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: 
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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
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 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
Proposal for Walking Group Defibrillator Big Sing Day Playground Project
Great Wine Auction
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