In praise of Broadwindsor

A NEW arts and heritage project, “The Place I Love,” is being launched with a village art exhibition and sale at Broadwindsor’s Comrades Hall on Saturday 16th October.

The project, orgaanised by the Windrose Media Trust, working with local artists, will culminate in an interpretive map of the West Dorset village.

Work by village artists, much of it inspired by the local area, will be on show and for sale between 10am and 4pm. The WI will be providing refreshments throughout the day.

Organised by a local art group, the launch event will feature work by Maggi Ouin, Gill and Peter Coates, Mandy Selhurst, Izzy Masey, Carolyne Kardia, Victoria Saines, Donna Heys, Dave Shaw, Norma Roberts, Liz Ridley, Bev Gillard, John Iveson and Libby Jukes.

Each artist will have their own table and there will be a central display on boards, made for the occasion by villager Malcolm Heaver, which will be donated to the hall for future art-related events. Work by pupils from Broadwindsor Primary School will also be on display. Entry to the exhibition is free.

During the day, Margery Hookings, a writer who lives in the village and is leading The Place I Love project on behalf of Windrose Rural Media Trust, will be inviting locals to tell her what they love about Broadwindsor. Her Windrose colleague, James Harrison, will be filming the launch to include in a short video.

As the project progresses, singer Amanda Boyd will be collecting local folk songs. Her most recent work with Windrose involved combing archive film and folk songs at memory cafes for people with dementia.

Research into field names and land use now and in the past is another strand of the project. Material gathered will be lodged with Dorset History Centre.

The interpretive map of the village is being designed by artist Megan Edwards, whose family live in the village, and will incorporate points of interest highlighted during the course of the project. It will be unveiled in the village in February 2022.

The Place I Love project is funded by Dorset Council, Dorset AONB and Broadwindsor Group Parish Council and supported by volunteers in the community.

Photographs by Margery Hookings