National Young Farmers’ Week 2020

Voting for the Heart of YFC Award will open on 26 October 2020 and the winners for all of the awards will be revealed throughout National Young Farmers Week. We’re voting for Matt Frampton! Good luck everyone!

Find out if you know any more of the finalists – and read more about them HERE.

Read more about Dorset Young Farmers HERE.

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In 2020, Age Is Just A Number

Our whole world is of the same age! This random and remarkable fact remains unexplained by experts but it only occurs once every Millennium.

Your Age + The Year of your Birth = 2020

Try it out – it’s a thousand years until it next comes around.*

  • Edit – It works every year. Not every thousand years. It’s not a trick or a quirk of maths, it’s just how date of birth and age work. Your age is the time between your DOB and the current year. – Thank You Harry Neary.



Local Employment: Boiler Engineer & Plumber/Heating Engineer With Guy Crabb

Guy Crabb Plumbing & Heating Ltd need recruits to join their team in Bridport.

They have vacancies within their friendly, professional team for a Boiler Service Engineer and a Plumber/Heating Engineer.
Both posts are Full time.
Please contact them on 01308 420464 or email them on if you are interested.

Guy Crabb Plumbing & Heating Ltd


Bombay Spice, Beaminster Start Takeaway Delivery Service

Bombay Spice Indian Cuisine in Beaminster’s Hogshill Street are now offering a midweek takeaway delivery service to the area.

For a £3 charge they are offering delivery within a five mile radius which includes delivery to Broadwindsor, Stoke Abbott, Drimpton, Mosterton, Cheddington and South Perrott.   🙂
In their other directions, they also deliver to Netherbury, Hooke and Melplash. Please note: Cash Only payments!

Bombay Spice Menu


Deliveries are being offered for the winter season, October 2020 – March 2021, and only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 6pm and 9pm.

Call them on 01308 861024 to order.
Remember – cash only.


Shop Local, Shop Online At Broadwindsor Community Stores!

  • Monday is the day to order your groceries from our Community Stores.
  • Fresh produce is ordered for you on the Tuesday
  • You collect it on Wednesday 🙂

Register with your email address before ordering otherwise you’ll lose what’s in your basket! Click HERE to see their fantastic range and shop.

If you want to know how their Click and Collect service works – please watch the short video below which guides you through the process, step by step.



Please #SaveBroadwindsorCricket

Broadwindsor Cricket Club (BCC) was established in 1923 and currently welcomes more than 400 players each year. 

The current owners of Broadwindsor Cricket Ground have decided not to renew the lease and have now served BCC with a notice to vacate the Ground and remove the pavilion! This would tragically spell the end of a 97-year old Club.

However, after months of negotiations, the Club have come to an agreement to pay a fair price for the Ground. Broadwindsor Cricket Club must now raise £35,000 and are seeking financial aid from all players, friends and supporters to help #SaveBroadwindsorCricket.  They are also seeking support from Broadwindsor Group Parish Council at this Monday’s meeting.
They have submitted a total of 9 grant applications and  2 interest-free loan applications so far and have been successful in raising £10,000 – 28% toward their total fundraising figure.

They aim to raise £10,000 through their Crowdfunding campaign. If they don’t achieve their target – they will receive nothing!

The Ground on the Beaminster Road, where they have been playing under a lease agreement since 1965, was previously voted as one of the Top 5 Most Beautiful in the country by Wisden.
They have a £10,000 target and at the time of publishing, they have managed to raise £905 plus an estimated  £136.25 via Gift Aid.
They managed to host 40 games in 2019 which included their Sunday Mid-Wessex XI, the Middleton-Hands evening league and friendlies against many local & touring teams. Their grass roots Middleton-Hands evening league in their own words “absolutely enshrines the spirit of village cricket and is something to really shout about.”


Each year Broadwindsor Cricket Club are proud to encourage a number of youth and adult players to don pads for the first time whilst being supported by their teammates and competitors up to the standard of seasoned Dorset Premier League & West of England Premier League cricketers.

They also welcome Broadwindsor Primary school children for coaching on Friday afternoons during the summer.

PLEASE CONTRIBUTE AND SUPPORT BROADWINDSOR CRICKET CLUB HERE. Once purchased, the freehold will be placed in a Trust.


Broadwindsor Cricket Club are a constituted not-for-profit organisation and are registering as a Community Amateur Sports Club. This allows them to claim GiftAid on donations from tax-paying individuals for whom they have created a set of rewards. Added to this, they also hope to have match funding for all donations. This means your :

£10 donation = £10 from you + £2.50 GiftAid + £10 match funding.









Beaminster’s FiverFest Starts This Saturday, 10th October

Beaminster’s Fiver Fest runs from 10th – 24th October 2020.  This is first time that Beaminster is taking part in TotallyLocally’s FiverFest initiative. Local businesses taking part put on special £5 offers over 2 weeks, to show the diversity and value of what they sell, and to say thank you to the communities that support them.  We wish them all well.

Promotions so far include:

  • Cilla & Camilla: Full Cream Tea in their Cafe for a fiver per person.
  • Cilla & Camilla: Thought Bamboo Socks for a fiver.
  • Dexters: Smaller Appetite Menu for a fiver.
  • Dexters: Takeaway meal deal for a fiver.
  • Furleigh Estate: Get a fiver off when you purchase Furleigh sparkling wine.
  • Little Groves Nursery: 2x 2kg bags of Tom Chambers Wild birdseed for a fiver.
  • Little Groves Nursery: 3 x pots of herbs for a fiver.
  • Salon on the Square: Aveda travel-size product for a fiver.
  • Salon on the Square: Eyebrow shaping for a fiver.
  • Salon on the Square: Men’s beard trim for a fiver.
  • Salon on the Square: Mii makeup consultation for a fiver.
  • Sophia’s Choice: Cytoplan Vitamin D 2500iu supplement for a fiver.
  • Tangerine Cafe: Special item on their menu, which may change daily,  for a fiver.
  • The Coach House Café at Mapperton: Warming Autumn soup with crusty bread for a fiver.
  • The Ollerod: Enjoy a glass of bubbly (or wine/soft drink) and a slice of cake for a fiver.

Click HERE to find the up to date list 🙂

Find out all you need to know about TotallyLocally’s FiverFest HERE.


Chris Loder’s Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill

Chris Loder, the MP for West Dorset, introduced his Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill in the House of Commons on 5th February 2020. The Private Members’ Bill makes provision for the maximum penalty for certain offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to be increased from six months to up to five years.

The second reading, which was originally tabled for 12th June, will now take place on 23rd October 2020.

The Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill has been introduced to the House of Commons, before moving to the House of Lords. If passed, it will come into effect in two months after it receives Royal Assent.

We are renowned to be a nation of animal lovers – now let’s prove that by handing down appropriate penalties to those who bring unnecessary suffering to animals”.  Chris Loder MP

To track the progress of the Bill – click HERE.



Draconids & Orionids Meteor Showers This Month

Named after Draco, the dragon constellation, the Draconid meteor shower is at its peak tonight and tomorrow evening.  Rather than wait until the wee small hours of the night, the Draconids are best seen in the evening, after nightfall, looking North. You do have to be patient as there are only about 5 per hour.

OrionFar more illuminating are the Orionids which have already begun but reach their peak on 20th/21st October. The meteors from the Orionids are dust and debris left behind by Halley’s Comet. Orion is a relatively easy constellation to find in our autumn and winter skies – it is in the Southeast at early evening and bright and high in the South by mid-to-late evening. It is also easily recognisable by the three bright stars that form the “belt of Orion,” The meteor shower appears to come from the constellation of Orion but they can be seen in the sky from all directions, without the need for binoculars or a telescope. The Moon will just be in the first quarter so the bright shower will be clearer to see. The Orionids are one of the most reliable meteor showers each year. One can usually see about 25 per hour.
All, of course, is weather dependant!


The Green Homes Grant Scheme For Home Owners

The Green Homes Grant scheme, first promised in July, is now live. It can provide a significant amount of cash for home improvements such as insulation, double glazing and heating controls, which should improve a home’s energy efficiency, and its value.

How Much? Vouchers will cover two-thirds of the cost of eligible improvements, up to a maximum government contribution of £5,000.

If you, or someone in your household, receive certain benefits you may be eligible for a voucher covering 100% of the cost of the improvements. The maximum value of the voucher is £10,000.

You must redeem the voucher and ensure improvements are completed by 31 March 2021.

Are you eligible?  You may be eligible if you live in England and:

  • You own your own home (including long-leaseholders and shared ownership).
  • You own your own park home on a residential site (including Gypsy and Traveller sites).
  • You are a residential landlord in the private or social rented sector (including local authorities and housing associations).

You cannot get the Green Homes Grant for newly built homes which have not been previously occupied.

  • To read all the Government Guidelines – Click HERE.
  • Check your eligibility HERE.

Check you’re eligible for a Green Homes Grant before applying.

To Apply: you’ll need:

  • the name and date of birth of the property owner or owners
  • the name and date of birth of anyone living in the property who is receiving benefits
  • a quote for the work from a TrustMark-registered tradesperson
  • the TrustMark licence number of your chosen tradesperson

Please read through all the details before applying HERE.