Click & Collect At The Wobbly Cottage

Rich & Dani at The Wobbly Cottage at Redlands Yard can now offer you an online Click and Collect service.

You are able to order and pay securely for collection or delivery every day we are open!  Click HERE to be taken straight to the shop on their website.  Items will change every week due to seasons and what Rich fancies baking!

The cut off time for order is 6pm for local delivery or collection two days later.  For example, place your order by 6pm on Sunday for delivery or collection on Tuesday. (Note: they are not open for delivery or collection on Sundays or Mondays.)

The Wobbly CottageDelivery areas include:

  • Broadwindsor
  • Beaminster
  • Bridport
  • West Bay
  • Burton Bradstock
  • Evershot
  • Hooke
  • Dorchester (Tuesdays & Saturdays only)
  • Lyme Regis
  • Axminster
  • Crewkerne
  • Everywhere in between!

They hope you all like what they’ve come up with and look forward to receiving your orders!


Councillor Simon Christopher’s Report – Jan 2021

Here is our local Councillor Simon Christopher’s interim report submitted to the Parish Council’s meeting last evening.

“As I write this, the number of Covid patients in Dorset hospitals is 340 ( Source Sam Crowe, Public health Dorset. 8th January 2021). A great deal of my report will be devoted to Covid matters.

Common Water Lane
I am aware of the damage to Common Water Lane and the verges.
As Councillor David Leader is aware, I have sent considerable emails and had phone calls with Dorset Police and officers of Dorset Council in connection with Common Water Lane.

  • Comments of Dorset Police/Alex Bishop

My understanding from Dorset Police is that there are two points in regards to the action Police can take in these matters.

  • First is the reaction to reports made to police of specific incidents, such as investigations. Alex Bishop advises me that neither the moving of the bale, nor the damage to the finger sign have been reported. He stated that over the course of the last few months that Common Water Lane has had these issues, the police have had very few reports of any offences being committed.  Any police response to a report that vehicles are on the lane, will be triggered via the threat, risk and harm protocols they have in deciding how to allocate resources.  I understand that it is unlikely police officers will attend unless there is an urgent need to attend.
  • The second is proactive policing, such as area patrols. Dorset have advised me that some officers have attended Common Water Lane here and there whilst they have been on night duty, but it is difficult for them to spend much time there as there are other incidents to attend to.

2) Comments of Dorset Council Legal Team – Philip Crowther, Legal Business Partner. 

My understanding from Philip Crowther is that Dorset Council is responsible for maintaining Common Water Lane, including the verges because it is a vehicular highway.  My understanding is that Dorset Council has various powers which it could in theory use to stop irresponsible 4×4 drivers damaging the verges.  I believe the Parish Council Chairman has been given the reasons via email why a number of those powers are very difficult to use in practice.  My understanding of the action that is most likely to succeed is that Dorset council have the power to erect fences or bollards to prevent vehicles using the verges.  However any fences or bollards must not interfere with any agricultural fence or gate or with an access to private properties. I understand that fencing was erected some years ago with some success albeit that it had to be left open at each end to allow access for the landowner to cut their hedges.  This was done with the Friends of Common Water Lane (The Friends) and it allowed the verges to recover in a fairly short time.  Mike Westwood (Dorset Highways) is happy to discuss working with the Parish Council and the Friends to look at erecting fencing or bollards again.  It is my understanding that this is the solution which carries the most chance of resolving the problem. The need to consider the issues around maintaining  any fencing and/or bollards would have to be discussed.

3) Comments of Senior Ranger (West & Coast) Russell Goff

I understand from Russell Goff that he is happy to be the liaison if the Friends would like to go down the fencing route as they use excellent contractors.
Russell also suggests that perhaps a joint press release from the parish highlighting this antisocial behaviour and damage may, in the short term prevent further damage.
My understanding is that a covert wildlife camera in order to catch those responsible in the act could be installed. The Council would need to know what the law is regarding using the footage gained from this.

Here is the the Government’s latest advice for parents and carers:  Click HERE to access.

Stay At Home

Long Description – Government information for Parents and Carers

Schools and colleges in Dorset remain open for critical workers and vulnerable children, details of who is included is HERE.  Other children will move to remote learning.

Early years settings, special schools, alternative provision and learning centres in Dorset can remain open to all children. We are updating our Childcare directory, please contact your provider if you have specific enquiries.

Free school meals update – 5 Jan

Dorset Council is working with schools to make sure families who need it (including those who receive free school meals) can receive food vouchers if they are not in school. If your child gets free school meals their school will give you details. Find out more HERE.

School transport in Dorset update – 5 Jan

All school transport, including SEND transport, will continue to run. This may be reviewed in future if routes aren’t used.

Home learning resources for parents and carers

Schools are offering remote learning to families, HERE are some extra resources to help families, we are updating these at the moment too.

Dorset Council has worked closely with schools throughout the pandemic to support school leaders. Our schools have been open throughout for children of key workers and children with additional vulnerabilities.

Leader of Dorset Council Spencer Flower said: “We are proud of our schools, colleges and early years settings and our education leaders in Dorset and will continue to support them.”


You will perhaps have already seen that Dorset Council is calling for front line public sector workers to be prioritised for vaccines.

This is a particularly concerning time for our most vulnerable children and families and this continued period of restrictions will no doubt be having an increased impact. Right from the start of this pandemic all partners have been committed and continued to work incredibly hard to support the children and families.   A reminder that the government guidance on safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care can be found HERE.

Children’s Centres update

Our Children’s Centre core sites will remain open for the services listed below:

  • health service appointments where required
  • family time
  • parenting assessments
  • where childcare is provided

Parenting groups will however have to move online.

IT equipment for families who are homeschooling

We are working in partnership with our school colleagues to ensure that children can access learning wherever possible through mobile devices in Dorset. The DfE have significantly increased the number of devices available for secondary schools to order for vulnerable children. We’re assisting school colleagues in getting these orders processed and out to families. A similar approach is expected for our primary school colleagues, we are awaiting information on this. Meanwhile we have been made aware of some issues in Dorset of children not being able to access IT equipment and are dealing with these on a case by case basis. Currently we’re looking at whether we can repurpose some of our old machines and issuing wireless routers to enable children to get on line. I am once again incredibly impressed by the strength and resilience shown across our Early Years, Schools and Colleges.

Finally, on a financial note.

Dorset Councillors were advised that despite an overspend during the year , the delivery of more than £10 million of savings from the reorganisation had been achieved.  The executive director of corporate development has highlighted a general point about collecting council tax, in that at present we are in exceptional times and officers were tracking but not actively pursuing collections given the  economic frailty. The needed to wait until a more normal time to actively pursue.  Officers are forecasting around £13million worth of Council Tax and business rates could be at risk but would continue to be monitored.

Stay Safe.”

Councillor Simon Christopher
Dorset Councillor for The Marshwood Vale.


Local Employment: Symonds & Sampson Are Recruiting

A New Year – a new career?

Local property agents Symonds & Sampson have five positions available.
All applications must be in by 31st January 2021. However, be aware that if they receive a high volume of applications, the closing date may be brought forward. To avoid disappointment therefore they suggest submitting your application promptly.

Based in Beaminster-Bridport-Axminster area.

Full time, Home based Property Manager to join their Property Management Department.
Immediate start.
  • Maintaining good relations with Landlords, Tenants and Contractors
  • Handling Telephone enquiries
  • Diary and Database management
  • Responding to emails
  • Raising works orders and processing invoices
  • Managing, booking and attending property visits
  • Processing rent payments
  • Deposit dispersal


  • Good level of customer service skills – verbal and written
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritise workload
  • Self-motivation and the ability to work within a team
  • High level of computer proficiency including Microsoft Office
  • Full driving license and use of own vehicle required


  • Property management experience
  • High level of computer literacy including experience of software packages (training will be provided)


  • Salary – Competitive salary commensurate with experience
  • Holiday – starting at 28 days per annum including bank holidays and increasing with long service
  • Hours – Full Time to include some Saturdays
  • Pension – A work based pension scheme

Please e-mail your CV and covering letter to Rachael James

AristotleThe other 4 positions are:

Based in Burraton Square, Poundbury:

Full time Trainee Accounts Assistant to support their busy accounts team. An enthusiastic and conscientious individual with knowledge of Sage and other accounting software. Experience is not required  but some relevant skills are preferred. For more information, click HERE. Please e-mail your CV with a covering statement to Andrew Carless

Based in Burraton Square, Poundbury:

Rural Graduate Trainee/Newly Qualified Surveyor. Suited to a a graduate trainee or newly qualified surveyor The role offers a wide range of experience across many aspects of rural surveying and farm agency. It will also provide the opportunity for the right candidate to progress through APC and/or CAAV to further develop their career.  For more information, click HERE. For a confidential discussion please contact Will Wallis on 07833 453482.

Based out of Wimborne:

RICS Registered Valuer to be able to cover the whole of Wessex Region. It is essential that the candidate is RICS qualified; a Registered Valuer; holds a Full UK Driving license and has 2-4 years PQE. For more information, click HERE.

Based in Ilminster, Somerset:

Estate Agency Manager to join their award-winning Residential Sales team. his opportunity would suit a highly motivated, entrepreneurial person with a proven track record of at least five years in residential agency, preferably within the Somerset area. For more information, click HERE.


Collecting From Broadwindsor Community Stores

A message from the three wonderful ladies who organise our village shop’s Click and Collect service:

As we go into lockdown again, we want to reassure you that we are continuing to do our best to ensure our customers, staff and volunteers are safe, as we have done at Broadwindsor Community Stores since March 2020.

We will continue to offer our Wednesday Click & Collect service via

However, all collections will now be from Comrades Hall, except a 4pm collection from the shop reserved for working customers who cannot get to the hall before 1pm.

We anticipate that more people will want to use the service, so to provide a safer environment and to maintain a steady flow of customers, collection slots will be at fifteen minute intervals starting at 11:30am and finishing at 1pm.

Please pick up from the side door where we will hand over your order at the entrance. Some customers’ orders are quite large and they will need to take several bags to their car, so can we please ask all customers to wait until the previous customer has finished their collection before entering the porch by the side entrance. May we also ask you to wait in the doorway rather than come into the hall while we get your order ready? 

As the Click & Collect service is as safe as can be and meets the needs of the vast majority of people we are not offering a full delivery service as we did in the Spring. However, if you are clinically vulnerable and have been advised to stay in your home,  please get in touch with us so we can arrange a delivery. The easiest way to do this is simply email:

Let’s get through this together best we can. Stay safe.

– Nat, Sandra & Teri


Local Takeaway Menus

We’re back into a National lockdown.

The menus on the website’s Takeaway Food page are all from local establishments, forced to close under the current Government regulations but still working to provide a hot cooked meal for you to enjoy at home.

Please support them!

You can find’s Takeaway Food page HERE

If there are local businesses not included who’d like to be – please forward your menu and details to: or message through the Facebook page to be added to the list.

Stay Safe!



Please Pre Order Your Fish ‘n’ Chips

Thankfully, in Tier 3 Nat can still bring her van to the parish on Tuesday nights.  Their vans will be up and running from Tuesday 5th JanuaryHowever, they do need customers to pre order their food to avoid any gatherings of people waiting.  Below is the full schedule for both Nat’s van and Jen’s van – they are busy ladies!

Orders need to be in before 3pm as they are not always able to answer their phones whilst cooking. Don’t worry if you forget to place your order, they may ask you to come back at a later time though.

Nat’s Van –  07803 257 674

  • Tuesday: Drimpton & Broadwindsor
  • Wednesday: Martinstown &  Portesham
  • Thursday: Bradpole (7th Jan) alternate week with Halstock & Corscombe (14th Jan)
  • Friday: Powerstock (8th Jan) alternate week with Barwick (15th Jan)

Jen’s Van – 07546 064 996

  • Wednesday: Charminster, 5pm – 6.45pm
  • Thursday: Cerne Abbas, 5pm – 7pm
  • Friday: Charlton Down, 5pm – 7pm
  • Saturday: Salway Ash, 5pm – 7pm
A Happy New Year to all our lovely customers! Thank you for all your support in 2020. It certainly was a challenging year for all!” – Nat & Jen

Dorset Now in Tier 3

Recently announced, Dorset has been moved from Tier 2 (High Alert) to Tier 3 (Very High Alert) from 31st December. Here are the new guidelines:

Tier 3

What you can and cannot do in Tier 3 – Click HERE.

Here is what’s happening in the rest of the South West:




There has been a significant increase in cases of COVID-19 in the last couple of weeks in both BCP Council and Dorset Council areas, as well as a rise in hospital admissions.
If this continues, it is likely our Tier shall change from 2 to the more restrictive Tier 3.  Please stay safe, play your part in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and protect your loved ones.

Bowls & Post Office

A couple of reminders for you:

Starting in approximately one hour, the Bowling Championship at Fullers followed by presentation.

Read more HERE.

Christmas Garland

Post OfficeThe Post Office will be open on Tuesday morning at the Comrades Hall, 10am – 12.30pm

Christmas Garland

Please Shop Local at our Community Stores and up at Redlands Yard!



Christmas Opening Hours At Broadwindsor Community Stores

Our wonderful village shop will be closed only on Christmas Day.  The staff and volunteers have been busy today preparing orders of fresh meat and veg to be collected tomorrow.  We are exceptionally lucky to have all the volunteers that do their 2 hour shift to keep our shop open – they are always looking for more – why not volunteer* in 2021?

Christmas GarlandPlease see the hours for the rest of the festive period below.

  • Christmas Eve: 7.30am – 4pm
  • Closed on Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day: 10am – 12 noon
  • Sunday 27th: 8am – 12 noon
  • Monday 28th: 7.30am – 6pm
  • Tuesday 29th: 7.30am – 6pm
  • Wednesday 30th:7.30am – 6pm
  • New Year’s Eve: 7.30pm – 4pm
  • New Year’s Day: 10am – 12 noon
  • Saturday 2nd: 7.30am – 6pm

The shop then resumes normal hours.

Christmas Garland

Thank you to all the staff and volunteers!

* Want to know more about volunteering?

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.

You can 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. Full training is given and you will always have a trained co-worker alongside you.

What do you get out of it?  Working as part of the team, you can:

  • Get out your home for 2 hours and talk to people!
  • Participate in an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
  • Make new friends
  • Use your skills and share your experience, interests and knowledge.
  • Learn new skills
  • Increase your connection to the community.
  • Feel productive.

Please don’t assume that because it’s only two hours, that there will be someone else to fill it because often there isn’t! 

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