The September 2017 edition of the Bride Valley News can be read HERE 
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: 
Dorset Litton Cheney
in the Bride Valley
It’s a Dog’s Life in Litton Cheney
Those attending the Village Assembly in May will not need reminding that the subject of loose dogs and dog poo once more took centre stage, as it probably did in many other communities throughout this green and pleasant land. If this problem is ever to have a reasonable chance of being solved, it is highly likely the Parish Council will have to take a hard line with those dog owners who offend either by allowing their dogs to run loose, or by not picking up after their dogs. Options available to the council include fines and bringing in dog wardens to remove dogs left wandering the village, and naming and shaming offending dog owners, none of which is ideal or conducive to a cohesive contented community. Suggested Solution – No loose dogs + responsible dog owners = no fines or dog wardens – Simple!
Maintaining Our Village
We live in a delightful village in the beautiful Bride Valley. For things to remain delightful and beautiful, nature often especially with the changing seasons needs our help. Litton Cheney is no different from hundreds of other villages and from time to time we need villagers to roll up their sleeves and assist in keeping Litton looking pristine and up together. If you would be prepared to join a jolly working party periodically to assist in maintaining our village please contact John Firrell on 482313. Many thanks in anticipation.
Informal Walking Group
Dorset Cancer Partnership
The Dorset Cancer Partnership is inviting local people to be involved in the planning of future cancer services in the county. Full information can be found here:
Walking is known to be a good form of exercise and, when walking with others, is great for forming and developing friendships. A few of us who walk regularly thought it might be a good idea to set up an informal walking group. The way it would work is for those interested to include their email address in a closed email group then, when any member is intending to have a walk, they send a message to others in the group with the date, time and start location together with such information as estimated distance, duration and, where appropriate, a suggested lunch stop. Walks could start within the Bride Valley or beyond so there may be times when a car-share would be necessary. I would envisage that walks would be between four and eight miles in length. If you are interested in joining this group please contact me on and I will create an email group which will be circulated to other interested people. Any suggestions about this idea would be gratefully received. Steve Kourik
    The DORSET LOCAL ACCESS FORUM is recruiting new members - NOW! Do you believe it’s important to have the opportunity to get outdoors to picnic, play, socialise, relax; keep fit keep healthy?  That there needs to be better opportunities to walk or cycle instead of having to use the car?  That opportunity to walk, horse-ride or cycle on safe off-road routes is limited?  That public outdoor space and paths provide essential green space for people and wildlife?  That public outdoor access needs to be sensitively managed with regards to agriculture, forestry and environmental management? Would you like to be actively involved in helping to improve public paths and outdoor green space? Since it was established in 2002, the DLAF has helped make a difference improving and developing outdoor access.  Current work includes improving local access for health benefits, agreeing the route of the Dorset section of the England coast path and commenting on Public Rights of Way provision in new planning development.  But you may have new projects to bring to the Forum? The Forum is an independent, statutory body working with various organisations; for example, all county, town and parish councils; AONBs, National Trust, CLA, Forestry, Defra and Natural England. We now have vacancies for new members, to represent the following categories: People who enjoy using paths and public green space for recreation and travel; Owners, occupiers and managers of land - especially with open access or PRoW;  People with access-related interests, eg tourism, health, disability or transport. The Forum meets three times a year, with additional training and working groups as required.  Certain expenses and allowances can be claimed. Dorset County Council, Bournemouth Borough Council and the Borough of Poole, as appointing authorities, provide support for Forum members and the work they do. If you have the time, experience and enthusiasm to make a valuable and constructive contribution to the work of the Forum, an application form and information pack is available at access-forum/apply or from:  Dorset LAF Project and Service Support Team Environment and Economy Directorate Dorset County Council County Hall Colliton Park Dorchester DT1 1XJ Email: entitled DLAF APPLICATION  We are committed to the promotion of equality of opportunity.  We require the same information from all candidates and will not accept letters or testimonials in place of an application form. The closing date for return of completed application forms is Friday 6 October 2017.  For an informal discussion about the work of the Forum, please contact Tara Hansford,  Forum Co-ordinator, 
Dorset Local Access Forum
Si2N Event
Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty  Stepping into Nature  – Get involved Tuesday 26 th September 2017 Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East Street.  Dorchester, DT1 1HF Schedule 9.30am   Registration & Refreshments   10.00am   Welcome and Introduction   10.15am   Chris Skelly & Rupert Lloyd  -    Public Health England   “The Greenspace Prescription”      The evidence for greenspace being good for our health and wellbeing      What is holding the health sector back from being more involved   10.40am   Dr Philip H. Sterling  -    Coast & Countryside Service Manager, Dorset County  Council      What does our greenspaces in Dorset have to offer and how does this  fit in with DCC.   11.05am   Wendy Brewin  -   Sensory Trust, Creative Spaces Cornwall.      How dementia friendly walking groups can evolve into peer support  groups.   11.30am   Participants & Providers      What getting out into the countryside means to me   12.00am   Lunch & Market Place      An hour to enjoy lunch by Andrew James Catering and find out a little  more about the activities.      Choose your taster session to take part in after lunch (some will be  limited on numbers)   1.00pm   Taster Sessions:   1.   Dementia Friendly Sensory Walk   -   Claire Platten, Hardy's Birthplace and   Thorncombe Woods (outside activity)   A short walk to experience what a dementia friendly walk entails.   2.   Greenwood Club  -   Jill Hooper, Dorset Forest Schools (outside activity)   Find out what happens at Dementia Friendly Greenwood Club delivered by  Dorset Forest Schools   3.   Wild Watching Pack  –   RSPB (inside activity TBC)   Come and see what the RSPB are working on to help bring nature to those  who are less mobile.   4.   Inspired by Archives  –   Maria Gayton, Dorset History Centre Enjoy a brief  introduction to getting Inspired by Archives (inside activity)   1.45pm   Final Word   2.00pm   End
Big Sing Day at Milton Abbey
Come and fill Milton Abbey with Praise! An opportunity to learn new Christian songs and hymns on a Big Sing day at Milton Abbey on Saturday 18 November 2017 from 10am – 3.30pm with Noel Tredinnick, conductor of the All Souls Orchestra. Suitable for anyone aged 9 to 99 who enjoys singing! Whatever your church denomination or level of singing experience, we hope you will come and enjoy sharing your gifts with others in this time of learning, fellowship and worship and that you will be inspired with many ideas to take back to your choir or church. Application forms are available from The day will end 4pm with ‘Come and fill the Abbey with Praise’ in a Songs of Praise celebration – the invitation is open to all so come and bring your friends and family.
Annual Wine Tasting
Annual Wine Tasting with Steven Spurrier (Decanter Magazine Man of the Year 2017) This year Steven will be exploring the delights of Spanish wine, and you can benefit hugely from being given early notice of this event. Saturday 4th November is the date, 7 pm is the time, the venue, Litton and Thorner's Community Hall. Steven will be assisted by Mark Banham who, together with his wife, Caroline, run the superb Morrish & Banham Wine Merchants & Tasting Room in Brewery Square, Dorchester. Steven & Mark are the Bride Valley's very own Flanders & Swann of Oenology and this will be their 9th fund raising event for LATCH – Thank you both. To book early for this delightful event please call Wendy Firrell on 482532 or Freddie Spicer on 482617 soonest.
Playground Project
Following on from the supply of the new smaller goalposts earlier this year, repairs and improvements have started on the existing equipment. The two swing seats and chains have been replaced and the frame repainted. There is now a new basketball net and for the first time in many years, with the help of volunteers, the basketball hard standing has been trimmed and swept. The wooden ‘castle’ climbing frame is the next task which will include replacement timber, new rope, climbing footholds and repainting. There may be a couple of weeks where this will be out of commission while the work is undertaken. By the time you read this, it will have been announced that the application for funds from the Big Lottery Fund has been accepted. This, along with individual donations and money gained from events held in the village, goes a long way towards reaching the required total of £13,375.24, which is the cost of the new and refurbished equipment. It is intended to start the actual development in November and further updates will be announced in future editions of the Bride Valley News. May I add that any further donations towards the Playground Project would be greatly appreciated.  Please contact myself (01308 482594), or any member of the parish council if you wish to contribute. Many thanks. Andrew King
Triangle Tree Planting
Work is about to begin at the village Triangle with the removal of the rather sad maple tree and surrounding overgrown shrubs/vegetation in readiness for the new tree, a multi-stemmed silver birch, and new ground cover planting. For a while the area will look rather bare and forlorn but fear not, come mid to late November, it will spring back into life and we will within a short period of time once the new planting has settled in have a Triangle to be proud of. Our grateful thanks to the Litton Cheney Social Committee for donating the new tree and fresh plantings which, a little belatedly perhaps, commemorates Her Majesty The Queen's Ninetieth Birthday in 2016.
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