The August 2020 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:
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
The Litton Cheney Trust continued to serve individuals and the community during 2019. Payments totaling £5350 covered Christmas gifts to older residents on limited means and grants to young people going into higher and further education or moving from school into employment. Grants were also made towards refurbishment of the Chalk Pit Lane finger signpost (£250) and the renovation of the floor in Litton and Thorner’s Community Hall (£1466). Income for the year amounted to just over £7500, comprising rent for a grazing field owned by the Trust, dividends on investments and bank interest. The Trust’s investments performed strongly during the year, showing capital growth of 15% to a total of just under £145,000. The full accounts may be inspected on application to the treasurer, Richard Jones (482602).
The Litton Cheney Trust
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Village Newsletter July 2020
A highly experienced team of digital volunteers from the Dorset Digital Hotline have been praised for the way they helped a 'shielding' couple connect with loved ones and the outside world during the COVID lockdown. The big 'thank you' from Wareham residents Arthur and Daniel Brown marks this year's #LetsTalkLoneliness Week (15-19 June 2020). The couple are keen for more people to know about the hotline which can offer support to anyone who wants to get connected with friends and family by video and provides help with any other IT or digital problem. Arthur and Daniel, who are both 'shielding', moved to new sheltered accommodation with hours to spare before lockdown but their broadband connection didn't move with them. In a new town, with lockdown taking hold, the couple found themselves isolated, alone and no connection to the outside world save their GP surgery. Arthur said: "We were on our own for 10 weeks in all. We have always been loathed to go digital but our motivations changed during lockdown. It became crystal clear that all essential services and human contact relied on us getting broadband and video conferencing. "We tried some internet service providers but the cost was too high and neither of us are able to work. Our GP surgery suggested we call the Dorset Digital Hotline who immediately suggested we apply for the BT Basic Broadband package. This was installed extremely efficiently and with full safeguarding adhered to. Dorset Digital Hotline advisers have been on the end of a phone throughout to make sure the broadband and video technology works for us.” Daniel continued: "The BT Basic Broadband package is available for people on lower incomes. It was installed midweek and last Sunday we were invited to a 70th digital birthday party on Zoom. There were multiple screens so we could catch up with lots of people, many we hadn't seen for years, and all party together. It was wonderful. Anyone who needs IT or digital support should get in touch with the hotline now, we thoroughly recommend it." A selection of some of the support the Dorset Digital Hotline can provide – no problem too small! helping families with digital applications for home schooling providing help to get online for home shopping support for all digital NHS services and e-Consult setting up video calls such as Skype and Facetime to keep in contact with friends and family support to use all digital appliances and solve problems Cllr. Gary Suttle, Dorset Council cabinet lead for skills, said: “Without broadband or digital skills it must be incredibly difficult to shield. During the COVID lockdown, people without broadband have effectively been shut off. I am delighted we have been able to work as a team to find a good all-round solution for this couple." Anyone can call the Dorset Digital Hotline with an IT question on 01305 221000 (Option 2) weekdays from 10am to 12 noon, or leave a message.
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Dog Owners & Dog Walkers - Your Annual Reminder
Farmer Richard Cuzens has already vented his spleen on the Village Group Facebook page but the overall message is worth repeating here. Whilst most dog walkers of Litton Cheney are responsible, thank you, there are a few who allow their dogs to poo in fields where there could be livestock and do not pick up wherever it happens, track or field. Where dogs are allowed to run free in fields, perhaps chasing a ball, the ball is often left by the dog for livestock to find. It's not rocket science to work out what the consequences of that could be. Richard found a tennis ball in the mouth of one of his cows, Melody, which if swallowed would have probably meant certain death. Hopefully message received loud and clear!
Parks Farm Cheese Factory
Outsourced cheese processing could return to the Parks Farm, Litton Cheney site under a proposal approved by Dorset Council. The company has been given permission to build a new cheese processing building and add additional car parking space. Long Bredy and Kingston Russel parish council returned a neutral response to the application fearing additional traffic for both of its parishes. But while the council’s transport development team say the opposite is likely to be the case with a decrease in vehicles, the council’s highways team say it would result in an increase of 6-10 vehicles movements each week. Ashley Chase Estate has been given consent for what it describes as “a modest building’ of 180 square metres on a third of a hectare site to match others already there. The new unit would be immediately to the north of the existing complex within the car park area which itself would be expanded. An application report says the use of the building would allow work which is currently outsourced to be brought on site. An agent for the company says the changes to the car park will increase the number of spaces by ten to 55 in total although it says it expects no increase in the workforce which, at the time the application was submitted in mid- March, was 125 full-time and 20 part-time. The application says both the proposed car park extension and new building will sit below the general ground level to the north and, when landscaping has been added, neither will be conspicuous in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Mary Anderson’s Channel Walk - COMPLETED!
In difficult times we all wonder what we can do to help others. Mary is not very mobile but, at 85 years old, wanting to show support, she decided to walk the distance of The Channel (19 miles at its shortest distance) by going up and down her garden. Thank you to everyone who supported and sponsored the virtual ‘Walk the Channel’. So far the total raised is over £1500 . Distribution of donations was approximately as follows:£673 for Prostate Cancer research, £397 for the Margaret Green Animal Sanctuary and £430 for the DCH Covid 19 Appeal. Another £65 went direct to the Margaret Green Animal Sanctuary. Thank you Everyone for the lovley support to me and the Charities concerned - ‘tis very much appreciated. Mary
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St Mary’s Church Our normal Sunday services continue at St. Mary’s following the usual pattern of Morning Worship on the first Sunday, Holy Communion on the second and fourth Sundays, and Morning Prayer (Mattins) on the third Sunday. Of course we all have to wear masks now, but we can still hum along to our own recorded hymns! Harvest Festival will be celebrated on Sunday 4th October, but at the moment we are not sure whether there can be lunch afterwards – it may have to be a “bring your own picnic” but that will depend on the regulations in place at the time – and also the weather. Look out for posters on the notice boards, on the village website and Litton Observer Facebook nearer the time. Litton Cheney Parish Council The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 8th September, almost certainly virtually but instructions will be provided indicating how you can join the meeting whilst still sat at home. The Parish Council held their last meeting virtually on 14th July and the draft minutes can be found on the village website. Although there are relatively few planning applications within the village, links to details of any current application can be found on the village website and village notice boards. Unfortunately at some point you will need access to an online connection, perhaps via a friend/neighbour if you do not have access yourself. Please contact the Parish Clerk, Maggie Walsh, on 01308 281561 who may be able to assist further. Village Litter Pick – September In line with the Great British Litter Pick being carried out during the months of August and September we are organising our own village litter pick during the month of September. As for 2019 we will be splitting the village up into sections with an organiser for each section to do what organisers do so well – organise! More information will be made available in due course but please stand ready to help, and, have no fear, it will be done with all due precautions in place. Please join in and help us clean up! The Village Telephone Kiosk is being adopted BT have indicated their intent to remove the village telephone kiosk, along with kiosks in many other Dorset villages, because of a lack of use. No calls have been made from the kiosk in the last eighteen months. The Parish Council have objected to the kiosk’s removal and have applied to adopt it at the cost of £1. Once the process has been completed, the telephone equipment will be removed. Local residents are now being asked to decide what use the kiosk should be given – so, the world is your oyster – let your imagination run wild! When we eventually assemble for our belated annual village gathering, we will be asking for your opinions but you don’t need to wait until then as you can pass your suggestion to John Firrell Many thanks in anticipation of a deluge of (polite) suggestions! Would Litton Cheney benefit from a speed limit? Several local residents have approached the Parish Council and enquired if a speed limit would be considered in the village. The Parish Council plan to discuss this matter at their next meeting on Tuesday 8th September. In the meantime several posters will be displayed around the village suggesting motorists watch their speed. If you have an opinion with regards to bringing in a speed limit in the village – presently it is 60 mph! - then either contact a parish councillor (details can be found on the village website) or attend the virtual PC meeting on the 8th September. Litton and Thorner’s Community Hall (LATCH) Although the hall is now officially open, most of our regular hirers have yet to return, though Thorner’s pupils will be using the hall in a limited way again once term starts. You may have seen scaffolding surrounding both ends of the building during August – this was to enable roof repairs to be undertaken and also some painting work to be done. Hopefully the building will now stay smart and watertight for several years to come! Litton Cheney Fun Day – Sunday 20th September Organised by the Litton Cheney Social Committee and beginning at LATCH from noon; bring a picnic, get involved with disc golf, welly throwing, amongst attractions at neighbouring “Kingston’s Towers“ and then eventually, very slowly, edge down towards The White Horse or drift homewards. Ideas, offers of more attractions, and help on the day are warmly welcomed. Please email Covid-19 Guidance regulations must be followed. If you plan things carefully you can start your Fun Day at LATCH, move into Paul Kingston’s adjoining field and then late afternoon, as suggested above, move onto The White Horse to end a fun day – see below Do come along, tell you friends, make new ones, and ENJOY. The White Horse – Back with a bang! Thank you to everyone who has supported the reopening of The White Horse. Can’t say it’s been easy; it’s all been a bit off kilter to be honest, but we are open, we are serving beer and food and you lovely people are coming in and the sun is shining, so that’s enough for now. Hope those of you who were able to attend Liz’s big birthday enjoyed it - we certainly did; the chance for live music in the garden was a treat in itself. So, weather permitting, we have a few weeks of summer left, then look forward to the Village Fun Day on 20th September. Think we will do a quiz for you at the end of the day. Details to follow, but a simple general knowledge quiz with a few prizes to get everyone involved should finish the day off nicely. Watch our Observer Facebook page for details. Thank you Bride Valley. You continue to be amazing in these weird and wonderful times and we can’t think of anywhere better to live our weird and wonderful lives. Andy and Liz x BRIDE VALLEY FILMS at Litton Cheney Community Hall. BVF had hoped to show our two spring films, Judy and Knives Out, in the autumn; however the Covid situation continues to be unresolved. Although we can seat 34 for a socially distanced viewing in Litton, Burton cannot achieve their break even numbers in their hall. So screenings are not viable at present. With this in mind and the fact that many people may not be happy to attend indoor events until possibly a vaccine is created, we have decided to delay any new dates until 2021; hopefully we may be able to resume then. At such time we will need to try to ascertain whether everyone has seen all available films during lockdown etc. so we can confirm titles. Meantime we hope everyone keeps well - and enjoys beautiful Dorset!
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