The October 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
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Informal Walking Group
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
Stoptober 2017 Event
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.
The Ron and Freddie Show
For some time a battle has raged between HMRC and the LATCH Committee concering the payment of VAT on the lean-to store retrospectively added to the eastern end of the building.  Recently a judge has ruled that the add-on is an annex rather than an extension and, hence, not liable for VAT, resulting in a refund of nearly £6000.  On the 22nd of September Ron Davidson and Freddie Spicer were interviewed on BBC Radio Devon’s ‘Breakfast in Dorset’ show concerning the result of their endeavours, which might well have wider implications elsewhere. The interview can be heard HERE
The defibrillator, provided as the result of a magnificent initiative started by the regulars of the White Horse, is located opposite the bus shelter.  Our thanks also to Mr Chris Legge whose nearby property provides the electrics required to heat the cabinet. 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 - 482313
Stoptober, the 28-day stop smoking campaign from Public Health England, is back from 1st October. Stoptober has driven over 1 million quit attempts to date and is the biggest mass quit attempt in the country. It is based on research that shows that if you can stop smoking for 28-days, you are five times more likely to stay smokefree for good. For more information read the information pack HERE
Mental Health Event
On October 10th and 11th, as part of the ‘Time to Change’ Project, Healthwatch Dorset’s Community Engagement Officer, Louise Bate, is going to be talking about a couple of projects involving young people.  Louise has been involved in community engagement across Dorset for the last 12 years and has worked for Healthwatch since it began in 2013. For futher information on this event please contact Louise has been working on a project with a group of young people, Bournemouth University, Dorset MIND, Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust and Dorset Mental Health Forum to produce a film about young people's thoughts on mental health. “Lifeunfiltered” will be presented on World Mental Health Day, October 10th from 18:45 until 20:00. We should all think about our mental health, especially as World Mental Health Day is fast approaching. Here is an opportunity to look at mental health through the eyes of a young person living in Dorset. You are invited to come and see a piece of work which has been developed by young people about young people on this subject. After watching the video, attendees will be asked to pledge what they can do to spread the word about mental health. You will be able to share your comments via social media by using the hashtag: #Lifeunfiltered. Full details here: "Be Yourself: Everybody Else is Taken" will be presented on October 11th from 11:00 until 12:00. Showcasing the Healthwatch Dorset creative project for children & young people. Artwork, poetry, blogs, vlogs & photography created by children & young people across Dorset to explain how they feel about their health and emotional wellbeing. This interactive talk will feature films of children & young people who took part in the project and share the findings and insights gathered. Full details here; 38008898639?aff=es2
Stoptober 2017 Defibrillator Bride Valley News Annual Wine Tasting Countryside News Sept DCC Travel September Proposal for Walking Group Big Sing Day Dorset Local Access Forum Playground Project Tree Planting Radio Interview re LATCH History Centre News Sept Mental Health Event