Broadwindsor Cricket Club Broken Into

Last night (Friday, September 18th) a mower and scarifier were stolen from Broadwindsor Cricket Club.

The thieves probably had a car or small van as none of the larger items were taken.  The lock is cemented to the ground and this was broken. The top small gate was open so it is likely they gained access this way.

The incident has been reported to the police. If you saw or heard anything suspicious, or if you have been offered these items of machinery then please contact: Dorset Police – online HERE or call 101.
The crime/incident no. is: 55 200 141 436.




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.



Take Part In An Advent Window Trail This Christmas

Our lovely Rev. Jo has had the most lovely, community spirited idea and needs your participation for the project to be a success. Here are her words:

Something I had been thinking about for Christmas was a community activity that wouldn’t be Covid 19 sensitive. It is unlikely, I think, that we will be singing carols in the pub this year for example and our community carol services in church would need to be different too. I wondered about an Advent Trail around the village with different window displays every evening in Advent.

If you have a little search around the internet you will find many different Advent calendar ideas from beach huts in Brighton to windows around villages in Nottinghamshire and everything in between. Perhaps if we choose a theme, maybe Christmas carols, make a list of 24 and then families volunteered to decorate a window according to the theme. Then every evening in Advent, perhaps as early as 4pm, the new window was lit up so we could come and look on our evening strolls.

You would need a window visible from the street, as we don’t want to encourage people to walk up drives, but I think we probably have lots of visible windows in Broadwindsor and Drimpton. The final window, 24, probably should be at the church.  I’m happy to coordinate the idea but need a bit of local interest to make it succeed. If you think you would like to be part of an Advent Window Trail this December in either Broadwindsor or Drimpton then send me an email to and we can get planning.”

Rev Jo Neary
Pioneer Priest
Beaminster Area Team
01308 867816


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 🙂



Local Theft

Dorset Police are appealing for assistance on Reports of three thefts, two of them very close to home.
1. Theft of Quad Bike: Between 00.01 hrs on Tuesday 8th Sept 2020 and 14.18 hrs on Saturday 12th Sept 2020 a green coloured Kawasaki Kodiak Quad Bike was stolen from a farm in Drimpton, Beaminster.
Occurrence 55200137469 refers.
2. Theft from shed: Between 16.00 hrs on Thursday 10th Sept 2020 and 17.00 hrs on Friday 11th Sept 2020 miscellaneous building materials were stolen from a shed at a farm in Broadwindsor, Beaminster.
Items stolen included roofing sheets, heavy duty guttering and metal work.
Occurrence 55200137294 refers.
3. Theft of Bicycle: Sometime between 19.30 hrs on Friday 11th Sept 2020 and 10.00 hrs on Saturday 12th Sept 2020 a specialized Hybrid Bicycle was stolen from the campsite at Freshwater Beach Holiday Park, Burton Bradstock, Bridport.
Occurrence 55200137440 refers.
If you have information regarding any of the crimes or incidents above, please contact Dorset Police on the non-emergency 101 number, quoting the relevant occurrence number. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.
Or report it on online

BT Basic

BT vans are always driving around our village.  We have many elderly residents in our village too who could greatly benefit from the BT Basic package:

BT Basic is a low-cost telephone service for people on specific means-tested benefits. It gives you peace of mind by helping you to budget.  It is not advertised by BT and you have to contact them to receive an application form which you send in with your evidence that you meet their requirements.

You must be getting one of the following means-tested benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Pensions Credit (Guaranteed Credit)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (Income related)
  • Universal Credit (and are on zero earnings)

Costs are significantly cheaper:

The monthly line rental only costs £5.16 (including VAT) a month. As well as getting free weekend calls (up to sixty minutes duration) to 0845 and 0870 numbers, it comes with a call allowance of £1.50 and a £10 monthly price cap.

If you would like to add Broadband to a BT Basic line, the total cost of this is £10.07.

With the price cap, it means no matter how many calls you make the most you’ll pay each month is £15.16 or £20.07 with broadband, if you keep with the eligible calls included within the price cap. If you make fewer calls it will be less. This applies to UK numbers starting with 01, 02, 03 and 08 as well as UK mobile numbers starting with 07 – so UK mobiles are included too!

You can choose to have either monthly or quarterly bills.

If you’re the named account holder, you can get a BT Basic application form by calling 0800 800 864 (8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday).