The February 2018 edition of the Bride Valley News can be read HERE 
BRIDE VALLEY NEWS
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: john-and-sandra@hotmail.com 
NEWS & INFORMATION
Dorset Litton Cheney in the Bride Valley
Saturday Bus Service to Continue
2018 on the Rocks
Local residents will be aware that for many years there have been times in certain weather conditions when The Rocks, the footpath that leads from the bus shelter to Church Path, has been extremely wet and messy. This is due in the main to overhanging vegetation and a non-porous path surface. We are now hoping that work due to be carried out by DCC will help alleviate this problem. At the time of writing, the dates for the work have not been confirmed but it is possible that the path will be closed for several days so please bear with us during this period.
Gritting of Local Roads
In the event of icy roads this winter DCC has committed itself to keeping various roads fit for driving.  The main routes, A35 and B3175, will be gritted by the DCC.  When snow is forecast DCC will grit the following local routes: From the B3157 through Swyre as far as the junction of Clay Lane and Looke Lane. The length of Rectory Lane to the T-Junction with Litton Lane. Along Litton Lane to Litton Cheney. Through Litton Cheney to Long Bredy. Left at Long Bredy to Little Bredy. At the V-Junction bearing left (Longlands Lane) to the A35. Various roads in Litton are not covered by the DCC plan.  However, Litton Cheney Parish Council have provided salt filled bins at strategic points to cover the shortfall.  These are at the bottom of Whiteway and the bottom of School Lane.  Local effort will be needed to disperse the salt appropriately.
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Litton Cheney Allotments
Would you like some more space to grow? A quiet place to come to that is near your home and yet feels a world away? If you would like to have a go at growing your own, then an allotment could be perfect for you. The effort you put in would be rewarded by: eating fresh and organic food that you've grown yourself; the pleasure of seeing your fruit and vegetables grow; improved physical health from regular exercise, as part of a healthy lifestyle; make new friends and become a seasoned allotmenteer. There are six plots that have become available at the Litton Cheney Allotments. The allotments consist of 12 plots situated next to the playing field in the village. For further information and to satisfy your interest, please contact Andrew King (01308 482594 / apk@tgdorset.co.uk) or Madeleine Hickling (01308 482164  / mandghickling@btinternet.com)
With many tasks now being devolved down to town and parish councils by unitary authorities, it has become the local community's responsibility to carry out these tasks when necessary either by the use of council services, contractors or volunteer labour. From a financial standpoint volunteer labour has the most positive impact on parish/village finances. We already have a modest band of volunteers, affectionately known (by some) as “The Premier Crew”, who have carried out several tasks within the village during 2017 resulting in financial savings. If you would like to join the crew we would be delighted to have you on-board. Please give John Firrell a call on 482313 or email jfirrelllcpc@gmail.com if you are of a mind to give it a go. Many thanks.
Your Village Needs You
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BINGO NIGHT Friday 9 th  March, 7p.m.
Archie Dunbar and Brooke Gull from Litton Cheney and May Smith from Long Bredy are organising an Easter bingo.  They already have some fabulous prizes to offer, which will include food hampers and, of course, some Easter chocolate! It should be a fun evening for the whole family. Do come along. They are fundraising to support their ambition to do voluntary work in Tanzania in the summer holiday of 2019. They will be travelling with other students from Colfox under the auspices of Camps International, following in the footsteps of others from the Valley in recent years who have also been well supported by our villages. Archie and May are hoping to refresh you before the Duck Race on Sunday 1 st  April by providing soup, hot drinks and cake from a stall near the starting point, so please bring your appetites and help them a little further towards their targets of £4,000 each.
Brian Prentice
The funeral service for Brian Prentice will be held at St Mary’s Church on Thursday 1st March at 2 p.m.
After a successful trial in terms of number of people using the service, a fortnightly service will continue until at least
Easter, and possibly beyond. The next service will be Saturday 3rd March, followed by Saturday 17th March and
Saturday 31st March.
Once again it will be down to the support the service receives as to whether it will continue in the long term. A price rise
bringing it into line with other local fares is in the offing, but may still be deemed reasonable.
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Mobile Phone Signal
It is anticipated that the newly installed mobile phone mast on Chalkpit Lane will be operational by the end of March.