Lent Lunch at Drimpton

Really good lunch at Drimpton today – 4 home made soups to choose from, fresh bread and then cheese & biscuits – love the way the pictures make it look like there’s 2 of me!

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Catch up over Coffee with Sandra

014Met up with Sandra for coffee in Bridport on Saturday, we used to lived next door to each other in Marshwood, it seems so long ago now, we brought some old photo’s to share, the top picture shows my youngest daughter Katie (second from the right) with her big yellow Teddy Bear on Marshwood School’s Playing field enjoying a ‘Teddy Bears’ picnic, the middle photograph shows my daughter Tina (second from the left) sitting behind Kara (Sandra’s daughter) the bottom picture shows Katie again running in the toddler race with me behind her encouraging her to run – it’s hard to believe that all our daughter’s are grown up adults now with children of their own, one of the strangest coincidences is that back in the 1980’s in this small cul-de-sac of 8 houses 3 of us became Foster Parents. And now I am supporting the ‘Marshwood safe route to school’ initiative – having walked to & from Marshwood school with my own children twice a day from 1975 to 1987, many times having to jump onto the bank, sometimes with a double pushchair with foster children in it, cars just didn’t give way to pedestrian’s, and now in 2015 nothing has changed and there are far more car’s on the road’s and Agricultural Vehicles have increased in size.

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Snowman Drive at Blackdown Hall

Saturday 30th January Snowman Drive at Blackdown Hall

Saturday 30th January Snowman Drive at Blackdown Hall

On Saturday night I went with 2 friends to the snowman drive raising funds for Blackdown Church, it was nearly a ‘full house’ and so good to see so many children there – and yet this hall has no play equipment outside for out-door play when events are held in warmer months – this is something that needs looking into, as outdoor play is so important for our children, and with how many children live in the Blackdown area it’s essential, all the other Village Halls in my area have play areas with fantastic equipment, with Drimpton even having a football pitch.

But first the kitchen needs sorting out, most food is brought into any event fully prepared and then simply served at the Hall, the kitchen is not up to modern requirements, last night the hot water didn’t work (again) and the washing up water had to be heated in pots on top of the gas hob, the ‘Kitchen Refurbishment Fund’ started fundraising last year, however in January Mrs Teresa Carter had a wonderful surprise when she opened a letter from Australia and a cheque for £5,000 fell onto the floor – it was from Eileen Sandy who had lived in Blackdown with her first husband and her sister Rita, when Eileen’s husband died she remarried and moved to Australia, but kept the house in Blackdown where her sister Rita continued to live, Eileen came over on a regular basis every year staying several months at a time until the death of Rita two years ago – please read her letter below;

imagePlans have been drawn up by a local architect (these plans were produced ‘free of charge’) – those plans now have gone out to several local building companies for ‘estimates’, let’s hope other businesses in the area are generous as well, as soon as the costs of the proposals are known, the committee hope to put a thermometer outside the hall with the target on, the ‘fund raising committee’ will be meeting again shortly to plan their next event, the first event was a 60/70’s evening was very well attended and made £500 – and as Eileen says in her letter “donations from any unzipped wallets” will be gratefully received by the Blackdown Hall Committee, please write on the back of any cheques Kitchen Fund

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Neighbourhood Plan meeting 7.30pm tonight

There is a meeting tonight to explore the possibility of producing a Neighbourhood Plan for Broadwindsor, the Parish Plan was completed in 2012 and a neighbourhood plan is the next step

A Neighbourhood plan establishes general planning policies for the development and use of land in a neighbourhood, like:

where new homes and offices should be built
what they should look like
The plan can be detailed or general, depending what local people want.

Neighbourhood plans allow local people to get the right type of development for their community, but the plans must still meet the needs of the wider area. In most cases we expect this will mean that neighbourhood plans will have to take into account the local council’s assessment of housing and other development

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Coffee and croissants



Broadwindsor Post Office Coffee Club

Coffee and Croissants morning

Friday 13 February


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New recycling arrangements

Presentation is in Comrades Hall next Thursday 27th 7pm


bin-bagsThere’s a presentation on Tuesday 27 January by the Dorset Waste Partnership about the new arrangements for recycling, which come into effect in this area in the summer.

If you live in the part of West Dorset including Beaminster, Bridport, Bothenhampton, Broadwindsor, Charmouth, Chideock, Lyme Regis, Thorncombe, Wootton Fitzpaine and surrounding villages, you will receive a letter during January about the new collection service starting the week beginning Monday 13 July 2015

The presentation about the new arrangements takes place at Comrades Hall at 7pm.

To find out more about the arrangements, go to the DorsetforYou website or go along to the meeting.

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Real Christmas Trees will be collected by the Waste Partnership


Real Christmas Tree Collections

To book a Christmas tree collection for Broadwindsor & Drimpton area

Christmas trees can be booked for collection on your recycling collection day during January and will be composted. – Trees must be less than six feet long or cut into pieces less than six feet long.

You need to book your tree for collection up to 48 hours before your scheduled kerbside recycling collection – to book click on the link below


Alternatively, call (01305) 221040 no less than 48 hours before your recycling collection day

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Cinema comes to Broadwindsor thanks to Big Lottery


Ian Butcher and Nigel Budden

Broadwindsor Comrades Hall has been awarded a £6,000 grant to screen its own movies.

Money from The Big Lottery’s Awards for All England fund has paid for a large screen, a ceiling-mounted projector and a Blu Ray DVD player, which have been installed in time for the showing of the film Effie Gray on 9 January.

New stage lighting and spotlights for live presentations are also being put in.

“It’s great news,” said hall committee member Ian Butcher. “The hall has run a very successful programme of films over the years through rural film company Moviola but recent price increases meant it was becoming unviable.

“We wanted to carry on because the film evenings we have are always popular and it’s a great way to bring people from the village and wider community together.”

So the committee agreed to seek funding. Moviola will still supply the films but the hall…

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Local Hunt meet in Broadwindsor Square

The riders enjoying a glass of port and something to eat before they set off from Broadwindsor this morning

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New Year starts with cheers & coffee in the Comrades Hall

There were lots of parties in Broadwindsor on New Year’s Eve – the White Lion was packed with people, lovely to see everyone enjoying themselves, and just before midnight people gathered in the Square to welcome the New Year in, as I was on duty again as Community Responder on New Years Day I didn’t stay out too long, some people not getting home until 4am – wise decision on my part as my first call out was at 8am, my second was at 12noon, then a nice quiet afternoon. On Friday the 2nd the Post Office service was back in the Comrades Hall, thanks to Dorothy for volunteering to make the Coffee’s, the Post Office open’s at 10am and by 11am there were so many people more chairs had to be put out, I couldn’t stay all morning as I was still on shift and had another call out.

Best wishes for a Happy, Healthy New Year to everyone


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