Ben’s walk for Prostate Cancer

Jurassic Coast Path Conquered

Yesterday afternoon Ben Wightman completed an almost 100 mile walk from Exmouth to the Old Harry Rocks, which is the full extent of the Jurassic Coast and is a great achievement, accomplished over nine days.

Ben would like to thank the many people who have supported him, by walking with him and by donating to Prostate Cancer research. His efforts have raised over £5,000 so far.

You can still donate, by going to Just Giving and searching for Ben Wightman

or by clicking on this link

Two High Sheriff Awards for Broadmayne & West Knighton


Broadmayne and West Knighton’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been recognised by the presentation by the High Sheriff of not one but two of his special Community Awards 2020.

At a special, socially distanced, event in the Village Hall on Saturday the 11th October, George Streatfeild, in all the finery of his office, presented the awards, to Aly Carroll (the Emergency Response Coordinator) & representatives of the Community Emergency Response Team and to Michaela Farn and members of her team from the Corner House Stores.

A picture of the presentation featuring Aly Carroll, the High Sheriff and Michaela Farn

The award for the CERT recognises not only the efforts of the organising team and the Team Leaders but also the selfless volunteering of over a hundred residents who have made themselves available to support those people shielding, in isolation or just too concerned to be out and about. Thankfully during the first wave of the pandemic Broadmayne and West Knighton have escaped quite lightly and there were more volunteers than were needed, however the whole community is indebted to them all whether they were called on or not.

That the Corner House Stores were also judged to deserve an award will not come as a surprise to anyone in the village. Michaela and her team certainly “went the extra mile” to serve the community during such a difficult time. They came up with innovative solutions that enabled people to shop from home, that supported the volunteers in their role, and made those shopping for themselves feel safe. They sourced, and continue to source, a wide range of products so that there was no actual need to leave the village to shop. And it was all done with grace, with smiles and whilst offering a great deal of help.

The community of Broadmayne and West Knighton is indebted to all who were involved in the response and who remain ready to redouble their efforts should we suffer from an unfortunate second wave of infection.

Green Homes Grant and possible scams

Government Green Homes Grant

A government Green Homes Grant for homeowners in England is available from the end of September 2020 and runs until the end of January 2021. It aims to help pay for certain energy efficient home improvements including insulation.  All homeowners can apply for funding for at least two thirds of the cost of eligible home improvements, up to a total value of £5,000.  Some homeowners will qualify for the total cost of eligible home improvements, costing up to £10,000.

You must install either insulation, or low-carbon heating, of certain types to qualify. Funding is by Government voucher and to start with you need to make sure you are eligible for the scheme. Full details of the Green Homes Grant can be found at the Government endorsed web page reached by the following link or by phoning 0800 444202.


Possible scams (This message from our PCSO & Trading Standards)

History has shown that unscrupulous traders may try to take advantage of schemes such as this, perhaps contacting people by phone, or on the doorstep, out of the blue, with the offer of discounted insulation or building work. Sometimes the sales talk may refer to previous work completed at the property. Traders may try to push the need for urgency as a selling point, the official scheme being a time limited offer.

The advice from trading standards is to visit the Simple Energy Advice webpage, or phone them on the number above, before you agree to any work starting so you know whether you are eligible for the grant and what that entitles you to. If you are unsure whether an approach by a trader is genuine perhaps ask for the help of a trusted relation, friend or neighbour.

From Dorset Council – news of the new NHS Test & Trace app

From Dorset Council – news of the new NHS Test & Trace app

Tomorrow, 24 September, the Government is launching a new Test and Trace app to help prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus.

We are lucky to still have a relatively low infection rate here in Dorset and the app will help this trend continue. Everyone who downloads the app is helping to prevent the spread of the virus by notifying users if they have come into contact with someone who may later test positive for coronavirus.

From tomorrow you will be able to go to your usual app store on your smartphone and download the app – search for NHS COVID-19. Some features of the app include risk alerts by postcode, a symptom checker and test booking.  Please be assured that the app tracks the virus, not the individual.

It is also now mandatory for some businesses and organisations to have a system in place to collect visitor data and keep it for 21 days. We have contacted Dorset’s businesses, our town and parish councils and our own local council services about this new legal requirement and have asked them to display NHS QR code posters in their properties ahead of the app launch tomorrow.

The venues affected include those in the following sectors:

  • hospitality

  • leisure and tourism

  • close contact services (such as salons)

  • places of worship

  • local authority venues (such as Libraries, Registration Offices, Leisure Centres and Town and Village Halls)

From tomorrow we should start seeing these businesses with the NHS QR posters in their venues for customers and users to check-in with the new NHS COVID-app at that location.

If we all download and start using the app, we will be doing our bit to keep each other safe and stop infection rates in Dorset rising.

Don’t have a smartphone?

Don’t worry if you don’t have a smartphone, businesses may continue to collect customers’ data using a log book or other paper method.

Do you have a question

For all questions about the app please visit

Reporting emergencies using what3words

All the Dorset emergency services (Police, Fire, Ambulance) now recognise location references from the what3words mobile phone app.

Every 3metre square in the world has a three word identifier in the what3words system. Use that code when contacting 999 and the emergency services will #KnowExactlyWhere the emergency/incident is.

Why not be prepared – download the free app to your mobile phone now. Find out more and download the app from this link.

As well as for emergencies you can use the location code to report fly tipping, crime, problems, to help friends to find you on the beach, …. the possibilities are endless.

Here’s an example – The Broadmayne sandbag store is at ///flattered.natural.debating


Jurassic Coast walk for Prostate Cancer funding

You can help raise money for Prostate Cancer research in two ways

Ben Wightman is planning to walk the length of the the Jurassic Coast Path, Exmouth to Studland (100 miles), in nine daily sections, between the 11th and the 22nd October.

    1. You could walk – Ben would love people to join him for any (or all!!) days

    2. You could sponsor – Ben or one of the other walkers

The walkers will also need offers of transport to and from the ends of each daily section.

All money raised goes towards valuable research.

For a schedule and all details, and to offer support, please contact Ben – email:   Tel: 01305 854385 or 07970 820064

Financially challenged as a result of COVID-19?

There is no embarrassment in admitting that the pandemic has left you in financial difficulty and there are people ready to help. Maybe your working life has been disrupted or maybe you are older and would benefit from claiming Pension Credit, or maybe claiming free school meals or the Pupil Premium would help your family.

Don’t hold back, there is help out there, and please tactfully mention this to any friends who you think might benefit from advice.

Dorset Council and Dorset Citizens Advice have launched a new campaign encouraging residents financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to seek support before things become more difficult.

Click here for full details