The Bishops’ Kitchen – Recipes Online

Readers of The Broadwindsor News monthly magazine will be familiar with the many recipes which have appeared direct from The Bishops’ Kitchen. is delighted to be bringing the recipes to you online each month too.  The Bishops’ Kitchen will have it’s own page on the website as the number of recipes increase – but you can always type what you’re looking for in the search box to bring up any pages or posts at all 🙂 Happy Baking!


2 lemons, 140g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing, 3 eggs, 250g golden caster sugar, 200g ground almonds, 175 g polenta, 1tsp baking powder. For drizzle: 140 g golden caster sugar, juice 1 lemon

Put the lemons in a saucepan & cover with water, simmer for 1 hour until the lemons are really soft. Drain the lemons, when cool halve them, remove pips & blitz in food processor to a puree. Add all the other ingredients & carry on blitzing until you have a loose batter. Grease a 23cm cake tin & heat oven to 180c/gas4. Scrape the batter into cake tin & bake for40-50 mins until golden & starting to shrink from sides, remove. To make drizzle, mix sugar & lemon juice & pour over cake & leave to cool completely. Serve with mascarpone.


150 g of milk & dark chocolate broken into chunks, 250 g unsalted butter, plus extra to grease, 200 g caster sugar, 4 large eggs (separated), 1tsp vanilla extract, ½ tsp cream of tartar. 23cm springform cake tin, base lined with non-stick baking paper & sides greased

Heat oven to 180c/gas4. Gently melt the chocolate & butter in a heavy-based pan. Then stir in 100 g of the sugar. Leave to cool slightly, then beat in the egg yolks & vanilla using a wooden spoon. Pour into a large mixing bowl. Whisk the egg whites with electric mixer until foamy. Add the cream of tartar, then whisk until stiff peaks form. Add remaining sugar 1tbsp at a time until thick & glossy. Mix a spoonful of egg white into the chocolate mixture to loosen it, then gently fold in the remaining whites in 2-3 additions until all incorporated. Spoon batter into prepared tin & bake for 40 mins or until risen & the top starts to crack. Cool the cake in tin.

All recipes are from village resident, Richard Childs.

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Update from Broadwindsor Fun Group

Broadwindsor Fun Day 2021 will be Saturday, June 12th.

Dear fellow Broadwindsor residents and friends,

I write in my role as the Chair of the Broadwindsor Fun Group and hope that this update finds you safe and well.

At the time of putting this piece together the virus is still ever present and the ease of restrictions has been halted with regional lockdowns being put in place. Despite this the Broadwindsor Fun Group have started to look forward to happier times in effort to plan events. The toll on fundraising towards the Fun day to be held on 12th June 2021 has been heavy. I am grateful for the work carried out by committee members to reduce any losses regarding the cancellation of these.

On the positive side we are already negotiating with entertainers to appear at the Fun day in 2021. You may have seen a request for ideas for a theme. Some really good ones have been put forward including something around the Olympics and the European football and a more generic idea of  ‘Your Hero’.
More ideas are very welcome (please submit your ideas to:

Whilst we do feel able to start planning for the Fun day next year, we have had to make the difficult decision to not hold a fireworks event this year. The main reasons for this revolve around the virus and fears that even if the situation eased, many may not attend. I have looked at this matter carefully and would seek to inform you that I do not believe that the running of a fireworks evening is viable. Traditionally this event is a loss maker but nevertheless held for the community to enjoy. Should it be held this year, it is projected that we would make a loss of circ. £450. That is assuming that people would attend and still put money in the buckets etc. I have considered approaches to local companies for sponsorship but decided against this as they are most likely struggling to restart after the lockdown and I feel it would be wrong to ask for financial backing. This is not to say that approaches will not be made at a later date as we do need sponsorship for the Fun day itself!

This all said, we do hope to be in a position to run fundraising events such as a Christmas Fayre and Big Breakfast so that the Fun Day 2021 can go ahead bigger and better than ever.

Anyone seeking to hold any such events are asked to communicate with the Fun group so that we can avoid duplication etc. and support each other.


Adrian Gray
Chair, Broadwindsor Fun Group


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Lammas on 1st & Full Moon on 3rd

Lammas is celebrated on August 1st and is the first of the three harvest festivals (the Autumnal Equinox and Samhain being the others). The first fruits of summer are enjoyed. There are many festivals and ceremonies but throughout, there is a custom of climbing hills and mountains – we have Lewesdon hill our our doorstep 🙂

August’s Full Moon is on Monday, 3rd and is known as the Sturgeon Moon.  So called because the giant sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain in North America were most readily caught during this part of summer. It is also referred to as Full Green Corn Moon, signalling that the corn was nearly ready for harvest, Grain Moon, Fruit Moon, Barley Moon. Wheat Cut Moon, and Blueberry Moon.*

The word “sturgeon” means “the stirrer”, which is what this giant freshwater fish does when it is looking for food; it stirs up the mud and silt on river and lake bottoms.  The sturgeon is sometimes called a “living fossil,” as it belongs to a family of fish that has existed for more than 135 million years.
SturgeonIn ancient times, it was common to track the changing seasons by following the lunar month rather than the solar year, which the 12 months in our modern Gregorian calendar are based on.

*For millennia, people across Europe, as well as the Native American tribes, named the months after features they associated with the Northern Hemisphere seasons, and many of these names are very similar or identical.

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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 (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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Units At Redlands Yard

There will be news on the restaurant at Redlands Yard very soon – but here’s a look at the other units at Redlands Yard with what they’ve got and when they’re open.

  • THE WOBBLY COTTAGEThe Wobbly Cottage
    🙂 Tuesday – Friday 10am – 2.30pm and Saturday 10am – 1.30pm.
    Rich & Dani: “Having been open all the way through Lockdown and adjusting accordingly we are getting back to normal a bit more and generally have stock to sell from the counter with an ever changing selection of bread and baked goodies. Beewraps are back in stock and we are also back to making small batches of preserves. We can take orders to secure loaves etc.. and are still offering a delivery service to those that can’t get to us although we are asking that anyone that can come up to the bakery please do so.” flowers at The Wobbly Cottage
    On Fridays – they are also taking delivery of fresh flowers from Beaminster’s Lovette Farm.
    Contact Rich and Dani: 01308 867 748
    Message them through their Facebook page HERE.


  • Earth DesignEARTH DESIGN
    🙂 Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 3pm (hopefully more in the next couple of weeks).
    Lisa and Paula will update their Facebook page when they get back to normal hours, hopefully in the next couple of weeks.
    We have sanitizer at the door for everyone to use. Masks must be worn. We have a One way system and social distancing markings on the floor. A limit of how many customers are in the shop at the same time. A safety screen around the till area. All safety measures are working well and it’s been lovely seeing our customers again.”
    Contact 01308 868911
    Lisa & Paula through their Facebook page HERE.


  • Dimensions Hair StudioDIMENSIONS HAIR STUDIO
    Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 3pm & Late night – 7pm on Thursdays.
    Saturday, 9am – 2pm.
    and her team have been exceptionally busy since lockdown restrictions have been lifted.  They continue to cheerfully transform heads and share the ‘befores’ and ‘afters’ on their Facebook page HERE.
    Contact: 01308 867711
    Message Steph through Facebook, click HERE.


  • The Painted NailTHE PAINTED NAIL
    Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm & Late nights – 9pm on Tuesdays & Wednesdays
    Saturday 10am – 5pm

    Toni and her team are merrily flattering the fingertips and fluttering the eyelashes of many ladies since Lockdown restrictions have been eased.
    Contact: Book an appointment through their website HERE.
    Message Toni through their Facebook page HERE.
    Telephone: 07378 818 676


  • Beccas's Fabric LarderBECCA’S FABRIC LARDER
    Open 🙂 Wednesday & Thursdays 11am -4pm
    Saturdays 11am – 3pm
    Offering an incredible array of fabrics under one roof. Other days closed or reduced hours.
    Contact: 07486 062 343


  • The Painted PoochTHE PAINTED POOCH
    is bathing and blow drying a variety of your beloved four legged friends. 
    As well as bathing, cutting nails and general pampering, they also offer a microchipping and scanning service.
    Contact: 07539 551993
    through their Facebook page HERE.
    Book an appointment for your dog HERE.


    Open 🙂 Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 4pm
    Selling a range of original works handmade by a group of 20 or so dedicated local artists.
    A relieved Clare Colby commented “...nearly six weeks now of re-opened doors … good to see so many peeps visiting and returning ..“.
    their new online shop HERE.
    Contact: In the first instance, please email:
    Their website and Facebook page are being developed by a marketing company and we can expect lots more news and photographs next month.

Spread the love!We wish you all well!


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Petition to Help Sheep Farmers Make a Decent Income From Their Fleeces

The 1000 wool fleeces in the photograph are about to be incorporated into the manure heap.
What a waste of a once valuable resource. A sustainable product that could be used to insulate homes for all government grant supported buildings.
Sheep farmers receive less for their wool than the cost of shearing the sheep. Last year David Jones, who is pictured with his wool above, received 28p a fleece and paid the shearer £1. This year the value it set to drop by at least half. Hence he and many other farmer’s across the country, decision to plough their wool into the fields as fertiliser.

Wool is sustainable, fire-retardant, bio-degradable, and the most efficient form of insulation.

Read more and sign the petition HERE.

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A Great Big Thank You!

A great big thank you to all the wonderful people who gave up their Sunday morning to make a start on the tidy up of Bernards’ Place and the areas around the Comrades Hall. We thought we would end up with a few dumpy bags of waste but ended up with a skip load. It was a fantastic community effort. There are too many hardy soles to name everyone individually, a sincere thank you to you all.
All the play equipment is now open apart from the large swing which needs some further attention.
The baby swing has got to be removed as it does not meet current standards.
All the other equipment has had the work done to it rectify faults identified in the recent RoSPA report 🙂
There are lots of plans for Bernards’ Place and for the Comrades Hall being considered, as these plans develop we will share them with all of you for your thoughts.
With my sincere thanks

David Leader

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Elaine - Tidying & Fixing Bernards'Place 2020

Well Done Everybody!

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Qigong Classes in Beaminster Memorial Playing Field

QigongQigong classes will be starting in Beaminster Memorial playing field every Tuesday at 6pm . £5 per session.

Qigong is an ancient system of self healing.  It is a coordinated body-posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for the purposes of health, spirituality, and martial-arts training.
It can:

  • make you stronger and more flexible
  • increase your lung capacity
  • lower your blood pressure and strengthen your heart
  • stimulate your body’s natural energy
  • stimulate your major organs, increasing function and efficiency
  • increase your connection with yourself and the universe

Classes will be led by Broadwindsor resident, Leon Lord, who has created several videos and conducted many online classes throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.  To learn more about Qigongclick HERE.

To follow Leon’s Mindful Achievable Way To Fitness, Health and Wellbeing – visit his website: Fitness and Wellbeing with Leon.

You can contact Leon by phone or text: 07860 870790

email: or message him through his Facebook page HERE.

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Buy Your Handmade Facemasks Locally

Handmade By LeoniWearing a face covering will become mandatory in all shops and supermarkets in England from 24 July 2020.  Shop workers, however are excluded.
Those who fail to wear a mask will face a fine of up to £100. This will be reduced to £50 if people pay within 14 days. The rules will be enforced by the police and not the shop workers.
There are several people who live in the village making face coverings at home, some as a business and others with their proceeds, or a percentage of, going to a charitable organisation.

  • There is Leoni Rawle at Redlands Lane, who is offering a wide range of 100% cotton fabrics with over 70 different designs to choose from. The photograph shows Toni Rodway from The Painted Nail wearing one of Leoni’s facemasks (with sausage dogs on it!).
    There is a sleeve/pocket in the lining for optional addition of filters.
    There is also a small metal strip to fit the contour of the face for a more comfortable fit and prevents glasses from steaming up.
    Handmade By LeoniMade to order, machine washable, the choice of sizes are: Child, Teenager, Small Adult & Adult.
    They are £5 each with a discount for orders of 10 or more.
    If unable to collect, Leoni offers First Class postage at £1 for one, £1.30 for two or more.
    Message Leoni on Facebook HERE or on her mobile: 07724 612174.
  • There is Jacqui Sewell who has been selling and continues to sell masks at the Post Office on Tuesday and Friday mornings. Masks made by Robin Loudon are £2 each with proceeds to the Post Office Group & Jacqui’s pleated Masks at £2.50 each with 50p each proceeds going to The Post Office Group.
    If you’re unable to get to the Post Office, contact Jacqui through Facebook page HERE or by email:
  • There is Linzi, who operates her Handmade By Linzi business mainly through Facebook.  A selection of her many fabrics are shown below. Linzi offers cotton face coverings,  again, handmade to order£3 each plus p&p £1.40.  They measure approx 22cm x 12cm (Adults) with Teen and Child sizes available too.
    You can message Linzi through her Facebook page HERE or by email:

Handmade By Linzi

  • There is Lynne Staff  who has been making masks to order for those in need and supplying some to our Community Store for which a donation is requested. You can contact Lynne on 01308 8868584.
  • There is Sheila Deane from Fullers who has been doing an absolutely marvellous job making masks for the NHS and supplying the over 60’s and infirm throughout the village for no remuneration whatsoever.  Well done Sheila!
  • Broadwindsor Community Store will be selling 3-ply masks from Friday, 24th at £1.50.  Shop manager, Kevin Madder-Smith has said that anyone going to the shop without a mask will not be allowed entry but staff can serve them from the door.

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