The May 2017 edition of the Bride Valley News can be read HERE 
BRIDE VALLEY NEWS
1951 BBC FILM
The link below is to a 1951 BBC film, presented by Richard Dimbleby, featuring Bridport, West Bay, Abbotsbury and Burton Bradstock.  The opening sequence gives a brief view of Malters Cottages and Litton Cheney is also mentioned during the film.  However, overall it provides a fascinating glimpse of life in the Bridport area during the 1950’s. http://player.bfi.org.uk/film/watch-come-with-me-to-bridport-1951/
The deadline for copy for any month’s issue is mid-day of the second Thursday of the preceding month. All material for publication must be sent to the Village Correspondent.  For Litton Cheney this is: John Yates, 2, Sunnyside Cottage. Tel: 01308482392  email: john-and-sandra@hotmail.com 
HGV’s
If you happen to come across a large HGV attempting to transit the village, perhaps on its way to the Cheese Factory at Ashley Chase, please obtain whatever details you can (registration, company name & photo) and forward them to John Firrell (Parish Clerk) 482313. We are keeping a record of incidents in conjunction with Ashley Chase Estates, Long Bredy PC and Dorset Highways in an effort to better manage HGV movements at this end of the Bride Valley. Many thanks.
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VILLAGE DEFIBRILLATOR
A magnificent initiative started by the regulars of The White Horse has now manifested itself in the shape of the village defibrillator located opposite the bus shelter. Our thanks also to Mr Chris Legge whose nearby property provides the electrics required to heat the cabinet.  The defibrillator has been registered with South Western Ambulance Service and is now fully active. Most importantly, if you have cause to phone 999 for the Ambulance Service, they will know the village has a defibrillator and if the circumstances are appropriate they will give you the access code and tell you to fetch it. The defibrillator (yes really!) will then talk you through what to do while you wait for the ambulance but what you will have done is provided that most crucial element whenever life is threatened by a medical emergency – FIRST AID. A series of Videos showing how the defibrillator operates and when it should be used can be viewed by selecting one of the headings below.  They will also be shown at film nights in the Community Hall, the Village Assembly and other village events.
NEWS & INFORMATION
Note: The defibrillator deals with cardiac arrest, i.e. when the heart stops, and will only operate in those circumstances. Your call to 999 will be your key to its use. You will not be expected to make that decision. Lastly – it is hoped you never have reason to use it. More questions? Call John Firrell (Parish Clerk) - 482313
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Litton Cheney – Bridport 210 Bus Service At the end of July this year Dorset County Council will end its subsidy of the 210 bus service that serves Litton Cheney and other villages in the Bride Valley. This does not necessarily mean the bus service will discontinue, but it may be run along different lines and possibly at different times. The Parish Council together with other Bride Valley councils is exploring a number of alternatives and we will endeavour to keep you informed of developments.
Church Fete
Litton Cheney Playground Project
The project is to revitalise the playing field and children's play area. It is to be financed with money made available from the Parish Council, fund raising events such as the recent Variety Show, plus successful applications for funding and grants. The children's play area is to be fenced and the existing play equipment will be refurbished or replaced. The amount of development will depend on the funds available. It will be an ongoing project so equipment will be added to whenever possible. Quotations have been sought for the fencing and play equipment. The basketball court will be cleaned and the lines repainted. Due to the efforts of James Williams, we already have two new five-a-side goalposts which are being well used. The old rusting posts are to be removed.It is proposed that the grass to the whole area will be cut and maintained more frequently to give a good playing surface throughout. To reduce costs wherever possible certain refurbishment will be completed by volunteers. Andrew King would like to hear from anybody who could spare some time to help, apk@tgdorset.co.uk / 01308 482594. Our grateful thanks to Tricia & Nigel Gates and their team of helpers for putting on a fantastic Charity Variety Show in February and raising an incredible sum of money benefitting three charities,The Playground Project being one of them.
Litton Cheney Parish Council
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John Firrell has stood down as Parish Clerk after nine years administering parish affairs. His place has been taken by Maggie Walsh who takes up the baton on 1st June. We wish Maggie well in her new role whilst John meanwhile moves onto the Parish Council as a councillor hoping to use the experience gained over the years assisting towards moving the council into a more devolved and involved role in the months to come. Please see village website and notice boards for contact details of all involved.
Litton Cheney Neighbourhood Plan Survey Result
By a percentage vote of 60/40, local residents indicated they did not feel a Neighbourhood Plan was necessary at this point in time. To this end Litton Cheney Parish Council resolved not to proceed with a Neighbourhood Plan but to monitor the situation locally, carry out a housing needs study and to discuss the matter further at the July Parish Council Meeting. Thank you to all those who took part in the survey and to Richard Jones and his Steering Group for the work they put in getting us to this juncture.