Parish Clerk awarded OBE

We are delighted to pass on the news that Broadmayne’s Parish Clerk, Dr Janet Davis, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for services to ‘the Natural Environment and Walkers in Great Britain’. sends Janet our warm congratulations

Janet worked for the Ramblers organisation for 32 years and their news item reporting the award is reproduced below.

Janet Davis, our retired senior policy officer has been awarded an OBE in the 2018 Queen’s birthday honours list.
The accolade, for services to the environment and walkers in Britain, reflects Janet’s many years of work as a guardian and champion of the path network, as well as her expertise on rights of way law and practice. Her work has helped thousands of people to access the countryside and enjoy the benefits of walking.

It also acknowledges Janet’s long career with the Ramblers, Britain’s walking charity, where she was employed for more than three decades (1984 – 2016). Throughout that time, Janet worked on countless path issues, getting involved in legal action and working with legal advisors on high-profile cases through to the House of Lords. Many of these cases created vital legal precedents.

Janet has also offered advice and training to Ramblers volunteers, equipping them with the skills and knowledge to deal with local path problems. During her time with the Ramblers she played a central role in securing better laws to protect public paths, from obstruction and failure to reinstate after ploughing for instance, and in pivotal legal cases which established important principles for the addition of paths to the official maps.

Although Janet has retired from the Ramblers, she is still a member of the Department for the Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) Stakeholder Working Group, which worked on the rights of way provisions which appear in the Deregulation Act 2015. The Act makes important changes to the process of recording public rights of way, via a package of reforms that will be beneficial for walkers and landowners alike.

Speaking of the award, Janet said: “I am a walker myself and so have been incredibly lucky to work in a job which meant I could help to protect and improve our wonderful path network so that everyone can have the opportunity to explore and understand both our countryside and the paths within out towns and cities.

“It was also an enormous privilege to work alongside the Ramblers incredible team of volunteers for so many years and to help them to resolve problems on the path network. The Ramblers is a team and so I am accepting this award for all of them.”

Janet received a degree in life sciences and a PhD in freshwater ecology from the Polytechnic of Central London before working at Imperial College, London on environmental policy. She joined the Ramblers in 1984 to help monitor the implementation and effectiveness of the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act, which had amended the process for creating, changing and recording rights of way. She soon became a specialist on rights of way law, as well as an expert on a broad range of policy issues, from agriculture to the environment.

Our chair, Kate Ashbrook said: “In her 32 years with the Ramblers Janet quietly and effectively made a huge difference for walkers, by giving our volunteers the confidence to defend the path network and helping them to understand and use the law to the advantage of the walking public. Janet: we salute you”

Surfacing work on the A352 – Broadmayne to Warmwell – 21st June

We have been informed by Dorset Highways that they will be applying “Premium Surface Dressing” (tar and stone chippings, to you and me) to the A352 from the eastern village boundary to the Warmwell roundabout.

The work is scheduled for Thursday 21st June between 09:00 and 16:00 but is weather dependent.

During the work, traffic will be controlled by convoy working and a sweeper should appear the following day.

To read more about the process click on the link to Stakeholder Information

Stakeholder Information Premium dressing A352 Broadmayne

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Village Hall Concert – Saturday 2nd June

Garth Hewitt @ Broadmayne

Broadmayne Village Hall – 7:30pm – Saturday

Pre-booked tickets £10 – on the door £12 – Contact Tim Clayton 07443 659912


As part of his Against the Grain Tour in 2018, Garth Hewitt will be treating us to his unique musical style, drawing on songs from across his singing career from 1973 to the present. Garth has performed in such diverse venues as Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, rural villages in Tamil Nadu, and Singapore’s Changi Prison, and has sung with a variety of artists including Martyn Joseph and Cliff Richard.

Garth Hewitt released his first album The Lion and the Lamb in 1973, and his latest Peace at Christmas in September 2016. In between are close to 40 others covering a wide variety of subjects and styles, including two for children and one in Spanish(!),an album of worship songs on justice Justice Like a River, and a recording of Chartist hymns from the 1840s which Garth put to music Liberty is Near!

Touring for 40 years Garth has visited areas of poverty, conflict, deprivation, and disaster, prioritizing friendships with local people and bringing them encouragement, but always returning to Europe and the US with personal stories bringing to life media headlines, keeping individual’s stories at the forefront when newspapers have forgotten, and challenging the privileged to share, and to join the protest against injustice.

Founding the human rights charity Amos Trust in 1985, Garth worked for 26 years as its Director, then handing that role on to Chris Rose while maintaining a role with Amos as Founder.

Garth passionately believes that it is always time for people of all faiths to speak up and call for justice, reaffirming the dignity, rights and value of each human being made ‘in the image of God’. As part of this passion Garth has written nine books, including his book on the theology of justice, Occupied Territories – the revolution of love from Bethlehem to the ends of the earth published in September 2014, of which Garth says, “This theology of action shows the way to a revolution of love and justice, a revolution that is relevant all around the world – a revolution of non-violence, of valuing all people as equal; it’s a call to do justice and to show the values of hope and humanity in whatever situation we find ourselves.”

Garth has recently released his autobiography.

“Garth Hewitt writes redemption songs and then sings them without fear. His
voice comes through clearly…challenging us by his witness to act for justice.
His is a brave voice, needed more than ever in a fearful world and in a
sometimes timid church. Please God, it will help us sing redemption songs of
our own.” Revd Canon Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James’, Piccadilly