National Allotments Week 2020 10th – 16th August

With lovely sunshine forecast, the theme for 2020’s National Allotments Week is Growing Food for Health and Well-being, a reflection of the many benefits of growing, cooking and eating your own fruit and vegetables.

Broadwidsor Allotments Cow on hill.
Broadwindsor Allotments 2020. Photo credit: Irish Macc

National Allotments Week started in 2002 as a way of raising awareness of allotments and the role they play in helping people to live healthier lifestyles, grow their own food, develop friendships and bolster communities. The campaign week is still thriving 18 years later and interest in growing your own fruit and vegetables has never been stronger since the WW2 Grow for Victory campaign.
They ran a competition last month asking for ‘My Allotment Story‘ from entrants in the form of videos and storyboards, the winner will be announced on August 10th.

Local Employment: School Minibus Drivers in Dorset

The charity ECT are currently recruiting School Minibus Drivers to join their team in Dorset (DCT) – ready to start in September 2020.
Part-time, split-shift, term-time vacancies as well as casual or relief shifts are available.

No previous experience is required and comprehensive training will be provided.

Drivers are trained to the nationally-recognised and accredited MiDAS (Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme) standard, which is administered by the Community Transport Association.

  • If you are interested, please check their Application Guide for Minibus Drivers HERE (the pdf file will download to your computer) for more detail on the position, including the kind of candidates they are looking for.
    Applicants should have D1 on their licence or PSV driving entitlement.
  • Please then download the Application Form for Minibus Driver HERE.
    If you are unable to download the forms, then telephone: 01258 287986.
  • Complete the form and email to: or snailmail to:
    Dorset Community Transport,
    25E Sunrise Business Park,
    Higher Shaftesbury Road,
    Blandford Forum,
    Dorset DT11 8ST.

Dorset Community Transport (also known as DCT) was launched in 2011 and has a fleet of approximately 50 vehicles, over half of which are wheelchair accessible.
DCT operate across the entire county, with their offices based in Blandford Forum.

ECT CharityECT Charity aims to provide safe, accessible and affordable community transport to people unable to use mainstream transport due to mobility or other difficulties, or because ordinary public transport is unavailable in their area.
ECT also provided accessible community transport solutions to one-off events such as the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as Prince Harry’s Invictus Games 2014, and the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships.
ECT Charity started as Ealing Community Transport in 1979.

#Broadwindsor #LocalEmployment #MinibusDriver #DCT #ECT #Dorset #JobOpportunity #Work  #SocialDistancing #StaySafe



Units At Redlands Yard

There will be news on the restaurant at Redlands Yard very soon – but here’s a look at the other units at Redlands Yard with what they’ve got and when they’re open.

  • THE WOBBLY COTTAGEThe Wobbly Cottage
    🙂 Tuesday – Friday 10am – 2.30pm and Saturday 10am – 1.30pm.
    Rich & Dani: “Having been open all the way through Lockdown and adjusting accordingly we are getting back to normal a bit more and generally have stock to sell from the counter with an ever changing selection of bread and baked goodies. Beewraps are back in stock and we are also back to making small batches of preserves. We can take orders to secure loaves etc.. and are still offering a delivery service to those that can’t get to us although we are asking that anyone that can come up to the bakery please do so.” flowers at The Wobbly Cottage
    On Fridays – they are also taking delivery of fresh flowers from Beaminster’s Lovette Farm.
    Contact Rich and Dani: 01308 867 748
    Message them through their Facebook page HERE.


  • Earth DesignEARTH DESIGN
    🙂 Tuesday – Sunday, 10.30am – 4pm (Updated).
    Lisa and Paula will update their Facebook page when they get back to normal hours, hopefully in the next couple of weeks.
    We have sanitizer at the door for everyone to use. Masks must be worn. We have a One way system and social distancing markings on the floor. A limit of how many customers are in the shop at the same time. A safety screen around the till area. All safety measures are working well and it’s been lovely seeing our customers again.”
    Contact 01308 868911
    Lisa & Paula through their Facebook page HERE.


  • Dimensions Hair StudioDIMENSIONS HAIR STUDIO
    Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 3pm & Late night – 7pm on Thursdays.
    Saturday, 9am – 2pm.
    and her team have been exceptionally busy since lockdown restrictions have been lifted.  They continue to cheerfully transform heads and share the ‘befores’ and ‘afters’ on their Facebook page HERE.
    Contact: 01308 867711
    Message Steph through Facebook, click HERE.


  • The Painted NailTHE PAINTED NAIL
    Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm & Late nights – 9pm on Tuesdays & Wednesdays
    Saturday 10am – 5pm

    Toni and her team are merrily flattering the fingertips and fluttering the eyelashes of many ladies since Lockdown restrictions have been eased.
    Contact: Book an appointment through their website HERE.
    Message Toni through their Facebook page HERE.
    Telephone: 07378 818 676


  • Beccas's Fabric LarderBECCA’S FABRIC LARDER
    Open 🙂 Wednesday & Thursdays 11am -4pm
    Saturdays 11am – 3pm
    Offering an incredible array of fabrics under one roof. Other days closed or reduced hours.
    Contact: 07486 062 343


  • The Painted PoochTHE PAINTED POOCH
    is bathing and blow drying a variety of your beloved four legged friends. 
    As well as bathing, cutting nails and general pampering, they also offer a microchipping and scanning service.
    Contact: 07539 551993
    through their Facebook page HERE.
    Book an appointment for your dog HERE.


    Open 🙂 Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 4pm
    Selling a range of original works handmade by a group of 20 or so dedicated local artists.
    A relieved Clare Colby commented “...nearly six weeks now of re-opened doors … good to see so many peeps visiting and returning ..“.
    their new online shop HERE.
    Contact: In the first instance, please email:
    Their website and Facebook page are being developed by a marketing company and we can expect lots more news and photographs next month.

Spread the love!We wish you all well!


#Broadwindsor #RedlandsYard #SocialDistancing #TheWobblyCottage #ThePaintedNail #EarthDesign #DimensionsHairStudio #BeccasFabricLarder #ThePaintedPooch #GalleryOfMakers #Creative #Beauty #Bread #Sourdough #Gifts #Art #SurvivingLockdown #WearAMask #BeKind #StaySafe


PT Upstairs At Horn Quarry Business Park

A new fitness studio is opening at Horn Quarry Business Park, en route to Beaminster offering personal training and fitness classes.

Vicki Stanners has lived in Beaminster for 10 years and has been working as a fitness instructor for the last 3 years.  Vicki is planning to open her business on Monday, 3rd August at Unit 12 in the Business Park.  The other instructors, Dee, Liz, Ally and Drummond all live in and around the area. Between them, they are offering:

  • Hatha Flow Yoga & Yin Yoga – Monday mornings with Dee
  • HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) & Spin – Monday evenings with Vicki
  • Spin & Pilates – Wednesday mornings with Liz
  • Hatha Yoga – Wednesday afternoons with Dee
  • Boxercise and Fitness Yoga – on Thursday evenings with Vicki
  • Barre Fitness – Friday mornings with Ally
  • Step & Ladies Weight lifting – Friday evenings with Vicki
  • There are Dance workshops timetabled in on Saturday mornings with Drummond  for the young:
    9am – 10am for 6 – 11yrs and 10.30am – 11.30am for 12 – 16 yrs.
  • Starting in September, Ally will also be offering a session of Acro Dance for children 5 – 12 yrs on Tuesdays at 4.30pm.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, only 10 participants per class. All classes must be booked in advance.

Inbetween classes, they also offer Personal Training 1 -1,  2 – 1 or small group Training (3-5) together with online coaching and nutrition advice.  Classes start from £6 and Personal Training from £20.

Message PT Upstairs through their Facebook page HERE.
Telephone: 07446 917298

Rest assured when PT Upstairs opens the doors they will be working very hard to make sure all government guidelines are adhered too.

• There will be hand sanitiser and hand washing facilities available before, during and after your workout.
• Class numbers have been reduced to ensure social distancing, classes must be booked and will work on a first come first served basis.
• Everyone attending classes and PT sessions must bring their own towels and water bottles.
• There will be 15 minutes between each class and PT session to make sure all equipment it thoroughly cleaned.

I am very much looking forward to welcoming you all to the studio and meeting you all in the next few weeks.” – Vicki Stanners.

#Broadwindsor #Beaminster #Dorset #PersonalTraining #PTUpstairs #Yoga #Spin #HIIT #NewBusiness #SocialDistancing #StaySafe

Buy Your Handmade Facemasks Locally

Handmade By LeoniWearing a face covering will become mandatory in all shops and supermarkets in England from 24 July 2020.  Shop workers, however are excluded.
Those who fail to wear a mask will face a fine of up to £100. This will be reduced to £50 if people pay within 14 days. The rules will be enforced by the police and not the shop workers.
There are several people who live in the village making face coverings at home, some as a business and others with their proceeds, or a percentage of, going to a charitable organisation.

  • There is Leoni Rawle at Redlands Lane, who is offering a wide range of 100% cotton fabrics with over 70 different designs to choose from. The photograph shows Toni Rodway from The Painted Nail wearing one of Leoni’s facemasks (with sausage dogs on it!).
    There is a sleeve/pocket in the lining for optional addition of filters.
    There is also a small metal strip to fit the contour of the face for a more comfortable fit and prevents glasses from steaming up.
    Handmade By LeoniMade to order, machine washable, the choice of sizes are: Child, Teenager, Small Adult & Adult.
    They are £5 each with a discount for orders of 10 or more.
    If unable to collect, Leoni offers First Class postage at £1 for one, £1.30 for two or more.
    Message Leoni on Facebook HERE or on her mobile: 07724 612174.
  • There is Jacqui Sewell who has been selling and continues to sell masks at the Post Office on Tuesday and Friday mornings. Masks made by Robin Loudon are £2 each with proceeds to the Post Office Group & Jacqui’s pleated Masks at £2.50 each with 50p each proceeds going to The Post Office Group.
    If you’re unable to get to the Post Office, contact Jacqui through her Facebook page HERE or by email:
  • There is Linzi, who operates her Handmade By Linzi business mainly through Facebook.  A selection of her many fabrics are shown below. Linzi offers cotton face coverings,  again, handmade to order£3 each plus p&p £1.40.  They measure approx 22cm x 12cm (Adults) with Teen and Child sizes available too.
    You can message Linzi through her Facebook page HERE or by email:

Handmade By Linzi

  • There is Lynne Staff  who has been making masks to order for those in need and supplying some to our Community Store for which a donation is requested. You can contact Lynne on 01308 8868584.
  • There is Sheila Deane from Fullers who has been doing an absolutely marvellous job making masks for the NHS and supplying the over 60’s and infirm throughout the village for no remuneration whatsoever.  Well done Sheila!
  • Broadwindsor Community Store will be selling 3-ply masks from Friday, 24th at £1.50.  Shop manager, Kevin Madder-Smith has said that anyone going to the shop without a mask will not be allowed entry but staff can serve them from the door.

#Broadwindsor #ShopLocal #Handmade #Facemasks #Covid-19 #StaySafe #Community #SocialDistancing

Post Office Returns to Twice Weekly Service – Volunteers Needed

Post OfficeWith the restrictions on Covid-19 eased from 4th July, the Post Office Outreach services at The Comrades Hall will now operate on Tuesday mornings, from 10am as well as Friday mornings from next week.
There is hand sanitiser in the lobby when entering the Hall & due to the Track & Trace requirement there is a book for you to write in your name, post code & contact number.
Although no teas and coffees are being served, a volunteer for each session is required to ensure Social Distancing guidelines are in place and maintained.
This job has been done over the last few months by Jacqui Sewell with the help of village resident, Martin Burt and his wife Becky, who is now returning to work.  We thank them for the time they committed and now call out for others to please fill their shoes!
If you are available for 2 hours on a Tuesday or Friday morning, please contact Jacqui Sewell on: 01308 867145 or email:

#Broadwindsor #StaySafe #Covid-19 #SocialDistancing #PostOffice #Volunteers

Churches Open With Services This Weekend

Rev David Having been forced to close in the wake of the Covid-19 lockdown back in March, The Government’s Guidance now says gatherings of more than 30 people will be allowed for acts of communal worship in churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and meeting rooms in England. However, no more than 30 people will be allowed to attend weddings, funerals and other “life cycle events” such as bar mitzvahs or baptisms.
In his Rector’s update, Rev David stated: “I am very much using this Sunday as a test to look at how we can maintain the safety of those returning to worship, which is a central feature of the guidelines by maintaining a strict two metre spacing between seating. As you can imagine, in some of our smaller churches this reduces the capacity significantly and may make worship non-viable for the time being. I have asked four churches to work with Jo and me – a mix of large, medium, and smaller buildings – to see how this works out. There will be services this Sunday as follows:

08:00 BCP Eucharist
09:30 CW Eucharist
11:00 – 12:00 Open for private prayer

11:00 BCP Eucharist

Stoke Abbott
09:30 BCP Eucharist

11:00 Morning Worship

There will be limited numbers of seats available,  especially in the smaller churches, but I would think there will be seats available at 8:00am in Beaminster.

I will be continuing to work with church wardens and key people over the next few days to assess which churches may be able to hold services next week and beyond. This will also be based on what staffing I have available to me, which in reality for July and August, will be three or four at very best.
I am now receiving requests for booked weddings to begin taking place and I again will be working closely with you all to see how this can be facilitated. I have also been asked to hold a funeral service in Beaminster in two weeks’ time and I am grateful to Simon Wakely for his full cooperation at this early stage in looking at how he and his team can support the required stewarding and clean down guidelines that will have to be followed.
I know that this is a testing and nervy time for us all but again, I thank you all for your help and support in what are challenges for us all.


Please click HERE where it explains the various safety rules which are in place for those visiting the churches.

#Broadwindsor #Beaminster #Mosterton #StokeAbbott #Dorset #Community #Church #Prayer #Worship


Check-in to All Palmers’ Pubs

Palmers AlesSupporting the NHS Test and Trace team respond to any local Coronavirus outbreaks, Government guidelines require drinkers to leave their contact details.  Palmers have updated their website so customers – including The White Lion in Broadwindsor – can either enter their details online or ‘check in’ by scanning a QR code at the door.
The form asks for:

  • Your first and last name.
  • Your email address.
  • Your ‘phone number.
  • Which pub you are going to.

Details will only be stored for 21 days and will be accessed if they are requested by the ‘NHS ‘Test and Trace‘ team.

It takes less than a minute to fill out and personal details will not be used for marketing purposes.
Complete their Test and Trace HERE.

QR Barcode A QR code is similar to a barcode, as shown in the photo.  you can get a Q Reader app in the App Store for iPhones or at GooglePlay for Android devices.

#Broadwindsor #StaySafe #SocialDistancing #NHS #PalmersBrewery #TheWhiteLion

White Lion Reopens Sat 4th – Please Read The Rules

White Lion Reopening 4 JulyVikki posted up on Facebook today:
Please read all of this post carefully, it contains important information…..
We will be open on Saturday 4th from 3pm – 10pm, Sunday 5th from 12pm – 5pm. New temporary hours to commence from Monday 6th (please see accompanying picture)…
BUT there are rules we all have to follow, these rules are based on government guidelines, social distancing and the limited space we have available, to keep you and us safe.
These rules are not up for discussion, debate or argument, without them we will be unable to open.
Social distancing of AT LEAST 1 meter must be observed at all times, you MUST BOOK your table and time slot (see picture).
Maximum of 4 people per table, maximum of 2 different households per table (1 household means who you permanently live with).
You must stay at your allotted table (not stand around nattering!).
One person to approach the designated area at the bar to order at a time, please wait in your seat until area is available.
Please use hand sanitisers provided and have consideration for us and other customers.
If I have come across as harsh, then I apologise, but we must all do our bit to control this virus, it hasn’t gone away, it is still very serious shit! Oops! xxx

#StaySafe #SocialDistancing #Broadwindsor #Community #Covid-19 #SupportYourLocal #TheWhiteLion #Cheers


Assistance for Dairy Farmers

Photo by Emma HouseThe Dairy Response Fund 2020 is to provide support to eligible dairy farmers in England who produce cows’ milk. They can apply for a one-off payment. It opened on 19th June for those eligible to apply for up to £10,000 of financial support following the coronavirus outbreak.
To be eligible for support from the fund, farmers in England need to demonstrate that they have suffered a reduction in the average price paid for their milk of 25% or more in April 2020 when compared with February 2020.
Qualifying farmers are entitled to up to £10,000 each to cover 70% of their losses across April and May incurred as a result of a drop in price, following a reduced demand for milk with the closure of restaurants, bars, and cafes in recent months.
This financial support is to help farmers maintain production capacity and sustain their business without impacts on animal welfare.
Farmers will be able to apply for a single payment from the fund, which will be paid out from 6th July. Applications can be submitted directly to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA).

The deadline for applications  is 14th August.

For more Government Guidance and Regulation re: Dairy and Milk Production – Click HERE.

#Broadwindsor #StaySafe #SocialDistancing #Dairy #Farming #Covid-19  #Moo