Join in with Advent Windows

Last month Rev. Jo put out her idea for having Advent Windows for the month of December.  Beaminster Team Churches are now promoting the event.  Read everything you need to know HERE.

If you live in Drimpton or Broadwindsor please email Rev. Jo Neary, to register your interest. If you live in another village then you will need to get a group of people together to organise your own event but please let her know if you are joining in so you can be included and publicised.

Please sign up for your carol by Friday 23rd October allowing time to fill in any gaps. Spread the idea far and wide as some more people need to be recruited.
On Monday 2nd November the list will be confirmed, giving everyone four weeks at least to prepare their window. If there are fewer than 24 houses taking part then the Advent trail will start later in the month so that the last window is still lit on day 24.





Broadwindsor Group Parish Council – Online Meeting Monday 12th October

Broadwindsor Group Parish Council are meeting online using the Zoom platform at 7.30pm on Monday 12 October 2020.
All are welcome to attend.

The full agenda is available to download HERE.

The meeting can be accessed HERE.
The Meeting ID: 820 9569 3135
Zoom is Free! – Sign Up and get it HERE.

There is a vacancy for Burstock Ward.

Residents are then invited to give their views and ask questions of the Parish Council on issues on this Agenda. (There is the opportunity for Public Participation towards the end of the meeting)
Reports are to be expected from Councillor Simon Christopher (Dorset Council) and Dorset will be making a presentation too.

Councillors will deliver their updates on their response to Coronavirus (Covid-19) and how they are supporting our vulnerable residents.

Following the Correspondence (our Community Stores are requesting support to purchase an Outdoor Customer Shelter) and Accounts, there are no new Planning Applications received this month but there are two results:

  • WD/D/20/001368, 16 Trusthams, Broadwindsor, DT8 3QB: Approved
  • WD/D/20/000706, Blackdown House, Coombe Water Lane, Blackdown, DT8 3LE: Approved

There will be Reports from Blackdown Village Hall Committee and from Broadwindsor Cricket Club.  Support is to be confirmed for the future development of Comrades Hall and Bernards’ Place.

Several issues are addressed with the Highways Department:
a. Report from the Footpaths Officer
b. Verge Management in the Grouped Parish Area
c. Installation of Kissing Gates Update
d. Speed Indicator Device Update (SID)
e. Winter Salt Bins and Dumpy Bags
f. Hedgerow Removal Notice – Land North of B3162, Laymore, Winsham, Chard, TA20 4NT

After a Report from the Broadwindsor Group Parish Community Land Trust on the topic of Affordable Housing and after any Matters of Interest and Information that may arise, there is the Public Participation, 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.

At the very end of the meeting the FMR Trust will address the following:

  • To receive the Finance Report (Balance £3,672.07 as of 30 September 2020)
  • To approve payment of £226.00 for Broadwindsor Group Parish Council (Trust Administration)
  • To consider a grant for Broadwindsor Cricket Club (Support Purchase Cost of Site)


Bernards’ Place Trough Now Filled

The village trough in Bernards’ Pace has now been planted up.  Chairman of the Comrades Hall Committee, David Leader (pictured on the left) said:

“Most of the plants were donated by Colin and Valerie Lawrence from Burstock for which we are incredibly grateful. A few including bulbs were sourced from Little Groves, Beaminster at a discounted price.  We are going to plant some bulbs in front of the picket fence by the pump to add to the visual appearance.”

Trough at Bernards' Place

“This is a Comrades Hall committee initiative to improve the appearance of Bernard’s Place, this is just the start of a long plan of improvements.

Huge thanks goes to Ruth Stevens (centre) who has volunteered to take on the ongoing care for the trough and Morgan Napier (right) for helping out at every stage of the venture.”

Well done everybody!



Our Shop Needs More Volunteers!

Our marvellous Community Stores is in desperate need as new volunteers are needed to cover staff and other volunteers being on holiday. The large white board to the right of the counter in the shop displays the names of people who have put their name down and volunteered to man the shop for a 2 hour shift next week – could YOU fill in any of the blanks to cover a 2 hour shift?  Once a shift has been agreed it is then the volunteer’s responsibility to arrange a relief should that be necessary.

You can be reassured that all the necessary measures are in place to keep you Covid-19 safe in the shop environment.
There is also a panic alarm fitted to ensure your safety.

Ready? Download an application form to volunteer HERE. Email your completed form to Volunteer Co-ordinator, Teri Small (her email address is on the form) or call into the shop and leave it there and speak to Kevin (Shop Manager) or if you prefer, phone him: 01308 867922.

Haven’t helped in the shop before?  Not confident in operating the till or debit card machines? This is NOT a problem. 🙂

Broadwindsor Community StoresAll new volunteers are supported by another experienced team member or a member of staff (Kevin, Jane & Margaret) – a “Buddy”.  You are given training and support to carry out the everyday tasks: either on the till, serving customers, or if that’s not for you, then help with administration, cleaning, or stock replenishment.
You can read and download their policies HERE which includes the Staff and Volunteer Handbook which outlines all the duties that must be undertaken in the successful daily running of the shop.

What do you get out of it?  Working as part of the team, you can:

‣ Participate in an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
‣ Increase your connection to the community.
‣ Feel productive.
‣ Use your skills and share your experience, interests and knowledge.
‣ Learn new skills.
‣ Make new friends.

Our award winning Broadwindsor Community Stores can only continue with your help.
Please don’t assume that because it’s only two hours, that there will be someone else to fill it because there isn’t!  Please help if you can.  Thank you.



Take Part In An Advent Window Trail This Christmas

Our lovely Rev. Jo has had the most lovely, community spirited idea and needs your participation for the project to be a success. Here are her words:

Something I had been thinking about for Christmas was a community activity that wouldn’t be Covid 19 sensitive. It is unlikely, I think, that we will be singing carols in the pub this year for example and our community carol services in church would need to be different too. I wondered about an Advent Trail around the village with different window displays every evening in Advent.

If you have a little search around the internet you will find many different Advent calendar ideas from beach huts in Brighton to windows around villages in Nottinghamshire and everything in between. Perhaps if we choose a theme, maybe Christmas carols, make a list of 24 and then families volunteered to decorate a window according to the theme. Then every evening in Advent, perhaps as early as 4pm, the new window was lit up so we could come and look on our evening strolls.

You would need a window visible from the street, as we don’t want to encourage people to walk up drives, but I think we probably have lots of visible windows in Broadwindsor and Drimpton. The final window, 24, probably should be at the church.  I’m happy to coordinate the idea but need a bit of local interest to make it succeed. If you think you would like to be part of an Advent Window Trail this December in either Broadwindsor or Drimpton then send me an email to and we can get planning.”

Rev Jo Neary
Pioneer Priest
Beaminster Area Team
01308 867816


Broadwindsor Group Parish Council – Online Meeting Monday 14th September

Broadwindsor Group Parish Council are meeting online using the Zoom platform at 7.30pm on Monday 14 September 2020.
All are welcome to attend.

The full agenda is available to download HERE.

The meeting can be accessed HERE.
The Meeting ID: 857 1410 9082
Zoom is Free! – Sign Up and get it HERE.

There will be Reports from the Village Hall Committees of Broadwindsor (Comrades Hall Committee), Drimpton (Drimpton Village Hall and Recreational Trust) and Blackdown (Blackdown Village Hall Committee).  Reports are also expected from Councillor Simon Christopher* (Dorset Council) and Dorset Police.

This month’s meeting also includes the following Applications Received and Circulated for Consultation:

  • WD/D/20/001756, Broadwindsor Craft and Design Centre, Redlands Lane, Broadwindsor, DT8 3PX
  • WD/D/20/001880, Notification of Adoption of Telephone Kiosk, The Square, Broadwindsor
  • WD/D/20/000052, Blackbird Cottage, The Square, Broadwindsor, DT8 3QD
  • WD/D/20/000053, Blackbird Cottage, The Square, Broadwindsor, DT8 3QD
  • WD/D/20/001912, Potwell Farm, Potwell Farm Road, Mosterton, DT8 3HG

together with the following Application Results:

  • WD/D/19/002200, Land Adjacent to Hayes Barn, Broadwindsor: Refused
  • WD/D/20/000157, Glebe Cottage, Church Path, Broadwindsor, DT8 3QE: Request for confirmation of compliance with conditions 3 (Complied), 4 (Partially Complied) & 5 (Partially Complied) of listed building consent WD/D/19/002473)
  • WD/D/20/001499, Cambridge House, The Square, Broadwindsor, DT8 3QD: Approved

Following the approval of development at Netherhay last month – there will also be a Report from the Broadwindsor Group Parish Community Land Trust.

Cllr_SC*Councillor Simon Christopher gave up his role as Chair of the Area Planning Committee at the end of last month to concentrate on problems locally arising from the A35. He will also no longer sit as a member of the Dorset Council Audit and Governance Committee, although he still remains a Dorset Councillor.
A separate post on Cllr. Simon Christopher, with reference to his interview with Trevor Bevins at the Dorset Echo on 31st August 2020 and his interaction with Broadwindsor residents will be published sometime next week.


Village Meetings Cancelled

Due to the new restrictions of social distancing in effect from Monday, 14th September 2020, two village meetings have been cancelled.  Up until the weekend, gatherings of 30 people are permitted.  This reduces drastically to only six people from Monday.

Broadwindsor Community StoresBroadwindsor Community Stores was due to have their Annual General Meeting on Thursday, September 24th at the Comrades Hall. The Shop’s Committee will be in touch with members in due course about the business matters that were due to have been covered at this Meeting.  Notices will appear on the noticeboard outside the shop.

Broadwindsor Fun GroupBroadwindsor’s Fun Group was due to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting on Thursday, October 1st, also at the Comrades Hall – this too has been cancelled.  Members have been contacted.  However, if anyone not yet a member has creative ideas or suggestions and would like to be involved for the proposed Fun Day next year (Saturday 12th June 2021) – you are invited to contact


Dorset Hedgehog Survey

There were sightings of a Hedgehog at the top of Fullers last week. Have you seen one?

The Dorset Wildlife Trust report that Hedgehog numbers have fallen by 30% in just over 10 years. Please help them understand more about Dorset’s hedgehogs by completing their two minute survey. Click HERE.

On submission of the survey they will email you a 16-page Guide to Helping Hedgehogs to say thank you, so that you can help hedgehogs in your garden and local community.



Yarn Barton Centre in Beaminster Open

The Yarn Barton Centre in Beaminster reopened today and will be operating 10am – 12.30pm Monday – Saturday.
It is totally manned by volunteers and provides a wide variety of services helping both residents and visitors to the area.

  • Collect Food & Recycling boxes.
  • Printing, photocopying & laminating: A3 and A4, Colour and B&W.
  • FREE drop-in computer access with Superfast Broadband & WiFi.
  • FREE Internet & computer help sessions on Wednesdays 10am – 12pm.
  • Local Transport information, bus and train timetables.
  • Food Bank collection point.
  • OS Maps & Beaminster Town map.
  • Purchase tickets for local events (when things are happening again!)
  • Operates as Beaminster Festival Box Office.
  • Purchase Car Parking permits.
  • Beaminster Clubs and Societies information.
  • Book Sale and/or Exchange
  • Local accommodation and self-catering information.
  • Tourist information.
  • Gallery of work by local artists.
  • Greeting card sales.
  • Poster Display: Events, charities and Community information.

The Citizens Advice Bureau no longer has their Thursday session but Bridport CAB can be contacted on: 01308 456594 or

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Broadwindsor Community Stores Serves You Online

Our wonderful Community shop now have their Click and Collect operation up and running  successfully with orders from in and around the village.  For those less familiar with shopping online, they have produced a marvellous step by step guide on how to use their facility.

Look out for their special promotion later next month 👀

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