Kiosks Update.

h. Old Shop, Broadwindsor.

i. Road Surface in Littlewindsor.

Item 21 an invitation for Residents to give their views and ask questions of the Parish Council on any outstanding
issues on this Agenda or raise issues for future consideration.

After agreeing the date and venue of the next meeting, the meeting will then close.

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.

There are currently 14 Elected Councillors (Burstock Ward vacant) – Click HERE to identify them.

The contents of this post are compiled by Wendy Shields, with information taken from the Broadwindsor Group Parish Council’s website.
Download the full agenda HERE.


Drimpton’s Quiz & Supper – Saturday 25th September

Raising funds for Drimpton Village Hall, there will be a Quiz and Supper evening on Saturday, 25th September at 7pm for 7.15pm start.

Tickets are £12.50 to include:

  • Main course Supper
  • Unlimited Super Drimpton Puds!
  • Licensed Bar.

Teams of 4 – places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Contact: Rosemary on  01308 867694
or email: shepherd572@btinternet.com.


Letter Of Thanks To Fun Day’s Community

Good afternoon, my name is Kate Staff and I held the cake raffle at Broadwindsor’s Fun Day.
I would like to thank everyone that supported me in raising money.
My aim was not only to raise funds but also to raise awareness. I had never heard of TS (Turner Syndrome) until my daughter Louise was diagnosed at the age of 18yrs.
As a child she suffered and encountered numerous difficulties both physical and emotional some of which will be with her for life and if an earlier diagnosis was made she would have had a completely different childhood/education and friendships would have been a lot easier as she wouldn’t have felt as if she didn’t belong or fit in.
It was just by chance that our GP suggested she should be tested for TS and after reading all the signs and symptoms of TS, I was stunned to realise that Louise had roughly 80% of them. All of which were not detected by doctors/nurses/ENT specialists but most of all me!
I carry a strong feeling of guilt, that as her mother I didn’t do enough, as I always knew she wasn’t like other children her age and thought she may be on the lower end of the spectrum scale but then again no 2 children are the same are they?!
I have questioned myself over and over again “Why didn’t I know? Why didn’t I do something?” I can only put it down to lack of knowledge across the board so raising awareness has become very important to me. It won’t change things for Louise but if the signs and symptoms are known and talked about it might help others to get diagnosed earlier.

Thank you everyone 🦋 x


Turner syndrome is a rare genetic disorder affecting girls and women. The cause of Turner syndrome is a completely or partially missing X chromosome. Treatment for Turner syndrome may include hormone therapy.

The Turner Syndrome Support Society is a national charity caring for the needs of those with Turner Syndrome throughout the United Kingdom.

You can make a donation HERE.


The Comrades Arms – Open Friday 1st October

Photo credit: Richard Moulsdale.

Village residents Andrew & Margery Hookings are expected back from France mid-month.  Already getting things in place, Andrew Hookings will be re-opening the Comrades Arms in the Lewesdon Room, upstairs at the Comrades Hall on Friday, 1st October at 6pm.

Andrew, who was landlord of the Half Moon in Melplash from ’97-2000, will be offering local ales and ciders on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6pm and on Sunday afternoons from midday.  He hopes to include Tuesday evenings to go alongside Nat’s Fish & Chip van.  His other ideas include:

  • running Quiz nights on Tuesdays,
  • running a pool competition on Sundays,
  • organise some food evenings a couple of times a month with local ‘chefs’ producing some simple meals.

Andrew, who is Chairman of the Broadwindsor Community Stores Committee, a member of the Comrades Hall committee, a member of the Broadwindsor Fun Group and more recently, a member of the Steering group negotiating with Palmers re: the future of the White Lion stated that all profits will go the Save The White Lion fund.  Previously, the Comrades Arms was open for 4 weeks prior to Rich and Kate taking on the White Lion and almost £2k was raised for the Comrades Hall.

Margery is running an Art Exhibition and Sale at Comrades Hall on Saturday, 16th October – Read more HERE.


Broadwindsor Film Club – Friday 20th August

August’s offering from Broadwindsor’s Community Film Club is the multi award winning ‘Nomadland’.

Directed by Chloé Zhao and starring Frances McDormand, Nomadland follows Fern (Frances McDormand) who, following the closure of a gypsum mine in the Nevada town she calls home, packs her van and sets off on the road.
Exploring an unconventional life as a modern-day nomad, Fern discovers a resilience and resourcefulness unlike any she’s known before.  Along the way, she meets other nomads who become mentors in the vast landscape of the American West.

  • Film Club members – Free entry
  • Guests – £4
  • Refreshments available
  • Seats MUST be booked in advance by contacting:
    Emma Myersbroadwindsorem@gmail.com or
    Margaret Wing – 01308 867252

Broadwindsor Film Club Membership’s year begins in November and only costs £20 a year (£15 if you’re over 65 yrs.) to join . Not only do you get free entry to the public showings, you can borrow any of the Blu-Ray discs too.

Coming out of Lockdown, the group is also looking for new members to join them to assist with Film Club events.

For more information please contact:
Emma Myersbroadwindsorem@gmail.com or
Margaret Wing – 01308 867252


No Chippy Van Tonight

A message from L&F Catering a.k.a. The Chippy Van –
Nats van will NOT be in Drimpton & Broadwindsor tonight.
Temperatures reached 45 degrees last night, it made for a very uncomfortable work environment 🥵 Nats not feeling overly great today so has made the tough decision to give tonight a miss, not a decision made lightly and super sorry to have let you all down 🥺

With temperatures soaring as they are – we all understand Nat.

Prevent Heat Stroke In Your Dog

Local temperatures today are forecast to reach up to 29 degrees and continue for the next few days. Bridport Neighbourhood Policing Team have issued a reminder to dog owners not to leave their dog in a car. Even with the windows partly wound down your dog can suffer from heatstroke and die.
Walk your dog in the morning or evening when it’s cooler to reduce the risk of heatstroke and burning their paws on the pavement.  The RSPCA suggests trying the ‘5 second test‘ – where if it’s too hot to place your hand on the pavement for five seconds, it’s too hot for paws to walk on.

The Warning signs of heatstroke are:

  • Is your dog panting heavily?
  • Is your dog drooling excessively?
  • Does the dog appear lethargic or drowsy?
  • Is the dog collapsed or vomiting?

Emergency First Aid for dogs:

For the best chance of survival, dogs suffering from heatstroke urgently need to have their body temperature lowered gradually:
  • Move him/her to a shaded/cool area.
  • Immediately douse the dog with cool (not cold) water, to avoid shock. If possible, you can also use wet towels or place him/her in the breeze of a fan.
  • Allow the dog to drink small amounts of cool water.
  • Continue to douse the dog with cool water until his/her breathing starts to settle but never so much that he/she begins to shiver.
  • Once the dog is cool, take him/her to your vet as a matter of urgency.

Signs of burned pads:

Look out for the following:

  • limping or refusing to walk
  • licking or chewing at the feet
  • pads darker in colour
  • missing part of pad
  • blisters or redness

Local Vets:

  • Girling & Bowditch, Tunnel Road, Beaminster: 01308 862312
  • Bredy Veterinary Centre, Bridport: 01308 4567771
  • Haydon Vets, Gore Cross, Bridport:013088 4568083
  • Kingfisher Veterinary Practice, Tower Hill Road, Crewkerne: 01460 72443


Thank You For Your Hard Work

“A massive thank you to Chris Edgerley, John Hayes, Ruth Stevens, Jamie Dawson, Morgan Napier, and George Calverly for all their fantastic work in painting Comrades Hall with 3 coats of Sandtex paint.
The paint was donated by Bridport Building Supplies for which we are incredibly grateful.
This work took a week of hard graft and would have cost thousands of pounds if we had to pay for it. Many people have commented on how good the finish looks and it seems like a different building. I cannot thank all the volunteers who have given so much in scorching heat to improve Comrades Hall, one of the most important community buildings in our village. Thank you.
David Leader