D-Day Celebrations – 6th June

To mark the 80th Anniversary of the Normandy Landings on Tuesday, 6th June 1944 – our Parish council invite all to attend a Service of Commemoration to be held at the new war memorial in Broadwindsor from 10.30am on Thursday, 6th June 2024.
At the Allotments (opposite the Primary School) at 9.15pm, there will be a lighting of the beacon .

The largest amphibious invasion in the history of warfare, the statistics of D-Day, codenamed Operation Overlord, are staggering. The Allies used over 5,000 ships and landing craft to land more than 150,000 troops on five beaches in Normandy: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Junoand Sword.
By the end of the day, the Allies had established a foothold along the coast and could begin their advance into France, marking the start of a long and costly campaign in north-west Europe, which ultimately convinced the German high command that defeat was inevitable.

Here are a few facts sourced from The Imperial War Museums

  • D-Day required unprecedented cooperation between international armed forces. The Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) was an international coalition and although the Allies were united against Germany, the military leadership responsible for ‘Overlord’ had to overcome political, cultural and personal tensions.
  • By 1944, over 2 million troops from over 12 countries were in Britain in preparation for the invasion. On D-Day, Allied forces consisted primarily of American, British and Canadian troops but also included Australian, Belgian, Czech, Dutch, French, Greek, New Zealand, Norwegian, Rhodesian and Polish naval, air or ground support.
  • The invasion was conducted in two main phases – an airborne assault and amphibious landings. Shortly after midnight on 6th June, over 18,000 Allied paratroopers were dropped into the invasion area to provide tactical support for infantry divisions on the beaches. Allied air forces flew over 14,000 sorties in support of the landings and, having secured air supremacy prior to the invasion, many of these flights were unchallenged by the Luftwaffe.
  • Nearly 7,000 naval vessels, including battleships, destroyers, minesweepers, escorts and assault craft took part in Operation ‘Neptune’, the naval component of ‘Overlord’. Naval forces were responsible for escorting and landing over 132,000 ground troops on the beaches. They also carried out bombardments on German coastal defences before and during the landings and provided artillery support for the invading troops.
  • Germany tried to defend the northern coast of France with a series of fortifications known as the ‘Atlantic Wall’. However, German defences were often incomplete and insufficiently manned.
  • Members of the French Resistance and the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) provided intelligence and helped weaken defences through sabotage. The Allied deception campaigns succeeded in convincing the Germans as late as July 1944 that the main invasion force would still land elsewhere. The threat of this larger, second invasion kept German reinforcements tied down away from Normandy.
  • ‘Overlord’ did not bring an end to the war in Europe, but it did begin the process through which victory was eventually achieved. By the end of August 1944, the German Army was in full retreat from France, but by September Allied momentum had slowed. The Germans were able to regroup and launched a failed but determined counter-offensive in the Ardennes in December 1944 – The Battle of the Bulge.

The Imperial War Museums and Royal British Legion are excellent resources to read and learn more 🙂

Lest We Forget

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Broadwindsor Group Parish – New Councillors On Board

The Annual Meeting of the Parish Council convened on Monday, 13th May and marked the start of a new five year term of office.

Many returning Councillors were welcomed and Councillor Rick Dyke was elected as Chairman, receiving unanimous support from all.
Of the six vacancies there are currently 2 vacancies remaining: one for Broadwindsor Ward and the other for Drimpton Ward*.

Bringing fresh new perspectives and a wealth of skills and experience, a warm welcome goes to:

  • Councillor Garry Miller (Broadwindsor ward)
  • Councillor Tim Beer (Blackdown ward)
  • Councillor Philip Dixon (Drimpton ward)
  • Councillor Chris Beck (Drimpton ward).

We wish them all well and hope that they enjoy being part of the Parish Council.

During the meeting a number of representations were agreed as follows:

  • Broadwindsor School – Councillor Rebecca Burt
  • Comrades Hall – Councillor Rick Dyke
  • Blackdown Village Hall – Councillor Sonia Raymond
  • Drimpton Village Hall – Councillor Chris Beck
  • Broadwindsor Allotment Group – Stefan Nikolov
  • ROWLO/Footpaths Officer – Councillor Philip Dixon
  • DAPTC Western Area Committee – Councillor Rick Dyke & Councillor Nathalie Roberts
  • Dorset Council Climate & Ecological Emergency Support Group – Sheila Hawkins


Broadwindsor Group Parish CouncilThe next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Monday, 3rd June, 7.30pm at Blackdown Village Hall.  All are welcome.

* If you are interested and would like to find out more about the role and responsibilities of a parish councillor, please contact the Parish Clerk at hello@broadwindsorgroup.gov.uk.

Photo Credit: Helen Cudmore.

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Drimpton Community Open Gardens – Saturday, 15th June

On Saturday, 15th June – we hope for sunshine and… You are invited to take a walk around Drimpton and venture into any garden which displays a sign outside and/or appears on the list which will be created nearer the time..

For any Drimpton residents wanting to take part –

You do not need a pristine garden but you must be happy to let people browse around and look at yours. They may get some ideas for their own garden! If you think that you would like to open your garden then please contact Diana and she will add you to the list 🙂

For more information and to contact Diana01308 867172 or email chestnutcottage217@gmail.com.


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The Broad Palate – May ’24

Three tapas dishes this month, in the hope of some Mediterranean weather!

Garlic Prawns (Gambas al Ajillo) – serves 4

  • 200 grams raw prawns (or more)
  • 1 eggcup olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, very thinly sliced
  • Half teaspoon chilli flakes
  • Juice of half a lemon.
  • 3 tablespoons chopped flatleaf parsley
  • Salt and sugar to taste.
  • Large pinch of saffron (optional), soaked in a little hot water


Gently poach the garlic in the oil for 5 minutes until softened but not browned. Add chilli flakes.
Add prawns and gently fry until cooked and released their juices .
Remove prawns from the oil mixture and cover.

To the pan add lemon juice plus saffron with its water (if using). Increase the heat and whisk to emulsify.
Allow sauce to reduce and add parsley.
Check for seasoning and add salt and sugar to taste.
Add prawns back to the pan and heat through.
Allow to rest and serve at room temperature. Serve with crusty bread for dipping.

Tortilla española –  serves 6-8

The traditional tortilla has only five ingredients. You can add cooked chorizo, peppers, prawns, slices of ham in the middle, etc.. I have seen Spanish cooks quite successfully use leftover chips/fries and even crisps instead of sliced potatoes!  Tips for best flavour – 1) season the potato, onion and egg separately, and 2) cook the onion until caramelised. Leftovers are great for breakfast, or in a crusty baguette with mayo and roasted, sliced red peppers (from a jar). Amounts are for a frying pan 8 or 9 ins.

  • 1 medium onion, chopped.
  • 8 large eggs
  • Salt
  • Olive oil (approx.150ml)
  • 2 large (waxy, not floury) potatoes, peeled, halved, thinly sliced, rinsed and dried


Gently fry onion in 2 tbsp olive oil until soft and caramelised. Tip into a bowl, season with salt and wipe pan.
Over a medium heat, warm another 4 tbsp oil and add potatoes, turning to coat in the oil.
Cover and cook gently until cooked but holding their shape. Season, then tip into the bowl of onions and gently fold to mix.
Clean pan and add 3-4 tbsp oil to warm.
In a large bowl, beat eggs and season. Add potato/onion mixture to the egg (and anything else you fancy).
Tip into pan, ensuring that the mixture is evenly spread. Scrape bottom of pan, like when making scrambled eggs, then cover and leave for around 3 minutes on a medium heat.
Tease the edges away from the sides and with a spatula ensure that the tortilla isn’t sticking.
After 10 minutes, remove from heat and let sit for a couple more minutes. Place a plate upside down over the pan and using a tea towel,  turn over the pan and plate, so the tortilla is cooked side up on the plate.
Wipe out pan, swirl round a little oil and slide in tortilla to cook on underside for approx. 5 minutes. Serve warm or cold.

Chorizo in red wine (Chorizo con Vino Tinto) – serves 4

  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion or 3 shallots, finely chopped.
  • 1 horseshoe chorizo, skinned and sliced into roughly 5mm coins
  • 1 scant teaspoon dried thyme or 1 tablespoon fresh
  • 2 level teaspoons sweet smoked paprika (pimentón dulce)
  • 250ml red wine (you may need a splash more)
  • Salt and sugar to season
  • Chopped parsley to garnish


Gently fry the onion/shallots in the oil until softened but not browned.
Add the thyme and cook for a further 2 minutes. Remove onto a plate.
Add chorizo pieces to pan (no more oil needed) and gently fry until they release their oils and are slightly browned and cooked through.
Add the smoked paprika and cook for a further minute. Add the onion back to the pan, along with the wine.
Bring to a simmer – add more wine if you think you need more liquid and simmer again.
Season with salt and sugar to taste.
Sprinkle with chopped parsley. Best served slightly warm.

Many thanks to Ann Shaw 🙂

Bon Appetit!

Ann’s previous recipes:

The Bishops' Kitchen

To revisit the Bishops’ Kitchen recipes provided by Richard Childs
Please click HERE 🙂

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Clive’s Ribs On The Braai Are Back!

Starting this Friday, on alternate Friday evenings, Clive Dammert at The White Lion will be tending his Braai and serving up some delicious ribs!

  • 350g £12.50
  • Half rack (+-500g) £17.45
  • Full rack (+-1kg) £31.00

Booking is essential to avoid any disappointment – Fridays, 3rd, 17th and 31st May.

Telephone: 01308 867070 or email: info@whitelionbroadwindsor.co.uk


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Can You Marshall Or Donate?

Two Drimpton residents, Paul Clements (Cleaner Chimneys) and Stuart Pearce, are and members of  Drimpton Cycling Club and are taking the Challenge below and cycling the 55.2 miles route to raise funds for Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.
Motivation is provided by Stuart’s desire payback for his trip in the helicopter following a cardiac arrest 5 yrs ago. It costs on average £3,500 for each helicopter deployment, so they are seeking to reach that figure as a target, both to repay Stuart’s debt and to cover the cost of a trip for somebody else.

Please click HERE to visit their fundraising page to donate.

The 55 mile route from Watchett to West Bay passes through Drimpton and Broadwindsor as it does annually, so a rest stop at the Royal Oak for local support will be in evidence!

Stuart’s story:

I had been water skiing on the Saturday & we were going back out again on Sunday. Chugged 3 miles round the coast to get to a more calm bay. I got up & promptly keeled over …. Thankfully my best man’s wife saved me going overboard but now had a 13.5 stone dead weight lying on top of her 🥴 Luckily my best man has a 150hp outboard on his rib so floored it back to Salcombe. The lifeboat had been launched but Justin was greeted by the harbour master on his launch for speeding. Once he realised the emergency he escorted Justin to the jetty. Peak holiday season – August 5th. Thankfully 2 families walking by included 2 nurses. They started cpr. 6 doctors were also attracted by the commotion- one got a defib. 2 ambulances turned up from nowhere so they took over & eventually got me to the rugby club where the air ambulance was waiting to take me down to Plymouth. I was in an induced coma for 4 days, ITC for another 8 days & finally released after 22 days with pacemaker & defibrillator fitted. Every day is a bonus, the grass is greener, the sky bluer. Best thing every day is the dog walk. Thoroughly enjoy all the smallest details in life’.

Stuart may not be here today but for the combined efforts of so many bystanders, but critically the speedy trip to hospital via the air ambulance.

From Samantha Smith, DSAA Fundraising Officer…
Dear Residents
On Saturday 18 May 2024 we shall be holding our thirteenth annual Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge, starting at 10.30 am in Watchet and ending in West Bay.
Last year’s event saw 318 supporters take part to help raise funds to keep Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance flying. In doing so they collaboratively rode just over 17,000 miles and raised approx £49,000 – that’s enough to fund approximately 14 missions by the air ambulance.
We are aware that this event may cause you and your neighbours some slight disruption and would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.
If you would be willing to help marshal this event in your neighbourhood and help us keep everyone safe, we would love to hear from you.
With best wishes and many thanks for your support.
Samantha Smith
Fundraising Officer
Tel: 01823 669604

We wish both Paul and Stuart a safe and enjoyable day on Saturday, 18th May 🙂

Please click HERE to
visit their fundraising page to donate.

There are also donation boxes in The Wobbly Cottage and The White Lion.


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Broadwindsor Community Film Club – Friday 17th May

** Also showing at Drimpton Village Hall on Wednesday, 8th May. **

At 7.30pm at the Comrades Hall Friday, 17th May, Broadwindsor’s Community Film Club will be showing…

One Life (12A)

Directed by JAMES HAWES.
(Running time 110 mins.)

One Life tells the true story of Sir Nicolas ‘Nicky’ Winton, a young London broker who, in the months leading up to World War II, rescued 669 predominantly Jewish children from the Nazis.  Nicky visited Prague in December 1938 and found families who had fled the rise of the Nazis in Germany and Austria, living in desperate conditions with little or no shelter and food, and under threat of Nazi invasion. He immediately realised it was a race against time.  How many children could he and the team rescue before the borders closed?  Fifty years later, it’s 1988 and Nicky lives haunted by the fate of the children he wasn’t able to bring to safety in England; always blaming himself for not doing more.  It’s not until a live BBC television show, ‘That’s Life’, surprises him by introducing him to some surviving children – now adults – that he finally begins to come to terms with the guilt and grief he had carried for five decades.

  • Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm.
  • Film Club members – Free entry
  • Guests – £4 (cash please)
  • Refreshments available, including a cash bar.
  • Tickets can be booked in advance by contacting:
    Emma Myersbroadwindsorem@gmail.com or
    Margaret Wing01308 867252

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ightAtTheMovies #OffToTheFlicks #BeKind #BeSafe #StaySafe

Local Elections – Thursday, 2nd May

The Comrades Hall operates as the Polling station on Thursday, 2nd May 2024 from 7am – 10pm

You will have two ballot papers to fill out:

Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset.
You will have one vote, and can choose from four candidates:

  • Howard Legg (LibDem)
  • David Sidwick (Con & Unionist)
  • David Stokes (Lab & Co-op)
  • Marianne Storey (Ind)

Dorset Council local election: Marshwood Vale ward.
You will have one vote, and can choose from four candidates:

  • Steve Chapman (Lab)
  • Simon Christopher (Con)
  • Jane Gregory (LibDem)
  • Jacqui Sewell (Green)

You don’t need to take your poll card but remember to take some photo ID with you. Every voter is required to do this.

To read more about the candidates listed above – Click HERE.


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It’s Time To Enrol/Renew And Show Your Support

With thousands of visitors to the village website each month from all around the world, Broadwindsor.Org celebrates 4 years! 🙂

Local business’ support is invaluable as Broadwindsor.Org (affectionally referred to as ‘The Org‘ by many) is a not-for-profit organisation. £300 was donated to the Comrades Hall following a successful music promotion in September ’23.

The QR code above is for a £20 payment.

If you are a visitor and would like to donate a different amount, please use the QR code below.



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Happy St. George’s Day!

St. George’s Day is also known as the Feast of Saint George. As well as England, St. George is a Patron Saint of several countries: Portugal; Cyprus; Georgia; Serbia; Bulgaria; Bosnia & Herzegovin, and the Republic of Macedonia, all of who fly the red cross flag on the day.
St. George is also the patron saint of The Scout Movement, which has held St. George’s Day parades by Scouts (and now Girl Guides) since its first years.

Not much is known about Saint George’s early life, and what is known has been argued for centuries. It is believed that he was probably born to noble birth, around 280 AD in Cappodocia (Turkey) and died on 23rd April in Lydda, Syria Palaestina, an area which is now in modern-day Israel.

St. George Slaying DragonThe Legend:

The myth of St. George & the Dragon became popularised around the time of the Crusades who brought back tales of a dragon-slaying Christian who saved a princess and her village from the flesh eating monster. It is said that the local villagers had offered up sheep everyday to appease the monster, but when that failed they tried feeding it their children, chosen by lottery! Until, on one occasion, it happened that the lot fell on the king’s daughter.  Distraught with grief, the King told the people they could have all his gold and silver and half of his kingdom if his daughter was spared. His people refused and the daughter was sent out to the lake, decked out as a bride, to be fed to the dragon…
By chance, George rode past the lake. Noticing him, the dragon charged for George, who fortified himself with the Sign of the Cross and charged on horseback delivering a grievous wound. With the dragon harnessed, George rode the princess back to the village, subsequently telling the villagers that he would only kill the dragon if they all became Christians. Unwilling to subject themselves back to the terror of the dragon, the king and his people agreed to convert to Christianity and George slew the dragon.  On the site where the dragon died, the king built a church to the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. George, and from its altar a spring arose whose waters cured all disease.

George became a solider, and ultimately an officer, in the Roman army under Emperor Diocletian. When the Emperor ordered the systematic persecution of Christians. George refused to take part, which resulted in his torture and subsequent death on 23rd April 303 AD. The Emperor’s wife was so inspired by George’s bravery and loyalty to his religion, that she too became a Christian and was subsequently executed for her faith.

The earliest documented mention of St. George in England comes from the Catholic monk the venerable Bede (c. 673–735). His feast day is also mentioned in the Durham Collectar, a ninth-century liturgical work.  The will of Alfred the Great is said to refer to the saint, in a reference to the church of Fordington, Dorset. At Fordington a stone over the south door records the miraculous appearance of to lead crusaders into battle. Early (c. 10th century) dedications of churches to St. George are noted in England, for example as well as Fordingham, Dorset, at Thetford, Southwark and Doncaster.

St. George's ChapelSt. George’s Chapel at Windsor castle was established by Edward III in 1348. The chapel, which is in the Lower Ward of Windsor Castle, had a big refurbishment started on it by Edward IV in 1475 that wasn’t finished until his grandson Henry VIII was on the throne in 1528.
It is both a Royal Peculiar, that is a Church of England parish or church exempt from the jurisdiction of the Diocese and the province in which it lies and subject to the direct jurisdiction of the monarch.  It was where the funeral of H.R.H. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh took place in 2021.

Order Of The GarterThe chapel also serves as the Chapel of the Order of the Garter. The Garter Service takes place at St George’s chapel every year because St George is the patron saint of the Order of the Garter. It is the most senior order of knighthood in the British honours system, outranked in precedence only by the Victoria Cross and the George Cross. It is granted by the Sovereign to people who have either served her well or contributed something special to the nation – such as Sir Winston Churchill.   The annual ceremony takes place in June.
The motto in gold lettering  ‘Honi soit qui mal y pense’ translates as “Shame on him who thinks evil of it.

St. George’s Day was a major feast and national holiday in England on a par with Christmas from the early 15th century. The tradition of celebration St. George’s Day had waned by the end of the 18th century after the union of England and Scotland in 1707.

English FlagA traditional custom on St. George’s Day is to fly or adorn the St. George’s Cross flag in some way: Pubs in particular can be seen on 23rd April with garlands of St. George’s crosses adorning them inside and out.
It is customary for the hymn “Jerusalem” to be sung in cathedrals, churches and chapels on St. George’s Day, or on the Sunday closest to it. Traditional English food and drink is likely to be be consumed.


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