Broadwindsor is a beautiful old village on the western edge of West Dorset in the U.K. (50.8188° N, 2.7986° W) nestling in the folds of the twin peaks of Lewesdon Hill (the highest point in Dorset) and Pilsdon Pen (an Iron Age Hill Fort).
It is two miles west of Beaminster and seven miles north of Bridport.
The village population @ Feb 2020 = approximately 654, many are elderly.
The village square is much photographed, especially King Charles Cottage, the place where King Charles II is reputed to have stayed the night in 1651 after his flight from the battle of Worcester.
- The Church of St John the Baptist, Broadwindsor, is situated in a commanding position in the centre of the village. It is probable there has been a Christian building on this site since Anglo-Saxon times.
- The Comrades Hall is our village hall and one of our village’s main community hubs. Lots goes on here, from Brownies to Pilates, from short mat bowls to outreach post office sessions twice a week (currently reduced to Fridays only due to Co-vid 19), parties and a Community Film Club which shows movies every month and hosts regular visits from Artsreach entertainers. Obviously, at this time – these activities are not taking place due to the Government’s Covid-19 social isolation laws. (The link will open in a separate tab)
- Our school, Broadwindsor CofE VC Primary School strives to offer the very best learning environment and to promote high levels of self-esteem and a lifelong love of learning. (The link will open in a separate tab)
Outside the school gates, there are two big clothes banks so deposits (in carrier bags only please) can be made at any time. All of the clothes donated raise vital funds to help support the school. Thanks for all donations so far – keep them coming!
- Our pub, The White Lion is another principal hub of the village. Landlords, Spike & Vikki Phillips took over in the autumn of 2018 and host a traditional pub serving Palmers Fine Real Ales and Home Cooked Food, whilst also being dog and child friendly. (The link will open in a separate tab)
- Our shop, Broadwindsor Community Stores opened in 2013 and is manned by volunteers and doing an outstanding job in the current climate. They use their Facebook page to keep customers updated. Find them here. (The link will open in separate tab)
- Our Multi Use Games Area (locally referred to as MUGA) is located at Broadwindsor School and is a marvellous community asset which opened in 2019. It offers a wide range of sporting options including tennis, basketball, hockey, netball, football, bowls and badminton and it’s free to use.
- Hursey Playing Field
- Broadwindsor Craft Centre
- Our Village green is known as Bernards’ Place.
- The village adopted a Neighbourhood Plan in August 2019. Read more here on Dorset Council’s website. (The link will open in a separate tab)
If you’re interested in Broadwindsor’s history – and the village has lots of it – you can get yourself some further reading by acquiring a copy of My Story by Leonard Studley from Amazon by clicking here. We will add to the site in due course and welcome your pictures and stories.
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We invite you to take 5 minutes out to relax and enjoy a tour of our twin peaks: Lewesdon Hill & Pilsdon Pen = this YouTube video created by local musician Simon Emmerson with his beloved spaniel Spice who sadly died last year.
History of Broadwindsor on the Web
The village website, broadwindsor.co was originally set up Margery Hookings, an ex-editor of the Bridport & Lyme Regis News, who moved to the village in 2001. She continues to write for People’s Friend and continues her blog as Maddie Grigg here. (The link will open in a separate tab) It is now managed by two village residents, one who has lived in the village for fifteen years and one who has lived in the village for five weeks at the time of take-over. Together – a good team bringing you as much up-to-date local information as we can bring you on what’s happening in and around the village. We welcome your contributions and feedback.
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