Beetle Drive Afternoon – 2pm Saturday, 29th January

Broadwindsor Fun Group are holding a Beetle Drive afternoon at the Comrades Hall at 2pm on Saturday, 29th January to raise funds for the Jubilee Fun Day in June.

Great fun for all the family – the aim of the game is to be the first player to draw a complete beetle and shout ‘Beetle!’. In teams of four…

Each part of the beetle’s body has a number that matches a number on the dice:

Once ‘Beetle!’ has been called the game will end. Each member of the group works out their score; 1 point for each part of the beetle that you have drawn. The person with the highest score on your table has won your game and now would move to the next table (in an anticlockwise direction). If 2 people on the table have the same highest score, then the youngest person would move.  Because of the pandemic, the Group will not have people moving onto different tables so you will stay with your group throughout the afternoon.

12 games will be played.

There will be a short interval halfway through with light refreshments on sale.

Prizes will be awarded for those with the highest overall point score and for the best drawn beetle by a junior 🙂

Tickets on sale now: £2.00 in advance at Broadwindsor Community Stores or £3.00 at the door.

🙂 An affordable afternoon’s fun in a somewhat dreary January!


An Incredible Evening

Approximately 500 people flocked to Broadwindsor’s Cricket Club Pavilion last night to watch Broadwindsor Fun Group’s organised Firework display led by village resident & member of Broadwindsor Fun GroupAndrew Hookings.

Stewards were in place and worked ‘flat out’ for 3 hours, continually guiding people and their families safely in and out of the grounds.

The Fun Group’s Food stall had some people queuing for 50 minutes before completely selling out of burgers and hot dogs, almost exclusively cooked by Vice-chairman, Martin Burt with his trusty meat thermomenter! Delicious hot soups and mulled wine also sold very well.
The Cricket Club’s bar sold out too, with a quick trip to the Co-op required to stock up!

All those involved under estimated the crowd who attended and this has been attributed to local advertising; no other local organised displays taking place; the forecast of dry weather and admission was free 🙂

Special thanks must go to Margery Hookings who raised an astonishing  £743.07 in her special family collection bucket!

Incredible. I can’t recall ever seeing that many people in the village” was one local comment made.  David Leader, who worked with the BFG Core group on the food stall stated “I don’t think I have ever been involved in catering for so many people in such a short period of time.” Cars parking on the verges at Cross Keys and on the grass area at the front of Redlands Lane was not appreciated but thankfully were there for just one hour.

Broadwindsor House have posted lovely videos on their Facebook page – Click HERE & HERE.

A huge thank you to all involved and all who came along to support the event!

Following the success of this event, Broadwindsor Fun Group and Broadwindsor Cricket Club will have a debrief meeting with a view to holding the event next year.

Don’t forget…

This Tuesday evening at 7.30pm – Broadwindsor Fun Group are holding their Open Planning meeting to discuss 2022’s Jubilee’s celebrations and more fundraising dates.
All are welcome.  For more information and the Agenda – Click HERE.


Details Of Tonight’s Fireworks Event

A favourable sky is expected for Broadwindsor Fun Group’s Fireworks event this evening, held in cooperation with Broadwindsor Cricket Club and sponsorship received from Cllr. Simon Christopher.

  • Admission is FREE. Donation buckets will be rattled 🙂
  • Pedestrian access from 5.30pm.
  • Redlands Yard (formerly the Craft Centre) are kindly allowing the use of their car park for those driving.
  • Stewards will be in place to guide you safely into and from the Cricket Club’s Pavilion Spectators area.
  • Please dispose of your rubbish sensibly and do not leave any behind.
  • Sorry – no Sparklers allowed!

A bar* will be available and the following will also be on sale from 5.30pm…

  • Burgers @ £3 each
  • Hot dogs @ £2 each
  • Cup of Soup @ £1 each
    – Curried Lentil
    – Roasted Butternut Squash
    – Potato & Vegetable
  • Mulled wine* @ £3 each
  • Glo Sticks @ 2 for 50p

*Please drink responsibily. You are advised not to drink alcohol if you are driving.

Thank you to Andrew Hookings and his team for organising the fireworks. Enjoy!


Broadwindsor Fun Group Planning Meeting – 7.30pm Tuesday, 9th November

Fireworks this Friday – please come along!
Redlands Yard
have made their car park available and there will be stewards on the road to guide you to the Cricket Ground. Hot soup, burgers, hot dogs, mulled wine and a bar too! Sorry no sparklers allowed but Glow Sticks will be on sale: 2 for 50p.


Please also come along to the Broadwindsor Fun Group’s Open Planning Meeting next week.

7.30pm Tuesday, 9th November – Comrades Hall

We would like to crystalise plans for the Jubilee weekend and have also started pencilling in dates for some fund raisers to enable a fun and varied selection of events to be held next year.

The Agenda is as follows:

  1. Welcome by Chairman.
  2. Fireworks event debrief. (Held in conjunction with Broadwindsor Cricket Club)
  3. Christmas Party nightSaturday, 18th December.
    A festive night of Christmas music classics to dance to from The Silver Lining Band. £8 for adults & £5 for under 18s (Price includes a plate of nibbles). Numbers are strictly limited for this fun festive event – so get your tickets, which will be available after this meeting at Broadwindsor Community Stores or ordered online via
  4. Jubilee weekend 2022
  • Thursday evening – Beacon lighting at the allotments.
  • Friday – free.
  • Saturday – Family fun day & of music & children’s activities in Bernard’s Place until late.
  • Sunday – Reuse Bernard’s place for a lunchtime BYO picnic & early evening band, culminating with the announcement of scarecrow prizes & a big raffle draw.
  1. Potential fundraisers in Comrades Hall– thoughts on events/dates & volunteers please to help us run so many events.
  • Beetle drive afternoon – Saturday, 29th January.
  • Bingo night – Saturday, 19th February, first weekend of half term.
  • Quiz night – Saturday, 26th March
  • Easter buns/ afternoon event – Saturday 16th April
  • Big breakfast – Saturday, 7th May
  • Curry night – Saturday, 21st May – combined mini fundraiser & final planning session for everyone involved in the Jubilee Weekend.
  • Any other suggestions
  1. Other events
  • Classic Cars Display – August 2022
  • Any other suggestions
  1. Risk assessments & insurances
  2. Any other business
  3. Date of Next Full Meeting. Early March 2022? – afternoon or evening?

Please come along and bring your ideas
and say what you can do to help!

7.30pm Tuesday, 9th November – Comrades Hall

Broadwindsor Fun Group


Broadwindsor’s Fireworks Event – Friday 5th November

The Broadwindsor Fun Group, in cooperation with Broadwindsor Cricket Club and with a donation from Cllr. Simon Christopher have organised a wonderful evening for all on Friday, 5th November.
Free entry! The evening starts at 5.30pm, when you can purchase hot food from the BBQ: sausages, burgers or some homemade hot soup.  Please take cash as there isn’t the facility to take cards. BFG will also be selling some seasonal mulled wine for the adults and glo sticks for the children.
Lesley from the Knapp Inn will be running a bar with their profits going to the Cricket Club who are fundraising to purchase solar panels.
BFG member Andrew Hookings will be leading the fireworks team.
Those lovely fireworks in the poster?  Thanks to village resident Annie Collins for the photograph.



Dorset Young Farmers Bingo – Friday 26th March

At the end of the month Dorset Young Farmers have organised an Easter Bingo which is open to everyone!  It will be hosted on Zoom.  Be quick if you want tickets as there is limited availability and last entries will be accepted this Friday, 19th March.

Zoom is Free for everyone! – Sign Up and get it HERE.

Raffle TicketsYou will need to purchase your Bingo Books prior to the event which you can do by using the link below.  Complete your details and your books will be sent to you in the post. You will also be sent a link to join the Bingo evening nearer the time.

The cost is £10 for a book of 6 cards, each card containing 10 games – so you can easily make a family night of it 🙂  Dorset YFC Chairman, Matt Frampton will be the bingo caller for the evening.

There will be prizes awarded for a Line and for a House on each of the games.

On sale now: purchase your Bingo packs HERE.

Link expires on Friday 16th March 2021.

Alternatively, please email: