Further to previous advice, empty blister packs for medication CANNOT be included with the foil in the bins at Comrades Hall. I was advised by an employee at Bridport recycling centre that they could be, but, it has recently come to light that this is incorrect. Any branch of Superdrug will accept them so please recycle them there.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or thoughts on 07840 128763 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 11.00amto 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.
This Saturday there will be no dinner service but, from 7pm, a finger buffet will be provided by Kerry & Clive who have been excelling all expectations since starting at Easter 🙂
A press release issued yesterday has Chairman Rick Dyke commenting “It’s certainly been an eventful twelve months.“. Thanking the Stafffamily and the many volunteers, Rick went on to say “We’re delighted that Kerry and Clive have joined us, and we’re excited about the next stage of the White Lion’s progress into a pub that is widely renowned for the quality of its food.”
Ending on a cautionary note, Rick continued “As with the hospitality trade generally, we have seen electricity costs skyrocket over the past year. To make matters worse, the electricity companies view the trade as a bad risk with many reluctant to even quote, whereas those who do quote clearly see it as an opportunity to charge what they like. Despite this, support from central government is negligible. Somehow, these spiralling costs need to be met and ultimately, this has to be by the paying customer. This is where the warm welcome becomes even more vital because without it and the atmosphere it helps generate, what future does the British pub have?”
On King Charles III Coronation weekend, please book now to avoid any disappointment…
Also being advertised as a ‘Volunteer Opportunity‘, tonight’s agenda reads:
Welcome and Apologies
Approval of Minutes of AGM 2022
Approval of Constitution
Resignation of current Committee
Nominations and Election of new Committee
Election and Appointment of CHMC Officers
What hasn’t been stated is that as The Comrades Hall is a charity, No. 311110, and members of the management committee are indeed Trustees with their names listed on the Charity Commission’s website. They are legally “responsible for controlling the work, management and administration of the charity on behalf of its beneficiaries. Generally trustees are treasurer, chair, board member etc.“.
We are extremely lucky to have this community building in our village for the many clubs and events to take place as well as being available for private hire. It needs a team of volunteers to make up the Comrades Hall Management Committee to make decisions for the smooth running and future improvements for the premises. The Comrades Hall celebrated its Platinum Jubilee last November.
Last week Chairman of our Community pub, Rick Dyke announced that Clive and Kerry Dammert had accepted the offer to form the new Management team at The White Lion.
Most recently, Clive and Kerry have worked in Devon and Cornwall as a Management couple and have experience of both the pub and the hotel businesses. Both are at home either in the kitchen or as Front of House. Clive and Kerry have worked together as a team for over 10 years and are looking forward to bringing their experience to the White Lion.
Kerry commented “Clive and I are excited to be returning to village life and meeting you all. For the past few months we have been working in a hotel environment and realised that we missed the pub life and the connection to the community that comes with running a pub and we are very much looking forward to getting involved in the community.“
Clive and Kerry previously owned and ran a successful business in South Africa. Their plan is to offer good quality English pub food, using locally sourced ingredients where possible and then add some South African flair on the specials board, dishes like Bobotie, Bunny Chow (no rabbits involved!) and Vetkoek as well as a traditional South African Braai (BBQ) in the Summer. So much to look forward to – we very much look forward to welcoming Clive and Kerry into our community – Where Community Matters 🙂
Big thanks to the many volunteers who have worked front of house and in the kitchen.
They will continue to front The White Lion over the coming weeks until the transition over to Clive and Kerry at the end of this month. Your efforts are appreciated!
David Leader, who’s untimely death on 13th March last year shocked the whole community, led the ‘Save The White Lion‘ campaign. His widow Elaine commented: “Everyone who knew David will remember his passion for community, teamwork and pitching in. He would be so proud of the way this village has responded to the challenge to run the pub as a Community Pub in the true sense!”
‘I know he would be saying a massive thank you to all the volunteers who are giving up so much of their time, day after day, working for free, cleaning toilets, working in the kitchen, cooking meals, waiting on tables. Also all the huge amount of relentless work by the management committee and the planning and organising of all the events. He would also be thanking the bar staff for going out of their comfort zones and serving customers, giving up their afternoons and evenings.
‘And to the community in Broadwindsor and surrounding area for supporting the pub and making virtually every event a sell-out. It’s an amazing effort and it shows what an incredible community this is.
‘It would have made David so happy to see everyone pitching in and working together to keep our wonderful pub thriving.’
We couldn’t agree with you more Elaine and thank you too.
Broadwindsor Community Stores celebrated their 10th birthday on Saturday.
More photos of the celebratory day and the shop’s latest offers can be found on their Facebook page HERE.
An excellent way to learn new skills, feel productive and meet more people within the parish community is to volunteer for a 2-hour shift. An opportunity for you to give back to this marvellous community enterprise – it is fun too!
Join the staff and volunteers at 11.30am on Saturday 4th March to celebrate the community shop’s 10th birthday with a slice of sunshine birthday cake and more…
There will be a Grand Raffle with great prizes from their suppliers and a poster competition for the schoolchildren.
Follow the shop on Facebook HEREto keep up to date with more of their plans and special offers.
They hope to see many of you to help the shop celebrate
The Shop Managers over the years…
Our first Manageress in 2013, Sue Williams. Left in December 2017 to travel to Laos. Assisted by Jane Sloman.
2017 - Steve Jarvis. Assisted by Jane Sloman.
2017 - 2022 Kevin Madder-Smith. Assisted by Jane Sloman.
2022 Mike Moles. Assisted by Jane Sloman. (Photographed with Margaret Wing.)
2022 Jane Sloman. The constant since the opening - became manageress at the end of the summer 2022. Assisted by Margaret Wing. (Photographed with Nick Chandler)
Become a Volunteer!
A healthy number of volunteers make it easier on all as individuals cover fewer shifts, or sometimes just the one. Full training is provided – contact Volunteer co-ordinator, Teri Small at: email@example.com.
Ex-manager of the White Lion Community Pub Ltd.,Kate Staff very recently collected the above award: West Dorset CAMRA Pub Of The Year 2023.
Judging had taken place during November and December 2022 when the pub was secretly visited by 9 individual judges on separate occasions.
As Kate, Chloe and Louise no longer work at the pub, the award is Kate‘s to keep and the White Lion‘s will have a copy to display display in the pub. Kate dedicated the award to the late David Leader. The Staff’s won’t be progressing to the next stage but the White Lion Community Pub Ltd. will and we hope Rick Dyke and the Management Committee succeed in employing a new manager of similar high standards 🙂
As the Management Committee and volunteers continue to keep the pub open whilst a new management team are appointed, we send our congratulations and best wishes to Kate, who soon begins her new employment in the kitchen at Broadwindsor House and to Chloe and Louise with their futures.
If you’d like to volunteer at The White Lion in any way, please get in touch with Andrew Hookings at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Rick Dyke at: email@example.com.