The Churchfitters Christmas Cracker – Saturday, 17th December.

The Churchfitters is a folk band like no other. A double bass made out of a saucepan. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw or a glass harp. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock rhythms. And traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising jazz sax.

Performing at The Comrades Hall on Saturday, 17th December, you’re advised to get your tickets early for a show preparing you for Christmas with their repertoire, traditional and original festive songs, surprises, novelties and of course – what you get in every Christmas cracker – bad jokes!

The three virtuoso musicians from England and France strut their stuff on a stage that bristles with instruments – adding flute, banjo, dulcimer, tin whistle, guitar, ukulele, electric hub-cap bass-bouzouki and a sackful of percussion to their ensemble. And let’s not forget the unique ‘bing-bong’ machine made out of hack-saw blades!
Read more about the musicians HERE.

Tickets £10 & £5 for under 18s. Refreshments available.
In advance from Margaret Wing: 07796 454203 or email
Alternatively, visit the Artsreach website.


Thank You From Beaminster Food Bank

Chairman of Broadwindsor Fun Group, Adrian Gray received the letter shown after a £200 donation was made to Beaminster’s Food bank from profits from this year’s Jubilee events.

A further £200 was donated to Bridport’s Citizen Advice Bureau.

With the coronation set for Saturday, 6th May, the group will be posting a questionnaire through villager’s letterboxes asking the local community what they want for a Fun Day in 2023. Please be sure to respond!


The White Lion To Show World Cup Matches On TV

The Staff family at the White Lion Community Pub announced earlier “We’ve got a telly!

“By popular request, we’re planning to show major sporting events which are on terrestrial television and involve the national team.
(But rest assured, your community pub is NOT becoming a sports bar and the telly will be put away when it’s not being used.)
First up is the World Cup!
We intend showing all the England games in the group stages at times shown below and when, we hope, England progress to the knockout stages.”

  • Monday 21st November – England v. Iran
    Live at 1pm. The pub will be open from 12 noon – 3pm.
    Basket food will be available to order before kick-off and will be served at half time.
  • Friday 25th November – England v. USA
    Kick off at 7pm.
    Basket food will be available to order before kick-off and will be served at half time.
  • Tuesday 29th November – England v. Wales
    Kick off at 7pm.
    Customers can eat their fish and chips in the pub or order a basket meal prior to kick-off, which will be served at half time.

When England progress to the knockout stages, they will be playing in the last 16 on either Saturday 3rd December at 3pm or Sunday 4th at 7pm.
If having successfully overcome the opposition, England is involved in the quarter finals, these will be either Friday 9th December at 7pm or Saturday 10th at 7pm.
If they win their quarter final, England will play their semi-final on either Tuesday 13th December at 7pm or Wednesday 14th at 7pm.
The final is on Sunday 18 December at 6pm.

Good Luck England!

Maybe next time Scotland…


Meet Paul & Elly Clements – Cleaner Chimneys

Paul and Elly Clements have recently moved to Drimpton, bringing Cleaner Chimneys, their chimney sweeping business they established in 2010 in Hampshire.  As well as West Dorset, Cleaner Chimneys also serve South Somerset and East Devon.

Paul is qualified as a Master Chimney Sweep with the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps, and can issue Certificates of Chimney Sweeping, valuable for home insurance. Paul is a vetted Approved Trader with the County Council Trading Standards Scheme.

Previously, Paul served for 30 years as an officer in Hampshire Police. His wife, Elly has years of public service with the NHS and vulnerable person care and office experience as a receptionist. Elly runs the office, managing customer bookings and often comes out assisting operationally.

Their services offered:

  • Chimney Sweeping
  • Advice
  • Bird Nests Removed
  • Birdguards Supplied / Fitted
  • CCTV Inspections
  • Commercial Chimney Sweeping
  • Historic / Thatched Property Approved Sweep
  • Power Sweeping

Paul and Elly are highly focused on achieving a high standard of service, with courtesy, integrity and punctuality their key drivers. They have settled in quickly, enjoying their first few weeks in Dorset and looking forward to discovering all there is to offer here.

Click HERE for their price list. More details can be found on their website

Get ready for Father Christmas and book now – tel: 01308 341189 or 07540 841022.

Welcome to the parish Paul & Elly & Good Luck for your future!


War Memorial Update

This is the updated final draft – with Seaborough spelt correctly and names added as informed 🙂

Broadwindsor is one of the few villages that does not have a memorial for the hero’s of the First and Second world wars (their names are listed inside St. John the Baptist church) and your feedback is still welcome and encouraged.

It is to be discussed at the next Group Parish Council meeting on Monday, 17th October and your feedback is most welcome before they proceed.
Would you welcome such a memorial?  Do you agree with the placement of the proposed memorial? Please continue to email your comments to: or comment on this post on Facebook @Broadwindsor.Org or send a message.

Many thanks!

Lest We Forget


Your Feedback Wanted Please – Broadwindsor War Memorial

Local farmer Andrew Frampton and Broadwindsor Fun Group chairman, Adrian Gray are looking to get support from the Group Parish Council and villagers for a war memorial on the corner at Cross Keys opposite the wild flower gardens. There are currently two black fencing stakes in the ground to mark the site.

Andrew has a 2 tonne stone limestone slab from their farm quarry which he would like to sink into the ground and then attach an A1 size acrylic info board with a war scene and all the names of the soldiers from WW1 and WW2 from our parish ward (Blackdown, Drimpton, Seaborough, Burstock and Broadwindsor) 57 in all for a permanent memorial. The main photo shows the finished proof. This with one or two metal Tommy silhouettes.

The board at Lewesdon hill.

The proposed acrylic board is the same as the one on Lewesdon hill for the Lost Pilot – Jean De Cloedt.  It looks very professional and won’t dominate the stone as the stone is 220cm x 120cm and the board 84cm x 63cm.

And… no expense to the village!

A Tommy silhouette.

It is proposed to have an opening ceremony on Friday, 11th November at 11am involving the school of who’s pupils have great grandfathers and great great uncles on it.

It will be discussed at the next Group Parish Council meeting on Monday, 17th October and your feedback would be most welcome before they proceed.
Would you welcome such a memorial?  Do you agree with the placement of the proposed memorial? Please send your comments to: or comment on this post on Facebook @Broadwindsor.Org

Thank you.

Lest We Forget


Would You Like To Plant A Tree This Winter?

Broadwindsor Eco Group has established a small tree nursery on a vacant plot on Broadwindsor allotment site with a generous donation of saplings by Groves Nurseries of Bridport.

Saplings are all 2-year old native species – Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Field Maple, Hornbeam and Dogwood. We are all aware that planting trees is good for saving carbon, protecting wildlife, enhancing the landscape and alleviating flooding.

If you have ideas for public spaces for tree planting , or a small area of hedging infill Broadwindsor Eco Group would love to hear from you; or perhaps you would like to plant an individual tree in your own garden?

Trees will be available for planting, without cost, from December 2022 – February 2023.

Please contact Sheila Hawkins at so that she can arrange to discuss requirements.


Meet Nick Serpell – Professional Genealogist

Nick Serpell is resident in Drimpton. For more than ten years Nick worked as the BBC’s Obituary Editor, spending his time delving into the lives of some of the most famous people on the planet, and telling their stories.

Have you ever wondered about your ancestors? Let Nick take you back to meet them… here is what he can do for you:

“You may just want a straightforward family tree of your direct ancestry. On the other hand, you may have a query about one particular family member. Did great grandfather Smith actually run off with the maidservant?
Perhaps you have started your own research and hit one of the famous ‘brick walls’ and cannot find a way to break it down. Don’t worry, that can happen to all of us. Or maybe you have an old letter or document that mentions a distant relative and you want to find out more about them.
Has one of your ancestors just disappeared? I once researched someone who abandoned his wife and family and seemed to have vanished off the face of the earth. Ten years later he popped up 200 miles away having changed his name and acquired another wife while still married to the first one!
Or, maybe you’d like a narrative history of your family, based on the facts I discover. I have written widely for the BBC website so have plenty of experience to enable me to write an engaging history of your family and its times.
Whatever your query, I can probably help.”

Nick charges a flat rate of £25/hour for all his services be it analysis and report writing or travelling time if he needs to visit archives or record offices. He also charges for any parking fees or rail fares at cost.  Nick also offers the facility to photograph headstones for those who cannot make the journey to the burial place.

Available to give talks to organisations, large or small, about any aspect of family history, including giving people an idea as to how they can start researching their own ancestors, get in touch with Nick for more information.

His full terms & conditions are HERE.

Contact Nick: 07811 433134 or 01308 868892

Only a genealogist thinks a step
backwards is progress




Broadwindsor Fun Group AGM – Tuesday, 11th October, 6.30pm

Broadwindsor Fun Group will be holding their AGM in the Lewesdon Room at the Comrades Hall on Tuesday, 11th October at 6.30pm.  

Broadwindsor Fun Group navigated the immense task of our late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June (more HERE).

Following recent events, this is an apt time to reassess the groups purpose & future.  All are welcome.

Note: there are still a few places remaining for this autumn’s First Aid Training – more HERE.



BFG Offer Free First Aid Training For Locals

As our village no longer has the service of any First Responders, Broadwindsor Fun Group are organising two sessions, dependant on interest, of a one day course of Emergency First Aid Training offering you a nationally recognised qualification certificate valid for 3 years.

The first one day course is being fully funded by Broadwindsor Fun Group*.  It will take place in the Autumn and numbers are strictly limited to 12 places for each course.

The course is being run by MICAS Training Ltd. It is a one day Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) course, certified by Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance.  In line with guidance provided by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the qualification supports workplace emergency first aiders for a period of 3 years, after which point learners will need to retake the course.

The course content:

  • Understand the role and responsibilities of a first aider.
  • Be able to assess an incident.
  • Be able to provide first aid to an unresponsive casualty (including CPR and the recovery position).
  • Be able to provide first aid to a casualty who is choking.
  • Be able to provide first aid to a casualty with external bleeding.
  • Know how to provide first aid to a casualty who is in shock.
  • Know how to provide first aid to a casualty with minor injuries.

Learners must undertake a practical assessment of their competence along with a knowledge assessment, where learners are required to provide a short response to a prescribed series of questions.

*The first one day course will be offered free of charge for members of the local community who are both willing & able to support events & general village first aid needs. It is no longer required that those who qualify from this one day course would have their names and their contact telephone number on display in the Comrades Hall.

Dependant on interest, a second course can be arranged for others at a later date, but a cost would be incurred by the learner.

Broadwindsor Fun Group


To express your interest, please contact in the first instance.

Thank you.