Broadwindsor Group Parish Council – Online Meeting Monday 13th July

BW Parish CouncilBroadwindsor Group Parish Council are meeting online using the Zoom platform later this month .  All are welcome to attend.

The full agenda is available to download HERE together with earlier agendas from previous meetings.

The meeting is at 7.30pm on Monday, July 13th 2020 and can be accessed HERE.
T
he Meeting ID is: 898 4869 2637.
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As well as their normal issues: Planning Applications and Payments; Highways and Housing – there will be Community Updates from Councillors regarding the issue of the Coronavirus.

After Matters Arising, residents are invited to participate to give their views and ask questions of the Parish Council on issues relating to this Agenda.  Also at this point, there will be a report from Councillor Christopher, Dorset Council and a report from Dorset Police.
The public are invited a second time (which can be a 90 minute wait) to give their views and ask questions of the Parish Council on any outstanding issues on this Agenda or raise issues for future consideration.

#StaySafe #SocialDistancing #Community #Broadwindsor #Burstock #Seaborough #Blackdown #Drimpton #ParishCouncil #Zoom

Mountjoy School Looking For Outdoor Learning Structure.

Mountjoy shelter plea Mountjoy School in Beaminster have issued a plea:
This is a plea for anyone who can help Mountjoy School in Beaminster.
We are developing our outdoor learning space to create a Forest and Beach School area to enable our children to access outdoor learning even when they cannot go off-site. With such uncertain times ahead we want to be able to offer the best possible experiences for our children and young people.
CAN YOU HELP?

Mountjoy shelter pleaWe need a structure/shelter such as the ones pictured to base our outdoor classroom and make the area accessible to our students. Maybe you have something in your garden that you no longer need, or are upgrading your glamping business and have an old teepee?
Mountjoy shelter plea
Please get in touch if you can help in any way.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

Telephone: 01308 861155

#StaySafe #SocialDistancing #MountjoySchool #SpecialNeeds #Broadwindsor #Beaminster #WestDorset #Community #Help

Full Moon on Sunday, 5th July

July's Buck MoonJuly’s Full Moon is known as the Buck Moon named after the new antlers that emerge from a buck’s forehead around this time of the year.
Another name for July’s Full Moon is Thunder Moon because of the frequent thunderstorms in the summer. The Anglo-Saxon name is either Hay Moon, after the hay harvest that takes place in July, or Wort Moon, indicating that July is the time to gather herbs (worts) to dry and use as spices and remedies.
For Hindus this is the Guru Full Moon (Guru Purnima) and is celebrated as a time for clearing the mind and honouring the guru or spiritual master. For Buddhists, this full Moon is Dharma Day, also known as Asalha Puha or Esala Poya.

There will be a partial penumbral lunar eclipse in the early hours of Sunday morning which the tabloids are promoting – but don’t expect to see much!

#Broadwindsor #StaySafe #SocialDistancing #FullMoon #LookUp

Churches Open With Services This Weekend

Rev David Having been forced to close in the wake of the Covid-19 lockdown back in March, The Government’s Guidance now says gatherings of more than 30 people will be allowed for acts of communal worship in churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and meeting rooms in England. However, no more than 30 people will be allowed to attend weddings, funerals and other “life cycle events” such as bar mitzvahs or baptisms.
In his Rector’s update, Rev David stated: “I am very much using this Sunday as a test to look at how we can maintain the safety of those returning to worship, which is a central feature of the guidelines by maintaining a strict two metre spacing between seating. As you can imagine, in some of our smaller churches this reduces the capacity significantly and may make worship non-viable for the time being. I have asked four churches to work with Jo and me – a mix of large, medium, and smaller buildings – to see how this works out. There will be services this Sunday as follows:

Beaminster 
08:00 BCP Eucharist
09:30 CW Eucharist
11:00 – 12:00 Open for private prayer

Broadwindsor
11:00 BCP Eucharist

Stoke Abbott
09:30 BCP Eucharist

Mosterton
11:00 Morning Worship

There will be limited numbers of seats available,  especially in the smaller churches, but I would think there will be seats available at 8:00am in Beaminster.

I will be continuing to work with church wardens and key people over the next few days to assess which churches may be able to hold services next week and beyond. This will also be based on what staffing I have available to me, which in reality for July and August, will be three or four at very best.
I am now receiving requests for booked weddings to begin taking place and I again will be working closely with you all to see how this can be facilitated. I have also been asked to hold a funeral service in Beaminster in two weeks’ time and I am grateful to Simon Wakely for his full cooperation at this early stage in looking at how he and his team can support the required stewarding and clean down guidelines that will have to be followed.
I know that this is a testing and nervy time for us all but again, I thank you all for your help and support in what are challenges for us all.

David

Please click HERE where it explains the various safety rules which are in place for those visiting the churches.

#Broadwindsor #Beaminster #Mosterton #StokeAbbott #Dorset #Community #Church #Prayer #Worship

 

Broadwindsor News Back In Publication

Broadwindsor News July 2020The Broadwindsor News is now out – being delivered to households who subscribe and there should be some available in the shop.
Containing lots of updates from village organisations, this edition also includes Margery Hooking’s ‘Broadwindsor in Lockdown 2020′ poem.

You can download the poem to your computer in PDF format: BROADWINDSOR IN LOCKDOWN 2020
or you can read it below . . .

BROADWINDSOR IN LOCKDOWN 2020 

Nature, you were never lovelier,

when the world stopped, but the Earth kept spinning.

And then the world turned upside down, freedom could not be found

We all became experts at social distancing – no grandparents would be visiting.

Sunshine, birdsong, a much quieter life but life still went on.

Thursday night clapping for our hard-pressed carers,

a ripple of applause from one end of the village to the other.

The Sound of Music every day at one o’clock.

Business booms at the community shop

as sales of fruit, veg and alcohol go pop.

Takeout drinks from the pub

and Vikki’s quiche and coleslaw in the shop.

The Tuesday night chip van at Comrades Hall,

Friday morning Post Office, chairs six feet apart.

Anxiety calmed by WhatsApp and Zoom, meeting family and friends by the touch of a button.

People chatting with new friends while standing next to bollards in the shop queue.

Heart attacks, cancelled operations, masks, gloves and Perspex screens.

Food deliveries for the vulnerable.

Our church went blue for the NHS.

The Sound of Music every day at one o’clock.

And we had time to just be with the one we love without duty or obligation stealing the day.

Doing all that we can to keep a company viable,

sorting wages and furlough staff, all reliable.

Farmers cut the fields for silage and tractors trundled through the village.

Up on Lewesdon Hill, bluebells didn’t know about coronavirus.

VE Day flags and afternoon tea outside our homes.

Socially distanced wildflower planting – digging, sowing and watering.

A beautiful sight to welcome visitors to our village when all this has passed.

The Sound of Music every day at one o’clock.

Lock down with the family – fantastic at the start, learning through the struggles, stresses and worries, tears, laughter and love.

Dusting flour from my hands, I pick up my book;

to bake or read, my lockdown dilemma.

There’s only one village in the west for me, Broadwindsor is the place I love to be.

It’s music at one and clapping at eight to rid us of the virus we love to hate.

Virtual Bananagrams, with gin, on Skype; virtual birthday parties on Zoom; virtual running – for medals – on Strava.

Virtual life.

The village roads, now used much less, speeds traffic onward faster;

too fast for the slowworm outside the shop, who is now not just slow, but flatter.

The sun beckons and mocks. Enjoy what you have, count your blessings.

The Sound of Music every day at one o’clock.

The church buildings are silent, dusty, locked, empty, paused.

God is active, loud, renewing, unrestricted, present, recreating and filling us every day.

Time to listen to the birds, watch the flowers grow, to smell the air, walk up the hill and to be still.

The warmth, love and friendship uncovered and blossoming as we all work together through this strange, uncertain  time.

House quiet, headphones on, five laptops glowing, each immersed in our own virtual business and learning,

waiting for the next punctuation point in days we can’t name.

Then kettle on, frisbee out, meals prepared, conversation flows, reconnected again.

The Sound of Music every day at one o’clock.

Free loo rolls from the village shop. The kindness of strangers.

And then a huge blue ball hurtles down the road, like the ever-present Rover bubble in The Prisoner.

A small army of tireless volunteers, stacking, selling, delivering.

Painting, writing, reading, decorating – my furniture has never been so upcycled.

The village phone box becomes a book exchange, tales of a community bound up on donated shelves.

Take-outs from the pub, food and drink, got to keep it going.

The call of rooks from their satellite rookery at the Old George,

while the parish councillors discuss village affairs over Zoom.

The space station goes over, the sun’s fading light makes it glow for all to see.

Endless sunshine, we will never see this blue a sky again.

The Sound of Music on the World Service and Desert Island Discs.

Slippers or flip flops worn all day.

The garden glorious in all this sun.

A tank of petrol lasts for months.

A time of reflection for the things that really matter. The birdsong and beautiful countryside.

Teaching the children, online bitesize that doesn’t bite back.

A fish van arrives in the Square at half past eleven, a shoal of customers in single file down the road.

Gardens and allotments provide solace and colour.

The Sound of Music at one o’clock

Afternoon briefing, highlight of the day.

What day is it, by the way?

– Margery Hookings, June 2020

White Lion Reopens Sat 4th – Please Read The Rules

White Lion Reopening 4 JulyVikki posted up on Facebook today:
Please read all of this post carefully, it contains important information…..
We will be open on Saturday 4th from 3pm – 10pm, Sunday 5th from 12pm – 5pm. New temporary hours to commence from Monday 6th (please see accompanying picture)…
BUT there are rules we all have to follow, these rules are based on government guidelines, social distancing and the limited space we have available, to keep you and us safe.
These rules are not up for discussion, debate or argument, without them we will be unable to open.
Social distancing of AT LEAST 1 meter must be observed at all times, you MUST BOOK your table and time slot (see picture).
Maximum of 4 people per table, maximum of 2 different households per table (1 household means who you permanently live with).
You must stay at your allotted table (not stand around nattering!).
One person to approach the designated area at the bar to order at a time, please wait in your seat until area is available.
Please use hand sanitisers provided and have consideration for us and other customers.
If I have come across as harsh, then I apologise, but we must all do our bit to control this virus, it hasn’t gone away, it is still very serious shit! Oops! xxx

#StaySafe #SocialDistancing #Broadwindsor #Community #Covid-19 #SupportYourLocal #TheWhiteLion #Cheers

 

Traffic Lights At Marshwood

Traffic Lights Traffic Lights will be in place tomorrow, Wednesday 23rd June as you enter/exit Marshwood.  Dorset Council are working on repairing the road where it has subsided. Large machinery will be used to drive the metal stabilising post into the ground so there will be delays.

#StaySafe #SocialDistancing #DriveSafe #CheckYourSpeed

Village Shop opening times

Broadwindsor Community StoresThere seems to have been some confusion over when our Community Stores is open and when it is closed.  Here are the updated times taken from the shop this morning.

Monday: 7.30am – 6pm
Tuesday: 7.30am – 6pm
Wednesday: 7.30am – 3pm*
Thursday: 7.30am – 6pm
Friday: 7.30am – 6pm
Saturday: 7.30am – 2pm*
Sunday 8am – 12 noon.

*Delivering to self-isolating customers.

#StayAtHome #StaySafe

 

Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday on International Nurses’ Day

Florence Nightingale Born on this day in her namesake town in Italy 1820, Florence Nightingale changed the way nurses were perceived during her time, raising the standards for nursing, and educating nurses.  
A woman of great achievements beyond the Crimean war,  she was a scientist, a data-gatherer, a writer, a trainer, a manager, an organizer, an analyst, and a campaigner.
From 1857 onwards, Florence was often confined to bed by spondylitis pain or depression caused by brucellosis.  In 1859, Florence completed her book Notes on Nursing, the founding work of modern nursing.  In 1860 she was elected the first woman Fellow of the Statistical Society and had laid the foundation of modern, professional nursing with the establishment of her nursing school at St Thomas’ Hospital in London (now part of King’s College London).
In 1883, Florence received the Royal Red Cross from Queen Victoria and in 1907, she became the first woman to be awarded the Order of Merit.
Refusing several marriage proposals, Florence never married nor had any children. Florence died of heart failure in her bed at her London home on August 13th 1910 at 90 years old.  Her wishes to leave her body to science were ignored and she was laid to rest at St Margaret’s Church at East Wellow, Hampshire.

International Nurses’ Day has been recognised in the UK since 1965. (President Dwight D. Eisenhower refused to approve a “Nurses’ Day” in 1953).  It was in January 1974, when 12 May was chosen to celebrate the day as it is the anniversary of Florence’s birthday. (In 1998, 8 May was designated as annual National Student Nurses’ Day.)
Each year a service is held in Westminster Abbey in London. During the Service, a symbolic lamp is taken from the Nurses’ Chapel in the Abbey and handed from one nurse to another, thence to the Dean, who places it on the High Altar. This represents the passing of knowledge from one nurse to another.  A service is also held for her the first Sunday following her birthday at her burial ground.

Today’s Sound of Music Through the Square Window will be dedicated to Florence Nightingale and all the nurses and care workers operating now during these restrictive times. #StayAtHome #StaySafe

#StaySafe #NHS