All Change At The White Lion 2023

Thank you to Kate Staff and her daughters who worked their last shifts at the White Lion this weekend.

Now the Community Pub’s Management Committee have a posse of volunteers trained and ready to start tomorrow evening, fish ‘n’ chips night. Until new management staff have taken over, the volunteers will be keeping the pub open for all as follows:

  • Tuesdays 6-9pm (bring your fish and chips). 11pm on Folk Club nights
  • Thursdays 6-11pm
  • Fridays 6-11pm
  • Saturdays 11am-11pm (Warm Hub until 5pm – free tea and coffee and the day’s papers)
  • Sundays 12 noon to 9pm
These hours will be reviewed regularly, subject to volunteer availability and how much the pub is used by customers. The aim is to resume a limited food service on Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday lunchtimes, as soon as they can.

If you’d like to volunteer in any way, please get in touch with Andrew Hookings at: andrewhookings@yahoo.co.uk or Rick Dyke at: rickdyke59@gmail.com.

Please continue to support our lovely pub.

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Artsreach At Half Term – Thursday, 16th February, 3.30pm

A Half Term special! On Tuesday, 16th February at 3.30pm, the Comrades Hall present an Artsreach project: ‘Georgia and the Iceberg‘…

Can you imagine spending your holiday in Antarctica?  Or becoming best friends with a penguin?  When Georgia goes to visit her big sister Helena, all she wants is to explore the big frozen continent outside her bedroom window.  While Helena is focused on completing her chores, Georgia discovers a giant iceberg on a collision course with the nearby penguin colony.  If she can’t journey across the ice in time to warn them, then everyone’s in danger.  She might need some help …. A brrr-illiant adventure filled with puppetry, jokes and a heart-warming original story.

Tickets: must be booked in advance

  • £6 adult
  • £5 under 18

Available from:

Refreshments will be on sale – cash only please!
Recommended for 7+ years & their families.
Please note – children must be accompanied by an adult during the whole performance.


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Local Festive Open/Close Times

Wishing all the businesses below a Merry, very-well-derserved-break at Christmas and thank you all for your services!

Broadwindsor Community Stores, 01308 867922:

  • Christmas Eve – 7.30am – 4pm
  • Christmas Day – Closed
  • Boxing Day – 10am – 12 noon
  • Tuesday 27th, Bank Holiday – 7.30am – 3pm
  • Wed – Fri – 7.30am – 6pm
  • Saturday 31st – 7.30am – 4pm
  • New Year’s Day – 8am – 12 noon
  • Monday 2nd, Bank Holiday – 7.30am – 3pm

Wobbly Cottage, 07488 313857:

  • Until Fri. 23rd – 8.30am – 4pm
  • Christmas Eve – 9am – 12.30pm
  • Christmas Day – 3rd January – Closed
  • Wednesday 4th January – Open at 8.30am

Spar @ Hogshill, 01308 863353:

  • Christmas Eve – 7.30am – 9pm
  • Christmas Day – Closed
  • Boxing Day – 9am – 1pm
  • Tuesday 27th, Bank Holiday – 8am – 9pm
  • Saturday 31st – 8am – 9pm
  • New Year’s Day – 9am – 1pm
  • Monday 2nd, Bank Holiday – 8am – 5pm

Stableyard Restaurant, 01308 868362:

  • Closing @ 2pm Friday 23rd December.
  • Wednesday 28th10am–2pm (all day breakfast & light lunches)
  • New Year’s Day – Closed
  • Monday 2nd, Bank Holiday – Closed
  • Tuesday, 3rd10am–4pm

Redlands Yard:

  • All shops closing at 2pm Friday 23rd December.
  • Reopening on Tuesday, 3rd January 10am-4pm

The White Lion, 01308 867070:

  • Christmas Eve – 11am – 11pm
  • Christmas Day – 12 noon – 2pm
  • Boxing Day – Closed
  • Tuesday 27th, Bank Holiday – Closed
  • Wed – Fri – 6pm – 11pm
  • Saturday 31st – 11am – 1am
  • New Year’s Day – Closed
  • Monday 2nd, Bank Holiday – Closed

The Knapp Inn, Beaminster, 01308 862408:

  • Christmas Eve – 12 noon – 11pm
  • Christmas Day – 12noon – 2.30pm
  • Boxing Day – 12 noon – 11pm
  • Tuesday 27th, Bank Holiday 12 noon – 11pm
  • Saturday 31st – 12 noon – late
  • New Year’s Day – 12 noon – 11pm
  • Monday 2nd, Bank Holiday – 12 noon – 11pm

Beaminster Pharmacy, 01308 862288

Beaminster Upholstery, 07470 007588:

  • Closed from Friday 23rd December
  • Tuesday 3rd January – Reopen at 10am

Little Groves, 01308 862030:

  • Christmas Eve – Open until 3pm
  • Closed throughout January 2023

Vet, Girling & Bowditch,  01308 862030:

  • Provide 24 hour emergency cover; please call them on 01308 862312 and a Vet will answer your call.

Christmas Garland

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Compost Corner Memories At The White Lion

Before the White Lion was refurbished… the far left corner used to be known as ‘Compost Corner’ and this was where the regular, local customers would congregate on bar stools and stand.

Three of those regular customers, (from left to right) John Eggleton, Tony Hawkins and Chris Sewell have been drawn by local student, Sasha Slater and their portraits now adorn the wall in what was known as ‘Compost Corner‘.
On April 29th, the opening night of the White Lion as a Community pub, Sasha couldn’t help notice the large blank wall in the corner… she enthusiastically approached Chairman Rick Dyke on that same evening with her idea.  With their portraits now on the wall, John, Tony & Chris were exceptionally pleased to be each given the original drawing by Sasha.

20 year old Sasha is currently in her 2nd year at Exeter University studying Biochemistry. Art however, and in particular portrait art has been Sasha‘s hobby since she was four years old. Self taught, she has lifelong practice and experience! Sasha does most of her drawings from a photograph – be it a human or a pet – and is happy to take commissions from people 🙂

Please contact Sasha directly & view more of marvellous art on Instagram HERE.

Meanwhile… with Compost Corner no more, the afore mentioned gentlemen now sit at the round table!

Excellent work Sasha!

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Live Music: The Churchfitters Christmas Cracker – This Saturday, 17th December

A reminder that the Churchfitters are performing at The Comrades Hall on Saturday, 17th December, you’re advised to get your tickets booked for a show preparing you for Christmas with their repertoire, traditional and original festive songs, surprises, novelties and of course – what you get in every Christmas cracker – bad jokes!

Celebrating 30 years of providing rural community music – Artsreach present the trio.

Tickets £10 & £5 for under 18s. Refreshments available.
In advance from Margaret Wing: 07796 454203 or email margaretmwing@gmail.com.

More HERE.

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England Quarter Finals At The White Lion

It is expected to be the toughest test so far for Gareth Southgate and his Three LionsEngland play France in the Quarter final match of the World Cup football. It is the first time the men’s sides have met in a knockout game in any competition, and the first time at a World Cup since 1982.

Forward Raheem Sterling has returned to Qatar, trained with the squad and will form part of the team.

The White Lion will be open – so why not support the boys with your friends while enjoying a drink?

Good luck England!

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Free First Aid Training This Friday – Few Places Available

Due to personal commitments and illness, a few places have become available for this Friday’s First Aid training.  The day’s training is from 9am – 4.30pm. (Please bring a packed lunch).

  • Tutor: Andy Ebdon
  • Assessment: there will be both a practical and a knowledge assessment.
  • Please bring Photo ID with you.
  • Wear comfortable clothes so that you may complete the practical parts of the course.
  • A handbook & first aid pack will be provided but please bring a pen and paper for making notes.

This one day course of Emergency First Aid Training offers you a nationally recognised qualification certificate valid for 3 years. Such training & certification can usually cost in excess of £200. This day is being funded by Broadwindsor Fun Group and is FREE to participants.  Places  will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Contact bwfunday20@gmail.com.

Please note: It is no longer required that those who qualify from this one day course will have their names and details on display in the Comrades Hall.

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The Churchfitters Christmas Cracker – Saturday, 17th December.

The Churchfitters is a folk band like no other. A double bass made out of a saucepan. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw or a glass harp. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock rhythms. And traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising jazz sax.

Performing at The Comrades Hall on Saturday, 17th December, you’re advised to get your tickets early for a show preparing you for Christmas with their repertoire, traditional and original festive songs, surprises, novelties and of course – what you get in every Christmas cracker – bad jokes!

The three virtuoso musicians from England and France strut their stuff on a stage that bristles with instruments – adding flute, banjo, dulcimer, tin whistle, guitar, ukulele, electric hub-cap bass-bouzouki and a sackful of percussion to their ensemble. And let’s not forget the unique ‘bing-bong’ machine made out of hack-saw blades!
Read more about the musicians HERE.

Tickets £10 & £5 for under 18s. Refreshments available.
In advance from Margaret Wing: 07796 454203 or email margaretmwing@gmail.com.
Alternatively, visit the Artsreach website.

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Thank You From Beaminster Food Bank

Chairman of Broadwindsor Fun Group, Adrian Gray received the letter shown after a £200 donation was made to Beaminster’s Food bank from profits from this year’s Jubilee events.

A further £200 was donated to Bridport’s Citizen Advice Bureau.

With the coronation set for Saturday, 6th May, the group will be posting a questionnaire through villager’s letterboxes asking the local community what they want for a Fun Day in 2023. Please be sure to respond!

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Staff Family Give Their Notice To The White Lion

 The White Lion opened as Broadwindsor’s Community pub on 29th April 2022. Regrettably, the management team of Kate Staff with her two daughters, Chloe & Louise have given three months notice to Broadwindsor Community Pub Ltd. led by Chairman Rick Dyke.

In their second issue of ‘The White Lion Roars‘ newsletter Rick delivers the “Sad News To Share” stating that the Staff family will be leaving in mid-February 2023, Rick wished them well for their future and added that they are now looking for a new team to manage the pub and, of course, states he will keep us updated.

Coming back to the present day…. please support the pub this evening (Sunday 20th) as they are holding another one of their popular Quiz nights.  Starting at 6pm. Teams a maximum of 4 people. £3 per person. Cash only requested.

English FlagMonday is England‘s first match in the World Cup v. Iran and the pub will open at 12 noon for the live match which will be shown on television at 1pm.

Open at Christmas and a disco for New Year’s Eve (a.k.a. Hogmanay), they are serving refreshments after the Christmas carols in Bernards’ Place at 4pm on Saturday, 17th December and welcoming back The Silver Lining Band on Friday, 23rd December.

Good luck to one and all!

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