Can You Marshall Or Donate?

Two Drimpton residents, Paul Clements (Cleaner Chimneys) and Stuart Pearce, are and members of  Drimpton Cycling Club and are taking the Challenge below and cycling the 55.2 miles route to raise funds for Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.
Motivation is provided by Stuart’s desire payback for his trip in the helicopter following a cardiac arrest 5 yrs ago. It costs on average £3,500 for each helicopter deployment, so they are seeking to reach that figure as a target, both to repay Stuart’s debt and to cover the cost of a trip for somebody else.

Please click HERE to visit their fundraising page to donate.

The 55 mile route from Watchett to West Bay passes through Drimpton and Broadwindsor as it does annually, so a rest stop at the Royal Oak for local support will be in evidence!

Stuart’s story:

I had been water skiing on the Saturday & we were going back out again on Sunday. Chugged 3 miles round the coast to get to a more calm bay. I got up & promptly keeled over …. Thankfully my best man’s wife saved me going overboard but now had a 13.5 stone dead weight lying on top of her 🥴 Luckily my best man has a 150hp outboard on his rib so floored it back to Salcombe. The lifeboat had been launched but Justin was greeted by the harbour master on his launch for speeding. Once he realised the emergency he escorted Justin to the jetty. Peak holiday season – August 5th. Thankfully 2 families walking by included 2 nurses. They started cpr. 6 doctors were also attracted by the commotion- one got a defib. 2 ambulances turned up from nowhere so they took over & eventually got me to the rugby club where the air ambulance was waiting to take me down to Plymouth. I was in an induced coma for 4 days, ITC for another 8 days & finally released after 22 days with pacemaker & defibrillator fitted. Every day is a bonus, the grass is greener, the sky bluer. Best thing every day is the dog walk. Thoroughly enjoy all the smallest details in life’.

Stuart may not be here today but for the combined efforts of so many bystanders, but critically the speedy trip to hospital via the air ambulance.

From Samantha Smith, DSAA Fundraising Officer…
Dear Residents
On Saturday 18 May 2024 we shall be holding our thirteenth annual Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge, starting at 10.30 am in Watchet and ending in West Bay.
Last year’s event saw 318 supporters take part to help raise funds to keep Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance flying. In doing so they collaboratively rode just over 17,000 miles and raised approx £49,000 – that’s enough to fund approximately 14 missions by the air ambulance.
We are aware that this event may cause you and your neighbours some slight disruption and would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.
If you would be willing to help marshal this event in your neighbourhood and help us keep everyone safe, we would love to hear from you.
With best wishes and many thanks for your support.
Samantha Smith
Fundraising Officer
Tel: 01823 669604

We wish both Paul and Stuart a safe and enjoyable day on Saturday, 18th May 🙂

Please click HERE to
visit their fundraising page to donate.

There are also donation boxes in The Wobbly Cottage and The White Lion.


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Last Tuesday Of Post Office In Comrades Hall

Today is the last day that the Post Office OutReach service will be inside the Comrades Hall. Opening at 10am until 12.30pm, teas and coffees will be available as usual.

More volunteers to serve refreshments are sought to support the new mobile van service which commences on Monday, 20th November at 12.15pm for one hour. Please enquire when visiting the Post Office.

Service times for Broadwindsor will be Mondays 12.15 – 1.15pm and Thursdays 9.15 – 10.45am in the Comrades Hall Car Park.

A Sneak Peek Into P.O.’s Mobile Van Service

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A Sneak Peek Into P.O.’s Mobile Van Service

Monday, 20th November at 12.15pm will be the first day when Steve and his team open their service for one hour at the Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor from their new mobile outreach van.

The Post Office Users Group will also be serving teas and coffees inside 🙂

Access will be from the rear of the vehicle with supportive handrails both sides and a ramp to be used for wheelchair/mobility scooter access.

Service times for Broadwindsor will be Mondays 12.15 – 1.15pm and Thursdays 9.15 – 10.45am.

If you would like to participate in the P.O.’s National survey – as they would like you to tell them what you think about the suitability of the new location and the opening hours – please click HERE (closes 1st December).

Information for other villages in this project is as follows:

We are very fortunate to have this service come to our rural villages – please take advantage and support it. Thank you.

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Girl Guides Plant Over 600 Trees

At the weekend, along with girls & leaders from Bothenhampton Guides, Charmouth Guides & West Dorset Rangers, the Broadwindsor Guides planted over 600 trees as part of the Queens canopy, by kind permission of the landowners at Downbarn Farm in Mosterton.
This also reinstated a county boundary (Dorset/Somerset) Hedgerow that was removed by previous land owners in the 1930’s.
They first learnt about the different types of trees and the benefits of planting new trees/hedges.

They worked really well, met new friends and thoroughly enjoyed hot chocolate and cake to warm them up!

Well done to all involved!


Villager’s Appeal For Site To Land Dorset Air Ambulance Successful

Almost a year ago, Broadwindsor resident, Pip Cadwell published a letter in the Broadwindsor News parish magazine, his suggestion for having landing sites available to the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. Since that time, much research has been carried out and now Pip delivers his update:

Some months ago I suggested to the Air Ambulance, the idea of haveing designated landing Zones to enable Emergency staff to deal with emergencies quicker, and therefore reducing the times that they have to get to the patient.

I have sent off, to Air Ambulance Control, the co-ordinates of 3 landing zones for the Air Ambulance, should we ever have to use it .

The Landing zones have been researched and and permisions have been granted by the owners and users of the land on which the Air Ambulance would land.

The 3 zones have been chosen and sent to Ambulance Control, to enable emergency personel to attend incidents quickly and safely , depending on where the emergency takes place. They would save valuble time getting to the patients and it could make the difference between life and death.

I will post maps in the Shop, and the Comrades Hall , and the Pub (when it opens) so that you can all see where the Landing Zones are.

I would like to thank everybody who has given their permission and their time, to use the various locations.

– Pip Cadwell

The three zones are:

  1. School field. (Ambulance control to phone school prior to landing).
  2. Cricket Field.  (Promise not to land on the wicket).
  3. Fullers. (In the adjoining field near the wheelie bins).

Thanks to you Pip!

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is a registered charity, established to provide relief from sickness and injury for the people of Dorset and Somerset, by the provision of an air ambulance service, with an air and road-delivered critical care capability. They receive no direct funding from the Government or the National Lottery and rely on the generosity of the public for support.


First Bus 6/6B Timetables For Winter

It would appear that First Bus have takem some of WATAG’s suggestions on board:

As well as the 16.35 from Yeovil to Bridport now serving Yeovil College at 16.45, tying in with the end of classes and meaning students can get home, there will be a Sunday service again – between Weymouth, Bridport and Lyme Regis.
he last bus from Dorchester has been rescheduled to meet the 18.47 train arrival from London. (bus re-timed from 18.40 to 18.55).

Also from 3rd October – Services X51 and X53 to/from Weymouth – Dorchester – Bridport – West Bay – Lyme Regis – Axminster timetables can be found HERE.

Thank you to Parish Cllr. Jacqui Sewell for the information.


Mapperton House Plant Fair – Sunday, 19th September

The Autumn Plant Fair at Mapperton has been an outstanding event for many years, and is one of the largest and most popular specialist plant fairs in Dorset. A great day out for plant lovers in the area with a a large number of stalls of specialist plantsmen from all over the region.
Open at 10am until 4pm, fill your garden with late season herbaceous perennials and grasses, and bulbs for autumn planting are always popular. There are bound to be Salvias in flower and more unusual pitcher plants catching end of summer flies. Also available will be metal plant supports and structures, plus a range of Acers and shrubs. as well a trip for those who want a ‘Gardeners Day Out’ in fantastic surroundings. Access to their gardens (winner of the Garden of the Year 2020 Historic Houses award) is included in the entry price. Please note – Mapperton House will be closed on the day.

  • Tickets are now available – Click HERE
  • Admission is £5 per person,
  • Free tickets available for under 5’s.
  • Your ticket includes FREE entry to the award-winning gardens.
  • The Coach House café will be open serving hot drinks and snacks.

All proceeds go to  Save The Children.


6/6A Bus Timetable Now Gets Yeovil Students Home

Parish Councillor, Jacqui Sewell has continued to campaign and lobby for rural transport ever since she was an elected West Dorset Council member and was WDDC’s representative on WATAG (West Dorset Western Area Transport Action Group).
Today, still with WATAG, she was pleased to see that, at last – “the No. 6A bus WILL pick up the students from Yeovil College at 16.45pm for homeward travel to Broadwindsor – now to get Dorset Council to get Rural Access to Public Transport.
Children from Broadwindsor will still have to travel to Beaminster in the morning.

The bus is being operated by Somerset Council. The timetable shown below.

The Dorset Council Cabinet member with responsibility for transport is East Dorset Councillor, Ray Bryan who is Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment. His contact details are:


Download the full timetable pdf document HERE.


Astronomy – 3pm, Wednesday 14th July

Village resident Peter Davies will present his 3rd session for those with an interest in Astronomy this Wednesday at 3pm on Zoom.  Last month’s session had to be cancelled due to illness.

This month there will be a recap on previous content and then move onto the subject of Time.

The sessions are 90 minutes each and there will be a 5-10 min break for tea after 40 mins.  Peter does recommend having a notepad and pen to take any notes. There will also be the opportunity to ask questions and/or discussion.

Magna HousingTo listen/participate – you must first email: to register your interest for Data Protection reasons. If you do not receive an invitation to join from Lori Lee, please email Peter directly:
Those who have already registered should receive their email invitation.

Zoom is Free! – Sign Up and get it HERE.

This event is sponsored by Magna Housing and

The Delta Aquariids meteor shower is visible from 13th July – 24th August, peaking around 30th July.


Goodbye & Good Luck!

…to Vikki & Spike, now ex-landlords of Broadwindsor’s pub, The White Lion.

Vikki and Spike are off to pastures new, closer to family at The New Inn, Park Lane Off Church Street, Blagdon, Bristol, BS40 7SB. The venue appears very attractive situated by Blagdon lake and several locals have already declared promises to take a trip to visit them and of course, all will be welcomed.

Thank you so much Spike and Vikki for everything you have contributed to our village while you have been here. You have been an invaluable part of our community. You will be sorely missed but we all wish you both wealth, health and prosperity in your new venture.

What’s happening to the pub?

The Parish Council is waiting to hear back from Palmers Brewery re: negotiations of the building becoming a community run pub: initial village feedback would indicate the situation is fraught with problems as anyone taking over is subject to Palmers’ rules, ales and pricing. Click HERE to view the latest local  news at the time of publishing…. we wait.


Where will people go?

The nearest pubs out of the village are:

  • The Knapp in Beaminster.
  • The Royal Oak in Drimpton.
  • The Admiral Hood in Mosterton.
  • The New Inn in Stoke Abbott.