Country Plumbing – Your Local Plumber

Located in Beaminster and serving the surrounding area, Dan & Kelly operate Country Plumbing. Photographed by Demmi Leigh Photography is Barley, a beautiful golden retriever and their youngest recruit 🙂

Country Plumbing offer a wide range of domestic and commercial services, whilst putting the customer and the environment at the heart of everything they do. Known for their progressive outlook and attention to detail, they will strive to exceed expectations.

Country Plumbing is a proud member of Check A Trade.
Operating Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm you can contact Dan or Kelly –

Wishing you every success with your business Dan, Kelly & Barley!


Meet Stewart Cochrane – Plasterer

Stewart is new to Broadwindsor, looking to relocate from Poole to be with his partner.

Stewart started in the trade when he left school 31 years ago, and has 27 years of plastering experience.

STC Plastering is a proud member of both Check A Trade, and the Buy With Confidence scheme which is run by Trading Standards. He also has a full CRB clearance.

I am happy to come out and give free estimates, and will always advise customers on what their options are and will always try to help them to save money where possible. I always give very clear cut estimates, and there are never any hidden extras.

  • I cover all aspects of plastering; from skimming, to overboarding, dry-lining, coving, rendering and floor screeding.
  • I work on large projects such as refurbishments and extensions; and smaller projects too… job is too small!
  • I will always try and give customers a fair price for their work, which is always carried out to my highest standard.
  • I pride myself on always being punctual, reliable, and tidy…and my feedback shows my customers agree!”

You can contact Stewart on:

As the photograph tells you, Stewart has already visited (and is impressed with) our community funded pub – the White Lion 🙂

Welcome to the village Stewart & Good Luck for your future!


Beaminster Upholstery Is At Redlands Yard

Opening on Tuesday, 24th May, Beaminster Upholstery is at Redlands Yard, Units 5/6.

Craftsman Mike Oaten has been doing upholstery for 35 years and repairing furniture for 18 years for a national insurance furniture repair company. 
Most recently, Mike upholstered the bench, at no cost, made by Malcolm Heaver at the refurbished White Lion Community pub.

Mike‘s shop will have a few items for sale and a workshop where people can pop in to discuss projects and fabrics and sundries.

We wish Mike every success at his new premises!

To contact Mike –
Phone: 07470 007 588

Visit his Facebook page HERE.



The following information is taken from the Government’s website:

T Levels are new courses coming in September 2020, which will follow GCSEs and will be equivalent to 3 A levels. These 2-year courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work.

T Levels will offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days). They will provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door into skilled employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship.

Students will be able to take a T Level in the following subject areas:

  • accounting
  • agriculture, land management and production
  • animal care and management
  • building services engineering for construction
  • catering
  • craft and design
  • design and development for engineering and manufacturing
  • design, surveying and planning for construction
  • digital business services
  • digital production, design and development
  • digital support and services

The first 3 T Levels will be available at selected colleges*, schools and other providers across England in September 2020.
A further 7 T Levels will be available in September 2021 with the remaining courses starting in either 2022 or 2023.

*Exeter College are starting this month offering Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction and from September 2021 Yeovil College will commence their transition programme offering:

  • Digital Business Services
  • Digital Production, Design and Development
  • Digital Support Services
  • Education and Childcare
  • Health
  • Healthcare Science
  • Science

Employer or Student —  learn more HERE.






Broadwindsor News Back In Publication

Broadwindsor News July 2020The Broadwindsor News is now out – being delivered to households who subscribe and there should be some available in the shop.
Containing lots of updates from village organisations, this edition also includes Margery Hooking’s ‘Broadwindsor in Lockdown 2020′ poem.

You can download the poem to your computer in PDF format: BROADWINDSOR IN LOCKDOWN 2020
or you can read it below . . .


Nature, you were never lovelier,

when the world stopped, but the Earth kept spinning.

And then the world turned upside down, freedom could not be found

We all became experts at social distancing – no grandparents would be visiting.

Sunshine, birdsong, a much quieter life but life still went on.

Thursday night clapping for our hard-pressed carers,

a ripple of applause from one end of the village to the other.

The Sound of Music every day at one o’clock.

Business booms at the community shop

as sales of fruit, veg and alcohol go pop.

Takeout drinks from the pub

and Vikki’s quiche and coleslaw in the shop.

The Tuesday night chip van at Comrades Hall,

Friday morning Post Office, chairs six feet apart.

Anxiety calmed by WhatsApp and Zoom, meeting family and friends by the touch of a button.

People chatting with new friends while standing next to bollards in the shop queue.

Heart attacks, cancelled operations, masks, gloves and Perspex screens.

Food deliveries for the vulnerable.

Our church went blue for the NHS.

The Sound of Music every day at one o’clock.

And we had time to just be with the one we love without duty or obligation stealing the day.

Doing all that we can to keep a company viable,

sorting wages and furlough staff, all reliable.

Farmers cut the fields for silage and tractors trundled through the village.

Up on Lewesdon Hill, bluebells didn’t know about coronavirus.

VE Day flags and afternoon tea outside our homes.

Socially distanced wildflower planting – digging, sowing and watering.

A beautiful sight to welcome visitors to our village when all this has passed.

The Sound of Music every day at one o’clock.

Lock down with the family – fantastic at the start, learning through the struggles, stresses and worries, tears, laughter and love.

Dusting flour from my hands, I pick up my book;

to bake or read, my lockdown dilemma.

There’s only one village in the west for me, Broadwindsor is the place I love to be.

It’s music at one and clapping at eight to rid us of the virus we love to hate.

Virtual Bananagrams, with gin, on Skype; virtual birthday parties on Zoom; virtual running – for medals – on Strava.

Virtual life.

The village roads, now used much less, speeds traffic onward faster;

too fast for the slowworm outside the shop, who is now not just slow, but flatter.

The sun beckons and mocks. Enjoy what you have, count your blessings.

The Sound of Music every day at one o’clock.

The church buildings are silent, dusty, locked, empty, paused.

God is active, loud, renewing, unrestricted, present, recreating and filling us every day.

Time to listen to the birds, watch the flowers grow, to smell the air, walk up the hill and to be still.

The warmth, love and friendship uncovered and blossoming as we all work together through this strange, uncertain  time.

House quiet, headphones on, five laptops glowing, each immersed in our own virtual business and learning,

waiting for the next punctuation point in days we can’t name.

Then kettle on, frisbee out, meals prepared, conversation flows, reconnected again.

The Sound of Music every day at one o’clock.

Free loo rolls from the village shop. The kindness of strangers.

And then a huge blue ball hurtles down the road, like the ever-present Rover bubble in The Prisoner.

A small army of tireless volunteers, stacking, selling, delivering.

Painting, writing, reading, decorating – my furniture has never been so upcycled.

The village phone box becomes a book exchange, tales of a community bound up on donated shelves.

Take-outs from the pub, food and drink, got to keep it going.

The call of rooks from their satellite rookery at the Old George,

while the parish councillors discuss village affairs over Zoom.

The space station goes over, the sun’s fading light makes it glow for all to see.

Endless sunshine, we will never see this blue a sky again.

The Sound of Music on the World Service and Desert Island Discs.

Slippers or flip flops worn all day.

The garden glorious in all this sun.

A tank of petrol lasts for months.

A time of reflection for the things that really matter. The birdsong and beautiful countryside.

Teaching the children, online bitesize that doesn’t bite back.

A fish van arrives in the Square at half past eleven, a shoal of customers in single file down the road.

Gardens and allotments provide solace and colour.

The Sound of Music at one o’clock

Afternoon briefing, highlight of the day.

What day is it, by the way?

– Margery Hookings, June 2020

Bridport Lockdown Community Project

A community project called Bridport Lockdown ( are creating a shared collection of images and stories from the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic for Bridport and the surrounding area. Get Involved
The project aim to have a record included in this of the activities of local groups and organisations and the lives of those who are part of them. They would love for you to be involved in this and to share this with your local contacts.

Submit photos – obvious of course but… There is a simple form for sending in photos (and, more importantly, the stories behind them, or a few thoughts on life right now) on their website : EVERY photo submitted via the link becomes part of the Covid-19 archive at Dorset History Centre for use by current & future generations as a record of our community in these unique times.   

The project has got off to a good start with a steady flow of photos coming and a really positive, enthusiastic response. They have Bridport Town Council, Beaminster Town Council, Dorset Mind, Bridport Coronavirus Community Support and the Dorset History Centre on board as partners and Broadwindsor Parish Council have confirmed they would support the project too.

For more specific FAQ documents, Click HERE.