Broadwindsor Rainbows, Brownies and Guides

The group have spaces available from January 2021.
  • Rainbows age 5-7
  • Brownies age 7-10
  • Guides age 10-14
  • West Dorset Rangers age 14-18
Leader, Emma House had this update on what they have all been up to:
We have been meeting via Zoom rather than doing what we do best but that’s not a bad thing! We have had so much fun! (There is a lot less clearing up for us leaders that’s for sure 😉).
We have been making indoor rockets, clay creatures, edible Houses of Parliament, completed Taskmaster challenges, chatted and laughed – laughed a lot!!
The laughing 😂 is what’s making the difference, everything is so strange for the children at the moment. The social life they are used to is hugely restricted so if we can as leaders continue to try and offer a piece of normality in the best way we can then we have done our job well.
The smiles say it all!” – Emma House.

Girl Guides

You can contact Emma at
Learn more at the GirlGuiding website HERE.


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.



Yarn Barton Centre in Beaminster Open

The Yarn Barton Centre in Beaminster reopened today and will be operating 10am – 12.30pm Monday – Saturday.
It is totally manned by volunteers and provides a wide variety of services helping both residents and visitors to the area.

  • Collect Food & Recycling boxes.
  • Printing, photocopying & laminating: A3 and A4, Colour and B&W.
  • FREE drop-in computer access with Superfast Broadband & WiFi.
  • FREE Internet & computer help sessions on Wednesdays 10am – 12pm.
  • Local Transport information, bus and train timetables.
  • Food Bank collection point.
  • OS Maps & Beaminster Town map.
  • Purchase tickets for local events (when things are happening again!)
  • Operates as Beaminster Festival Box Office.
  • Purchase Car Parking permits.
  • Beaminster Clubs and Societies information.
  • Book Sale and/or Exchange
  • Local accommodation and self-catering information.
  • Tourist information.
  • Gallery of work by local artists.
  • Greeting card sales.
  • Poster Display: Events, charities and Community information.

The Citizens Advice Bureau no longer has their Thursday session but Bridport CAB can be contacted on: 01308 456594 or

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Broadwindsor Community Stores Serves You Online

Our wonderful Community shop now have their Click and Collect operation up and running  successfully with orders from in and around the village.  For those less familiar with shopping online, they have produced a marvellous step by step guide on how to use their facility.

Look out for their special promotion later next month 👀

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Trough Filled At Bernards’ Place

Earlier this afternoon, the large trough at Bernards’ Place was filled up with 4 tons of soil by village resident and Councillor, David Leader with the invaluable help of Daren and village residents Kyle, Morgan & Harry.  All the the soil was transferred from the top end of the park by the Comrades Hall where a big clearing project took place on July 26th.
They all gave their Sunday time voluntarily – many thanks to them all!

The trough is now awaiting the attention and care of village resident Ruth from Fullers to make it lush and pretty.

* Please also notice the new gate which was made and erected by Malcolm Heaver 🙂 *

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Happy 150th Anniversary to the British Red Cross

Inspired by Swiss businessman, Henry Dunant and originally called the British National Society for Aid to the Sick and Wounded in War in 1870, it would be renamed the British Red Cross in 1905 becoming part of an international movement of humanitarian organisations offering aid in disasters and health crises.

Granted its first Royal Charter in 1908 by HM King Edward VII, Queen Alexandra then became its president. Our Queen has been a patron of the organisation for 65 years and Prince Charles has been president of the Red Cross since 2003.

All Red Cross programs and activities are guided by their 7 Fundamental Principles:

  1. Humanity
  2. Impartiality
  3. Neutrality
  4. Independence
  5. Voluntary Service
  6. Unity 
  7. Universality

The British Red Cross refuse to ignore people in crisis. They help people cope with disasters, conflicts and personal crises.
To donate to their UK Coronavirus Response Appeal, by card or PayPal – Click HERE.
To learn more of the history and work of the British Red Cross, visit their website – HERE.

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The Dorset Council Community Impact Fund (DCIF) Round 5 – Apply Now

The Dorset Council Community Impact Fund (DCIF) Round 5 (Coronavirus Support) has launched to support local charities, and voluntary organisations that are providing support and assistance to help Dorset’s most vulnerable people and their communities to recover after the recent Coronavirus outbreak.

New applications are now being accepted and the fund closes at midnight on Sunday, 20th September 2020. Award decisions will be confirmed from the end of August through to the end of September 2020.

Organisations and community groups can apply for up to £5,000. New and emerging groups (those with less than 6 months delivery experience and who may not have the normal governance in place) can apply for up to £1,000 provided they have a referee who will endorse their application and manage the funds on their behalf.
Organisations awarded a grant will need to be able to commence delivery of their project/activities within six weeks of being awarded funding. Groups will need to use their funding by end of March 2021.

Who can apply? Who is eligible?

  • registered charities including charitable incorporated organisations
  • constituted community croups
  • community benefit societies
  • social enterprises (companies limited by guarantee with a not-for-profit clause)
  • CICs (must be limited by guarantee and have community benefit objectives)
  • parish councils (if funded activities are not deemed part of statutory duties and must also have a voluntary and community sector partner to support delivery)
  • town councils (if funded activities are not deemed part of their statutory duties and must also have a voluntary and community sector partner to support delivery)
  • places of worship and religious organisations (if funded activities are not promoting religion)
  • new and emerging groups – please see information below
  • school PTA’s
  • all of the above must be local or regional organisations; local branches of national charities are eligible if they are financially independent and separately managed
  • CIC’s will also need to provide an ‘Asset Lock’ statement and copy of their Memorandum or Articles of Association

All organisations applying (apart from new and emerging groups) must have:

  • a management committee, trustees or board of directors with at least three unrelated members
  • a written constitution or set of rules that sets out the purpose and management of the organisation
  • a bank account in the name of the organisation with at least two unrelated cheque signatories

Please read through the full guidelines HERE (a new window will open) before applying.

If you have read the guidelines and are ready to apply, click HERE.

If you want to chat through your project before applying or have a specific question you can contact any of the following:

  1. Policy and Performance Officer (Grants) – Ian Wells
    Tel: 01305 224307

  2. External funding and grants manager – Laura Cornette
    Tel: 01305 224306

Good Luck!

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Chairman on BBC Radio Solent

Apologies for not giving fair warning – but you can listen to what the Chairman of Broadwindsor Community Stores, Andrew Hookings, had to say in a seven minute interview on BBC Radio Solent’s Breakfast Show this morning.
Please click on the link below, fast forward it to 47mins, 15 seconds and you’ll hear Andrew being introduced by Steve Harris discussing the affect of Covid-19 has had on our community stores and how the shop was successful in securing a grant from the Dorset Community Foundation Coronavirus Fund.

Listen to Andrew’s interview HERE (Interview no longer available) (at 47m 15s).

Dorset Community Foundation

To find out more about the Dorset Community Foundation Coronavirus Fund click HERE.


Click and Collect from Broadwindsor Community Stores


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