Work Continues In Bernards’ Place

Taking advantage of this week’s dry weather, Chris Edgerley, Malcolm Heaver and Sophie Sinton are working hard to complete the new oak framed shelter construction in Bernards’ Place.

The Crowdfunder for the play equipment has just tipped the £3,000 mark and has been extended to Saturday, 15th October following the death of our monarch.

Please help them raise the money they need to get this project completed – donate HERE.

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Bernards’ Place Crowdfunder Extended To 15th October

At the time of publishing, the Comrades Hall Management Committee have reached just under £3,000 of their £20,000 Crowdfunder target.  However, if they are able to attain just £5,000, a hopefully more achievable target, they will receive a further £8,000 from Sport England.

The Crowdfunder is now extended to Saturday, 15th October.

It didn’t seem right to publicise the campaign following the death on Thursday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the period of national mourning that continues until the Queen’s state funeral on Monday, 19 September.
Our thoughts are with the Queen’s family and all those who are in mourning.”

You can still claim rewards for your donation 🙂 Click HERE.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far- please help continue to spread the word to all those in the village and further afield…

The Comrades Hall was gifted to the village in 1952, in the same year the Queen acceded to the throne. It will be celebrating its own platinum jubilee in November 2022 so expect some more celebrations 🙂

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More Donations Needed Please For Bernards’ Place Project

Villagers will have noticed the scaffolding erected at the weekend as the shelter in Bernards’ Place begins to take shape.

Village residents, Chris Edgerley, Malcolm Heaver, Sophie Sinton, Ian Studley and Graham Paget are to be thanked for all their voluntary labour.

The Broadwindsor Village Green Appeal Crowdfunder has another 15 days to run.  At the time of publishing, £2,528 has been raised so far of their £20,000 target. If they manage to get to £5,000, Sport England will pledge a further £8,000.

Thanks to those who have already donated. More pledges are needed! It doesn’t have to be a huge donation (two children donated their pocket money), because it all adds up, and the more supporters they have, the better 🙂  If you know of family, friends or businesses who might donate, please send them the link. Thank you!

For more information on the Crowdfunder – please click HERE.

To Donate – please click HERE.

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Bernards’ Place Crowdfunder Launched Today

A Crowdfunder campaign is being launched in Broadwindsor at noon today, Tuesday 23rd August to raise the £20,000 needed to transform the village green at Bernards’ Place.

The project will provide community open space, challenging and inclusive play equipment and physical exercise for all, right in the heart of the village.

The plan has almost three years in the making but we’re determined to make it happen,’ said Sheila Hawkins, who worked with the late David Leader to put the project together for the Comrades Hall, which owns the land.

It will be a fitting tribute to David, who died suddenly earlier this year. He made such a difference to community and sporting life in the village and brought everyone together.’

The village green scheme forms part of a successful bid to The National Lottery Community Fund. That secured grant funding of £84,000 in total, (including funding, from Low Carbon Dorset) and £45,000 has been allocated to the village green upgrade.  The remainder has funded improvements to make Comrades Hall more environmentally friendly, with the installation of 36 solar panels and an air source heat pump central heating system, which replaced the old oil-fired one, plus improved insulation.

Planning permission has been granted for exciting new play equipment for the upper section of the green (Read more HERE.).  At the lower end, the existing old swings will be removed and a new oak-framed shelter is being installed. The idea is to make the most of the opened-up space for community events and outdoor exercise.

Since the project was first mooted two years ago, costs have risen by around £20,000.

Margery Hookings, who is leading the Crowdfunder appeal on behalf of Comrades Hall Management Committee, said: ‘Fundraising events are planned but we really hope people and local businesses will support our appeal to meet the shortfall.

During the pandemic, when we could only go out to exercise, our village green became even more important to us as a community.

Bernards’ Place is something we all treasure. By reconfiguring the space, adding new, inclusive and challenging play and activity equipment, introducing exercise sessions and equipment for all ages, as well as staging community events, there will be something for all of us to enjoy, bringing together people of all ages and abilities, and helping to improve health and well-being.

It will provide an enhanced facility to keep our community physically active and encourage others, who don’t necessarily see themselves as ‘sporty’, to join in.

Local artist Donna Heys has again kindly created a “thermometer” to chart the appeal’s progress. As donations are received, the illustration will be coloured in, in stages, until we reach our target.

Sport England has pledged £8,000 towards the appeal once the £5,000 mark has been reached. Payment of the grant relies on there being at least 100 unique supporters and reaching the £20,000 target.

The village has a strong track record of raising money through Crowdfunder. In 2020, Broadwindsor Cricket Club raised £35,785 to buy its ground, with 191 supporters in 27 days. Then, in February this year, campaigners raised £34,760, with 337 supporters in 28 days, to reopen The White Lion as a community pub.

Margery said: ‘We appreciate that money is tight and this new appeal might be a tall order after the successful campaign to save The White Lion.

However, through crowdfunding we have an opportunity to unlock potential extra funding, so any donation, big or small, will help the Comrades Hall enormously to replenish diminishing resources.

It is important to the village to get this project done. We all know, particularly after the pandemic, how vital outside space is to everyone’s health and well-being. This will make such a difference to young and old and all those in between, for generations to come.

To support the appeal, please visit:
https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/broadwindsorvillagegreenappeal

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Shelter In Bernards’ Place To Be Dismantled Tomorrow – Saturday, 25th June

In preparation for the work on the play area in Bernards’ Place which is due to take place later in the summer, the old timber youth shelter will be dismantled on Saturday, 25th June by a small team of volunteers – village residents, Malcolm Heaver and Chris Edgerley. The working area will be cordoned off and appropriate notices will be in place. This is the final stage of the application made to Dorset Council last June.

With funding from the National Lottery and Low Carbon Dorset, the application made to Dorset Council has already seen solar panels fitted onto the Comrades Hall roof and the air source heating installed.

The next stage is the redevelopment of the play area in Bernards’ Place

For more details on the playground and the proposed equipment, please click HERE, select the tab View Documents then select the one you’d like more info on.

Any queries, please contact Sheila Hawkins: 11esgh528@gmail.com or Chair of the Comrades Hall, Jacqui Sewell: jacquisewell@me.com.


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Work Starts At Comrades Hall – Monday 10th January

Work begins on Monday, 10th January at the Comrades Hall to replace the central heating system. An air source heat pump system is being installed to replace the current old oil-fired system. In addition, they are installing 36 solar panels (PVs) across 3 roof surfaces.

The electricity generated will power the daytime use in the Hall, with the surplus directed to heating the water, and any remaining surplus after that sent to the National Grid. These installations will greatly reduce the carbon footprint of our village hall. This work is being funded largely thanks to grant funding awarded by The National Lottery Community Fund and Low Carbon Dorset.

Obviously there will be disruption to normal hall usage while this work is taking place, but please be assured that  Post Office services and Comrades Arms sessions will still take place as usual, and that any existing hall bookings will be able to go ahead.

Please direct any enquiries to Chairman, David Leader: 01308 868275.
Thank you.

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Proposed Development At Bernards’ Place

The first illustration details the planned development for Bernards’ Place play area in Broadwindsor. The application being made by the Comrades Hall Management Committee is a very large project involving installation of a new state of the art low carbon heating system in air source heating and installing solar panels onto the roof.
As well as this, an overhaul of the play equipment is planned as shown in the second illustration below.

All of this transformation is subject to getting funding, applications have been made to National Lottery and Low Carbon Dorset.

The full Planning Application, P/FUL/2021/01358 can be accessed by clicking HERE and is included in the Group Parish’s Agenda for their meeting on Monday evening.

Please direct any enquiries to Cllr. David Leader: 01308 868275 or 07867 608652.

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