Village Shop opening times

Broadwindsor Community StoresThere seems to have been some confusion over when our Community Stores is open and when it is closed.  Here are the updated times taken from the shop this morning.

Monday: 7.30am – 6pm
Tuesday: 7.30am – 6pm
Wednesday: 7.30am – 3pm*
Thursday: 7.30am – 6pm
Friday: 7.30am – 6pm
Saturday: 7.30am – 2pm*
Sunday 8am – 12 noon.

*Delivering to self-isolating customers.

#StayAtHome #StaySafe


Warning re: BBQs

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and RescueThe relaxation of the Covid-19 restrictions and the marvellous weather may tempt some of us to meet up with family, gather (maximum of 6) & enjoy a barbecue.  Dorset Fire & Rescue have issued this warning:

We are heading into ‘extreme’ wildfire risk this weekend and we are asking you, please don’t have a BBQ anywhere other than your garden and please don’t have bonfire as these can easily get out of control #EnjoyItDontDestroyIt #StaySafe #BeResponsible #StayAtHome #BinItDontBurnIt

This film shows the loss and devastation caused by the fire in Wareham Forest last week.

Please note: Some viewers may find these images upsetting.

The Sound of Music Through The Square Window comes to an end next Sunday, 7 June

Julie AndrewsThe last Sound of Music Through The Square Window will be at 1pm on Sunday 7th June.  The weekend would have been the village’s Fun weekend, so the date does seem appropriate.

If you’re socially distancing dancing in the Square, please wear a hat so if feels special, like some kind of celebration of us all gradually coming out of lockdown.

Margery has been interviewed for a special Desert Island Discs programme on Radio 4 at 9am on Friday 5 June featuring people from all over the country and the music that has helped them through lockdown.

BBC Radio 4 are currently doing a Desert Islands Disc Challenge. Pick your favourite eight tracks, one book and a luxury item that you’d want with you on a desert island. Share your list on social media with the hashtag #DesertIslandDiscsChallenge and nominate eight of your friends to do the same. What would you choose?

Find out more HERE


Bank Holiday Indian Takeaway tonight?

The Sundorbon, BridportThey deliver to Broadwindsor!

They are open with normal opening hours today – deliveries/collections from 5pm to 11pm.

Treat yourself to a Bank Holiday Indian Takeaway tonight

They have already started receiving online pre-orders!

Order online:
Phone us anytime: 01308 425266

#Broadwindsor #StayAtHome #EatIndian #Takeaway #StaySafe

Eco Group need more volunteers.

Eco GroupBeaminster Area Eco Group  need four more volunteers to empty the recycling bins at the Craft Centre and then take it to Bridport Recycling Centre.  Each volunteer will have two dates allocated.  All that is required are three black bin bags: one for aluminium and two for tetrapaks.

A message from Jackie RileyPlease, please wash your tetrapaks and squash them prior to popping them in the bin.  Squashing means we can fit so much more in and makes it easier for the volunteer to collect.
My first volunteer was 80 and managed it perfectly.  The recycling team were apparently very helpful.  Many thanks.  Jackie01308 868949

#Recycle #Broadwindsor #StaySafe

Penumbral Lunar & Solar Eclipse in June

Strawberry Moon in JuneThe new lunar cycle begins this evening around 6.30pm.  This June, we will get a chance to see both a solar and lunar eclipse. The first will be the Lunar Eclipse, which will happen on June 5th, then will come the Solar Eclipse, on June 21st.

A Solar Eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, which totally or partly blocks out the Sun for a viewer on Earth.

A Lunar Eclipse can occur only on the night of a Full Moon.
It occurs when the Moon moves into the Earth’s shadow. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are exactly or very closely aligned (in syzygy), with Earth between the other two.
In a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, the Moon moves through a portion of the Earth’s outer shadow. The Earth restricts or obstructs the sunlight from reaching the Moon.
The eclipse starts at 18.45 hrs. but won’t be visible until the Moon rises above the horizon around 21.15 hrs. Look South East. The eclipse ends at 10:04 pm.
The next Penumbral Lunar Eclipse that we’ll be able to see is on 30th November.

June’s Full Moon on the 5th is also known as the Strawberry Moon., being the time of year for ripening strawberries.  June was traditionally the month for marriages – it is even named after the Roman goddess of marriage, Juno. Following marriage comes the “honeymoon,” which give may give credence to this Full Moon’s name.

#LookUp #StaySafe


Tomorrow is World Bee Day!

World Bee Day - May 20thMay 20th has been recognised as World Bee Day since 2017 when the UN approved Slovenia’s proposal after 3 years of trying.

Every individual can contribute to the preservation of bees and other pollinators:

  • Plant nectar-bearing flowers for decorative purposes on balconies, terraces, and gardens.
  • Buy honey and other hive products from your nearest local beekeeper.
  • Raise awareness among children and adolescents on the importance of bees and express your support for beekeepers.
  • Set up a pollinator farm on your balcony, terrace, or garden; you can either make it yourself or buy at any home furnishings store.
  • Preserve old meadows – which feature a more diverse array of flowers – and sow nectar-bearing plants.
  • Cut grass on meadows only after the nectar-bearing plants have finished blooming.
  • Offer suitable farming locations for the temporary or permanent settlement of bees so that they have suitable pasture; as a consequence, they will pollinate our plants, which will thereby bear more fruit.
  • Use pesticides that do not harm bees, and spray them in windless weather, either early in the morning or late at night, when bees withdraw from blossoms.
  • Mulch blooming plants in orchards and vineyards before spraying them with pesticides so that they do not attract bees after being sprayed.

For more information about the Project – visit:

Bumble Bee on flower

#SaveTheBees #WorldBeeDay #StaySafe


Check if you can claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Covid-19 Support for the Self-EmployedWho can claim?

You can claim if you’re a self-employed individual or a member of a partnership and:

  • you traded in the tax year 2018 to 2019 and submitted your Self Assessment tax return on or before 23 April 2020 for that year
  • you traded in the tax year 2019 to 2020
  • you intend to continue to trade in the tax year 2020 to 2021
  • you carry on a trade which has been adversely affected by coronavirus

Your business could be adversely affected by coronavirus if, for example:

  • you’re unable to work because you:
    • are shielding
    • are self-isolating
    • are on sick leave because of coronavirus
    • have caring responsibilities because of coronavirus
  • you’ve had to scale down or temporarily stop trading because:
    • your supply chain has been interrupted
    • you have fewer or no customers or clients
    • your staff are unable to come in to work

There is an online tool you can use to find out if you’re eligible to make a claim.  You’ll need your Self Assessment Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) and your National Insurance number – Start HERE.

For further information – Click HERE

#StaySafe #StayAtHome #SaveLives