Gladis’s Law

Cameron Farquharson is gathering a wealth of support for Gladis’s Law, Protecting livestock, informing dog owners: a campaign for a change in law to make it mandatory to keep dogs on a lead when walking near livestock. “We want to educate dog owners about the importance of using a lead.

Yesterday Cameron received the 2021 Sheep worrying by dogs survey from The National Sheep Association.  He shared the following on social media:

I am currently sat reading through it and the causes of the livestock incidents jumped out at me. People could select multiple answers.
  • 70% selected that the cause was not putting their dog(s)on a lead.
  • 66% believed that their dog(s) won’t attack livestock or won’t do damage if they do.
  • 49% Was down to a lack of regard or concern on the issue.
  • 39% had assumed their dog(s) would respond to commands off the lead.
  • 47% was down to allowing dog(s) to roam unaccompanied or escaped from gardens or kennels.
  • 5% Worrying on purpose/linked to poaching.
The NSA then asked farmers what was the outcome of them asking people to put their dogs on lead. Again people could select multiple answers.
  • 51% reported receiving Verbal abuse.
  • 48% were ignored by the dog owner.
  • 21% received Intimidation by the dog owner.
  • 16% Other (no understanding, land ownership).
  • 15% Polite refusal to use a lead.
  • 8% Retribution (vandalism).
  • 3% received physical abuse.

I will post more once I’ve read and understood. But I think we can all agree that the statistics from this survey are shocking. We need to change things for the better.”

Gladis’s Law, Protecting livestock, informing dog owners.

To keep up to date on the Gladis’s Law Facebook page – Click HERE.

Recycling in Dorset

Whether you have a permit or not, Dorset Council like to know more about how you use your local Household Recycling Centre (HRC, or “the tip”) and your views on the current permit system.

The Recycling Centre Vehicle Access Policy was last amended in 2009. Usage patterns and demands on Dorset Council recycling centres have changed since then.

Some vehicles need a permit to access Dorset Council’s Household Recycling Centres, and some are not allowed on site at all. This is mainly to prevent abuse by traders who illegally deposit commercial waste at the household recycling centres. These permits are currently free.

To apply for, update or cancel a permit (only one permitted vehicle per household) – please click HERE.

To give your views on the current system – please complete their short survey HERE.


A Community Pub In Broadwindsor?

Broadwindsor Group Parish Council has been approached by Palmers Brewery to see if the Community is interested in opening a Community Pub.

The issue is on the agenda for the next Parish Council meeting on the 21st June. In the meantime a small group of residents, including Parish Councillors, are undertaking some initial investigative work to assess the feasibility of such a project.  At the appropriate time a public meeting will be held to report the findings and canvas the views of residents.

Initial responses to the Council’s announcement on Facebook think it is a good idea.  However, being restricted to Palmer‘s products has quickly been highlighted as a cause for concern.  So much so that a Community Pub could be sited at the Comrades Hall.  This happened previously when the pub was closed and worked very well.

The Council have yet to name anyone in their investigative group, therefore please address your comments to Helen Cudmore, The Town Clerk:


Internet Crash

There is a widespread platform crash – many of world’s biggest websites are crashing, including Amazon, the UK government, Reddit, the Financial Times, Emojis and many more.  At the time of publishing – the reasons are unknown.

Nice that is still up and running, thanks to our servers with 🙂



Carer’s Week: Mon 7th – Sun 13th June 2021

Carer’s Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify themselves as carers and access much-needed support.

New research shows 72% of carers have not had any breaks from their caring role since the start of the pandemic.  They have lost, on average, 25 hours of support a month they previously had from services or family and friends before the pandemic.

This year Carers Week is shining a spotlight on the lack of breaks that carers have been able to take in the past year, and the worrying impact this is having on their health and wellbeing, as well as their ability to work and live a meaningful life beyond caring.

To address this situation, they are calling on the government to urgently increase funding for carers’ breaks by an additional £1.2 billion, so all carers providing significant hours of care can take a break.  They are asking you to write to your MP by clicking the link HEREand that you please forward any response you receive from your MP to, so that they can follow up with them, if you are happy to do so.


For Carer’s Support in Dorset – Click HERE.

Carer’s Allowance:

Carer’s Allowance is the main benefit for carers. If you are looking after someone for 35 hours a week or more, you may be eligible. Carer’s Allowance is currently £67.60 a week (2021-22) and is taxable income.
The Government has also confirmed that providing emotional support counts towards the Carer’s Allowance threshold of 35 hours of care a week across the UK. These measures have been extended until August 2021.
To make a claim for Carer’s Allowance – Click HERE.


Farmers! Please Submit Your Evidence

Cameron Farquharson’s cow Gladis made the national news last week, sadly for tragic reasons.  Her death has highlighted the need for farmers to have more say in taking care of their livestock in dealing with dogs off their leads.

When Cameron announced the very sad news on Facebook the following day, he begged, as all our local farmers repeatedly do to “please please please adhere to the notice on the gate and KEEP YOUR DOGS ON A LEAD!” He added ” We cannot afford in financial terms and for mine and my children’s mental well-being to continuously deal with these distressing losses.”  His post was shared over 10,000 times and made the BBC news.

Cameron and his family, who run Redlands Coppice, are now working with a group of farmers, farming related businesses and an MP to bring about a change in the law to give livestock more protection which they are calling Gladis’s Law They are trying to make contact with as many local farmers, smallholders holders and general livestock owners who have experienced dog attacks or worrying on their livestock in order to collate as much evidence of the problem as possible. Gladis’s Law would make it an offence for dogs to be off lead on farm land or land with animals grazing.

Sign up to be kept up to date of their progress on Gladis’s Law HERE.

Please message/submit your evidence through Facebook to: Cameron Farquharson HERE or Rachel Hayball HERE at your earliest convenience. Thank you.

Cameron’s family were “overwhelmed by the kindness shown” to them, as a family…. “so many we are not able to respond personally to each individual person as we would like. We have made this short video to introduce you to our hairy coos and say a personal thank you.


Gladis died on 27th May on Eggardon Hill when dogs (reportedly Labradors) chased her to death killing both her and her full term unborn calf. R.I.P. Gladis x

Dorset Police Rural Crime Team also released a two and a half minute video on Facebook on Saturday about putting dogs on a lead which you can view HERE.

If you are a farmer needing livestock worrying signage, please send their team an email: with the best name and address to send to and the quantity that’s required. Maximum of 4 signs per address.

Cameron has now launched a special Facebook page HERE to gather support.


Offers For Children At The Stableyard Restaurant

For this half term week, Linda is offering free bacon and egg for children when adults buy a breakfast. (max 4 children per family).

Pizzas have been added to their lunchtime menu and there are free milkshakes with every chocolate brownie, shortbread biscuit or cup cake 🙂

Stableyard Restaurant, BroadwindsorBooking is not necessary but is strongly advised if you’re making a special journey to get there.



Comrades Hall 100 Club

The Comrades Hall 100 Club held their Summer draw on Tuesday 1st June 2021 at the Comrades Hall Post Office. The numbers were drawn by John, the Post Office Outreach Clerk.

The winning numbers and names are as follows:

  • 1st £75         No 45    Winner  – Diana Stothard
  • 2nd £50       No 30    Winner –  Wendy Shields
  • 3rd £25        No 87     Winner  – Val Madder-Smith

Congratulations to all 🙂

The next draw will take place on Tuesday 7th September 2021 at Comrades Hall.

Joyce and Sally say thank you to all the Members for their continued support for the Comrades Hall.


The Bishops’ Kitchen – June 21


150g tender nettle tops,  35g knob butter,  1 onion peeled & chopped, 1 large leek trimmed & finely sliced,  2 celery sticks chopped,   1 clove garlic peeled & chopped, 2tbsp basmati rice,  1 litre vegetable stock, seasoning, 6 heaped tbsp. thick plain yoghurt and a bunch of chives to finish.


Pick over the nettles wash them thoroughly & discard the tougher stalks. Melt the butter in a large pan. Add onion, leek celery & garlic cover & sweat gently for 10 mins stirring them a few times until soft  but not brown. Add the rice & stock & cook bring to a simmer & cook for 10 mins. Add the nettles & simmer for 5 mins until the rice &  nettles are tender. Season with plenty salt & pepper. Puree the soup in a blender & check seasoning. Serve in warmed bowls topping with a large dollop of yogurt & a large sprinkling of snipped chives.


1 tbsp olive oil  200g nettle leaves, washed boiled & drained  200ml tub crème fraiche  1 tsp wholegrain mustard  140 creamy blue cheese such as blue vinny 4 thick slices sourdough bread  seasoning.


Heat the olive oil in a frying pan. Add the nettles & cook for 1 minute until wilted. Allow to cool for I minute then roughly chop. Place in a bowl with the crème fraiche, mustard, half the blue cheese & seasoning, taste & set aside. Lightly toast the bread on both sides, divide the cheese mix between the slices of toast then pile on remaining cheese & grill until golden & bubbling serve immediately.

All recipes are from village resident, Richard Childs.

Missed a recipe? Click HERE to view Richard’s earlier recipes and other seasonal ideas.

Nettle - Urtica dioica,
Nettle – Urtica dioica,

Nettles have a rich, earthy, spinach-like flavour with a slight tang. Nettle leaves must first be cooked or steamed to destroy the hairs on them, which contain a number of irritating chemicals.


Beef For The Barbecue

With sunshine forecast for the Bank Holiday weekend, grab the last few bits of local fresh prime beef available from Marshwood Country Beef:

  • Fillet, sirloin and rump steaks under £10,
  • Sirloin and rump beef joint under £20,
  • 500gm minced beef £4.50 each or 3 for £12.00.
  • DIY burger boxes including 500gm minced beef and all ingredients needed to make their popular burgers £7.00.

Just in time for a BBQ this Bank Holiday weekend!
First come – First served.
No more fresh beef until beginning of July.

Lots also available next door at The Wagon House including butter, cheese and chutney plus much more!  The Wagon House Milk vending machine on B3164 near Marshwood.

Contact: 01297 678362 or email: