The Broad Palate – Dec ’23

Two of our family favourites – also great for dinner guests. Wishing you health and happiness for the festive season. 🎄 x” – Ann Shaw

Salmon in Filo (serves 4)

Great with new potatoes and green beans or tender stem broccoli. Serve with tartare sauce (or a bowl of shop-bought sour cream and chive dip!). For a vegetarian version, use mounds of cooled, roasted vegetables (without too much moisture) instead of the fish.

  • 4 sheets filo pastry
  • 125g/4.5 oz butter, melted
  • 4 skinless, boneless salmon fillets
  • 250g/8 oz plain/garlic & herb cream cheese
  • 4 handfuls watercress, coarsely chopped + 4 sprigs to garnish
  • Sesame seeds (optional)
  • Salt and pepper


Heat oven to 190°C/170°C fan/Gas 5.
Lay a sheet of filo on your board, brush with butter and fold so that the two short sides meet. Brush with butter.
On a short side, place a salmon fillet around 1.5 ins from the edge and season. Add a quarter of the cream cheese along the top of the fillet, then watercress to taste.
Roll up carefully, buttering and folding in the sides as you go, making a parcel. Repeat with the other 3 fillets. Place on a buttered baking tray, ensuring that the salmon is on the bottom. Brush parcels with butter, sprinkle with sesame seeds if using, and bake for around 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Garnish with saved watercress.

Easy Chocolate Mousse (makes 6)

My version of a cracking Delia recipe from the 1960s. Use 200g dark chocolate if you prefer. I add coffee powder to bring out the taste of the chocolate – it won’t add any coffee flavour.
Ring the changes by adding the zest of a large orange, or a crushed-up chocolate honeycomb bar, or a couple of tablespoons of your favourite liqueur. Can be made a day ahead.

  • 100g/3.5 oz dark chocolate (min 75% solids)
  • 100g/3.5 oz good quality milk chocolate
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 120ml/4fl. oz warm water with 1 heaped tsp instant espresso /coffee powder*
  • 40g/1.5 oz caster sugar
  • (*if using liqueur, use 30ml, and reduce coffee + water to 90ml)
  • Raspberries and double cream to serve (optional)


Place chocolate and coffee water (+ liqueur if using) in a heatproof bowl, melt gently over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir occasionally until the chocolate has melted.
Allow to cool until tepid then add egg yolks and quickly stir until smooth and shiny.
Whisk egg whites to soft peaks with a pinch of salt to stabilise, then gradually add the sugar and whisk until glossy.
Using a large metal spoon, mix a dollop of egg white into the chocolate mixture to loosen it up, then add the rest of the egg white, gently folding and cutting, until there are no more visible clumps of egg white.
Spoon into ramekins or dessert glasses and refrigerate for 5-6 hours.
Serve with cream and raspberries if liked.

Many thanks to Ann 🙂

Bon Appetit!

Nov ’23Squash & Sausage Pasta / Pear & Apple Sponge

To revisit the Bishops’ Kitchen recipes provided by Richard Childs – please click HERE 🙂

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Broadwindsor Coffee Club News

The new service times for Broadwindsor Post Office are:

  • Mondays 12.15 – 1.15pm &
  • Thursdays 9.15 – 10.45am

The P.O. mobile van is here for a shorter time than we have been used to and every effort is being made for the the new Post Office change to run smoothly. Please, during this transition period, patience and cooperation is required at times but customers can be assured that no one has to wait outside in the wet/cold… Seating and warmth is available  in the Comrades Hall Foyer, with you looking after your turn. This will also help with establishing a queuing system at very busy times.
To coincide with the new hours, you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy fresh coffee or tea and the chance for a chat in in the warmth of the Servery inside Comrades Hall on:

  • Mondays from 11.00am to 1.30pm &
  • Thursdays from 9.00 am to 11.00am

A date for your diary: Monday, December 18th  – there will be mulled wine, sausage rolls, mince pies, etc. to celebrate the Christmas season along with a raffle for a hamper.  The Comrades Hall 100 Club December draw will also be held that morning.

More Volunteers are needed to keep this social aspect around the PO visit going by manning a coffee pot and chatting for an hour or two!  Please come along and offer your help 🙂

Do come along and support the Coffee Club and Post Office, this is a valuable service we need to maintain for the benefit of the village.

Thank you 🙂

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Broadwindsor Tree Lights Switch On – Thursday, 30th Nov

All are invited to come along to Bernards’ Place in the Square at 6.30pm on Thursday, 30th November to see the village’s Christmas tree lights be switched on for the festive season 🙂

This will be followed by carol singing, minced pies and mulled wine served at The White Lion.

Get into the Christmas spirit and join in!

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Thank You For Coming To The Firework Display

The weather was so kind for our firework display, which was, as last year, a great success and raised funds for Broadwindsor Cricket Club and Broadwindsor Comrades Hall.
We are grateful to our sponsors, Symonds and Sampson, Broadwindsor House Care Home, Cllr Simon Christopher and The Knapp Inn.
As a result of the evening the Cricket Club and Broadwindsor Comrades Hall have shared the profit on the night, each receiving £681.65.
My thanks to the cricket club and their helpers who ran the bar and BBQs.and the village school PTA who had a stall raising money too.
I also want to thank my team of volunteers who helped set up and light the fireworks, and kept the spectators safe on their way to and from the cricket field.  Also to Dorothy Rowe and Margery Hookings who successfully rattled their donation buckets and to Sara Dyke, our First Aider.
My thanks also to P H Hardwill for lending us their tower light, Shane and Ellen Pym for lending us their generator, John Staff and Martin Burt for their tower safety lights and Stefan Nikolov for the use of his safety equipment.
And finally, a massive thank you to all the spectators who came along and enjoyed the evening.  We hope to see you all again at next year’s Broadwindsor Firework Display.
Thank you
Andrew Hookings

Photo credit: Ruthie Stevens.

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BSO Trio Sunday Serenade – 19th November

As part of an Artsreach funded project, a trio of musicians from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) will perform from 2.30pm on Sunday, 19th November.

A Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra trio of flute, cello and harp will serenade you in a programme of music through the ages, from Bach and Bizet to Ibert and Joni Mitchell, with pieces especially arranged for this unique and beautiful line up.

This special afternoon recital is presented from the stage by the musicians, in an intimate and relaxed setting.  Refreshments Available (cash only).

Running time: 1hr 40mins + interval


Schubert – Staendchen (serenade)
Bach – Suite in D – Gavotte I & 11, Air, Bouree, Gigue
Bizet – Carmen Suite Toreador’s Song, Habanera and Gypsy Song
Brahms – Hungarian Dance no.5
Mozart – Divertimento no.12 in E flat major K252
Grieg – Peer Gynt Suite Morning 3’33 Anitra’s Dance 3’20
Coleridge-Taylor – Demande et Reponse from Petite Suite de Concert (Cello, Harp, Flute)
Elgar – Chanson de Nuit
Ibert – Entr’acte (Harp & Flute)
Mitchell – Both Sides Now

Tickets in advance:

  • £12 adult
  • £5 Under 18s
  • £30 Family of 4 (2 adults + 2 Under 18s)

Available from Margaret Wing – tel. 07796 454203 or email
Alternatively, you can purchase online HERE  (a booking fee applies).

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Bell Rehearsal Today

It may be Friday, 13th but the joyous peals from the bells of St. John the Baptist church in Broadwindsor can be heard this evening as the bell ringers practice for a village wedding ceremony happening tomorrow afternoon 🙂

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CAB At FareShare This Week

The Citizen’s Advice Bureau will have an Outreach individual at this Friday’s (13th October) FareShare at Drimpton Village Hall. If you have any queries or need advice – please take advantage of this service 🙂

The FareShare Larder is a community larder run by volunteers for the benefit of their local community. They are  located in the car park at: Drimpton Village Hall between 9.30am – 10.30am every Friday. Click HERE for more info.



FMR Trust Award 2 Grants To Village Groups

Following last night’s Parish Council meeting at Blackdown, The FMR Trust awarded two grants – to West Dorset Rangers to support the cost of a visit to the Houses of Parliament and to Broadwindsor School to help with funds needed to replace their swings. 🙂
(You can donate to the school through their JustGiving Page HERE.)
The FMR Trust provides grants to groups and organisations within Broadwindsor, Drimpton and Blackdown for sporting and active recreational projects. Find out more HERE. If you have a project idea, please do get in touch:
Trustees next meet on 8th January 2024.

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Broadwindsor Group Parish Council Meeting – Monday, 9th October

Next Monday’s meeting of Broadwindsor Group Parish Council will be held at BlackdownVillage Hall at 7.30pm.  All are invited to attend.

The full agenda may be viewed HERE which includes…

Item 5: Public Participation
Residents are invited to give their views and ask questions of the Parish Council on issues on this Agenda.
a. Report from Councillor Christopher, Dorset Council
b. Report from Dorset Police

Item 8: Planning Applications

a. Applications Received and Circulated for Consultation
P/FUL/2023/03535, Lower Sandpit Farm, Hardys Lane, Drimpton, DT8 3RS
P/FUL/2023/04553, Seaborough Manor Farm, Seaborough, DT8 3QY
P/LBC/2023/04554, Seaborough Manor Farm, Seaborough, DT8 3QY
P/TRC/2023/05457, Telephone Exchange, The Old Bakery, Broadwindsor, DT8 3RU
P/FUL/2023/05316, Holly Cottage, Access Road to Hillside Farm, Seaborough, DT8 3QY
The Old George, The Square, Broadwindsor, DT8 3QD (Application for a Premises Licence)
b. Other Applications
c. Results
P/TRC/2023/04519, Little Hayes, High Street, Broadwindsor, DT8 3QP: (Tree Works) No Objection
P/PABA2/2023/05207, Knapp Farm, Specket Lane, Broadwindsor, DT8 3LD: Prior Approval Granted
P/LBC/2023/04169, Coronation House, Main Street Through Hursey, DT8 3LN: Granted
P/CLE/2023/04027, Carmoor Farm, Hollis Hill, Broadwindsor, DT8 3QS: (Lawful Development
Certificate) Granted
P/FUL/2023/02425, The Magdalen Project, Magdalen Farm, Maudlin Lane, Winsham, TA20 4PA:
P/FUL/2023/03774, North Dibberford Farm, Beaminster, DT8 3HD: Granted
P/FUL/2023/00747, Bridge Farm, Chard Road, Drimpton, DT8 3RF: Withdrawn
d. Neighbourhood Plan Update
e. Listed Buildings and Solar Panels

Item 13: Highways
a. Feedback from Visit from Dorset Council Highways
b. Update on Issues Reported to Dorset Council Highways
c. Storage and Maintenance of Parish Council Mower
d. Fingerpost Restoration Programme
e. Broadwindsor Tree Concerns Update
f. Drimpton CCTV
g. Speed Indicator Device Update
h. Dog Fouling Update

Item 14: Events
a. Fireworks Display
b. Armistice Day Memorial Event

Item 15: Post Office Outreach Service, Comrades Hall

Item 19: Public Participation
Residents are invited to give their views and ask questions of the Parish Council on any outstanding
issues on this Agenda or raise issues for future consideration.

Item 21: FMR Trust
a. To receive the Finance Report (Balance £3,126.62 as of 30 September 2023)
b. To approve payment of £335.25 for Broadwindsor Group Parish Council (Trust Administration)
c. To consider grant payment of £200.00 for Broadwindsor Rangers (Visit to Houses of Parliament)

The full agenda may be downloaded HERE .

The press and public are invited to attend. Under the Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014, members of the public may now film, photograph and make audio recordings of the proceedings of the formal Council meeting, though not, under current legislation, of the Public Participation session, as this is not part of the formal agenda of the meeting. Recording activity should be respectful to the conduct of the meeting and behaviour that disrupts the meeting (such as oral commentary) will not be permitted. Any member of the public shall not speak for more than five minutes. A question asked by a member of the public during Public Participation shall not require a response or debate during the meeting though the Chairman may direct that a written response will be provided subsequent to the meeting.

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Broadwindsor School Fundraising For Swings

Broadwindsor School’s PTA  are trying to raise £500 to help buy new swings for the school playground.

You can donate through their JustGiving Page HERE.

They are holding their first Colour Run! It will be a short fun run or walk around the school grounds and all entrants will be pelted with (non toxic!) coloured powder 🙂 No doubt, the children will have lots of fun and enjoy this – please support them and give what you can – no donation too small.

Donate HERE.

Thank you! 🙂

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