The December 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 Firrell,  Tel: 01308 482313  email:
Mobile Phone News
Although O2 subscribers are able to receive a strong signal from the phone mast, Vodafone have yet to commission work that will enable their subscribers to receive the benefits of the mast. Do you have a Vodafone mobile and find it frustrating that we now have a mast in the village but cannot use it?  We have recently heard from Vodafone that they intend to connect their subscribers with the phone mast during the year 2019/20. Whilst we would have much preferred the response to have been an immediate connection, it does appear subscribers have to wait a little longer. If you feel strongly about this then please write to Nick Jeffery CEO Vodafone.  You can do this by sending an e-mail to  for his attention. Whilst awaiting connection to the mast you could ask Vodafone to allow its customers in the area served by the mast to free up their phones/SIM cards and allow roaming so that subscribers can access the signal provided by other service providers. It's certainly worth asking. We will keep you posted of any further developments.
Notice to Dog Owners
Yes, that old chestnut again!  Responsible Dog Owners look away now if you must. It is probably the one thing you look for when traipsing through the footpaths and fields that exist in and around our delightful village. In the recent hot weather you could probably smell it even before you saw it. Despite the many competing country smells, it rises above all others. It may not emanate from us humans, but it is we who are responsible. Ladies and Gentlemen of Litton Cheney, I give you, dog poo. Liberally available, placed at random and apt to give rise to an expletive when you step in it! Our plea to dog owners is, as ever, pick up after your dog and do not let it run loose when livestock is present, and if you are in an area where the dog can be let off the leash, keep your eye on the dog and pick up if necessary. Muttering, “It's bio-degradable innit” won't wash, and you could be responsible for livestock having to be put down because they have picked up an infection from your dog's poo. Heard it all before? Of course you have, but it appears there are still irresponsible dog owners out there who just don't care. Time to name and shame? Perhaps it is, or perhaps better still, insist they pick it up if you know it's their dog that is responsible otherwise they will be reported and possibly fined. HOPEFULLY, ONE LAST TIME – PICK UP AFTER YOUR DOG! LOOSE DOGS AROUND THE VILLAGE (FARM DOGS INCLUDED) – NO, NON, NIET, NOT ON YOUR NELLY! On a more pleasant and hopefully less smelly note – Responsible Dog Owners As previously mentioned, you can take your dog down to the village playing field provided it is kept on a short leash and not allowed in the children's play area. This is to facilitate allotment holders and families using the playing field/playground. It is for a trial period of six months after which the situation will be evaluated. It goes without question that if your dog deposits poo whilst with you, you will of course pick up. You are reminded that Dorset Waste Partnership will take away bagged dog poo as part of your rubbish collection.
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La Vendange de Litton Cheney 2018
As the following pictures show, it would seem to have been a very good year for the Chateau Litton Cheney grape harvest.
Litton Remembered - Thank You
Thank you to all who contributed to the 100 Years WW1 Armistice Anniversary. In particular the utmost praise must be directed towards David Hearn and Paul Kingston for their work in documenting the life and times of the fallen of Litton, and of those they left behind, and to Russell Randall for the magnificent nine wooden crosses of Bride Valley oak that now dwell in St Mary’s church. To the school children and staff of Thorner’s School, who hosted the village at their Remembrance Assembly, with the children telling us all about our Litton Nine who sadly never made it home, a huge Bravo Zulu (Naval signal for Very Well Done!). Our thanks also to the Rev. Philip Ringer for conducting the service, Paul Cheater for adding musical gravitas to our singing, and School Governor John Vercoe for acting as the go-between. This was a wonderful example of the village school interacting with the village community where one really could say we were all singing from the same hymn sheet.   Grateful thanks should also be passed to those who contributed memorabilia for the exhibition, and which was much appreciated by the many who came, saw and admired the display, all of which had a direct connection with Litton Cheney. Peter & Jaemie at The White Horse – The White Horse did indeed remember - Great Evening – huge thanks. Yet another occasion of the village coming together as one, and yet in amongst a hugely hospitable evening there were poignant moments when we remembered why we were there. Quizmaster Steve – that was some quiz! Thank you to the forty villagers and visitors who attended the gathering around the war memorial at St Mary’s church, and to the Litton bell-ringers for completing the circle with muffled ringing before and joyful ringing after the two minutes silence on Remembrance Sunday signifying that 100 years ago on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, and the eleventh month in 1918, peace once again thankfully reigned. Well done, Litton Cheney – you remembered! A final thought – This Remembrance occasion has been predominantly about those who never returned to our green and pleasant land after the war. We should also remember and give thanks to those who bravely performed their duty in defence of their country who did survive and were able to return home and continue with their lives. For them and for many others however life would never be the same again.
Bride Valley News Delivery
Do you have a spare hour or two at the end of each month?  Would you be willing to use that time to deliver this magazine to parts of the village?  Some of the existing deliverers wish to stand down after some years. The job involves receiving a telephone call to collect your bundle from Court House and deliver to your appointed patch – not too onerous and it gets you out and about and is a vital part of the BVN production line.   If you can help please contact Freddie Spicer 482617.
Bride Valley Vineyard at Litton Cheney near Bridport is behind the bottles of crémant (pronounced cray-mont), which consist of gentle fizz, not the nose-tingling experience of some bubblies. Wine maker and wine expert Steven Spurrier said: "I am very pleased to announce the launch of the UKs first crémant wine from Bride Valley Wines." Crémant wine has never been produced before in the UK and in order to classify Bride Valley Crémant as such, Steven was obliged to register its own PDO (protected designation of origin). Although still a sparkling wine, Crémant has lower fizz than traditional bubbly which gives Dorset crémant a smoother, creamier taste. It is made from the harvests of colder 2015 and 2016 when the vines were less prolific and the granny smith acidity perfectly balances the creamy palate. Steven has been in the wine trade since 1964. He became famous for organising what became known as The Judgement of Paris, a blind tasting that launched Californian wines onto the market and changed the wine world forever. Celebrated throughout the industry for his extensive knowledge, he decided to plant his own vines in 2009 near his home in Litton Cheney. Until now Bride Valley Wines has been producing three varieties of sparkling wine, Blanc de Blanc, Brut Reserve and Rose Bella (named after Steven’s wife). This year 5,500 bottles of the Bride Valley Crémant have been added to this portfolio. Bride Valley Wines, including the new crémant, are available to purchase from Palmers Wine Store in Bridport and Morrish & Banham Wine Merchants in Dorchester for £29.99.
Steven Spurrier