Haiku Winners

From the entries submitted.. 1st prize is awarded to Izzy Masey who wrote:

Lovely Dorset gem .
Lewesdon Hill to Broad Welcome.
Happy place to be.

– Izzy Masey

The two Runners up were Katie Tiplady-Startin with:

Village life of peace.
Stone shining, green grass on show.
One way system joy.

and Helen Aldworth with:

I can see Dorset.
Pilsdon Pen is really high.
Is it the highest?

Each win a copy of Peter Roe’s ‘I’m in Love with My Barista‘ which retails at £6 and is available at Broadwindsor Community Stores for £5 🙂

Congratulations and thank you to all those who entered.


Artreach Children’s Projects At Halstock

Not entirely local but Broadwindsor won’t have any Artsreach projects until the autumn.  However, Artsreach are back in Halstock Village Hall this summer with 2 exciting workshops for children.

Wednesday 28th July, 10am – 1pm (3 hrs):

A Wild Withy workshop led by Fran Quinlan.

Create giant structures inspired by seed pods, flowers, cones, vegetables and fruits.  Add to these organic forms – recycled paper, wool, threads, strips of fabric and tissue paper and take home a light and graceful sculpture which can be suspended or free standing.

Dress for mess!
Suitable for ages 8yrs +

Tickets: £8. To book visit www.artsreach.co.uk
Further information from Deborah Childs – 01935 891744

AristotleMonday 16 August from 10am – 3pm (5 hrs):

Aa Stop frame animation workshop led by Gary Jarman of Pageant Productions.

This is a fun and engaging stop-motion animation workshop for children who want to create their very own short film.  You will construct a small set, create scenes and use props to film your story on the effects of Climate Change.
This workshop is a great introduction into the world of animation.

Dress for mess!
Remember your lunch!
Suitable for ages 7 – 12yrs

Tickets: £10. To book visit www.artsreach.co.uk
Further information from Deborah Childs – 01935 891744


One Day Remaining…

..to get your entry in.

On the topic of Broadwindsor or Dorset – write a Haiku.

Write 3 lines….

  • the first line must have 5 syllables.
  • the second line must have 7 syllables
  • the third and final line must have 5 syllables

All ages welcome to enter 🙂

email: info@broadwindsor.org or via Facebook Messenger HERE.

Winners announced on Saturday.


Invasive Plants Cleared At Hursey

The weather was glorious and a lot was accomplished on Saturday when volunteers helped clear invasive plants from the wildflower meadow at Hursey…

Sheila Hawkins.

Many thanks to volunteers from Dorset Wildlife Trust.

Read the original post from Nick Gray, West Dorset Conservation Officer HERE.


Coffee Morning, Comrades Hall – Saturday, 24th July

The Post Office Users Group are delighted at having the opportunity at last, to use their new coffee machine which has been boxed up, unopened in a cupboard since March 2020!

The coffee morning will start at 10.30am.  Bring your own cup and get free refills 🙂

There will also be the opportunity to buy some garden plants, this time from Sally Sarling.  If anyone has any donations of plants, please contact Sally at: thesarlings@btinternet.com.
All proceeds will go to the Post Office User Group.


Conservation Volunteers Meet At Hursey Common – Thursday, 15th July

Very recently confirmed, Nick Gray, Conservation Officer for West Dorset’s Wildlife Trust will be at Hursey Common tomorrow (St. Swithin’s Day), July 15th and is calling out for local volunteers to join in…

“Dear All,
I hope this finds you well and relishing sunny prospects. We meet this week on St Swithin’s Day, July 15th, a day steeped in folklore and hay-making tradition… appropriately enough, as it turns out, because we’ll be swinging scythes and raking up arisings from a couple of species-rich patches at Hursey Common, near Broadwindsor.
You might think it’s a bit early to be cutting wildflowers off at the knees but I don’t have to tell you guys there’s always a balance with the more boisterous species, and cutting some areas slightly earlier will prevent weed species seeding and, as our aim is only to cut between a third and half of the target areas, begin a rotational cutting pattern that will tempt the flowering season to continue well into the autumn. Justification enough, I hope, and I’ll look forward to seeing you for a bit of mowing or raking or both.

PLEASE LET ME KNOW if you can make it so I can keep an eye on numbers as there may be a few local volunteers along to join us too. And, with apologies for another truncated day, we’ll be finishing around lunchtime again this week. But, in the sunshine’s honour, some of us can start a bit earlier too…

Please meet at Hursey Common – as on the map, or grid ref ST434026. There is a parking area on Hursey Common where there’s plenty of room. There are two patches to tackle, one next to the car park and one down the road, so if anyone who’s keen to do some mowing can arrive a bit earlier than usual at 9am, we can get a head start before rakers arrive at normal time of 10am… When you reply, if you could let me know your preference, I can manage tools too. If anyone has a rake or pitchfork they can bring along, that would be brilliant. And don’t forget gloves for the attendant nettles and thistles.

Also below is the Coronavirus Consent form that you may know about by now. Anyone who hasn’t already done so, please fill it in and email back to me, or if that’s tricky, I’ll bring along some paper copies. But please do have a look at it before the day. (Anyone who HAS already filled one in, I’ll bring your form along so you can just sign and date for this week…)

Don’t forget your drinks and snacks as I fear we still can’t share just yet.

Very many thanks as always, I’ll look forward to seeing you there.

Best wishes,

Nick Gray
West Dorset Conservation Officer

The Kingcombe Centre
Toller Porcorum

Tel: 07824 438974

*If you would like to be involved with the limited volunteer activities going ahead – please download and complete the Coronavirus Consent form HERE.


A Poet In Residence In The Village – Peter Roe

Peter Roe was born and raised a ‘Northern Lad’ in Buxton in the Peak District. He served in the RAF and has had a career with computers and emerging technologies in education. He has lived in Dorset for nearly twenty years and recently moved into Cambridge Barn in Broadwindsor. Peter is a performance poet and writer, a self confessed “Nerd” and “Technology Geek”. He is co-host of Bridport’s spoken word event Apothecary and the Second Bard of Caer Dur (Dorchester).

He has two published poetry collections and has recently been short listed and Highly Commended for a third collection written during lockdowns. Both Peter’s previous collections sold out and his second collection was reprinted last November. “I’m in Love With My Barista” is by turns a funny and heart warming romp through middle England in pursuit of love, revolution and vegetable boxes. Peter is a frequent performer across the SouthWest and is currently organising a spoken word event at The Roman Villa in Dorchester for Dorset Museums.

Broadwindsor.org has three copies of  Peter Roe’s “I’m in Love With My Barista” to give away.
All you have to do is…
Craft a Haiku
…about Broadwindsor or Dorset… That’s three lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables and submit to info@broadwindsor.org by the 23rd of July.


Peter was recently shortlisted and won a ‘Highly Commended’ in the Hedgehog Poetry Full Fat Poetry Collection competition. Upon leaving his old home last month, Peter wrote ‘In You I Live…’

That first night with you I remember laying here
Listening to the sounds
Soft noises
As you relaxed
Releasing the days tension
Alien to me then
But now familiar
A part of me
Your rhythm has become mine
The breath and pace in your day
Matched with my own
To feel so welcome
To feel your presence
Your warmth
Was special
Now as I place my things In boxes and bags
Ready to leave you
Sounds have changed
Noises echo
I feel you are more distant
This is as it should be
I go now to a new home
I hope she is as kind to me
As you have been…
                                        – Peter Roe – June 2021

Welcome to Broadwindsor Peter  🙂

May you be happy & healthy in your new home.


The River Char Project

Broadwindsor’s Group Parish Council have agreed ‘in principle’ and will provide a letter of support for the River Char Project. The source of the Char is said to be on the flanks of Lewesdon Hill and other tributaries run down from Bettiscombe and Marshwood. Its valley quickly broadens to become the Marshwood Vale which, as its name suggests, is characterised by clay soils and lies wet for much of the year.

The Char is approximately 16km long. The entire catchment is in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the coastal strip, known as the Jurassic coast, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Medium to large dairy units dominate much of the area with agricultural land use in the catchment being nearly all permanent and temporary grassland. The exception to this is maize cultivation, the extent of which varies from year to year. The river is not formally fished and, it is believed, has never been stocked resulting in an unusually ‘natural’ brown trout population of high conservation value.

To view the full map of the River Char subcatchment – Click HERE to download the pdf file.

For more information and to keep up to date on the project itself – Click HERE.


The Place I Love – A New Project Celebrating Life In Broadwindsor

This is a project celebrating community life and is being launched later this year by village resident Margery Hookings.  The aim is to bring people of all ages together in respecting and loving where we live – and Margery needs your input.

Margery at her window.Margery, who played the daily Sound of Music Through The Square Window requests during the first two lockdowns, is asking for village artists, photographers or craftspeople inspired by the local landscape to get in touch if they would like to take part in an Art Exhibition and Sale at Comrades Hall on Saturday 16th October.

The free event, which is in aid of Comrades Hall, will act as the public launch of the project she is leading as part of Windrose Rural Media Trust, which she first joined as a volunteer reporter for Dorset Farm Radio 15 years ago when she was editor of the Bridport and Lyme Regis News.

The village project is being funded by Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’s Stepping Into Nature scheme (funded by the National Community Lottery) and its Sustainable Development Fund, as well as by Broadwindsor Group Parish Council and through in-kind support. Margery is waiting to hear the outcome of an application to Dorset Council’s Community and Culture Fund.

She said: ‘There are several strands to The Place I Love, including collecting local field names and their uses past and present, collecting and performing folk songs from the area and the creation of a large, permanent map of the parish, with field names and points of interest and with a strong nod to the Countryside Code.

‘Between now and the project’s public launch, I’ll be sourcing maps, gathering historical information about the area – which will be passed to Dorset History Centre – and lining up interviews with people who live here about what it is they love about Broadwindsor.

The project will involve my Windrose colleagues, folk singer and collector Amanda Boyd and filmmaker James Harrison, along with local volunteers. A number of local people have already pledged their support and I’d love to hear from anyone else who would like to participate by giving me a hand or coming up with ideas of their own.”

The Place I Love theme presents the village with lots of interesting opportunities and could be replicated in other areas.’

If you’re interested in taking part in the exhibition or helping with the project please contact Margery by e-mail: margery.hookings@gmail.com



Windrose Rural Media Trust:

Windrose is a registered charity (no. 1136144). Formerly known as Trilith, it works across Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire on various heritage projects in rural areas. Its purpose is to use the media to undertake educational, archival and creative work in rural communities. It is best known for its archive of films of rural life in Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire, with films shows in village halls and other venues. It also undertakes new film and audio projects such as the Forever Archive series (which included Broadwindsor) and a project which combined archive film and folks songs for people with dementia.

Margery Hookings:

Margery has lived in Broadwindsor for 20 years and in Dorset for 39 years. A trained journalist, she now writes a weekly column in The People’s Friend Magazine, along with regular features focusing on local heritage, landscape and community for the Marshwood Vale Magazine. She is assistant editor of the Somerset and Dorset Family History Society’s quarterly magazine, The Greenwood Tree.

If you’re interested in taking part in the exhibition or helping Margery with her project please contact her by e-mail: margery.hookings@gmail.com