The September 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 September 2021
Danger - Loose Dogs!
Litton Cheney Parish Council The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Tuesday 9th November, 7.30 pm at Litton and Thorner’s Community Hall. Local residents are actively encouraged to attend and participate in the life of the village, and its administration. You are very welcome. Events at Litton and Thorner’s Community Hall Weekly Mondays: 15.30 - The Big Q (Messy Church) 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 2nd: 10.00 – 16.00 Writing Workshop ( Sunday 17th: 15.00 - Artsreach Show “The Syrian Baker” (Bookings on Artsreach website) Saturday 23rd: 19.00 - “The Judgment of the Bride Valley” grand wine-tasting evening. (Sold out) Friday 29th: 14.00 – 4.00 Portesham Surgery Flu Clinic (book with Surgery) Sunday 31st: 10.30 - 12.30 Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra with Nadiya Wynn ( Mobile: 07800 712998 Coming up in November: Tuesday 2nd: Film Night “Judy”. 7.00 (drink & chat) for 7.30 (film start) Saturday 6th: morning – the return of The Village Café Hall Bookings: Wendy Firrell 01308 482532 The Judgment of the Bride Valley Wine Tasting in honour of Steven Spurrier Not surprisingly this event on Saturday 23rd October is now fully subscribed. BRIDE VALLEY FILMS ARE STARTING AGAIN! at Litton Cheney Community Hall. Details here Please note – films at Litton are always on THURSDAYS, but our next film has to be on a TUESDAY in order to share the licence and book the Hall. ARTSREACH in the Bride Valley ‘THE SYRIAN BAKER’ comes to Litton Cheney Here is a new play about what people have in common – and not just bread. As before, Farnham Maltings brings together stories and ideas with humour, music and sometimes food. About 5% of the world’s population are on the move, desperate to get away from trouble. But this story is about deciding to come home, and how small actions can make a big difference. Rebuilding a community takes hope and courage. Farnham Maltings is the Surrey-based company that brought The Iranian Feast to Dorset villages. Critic Lyn Gardner wrote: ‘It’s a show with a big heart, designed to play in communities.’ Their musical show Brilliance also visited Dorset. The Syrian Baker is written by Kevin Dyer and directed by Gavin Stride, suitable for anyone aged 8 or above. It will last about 70 minutes. LITTON CHENEY COMMUNITY HALL (LATCH) SUNDAY 17TH OCTOBER at 3.00 PM (FOLLOWED BY REFRESHMENTS) ADULTS £9 CHILDREN £5 FAMILY TICKET £22 ENQUIRIES AND BOOKINGS: Full information and tickets available online at and from PATRICIA SCHOLFIELD 01308 482514 and SUE OVERTON 01308 482806 Afghan Refugees – Thank you Litton At very short notice, and in response to Lesley Gemmill’s request, thank you hugely to all local residents who rose to the call and donated clothes and shoes for Afghan refugees arriving in the UK as a result of the terrifying situation in Afghanistan. Two cars journeyed to Blandford fully loaded with donations which will surely be put to good use. Our grateful thanks to Lesley for stepping up to the plate and ensuring that something was done to help these very much in need human beings. Flu Clinic – October 29th – LATCH 2.00 – 4.00 Portesham Surgery Flu Clinic (book with Surgery) – Check on the Portesham Surgery website for more details on how to book Thorner's Discovery Area Volunteer Days The Discovery Area is a small woodland area belonging to Thorner’s School, created by parent volunteers and extensively used for education and play. As well as benefitting Thorner’s children, it hosts events for the community and young people from other schools. The Discovery Area is maintained mostly by volunteers. If you’d like to help care for this lovely place, have fun and share or gain skills, join us for a work day! Past work days have included: learning Dorset hedge laying, willow structure weaving, pond maintenance, path making… plus coffee and cake around the campfire. Work days will take place every half term, usually the week before a school holiday, on Sundays, 10am-2pm. Weather permitting, dates for the school year 2021-22 will be as follows: 17th October 12th December 13th February 3rd April 22nd May 10th July Volunteer coordinators will post any updates in the week prior, both on the village notice boards and on Facebook, e.g. tasks for the day and in case of the need to cancel in poor weather. Any questions, or to sign up for email updates, please email ARTSREACH: Circus Around and About. On a glorious sunny Thursday evening the circus “came to LATCH “, with a thrilling trapeze act, RIPE, and a quite different circus act, PIRATE TAXI. Both were highly ingenious aerial shows, thoroughly appreciated by an audience of 120. Many thanks to all the volunteers and the audience from Burton Bradstock, Litton Cheney and Shipton Gorge who helped make it such a success, also to ArtsReach for promoting the event. Ron Davidson Keep up to date with Artsreach events at HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Weekend in June 2022 An inaugural meeting will be held for those wishing to involve themselves in the planning for this very special weekend of celebrations – Monday 11th October, 7 pm at LATCH is the date for your diary. Skeleton plans are already beginning to form and St Mary’s church have put a marker down for a Village Fete (the last two were cancelled) on Thursday 2nd June. Possibilities abound – what about a much delayed Duck Race, a knees up at The White Horse, and a Jubilee Family Picnic in the grounds of the community hall? Anything is possible with your help, but we do need the numbers. We know there is a profusion of organising talent in the village – time to step up to the plate please. 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. Details here The White Horse is reverting to type – Let’s hear it for The Horse! After a very busy summer, we are now seeing the number of tourists in the area dwindle quite dramatically. With this in mind, and the easing of restrictions (fingers crossed), we are hoping to revert back to the old traditional more "normal" pub. We have a new menu coming out at the beginning of October and plan to introduce some specialist food evenings such as Pie Night, Tapas Night and Raclette parties over the coming weeks. Also, assuming things continue to improve, between now and Christmas we are intending to take down the screen, reintroduce the stools back at the bar, get the Friday night meat and cheese draw going again and organise some pub quizzes and live music whilst welcoming the return of the skittles leagues. Friday Night Fish and Chips will continue for the foreseeable future, so you can get your "takeaway" here every week, or eat in with a beer or glass of wine if you prefer. Let's hope the Autumn weather is kind to us and see you soon at your local :)" Liz and Andy How Green is my House Dorset Greener Homes Week runs from 25th September until 3rd October, and there is a green home in Litton that can be visited during this period where you can see what can be achieved on the green homes front. You will be very welcome.
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. Project Gigabit – Pledging your Voucher Openreach have set up a Teams Meeting facility online for 7.30 pm, next Monday 20th September when any of your questions can be addressed. The link to the Teams meeting is shown below. Should you not be available to attend you can email your questions to who will feed it through to Openreach. You are actively encouraged to get involved and ask questions, or indeed join the meeting and be better informed as to what's involved. Please ensure you make yourself aware of any conditions involved as a result of your pledge, and if this prompts questions the facility below could well provide an answer.
Superfast Broadband Update