The October 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.
Commemorating the nine men of Litton Cheney who gave their lives in World War 1. Armistice and Remembrance Weekend – 9 th  November to 11 th  November 2018 100 years ago at the Eleventh hour of the Eleventh day of the Eleventh month in 1918, the Armistice was signed that ended World War 1, the so called Great War. During the weekend Friday 9 th  November to Sunday 11 th  November (Remembrance Day), a number of organisations within the village including St Mary's Church, Thorner's School, LATCH, Bride Valley Scouts, St Mary's Bell Ringers, Litton Cheney Social Committee, Litton Cheney Parish Council and The White Horse will hold events commemorating this important historical landmark and those brave souls who gave their lives during this conflict. Below are brief details of planned events. More details will be provided via a leaflet drop prior to the events. Friday 9 th  November – Village/Thorner's Assembly of Remembrance, 10.45 a.m. Litton and Thorner's Community Hall. The school and village gather together for a short service of remembrance conducted by Rev. Philip Ringer. Local residents are invited to join with the school children remembering in particular the nine men from Litton Cheney who lost their lives during WW1. The service will include poems, hymns and the school children's researched information on the fallen, and wooden crosses will be dedicated to the Litton Nine. All welcome. Friday 9 th , Saturday 10 th  November – Display of WW1 Memorabilia – LATCH Meeting Room Available for viewing – Friday 12 noon until 4 pm: Saturday 10 am until 3 pm On Saturday, refreshments will be available in the main hall for those visiting the display and/or who wish to chat with other local residents over a cup of tea. Bride Valley Scout Group will be assisting at this event. All welcome. Sunday 11 th  November – Remembrance Sunday -10.30 am Muffled Bells ring. Villagers may wish to join St Mary's bell ringers at the war memorial at around 10.50 am when the names of the fallen nine of Litton will be read out prior to the Last Post being played, before the two minutes silence at 11 a.m. The nine previously dedicated wooden crosses will then be taken into the care of St Mary's church for posterity. Our grateful thanks to Russell Randall who with great skill has crafted the individual crosses in the style of the time. The White Horse Inn Remembers – Saturday 10 th  November commencing at 6 pm – All welcome. Peter & Jaemie will host a World War 1 Quiz, plus a night of facts, poems and background music associated with the Great War. World War 1 themed food ( 1918 dishes with a 2018 twist) will be on offer and it is planned to start the quiz at 6pm. Time to gather your team! WW1 Memorabilia wanted – Please seek out any Great War memorabilia that belong to you, your family or friends. The intent is to make the display both interesting and educational for all. Please contact either John Firrell (482313), John Vercoe (482110) or Freddie Spicer (482617) should you have any documents, medals and souvenirs that you would be prepared to lend us for a short period. Thank you.
BVN Editorial Team
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Annual Wine Tasting
This year's Annual Wine Tasting with Steven Spurrier will be held on Saturday 17 th November. Steven will be assisted by Bride Valley resident, Mark Banham of Morrish & Banham whose excellent wine emporium can be found in Brewery Square, Dorchester. Whilst November may be a month away you may like to book now as this year we will be sampling wine from India said to be an emerging wine country producing wine of excellent quality. We expect this event to be very popular. To reserve your place please call Wendy Firrell on 482532 or Freddie Spicer 482617. To your good health!
Christmas Greetings in the Bride Valley News
As in past years we are giving an opportunity of sending to our local friends and neighbours Christmas greetings by way of the BVN.  Your name will appear on a dedicated page under a collective greeting. Please give Susan Paul (Old Walls, Burton Bradstock, DT6 4QZ ) your name(s), as you would like it/them to appear in the BVN list with, of course, your donation. Cheques should be made payable to The Bride Valley Churches Team Council  to arrive with Susan no later than 5th November in order to catch the deadline for the December issue.  Half the donations will be given towards the expenses of producing the monthly Bride Valley News; the other half will go towards the charity chosen by the Bride Valley Council at their meeting in October which this year is Soul Midwives. Very many thanks Anne Gillson
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.
Proposed T e m p o r a r y  T r a f f i c  Regulation Order  - Hines Mead Lane. Litton Cheney  Dear Sir /Madam We will be temporarily closing Hines Mead Lane. Litton Cheney between 26th November 2018 and 30th November  2018. The road will be closed for 24 hours daily, to enable us to carry out maintenance work, but will be  reopened at weekends. The diversion route for drivers is marked in blue on the attached plan. In the current financial climate, the highways service has had to focus on targeting the most damaged sections of road and  areas with safety issues. We will be repairing sections of road within the area marked in red on the map. While the road closure is in place an appropriate diversion route will be signed  as set out by Government regulations,  we have to divert traffic onto the same classification of road as the one we have closed. Please let us know of any concerns you have about this work. We will contact you again nearer the time to confirm the dates of the work and the closure needed.  Y o u r s  Faithfully Elizebeth Hemborough Site Agent Dorset Highways 01305 228100
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