The August 2022 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 July 2022
Danger - Loose Dogs!
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!
Bridport Local Area Bulletin 2nd August 2022
Litton Cheney Parish Council The next Parish Council meeting will be on Tuesday 13 th September, 7.30 pm at LATCH. Meetings can occasionally be exciting, and being in the audience at the time can perhaps make your day – why not give it a go? There will also be a chance for you to bring up any pressing issue you may have during Democratic Time. Events at LATCH – for August Weekly: Wednesdays: 16.30 – Table Tennis (Ron Davidson 482661) 19.00 – Yoga with Anna Forrest ( [NOT 13 th ] Coming up in September – Tai Chi – see Valley Notes poster for details. Village Cafés: A reminder that the hall is available for hire free of charge on Saturday mornings for a Café to raise funds for any group. It’s a good social event for the community and always popular – contact me to book a date. Hall Bookings: Wendy Firrell 01308 482532 An Informal BRAZILIAN MUSIC EVENING, the London-based band POLCAS e BOAS is coming to Litton Cheney at LATCH on the 6TH AUGUST, from 6.00pm. Families Welcome. With Brazilian and other refreshments available, cash only.Tickets £10 adults, children £2, students/UB £5 Phone David on 01308 482514 or text David on 07487640339 see Polcas e Boas at Artsreach - CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP led by TESSA BIDE. Puppetry, Drama and Play for Children LATCH, in LITTON CHENEY.on Thursday 11th August from 10.30am - 3.00pm. Tickets £10 from or Patricia on 01308 482514 Artsreach - BRAINFOOLS are coming to Litton Cheney with their new CIRCUS SHOW....”LUCKY PIGEONS”.SATURDAY AUGUST 13TH at 6.00pm at LATCH. This is an outdoor event, so please bring chairs/rugs. If the weather is inclement we can retreat indoors. Refreshments available - cash only. Tickets £10 adults £25 family of four ,£5 u18's. Suitable for ages 4yrs+ from or Patricia on 01308 482514 CREATIVE CREATURES…. Let’s go on a safari in the LATCH village hall…Suitable for 7+ years. Thursday 11 th August from 10.00 a.m. until 3.30 p.m. Cost £10 per family. Maximum number of places: 15. Under-7s can attend if accompanied by an adult. Through a mix of play, puppetry, and drama , we will explore local wildlife, plus other animals from around the world. We’ll make puppets of favourite animals, tell stories with them, and explore through theatre games how to embody them.The award- winning puppeteer and performer Tessa Bide will be our guide on this exciting safari. Please bring a packed lunch. Drinks available. Dress for mess and wear comfy clothing. The workshop is part of the Artsreach summer programme: see or/and more information from Patricia on 01308 482514. Litton Cheney v Puncknowle Annual Football Match – Sunday 31 st July Peter Gull has started to put together a team of athletic, sporty, match winning players who will revenge last year’s defeat by Puncknowle. Ronaldo has ruled himself out – too big an occasion, and it’s Gareth Bale’s hair washing day but high hopes are in place that cometh the hour (Kick off 12 noon), cometh the man/woman, or cometh any pronoun for that matter! Whatever, we wish Peter and his cohorts the very best of luck, and whatever the outcome, we hope you will manage to do it all again next year. Mary Anderson & John Yates In May two of our well established and long dwelling village residents sadly left us, and it would seem highly appropriate that we make mention of them here to mark their passing and inform those who have yet to hear the news. Mary, the much loved wife of Gordon and friend to many in the village, died in May but had been expected to go on for ever – that was the plan. Sadly age, ill health and ailments took their toll but a look back on her many incredible achievements during the course of her life can be found in her eulogy reproduced on the village website John, during his lengthy time in the village, kept a slightly quieter profile but for many years was the village correspondent for the Bride Valley News, and in a previous life had been a Basingstoke Town Councillor. In the last few years John had been somewhat immobile but during lockdown, John’s wife Sandra would often wheel him up to the bus shelter and he would chat amiably with passer-bys, regaling them (including me) with stories of politicians he had known over the years. To both of these wonderful people – R.I.P. Our thoughts are with Gordon and Sandra and their families. THE LITTON CHENEY TRUST The Trustees invite applications for a grant from students resident in Litton Cheney who will be proceeding to higher education and those leaving school or college who will be commencing full time employment or an apprenticeship. Please apply in writing giving brief details of your plans on leaving school. Those who have already received a grant from the Trust and are continuing with a second or subsequent year of study are invited to reapply for a further grant. Letters of request should be sent or delivered to the Secretary to the Trustees Mr Freddie Spicer, 8 Garden Close by 31 st August. LITTON CHENEY JUBILEE PHOTO ALBUM – FINAL CALL A big thank you to all of those who have already submitted photos for the Village Jubilee Album. We are looking to finalise this over the coming weeks, so please do send in a photo of yourselves in front of your house as soon as you can. If you would like one of us to take the photo please contact either Pete or Karen (details below) and we will arrange this. We also plan to be around the village on the evening of Friday 19 th and morning of Saturday 20 th August and will be able to take photographs then – just let us know and we can book you in. The cut-off date for submissions is Monday 19 th September so do get your mobiles and cameras out while the sun’s still shining! Thank you. Pete: 01398 482 760 Karen 07768 614 835 The White Horse – Thirst Come, Thirst Served At the time of writing we are under quite a heatwave and we are here to help you all with that tremendous thirst we are all suffering with by way of lovely cold beers, wines and soft drinks. Excuse me a moment while I go in search of a nice cold cider! Aahh, found it already. We are now moving into the height of the season and our programme of live music in the garden every Sunday afternoon from 3pm is proving to be very popular. We have some great acts lined up for August so be sure to put 3pm every Sunday in your diaries. During the holidays we will be open all day every day except Mondays when we’ll be open at 5pm with Sourdough Ted and FroCo Whip providing us with pizzas, ice creams and I might even fire up our outside fryers and do some fries to go with the those pizzas. We’ll have our lunch time menu available Tuesday to Saturday and our full summer menu available Tuesday to Thursday and Saturday evenings with “probably” the best fish and chips in the valley on Friday evenings and a roast on Sunday lunchtime with a small supporting menu. We look forward to seeing you all in August Stay safe - with love and best wishes from the team at The White Horse.
The Bridport Local Area Partnership (BLAP) is here for the community. Current members of the partnership include Bridport Town Council, 13 Parish Councils and more than 80 community organisations and individuals working to improve the social, economic, and environmental wellbeing of Bridport and surrounding areas. For information or if you have a piece for the bulletin please contact Claire Peters-Way on 01308 456722 or by email at: more information can be found on our leaflet. Helplines NHS Dorset Health Care - 0300 123 5440 Dorset Together Helpline - 01305 221000 Dorset Adviceline - 0800 144 8848 Harmony Mental Health Support - 07597 379290 Dorset Digital Hotline - 01305 221000 (Mon-Fri 10am -12noon) Transition Town Bridport - Fashion Revolution Transition Town Bridport is holding a series of events to address the impact of Fashion. This year's Fashion Revolution events will be held at the Lyric Theatre, Barrack Street, Bridport until Thursday 4th August. Events include: T-shirt workshop - Tuesday 2nd Aug from 1.30pm - 5.30pm. Stitch it Don't ditch it - Tuesday 2nd August from 7pm - 9pm. Wardrobe warrior workshop - Wednesday 3rd August from 3pm - 5pm. Ditch that shopping habit presentation - Wednesday 3rd August at 7.30pm. Grand finale and pre-loved vintage market - Thursday 4th August from 1pm - 6pm. For information about each of the events please click here. Bridport Cohousing The next Meet the Neighbours meeting will be on Wednesday 3rd August from 10am - 11.30am. Meet at Soulshine Cafe, Bridport for a chance to chat to members and ask questions. Burton Bradstock Church Fete This year's Church fete will be held in the Rectory Garden, Burton Bradstock from 2pm - 5pm on Thursday 4th August. There will be a BBQ, live music, stalls, games and children's magic show and grand draw. Admission is £1 and children under 12 are free. Loders Fete Loders annual fete will be held on Saturday 6th August from 2pm-5pm at Loders Court. There will be music from the Bridport Broadsides Sea Shanty Crew, a variety of stalls, games, a silent auction, crockery smash, coconut shy, plant and cake stalls. A tea tent, BBQ and pop-up bar. Dogs on leads are welcome. Admission is £2 for adults and children under 12 free. West Bay Days West Bay Day will be held on Sunday 7th August from midday until 11pm to celebrate West Bay's rich history and heritage. The event will include live music, a Duck Race, Classic Cars and Bikes, model airplane display and model railway exhibition, pirate games, stalls, Harbourside Bar, and West Bay Days Café. The firework display will be held at 10pm. Please note that the Quayside and Esplanade will be closed between 6am and 11.30pm. There will be free parking in all Dorset Council owned car parks. Bridport Community Orchard On Monday 15th and Monday 29th August Bridport Community Orchard are holding storytelling evenings in the orchard just off South Street. This will be held from 7pm - 9pm. Everyone is welcome to listen or tell stories. Please bring a chair or a blanket to sit on. Suitable for ages 14+. Burton Bradstock Festival of Music & Art This year's Festival of Music and Art will be held from Tuesday 16th August to Sunday 21st August. The festival opens with the Art Exhibition in the village hall. Over the week there will be a number of concerts including a jazz evening, a lunchtime concert, a late night recital and gala concert. Please click here for a list of the times. Tickets can be purchased via the Bridport TIC 01308 424901 or online. Dorset Council - Free swimming for children and young people Dorset Council residents under the age of 16 can access free swimming from participating Leisure Centres until Sunday 4th September. These include Bridport Leisure Centre. There is no restriction to the number of times children and young people can access this offer, however there will be a requirement to provide proof of living in the Dorset Council area. For a list of all participating venues please click here. Service 6 - Bus Route Dorset Council have announced that the Service 6 bus route which runs between Bridport and Yeovil is up for renewal later this year. Buses of Somerset have notified the Office of the Traffic Commissioner that the service will be deregistered at the end of October 2022 when the current contract ends. Buses of Somerset subcontracts some of the journeys to First Wessex, and this part of the contract will also end at the same time. Dorset Council will be looking to work with the local community and transport action groups to create a new service that is fit for purpose and is sustainable into the future. A contract for the new service will be put out to tender to local bus operators so that the service can continue. NHS Dorset - Survey NHS Dorset has launched a survey asking if residents understand how their health and care information is shared. Health and care organisations in Dorset are allowed to share information from your health and care records to help them provide you with care and treatment. This includes sharing your records between GPs, hospitals, community & mental health services and social services. For more information and to take part please click here. The closing date is Friday 19th August. Bridport Town Council - Annual Grants Bridport Town Council's grant scheme is now open. Grants are awarded each year to local charitable, voluntary or other similar bodies. They are not for private organisations or individuals. For 2022/23, the Town Council particularly welcomes, but not exclusively, applications that demonstrate a benefit in terms of: enhancing social inclusion in Bridport; strengthening community resilience in Bridport; promoting or contributing to Bridport as a Rights Respecting Town; or contributing to the Town Council’s Climate Emergency Action Plan The application form and guidance is available on the website. If you would like a paper copy please call 01308 456722. The closing date for applications is Thursday 25th August 2022 at 5pm. Late applications will not be accepted. Dorset Council - Household Support Fund Dorset Council is working in partnership with Citizens Advice to administer the Household Support Fund. This is to support residents of State Pension age who have limited savings and who are struggling to afford household essentials. Support will be provided via supermarket vouchers. Eligible residents can apply online or visit their local Citizens Advice office to complete their application. The closing date for applications is 30th September 2022. Bridport CAB can be contacted on 0800 144 8848. Bridport Investment Plan - Call to Bridport Businesses to Help Prioritise Investment Needs Bridport Town Council is working with local businesses to develop an Investment Plan for Bridport. The plan will form the basis for bids to Dorset Council and the government to improve the town centre and support local businesses to undertake transition to a net zero future. Details of how new funding packages from government will be delivered in Dorset are emerging. The Town Council recognises that a coherent plan, developed with widespread stakeholder engagement will put Bridport in a good position to secure the much-needed funding required to support economic regeneration. Investment themes include: skills training, transport and access improvements and making the most of the rich arts and heritage assets of the town. Throughout Summer 2022 the Town Council will be engaging in conversations with businesses, both individually and through representative bodies; Bridport Business Chamber, Federation of Small Businesses and Totally Locally Bridport. An online questionnaire has been launched as the means to collect responses and proposals for consideration. To take part in the survey click on the link above. During September the Town Council will hold a series of open meetings to share the regeneration ideas that have been gathered and agree the process for bringing the Investment Plan together. The Investment Plan will be published by the Town Council in October 2022. Tourism Recovery Plan - Tourist Accommodation Registration Scheme The UK government’s Tourism Recovery Plan included a commitment to consider a possible Tourist Accommodation Registration Scheme in England. This call for evidence seeks insight and information in the following areas: changes and growth in the short term letting market; benefits of short term lets; challenges including compliance with the existing regulatory framework and housing and community impacts; and the impact of potential policy responses. Although this call for evidence is open to everyone, the government is particularly interested in hearing from: 1. Hosts operating in the short term and holiday letting market 2. Guest accommodation businesses, including digital peer-to-peer platforms that market letting opportunities, short term and holiday let service companies and those operating other guest accommodation business models Representative bodies, organisations and groups, including destination management organisations. For more information and to complete the form please click here. NALC Star Council Awards Bridport Town Council has been shortlisted for the National Association of Local Councils 'Council of the Year' award for 2022. The winner is being decided by a public vote. To vote and view the nominations please click here. Western Area Transport Action Group WATAG's latest newsletter is now available. This features Stagecoach withdraws services from Lyme Regis, service updates, rail strikes, Transport Champion 2022 and the National Express bus. Healthwatch Dorset Please click here for July's edition of Healthwatch Dorset news. This includes steps to improve dental care, GP patient survey, local events, digital health and care plan, and help with winter essentials. The Living Tree The August edition of The Living Tree news is now available. This includes their 10 year Anniversary celebrations, the Bridport Carnival entry, events, fundraising, the allotment and lots more. Bridport Mayor's Blog The latest edition of the Bridport Mayors Blog is now available. This reflects on the first bombs falling on Bridport, RNLI Raft Race, the new wall mural and more. The previous blog is on Bridport History Society's birthday celebration and Bridport Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue Twinning Association weekend. Bride Valley News This month's edition of the Bride Valley News includes updates and events from Burton Bradstock, Litton Cheney, Shipton Gorge, Puncknowle & Swyre. Eggardon & Colmers View magazine The August edition of the Eggardon & Colmers View magazine is now available. This features updates from the surrounding parishes and villages including Askerswell, Broadoak, Dottery, Eype, Loders, Powerstock and Symondsbury.
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