National Young Farmers’ Week 2020

Voting for the Heart of YFC Award will open on 26 October 2020 and the winners for all of the awards will be revealed throughout National Young Farmers Week. We’re voting for Matt Frampton! Good luck everyone!

Find out if you know any more of the finalists – and read more about them HERE.

Read more about Dorset Young Farmers HERE.

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Join in with Advent Windows

Last month Rev. Jo put out her idea for having Advent Windows for the month of December.  Beaminster Team Churches are now promoting the event.  Read everything you need to know HERE.

If you live in Drimpton or Broadwindsor please email Rev. Jo Neary, to register your interest. If you live in another village then you will need to get a group of people together to organise your own event but please let her know if you are joining in so you can be included and publicised.

Please sign up for your carol by Friday 23rd October allowing time to fill in any gaps. Spread the idea far and wide as some more people need to be recruited.
On Monday 2nd November the list will be confirmed, giving everyone four weeks at least to prepare their window. If there are fewer than 24 houses taking part then the Advent trail will start later in the month so that the last window is still lit on day 24.





1st Mosterton Scout Group

A message from Group Scout Leader, Susanna Newall –

I recently read an article about people who make ‘apps’ for mobile phones, I-pads and other modern paraphernalia that apparently we all can’t do without.
The most successful ‘app’ builders aim their product very cleverly at their target audiences – not by extolling the virtues of what the app can do – but by how the app makes the user feel.
When I was asked to write about what we do in 1st Mosterton Scouts, I made a big long list of all the amazing activities that we do as a Group every week. After the second page of A4, I thought you’d all be a bit bored by the time you got to the bottom and then I remembered the article I read.
If I was an ‘app’ builder (and as much as part of me knows that would give me massive street cred. with my children, the other part is very relieved I’m not!) I would tell all the children that by joining Scouts at 1st Mosterton Scout Group – this is what you will feel and experience and learn:
Laughter, fear, bravery, awe, tiredness, reflection, curiosity, fright, confidence, concentration, camaraderie, independence, socialising, apprehension, close and long-lasting friendships, courage, tenacity, perseverance, enchantment, accomplishment, love, pride and empathy. Oh – and more laughter –much, much more laughter!
So as much as plate-spinning, light aircraft flying (really!) kayaking, cooking on an open fire, archery, bouldering, tightrope walking and hosting a local radio show won’t help a child pass the next level on a computer game, we can help equip a child with the other important life skills like those above.
We can help them get the most out of the world around them and have the belief in themselves so that they are happy children growing into happy young adults.
That’s what Scouting is all about and I am very proud to be part of such an amazing team of volunteer leaders and supporters at 1st Mosterton Scout Group who give their time freely to teach the children these skills.

We meet every Monday normally and are open to both boys and girls in three different sections:

Beavers: aged 5 ¾ to 8 years inclusive – normally meet 4.45pm to 6.00pm.
Please call Gill on 01308 868419

Cubs: aged 8 to 10 ½ years inclusive – normally meet 6.00pm to 7.30pm.
Please email Cathy on

Scouts: aged 10 ½ to 14 years old inclusive – normally meet 7.30pm to 9.00pm.
Please email Chris at

In these current times, we need fresh air, friends and fun – come and join us in 1st Mosterton for all these!

Susanna Newall, Group Scout Leader. 1st Mosterton Scout Group.


The Festival Of The Future 13th – 15th October 2020

Dorset Council’s Festival of the Future is mostly aimed at people who live and work in Dorset. It will run over 3 days in October and each day will have a theme:

Each Festival of the Future session will last around 45 minutes and most sessions will be hosted through MS Teams. (You can up for Microsoft Teams HERE.  It’s free.)

There will be the following virtual environments:

You are invited to think Bestival or Glastonbury, but with more tea, future-gazing and LinkedIn profiles. Singing on stage is optional. Enjoy!


Dorset Young Farmers

Dorset YFC is part of The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC). This is one of the largest rural youth organisations in the UK.  Established in 1921 NFYFC heads a nationwide body of 662 Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFCs) throughout England and Wales dedicated to supporting young people with an interest in agriculture and the countryside.
Their HQ is based at the Stinsford Business Centre in Kingston Maurward near Dorchester and they are a Registered Charity No: 301209.

Local Clubs are:

  • Beaminster Young Farmers – a thriving club for any young person aged between 10-26yrs. They currently have 37 members including, Farmers, Carpenters, Engineers, and people attending School and University.  They do a great deal of fundraising are earlier in the year presented a cheque to Fortuneswell Cancer Trust in the sum of £500.00.
    *They usually meet on alternate Tuesday nights at The Red Lion, 7.30pm – 9pm.
    Contact: Club & County Chairman Matt Frampton HERE
    (County Organiser Tracy Hounsome is currently dealing with all correspondence and Zoom meetings while Matt bravely continues his battle with cancer).
  • Marshwood Vale Young Farmers is another thriving club always usually active. with over 40 members, their club age also ranges from 10-26 years. Every year they raise great amounts of money to a charity which they choose every year. A popular fundraiser is their annual Winter Ball.
    *They usually meet every 1st Tuesday of the month at Broadoak Village Hall for 7:45pm.
    Contact: Club Chairman Tom Turner on 07824 447678, Club Secretary Lindsey Johnson on 07741 470474 or Club Secretary Hannah Bowditch on 07840 984637. Alternatively please

*Meetings cancelled due to Covid-19, Government Guidelines and Regulations.  Zoom meetings are taking place! The NFYFC has produced a full guidance document on what YFCs need to do for organising activities and meetings. NFYFC has made further updates to these Covid-Secure guidelines, which have been prepared with the support of the National Youth Agency. For more information, click HERE.

Orchid: Fighting Male CancerAlthough the Quiz is now over, you can still donate to Orchid Cancer through JustGiving HERE as the clubs continue to show their support to their Chairman. Orchid Cancer fund research, awareness and support to save men’s lives from all types of male cancer.

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Draw A Pumpkin for Your Window in Half Term Holiday

The following idea is becoming increasing popular through the social media platform Facebook – there is no indication of who first posted the idea but perhaps they had inspiration from Rev. Jo with her Advent Window Trail.

Monday 26th – Friday 30th October 2020 is scheduled to be Half Term Holiday week with Hallowe’en on the Saturday.  With Covid-19, Government restrictions and common sense – Trick or Treating is not an activity to do this year.

Draw a Pumpkin!

Draw a pumpkin for Hallowe'enThere appears to be a lot of enthusiasm generated already – let’s have our parishioners, young and old join in and put a Pumpkin drawing in your window this October.  A reminder will be published a few days before 🙂



Take Part In An Advent Window Trail This Christmas

Our lovely Rev. Jo has had the most lovely, community spirited idea and needs your participation for the project to be a success. Here are her words:

Something I had been thinking about for Christmas was a community activity that wouldn’t be Covid 19 sensitive. It is unlikely, I think, that we will be singing carols in the pub this year for example and our community carol services in church would need to be different too. I wondered about an Advent Trail around the village with different window displays every evening in Advent.

If you have a little search around the internet you will find many different Advent calendar ideas from beach huts in Brighton to windows around villages in Nottinghamshire and everything in between. Perhaps if we choose a theme, maybe Christmas carols, make a list of 24 and then families volunteered to decorate a window according to the theme. Then every evening in Advent, perhaps as early as 4pm, the new window was lit up so we could come and look on our evening strolls.

You would need a window visible from the street, as we don’t want to encourage people to walk up drives, but I think we probably have lots of visible windows in Broadwindsor and Drimpton. The final window, 24, probably should be at the church.  I’m happy to coordinate the idea but need a bit of local interest to make it succeed. If you think you would like to be part of an Advent Window Trail this December in either Broadwindsor or Drimpton then send me an email to and we can get planning.”

Rev Jo Neary
Pioneer Priest
Beaminster Area Team
01308 867816


Broadwindsor Fun Group Seek Officers

Broadwindsor Fun Group are holding an Extraordinary General Meeting on Thursday, October 1st 2020 at 7pm in the Comrades Hall. This is an Open meeting and interested parties from Broadwindsor and Hursey are invited to attend.

However, due to Government Covid-19 restrictions and social distancing, there will be a limit of 30 attendees.
Current members who are couples have been respectfully requested to send only one to represent them allowing space for others to attend.  On this occasion, anyone wishing to go along MUST register their interest to so that numbers can be monitored.
For those unable to, who have constructive comments and/or ideas are asked to please submit them to the Fun Group email so they can be addressed at the meeting.

The Broadwindsor Fun Group formed last year following the dissolution of what was known in the village as the Jubilee Group, to continue the annual Fun Day with its Scarecrow competition in June each year and hold fun, fundraising events throughout the year to make it all happen.  Although the entertainment and events for 2020 were all in place  – everything had to be cancelled.

Saturday, June 12th 2021 is the date planned for Broadwindsor Fun Day next year.

At the meeting on October 1st, the positions of Chairman and Vice-chairman are to be elected, who’s first duties will involve discussion and agreement to form a Constitution describing the Group’s purpose and to define the duties and responsibilities of the elected officers and members in a clear and concise manner. The template for next year’s events are in place and the accounts have been audited.

All annual events require planning, active support and participation to make it a success – Broadwindsor Fun Group is counting on you! Please contact:



2020 Skate And Ride Opens Saturday, August 1st at Gore Cross

They officially open next Saturday but the premises is open today from 12 noon – 5pm for viewings.
There will be selected people testing the place throughout the afternoon & others (including co-owner Rob Ridge) doing more finishing off work. Next weekend they’ll open at 10am. Their August timetable is:

  • Monday – Closed all day.
  • Tuesday – 9am – 12noon (Under 12’s) & 5pm – 9pm
  • Wednesday – 5pm – 9pm
  • Thursday – 5pm – 9pm
  • Friday – 3pm – 9pm
  • Saturday – 11am – 7pm
  • Sunday – 11am – 6pm

Mondays and other closed times may be used for private hire but this will be subject to staffing.
There are numbered zones on the ramps which will help with social distancing and make users feel safe. Rob said: “If we get busy or we have youngsters we can say, ‘stay in that zone’ and people can keep in their zones, not just because of the virus, but if they are learning, hopefully it will stop a collision or two.

Don’t want to take part but watch?
Skate And Ride - viewngThen relax on one of their comfortable stools in the viewing gallery.

Rob Ridge and Dom Brown, known for The Trick Factory indoor skate park which closed in St Michael’s, Bridport in 2016 got the thumbs up from Dorset Council to change the use of unit 2A from a general industrial unit, to a skate park, with support by Bradpole parish council.  They and their team would like to thank all those who donated to the facility’s Crowdfunder and all the local businesses that donated money or equipment.
They are still seeking volunteers to supervise and businesses to advertise at the skate park.  Keep up to date and communicate with them through their Facebook page HERE.
Photo credit: Steve Guthrie.

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