The April 2020 edition of the Bride Valley News (much of it out of date for obvious reasons) can be read HERE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
Lambing/Loose Dogs
in the Bride Valley Litton Cheney Village Dorset
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
A timely reminder that we are coming up to the main lambing season, and dogs must not be let off the lead in fields where there is livestock - ever. A farmer has the right to take whatever action they feel is appropriate if a dog is worrying their flock, and this includes shooting the dog. Picking up after your dog is important and necessary wherever you are but particularly in fields where there is livestock. Dogs are carnivores and livestock vegetarians and diseases can be transferred between species via poo – but you know that and there is really no need for this reminder.
We did it last year and it was such a success we are giving it another go this year. Sponsored by Keep Britain Tidy and Dorset Waste Partnership we are hoping to give the village a little facelift for Spring and we hope you will join us. Leaflets will be delivered through your letterboxes giving you details of how it will be organised. All you have to do is turn up and pick up – protective clothing and “tools” will be provided.
BT have informed us that there have been no calls made from our village telephone kiosk in the last year. The Parish Council is now considering whether to adopt the kiosk and put it to another use. If you have an idea as to how it could be best used, let us know. There will be more to come on this in due course. Watch this space.
The Great British Litter Pick – Clean Up for April
Telephone Kiosk
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Attempted Robbery
The following warning message has been received from a villager: “We have just had our boiler serviced and discovered that the oil tank has been tampered with. It looks like someone has tried to 'jemmy' the top off to get at the oil. They did not succeed - but it appears that water has got into the gap and caused the tank to bulge. Have you heard of anyone else around who has had problems?. It might be worth making villagers aware.”
VE Day – Friday 8 th May A Special Day commemorating the day 75 years ago that the war in Europe came to an end in 1945. Friday 8 th May this year has been declared a public holiday so that due acknowledgement can be given to this commemoration. Please look in May’s BVN, village website, Litton Cheney Observer Facebook and notice boards for more details of what events are happening in Litton.
Scam Alert
Police Officers are urging residents to remain vigilant following three phone scams across Dorset. At 1.28pm on Wednesday 11 March 2020 Dorset Police received a report from a Poole woman, aged in her 80s, that she was called by someone who claimed to be a police officer in Croydon. They advised the victim that her bank card had been used fraudulently to purchase a washing machine. The victim did not provide her bank details and terminated the phone call. A similar call was made earlier on the same day at around 9.30am to a man aged in his 70s in the North Dorset area. It is reported that the caller said he was from London police and asked the victim to confirm his address, before the line disconnected. A third report was received at 2.36pm of a call to a woman in Weymouth aged in her 70s from someone purporting to be from the fraud squad. They told the victim that she needed to transfer her money to a safe account. Fraud Investigator Shane Cherrett, of Dorset Police, said: “Thankfully, no bank details were passed in any of the three incidents and the victims were given advice and support. I am appealing to anyone who may have been targeted in a similar way recently to please get in touch. Our advice is very simple. Always be aware and take steps to verify the identity of a caller who is asking for money. A genuine caller will not mind waiting or calling back to allow you to do this. The police will never ask for personal information over the phone and neither will your bank. If you are concerned about the validity of something – stop and speak to someone for help and advice. Anyone with concerns can contact Action Fraud or Dorset Police.” For information and advice about scams in Dorset, go to the Fraud Alert page of our website – To contact Action Fraud call 0300 123 2040. Anyone who has information about the scams or who wishes to report an offence can contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via Message Sent By Adrian Lowes (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Assistant, Dorset)
Amazon Prime Scam
Several people in the village report receiving a telephone call pertaining to be from Amazon asking if they wish to cancel their Amazon Prime subscription. They ask you to download an app. and give them personal details so that you can receive a refund. Be aware that this is absolutely nothing to do with Amazon - just put the phone down, being as rude as you see fit in the process!
Status of Bridport & District Resources as at 25th March
Even though physically closed or limited in accessibility, many businesses in the Bridport and District area have devised ways to continue trading as a means of providing support during the current crisis. Obviously the list of these will be liable to change but details of those offering their services, correct as of 25th March, can be read HERE