The White Lion – Village Survey, Spring 2024

At the time of publishing, most villagers will have received their questionnaire & accompanying letter through their letter boxes.  Please note any comments made on social media will be noted but only the questionnaires hand delivered and collected will be taken into account.
It reads:

Last month, The White Lion, Broadwindsor marked its second birthday since re-opening as a community-run pub. The managers, the committee and the volunteers work very hard to provide a comfortable and inviting venue for all the residents of Broadwindsor and beyond. But of course, there is always room for improvement.

The pub is run by the community, for the community, and so the aim of this survey is to find out what you like or don’t like about the pub, and what the team can do to make it even more attractive to more people.

The team would be very grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete this survey to let them know your thoughts and opinions. Even if you don’t visit the pub very often, your views are really important. The survey is anonymous and there is no requirement to give any personal details.

The management team hope to analyse the responses to this survey and use the information to help formulate a plan for future improvements to the pub. If you would like to be informed of these conclusions, please email

How the pub is run

The White Lion premises are owned by Palmers Brewery who supply all the drinks and associated products to the pub. The day-to-day running of the pub is managed by Kerry and Clive who are employed by the management committee. This committee currently consists of eight elected volunteers, each of which are allocated a specific role, who take care of the behind-the-scenes business matters. There is also a dedicated team of volunteers and kitchen porters who help out behind the bar, in the kitchens and with table service, and are also responsible for general maintenance and decoration of the pub. The pub is run as a not-for-profit organisation. Any and all profit made is used to maintain and improve the pub and the services it provides. More details can be found on the website:

The Survey

Most questions are in the form of a statement to which you can agree or disagree on a scale of 1 – 5. Other questions ask for specific answers which can be ticked or circled. Mark all those that apply. No questions are compulsory.

You can view the full 7 page survey HERE.

Questions cover all aspects of the pub: food; drink selection; service; decor; entertainment; accessibility and you do have the opportunity to make your comments and suggestions 🙂

It is our community pub and proudly belongs to our community – please complete your copy and have it collected because your opinion counts! Thank you.

Would you like to get involved?

There are a number of ways you can contribute to the running of the pub…

Become a Volunteer.

There is a dedicated team of trained volunteers who help out behind the bar and with table service. Also, there is always work to do in upkeep and maintenance of the pub, inside and out. If you think you have something to offer as part of this team, please email for more details. Appropriate training will be given.

Become a Donor

In 2021-22, a hugely successful fundraiser collected a significant amount of money to refurbish the pub and finance the reopening. Many people from the village and further afield gave generously towards that fundraiser. A proportion of that money is still in hand, but from time to time, repairs and improvements are needed to the fabric of the pub and investment is required for new or replacement hardware, especially for the kitchens, which can incur substantial costs. The committee endeavours to raise as much as possible through grants, but some of these require match-funding. If you generously donated in 2021-22, then thank you again. If you didn’t make a donation then, or would like to donate again, then please email for more information.

Become a Pub Member

Many of those who donated also took the option to become a ‘pub member’. This membership entitles the person to attend and vote at the Annual Members Meeting (AMM) where committee members are elected and important decisions concerning the running of the pub are voted on by the membership. There are currently over 200 names on the members list. For more information on becoming a pub member, please email

Thank you!

For and on behalf of the team at The White Lion Broadwindsor and Broadwindsor Community Pub Ltd.

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Two New Additions To Compost Corner

Two more long standing locals have been included in the White Lion’s Compost Corner gallery by local portrait artist Sasha Slater.

Mr. Hugo Burnham (left) & Mr. Robert Golding (right) appear in the photograph with Sasha in the middle 🙂

It was just before Christmas 2022 when the first three portraits were unveiled. Click below to read more about them & Sasha…

Compost Corner Memories At The White Lion

Fantastic work Sasha!


For The Attention Of Members Of Broadwindsor Community Pub Ltd.

From Chairman, Rick Dyke –

In last month’s White Lion newsletter, we gave notice that the Annual Members Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 27th June at 7pm in Comrades Hall. We hope that as many members as possible will attend.

We also advised that the deadline for receipt of nominations to stand for election to the Management Committee is Saturday 20th May. The deadline is set due to the time that is needed to prepare and issue election papers in advance of the Members’ Meeting.

Any members wishing to stand for election should submit their nomination either by email to or in writing and handed in at the White Lion.

Thank you.


Celebrate The White Lion’s First Birthday…

…as a Community Pub.

Already, a year has passed since The White Lion re-opened with much celebration…

This Saturday there will be no dinner service but, from 7pm, a finger buffet will be provided by Kerry & Clive who have been excelling all expectations since starting at Easter 🙂

A press release issued yesterday has Chairman Rick Dyke commenting “It’s certainly been an eventful twelve months.“. Thanking the Staff family and the many volunteers, Rick went on to say “We’re delighted that Kerry and Clive have joined us, and we’re excited about the next stage of the White Lion’s progress into a pub that is widely renowned for the quality of its food.”

Ending on a cautionary note, Rick continued “As with the hospitality trade generally, we have seen electricity costs skyrocket over the past year.  To make matters worse, the electricity companies view the trade as a bad risk with many reluctant to even quote, whereas those who do quote clearly see it as an opportunity to charge what they like.
Despite this, support from central government is negligible. Somehow, these spiralling costs need to be met and ultimately, this has to be by the paying customer.  This is where the warm welcome becomes even more vital because without it and the atmosphere it helps generate, what future does the British pub have?

On King Charles III Coronation weekend, please book now to avoid any disappointment…


Please continue to support our lovely pub:)


The White Lion’s Phuza Thursday

There’s already only a couple of spaces remaining to book your place at The White Lion Community pub for dinner tonight!

Alongside their main menu we have Clive‘s first offering of a traditional South African dish: Bunny Chow. See the poster for details.

To book: 01308 867070 or email

Please continue to support our lovely pub:)


Clive & Kerry Dammert Excited To Keep The White Lion Roaring

Last week Chairman of our Community pub, Rick Dyke announced that  Clive and Kerry Dammert had accepted the offer to form the new Management team at The White Lion.

Most recently, Clive and Kerry have worked in Devon and Cornwall as a Management couple and have experience of both the pub and the hotel businesses. Both are at home either in the kitchen or as Front of House. Clive and Kerry have worked together as a team for over 10 years and are looking forward to bringing their experience to the White Lion.

Kerry commented “Clive and I are excited to be returning to village life and meeting you all. For the past few months we have been working in a hotel environment and realised that we missed the pub life and the connection to the community that comes with running a pub and we are very much looking forward to getting involved in the community.

Clive and Kerry previously owned and ran a successful business in South Africa.  Their plan is to offer good quality English pub food, using locally sourced ingredients where possible and then add some South African flair on the specials board, dishes like Bobotie, Bunny Chow (no rabbits involved!) and Vetkoek as well as a traditional South African Braai (BBQ) in the Summer. So much to look forward to – we very much look forward to welcoming Clive and Kerry into our community – Where Community Matters 🙂

Big thanks to the many volunteers who have worked front of house and in the kitchen.
They will continue to front The White Lion over the coming weeks until the transition over to Clive and Kerry at the end of this month.
Your efforts are appreciated!

David Leader, who’s untimely death on 13th March last year shocked the whole community, led the ‘Save The White Lion‘ campaign.  His widow Elaine commented: “Everyone who knew David will remember his passion for community, teamwork and pitching in. He would be so proud of the way this village has responded to the challenge to run the pub as a Community Pub in the true sense!”
‘I know he would be saying a massive thank you to all the volunteers who are giving up so much of their time, day after day, working for free, cleaning toilets, working in the kitchen, cooking meals, waiting on tables. Also all the huge amount of relentless work by the management committee and the planning and organising of all the events. He would also be thanking the bar staff for going out of their comfort zones and serving customers, giving up their afternoons and evenings.
‘And to the community in Broadwindsor and surrounding area for supporting the pub and making virtually every event a sell-out. It’s an amazing effort and it shows what an incredible community this is.
‘It would have made David so happy to see everyone pitching in and working together to keep our wonderful pub thriving.’
We couldn’t agree with you more Elaine and thank you too.

Please continue to support our lovely pub:)


Congratulations To Kate Staff

Ex-manager of the White Lion Community Pub Ltd., Kate Staff very recently collected the above award: West Dorset CAMRA Pub Of The Year 2023.

Judging had taken place during November and December 2022 when the pub was secretly visited by 9 individual judges on separate occasions.

As Kate, Chloe and Louise no longer work at the pub, the award is Kate‘s to keep and the White Lion‘s will have a copy to display display in the pub. Kate dedicated the award to the late David Leader. The Staff’s won’t be progressing to the next stage but the White Lion Community Pub Ltd. will and we hope Rick Dyke and the Management Committee succeed in employing a new manager of similar high standards 🙂

As the Management Committee and volunteers continue to keep the pub open whilst a new management team are appointed, we send our congratulations and best wishes to Kate, who soon begins her new employment in the kitchen at Broadwindsor House and to Chloe and Louise with their futures.
If you’d like to volunteer at The White Lion in any way, please get in touch with Andrew Hookings at: or Rick Dyke at:

Please continue to support our community pub.


All Change At The White Lion 2023

Thank you to Kate Staff and her daughters who worked their last shifts at the White Lion this weekend.

Now the Community Pub’s Management Committee have a posse of volunteers trained and ready to start tomorrow evening, fish ‘n’ chips night. Until new management staff have taken over, the volunteers will be keeping the pub open for all as follows:

  • Tuesdays 6-9pm (bring your fish and chips). 11pm on Folk Club nights
  • Thursdays 6-11pm
  • Fridays 6-11pm
  • Saturdays 11am-11pm (Warm Hub until 5pm – free tea and coffee and the day’s papers)
  • Sundays 12 noon to 9pm
These hours will be reviewed regularly, subject to volunteer availability and how much the pub is used by customers. The aim is to resume a limited food service on Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday lunchtimes, as soon as they can.

If you’d like to volunteer in any way, please get in touch with Andrew Hookings at: or Rick Dyke at:

Please continue to support our lovely pub.


Compost Corner Memories At The White Lion

Before the White Lion was refurbished… the far left corner used to be known as ‘Compost Corner’ and this was where the regular, local customers would congregate on bar stools and stand.

Three of those regular customers, (from left to right) John Eggleton, Tony Hawkins and Chris Sewell have been drawn by local student, Sasha Slater and their portraits now adorn the wall in what was known as ‘Compost Corner‘.
On April 29th, the opening night of the White Lion as a Community pub, Sasha couldn’t help notice the large blank wall in the corner… she enthusiastically approached Chairman Rick Dyke on that same evening with her idea.  With their portraits now on the wall, John, Tony & Chris were exceptionally pleased to be each given the original drawing by Sasha.

20 year old Sasha is currently in her 2nd year at Exeter University studying Biochemistry. Art however, and in particular portrait art has been Sasha‘s hobby since she was four years old. Self taught, she has lifelong practice and experience! Sasha does most of her drawings from a photograph – be it a human or a pet – and is happy to take commissions from people 🙂

Please contact Sasha directly & view more of marvellous art on Instagram HERE.

Meanwhile… with Compost Corner no more, the afore mentioned gentlemen now sit at the round table!

Excellent work Sasha!


Live Music At The White Lion This Friday, 23rd December

Songs from the 1950’s, 1960’s Rock ‘n’ Roll era can be expected from the boys this Friday night with a few festive rockers too!

Starting at 7pm, the village welcomes back the Silver Lining Band.  They played at the Comrades Hall as part of our village’s Jubilee celebrations and packed out the White Lion when they played there for the pub’s first music night at the end of September.

Entry is free but you might want to get there early to secure a seat! The kitchen will be providing bar meals.

Click HERE to follow the Silver Lining Band on Facebook.

Have fun!