The January 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
Village Defibrillator
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
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Trial Bus Service
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
Housing Survey Allotments
Closure
Alternative Route Long Bredy Hut Lane Whiteway
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Proposed Road Closure
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.
Litton Cheney Parish Council – Housing Needs Survey
At the time of the copy deadline we are aware that a Housing Needs Survey will be delivered to local residents of Litton Cheney shortly in order to assess the degree and type of housing needed in the village. Residents on the Register of Electors and other requested parties are actively encouraged to participate in this survey which will determine the future housing needs of Litton Cheney both now and for several years to come.
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