The October 2021 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
Plant Sale
Village Newsletter October 2021
Danger - Loose Dogs!
Parish Council Meeting – Tuesday 9 th November – 7.30 pm Unless we hear different prior to the above date, this will be a face-to-face meeting in the meeting room of LATCH. We actively encourage local residents to attend and witness local democracy in action. Democratic time is also part of the meeting agenda when residents can bring matters to the PC attention. You will be most welcome. Events at LATCH – for November Weekly Mondays: 15.30 The Big Q (Messy Church) Tuesdays: 16.45 -17.45 Short Mat Bowls (Ron Davidson 482661) Wednesdays: 16.00 – Table Tennis (Ron Davidson 482661) 19.00 – Yoga with Anna Forrest ( Thursdays 14.00: First Steps Toddler Group (Claire Moore 07796 694052) Fridays: 10.00 – Art class in Meeting Room ( Specials Saturday 6 th - Morning – Village Café – see separate details below Tuesday 9 th 19.30 Parish Council Meeting Friday 26 th Bingo Evening – see separate advertisement Sunday 31 st : 10.30 -12.30 Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra with Nadiya Wynn ( Mobile: 07800 712998 Coming up: Saturday 2 nd December: Film Night “Knives Out”. 7.00 pm (drink & chat) for 7.30 pm (film start) Hall Bookings: Wendy Firrell 01308 482532 AUTUMN ECO-VILLAGE CAFE - 6 th November – 10 am to 12.30 pm AT LITTON AND THORNER’S COMMUNITY HALL ON SATURDAY NOVEMBER 6 TH , 10.00 am – 12.30 pm WITH TOURS OF THE SCHOOL OUTDOOR ‘DISCOVERY AREA’ --BEEKEEPING --TREES: BUYING, PLANTING AND PRUNING --ELECTRIC CAR SHARE SCHEMES --CYCLING AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT --AIR-SOURCE HEATING, SOLAR AND INSULATION --BRING AND BUY LOCAL PRODUCE --BIKE CLEANING AND SAFETY CHECKS What can individuals and communities do to help biodiversity and climate change? - please offer up your own SUGGESTIONS! Eco book exchange: bring and browse, or take away an article. Come along to meet fellow villagers and friends and have BREAKFAST: LOCAL HAM, CHEESE, SOURDOUGH, CROISSANTS, JAM, MUFFINS, TEA and COFFEE. The Judgment of the Bride Valley – Celebrating the life of Steven Spurrier Sixty discerning and perhaps some admitting to not being quite so knowledgeable gathered on Saturday 23 rd October to taste a number of very special wines, many the favourite of our local global wine guru, Steven Spurrier, who sadly passed away earlier this year. It was an evening to behold and we would hope that the great man joined us on the night in raising a glass to his immortal memory. Our most grateful thanks to Steven’s wife, Bella, for helping us celebrate Steve’s life, and to the numerous vineyards worldwide, many of them Steven’s favourites, who donated wine for the occasion. Proceeds from the event will go to The Bus Shelter, a local charity nominated by Bella, who provide shelter and assistance for the homeless in and around Weymouth. Very special thanks also to Mark and Caroline of Morrish & Banham, and residents of Long Bredy, and their team for setting up the “Judgment” and to Wendy F who ensured mis-en-place was the order of the day. HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – June 2 nd to 5 th 2022 The ideas are pouring in and we are beginning to see the shape of the weekend. An initial brainstorming meeting has taken place and when we meet again in November we will begin to firm up on the programme. It may seem a little early to begin organising something happening in June next year, but we are not alone in getting our act together and if things have to be booked or reserved we need to be at the head of the queue. If you would like to involve yourself in Litton’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, come along to the next meeting on Monday 15 th November, 7 pm at LATCH. You will be most welcome. Bride Valley Fibre – Are We There Yet? Many thanks to all in Litton and beyond who pledged their vouchers towards bringing full fibre connection to Litton Cheney, Kingston Russell and Long Bredy. There is now a pause in proceedings while Dorset Council deliberate on the areas most in need, after which we will return to the charge towards what we hope will be a successful outcome. If you have yet to pledge your voucher or the system has not allowed you to do so, fear not, there will be an opportunity later in November/December we are told. BENCH MARK MOMENT - RELAX AND ENJOY THE VIEWS THAT SURROUND US! LITTON CHENEY COMMUNITY BENCH FUND IS NOW UP AND RUNNING. CURRENT SITES EARMARKED INCLUDE: PINS KNOLL, BRIDE VALLEY VINEYARD, CHALK PIT LANE AND MAGNA GREEN. (further suggestions welcomed). SUMS GREAT OR SMALL GRATEFULLY RECEIVED. FOR DETAILS OF HOW TO DONATE, PLEASE CONTACT QUENTIN BLACKE ON 07919 905588 OR or MAGGIE WALSH ON 01308 281561 OR EMAIL BRIDE VALLEY FILMS ARE STARTING AGAIN! at Litton and Thorner’s Community Hall. REMINDER: TUESDAY 2 November JUDY ‘Impressive portrayal of an icon’ Cert.12 2hrs Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform in a sell-out run at The Talk of the Town. As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians, and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through. Featuring some of her best-known songs, the film celebrates the voice, the capacity for love and the sheer pizzazz of “the world’s greatest entertainer”. Renée Zellweger's performance, for which she won a Best Actress Oscar, is a masterpiece. THURSDAY 2 December KNIVES OUT ‘Keeps you on your toes’ Renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead at his estate and the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc is enlisted to investigate. From Harlan's dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan's untimely death. Starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans and Ana de Armas. Cert.12 2 hrs Continuing with earlier times. Doors Open: 7.00 p.m. Film starts 7.30 p.m. TICKETS: £5.00 (to include a glass of wine) Tickets in advance from: Sally Dyke 482752, Elizabeth Kingston 482162, Bella Spurrier 482367 or on the door. (All no’s. 01308) We are sharing the licences for these films with Burton Bradstock (who will show it the previous Friday). The White Horse – A Warm Welcome Awaits - Come On Down! After a surprise week of fabulous weather, and a brilliant final fling of live music in the garden, it's grey and pouring as we write this, and it looks like the holiday season, with all its lovely visitors, is sadly largely behind us. Let's hope we can continue easing back to some kind of normality while we move towards the winter months and wait to welcome them again. Wearing face masks in the pub is now down to personal choice, we are still taking extra care with cleaning touch points, hand sanitiser is still readily available and we encourage everyone to continue to give others as much space as possible whilst moving round the pub. We have, however, bought some nice comfy new bar stools so those of you who like to can now drink at the bar, which makes it a bit more "pubby" again. October will have seen the welcome return of Sourdough Ted's Pizzas every other Tuesday from 5 till 8pm and the first of our Steak Nights on the Tuesdays in between. We've got some great deals on steaks, for example, a 16oz rump with chips, peas, flat mushroom and grilled tomato for just £15, so booking is essential! There are more plans in the pipeline, first up (before this appears in print hopefully) is the return of the Meat Draw on a Friday, with a Happy Hour before, and we really do look forward to seeing you all there soon. Happy Autumn! Liz and Andy
a village in the Bride Valley Litton Cheney Dorset
Photo by Claire Moore 3_7_2021
When in areas where there are livestock present or machinery is in use, keep your dog on a lead and keep to the public footpaths. A recent incident whereby a local resident was walking their dog off the lead, away from the public footpath, and cutting machinery was in use in the vineyard. The resident was advised by the vineyard manager to keep to the footpath and place the dog on the lead. You do not need much imagination to envisage what could have happened had the dog walked into the path of the cutting machine!
Disruption of Waste Services Collections
Dorset Council would like your help please. As you may already be aware, the effects of the widely-reported national HGV driver shortage - coupled with the continuing impact of the pandemic - are starting to disrupt some of our waste services. We are working hard to ensure that key waste services continue to run throughout this challenging time, but we are having to temporarily suspend or delay some garden waste collections so that crews can be redeployed to support vital rubbish, food and recycling collections. Litter bins are also being emptied less frequently in some areas of the county, and new bin deliveries are also being delayed. While we continue to work on tackling the problem, I would greatly appreciate it if you could pass these key messages to any residents who may approach you with questions or concerns around their bin collections: – Always report your missed collection directly to Dorset Council, even if your whole street is affected. Our website has an automated system that will inform you what’s happening with your bins and provide guidance on what to do next (Weblink - Missed bin collection - Dorset Council) Please ensure your bins are out by 6am on your collection day. Some rounds are being carried out differently, meaning that we might turn up earlier or later in the day than usual If you find a litter bin is full, do not try to leave your litter on top/next to it or on the floor nearby – please take it home and place in your household bin. We also encourage people to report over-filled bins on the Dorset Council website (Weblink - Report a public litter bin problem - Dorset Council sel - Welcomef-service portal ( If any garden waste collections have to be cancelled/stood down we will contact customers directly to advise them. As compensation for any garden waste collections that were not received, we will automatically apply a discount to next year’s subscription fee. Rubbish, recycling, garden and food waste can be dropped off free of charge at any of Dorset’s household recycling centres, which are operating as normal.
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Superfast Broadband Update
Ultrafast Broadband – Full Fibre – Pledge Your Voucher Funding has now been made available for the Community Fibre Partnership set up several months ago to facilitate the installation of full fibre ultrafast broadband in Litton Cheney, Long Bredy and Kingston Russell. For Litton Cheney, if you live within the following postcodes Project Gigabit vouchers will be available for you to pledge towards the cost of installation of full fibre to all these properties : - DT2 9DH; DT2 9AT; DT2 9AU; DT2 9AP; DT2 9AS; DT2 9AR; DT2 9AW; DT2 9AJ; DT2 9AL; DT2 9AN; DT2 9DW; DT2 9EQ; DT2 9AH; DT2 9AQ; DT2 9AG; DT2 9AF; DT2 9TE; DT2 9AE; DT2 9AD; DT2 9AX; DT2 9DR. Visit for more details. Even if you have an adequate speed for your use, please think of others nearby whose connectivity is pretty dire. Using your pledge (worth £2500+) will help bring full fibre connectivity to our villages. The opportunity to pledge vouchers is time limited so please act as soon as you can. Inevitably there are conditions and these should be read carefully, but the process of actually bringing fibre to your door is all down to the amount of pledges received.
Superfast Broadband Update
Temporary Road Closure 2
Rights of Way Improvement Plan Consultation
Consultation - Dorset Council - Rights of Way Improvement Plan 2022-2032 DEADLINE October 31 st 2021 Dorset Council have launched a consultation to collate views and ideas to help shape the next Dorset Rights of Way Improvement Plan 2022-2032 BACKGROUND The Dorset Rights of Way Improvement Plan is the prime means for Dorset Council, as the Local Highway Authority, to identify and prioritise actions to develop and improve the network of Dorset’s footpaths, bridleways, byways, and wider access routes. Over the past 18 months, more Dorset residents than ever have found that getting outdoors and into the fresh air comforting, restorative and revitalising. To do this, many have used Dorset Public Rights of Way footpaths, bridleways and byways to walk, ride, cycle, and horse-carriage drive away from the vehicular highway in order to explore our locality. Some have perhaps discovered paths and places they haven’t visited before, immersing themselves in Dorset’s stunning landscapes, rich heritage and fascinating natural world. We want to hear from the Dorset wide community – all ages and interests – and various organisations (user groups, land managers and wider interest groups) so we can develop an improved network of paths that are easy and enjoyable to use for as many people as possible. Your views are really important – we need to know what it is you love about using Dorset’s paths and which paths you use - but we also want to know about what isn’t so great and your ideas to address this. So what are the barriers, what prevents you from using the paths, what routes would you like to use and why, how can we work with you to develop the Dorset PROW network? The Dorset Rights of Way Improvement Plan consultation – which includes online maps – will help us understand the key issues that need to be addressed, and let people submit location-specific concerns and project ideas to help us improve Dorset’s public rights of way. The survey will allow respondents to: – Highlight a “missing link” where a new path would join up the network. Identify a strategic route linking communities that could be shared by walkers, equestrians & cyclists Explore the possibility of creating a safe off-road route where walkers, equestrians and cyclists currently must use the road Pinpoint good locations to improve a path’s surface, replace stiles with gates and generally indicate where small measures can potentially make a big impact Suggest areas where better signage would be useful Raise concerns and how they might be addressed Reveal historic details such as old stiles and river crossings that need protecting Let us know how we might work together on ideas and initiatives. While we may not be able to accommodate all the ideas and projects in the prioritised delivery plans, all feedback will be taken into consideration. Councillor Noc Lacey-Clarke, Cabinet Lead Member for Environment, Travel and Harbours at Dorset Council, said: “Using public rights of way – the green highways – enables people to get outside and truly explore Dorset’s villages, towns and wider countryside. The benefits are huge where an improved path network can provide car-free walking riding and cycling routes for all ages and abilities at a “community pace” for local journeys; to get out, meet and socialise with local people; opportunities to step out from your doorstep and keep active, relax and unwind; a means to take time to explore and notice the details that we often overlook. Our paths help us all to experience Dorset’s rich and varied natural and historic heritage. Taking part in this survey is a real opportunity for Dorset people to let us know what they feel works and what needs to be done to improve the way our residents and visitors can enjoy walking, cycling and horse-riding whilst taking care to protect the very landscapes these paths take them through.” After collating and reviewing the feedback from the consultation, Dorset Council officers will draft a new Rights of Way Improvement Plan early next year. This plan will be publicly consulted on in the Spring, with the final version published and presented to Cabinet for approval in Summer 2022. Please fill in the questionnaire and online maps here by midnight 31 October. Thank you so much for your time and support contributing to this consultation. Whilst we would prefer you complete the survey to submit your views and ideas – if you have any problems or find it easier you are also welcome to feedback to me via this email address. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need to discuss this in more detail. Tara S Hansford Strategic Outdoor Access Development Coordinator MA RCA AdvPGDip/Msc Countryside Conservation & Recreation Place Services Dorset Council Tel. 01305 221779
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Temporary Road Closure 1
RBL Poppies
Armistice Day 11 th November and Rememberance Sunday 14 th November 2021 As you may have realised there is no longer a house to house Poppy Collection in Long Bredy or indeed the Bride Valley. We felt this was a great shame as many people like to contribute towards the Poppy Appeal and so we decided to help by joining the British Legion appeal to deliver poppies to the community. Poppies will be available in the telephone box, the church and the Coffee Morning on Saturday, 13 th November. With the poppies will be some cards which tell you how to make a donation: scan the QR code, go online at or we can accept cash which we will send on to the appeal. We do hope, like us you support the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. The RBL is a lifeline for the Armed services and over 90,000 people turn to them each year for support. They do suggest a donation of £2 per poppy, but this is entirely up to you as there is no minimum donation. If you would like a poppy but are unable to go to any of distribution points, please contact us and we will deliver one to you. (There is a technical issue in that we can only distribute to family and friends as we have no licence but as we are all friends in the village we are sure this collection will be seen as acceptable). Gwen: 01308 482270 Ruth: 01308 482562 Jackie: 01308 48237