The Broad Palate – Dec ’23

Two of our family favourites – also great for dinner guests. Wishing you health and happiness for the festive season. 🎄 x” – Ann Shaw

Salmon in Filo (serves 4)

Great with new potatoes and green beans or tender stem broccoli. Serve with tartare sauce (or a bowl of shop-bought sour cream and chive dip!). For a vegetarian version, use mounds of cooled, roasted vegetables (without too much moisture) instead of the fish.

  • 4 sheets filo pastry
  • 125g/4.5 oz butter, melted
  • 4 skinless, boneless salmon fillets
  • 250g/8 oz plain/garlic & herb cream cheese
  • 4 handfuls watercress, coarsely chopped + 4 sprigs to garnish
  • Sesame seeds (optional)
  • Salt and pepper


Heat oven to 190°C/170°C fan/Gas 5.
Lay a sheet of filo on your board, brush with butter and fold so that the two short sides meet. Brush with butter.
On a short side, place a salmon fillet around 1.5 ins from the edge and season. Add a quarter of the cream cheese along the top of the fillet, then watercress to taste.
Roll up carefully, buttering and folding in the sides as you go, making a parcel. Repeat with the other 3 fillets. Place on a buttered baking tray, ensuring that the salmon is on the bottom. Brush parcels with butter, sprinkle with sesame seeds if using, and bake for around 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Garnish with saved watercress.

Easy Chocolate Mousse (makes 6)

My version of a cracking Delia recipe from the 1960s. Use 200g dark chocolate if you prefer. I add coffee powder to bring out the taste of the chocolate – it won’t add any coffee flavour.
Ring the changes by adding the zest of a large orange, or a crushed-up chocolate honeycomb bar, or a couple of tablespoons of your favourite liqueur. Can be made a day ahead.

  • 100g/3.5 oz dark chocolate (min 75% solids)
  • 100g/3.5 oz good quality milk chocolate
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 120ml/4fl. oz warm water with 1 heaped tsp instant espresso /coffee powder*
  • 40g/1.5 oz caster sugar
  • (*if using liqueur, use 30ml, and reduce coffee + water to 90ml)
  • Raspberries and double cream to serve (optional)


Place chocolate and coffee water (+ liqueur if using) in a heatproof bowl, melt gently over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir occasionally until the chocolate has melted.
Allow to cool until tepid then add egg yolks and quickly stir until smooth and shiny.
Whisk egg whites to soft peaks with a pinch of salt to stabilise, then gradually add the sugar and whisk until glossy.
Using a large metal spoon, mix a dollop of egg white into the chocolate mixture to loosen it up, then add the rest of the egg white, gently folding and cutting, until there are no more visible clumps of egg white.
Spoon into ramekins or dessert glasses and refrigerate for 5-6 hours.
Serve with cream and raspberries if liked.

Many thanks to Ann 🙂

Bon Appetit!

Nov ’23Squash & Sausage Pasta / Pear & Apple Sponge

To revisit the Bishops’ Kitchen recipes provided by Richard Childs – please click HERE 🙂

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The End Of Mow-Vember…

The campaign Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide. You can donate HERE.

At last Friday’s Open Mic night in the White Lion, resident poet, Peter Roe recited his poem ‘Folliculaphillia‘ to much merriment and mirth…


Last year in Mow-Vember my partner for a joke…
Said grow a moustache like that Wolverine bloke
I said to my girl “my dear won’t that tickle ya?”
She said “I don’t mind, I have Folliculaphillia…”

Folliculaphillia… if you should care
It means she’s a woman and she likes facial hair
But a Wolverines ‘tache can’t be grown in just one day
So I tried different styles as it grew on the way

I tried a Chaplin, a Chevron and a Painter’s Brush
A Kaiser, a Dali, a Lampshade and a Walrus
A Fu Manchu, Frank Zappa and Asterix The Gaul
An Albert Einstein, a Hugo… I tried them all

In films, cartoons and games ‘taches steal the show
Captain Haddock, Captain Hook, Luigi and Mario
For some men though proper lip rugs are a mystery
Because they are suffering from mustachular dystrophy

But the Wolverines sideburns, these bits on the side…
Wouldn’t grow on my cheeks, believe me I tried…
and I think it’s too late for these muscles to grow…
and just look at my fingers my nails hardly show!

So a cautionary tale to all of you folks out there…
you can’t become The Wolverine by just growing facial hair
And the reason for this… I think that I found…
Is that Man Makes Moustache not the other way round!

Peter Roe

Well done to all those who grew moustaches this month!
(And for those who don’t know him… Hugo’s moustache is all year round 🙂 )

Movember first started in Melbourne, Australia in 2003 when two friends (Travis Garone and Luke Slattery) talked 30 of  their friends into growing a ‘Mo’ (moustache). They had been inspired by a friend’s mother who was fundraising for breast cancer, they decided to make the campaign about men’s health and prostate cancer and then including men’s mental health and suicide prevention.

Since 2003, Movember has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world, challenging the status quo, shaking up men’s health research and transforming the way health services reach and support men. You can donate HERE.

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Broadwindsor Coffee Club News

The new service times for Broadwindsor Post Office are:

  • Mondays 12.15 – 1.15pm &
  • Thursdays 9.15 – 10.45am

The P.O. mobile van is here for a shorter time than we have been used to and every effort is being made for the the new Post Office change to run smoothly. Please, during this transition period, patience and cooperation is required at times but customers can be assured that no one has to wait outside in the wet/cold… Seating and warmth is available  in the Comrades Hall Foyer, with you looking after your turn. This will also help with establishing a queuing system at very busy times.
To coincide with the new hours, you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy fresh coffee or tea and the chance for a chat in in the warmth of the Servery inside Comrades Hall on:

  • Mondays from 11.00am to 1.30pm &
  • Thursdays from 9.00 am to 11.00am

A date for your diary: Monday, December 18th  – there will be mulled wine, sausage rolls, mince pies, etc. to celebrate the Christmas season along with a raffle for a hamper.  The Comrades Hall 100 Club December draw will also be held that morning.

More Volunteers are needed to keep this social aspect around the PO visit going by manning a coffee pot and chatting for an hour or two!  Please come along and offer your help 🙂

Do come along and support the Coffee Club and Post Office, this is a valuable service we need to maintain for the benefit of the village.

Thank you 🙂

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LiveWell Dorset – Fri. 24th At Drimpton Village Hall

Sara from LiveWell Dorset will be at Drimpton Village Hall tomorrow, Friday 24th November between 9.00am and 11.00am alongside FareShare (9.30am – 10.30am). Do call in, everyone is welcome.
LiveWell Dorset is a health improvement service provided by Public Health Dorset. Their mission is to help people living in Dorset lead healthier, happier lives. Their coaching, support and advice is absolutely free and part of your council’s commitment to improving public health.
The service provides free health and wellbeing support to anyone over 18 who lives in Dorset to lead healthier lives by
  • Quitting smoking,
  • Managing their weight,
  • Moving more
  • Drinking less alcohol.

This is achieved by combining traditional health lifestyle services with evidenced based behaviour change interventions in a number of ways including:

  • Healthy lifestyle assessment and advice.
  • 1:1 LiveWell Coaching over the telephone.
  • Connecting people with local opportunities such as weight loss services, stop smoking services and physical activity groups.
  • Helping health professionals to support people to take the next step to improving their health, through delivering behaviour change skills training.

Light refreshments will be available. All are welcome 🙂

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Beaujolais Nouveau Evening – Thursday, 16th November

Pour Decisions has become a regular evening spot for some as they are open until 6pm on Fridays and 7pm on Saturdays. Broadwindsor’s secret deli in Redlands Yard is becoming increasingly popular 🙂

They are hosting their first tasting evening celebrating Beaujolais Nouveau on Thursday, 16th November.
Taste Beaujolais Nouveau, plus 4 other reds ahead of the Christmas season. A glass of your favourite is included in the price of £10.00. A small menu of saucisson, cheese and bread will be available too. You’ll also be first in line to place any Christmas pre-orders!

Get your tickets in store or online HERE.

Gift vouchers
are now available – hand cut and printed by them, and available for any amount big or small. A lovely gift and way to support a small local business too!


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BSO Trio Sunday Serenade – 19th November

As part of an Artsreach funded project, a trio of musicians from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) will perform from 2.30pm on Sunday, 19th November.

A Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra trio of flute, cello and harp will serenade you in a programme of music through the ages, from Bach and Bizet to Ibert and Joni Mitchell, with pieces especially arranged for this unique and beautiful line up.

This special afternoon recital is presented from the stage by the musicians, in an intimate and relaxed setting.  Refreshments Available (cash only).

Running time: 1hr 40mins + interval


Schubert – Staendchen (serenade)
Bach – Suite in D – Gavotte I & 11, Air, Bouree, Gigue
Bizet – Carmen Suite Toreador’s Song, Habanera and Gypsy Song
Brahms – Hungarian Dance no.5
Mozart – Divertimento no.12 in E flat major K252
Grieg – Peer Gynt Suite Morning 3’33 Anitra’s Dance 3’20
Coleridge-Taylor – Demande et Reponse from Petite Suite de Concert (Cello, Harp, Flute)
Elgar – Chanson de Nuit
Ibert – Entr’acte (Harp & Flute)
Mitchell – Both Sides Now

Tickets in advance:

  • £12 adult
  • £5 Under 18s
  • £30 Family of 4 (2 adults + 2 Under 18s)

Available from Margaret Wing – tel. 07796 454203 or email
Alternatively, you can purchase online HERE  (a booking fee applies).

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Bell Rehearsal Today

It may be Friday, 13th but the joyous peals from the bells of St. John the Baptist church in Broadwindsor can be heard this evening as the bell ringers practice for a village wedding ceremony happening tomorrow afternoon 🙂

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CAB At FareShare This Week

The Citizen’s Advice Bureau will have an Outreach individual at this Friday’s (13th October) FareShare at Drimpton Village Hall. If you have any queries or need advice – please take advantage of this service 🙂

The FareShare Larder is a community larder run by volunteers for the benefit of their local community. They are  located in the car park at: Drimpton Village Hall between 9.30am – 10.30am every Friday. Click HERE for more info.



FMR Trust Award 2 Grants To Village Groups

Following last night’s Parish Council meeting at Blackdown, The FMR Trust awarded two grants – to West Dorset Rangers to support the cost of a visit to the Houses of Parliament and to Broadwindsor School to help with funds needed to replace their swings. 🙂
(You can donate to the school through their JustGiving Page HERE.)
The FMR Trust provides grants to groups and organisations within Broadwindsor, Drimpton and Blackdown for sporting and active recreational projects. Find out more HERE. If you have a project idea, please do get in touch:
Trustees next meet on 8th January 2024.

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Broadwindsor Group Parish Council Meeting – Monday, 9th October

Next Monday’s meeting of Broadwindsor Group Parish Council will be held at BlackdownVillage Hall at 7.30pm.  All are invited to attend.

The full agenda may be viewed HERE which includes…

Item 5: Public Participation
Residents are invited to give their views and ask questions of the Parish Council on issues on this Agenda.
a. Report from Councillor Christopher, Dorset Council
b. Report from Dorset Police

Item 8: Planning Applications

a. Applications Received and Circulated for Consultation
P/FUL/2023/03535, Lower Sandpit Farm, Hardys Lane, Drimpton, DT8 3RS
P/FUL/2023/04553, Seaborough Manor Farm, Seaborough, DT8 3QY
P/LBC/2023/04554, Seaborough Manor Farm, Seaborough, DT8 3QY
P/TRC/2023/05457, Telephone Exchange, The Old Bakery, Broadwindsor, DT8 3RU
P/FUL/2023/05316, Holly Cottage, Access Road to Hillside Farm, Seaborough, DT8 3QY
The Old George, The Square, Broadwindsor, DT8 3QD (Application for a Premises Licence)
b. Other Applications
c. Results
P/TRC/2023/04519, Little Hayes, High Street, Broadwindsor, DT8 3QP: (Tree Works) No Objection
P/PABA2/2023/05207, Knapp Farm, Specket Lane, Broadwindsor, DT8 3LD: Prior Approval Granted
P/LBC/2023/04169, Coronation House, Main Street Through Hursey, DT8 3LN: Granted
P/CLE/2023/04027, Carmoor Farm, Hollis Hill, Broadwindsor, DT8 3QS: (Lawful Development
Certificate) Granted
P/FUL/2023/02425, The Magdalen Project, Magdalen Farm, Maudlin Lane, Winsham, TA20 4PA:
P/FUL/2023/03774, North Dibberford Farm, Beaminster, DT8 3HD: Granted
P/FUL/2023/00747, Bridge Farm, Chard Road, Drimpton, DT8 3RF: Withdrawn
d. Neighbourhood Plan Update
e. Listed Buildings and Solar Panels

Item 13: Highways
a. Feedback from Visit from Dorset Council Highways
b. Update on Issues Reported to Dorset Council Highways
c. Storage and Maintenance of Parish Council Mower
d. Fingerpost Restoration Programme
e. Broadwindsor Tree Concerns Update
f. Drimpton CCTV
g. Speed Indicator Device Update
h. Dog Fouling Update

Item 14: Events
a. Fireworks Display
b. Armistice Day Memorial Event

Item 15: Post Office Outreach Service, Comrades Hall

Item 19: Public Participation
Residents are invited to give their views and ask questions of the Parish Council on any outstanding
issues on this Agenda or raise issues for future consideration.

Item 21: FMR Trust
a. To receive the Finance Report (Balance £3,126.62 as of 30 September 2023)
b. To approve payment of £335.25 for Broadwindsor Group Parish Council (Trust Administration)
c. To consider grant payment of £200.00 for Broadwindsor Rangers (Visit to Houses of Parliament)

The full agenda may be downloaded HERE .

The press and public are invited to attend. Under the Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014, members of the public may now film, photograph and make audio recordings of the proceedings of the formal Council meeting, though not, under current legislation, of the Public Participation session, as this is not part of the formal agenda of the meeting. Recording activity should be respectful to the conduct of the meeting and behaviour that disrupts the meeting (such as oral commentary) will not be permitted. Any member of the public shall not speak for more than five minutes. A question asked by a member of the public during Public Participation shall not require a response or debate during the meeting though the Chairman may direct that a written response will be provided subsequent to the meeting.

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