NEWS from 2013

Tasting & Buying Event
Our Christmas Promotion Event on 22nd November attracted a large crowd of customers from the village and surrounding area. Everyone enjoyed the mulled wine, mince pies and sampling some of our products. Hampers were ordered, baskets were filled from our extensive range of Christmas goodies, and the cash register was busy all evening.
What a great start to the festive season!
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Broadwindsor Community Stores won the prestigious ‘Best Dorset Village – People’s Project Award’ for 2013. The Awards ceremony, held at Puddletown Village Hall on the evening of 19th September, saw a packed audience gather for the announcement of the winners across the various categories of this popular annual competition.

Before the announcement of the ‘People’s Project Award’, the four finalists from the 18 strong field for this category were invited to give a summary of their project, after which the Chair of the Dorset Community Action judges' panel announced the result. Represented by Chairman Fraser Hughes and Secretary Susannah Madigan, we were presented with our Award by Adam Peat OBE, Chairman of the Board of Magna Homes, the sponsors of the competition, and Cllr. Su Hunt, Chair of North Dorset District Council.

The criterion for the Award is that it is a project that involves local people, benefits the community and is supported by it. So we thank all those who over the past two years backed the project, bought shares to help finance it, volunteered to work in the shop, and support it by being customers. You can see our award, a framed certificate and fine wooden plaque on display in the shop.

Well done, everybody!

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Left to right: Cllr. Su Hunt (Chair, N. Dorset District Council), Susannah Madigan, Fraser Hughes, Adam Peat OBE (Chairman, Magna Housing)

A landmark for the Stores
The stores has just completed its first 6 months of trading and we are very encouraged with the performance. On Saturday 7th September we reached a landmark by hitting a
total turnover of £100,000 since opening, and on August Bank Holiday Saturday we recorded sales of over £1,000 on the day!

Our regular customers and holidaymakers continue to make generous compliments about the shop and the range we stock - in fact there are now over 1,800 lines, many provided by the 26 local suppliers we use.

A big thank you to everyone for their support - we hope this will continue as we move into the winter months!
BADCE Chair, Fraser Hughes
A Royal Invitation!
Broadwindsor Community Stores was honoured to be one of only two Community Stores in the country (there are over 300) to be asked by the Plunkett Foundation to represent them at a Reception in aid of Prince Charles’ Countryside Fund at Clarence House.

The Fund gives grants to projects that support people who care for the countryside and the Plunkett Foundation is one of the bodies to benefit. They in turn give grants to projects such as the Broadwindsor Stores in order to help them set up. The Reception of 100 guests was attended by directors from some of the UK’s largest companies who donate to the Fund, and a small number of beneficiaries.

Broadwindsor Stores was represented by the BADCE Chair, Fraser Hughes, who met Prince Charles and invited him to visit the shop, maybe when he was on a trip to Poundbury!
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Our community donation
to Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance
Friday 26th July 2013: on behalf of our community, Sue Williams (Shop Manager), Mandy Crane (BADCE Committee member) and Chris Edgerley (shop volunteer) were delighted to present a cheque for £70.70p to DSAA’s fundraising co-ordinator for the Dorset area, Annette Plaistow-Trapaud. The money was collected in the Stores’ charity box. [Photos: John Heys]
Dorset Life magazine printed an article on the opening of the Stores in its June edition. Click here to access a copy (.png file, one page). You can enlarge the page by clicking on it.