New Chair At Comrades Hall

Village resident, Parish Councillor and former Booking Clerk, Jacqui Sewell is now Chairperson of the Management Committee at Broadwindsor’s Comrades HallJacqui is supported by Dave Chumbley, Secretary (pictured right) and Brian Stone, Treasurer.

Hiring Charges were reviewed and rates will be increased from 1st June 2022 and will be published at a later date.  Local users will be eligible for a 20% discount on the standard rates.  Those who have booked the Hall prior to the price increase will have their agreed rates honoured.
It was also agreed to offer new users wishing to run a weekly event a 20% introductory discount for their first 2 weeks to assist them starting up.

Mick Massey from Broadwindsor Fun Group is in charge of the new audio system to be installed.  The audio equipment will be purchased with funds received by the BFG as part of their Jubilee celebrations and will lead to workshops later in the year, training younger people how to use the equipment.

The Comrades Hall has received its own funding to upgrade the play equipment in Bernards’ Place – another project spear headed by David Leader, and this is timetabled for later in the year.

If you wish to book the Comrades Hall for your event, please contact:

Booking Clerk – Kirsty Moore


Broadwindsor’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations, 2nd-5th June

Broadwindsor Fun Group are delighted to be the recipients of a £5,000 grant from Dorset Community Foundation’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund.

An exciting weekend has been planned but the BFG do need more hands on help, particularly with setting up/clearing down and with children’s games on Saturday, 4th.  If you can spend a couple of hours on the day, please contact asap 🙂

A tree has already been planted in Bernards’ Place as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy project and a plaque has been ordered.  More HERE.

The full programme of events is published below but the main proportion of the grant is earmarked to update the audio equipment at the Comrades Hall.

Sunday, 29th May will see our village decorated with approximately 750 metres of beautiful hand made bunting, a project led by Jacqui Sewell. If you can help with the bunting sorting on Friday, 6th May or the assembly on Sunday, 29th May, please contact Jacqui on 01308 867145.

Rob Hedditch and Pip Cadwell are collaborating with the BFG to prepare for the Beacon lighting ceremony at the allotments on 2nd June. More than 1,500 beacons will be lit throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man & UK Overseas Territories, and one in each of the capital cities of Commonwealth countries in recognition of The Queen’s long and selfless service.  there will be a performance from the Platinum Jubilee Choir.

Broadwindsor Church

On Friday, 3rd you can visit our beautiful church, St. John the Baptist, to enjoy a Cream Tea, a beautiful floral display and explore some historic memorabilia.

Singing workshops
are taking place as Donna Heys and friends become the Platinum Jubilee Choir and are learning the Queen’s song, “A Life Lived With Grace” (Words copyright Ms. L. Kiely, Music copyright Fr. A. V. Chinemelu and arrangement copyright The Commonwealth Resounds). This will be performed at the Beacon Lighting ceremony and repeated over the weekend.

Poetry workshops with the children at Broadwindsor School, are being led by resident poet, , compere and co-host of Bridport Apocathary & the former Bard of Dorchester,  Peter Roe.
The children’s poems will be on display on Saturday.  The best Jubilee-related poem will win a Book voucher for The Bridport Bookshop, to be awarded on Sunday.

All children of all ages can be creative with their royal costumes for their Royal Parade which starts the celebrations on the Saturday morning. The children will parade from the MUGA to the Comrades Hall.

Linda Paget at the Stableyard Restaurant will be providing the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon Tarts, which will be available to pre-order and on sale both at the event and at the Stableyard Restaurant in Redlands Yard.

Don’t forget your Scarecrows!

We’d like to see your Royal-themed Scarecrows out on display by 10am on Friday, 3rd June.  Judging will take place on both the Friday and Saturday.  The winner will be announced at the Great Jubilee (Picnic) Lunch on Sunday, 5th 🙂
Entry is £2.00.  Forms are available NOW from Broadwindsor Community Stores or you can download to print out yourself HERE. (Last entries accepted – 25th May). Forms will also be available at The White Lion when it opens soon.

Fun and Games start at 10am:
After the parade, you can look forward to old favourites such as…

  • Plate Smashing
  • The Human Fruit Machine
  • Nerf Guns
  • Coconut Shy
  • Splat the Rat and more.

Broadwindsor Girlguiding will be providing activities too.
Stallholders will also be open with a variety of products to purchase.
The W.I. will be serving refreshments with their delicious homemade cakes.

Younger children will be delighted to see the return of Holly, better known as Strawberry Jam, on Saturday afternoon.

A short Oral History is being created by village resident Mick Massey: recording people’s memories from the Queen’s Coronation and any celebrations they can recall. If you, or anyone you know who is local and has a memory to share about the Queen’s Coronation – please do get in touch before the end of April to be included:

Saturday’s bands start at 2pm & include HiDDen, the Rosenburgs, McIntyre and MORE!

When bands are playing outside on Saturday, the official celebrations on television will be live streamed to the big screen inside the Comrades Hall on Saturday afternoon for those who wish to watch.

There will be a BBQ and bar with Baboo Gelato on site too 🙂

Sunday 5th’s Great Jubilee Picnic Lunch – will be in Bernards’ Place (inside the hall if wet) with live music from The Silver Lining Band.
Bring your own food 🙂

The Platinum Jubilee Raffle (tickets on sale next month) will be drawn together with the presentations for the best Royal Scarecrow on the Sunday afternoon.

So much to look forward to…
We look forward to seeing you!

But where are the Classic Cars you ask…?


Following the success of last year’s Classic Cars display last August (view HERE) – it is hoped that the BFG can offer you another great display on Saturday, 6th August… we are just awaiting confirmation. Any announcements will be made on 🙂

All enquiries:



Tree Planted For Queen’s Canopy Project

Yesterday (Friday) afternoon a tree was planted in Bernards’ Place as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy project.  

Chairman of Broadwindsor Fun Group, Adrian Gray planted a crab apple (Malus sylvestris) Freya‘ by the ornamental cherry tree currently in blossom.  The project and site of the tree had all of David Leader‘s support and he was remembered once the tree was planted.

Crab apple trees do bear fruit.  The sweetly scented blossom is pollinated by bees and other insects. The blossom develops into small, yellow-green apple-like fruits around 2–3cm across. Sometimes the fruits are flushed with red or white spots when ripe. The fruit is eaten by birds, including blackbirds, thrushes and crows; mammals, such as mice, voles, foxes and badgers and we humans too.  They have an exceptionally high pectin and acid content which makes them ideal for setting fruit jams and jellies. They are sour when raw but have a tart and tangy flavour when cooked.  Raw crab apples are toxic to dogs.

As well as inviting the planting of new trees, The Queen’s Green Canopy will dedicate a network of 70 Ancient Woodlands across the United Kingdom and identify 70 Ancient Trees to celebrate our Queen’s 70 years of service. Read more HERE.

If you have any queries about this year’s Jubilee celebrations, please contact:



Tree Planting At Broadwindsor Allotments

Sixty tree saplings were planted at Broadwindsor Allotments on Sunday, 13th March 2022 by a very enthusiatic group of 1st Beaminster Beaver Scouts.

The trees were donated to the group by the Woodland Trust as part of the Queen’s Jubilee Green Canopy project, where community groups were invited to plant trees in community spaces across the UK through the Jubilee year, to create a network of individual trees, hedgerows and woodlands in honour of the Queen’s service and the legacy she has built.
This will create a green legacy of its own, with every tree planted bringing benefits for people, wildlife and climate, now and for the future.

The planting was carried out in conjunction with the Broadwindsor Allotment Group and the Broadwindsor Eco-Group, (many thanks to Sheila and Bill of the BAG for their assistance), and also helps the Beavers complete part of their badge work for earning a Community Impact award.

The Beavers not only learned how to plant a tree correctly, but also why native species (dogwood, dog-rose, hawthorn, crab apple and  hazel) are so important to local wildlife.
Some of the Beavers scouts live in Broadwindsor and/or attend Broadwindsor school, so it is lovely that they will be able to see the trees grow over time! 🙂

Even if you haven’t been involved in Scouting before, there is a warm welcome for those wishing to try Scouting for the first time in the 1st Beaminster Scout Group!

Contact: Group Scout Leader, Joy Edwards at