Memorial Service for Harold Jenkins – Wednesday, 1st February

Village resident Harold Jenkins, who died earlier this month, will be remembered at a service on Wednesday, 1st February, at 12 noon in Burstock church.

There will be refreshments afterwards at The Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this sad time.

❤ Harold Jenkins  16.01.1940 – 14.01.2023  ❤


Farewell Colin Lawrence

Over 150 people from in and around the parish packed into Broadwindsor’s St. John the Baptist church yesterday afternoon to attend the funeral of Colin Lawrence who died on 23rd December 2022.

After the opening hymn ‘All things bright and beautiful‘, Colin’s granddaughter, Amy read a poem –

‘Goodbye Grandad’

Heaven has received another angel,
The night sky another star.
Your life has become a loving memory.
I know you will never be far.
I know you’re watching over me
As my life goes on.
I will treasure the memories I have of you.
I can’t believe you’re gone.
You were a loving, caring grandad
You were there for me a lot.
You will always hold a place in my heart,
A loving treasured spot.
You were really one in a million,
A cut above the rest.
All who knew you would agree.
You simply were the best.
So, Grandad, I will say goodbye.
I love and miss you with all my heart,
But as long as I have my loving memories,
We will never be too far apart.


Rev. David Baldwin read the Eulogy prepared by his family:

Colin was born on the 2nd May 1937 and was the youngest son of Kathleen & Cyril, & lived at Seavington St Mary, near Ilminster. He had one brother, Keith. He attended schools in Ilminster. On leaving school he worked on a local farm and following this he did National Service in the Royal Air Force, his section being the Fire Brigade Crew. Some of this time was spent in Germany.

One winters night in 1956, Valerie & 3 of her friends were in Broadwindsor Square when they heard the sound of a motorbike approaching from Drimpton Road. On the bike was Colin riding pillion behind his brother!! After their first meeting, Colin continued to cycle from Seavington St Mary to Broadwindsor every weekend as due to work commitments that was the only spare time he had. This was the start of their romance & 64 years of marriage!

In 1958, on Boxing Day, they were married here in Broadwindsor Church whilst Colin was home on leave. There first marital home was in Burstock.

In 1961, Mandy was born. Unfortunately, Colin was away training in Finchley for the Fire Service so he missed this event.

Following his National Service he then worked for Newmans of Beaminster assisting with the digging of boreholes. After this he then drove for South Western Farmers in Crewkerne delivering animal feeds.

In 1966, Wayne was born and Colin was present this time!!

In the late 60s, Colin started driving for Ready Mixed Concrete until he retired, and still remained in contact with former workmates. The family recalls whenever they were on their travels in Dorset or Somerset, Colin would often comment, ‘I‘ve delivered concrete there‘, and would often remember what was being built at the time.

Sadly Colin lost his Brother, Keith, which left a huge hole in his life as they were so close, and used to visit one another on a weekly basis.

In 1971, the family moved to Broadwindsor, then in 2005 returned back to Burstock.

From 1972 – 1992 he served as a Special Constable working from Bridport Police Station. This was a job he enjoyed doing, giving back to the community.

In 1996, Amy arrived which made him the proudest Grandad ever. The family enjoyed many happy holidays together in Cornwall during Amy’s early years. He was so proud of her tennis achievements, which I’m sure you’re all aware of!! Amy can remember how he used to play tennis with her in the road at Burstock, and even in his 60s he could give her a run for her money. He also hit many balls in the neighbours gardens!

Colin loved the outdoors. He loved shooting, beating & gardening. He also played in a skittles team in the Cattistock Hunt League. Colin & Valerie also belonged to Broadwindsor Over 60s club which met monthly, and revelled in the outings. Through these interests he’s made many close friendships. Up until recently he was still gardening for Michelle & Mick at Broadwindsor, and Jackie & John at Clapton, despite having a large garden of his own. He liked helping other people out! He also loved animals. Over recent years has tamed many a stray cat, and they’ve all been given names.

Colin never lost his sense of humour whilst in hospital. On one occasion when Mandy & Amy visited him and the Nurse asked him who they were, he pointed at Amy and said, ‘That’s my Amy’, then pointed to Mandy and said, ‘She’s from Dorset’. It’s clear to say Mandy wasn’t expecting that!!

All of you that are here today will know that Colin was a positive, thoughtful, caring and loving family man, and would do anything to help anyone. However, his time keeping was not always the best, even in his final moments. Mandy and Amy having spent 32 hours by his bedside, the Nurses moved him into a side room, during this short distance with no one by his side he passed away much to the surprise of everyone. Particularly Amy, who uttered words that can not be repeated today!

Colin may be gone but will never be forgotten, and will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.


A lovely poignant poem followed:

Always there

When you remember me,

Please do not weep.

My body may not be there.

It has chosen to sleep.

 I’m not far away.

My soul lives on,

Looking down, watching over

You and everyone.

And when you feel sad

And life seems so blue,

Just remember

That my spirit has its arms around you.

And on those special days

Times that you wish I could see,

That cool breeze flowing past you…

Well, that will be me,

So don’t be sad.

Have no fear.

God has taken me under his wing,

But I’ll always be near.

I still watch you

Every minute, every day.

My love and soul are with you,

And that’s where they will stay.

Colin exited the church to the music ‘Always look on the bright side of life‘ performed by The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Commander in Chief Fleet. The Committal took place at Burstock Churchyard.
Afterwards, friends and family gathered together at the Comrades Hall to enjoy a lovely buffet and to share and celebrate their memories of Colin.

Any donations in Colin‘s name are requested to go to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

❤ Colin Gerald Lawrence 02.05.1937 – 23.12.2022  ❤


Harold Jenkins 16.01.1940 – 14.01.2023

Sadly, village resident, Harold Jenkins died peacefully in his sleep at home on Saturday morning.

Harold & his wife Margaret operated as First Responders for several years within our community. Harold was also a judge for many photographic competitions including The Melplash Show.

Harold leaves behind his wife, Margaret with whom he celebrated their Diamond (60 years) anniversary at the end of last year and his two children, Nick & Elizabeth.

There will be a private cremation and a remembrance service will be held at a later date. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

❤ Harold Jenkins  16.01.1940 – 14.01.2023  ❤


Funeral Arrangements For Colin Lawrence

The funeral service for Colin Lawrence, who passed away on 23rd December 2022, will take place at St. John the Baptist Church in Broadwindsor on Wednesday, 25th January at 2pm. His burial will then take place at St. Andrew’s church in Burstock.

Colin’s wake will be at the Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor and all his friends are invited to attend. Our love, thoughts and prayers go out to Val, Mandy, Wayne & granddaughter, Amy ❤

Family flowers only please. Any donations, please send to the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance HERE or by mail to c/o A J Wakely & Sons, 7 North Street, Beaminster, DT8 3DZ.


❤ Colin Lawrence 02.05.1937 – 23.12.2022  ❤


Colin Lawrence 02.05.1937 – 23.12.22

It is with a heavy heart to announce the passing of Burstock resident, Colin Lawrence who died yesterday afternoon at Yeovil Hospital.

Colin was well known within our parish community for many things but particularly, his willingness to help and how fit he was for his age.  Colin died after a relatively short illness with family by his side.  He leaves behind his beloved wife Val, who would have celebrated 64 years of marriage with him on Boxing Day, and his two children, Mandy & Wayne.

Details of his funeral will be published in the New Year.  Our love, thoughts and prayers go out to them all at this particularly poignant time.

❤ Colin Lawrence 02.05.1937 – 23.12.2022  ❤

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Funeral Arrangements for Julie Steele

Julie Steele‘s funeral service will take place on Friday, 6th January at 2pm in St. John the Baptist church in BroadwindsorJulie requested that everyone please dress with colour 🙂

Julie, who died on Monday, 12th, always had a huge smile for everyone throughout her long struggle with cancer and will be sorely missed in her role as President of the village’s W.I.

Julie‘s service will be followed by her wake at the Comrades Hall.

❤ Julie Steele 21.07.1965– 12.12.2022 ❤


W.I. President Julie Steele, 21.07.65 -12.12.22

Broadwindsor’s Women’s Institute announced on their website earlier today that their president, Julie Steele had died on Monday, 12th December. Their announcement read:

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend and former President Julie Steele, following a long struggle with cancer.  Julie was the most outgoing, fun, bubbly lady one would ever hope to meet, and a real leading light at our WI.  We are heartbroken.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family & friends at this very sad time.


David Leader’s Cortège – Monday, 11th April, 11am

Tomorrow morning at 11am, David Leader’s cortège will drive through our village of Broadwindsor.

David died suddenly on Sunday, 13th March leaving his family – Elaine, Ryan and Rosie, our community and almost anyone whoever came into contact with him devastated.  As a mark of respect, Broadwindsor Community Stores will be closed from 11am – 1pm.

Elaine stated that David would have wanted everyone to dress casually, informally and in your everyday clothes with lots of colour

After the cortège has left the village, the funeral service at Yeovil Crematorium is for family only please.

At 12 noon, the service will be available to watch live and you are welcome to join others at The Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor.

Alternatively, you may use the link provided below to watch the service wherever is convenient for you.

Here is the link (watch live at 12 noon and watch again) :-
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Username: hiya4579
Password: 968912

At 3pm, everyone is warmly invited to join the family at the Comrades Hall to celebrate David’s life.

No flowers were requested, but greatly appreciated are donations to the following organisations, which were all closely supported by David: RSPB, Woodland Trust, Cancer Research , Samaritans and Oxfam (Each charity will open it’s own window).

❤ David Leader, 24.11.1957 – 13.03.2022 ❤


David Leader’s Funeral Arrangements

Following the sudden and tragic loss of David Leader, “The family would like to thank you for your great kindness and support at this very sad time.

If you would like the details of David’s funeral and celebration of his life, they are as follows:

Monday, 11th April 2022:

  • 11am – the cortège will pass through Broadwindsor village.
  • 12 noon – funeral service at Yeovil Crematorium (family only please).
    The service will be available to watch live and you are welcome to join others at The Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor, or to use the link provided to watch the service wherever is convenient for you.

Here is the link (watch live at 12 noon and watch again) :-
Visit the Website:
Username: hiya4579
Password: 968912

  • 3pm – Celebration of Life. Everyone is warmly invited to join the family at the Comrades Hall to celebrate David’s life.
    We hope you are able to attend and look forward to seeing you.

Please could we request no flowers but appreciate donations to the following organisations, which were closely supported by David : RSPB, Woodland Trust, Cancer Research and Samaritans (Each charity will open it’s own window).

Thank you.”

Elaine Leader.


As you probably know, David’s favourite shop was Oxfam. Please feel free to dress casually, informally and in your everyday clothes with lots of colour. This is what he would have wanted. ♥️
Thank you so much
Elaine xxx

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to Elaine, Ryan, Rosie and the extended family at this incredibly sad time.


David John Leader, 24.11.1957 – 13.03.2022

It is with the heaviest of hearts to announce the sudden and tragic death of David Leader.

The Parish council described David as “An inspirational Parish Councillor, colleague and friend. The breadth of David’s active involvement in the local community including Comrades Hall, Hursey Common, the Community Shop, The White Lion, the Community Land Trust and School to name but a few is a true testament to his generous character and his passion for helping others….”.  A formal tribute will be paid to David at their next meeting on 21st March.

Our community is in shock.  The legacy David leaves behind is legendary. A valued friend of the Editor, our thoughts and prayers go to Elaine, Ryan and Rosie at this extremely sad time.  Arrangements will be published when known.

Elaine, who provided the lovely photograph, wants people to know they are so very grateful for the enormous gestures of love and support from friends and the community. “The flowers are beautiful and we are so grateful but going forward I think David would prefer for donations to be directed towards the Ukraine crisis.

David John Leader
24.11.1957 – 13.03.2022