Dorset Food, Drink & Farming Awards 2020

Dorset Food Awards 2020

Dorset Magazine have opened their nominations for this year’s Food, Drink & Farming Awards.  There are 30 days remaining to vote.
Dorset Magazine’s Editor Helen Styles said “The Dorset Food, Drink and Farming Awards will celebrate the extraordinary men and women – farmers, chefs, bakers, butchers, tea shop owners to name but a few – who work so hard to put Dorset on the culinary map. Show your support for your local food, drink and farming heroes and nominate now!
They are calling on their readers and businesses alike to nominate in these new-look awards, with new categories highlighting the current struggles and how businesses have adapted to the changes to the industry due to Covid-19.

The categories are:

  • Best Independent Food & Drink Retailer
  • Best Farm Shop
  • Food Producer of the Year
  • Drinks Producer of the Year
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Community Food/Drink Initiative Award
  • Business Collaboration Award
  • Best Local Food/Drink Delivery Experience
  • Best Dining Experience to go
  • Chef of the Year
Understandably, they have had to adapt how they champion and highlight the region’s food and drink sector but they still want to celebrate the fantastic businesses on our doorstep serving us throughout Lockdown.
However, they have had to reassess their awards evening. For 2020, instead of their ceremony in September, they will be holding a winners’ celebration when it is safe to do so, post the announcement of their 2020 winners’ in the December issue of Dorset Magazine. They hope to come back bigger and better next year! As do we all!
Submit your nominations HERE
#StayAlert #StaySafe #SocialDistancing #Broadwindsor #Dorset #FoodAwards #DorsetMagazine #Drink #Farming


Help Magna Design Their New Website

Magna HousingMagna Housing are working on a new & improved website which they will launch in September 2020.
They are keen to involve as many customers as possible so they can provide a website that works for you, the customer.
There is a short questionnaire online – mainly asking which presentations you prefer –  If you have a spare few minutes, you can complete it HERE.

#StaySafe #SocialDistancing #Broadwindsor #Dorset #Housing #Website #Design #CustomerFirst

It’s World Chocolate Day! – July 7th

World Chocolate Day - 7th JulyChocolate is certainly of the world’s favourite flavours, if not the most loved taste across 7 continents. Often referred to as the magic bean, it definitely deserves to be celebrated. Everyone loves it, and the recipes that come with it are nothing less than amazing!
Officially, since 2009 – July 7th is the most commonly accepted date to celebrate chocolate but there is also National Chocolate Day, on October 28th, Christmas and Valentine’s Day – so chocoholics don’t have to wait a year to indulge and celebrate!
Sadly for some, milk chocolate is not dairy-free, as it contains milk and usually other dairy ingredients as well. If you must avoid milk due to an allergy, lactose intolerance, or as part of a vegan lifestyle, you will need to eliminate milk chocolate.

#StaySafe #SocialDistancing #WorldChocolateDay #July7th #Celebration #IndulgeYourself

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.

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.

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

Post Office Returns to Twice Weekly Service – Volunteers Needed

Post OfficeWith the restrictions on Covid-19 eased from 4th July, the Post Office Outreach services at The Comrades Hall will now operate on Tuesday mornings, from 10am as well as Friday mornings from next week.
There is hand sanitiser in the lobby when entering the Hall & due to the Track & Trace requirement there is a book for you to write in your name, post code & contact number.
Although no teas and coffees are being served, a volunteer for each session is required to ensure Social Distancing guidelines are in place and maintained.
This job has been done over the last few months by Jacqui Sewell with the help of village resident, Martin Burt and his wife Becky, who is now returning to work.  We thank them for the time they committed and now call out for others to please fill their shoes!
If you are available for 2 hours on a Tuesday or Friday morning, please contact Jacqui Sewell on: 01308 867145 or email:

#Broadwindsor #StaySafe #Covid-19 #SocialDistancing #PostOffice #Volunteers

No Fires Up Lewesdon Hill!

Disposable BBQIn April, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service asked people to refrain from having any bonfires at all whilst the Coronavirus restrictions are in place.  Despite this warning, the continued irresponsible use of disposable barbecues means that fires are now going to be banned on all land owned by Bridport Town Council.
You won’t be able to use disposable BBQ’s in public parks, gardens, on beaches AND in public woodland in Bridport and West Bay.
Bridport Town Council Leader Cllr Dave Rickard said: “It is staggering that a minority have played ‘fast and loose’ with public safety and have caused us to have to implement this ban.
The Town Council and Dorset Council bans cover all public parks, gardens, beaches, car parks in Bridport and West Bay, and most publicly accessible meadows and woodland.
There are large signs at the entrance to Lambert’s Castle but nothing as yet at Lewesdon where there has been recent evidence of bbq activity.  Why, asked a village resident, if people care about the countryside enough to make the effort to visit – why mess it up?

#Broadwindsor #StaySafe #SocialDistancing #Nature #Lewesdon #NoBBQ #NoFires