The April 2017 edition of the Bride Valley News can be read HERE 
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.
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: 
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.
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.
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
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
All change for the Fête This year’s Litton Fête is moving from its traditional date of Spring Bank Holiday Monday to Saturday 15 th  July.  We hope that this will give the event a summer feel at the beginning of the holiday season, and it will also enable us to present entertainment which is not available on the earlier date.  More details to follow, but please put the date in your diary now.
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, / 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.
Parish Precept 2017
Your Parish Precept – 2017/18 Over the last few days Council Tax Bills have been landing with a bit of a thump on our collective doormats. One of the biggest increases in terms of percentage is the Litton Cheney Parish Precept which rose by close to 100%, although in monetary terms it varied modestly between an £18 to £26 annual increase dependent on which council tax band your house is in. We have all been aware that county and district councils would be putting up their precepts to cover the additional cost of social care and other council services given the cuts in funding from central government. That in turn has a knock on effect further down the line, i.e. at town and parish council level, as we are now expected to pick up some of the tasks previously undertaken by the unitary authority. Although the tasks are being passed down, the finance to carry out these tasks, such as verge/hedge/road/street furniture maintenance etc. will not.  The parish council therefore either has to pay a contractor to carry out the task, carry out the task using volunteers from the village, providing we adhere to all the rules on health and safety, or not carry out the task at all - it's called devolution. A reading of recent parish council minutes that can be found on the village website under Parish Council Meetings will provide information on the rationale that led to the PC increasing the parish precept. Other neighbouring parish councils increased their precepts several years ago and are still finding it necessary to increase it even further in 2017/18. We in Litton Cheney have sadly reached the point where foreseeable future costs make it imperative that the precept be raised to a sustainable level that allows the PC to carry out essential tasks, much of it devolved from Dorset County Council and West Dorset District Council. As stated above, in monetary terms the annual increase in the parish precept is modest but please be assured that the Parish Council will use the additional funds to good effect and common sense for the benefit of all residents in Litton Cheney. Should you have any questions or require further information please contact myself or other councillors via contact details shown on the village website. John Firrell Parish Clerk – Litton Cheney Parish Council  March 2017
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