The September 2019 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:
It seems highly possible that the C2 school bus service that has up until now been serviced by single-decker buses will morph into a double-decker bus at the start of the school year in September despite numerous protestations from several Bride Valley Parish Councils and affected local residents. Should this indeed come to be, please pass on to your parish council any information regarding incidents and service related issues so this in turn can be passed to Dorset Council and the bus company.
Double - Decker Bus on C2 School Bus Route
Want to contribute to the well-being of Litton? Why not join the Premier Crew, a group of well-intentioned citizens of our village who clean and tidy up areas when they need a little bit of care and attention. Your ability to help will undoubtedly depend on your availability and you are not expected to turn up everytime there is a call to arms. Gender equality is alive and well, as is the bonhomie or bonfemme on offer whenever we meet. With enough volunteers we could even become the Grand Crew! If you would like to join us, please contact John Firrell on 01308 482313.
Premier Crew – Come & Join Us
Many of you may have already visited The White Horse and are aware it is under new management. Hannah and Andy, with support from family members, have lit the blue touch paper and would love to welcome you to their particular brand of warm hospitality. The Vennings bring with them years of experience in running local hostelries and that experience is now being put to good use at The White Horse. Try it – you may become addicted.
The White Horse – A New Beginning
If your organisation or community group are looking for fund-raising opportunities, why not hold a village cafe event. You get to use the community hall rent-free on a Saturday, and you decide how best to maximise your fund-raising efforts to make the best of the opportunity. If you think this might be just what you are looking for, why not contact Wendy Firrell on 01308 482532 and check out some dates?
Village Cafes
Closure of GP Surgeries
You may have seen stories in the media regarding the closure of GP surgeries across the country. We would like to reassure people in Dorset that we are working with GPs, their teams and community staff to make sure services are available when you need them. Further Information HERE
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Bride Valley Harvest Day
Looking for something new and different to do this autumn? Why not come along to Bride Valley Harvest Day this October and help harvest the grapes at Bride Valley Vineyard in Litton Cheney. As in previous years BVV are encouraging residents and their friends and families to come along and pick grapes as part of the 2019 harvest. So if you’ve ever wondered what grape picking is really like and are keen to find out more; fancy meeting local people or purely want to come along and enjoy a day at the vineyard whilst being paid for your efforts then sign up to be part of this year’s Harvest Day and we’ll let you have all the details as they are confirmed. We are still unsure as to the exact date but we plan to run this day in the week commencing 14 October, preferably on the Saturday. As with previous years, earnings can be donated to a local charity or worthy cause if you wish…the choice is yours! We look forward to welcoming you to the vineyard for a great day and a bountiful harvest! To register your interest please email
Theft of Pictures
It is reported with a great degree of sadness that two pictures have been removed from the meeting room of LATCH and now, after initial enquiries, must now be considered stolen by person/persons unknown. This means that someone has deliberately entered the hall with intent to steal, possibly someone who was attending an event, or knew when to enter when perhaps the hall was unoccupied. We shall be consulting nearby CCTV cameras and the police will be informed. It is the top left and bottom right pictures in the above view that have been taken. If you should happen to come across these pictures please report their whereabouts to hall secretary John Firrell 482313. If the pictures are returned/left in a place where they can be easily found within a week of the BVN being delivered no further action will be taken. The sadness is that someone in our community stole from us, from our hall that over the years many people have and continue to work hard to maintain and keep it looking good for people to enjoy. Note: If the plan was to sell the pictures for monetary gain the perpetrator will be disappointed as they have little or no value outside of the hall.
Bride Valley Dial-a-Bus Service
Sadly this service has been discontinued supposedly through lack of use and because it is partly duplicated by other services on offer. The Axe Valley & West Dorset Ring & Ride service is not affected and can be contacted on 01404 46520.