Joint Crowdfunder For The Prout Bridge Project & Broadwindsor PTA

Jo and Dani have made the mad decision to take on the challenge of the Bantham Swoosh. 6km (3.75 miles) down a river in Devon on 16th July 2022.

Now, they love swimming outside and you‘ll often find them on a local beach however, 6km of swimming is an awful long way in what will still be pretty cold water. Before signing up to this swim the furthest neither of them had swum outside is about 1km so they are having to work hard for 6km to be achievable. They will whole heartedly appreciate any money you can give to help get them over the finish line. All money raised on their Crowdfunding page will be split between The Prout Bridge Project in Beaminster and Broadwindsor School PTA.

Broadwindsor PTA are currently raising money to go towards new outdoor play equipment that will be used by all of the children throughout the school.

The Prout Bridge Project is a small local charity that makes a big difference by delivering youth work, community activities and mental health support to people in West Dorset. Money raised will go towards supporting young people’s mental health and well-being in one-to-one and group sessions. The need for this is huge and they currently have a waiting list. They are fundraising to grow their team so they can help more young people who are struggling.

Please support both these worthy organisations & donate HERE. Thank you!


Prout Bridge Project – Spring Newsletter

Our hopes for 2022 is that we can successfully buildon this progress offering more Youth Club, Band, Activity Day, Dance, Targeted Youth Support and Counselling sessions than ever before and to grow our support to Beaminster’s surrounding villages with Gilbert leading the way!

Our term time Junior & Senior club and the Phoenix Youth Band sessions are back on weekly.
Coming up for February half term we have an Activity Day, trips out and Dance classes with Tash.
From 19th February Gilbert will be back in the Memorial Playing Fields, Beaminster on Saturdays between 2-4pm offering outreach.

Download the full newsletter HERE

Visit the website:

Contact: or
Call: 07802 514 171


Gilbert At Comrades Hall – Tuesday, 16th November, 10am

Tomorrow, 16th November at 10am Gilbert, the van from the Prout Reach Project will pull into the Comrades Hall car park and remain there until 12 noon while the Post Office Outreach service is open.



The Prout Bridge Project In Broadwindsor

Beaminster’s Prout Bridge Project do regular outreach services in Broadwindsor, with Gilbert, their outreach van, on the 3rd Tuesday of every month 10am -12noon in the Comrades Hall car park.

For more information, please contact the Prout Bridge Project:
by email:
Telephone: 07802 514171

Click HERE to visit their website 🙂


Prout Bridge Project’s Village Afternoon Teas

The Prout Bridge Project (PBP) will have their new bus, Gilbert on the road offering Afternoon Teas – no need to book – from 2pm – 4pm on Thursdays on the following dates, at the following village venues:

  • Broadwindsor – Thursday, 29th July.
  • Drimpton – Thursday, 5th August.
  • Mosterton – Thursday, 12th August.
  • Salway Ash – Thursday, 26th August.

The team celebrated a sunny launch of their bus, Gilbert yesterday at Beaminster’s Memorial playing fields, welcoming friends, family and trustees.  This bus is a reminder of their founder Gil Streets, without whom they would not still be here today, continuing to support the community.

PBP is also offering free Village Activities on Thursday mornings, 10am – 12 noon at the following venues:

  • Mosterton – Thursday, 29th July.
  • Salway Ash – Thursday, 5th August.
  • Broadwindsor – Thursday, 12th August.
  • Drimpton – Thursday, 26th August.

*Please be aware that all dates are subject to Covid guidelines*For more information, please contact the Prout Bridge Project:
by email:
Telephone: 07802 514171

Click HERE to visit their website 🙂


The Prout Project Successfully Reach Their Target

Together we did it!


We are speechless with excitement and overwhelmed with thanks to all of our supporters!

We just now found out we’ve reached our target thanks to a contribution from the Power of Change Community Business Crowdmatch fund providing us with an additional £4,000 in funding pushing us over the line. We can now buy and kit out an outreach vehicle and make this happen at last!!

We wouldn’t have got here without all of you, our super crowd – you’ve showed compassion towards our community, dedication to sharing our message and an abundance of encouragement and heart – THANK YOU!

Our campaign remains open until next Friday and any additional donations will be used directly to fund additional staffing so that we can extend our reach and offer a wider programme to our community.

Thank you so many times. We can’t wait to celebrate with you soon! 🙏👏🙏👏

#pbpreachingout #proutbridgeproject #PowerToChange #sportengland #Beaminster #crowdfunderuk #togetherwedidit #BuildBackBetter

Posted on Facebook by Prout Bridge Project on Thursday, 22 April 2021



Prout Project Almost At Target – Please Donate

At the time of publishing, the Prout Bridge Project have reached over 3/4 of their £20,000 target with 12 days remaining 🙂

Their story has been highlighted this past week in both the Dorset Echo and the Bridport NewsPlease donate as this is an All or Nothing Fundraiser: if they don’t reach their target – they receive nothing – any donations received will have to be refunded.

Donations can be made on their Crowdfunder page HERE or Donations can also be made via cheque made out to Prout Bridge Project, or cash can be put in an envelope and put through the letterbox of Prout Bridge Project, 28 North Street, Beaminster, Dorset, DT8 3DY.

Thanks and appreciation went out from the manager of The Prout Bridge Project, Paula Tuff on social media on Saturday evening:

  • With reference to H.R.H. Prince Philip’s Duke of Edinburgh Award on the day of his funeral – “As the founder of the DofE, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh has assisted in transforming the lives of millions of young people, leaving a lasting legacy in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. We are proud to have supported young people achieve this award in the past, offering young people the chance to discover they can do anything, achieve anything and overcome anything life throws their way.
  • To their friends & corporate partners at The Ollerod in Beaminster – “Thank you Sil and Chris for all your support, we are very grateful.
  • Paula continued – “Today I want to mention two people who have been with our charity from the start & without whom we wouldn’t be here today, about to start a new exciting plan for the future. Joy and Mike – Thank you both for believing in the Prout Bridge Project.”


Read about the Project Bridge Project HERE.

Visit their Crowdfunding page HERE.

Visit the Prout Bridge Project’s Website HERE.


Free Junior Cricket This Summer

Broadwindsor Cricket Club are participating in the free junior cricket on offer.  They are providing a sporting opportunity for locals and school children to use in the summer holidays for coaching  The local Girl Guides will also use it for a camping expedition this summer!

The link to register your child is at the foot of the page.

  • From April: Every Tuesday evening.
  • From May – September: Every Saturday morning.

All Stars:

All Stars Cricket provides a fantastic first experience for all children aged 5-8 years old where they’re guaranteed 8 weeks of jam-packed fun, activity and skills development. The programme is designed to introduce children to the sport, teaching them new skills, helping them make new friends and have a great time doing so.

Every child that registers will receive a backpack full of goodies. Your child’s pack will include:

  • Backpack
  • Cricket bat
  • Cricket ball
  • Personalised t-shirt with your child’s name
  • Early sign-ups will also receive a cap (new participants only)

All children returning to All Stars will receive a kit bag, a set of stumps, a new ball and a personalised t-shirt.

Children will learn fundamental movement skills including catching, throwing and batting. Soft balls and plastic bats are used by everyone and all participants are given their very own cricket bag full of everything they need to play the game.

Every child will earn stars in their own activity booklet that match the skills learned during the programme:

  • Batting – hitting a moving ball
  • Throwing – underarm and overarm
  • Catching – small and large balls
  • Bowling – overarm
  • Running – lots of movement
  • Teamwork – fun games with friends
  • Communication – the basics of cricket
  • Spirit of Cricket – how to respect others

Dynamos Cricket:

Dynamos Cricket provides a fantastic next step for all those graduating from All Stars Cricket and the perfect introduction for all 8-11 year-olds new to the sport!

  • Children will use soft balls and light wooden bats
  • Minimum of six 60-90 minute sessions
  • Introduction to game play through a countdown cricket match
  • New Balance personalised t-shirt with name and number
  • Valuable time with your kids – mums and dads are encouraged to take part too
  • Complementary digital app experience*
  • Exclusive access to Topps Cricket Attax cards
  • Safe and fully accredited

Sessions begin with a 5-10 minute warm-up to get the children moving and recapping on gross motor skills and basic ball handling.
The sessions continue with skill builders for 15 minutes, providing everything children need to play, particularly focusing on bowling, which can be the make-or-break element of any game of cricket! The session finishes with a game of countdown cricket that will take 30-45 minutes and give everyone a chance to participate in all elements of the game – batting, bowling and fielding.

*The Dynamos Cricket app, designed both for those who have never played cricket before, and those looking to build on what they already know, is packed full of amazing features for all children aged 8+ to enjoy.  The skills videos and interactive quizzes provide lots of ways for children to get active – even with minimal space and equipment.

Register your child for either or both programmes HERE.

Click HERE for Broadwindsor Cricket Club’s 2021 Fixtures.



Prout Bridge Project CrowdFunding To Serve The Parish

Used by many children in the Parish, the Prout Bridge Project are fundraising on CrowdFunder to buy, kit out and staff an outreach vehicle – so that they can take the Prout Bridge Project out and about within Beaminster and the surrounding villages (including Broadwindsor, Drimpton, Marshwood, Mosterton and Salway Ash).

They have a £20,000 target which they are hoping to raise within the month of April 2021.  This is an all or nothing campaign – if they don’t reach the target, they don’t get a penny & your donation will automatically be returned to you.  Here is a 3 minute video to tell you more about their Reaching Out Fundraiser and how your donation will help:

You can read more and donate to their ‘Reaching Out‘ project by clicking HERE.

Their vision is that the Prout Bridge Centre building becomes a thriving and welcoming place for the whole community to share and enjoy, where people can come to chat, make friends, participate and get help and advice.

Their objectives are to:

  1. Offer an inclusive, affordable and varied programme of activities, so that people of all ages in Beaminster and the surrounding area feel they have access to fulfilling things to do, including arts, music, crafts, sport, dance, fitness, learning,  culture and heritage, with a particular focus on helping young people to thrive through the support of youth clubs and targeted youth work.

  2. Fight loneliness, social isolation and intergenerational divides by providing opportunities for people from all backgrounds and of all ages to come together socially, participate in their community, make friends and support each other.

  3. Support people to feel mentally well, achieve healthy lifestyles, be independent, and develop skills that will help them thrive.

  4. Develop a sustainable long- term project which supports the local community, responding to evolving needs and delivering activities, services and facilities that people want, by regularly consulting with the community and local organisations and service providers.

  5. Operate as an “umbrella” charity  nurturing and supporting other charitable and community organisations which share the same objectives.

Visit their Crowdfunding page HERE.

Visit the Prout Bridge Project’s Website HERE.


New Year’s Day Prout Bridge Project Sea Swim

Our Rev Jo, Dani from The Wobbly Cottage and Jo Robins are doing a New Year’s Day Sea Swim raising funds for the Prout Bridge Project. The time is still tbc but they are swimming at Lyme Regis off the town beach.

They have just launched a GoFundMe page and at the time of publishing, they have just

Jo Robins created the page stating: Dani, Jo R and Rev Jo will be putting on their bobble hats and braving the New Year’s Day sea for a sponsored swim to raise money for the Prout Bridge Project. Please support us in this slightly mad endeavour if you can – every donation will make a real difference to the work of the Prout Bridge Project in Beaminster, West Dorset. Supporting mental health and wellbeing in young people and adults and providing youth clubs, youth work support and activities for children and young people, if you’re not familiar with the charity – please read more below.

Photographic evidence will be provided. If the conditions are dangerous on 1st January, they will do the swim as soon as is safe after that date.

Please support them & donate HERE!

Prout Bridge ProjrctThe Prout Bridge Project. The charity provides youth work and clubs for children and young people and mental health and wellbeing support and affordable activities for people of all ages in rural West Dorset, operating from the small town of Beaminster.
Our area is beautiful and lots of  people come here for their holidays. But it can be a tough place to live for many households with low wages, high housing costs, limited public transport and rural isolation leading to relatively high levels of poverty and social deprivation and poor mental health. Our team of qualified and highly-experienced staff and volunteers are trusted in our community, having built strong relationships over many years. We have an excellent reputation for the positive impact we have, empowering young people, improving mental health for people of all ages and providing affordable activities and opportunities. In the past year we have worked with over 500 young people and adults and provided support around issues including anxiety and depression, abuse, addiction, bullying, relationship, family breakdown and sexual health.”

Why are they fundraising?
Like so many organisations Covid-19 has hit us hard and 2020 has been tough. We’ve lost our income from room hire, activities and our cafe. Understandably some of our supporters have had to cancel or reduce donations. And, most challenging, we lost our base in March when the Prout Bridge building in Beaminster was requisitioned by the County Council as part of their emergency coronavirus planning. At the same time the need for our services is greater than ever. The impact of Covid and lockdown measures on  people’s lives and mental health has been devastating. 
We’re determined to keep supporting young people and adults in our community at this challenging time. We’ve been  adapting our services throughout the lockdown. At the moment we offer:

  • Youth worker team outreach in the town on Tuesday and Friday nights talking with young people, listening to their fears and providing information and advice.
  • Targeted one-to-one youth work sessions with young people in need.
  • A free to use counselling service for people of all ages staffed by 4 counsellors.
  • A weekly resilience course for one secure bubble of young people not currently in school run by two youth workers.
  • A youth band for one secure bubble of young people one night a week supported by two youth workers.
  • Support to the food bank and co-working with other services including the police, local schools, Dorset Family Partnership Zone, and specialist local charities like the Space and the Shores.

We know there is a need for so much more. And we can continue to provide these services and more if we can keep raising enough money to cover our running costs.

Please support them & donate HERE!