Local community site for Broadstone, Dorset, since 1999

News on and around the Broadway


The consultation responses on the re-design of the Broadway are being analysed by the Neighbourhood Forum. The proposal for change will be part of the Neighbourhood Plan that will eventually go to a local referendum next year.

Budgens of Broadstone has been nominated for an Innovative Design Award by the Association of Independent Greengrocers. Budgens have certainly set out to provide a better supermarket experience – have you visited?

Forum Jewellers

Forum Jewellers

Another store that sets out to give a great experience is Forum Jewellers. In recognition of their wonderful service they have have been finalists in a number of awards this year. They were runner up at the Poole Retail Awards in the categories for Overall Best Independent and Customer Service. In addition, Forum were semi-finalists in the Dorset-wide Venus Awards for Best Business of the year.

At the time of writing there is no news on the building of the McCarthy and Stone retirement complex in Dunyeats Road and the three vacant shop premises in The Broadway (Edwards, Ho Choys and Motor World) remain available.

Is The Broadway a Great British High Street?

Great British High Street 2015The Broadway has been entered into the GB High Street Competition and news on progress is due at the beginning of October.

The competition to find the best High Street in Britain is promoted by the Department for Communities and local Government and is in its 2nd year.

Our entry will helps raise Broadstone’s profile. If selected as a finalist (and there is a lot of competition) there will be an opportunity to support on-line. Follow Broadstone Village Facebook page for updates.

It may be a Great High Street but it survives (and thrives) on your Custom

Apparently August was the worst trading month for High Streets since the economy crash of 2008! Poor weather and uncertainty over mortgage interest rates have been blamed for deterring shoppers. There was some evidence of this in Broadstone and shoppers are urged to keep loyal and keep what we have here…..2 bakers, 2 greengrocers, 2 butchers, 2 supermarkets, 2 pubs …..Choice and Value!

Christmas dates for your diary

Please make a note of the these Pre – Christmas events:

The Battle of Broadstone Christmas Quiz – Thursday 12th November

The Quiz will be held at the Royal British Legion in Tudor Road. Proceeds help fund the Christmas Lights (they don’t fund themselves) and this year there will be a round of questions to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Christmas Lights Switch On Event -Tuesday 1st December

The Lights will be formally switched on accompanied by carol singing and refreshments.

Broadstone Christmas Parade – Saturday 5th December

Broadstone Christmas Parade

Broadstone Christmas Parade

Look out for more information as Christmas approaches.

These events need support to make them happen and to help out is great way to contribute to your local community. No one is expected to give more than they can manage so please make contact for a no obligation conversation about how you might help.

Broadstone Business Community

Our collective aim is to make Broadstone First Choice. All businesses are welcome to join and take advantage of the Village Website, Facebook Page, Free Street Wi-Fi as well as other support. Membership enables businesses to contribute as well as find a platform for improving outcomes. If you have a business in Broadstone – please get on-board.

“Step into Broadstone and make it your First Choice for Retail, Services and Leisure”

Simon Merry
Broadstone Business Community


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Simon is the recently retired Chairman of Broadstone Chamber of Trade and Commerce

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