Rural Business Awards Live Stream – Updated

David Leader was a finalist for Community Contribution Award & unfortunately did not win.

The award ceremony began at 4.30pm this afternoon from St Martin in the Fields, London – You can watch the ceremony HERE.

Elaine Leader attended with Margery Hookings accompanying her.  The whole community was with them in spirit. Lucy Turner from the New Inn Pub & Community Cafe in Somerset won the award.

David Leader remains our Community Champion!


David Leader: Finalist In National Award Scheme – Vote Now

Our much missed councillor and friend, the late David Leader, who spearheaded the campaign to save Broadwindsor’s only pub, has been posthumously nominated and short listed as a finalist for the Community Contribution Award in the Plunkett Foundation’s annual Rural Community Business Awards.

Public vote now open – Click HERE – Closes this Friday, 4th November.

The Rural Community Business Awards celebrate inspirational and outstanding examples of community-owned businesses and the kind-hearted individuals involved in them, who have gone above and beyond for their communities over the last year. They stepped up to support their communities more than ever and the Rural Community Business Awards gives recognition and thanks to their efforts.

Rick Dyke, who took over as chairman of Broadwindsor Community Pub Ltd, after David’s sudden death in March this year, said: ‘We’re delighted that his work has been recognised by The Plunkett Foundation, a national charity which plays such a big role in supporting rural communities across the UK.’

David, whose kindness and commitment to the local community, touched everyone… When The White Lion,  Broadwindsor’s only pub closed in the summer of 2021, David Leader rallied the troops and got the local community on board to spearhead a campaign to re-open it as a community-owned pub. Rick continues, “David was always a very supportive, inclusive, energetic and enthusiastic champion for Broadwindsor. He made good things happen. Leading a committee and taking the local public with him, he headed a campaign to raise the funds needed to take on the pub tenancy as a community. Under David’s leadership a Crowdfunder campaign was launched and, astonishingly, smashed the target within a week. His enthusiasm, kindness and commitment inspired everyone to get on board.

David had already been the driving force of so many amazing things in the village – the multi-use games area (MUGA), youth’s football & the community sports field at Hursey and the Community Land Trust as well as acting as the village hall chairman and lunchtime supervisor at the village primary school. All this and a pro-active vice chairman of our parish council.  More so, he was a much loved husband and father.

The White Lion Management Committee had just taken on a pub manager, ready for opening in the spring of 2022 when David died suddenly on 13th March, 2022 at the age of just 64.

Rick Dyke said: ‘The village was shattered – we’d lost our driving force and the man behind so many good things. But we were determined to make this project happen, as a tribute to David’s memory, as a force for all that is good in the community.
‘The White Lion opened its doors as a community pub on 29 April 2022. And thanks to David Leader, the pub is once again the beating heart of our vibrant village.’

This month will also see the official opening on Saturday 12th November of the newly-revamped village green at Bernards’ Place, Broadwindsor, part of a major project in which David was instrumental and includes the installation of solar panels and an air source heat pump at the village hall.

The project was supported by a Crowdfunding campaign and grants from The National Lottery Community Fund, Dorset Council’s Capital Leverage Fund, Sport England’s Places and Spaces Fund and the local FMR Trust.

The winner of the Community Contribution Award and winners of the other award categories in the Plunkett and North Barnes Farm, in partnership with Welbeck Lane and Eton College Rural Community Business Awards, will be announced at a special ceremony on Thursday, 17th November at St Martin in the Fields, London, where Margery Hookings will be accompanying Elaine Leader. You can view the award ceremony live online, please tick the box when you vote. Further information about how to access the live-streaming will be sent out closer to the event date.

Public vote now open – Click HERE – Closes this Friday, 4th November.

❤ The village says Farewell to David Leader – Click HERE.


Father’s Day – Sunday, 19th June

Honouring fathers, grandfathers and all things paternal, Father’s Day has been celebrated on the third Sunday in June since 1910.

Both the Stableyard Restaurant & The White Lion are offering a delicious dinner – please call to check availability!

Thank the Americans!

Founded by the daughter of a U.S. Civil War Army veteran in 1910, in 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day. Then in 1972, President Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father’s Day to be held on the 3rd Sunday of June each year. The U.K. follows this observation.

A customary day for the celebration of fatherhood in Catholic Europe is known to date back to at least 1508 and is usually celebrated on March 19th, recognised as the feast day of Saint Joseph.

In countries, including Spain and Portugal, Father’s Day is observed on 8th August.

Germany marks Father’s Day on Ascension Day in May or June, 40 days after Easter, while Australia and New Zealand commemorate it on the first Sunday in September.

In Thailand, Father’s Day is celebrated on 5th December, the birthday of their late king who was considered the ‘Father of the Nation‘.

Russia continues a tradition from the Soviet Union of celebrating “Man’s Day” on ‘Defender of the Fatherland Day’ on 23rd February, which marks the first mass draft into the Red Army.

In addition to Father’s Day, International Men’s Day is celebrated in many countries on November 19th (on a Saturday this year) in honour of both men and boys.

Enjoy a Happy Father’s Day 🙂


David Leader’s Cortège – Monday, 11th April, 11am

Tomorrow morning at 11am, David Leader’s cortège will drive through our village of Broadwindsor.

David died suddenly on Sunday, 13th March leaving his family – Elaine, Ryan and Rosie, our community and almost anyone whoever came into contact with him devastated.  As a mark of respect, Broadwindsor Community Stores will be closed from 11am – 1pm.

Elaine stated that David would have wanted everyone to dress casually, informally and in your everyday clothes with lots of colour

After the cortège has left the village, the funeral service at Yeovil Crematorium is for family only please.

At 12 noon, the service will be available to watch live and you are welcome to join others at The Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor.

Alternatively, you may use the link provided below to watch the service wherever is convenient for you.

Here is the link (watch live at 12 noon and watch again) :-
Visit the Website: (This will open in a separate window)

Please use the following to login:-

Username: hiya4579
Password: 968912

At 3pm, everyone is warmly invited to join the family at the Comrades Hall to celebrate David’s life.

No flowers were requested, but greatly appreciated are donations to the following organisations, which were all closely supported by David: RSPB, Woodland Trust, Cancer Research , Samaritans and Oxfam (Each charity will open it’s own window).

❤ David Leader, 24.11.1957 – 13.03.2022 ❤


David Leader’s Funeral Arrangements

Following the sudden and tragic loss of David Leader, “The family would like to thank you for your great kindness and support at this very sad time.

If you would like the details of David’s funeral and celebration of his life, they are as follows:

Monday, 11th April 2022:

  • 11am – the cortège will pass through Broadwindsor village.
  • 12 noon – funeral service at Yeovil Crematorium (family only please).
    The service will be available to watch live and you are welcome to join others at The Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor, or to use the link provided to watch the service wherever is convenient for you.

Here is the link (watch live at 12 noon and watch again) :-
Visit the Website:
Username: hiya4579
Password: 968912

  • 3pm – Celebration of Life. Everyone is warmly invited to join the family at the Comrades Hall to celebrate David’s life.
    We hope you are able to attend and look forward to seeing you.

Please could we request no flowers but appreciate donations to the following organisations, which were closely supported by David : RSPB, Woodland Trust, Cancer Research and Samaritans (Each charity will open it’s own window).

Thank you.”

Elaine Leader.


As you probably know, David’s favourite shop was Oxfam. Please feel free to dress casually, informally and in your everyday clothes with lots of colour. This is what he would have wanted. ♥️
Thank you so much
Elaine xxx

If Someone Dies . . .
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Elaine, Ryan, Rosie and the extended family at this incredibly sad time.


David John Leader, 24.11.1957 – 13.03.2022

It is with the heaviest of hearts to announce the sudden and tragic death of David Leader.

The Parish council described David as “An inspirational Parish Councillor, colleague and friend. The breadth of David’s active involvement in the local community including Comrades Hall, Hursey Common, the Community Shop, The White Lion, the Community Land Trust and School to name but a few is a true testament to his generous character and his passion for helping others….”.  A formal tribute will be paid to David at their next meeting on 21st March.

Our community is in shock.  The legacy David leaves behind is legendary. A valued friend of the Editor, our thoughts and prayers go to Elaine, Ryan and Rosie at this extremely sad time.  Arrangements will be published when known.

Elaine, who provided the lovely photograph, wants people to know they are so very grateful for the enormous gestures of love and support from friends and the community. “The flowers are beautiful and we are so grateful but going forward I think David would prefer for donations to be directed towards the Ukraine crisis.

David John Leader
24.11.1957 – 13.03.2022


Plant A Tree For Mothers Day – Sunday, 14th March

With just a week until Mother’s Day, some may have consumed enough chocolate throughout Lockdown so why not consider something a bit different?  The National Trust are giving you the opportunity to dedicate a single sapling or up to half a hectare of woodland to your Mum this Mother’s Day and you’ll be helping to support their aim to plant 20 million trees by 2030:

  • £5 will buy a tree sapling.
  • £50 will buy 10 tree saplings.
  • £250 will plant 50 square metres.
  • £500 will plant 100 sq.m.
  • £2,500 will plant one fottball pitch (half a hectare!).

You can choose your amount and choose if it is in memory of someone or a celebration. At the moment, you are unable to ‘tag’ a specific tree, or choose a location for a tree to be planted. However, they have the ambition to plant 20 million trees by 2030, and your donation today can directly help create a living memorial that benefits nature for everyone, for ever. 🙂

Donate & Dedicate Your Tree HERE.

National Trust LogoWith care, attention and natural progression, small saplings grow into happy, healthy woodlands full of wonder. A lot goes into nurturing new life – and Mum’s know it!