The September 2018 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 Firrell,  Tel: 01308 482313  email:
Mobile Phone News
Although O2 subscribers are able to receive a strong signal from the phone mast, Vodafone have yet to commission work that will enable their subscribers to receive the benefits of the mast. Robust efforts are being applied to convince Vodafone to carry out the work. If you are a Vodafone subscriber, give them a push.
Notice to Dog Owners
BVN STILL NEEDS  **YOU**! Although we have managed to recruit two people who will work together to publish BVN for the next few months alongside Will Newell, the retiring Editor, we are still asking if there at least two or more further volunteers who are able to help put together the BVN every other month (alternating with the current Editorial Pair).  If you feel you would be able to help, can spare a few hours each month and have a working knowledge of Word, Excel or perhaps even Publisher, we desperately need to hear from you . To register your interest or for more information, please contact Andrew Bailey on 01308 482293;  e-mail or Will Newell on 01308 482136;  e-mail
Yes, that old chestnut again!  Responsible Dog Owners look away now if you must. It is probably the one thing you look for when traipsing through the footpaths and fields that exist in and around our delightful village. In the recent hot weather you could probably smell it even before you saw it. Despite the many competing country smells, it rises above all others. It may not emanate from us humans, but it is we who are responsible. Ladies and Gentlemen of Litton Cheney, I give you, dog poo. Liberally available, placed at random and apt to give rise to an expletive when you step in it! Our plea to dog owners is, as ever, pick up after your dog and do not let it run loose when livestock is present, and if you are in an area where the dog can be let off the leash, keep your eye on the dog and pick up if necessary. Muttering, “It's bio-degradable innit” won't wash, and you could be responsible for livestock having to be put down because they have picked up an infection from your dog's poo. Heard it all before? Of course you have, but it appears there are still irresponsible dog owners out there who just don't care. Time to name and shame? Perhaps it is, or perhaps better still, insist they pick it up if you know it's their dog that is responsible otherwise they will be reported and possibly fined. HOPEFULLY, ONE LAST TIME – PICK UP AFTER YOUR DOG! LOOSE DOGS AROUND THE VILLAGE (FARM DOGS INCLUDED) – NO, NON, NIET, NOT ON YOUR NELLY! On a more pleasant and hopefully less smelly note – Responsible Dog Owners As previously mentioned, you can take your dog down to the village playing field provided it is kept on a short leash and not allowed in the children's play area. This is to facilitate allotment holders and families using the playing field/playground. It is for a trial period of six months after which the situation will be evaluated. It goes without question that if your dog deposits poo whilst with you, you will of course pick up. You are reminded that Dorset Waste Partnership will take away bagged dog poo as part of your rubbish collection.
John Yates has been Litton's village correspondent for more years than he cares to remember but he has now decided to stand down. As you can see above, John Firrell has taken over as correspondent. Thank you John Y for acting as the conduit for the local news and information to find its way into the pages of the BVN over those many years. You can now sit back and peruse the BVN, look for the typos and muse, “It was so much better in my day.” as those of us of a certain age tend to do.
Commemorating the nine men of Litton Cheney who gave their lives in WW1. Plans are in their early stages but with the help of St Mary's church, Thorner's School, LATCH, Bride Valley Scout Group, the White Horse, the Social Committee, Village Historian David Hearn, St Mary's bellringers and the Parish Council we hope in November to commemorate the lives of the nine men from Litton Cheney who gave their lives in WW1, 100 years on from the signing of the Armistice that ended the appalling conflict and loss of life. Their names and brief biographical details can be read HERE We are gathering stories with a local slant and mementoes of WW1 that can be incorporated into the celebration of the signing of the Armistice, 100 years ago. If you have WW1 stories perhaps tied in with your family or even a connection with the above names that you would be willing to share and/or mementoes, e.g. medals, photographs, letters, then please contact John Firrell 482313, David Hearn or John Vercoe  The idea is to hold an exhibition at LATCH over the Remembrance weekend – 9/11 November, plus several other events besides including perhaps a showing of the film, “War Horse”. Many thanks in anticipation of your assistance.
BVN Editorial Team
WW1 Armistice – 100 years on
Village Correspondent – John Yates
Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
The Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covers almost half of Dorset and is part of a family of nationally important protected landscapes. Rather than just one beautiful landscape to shout about, the Dorset AONB is a collection of outstanding landscapes - each with different histories, ways of working and stories to tell. The Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership has released the consultation draft of the AONB Management Plan for 2019-2024.  The consultation runs until the 3rd October.  It is a plan for the nationally-important landscape of the AONB, and describes the Partnership’s approach to the conservation and enhancement of natural beauty within it.  This plan fulfils a statutory duty on all local authorities with parts of AONBs within their areas, and is a material consideration in planning matters.  This consultation draft has been drawn up following various consultation events (at which some of you gave your valued opinion and local knowledge – for which, thanks).  It has been released for comment by the public and all partner organisations. Full details of how to respond and document downloads can be found at aonb/management-plan  There are printed copies which can be viewed at council offices in Dorchester, Weymouth, Wareham and Blandford, and at the following public libraries: Dorchester, Blandford, Bridport, Littlemoor, Lyme Regis, Sturminster Newton, Swanage, Wareham and Weymouth.  We value your feedback and hope we receive it.
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