The May 2020 edition of the Bride Valley News (much of it out of date for obvious reasons) can be readHERE
BRIDE VALLEY NEWS
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: email@example.com
NEWS & INFORMATION
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.
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).
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.
St Mary’s ChurchSadly the village church remains closed for public and private worship under directives from the UK Government and the Church of England. Enquiries should be directed to Church Wardens, Richard Jones (482602) and John Vercoe (482110).During the period of lockdown St Mary’s organist and choirmaster, Paul Cheater, has been regaling many of us on a daily basis with music from his own repertoire and played by others via You Tube. During the week it would be a piano piece, with an organ voluntary on Sundays. Paul hopes that once life returns to some sort of normality that a fundraising concert can be arranged at LATCH when he can play these pieces “live” to an even wider audience. Thank you, Paul; you provided a daily musical treat for many of us that made life just that little more pleasant and bearable in these testing times.Today, as I write this before sending it off to our esteemed editor, being Bank Holiday Monday (25th) would normally have been the day of the Litton Cheney Village Fete. Bunting would flutter in the cooling breeze, the barbeque queue would stretch forever, and ice cream would be sold out. The bottle tombola would be crowded, the plant stall flourishing, dogs a-barking waiting to put on a show, with afternoon teas in full flow. But sadly not this year; our community hall stands deserted of people and activity and those with withdrawal symptoms will have to wait until next year (?) in order to once again experience the fun, fun, fun of setting up and running or attending our annual village knees-up.Litton Cheney Parish CouncilThe Parish Council held its first virtual meeting on 12th May. Draft minutes are available on the village website and main noticeboard. This would normally have been an Annual Meeting and Village Assembly but that will now happen later in the year all being well. The next virtual PC meeting is planned for Tuesday 14th July. More details closer to the time. All councillors and clerk are available to be contacted by local residents. Contact details can be found on noticeboards and village website.Litton and Thorner’s Community HallSadly the hall remains closed until further notice due to the lockdown. It may partially re-open when and if Thorner’s school return in June but it is highly likely that local and general use of the hall will have to wait for another day.Bride Valley Films at Litton Cheney Community Hall have been postponed due to the Coronavirus situation. The hope is that “Judy” will be postponed until Thursday 1st October and “Knives Out” postponed until Thursday 5th November. This will however be confirmed nearer the time on the village website and in later issues of the Bride Valley News.The White HorseAndy & Liz Venning would like to thank everyone for supporting their little market on a Saturday morning. They are hoping to keep it going after lockdown and then expand it. Andy & Liz would also like to thank Steve and Joy Chapman for donating the fruit and veg that’s left over on a Saturday which they leave on their front wall so people can come and help themselves and leave a donation in the honesty box, the contents of which are shared between Weldmar HospiceCare and Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. As of 24th May we’ve raised just over £565! That’s fantastic! Thank you to everyone who has purchased and donated! Please Stay Safe and Well.Stay Updated on the Coronavirus and All Things LocalThere is a wealth of information available online regarding Coronavirus, local community support, current local information and much of this can be found on the village website or the Litton Cheney Observer Facebook Page. Thank you to all those stalwarts who very quickly came to the fore when lockdown loomed to offer their assistance to the vulnerable, those self-isolating and others less able. Please remain at your post a little longer until we honestly believe the worst is over.Whilst we are aware that community support for others is very strong in the Bride Valley generally and most know who to call if they have a problem, not everyone however has access to online communication. Please remember those who live on their own and/or are isolated. In these trying times we ask you to CYN – yes, really! CHECK YOUR NEIGHBOUR please.And Finally………………….Many will already be sadly aware that Nick Horsley passed away recently after a very short illness. Nick is well remembered by many, near and far. With current restrictions in place normal funeral arrangements do not exist but it is hoped to hold a wake at The White Horse later in the year. Our thoughts are with Nick’s wife, Jackie, and family during this time of great sadness.