The July 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 Yates, 2, Sunnyside Cottage. Tel: 01308482392  email: 
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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. As at 15th April, there are three plots 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 / or Madeleine Hickling (01308 482164  /
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 if you are of a mind to give it a go. Many thanks.
Your Village Needs You
Telephone Scams
Road Closures
Water supply improvement work in Chalk Pit Lane, Litton Cheney We’re replacing water mains in your area that are prone to bursting to ensure you have improved water quality and a more reliable supply.  This will involve installing new water mains from Tithe Barn House to Court Close in Chalk Pit Lane and abandoning a redundant main at the junction of Chalk Pit Lane and Main Street, Litton Cheney.  The mains will be installed with new plastic pipes using a technique where we make small excavations to minimise inconvenience. Work has started, but due to operational constraints we have not been able to progress with the work as initially planned. We are now planning to complete the work by Friday 17 August 2018 The work will be carried out in two phases:  Monday 14 May 2018 to Sunday 15 July 2018 Tithe Barn House, Chalk Pit Lane to the junction of Chalk Pit Lane and Main Street - road closed.  Monday 16 July 2018 to Friday 17 August 2018 Junction of Chalk Pit Lane and Main Street to Court Close, Chalk Pit Lane – road closed. On Wednesday 4 July 2018 to Thursday 5 July 2018 we will be working overnight, from 10pm to 6am - road closed. A diversion route will be in place, but we’ll be maintaining access for residents and businesses. There will be some noise disruption and there will be times when your water supply will be interrupted, but we will give you 48 hours’ notice of when this will be. What should you do? You don’t need to do anything. You can continue to use your water supply as normal unless we tell you otherwise. Anything else you need to know? If you have any questions please call our customer services team on 0345 600 4 600 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm, emergencies at other times). Alternatively, there’s plenty of advice online including frequently asked questions and help from our web chat team. Visit We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused by our work. Alan Marler Wessex Water
Phase 1
Phase 2
Precise details of the work to be carried out can be read HERE
Scam 1  From John Firrell (He was not the subject of this report) A local resident was contacted by phone by someone claiming to be from BT Openreach and mentioning that they had noted that the person's broadband speed was running slow. They indicated that the resident's internet provider would contact them  to talk them through the procedure. Moments later they received that call. Various details were requested by the caller believed to be from the internet provider which subsequently gave them access to the resident's computer. All seemed totally above board but fortunately the resident chose to check their online banking soon afterwards and noticed that funds had gone missing. They quickly contacted their bank and the scam was thwarted. Beware - everything about this call seemed genuine, yet it wasn't - if you are not quite sure or you feel uncomfortable, put the phone down and do not give any access information away. Report the matter to the police. Scam 2  From Alison Dunbar My brother (who is VERY savvy) got caught by a similar scam last month - also purporting to be from BTOpenreach, saying his IP address had been hacked.  They gave him a website to log into to check it, and he could see that his IP address was apparently based in the US.  He called them back having checked their phone number etc - did all the right things.  They got him to log into his bank to check that he hadn't lost any money yet, then arranged a transfer INTO his account (I know!) which he was then supposed to transfer back to them, to check that the money transfer wasn't being intercepted by "the hackers" but it turned out the money they had paid him HAD COME FROM HIS OWN DEPOSIT ACCOUNT!  It took him a whole day to sort out new passwords, make claims to bank etc - very difficult. So the message is, any unexpected call from BT Openreach, I would ignore.  Happy for you to add this to your website alert if you think it's useful.  My brother is in Gloucestershire but it's a national scam at the moment, it seems.
Mobile Phone News
The mobile phone mast is a up and running (I can receive a signal on O2 but not Vodaphone)
Housing Needs Survey
Village Textile at LATCH
The Village Textile is now back in pride of place at LATCH having been refreshed by Pauline Macaulay and Madeleine Hickling. With new and improved lighting, a blacksmith crafted handrail and information board created by LATCH Trustee Andrew King, the textile is now displayed as it was meant to be when it was created by the ladies (and the occasional chap) of the village over a five year period commencing in 2003. The costs for this project has been greatly assisted by a generous donation from The Litton Cheney Trust. You are actively encouraged to go and see it. It is truly a magnificant piece of art and rightfully takes its place, quite literally, as part of the village fabric and history.
Playing Field News
Our thanks to everyone who contributed by donation and deed to the revitalised playground that now exists within the village playing field. It has already proved a hit with young children (and their parents) and long may that be. Now that the playground has been fenced in, it has been decided for a trial period to relax the rules on dogs at the playing field to the point where they may be brought into the area (not the playground) provided they are kept on a short leash and any deposits are bagged and removed. If the trial is a success, and dog owners are responsible, the rule relaxation will be made permanent. Dog owners, this is your call. It is genuinely hoped the trial will be a success but that is down to you and our so- called best friends.
Following the delivery of a housing needs survey form to every household in the parish that is on  the electoral register,  124 anonymous  completed surveys were received back .  A shortened  summary of the results  are given below. (Some responses had ticked more than one box  – all answers have been included) What type of home does your household live in?     Bungalow   4   Detached house   41   Flat   4   Other   2   Semi detached   45   Terrace   21   Grand Total   117   Does your household own or rent this home?     Own   88   Rent from Council or Housing Association   2   Rents from employer or household member   3   Rents privately   22   Tied with agricultural employment   2   Grand Total   117   How  much rent could the household afford?     B   £51 to £70   3   C   £71 to £90   2   D   £91 to £120   11   E   £121 to £150   16   E,F   £121 to £150/More than £150   1   F   More than £150   10   Grand Total   43   How much could the household afford if buying?     A   Up to £40,000   1   D   £80,001 to £100,000   3   E   £100,001 to £120,000   2   F   £120,001 to £140,000   7   G   £140,001 to £160,000   11   H   £160,001 to £180,000   6   I   More than £180,000   8   Grand Total   38   If you have a housing need w hich is your preferred option?      (Please see key below  chart for definitions) A   15   A    1   A, B,   1   A, B,    1   A, B, C   1   A,B   6   A,B,C,D   1   A,D   1   A,E   1   B   10   B,C   1   B,C    1   B,C,A   1   B,C,D   2   B,D   1   C   3   C & D   1   Grand Total   48   A Buy on the open market B Buy as part of a low cost home ownership scheme (for  example shared ownership) C Rent from the private sector D Rent from a Housing Association E Other (please specify) Do you support the provision of an appropriate sized development of  affordable housing for local people in Litton Cheney?   Maybe   25   No   20   Yes   7 3   Grand Total   118   The Rural Housing Enabling Team concluded from these results that there is a housing need in  Litton Cheney and that the highest demand for affordable housing w ill be for low cost home  ownership.
BVN Editorial Team
Please could you help with recruiting people to join a team editing the Bride Valley News. As you'll know the BVN is not only a good way to keep up to date with what is going on, and a very useful directory of local tradespeople and services, but also a great way for the Churches, Parish Councils, and other organisations to disseminate information throughout the Valley.   After 5 years in the job as Editor I feel it is time to move on, and indicated last August that I planned to stand down around the middle of this year. After advertising and word of mouth contacts, three people have come forward who would be well- suited but having looked at the role they are not prepared to take it on unless there are more on the team, so that the work can be shared around. For example one member might sub edit each month to get the material into a standard format, which another two then desk top publishing the content, with the latter two alternating with another editing pair month by month. So we need to find at least two more members to ensure we have a practical solution, and so far we have not been able to find any more volunteers. Sadly without further members for the BVN Editorial Team, it is highly likely that the Bride Valley News will cease to exist, which would be a tremendous loss of a useful resource. Could I therefore ask you to rack your brains to see if you can think of anyone who might be interested in joining the Editorial Team? Could you direct anyone interested to contact either Andrew Bailey (, or myself? Many thanks Will Newell BVN Editor
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