Broadwindsor Village Green Appeal

by Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor in Beaminster, Dorset, United Kingdom

We did it
On 1st November 2022 we successfully raised £20,039 ( + est. £921.50 Gift Aid ) with 121 supporters in 69 days

Transforming our village green to provide community open space, challenging and inclusive activity equipment and physical exercise for all.

by Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor in Beaminster, Dorset, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Extra money will enable us to install outdoor exercise equipment and facilitate more outdoor exercise classes.

Open space for us all to enjoy

We're launching a Crowdfunding campaign to transform the village green at Bernards’ Place, Broadwindsor.

The project will provide versatile open space for physical activity to improve health and well-being.

We already have £45,000 in the pot for challenging and inclusive play equipment on the upper part of the green. 

But we now need your help to complete the overall project, which includes opening up the lower part of the green for physical exercise and community events.

Who we are

The Comrades Hall Management Committee owns and is responsible for the village hall and the area around it, the village green known as Bernards' Place.

A registered charity, the hall is a hub for community events, including social and sporting activities

What we are doing

Bernards' Place is at the heart of Broadwindsor, a village in the far western corner of Dorset which has poor public transport links


The village green revamp was first mooted almost three years ago when we decided to improve the children's play equipment. But then the pandemic happened in 2020. Physical exercise and being outdoors had never been more important. The vision for Bernards' Place took on a new dimension.

A key part of the project sees the replacement and relocation of the swings to create an open and flat space at the lower end of the green and the installation of an oak-framed shelter, for use in inclement weather, at a cost of £7,000.

Keeping our community physically active

As well as being used for community events, this new space will be ideal for instructor-led exercise classes and some pieces of free-to-use outdoor gym equipment along its outer edge.


The reconfigured village green will become a more sociable place, helping to build a strong and healthy community.

Leon Lord, a Fitness and Well-being Instructor, lives in Broadwindsor and runs popular exercise classes inside the Comrades Hall.  He can see the benefits of leading open air classes on the lower part of the green.

Leon says: ‘Having a space in the village that can be used either for outdoor exercise or for peaceful meditative practice, would be a massive investment in our community. Nearby in Bridport they already hold outdoor Yoga and fitness sessions in the local park. These sessions are popular and well attended.’


Vikki Pickering, a Teaching Assistant at the local primary school, currently drives to Bridport for outdoor Yoga.

She says: 'The redesign allows for a greater age range to make better use of the space – family picnics and socialising, improved equipment for greater equality and with the added potential of ‘zoning’ for exercise like outdoor yoga, circuit training and strength-building activities. '

Team Vicar the Revd Jo Neary says: 'Bernards' Place is a wonderful resource for our village. To have a flat, accessible area for sport and games and to be active together will enhance the well-being of the whole village population.'

How our project will be United by Birmingham 2022: a lasting tribute for generations to come

The plan has been a long time in the making but, inspired by the ethos of the Commonwealth Games, we're determined to make it happen, as a fitting and lasting tribute to the memory of David Leader, who died very suddenly in March 2022.

David spearheaded so many amazing community and sporting projects locally.

Pleased help us to raise the money we need to get this project done.  Let's put Broadwindsor on the map once again.


  • Broadwindsor is the place we love. Illustration by Megan Edwards.

Community spirit

Broadwindsor is well-known for its community spirit.

In 2020, Broadwindsor Cricket Club raised £35,785 through Crowdfunder to buy its ground, with 191 supporters in 27 days. And it’s not that long ago that the village, led by David, raised an amazing £34,760 through Crowdfunder, with 337 supporters in 28 days, to reopen The White Lion as a community pub.

We appreciate that money is tight and this new appeal so soon after the campaign to save The White Lion might be a tall order. 

But we’re confident that Broadwindsor will come together to honour David Leader's community legacy, for people of all ages and abilities and for generations to come.

Please help us to make this happen by supporting our Crowdfunder campaign. As a charity relying on voluntary support within our active community, we are very grateful to the generous people and local businesses who have provided this campaign with 'rewards' to encourage support from the Crowd. 

Your support - big or small - will be make a huge difference to this project. We'll have a village green that will make us all very happy for many years to come.

  • Happy in Broadwindsor back in 2014 - and still an active, lively community today


Please help us to make our project a success and give what you are able. Every contribution will be greatly appreciated. 

*A big thank you to Simon Emmerson for permission to use The Magnificent Seven (ACSS meets TDF) by Afro Celt Sound System as the soundtrack to our campaign video.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£5 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Art cards of Broadwindsor

Packs of 10 postcards featuring some of the scenery and animals around our lovely village, from paintings by local artist Maggi Ouin. Usually £5 for five. Collection only. Images will be uploaded to the Comrades Hall Facebook page Instagram: @margeo5098

£5 or more

Community Cheerleader

Community Cheerleader: You'll receive an A5 certificate to recognise your valued support.

£30 or more

2 of 3 claimed

2 signed Afro Celt Sound System CDs

A magical bundle of two Afro Celt Sound System CDs - The Source and Flight, on ECC records, with a special message from founder Simon Emmerson.* An ever-shifting blend of African rhythms, Irish melodies, dance, rock, and other influences. Web: These normally sell at around £18 each. *Postage fees may apply outside the UK

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Your business or individual name on a public roll of honour.

£10 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Cushions from Beaminster Upholstery

A fabulous cushion from Mike Oaten at Beaminster Upholstery. Pop along to his shop at Redlands Yard, Broadwindsor, to make your choice. Normally retails at £15. Collection only. Web:

£10 or more

4 of 4 claimed

The Wobbly Cottage Bakery Bag

Voucher for bakery bag from The Wobbly Cottage, Broadwindsor. Each bag will consist of whatever is available on the day but will include a loaf of sourdough. Contents could include sausage rolls, scotch eggs, croissant, pastries or cake. All made by hand and on-site at Wobbly Cottage's Artisan Micro Bakery in Broadwindsor. Collection only. Web: for price list

£20 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Food voucher for The White Lion

You'll receive a £25 voucher for food at Broadwindsor's community pub, The White Lion. (Applies to food only).

£20 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Afternoon or evening hire of The Lewesdon Room

An afternoon or evening's hire of the lovely Lewesdon Room at Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor. Get up a team together to play alley skittles or have a family and friends' games night with our pool table, table tennis table, darts and table skittles. You'll have such fun you'll probably want to make it a regular event. Normally priced at £20 for local users and £25 for those outside the village.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Afro Celt Sound System: The Source on vinyl

Signed copy of Afro Celt Sound System's 2016 album, The Source, on vinyl. The album features the track 'The Magnificent Seven: ACSS meets TDF' - the soundtrack to our Crowdfunder video. - Normally retails at £35. Web: * postage fees may apply outside UK

£30 or more

2 of 2 claimed

2 signed The Imagined Village CDs

A magical bundle of two The Imagined Village CDs on ECC Records: Empire & Love and Bending The Dark, with a special message from founder Simon Emmerson.* 'One of the most unusual collaborations of the past decade, The Imagined Village made a significant impression with their critically acclaimed and commercially successful début album.' Normally retail at £18 each. Web: * Postage fees may apply outside UK

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Hamper from Broadwindsor Community Stores

You'll receive a lovely hamper (donated by a customer) from Broadwindsor Community Stores. Worth £50. Collection only. Web:

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Celebratory cake

You'll receive a celebratory cake, baked and beautifully decorated by Kate Staff, whose cake creations have to be seen to be believed. This would normally retail at around £60+. Collection only. Photos showing examples of Kate's amazing cakes will be uploaded to the Comrades Hall Facebook page. Instagram: @katelynns_cakes

£70 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Your name in a national magazine column

Have your name - or nickname - used for a character and featured in one of Maddie Grigg's weekly columns in the much-loved The People's Friend magazine. Web:

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