The May 2021 edition of the Bride Valley News can be read HERE
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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.
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Ultrafast Broadband News Update
Village Newsletter April 2021
For all those interested in having Ultra-Fast Broadband brought directly into their home or business, and capitalising on earlier bulletins in the BVN, a new scheme was launched on 8th April confirming various grants available for those putting their names forward. The good news is that, as before, if enough local residents get involved, the cost of Ultra-Fast Fibre installation could be covered by the grants. We already have an initial offer from Openreach which we think will be reactivated. Further discussions are ongoing with Openreach, and we have now secured the active support of our constituency MP, Chris Loder. More details will be available shortly either in the BVN, village websites and Facebook pages. If you are interested in participating in this scheme, and dwell in the Bride Valley, look out for updates and be ready to apply for your voucher as soon as the process is open.
Litton Cheney Trust
The Litton Cheney Trust was formed in 1992, combining several historic charities in the Parish. While its formal purpose is to relieve “either generally or individually persons resident in the Parish of Litton Cheney who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress by making grants of money”, the trustees have more recently also made grants towards projects which benefit the village generally. In 2020, grants were made to young people in higher and further education, and as Christmas gifts to older residents on limited means or who live alone. Grants were also made for the renewal of the turnstiles and gates in The Rocks, and to Thorner’s School and the White Horse to support them during Covid-19 restrictions. The current trustees are Freddie Spicer (Secretary - 482617), Richard Jones (Treasurer), Penny Dewar and Lyn Lacey. The trustees welcome enquiries and grant applications, which should be made to the Secretary.
Eddy Fry Mrs Sheila Fry and family would like to say thank you for all the kind words of support and sympathy after the loss of Eddy. Both at the funeral in Burton Bradstock and the lined Main Street in Litton Cheney, it was most comforting to see the many people paying their respects and to hear the bells ringing – all Eddy would have wanted. You did him proud – Our most grateful thanks. Steven Spurrier Bella and family would like to thank local residents who attended St Mary’s churchyard on the occasion of Steven’s funeral to pay their respects. The family were immensely touched by the gesture, and by that of many others for their support and messages of sympathy. As a tribute to Steven and in celebration of his life we will be holding a wine tasting event at LATCH on Saturday 23rd October. It will be along the lines of the famous “Judgment of Paris” when, in 1976, as a result of a blind tasting carried out by recognised international wine luminaries and organised by Steven, the world of wine came to the shocking conclusion that fine wine did indeed exist beyond the confines of France and indeed Europe. More details on what will be called “The Judgment of the Bride Valley” and how to reserve your judgment will follow shortly, and of course will be dependent on restrictions in place at the time. Litton Cheney Parish Council The next Parish Council Meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday 4th May 2021 at 7.30pm. This will be the council’s Annual Meeting involving the election of Chairman and Deputy Chairman for the year ahead. Instructions on attending this meeting will be displayed on the meeting agenda promulgated several days before the meeting. The Annual Village Meeting will be held in July, and subject to Covid restrictions will be an actual meeting held at LATCH. At this meeting on Tuesday 13th July it is hope to begin a dialogue regarding how local residents see the village evolving in years to come. Please begin to develop your thoughts and bring them along to this meeting. Village Litter Pick Our thanks to all those who joined in the recent village litter pick, and helped clear the village of unwanted litter much of it thrown carelessly out of car windows by those not of this parish. Our thanks also to Dorset Waste Partnership for providing the necessary litter picking kit, and for collecting and disposing of the spoils. Village Benches The Parish Council are hoping to place village benches at suitable locations around the village so that residents and visitors can sit and enjoy our beautiful views. We are looking for donations, sponsorships and also offers from landowners regarding suitable sites, so if you are interested in helping please call Quentin Blacke on 07919905588 or email Village Kiosk Over the coming weeks the kiosk will be given a new coat of paint and a thorough spring clean, courtesy of Beverly and Pete Dennis, and Liz Pinfield. Thereafter shelves will be fitted and the kiosk re-purposed. Not long now! Litton and Thorner’s Community Hall - LATCH The Meeting Room will be open as a Polling Station on Thursday 6th for the election of a Police & Crime Commissioner for Dorset, with Covid restrictions in place – please bring your own pencil/pen to mark your ballot paper. The first Sunday Yoga session is in the morning of the 23rd – contact Nadiya Wynn if you would like to join: The Village Fete will NOT be taking place again on Bank Holiday Monday but hopefully some sort of village get-together may be arranged later in the year if circumstances permit. From 17th May outdoor gatherings of up to 30 will be allowed, with further restrictions being lifted from 21st June, all being well. Bookings can now be taken for events in the coming months with the hope that things will be almost back to normal, fingers crossed! Litton Cheney Social Committee Our thanks to Kieran for an amazing DUCK RACE (to be found on the Litton website)…it will never be the same again without that wonderful commentary!! We wish you all the best “oop north” and do check out the Manchester Ship Canal as another possible venue for the Ducks to have an outing!!! Quack!.Quack! The White Horse – Come, Raise your glass – We’d love to see you! At time of writing, we are busy preparing to open the pub again on Friday, April 30th for the Bank Holiday weekend. It's been a bit tricky to see into the future, but we finally decided to give the weather a chance to warm up and are planning to start back slowly and build things up as we see how they go, particularly with numbers of holiday makers in the area. With that in mind, we will still be doing just fish and chips, takeaway or eat in, on Friday nights and will continue with the Saturday Specials, at least initially. We will be open for the four days over that first weekend, with live music in the garden, weather permitting, at 3pm on the Monday afternoon and Sourdough Ted pizzas available. Although it's no longer a requirement to buy a meal with a drink, simple, good value basket meals will still be available lunchtimes and Saturday nights for anybody requiring food. We will then open the following two weekends, after which time we will be able to welcome customers inside again and will open further and expand the menu. That's all we know at this stage, apart from we look forward to welcoming all you lovely people in the Bride Valley back to The White Horse. Stay safe, keep well. Best wishes Andy and Liz xx Covid19 Within the Bride Valley we continue to experience an extremely low level rate of infection, and long may it remain. Whilst certain elements of life may be returning to some sort of normality there will be the need to remain vigilant, follow the rules and most importantly ensure others perhaps less able than you are ok. An occasional check on your neighbour would not go amiss. Thank you to all in the Bride Valley and beyond who have helped make our lives more bearable during these uncertain times.
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