Madron – the Autumn Equinox

The Autumn equinox occurs on Tuesday, September 22nd*.  Summer has come to an end.
Madron, sometimes called Mabon is the time of year when crops are harvested and a time where once again light and dark are in balance. The wheel of the year turns: the sun is rising later now, and nightfall comes sooner.
Themes of celebration include grain, balance, thanksgiving and gratitude for what you’ve “harvested” – and abundance 🙂 Prepare your chutneys, jams and preserves and store for winter. It is a time to throw out the old and take on the new although it is also the feast of the healer, bringing justice. This Sabbat is marked by the release of symbolic prisoners such as old arguments or regrets,
Madron is very much about healing and putting mistakes behind us so we can move on and learn from the lessons we have had and move on with lessons yet to be learned.

*By the meteorological calendar, the first day of Autumn is always 1 September; ending on 30 November.



Our Shop Needs More Volunteers!

Our marvellous Community Stores is in desperate need as new volunteers are needed to cover staff and other volunteers being on holiday. The large white board to the right of the counter in the shop displays the names of people who have put their name down and volunteered to man the shop for a 2 hour shift next week – could YOU fill in any of the blanks to cover a 2 hour shift?  Once a shift has been agreed it is then the volunteer’s responsibility to arrange a relief should that be necessary.

You can be reassured that all the necessary measures are in place to keep you Covid-19 safe in the shop environment.
There is also a panic alarm fitted to ensure your safety.

Ready? Download an application form to volunteer HERE. Email your completed form to Volunteer Co-ordinator, Teri Small (her email address is on the form) or call into the shop and leave it there and speak to Kevin (Shop Manager) or if you prefer, phone him: 01308 867922.

Haven’t helped in the shop before?  Not confident in operating the till or debit card machines? This is NOT a problem. 🙂

Broadwindsor Community StoresAll new volunteers are supported by another experienced team member or a member of staff (Kevin, Jane & Margaret) – a “Buddy”.  You are given training and support to carry out the everyday tasks: either on the till, serving customers, or if that’s not for you, then help with administration, cleaning, or stock replenishment.
You can read and download their policies HERE which includes the Staff and Volunteer Handbook which outlines all the duties that must be undertaken in the successful daily running of the shop.

What do you get out of it?  Working as part of the team, you can:

‣ Participate in an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
‣ Increase your connection to the community.
‣ Feel productive.
‣ Use your skills and share your experience, interests and knowledge.
‣ Learn new skills.
‣ Make new friends.

Our award winning Broadwindsor Community Stores can only continue with your help.
Please don’t assume that because it’s only two hours, that there will be someone else to fill it because there isn’t!  Please help if you can.  Thank you.



Change of Hours at Beaminster Food Bank

The Food Bank in Beaminster is located in the Prout Bridge Building, 6 Prout Bridge, Beaminster DT8 3AY  and is an invaluable source to many.  They now open 10am – 12noon on Mondays and Fridays every week.

Those who need to use the Food Bank can get in contact via telephone: 07434 654 652 or email and arrange to collect a parcel. You do not need a referral – but it helps! If you have been referred, you’ll be given a voucher – which you should take to your nearest foodbank. There, your voucher will be redeemed for 3 days worth of nutritionally balanced food.

They are still taking donations which are always needed and very welcome. donation boxes can be found at:

  • Beaminster Pharmacy
  • Yarn Barton Centre
  • Co-op
  • Prout Bridge

Vouchers are accepted at Nick Tett‘s butchers and Fruit and Two Veg. Delivery can be arranged in emergencies.

They thank you so much for your support and do please encourage those who are in need to contact them. They provide fresh food and free groceries. They are fully stocked and ready to help. 🙂

Food Banks normally provide non perishable foods unless stated otherwise and will try to tailor if possible any special dietary requests e.g. vegetarian. Please note: Food Banks are not a long term solution. They are there to help in times of crisis.


Local Employment: Part-time Cook at Symondsbury Kitchen

Symondsbury Kitchen is part of the Symondsbury Estate: a countryside cafe in the heart of Symondsbury. Open everyday for breakfast, lunch, brunch, afternoon tea and private bookings.

They are looking for a part-time cook looking to grow their skills in their busy kitchen. Responsibilities will include basic food preperation and cooking. Trained chef experience is not required but previous cook experience is preferred.

Hours will involve regular weekend work, weekdays and some requirement for evening work.

Please email your CV to to apply.

The Symondsbury Kitchen is now serving delicious seasonal dishes including their autumn salad and their braised pork, butter bean and chorizo stew. They also serve Hollis Mead organic milk as an option for their coffees!  Dogs are welcome to bring their owners 🙂  Tel: 01308 424116 to book.


Apologies! It’s Only 100 Days Until Christmas!

Today, Wednesday, September 16th 2020 marks just 100 days remaining until Christmas Day.  No one is able to predict what restrictions we will be in place by then but Christmas 2020 will certainly be a bit different this year.  This may disappoint many – but, it may at least help you spend less.

On *Martin Lewis’ Money Saving Expert website – he offers 40 different things you can do prepare now to reduce the financial stress and avoid being skint in January 2021. His guide covers those listed in the photograph below (Click on the photograph to see larger print size) and much more.  Read all 40 of them HERE.
Matin Lewis - Xmas tips*Martin Lewis OBE is a financial journalist and TV presenter of his own programme who founded in February 2003.  His website provides both British consumer finance information and a platform for discussion.  All free. He was appointed OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2014 for services to consumer rights and charity.  Well done Martin 🙂



Learn Zoom for Meetings at 2pm on September 14th

The Plunkett Foundation gave a huge amount of encouragement and advice to get our community shop, Broadwindsor Community Stores up and running. Tomorrow (Monday 14th September) they are holding a free webinar at 2pm to guide you through the process of holding your AMM/AGM online using Zoom.

Zoom is free to use.  Download it HERE.

The webinar is aimed at community businesses who may have been planning to hold their meetings face-to-face, but with new government guidelines restricting group sizes, are having to make the move to online.  Plunkett’s Community Business Manager, Alison Macklin, will provide a step-by-step guide to basic online meeting protocols, including:

  • Setting up and advertising the AGM/AMM
  • Registration
  • Basic settings on Zoom
  • Sharing screens
  • Managing AGM entry (waiting room)
  • Managing Q & A
  • Voting online
  • Motions online
  • Chat box on Zoom
  • Recording
  • Making it available at a later date for those who couldn’t attend

Get the Meeting Link HERE

Meeting ID: 91222499634

This webinar will be recorded and will be available to watch back on the The Plunkett Foundation website.
If you’re unable to join in on the day, please call on 01993 810 730. They have a friendly team who are happy to talk through your ideas, whatever stage you’re at.
Their helpline is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can email:


Respond to Government’s Covid-19 & Flu-jab Consultation By September 18th

After September 18th, our Government are going to announce that they consulted the public and because there were no objections, we all want and consent to the rollout of unlicensed vaccines, and that we are happy for non-medical staff to administer them and happy to accept we will not have the ability to ask for compensation if we face damage to our health. This particular request is not being seen by many and has not been promoted widely enough.

Our Government want your views on proposed changes to the Human Medicine Regulations to help with the safe and efficient distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine and expanded flu vaccine programme in the UK, along with treatments for COVID-19 and any other diseases that become pandemic. The consultation covers:

  • authorising temporary supply of an unlicensed product
  • civil liability and immunity
  • expanding the workforce eligible to administer vaccinations
  • promoting vaccines
  • making provisions for wholesale dealing of vaccines

These changes will support the effective rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine and the upscaling of influenza (flu) vaccination programme in the UK. It is important to emphasise, however, that although some of the measures specifically reference COVID-19 and flu vaccines, the proposed changes will also facilitate the efficient mass distribution of treatments for COVID-19, or for any other disease that poses a serious risk to public health.

At the time of publication of their document, it is not clear what the earliest date is that it might be possible to deploy a COVID-19 vaccine in the UK. In the circumstances, the UK government is moving as quickly as possible to put in place a package of legislative measures that would support the delivery of a safe and effective vaccine, for whenever the measures are needed.

However, having to move quickly means having less time than they would like to consult on these proposals – indeed, they are asking for comments by the end of Friday 18 September 2020.
Even after the consultation has finished and amendments have been made, the UK government will remain open to the possibility of making further changes – very rapidly, if need be.
Therefore, please do not refrain from commenting simply because the official period for receiving comments is at an end. If you have something that you want to say about these proposals, the UK government wants to hear it.

Read the full Consultation Document HERE.

There is one Citation, 3 New regulations 24 Amendments of regulations and 3 Amendments of Schedules in their 12 page document which you can download HERE.

Respond online HERE.




Broadwindsor Group Parish Council – Online Meeting Monday 14th September

Broadwindsor Group Parish Council are meeting online using the Zoom platform at 7.30pm on Monday 14 September 2020.
All are welcome to attend.

The full agenda is available to download HERE.

The meeting can be accessed HERE.
The Meeting ID: 857 1410 9082
Zoom is Free! – Sign Up and get it HERE.

There will be Reports from the Village Hall Committees of Broadwindsor (Comrades Hall Committee), Drimpton (Drimpton Village Hall and Recreational Trust) and Blackdown (Blackdown Village Hall Committee).  Reports are also expected from Councillor Simon Christopher* (Dorset Council) and Dorset Police.

This month’s meeting also includes the following Applications Received and Circulated for Consultation:

  • WD/D/20/001756, Broadwindsor Craft and Design Centre, Redlands Lane, Broadwindsor, DT8 3PX
  • WD/D/20/001880, Notification of Adoption of Telephone Kiosk, The Square, Broadwindsor
  • WD/D/20/000052, Blackbird Cottage, The Square, Broadwindsor, DT8 3QD
  • WD/D/20/000053, Blackbird Cottage, The Square, Broadwindsor, DT8 3QD
  • WD/D/20/001912, Potwell Farm, Potwell Farm Road, Mosterton, DT8 3HG

together with the following Application Results:

  • WD/D/19/002200, Land Adjacent to Hayes Barn, Broadwindsor: Refused
  • WD/D/20/000157, Glebe Cottage, Church Path, Broadwindsor, DT8 3QE: Request for confirmation of compliance with conditions 3 (Complied), 4 (Partially Complied) & 5 (Partially Complied) of listed building consent WD/D/19/002473)
  • WD/D/20/001499, Cambridge House, The Square, Broadwindsor, DT8 3QD: Approved

Following the approval of development at Netherhay last month – there will also be a Report from the Broadwindsor Group Parish Community Land Trust.

Cllr_SC*Councillor Simon Christopher gave up his role as Chair of the Area Planning Committee at the end of last month to concentrate on problems locally arising from the A35. He will also no longer sit as a member of the Dorset Council Audit and Governance Committee, although he still remains a Dorset Councillor.
A separate post on Cllr. Simon Christopher, with reference to his interview with Trevor Bevins at the Dorset Echo on 31st August 2020 and his interaction with Broadwindsor residents will be published sometime next week.


Rare Archives Sold at Lawrences’ Auctioneers

At Lawrences’ auctioneers in Crewkerne, great attention focused upon an archive of pictures, books and manuscripts from the family of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning. Prices were strong throughout. Robert Browning’s `The Greek Christian Poets and the English Poets` took £2375, more than ten times expectations; a pair of portrait miniatures ascribed to Charles Robertson, c.1790, made £1750 and an album of 120 family portrait photographs, apparently captioned by Robert Browning himself, made £6750.
An informal pencil sketch of Elizabeth Barrett Browning from 1845, ascribed to Alfred Price Moulton-Barrett (1820-1904), belied its simple lines by making the astounding price of £5750. The selection, and indeed the sale, was led by a collection of manuscript poems by Elizabeth and included drafts of `The Enchantress`, `The Young Thucydides` and other works.
Against hopes of £7000, this lot made £32500 and the collection added over £60000 to the £182,000 sale total.

Check when Lawrences’ next auctions are taking place HERE.
(Dates may be subject to change due to Government law and restrictions.)