New Outdoor Gym Equipment In Bernards’ Place

Photograph by Nathalie Roberts.
From Left to Right: Ross Heaver & Anthony Claiden from Bridport Round Table, Suzy Edgerley, Morgan Napier, Malcolm Heaver, Sophie Sinton, Chris Edgerley, Jill Maguire, Alice Bagg from Magna and new Chair of the Comrades Hall, Megan Jones.

Broadwindsor’s revamped Bernards’ Place has been enhanced by three new pieces of adult exercise equipment: the air skier, double air walker and rider have been installed in the heart of the village.
They complement challenging new play equipment and an oak-framed shelter which was put in last year by the Comrades Hall Committee after a major fund-raising campaign to transform the village green.

Two pieces of equipment were funded by locally-based Magna Housing Association and Bridport Round Table.

Megan Jones, Chair of the Comrades Hall Committee, said: ‘We’re extremely grateful to Magna and the Round Table for the sponsorship of the adult exercise equipment. It has added a new, inclusive dimension to Bernards’ Place.

Families are enjoying time together, exercising, playing and having fun. In these tougher financial times, having a free safe area for activities in the centre of the village is a big plus. It is so important to promote healthy options for all age groups.’

Ross Heaver, from Bridport Round Table, was brought up in the village. His father, Malcolm, led a team of volunteers who put together the shelter on the green.

Ross said: ‘It’s been an absolute pleasure to have been able to donate the funds for the outside Air Skier on Broadwindsor village green. Having grown up in the village it’s amazing to see such a high level of support from the local community, businesses and charities alike. Bernards’ Place is such an amazing spot for all to enjoy.

Alice Bagg, Magna Head of Customer Experience and Home Services, said: ‘We’re really pleased to be able to partly fund the new exercise equipment in Broadwindsor and proud to support people in local communities where our customers live to be active, healthy and enjoy time outdoors.

The gym equipment has been placed in between the new play area and the newly-opened up space at the bottom of the green, which is ideal for picnics and community events.

The Hall committee’s Village Green project received financial support from the National Lottery, Sport England, Dorset Council, Broadwindsor Group Parish Council, fundraising and donations from local people through a successful Crowdfunder campaign.

Said Megan: ‘It’s made a big difference to the heart of the village and we are so grateful to all those who have helped us create such a lovely space for everyone to use.

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Book MUGA For Your Personal Exercise

Broadwindsor’s MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) next to Broadwindsor school remains closed for general use, however it can be booked by a family unit and/or support bubble for their sole use.
People living alone are also allowed under Government guidance, to exercise with one other person from another household outdoors and therefore this can include the use of the MUGA.
This booking system was adopted last year and worked well, allowing for much needed recreational opportunities, close to home.
Sports at MUGA, Broadwindsor.
Please contact Councillor Leader for all booking enquiries.
Telephone: 01308 868275
Mobile: 07867 608652
This demonstrates the Grouped Parish community once again showing its amazing resilience in the way it is responding to these difficult and challenging times. This third Lockdown brings much worry and loneliness to so many. The Parish Council for its part is committed to supporting the community, especially those most vulnerable through this pandemic.   The Parish Councillors are available to provide practical help such as the delivery of food supplies and medication and information and signposting to existing support networks. Please do contact them if you need support, information or just need a friendly chat on the telephone. You can find all our Councillors contact details HERE.

MUGA Now Open For General Use

MUGAThe Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) next to the school is now open 🙂
Naturally, because of Covid-19 there are rules to be adhered to:

  • All use the facility at their own risk.
  • No more than 6 people at a time to use the facility.
  • Maintain Social Distancing.
  • Users are responsible for their own hygiene – Sanitiser will be provided at the gate.
  • No food allowed.

Cllr. David Leader commented: “These rules will change fairly shortly as the Government has announced that contact sports will be allowed  but we will change the rules when we have read them in detail.

On the subject of the children’s play area in Bernards’ Place, Cllr. Leader said: “I will be in touch soon about the play equipment at Bernard’s Place, all of the equipment needs repair work done to make it fit for purpose. We are going to have a work party very soon to get the stuff done and then it can be opened.

The MUGA can be booked to reserve a time slot – by email: or by text message to: 07867 608652.

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