Respond to Government’s Covid-19 & Flu-jab Consultation By September 18th

After September 18th, our Government are going to announce that they consulted the public and because there were no objections, we all want and consent to the rollout of unlicensed vaccines, and that we are happy for non-medical staff to administer them and happy to accept we will not have the ability to ask for compensation if we face damage to our health. This particular request is not being seen by many and has not been promoted widely enough.

Our Government want your views on proposed changes to the Human Medicine Regulations to help with the safe and efficient distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine and expanded flu vaccine programme in the UK, along with treatments for COVID-19 and any other diseases that become pandemic. The consultation covers:

  • authorising temporary supply of an unlicensed product
  • civil liability and immunity
  • expanding the workforce eligible to administer vaccinations
  • promoting vaccines
  • making provisions for wholesale dealing of vaccines

These changes will support the effective rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine and the upscaling of influenza (flu) vaccination programme in the UK. It is important to emphasise, however, that although some of the measures specifically reference COVID-19 and flu vaccines, the proposed changes will also facilitate the efficient mass distribution of treatments for COVID-19, or for any other disease that poses a serious risk to public health.

At the time of publication of their document, it is not clear what the earliest date is that it might be possible to deploy a COVID-19 vaccine in the UK. In the circumstances, the UK government is moving as quickly as possible to put in place a package of legislative measures that would support the delivery of a safe and effective vaccine, for whenever the measures are needed.

However, having to move quickly means having less time than they would like to consult on these proposals – indeed, they are asking for comments by the end of Friday 18 September 2020.
Even after the consultation has finished and amendments have been made, the UK government will remain open to the possibility of making further changes – very rapidly, if need be.
Therefore, please do not refrain from commenting simply because the official period for receiving comments is at an end. If you have something that you want to say about these proposals, the UK government wants to hear it.

Read the full Consultation Document HERE.

There is one Citation, 3 New regulations 24 Amendments of regulations and 3 Amendments of Schedules in their 12 page document which you can download HERE.

Respond online HERE.




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


Mobile Covid-19 Testing Back at Westbay

A mobile coronavirus testing site has returned to West Bay.

It will be at West Bay Road car park until Wednesday, August 26th.

Anyone with coronavirus symptons are urged to book a test.

To book, please visit HERE.

#Broadwindsor #WestDorset #Coronavirus #Covid-19 #MobileTesting #Westbay #SocialDistancing #StaySafe

2nd Round of Grant Applications Now Open for the Self Employed

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) – the Government grant to self-employed individuals whose businesses have been adversely affected by coronavirus – is made up of two grants. The first grant closed on 13 July 2020, but the second and final grant opened for applications on 17 August 2020. The last date to apply is 19 October 2020.

You don’t need to have claimed the first grant to receive the second grant. And if you’ve claimed the first, you can claim the second as long as you’re still eligible.

The first grant is for those whose ‘business was impacted by Covid-19 before 13 July’, and the second is for those ‘impacted by Covid-19 on or after 14 July‘. If impacted before and after the dates, you are due both.

You need to apply via the official Government claims portal HERE. Not sure you’re eligible? The application will tell you if not.

To apply, or check, you need the following information:

  • Self-assessment unique taxpayer reference (UTR) – if you do not have this, find out how to get your lost UTR HERE.
  • National insurance (NI) number – if you do not have this, find out how to get your lost NI number HERE.
  • Government Gateway user ID and password – if you do not have a user ID, you can create one when you make your claim.
  • UK bank details (only provide bank account details where a Bacs payment can be accepted) including the: bank account number, sort code, name on the account, address linked to your bank account. IMPORTANT: You must make the claim yourself. Your tax agent or financial adviser must not claim on your behalf as this will trigger a fraud alert.

Not all self-employed people can access this help – for example, if you earn more than £50,000 a year, or if less than half of your income is from self-employment. If you don’t meet the eligibility requirements, unfortunately you won’t be able to claim, but there are other things you can try:
The Government small business bounce back loans can be used to SUPPORT YOUR INCOME, including for those with no other support (eg, newly self-employed, limited company directors). Since Monday 4 May, the new 100% state-backed bounce back loans, for up to £50,000, have been available. They’re interest-free and payment-free in the first year – so pay it off then and it’s no cost, and at a very low 2.5% annual interest after that.

#Broadwindsor #WestDorset #SEISS #GovernmentGrant #SelfEmployed #Coronavirus #Covid-19 #StaySafe

Beccas Fabric Larder Relocating From Redlands Yard

The Fabric Larder, originally Beccas Quilt Emporium started in 1999. Becca was hoping to celebrate 21 years with a Walk About exhibition in September. This will have to wait. Here is what Becca had to say:

A letter from Becca:

“The Craft Centre [Redlands Yard] notified us all that they are making changes. This includes major development of the centre, and due to their changes they have asked me to give up StudiOne which many of you have enjoyed mine & other craft classes.
I was so looking forward to getting back to teaching in September and making exciting plans to celebrate 21 years of business.
As you know the teaching is a huge part of The Fabric Larder and I am afraid one doesn’t survive with out the other. With all the changes & disruption to come on the site and with out teaching space, running solely a shop isn’t viable so I am looking to relocate!!
I am not in a hurry to relocate but will only be open at the centre [Redlands Yard] until 25th August.
I have viewed a few places but also with the virus still lurking & economic hardship to many I have decided not to rush anything.

Beccas's Fabric Larder

In the mean time. . .

I have a trusty van called Florry. She is currently a van with a bed & cooker, but how about I change that around to shelves & fabric! I will mail you about that later. OR, if you would like to express interest on me visiting your group with a mobile shop in your area please email me HERE.


I am sussing out town & village locations for pop up classes & patchwork surgeries! Help with on going projects will be at hand! Keep signed up to the news letter to wait for more information & dates.

OPEN HOURS UNTIL 25th AUGUST.  (L A S T  D A Y in Broadwindsor)

Tuesdays – Friday 10:30-4pm
Saturdays 10:30-3pm

I have a small 1/2 price Fabric Sale & bargain baskets. Stock up with your wadding / calico/ plains / essentials”

Beccas Fabric Larder


#Broadwindsor #BeccasFabricLarder #AllThingsFabric #Relocation #Bargains #RedlandsYard #OnlineShop #Covid-19 #SocialDistancing #WearYourMask #Stay Safe

National Allotments Week 2020 10th – 16th August

With lovely sunshine forecast, the theme for 2020’s National Allotments Week is Growing Food for Health and Well-being, a reflection of the many benefits of growing, cooking and eating your own fruit and vegetables.

Broadwidsor Allotments Cow on hill.
Broadwindsor Allotments 2020. Photo credit: Irish Macc

National Allotments Week started in 2002 as a way of raising awareness of allotments and the role they play in helping people to live healthier lifestyles, grow their own food, develop friendships and bolster communities. The campaign week is still thriving 18 years later and interest in growing your own fruit and vegetables has never been stronger since the WW2 Grow for Victory campaign.
They ran a competition last month asking for ‘My Allotment Story‘ from entrants in the form of videos and storyboards, the winner will be announced on August 10th.

The Dorset Council Community Impact Fund (DCIF) Round 5 – Apply Now

The Dorset Council Community Impact Fund (DCIF) Round 5 (Coronavirus Support) has launched to support local charities, and voluntary organisations that are providing support and assistance to help Dorset’s most vulnerable people and their communities to recover after the recent Coronavirus outbreak.

New applications are now being accepted and the fund closes at midnight on Sunday, 20th September 2020. Award decisions will be confirmed from the end of August through to the end of September 2020.

Organisations and community groups can apply for up to £5,000. New and emerging groups (those with less than 6 months delivery experience and who may not have the normal governance in place) can apply for up to £1,000 provided they have a referee who will endorse their application and manage the funds on their behalf.
Organisations awarded a grant will need to be able to commence delivery of their project/activities within six weeks of being awarded funding. Groups will need to use their funding by end of March 2021.

Who can apply? Who is eligible?

  • registered charities including charitable incorporated organisations
  • constituted community croups
  • community benefit societies
  • social enterprises (companies limited by guarantee with a not-for-profit clause)
  • CICs (must be limited by guarantee and have community benefit objectives)
  • parish councils (if funded activities are not deemed part of statutory duties and must also have a voluntary and community sector partner to support delivery)
  • town councils (if funded activities are not deemed part of their statutory duties and must also have a voluntary and community sector partner to support delivery)
  • places of worship and religious organisations (if funded activities are not promoting religion)
  • new and emerging groups – please see information below
  • school PTA’s
  • all of the above must be local or regional organisations; local branches of national charities are eligible if they are financially independent and separately managed
  • CIC’s will also need to provide an ‘Asset Lock’ statement and copy of their Memorandum or Articles of Association

All organisations applying (apart from new and emerging groups) must have:

  • a management committee, trustees or board of directors with at least three unrelated members
  • a written constitution or set of rules that sets out the purpose and management of the organisation
  • a bank account in the name of the organisation with at least two unrelated cheque signatories

Please read through the full guidelines HERE (a new window will open) before applying.

If you have read the guidelines and are ready to apply, click HERE.

If you want to chat through your project before applying or have a specific question you can contact any of the following:

  1. Policy and Performance Officer (Grants) – Ian Wells
    Tel: 01305 224307

  2. External funding and grants manager – Laura Cornette
    Tel: 01305 224306

Good Luck!

#Broadwindsor #Dorset #Funding #DCIF #CommunityGroups #Voluntary #Volunteers #Covid-19 #Coronavirus #ApplyNow

Update from Broadwindsor Fun Group

Broadwindsor Fun Day 2021 will be Saturday, June 12th.

Dear fellow Broadwindsor residents and friends,

I write in my role as the Chair of the Broadwindsor Fun Group and hope that this update finds you safe and well.

At the time of putting this piece together the virus is still ever present and the ease of restrictions has been halted with regional lockdowns being put in place. Despite this the Broadwindsor Fun Group have started to look forward to happier times in effort to plan events. The toll on fundraising towards the Fun day to be held on 12th June 2021 has been heavy. I am grateful for the work carried out by committee members to reduce any losses regarding the cancellation of these.

On the positive side we are already negotiating with entertainers to appear at the Fun day in 2021. You may have seen a request for ideas for a theme. Some really good ones have been put forward including something around the Olympics and the European football and a more generic idea of  ‘Your Hero’.
More ideas are very welcome (please submit your ideas to:

Whilst we do feel able to start planning for the Fun day next year, we have had to make the difficult decision to not hold a fireworks event this year. The main reasons for this revolve around the virus and fears that even if the situation eased, many may not attend. I have looked at this matter carefully and would seek to inform you that I do not believe that the running of a fireworks evening is viable. Traditionally this event is a loss maker but nevertheless held for the community to enjoy. Should it be held this year, it is projected that we would make a loss of circ. £450. That is assuming that people would attend and still put money in the buckets etc. I have considered approaches to local companies for sponsorship but decided against this as they are most likely struggling to restart after the lockdown and I feel it would be wrong to ask for financial backing. This is not to say that approaches will not be made at a later date as we do need sponsorship for the Fun day itself!

This all said, we do hope to be in a position to run fundraising events such as a Christmas Fayre and Big Breakfast so that the Fun Day 2021 can go ahead bigger and better than ever.

Anyone seeking to hold any such events are asked to communicate with the Fun group so that we can avoid duplication etc. and support each other.


Adrian Gray
Chair, Broadwindsor Fun Group


#Broadwindsor #BroadwindsorFunGroup #FunDay2021 #WestDorset #Village #12/06/21 #Fundraising #Covid-19 #BeResponsible #SocialDistancing #StaySafe



Government Help for Small Businesses

The support will be fully funded by the government from the England European Regional Development Fund and distributed through Growth Hubs, embedded in local areas across England.

Further information

  • The support will be fully funded by the Government with no obligation for businesses to contribute financially.
  • The funding being provided to businesses is supported by the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for the European Regional Development Fund in England.
    For more information visit HERE.
  • The funding has been allocated to Growth Hubs within each LEP area in line with the current ERDF Programme.

View Growth Hub funding: allocations for each LEP area (PDF, 228KB, 4 pages)

  • To establish a viable grant programme, they have set a minimum of £250,000 for all LEP areas. The allocation of resources will be reviewed as the grant fund is delivered.
  • Growth Hubs work across the country with local and national, public and private sector partners – such as Chambers of Commerce, FSB, universities, Enterprise Zones and banks, co-ordinating local business support and connecting businesses to the right help for their needs. They are locally driven, locally owned and at the heart of the government’s plan to ensure business support is simpler, more joined up and easier to access.
  • Activities supported through the £20 million can include:
    • One-to-many events providing guidance to respond to coronavirus,
    • Grants (£1,000 – £5,000) to help businesses access specialist professional advice such as HR, accountants, legal, financial, IT and digital, and to purchase minor equipment to adapt or adopt new technology in order to continue to deliver business activity or diversify.

Office address and general enquiries:

2 Marsham Street


or use their contact form HERE.

To read the full Government article – click HERE.

#Broadwindsor #SmallBusiness #GovernmentFund #20Million #Covid-19 #Recovery #StaySafe

Chairman on BBC Radio Solent

Apologies for not giving fair warning – but you can listen to what the Chairman of Broadwindsor Community Stores, Andrew Hookings, had to say in a seven minute interview on BBC Radio Solent’s Breakfast Show this morning.
Please click on the link below, fast forward it to 47mins, 15 seconds and you’ll hear Andrew being introduced by Steve Harris discussing the affect of Covid-19 has had on our community stores and how the shop was successful in securing a grant from the Dorset Community Foundation Coronavirus Fund.

Listen to Andrew’s interview HERE (Interview no longer available) (at 47m 15s).

Dorset Community Foundation

To find out more about the Dorset Community Foundation Coronavirus Fund click HERE.


Click and Collect from Broadwindsor Community Stores


#Broadwindsor #BroadwindsorCommunityStores #WestDorset #Community #Village #Volunteers #Covid-19 #DorsetCommunityFoundation #CoronavirusFund #BBCSolentRadio #SteveHarris #BreakfastShow #ClickAndCollect #SocialDistancing #StaySafe