The July 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.
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Plant Sale
Village Newsletter July 2021
Speed Limits Approved
Village Kiosk - Grand Opening
The village kiosk officially opened its doors in its new guise as a book exchange, and offering children’s puzzles, games, small toys and seed sharing on Wednesday 23rd June. The kiosk itself is a thing of beauty, with considerable innovation provided within. This has come about via the sterling efforts of Beverly and Pete Dennis, and Liz Pinfield to whom we owe a huge vote of thanks. The kiosk now stands as a wonderful centrepiece, welcoming visitors to the village as they descend Whiteway.
Car Park Charges
Link to a news release regarding Dorset Council’s proposals to transform the way they charge for car parking across the county, as well as the development of a new parking permit for Dorset residents. A presentation video can be found at The parking permit survey can be found at Enquiries regarding this work should be sent to
d orse tcou tionord ers @Trave lDorset
Publi c Notice
TH E COUNTY OF DO RSET (VARIOUS ROADS, LI TTON CHENEY) (30 MPH SPEED L IMIT) (NO.2) ORDER 2021 Dorset Council has made an Orde r under Sections 84(1) and (2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 198 4. When the Order comes i nto operation on 30th July 2021 the effect of the Orde r wi ll be introduce a 30mph spee d limit on the following lengths of roads. Main St re et Hine’s Mea d Lane Co w Lan e Sc ho o l Lane When the Order comes i nto operation on 30th July 2021 the effect of the Orde r wi ll be introduce a 30mph spee d limit on sec tions of the followi ng roads: Litton Lane Cox’s Lan e White Way Chalk Pit Lane ‘Unna med Road’ towards Long Bredy Full details of this Order can be f ound online at, paper copi es may be viewed at:- Dorset C ouncil, County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester, Do rset DT1 1XJ by appointment only. Contact or telephone 01305 221000 and ask for the Traffic Regulation Team for booking details or if you require more information. If you wish t o question the validity of the Order o r any provisions contained in it o n the grounds that it is not within the powers conferred b y the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 o r o n the grounds that any requirement o f the Act or of any instrument made under it has not been complied with in relation t o the Order you may within six weeks o f the date o f this Notice apply to t he High Court f or that purpose. Dated: 15 July 2 021 John Sellgren, Executive Directo r of Place
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Litton Cheney Parish Council The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Tuesday 14 th September at 7.30 pm. Current indications are that it will be a face-to-face meeting in the meeting room of LATCH. Why not pop by and listen to what is being discussed and there is a democratic spot when you can have your say should you wish to do so. Events at Litton and Thorner’s Community Hall – for August The hall is fully open and numbers attending events are no longer restricted, though we still ask for common sense and caution to be used regarding mask-wearing, sanitising and social distancing. Wednesdays 16.00 – Table Tennis (Ron Davidson 482661) 19.00 – Yoga with Anna Forrest ( Friday 6 th : 10.00 – Art class in Meeting Room ( [Final class of series] Saturday 14 th : Garden Club Show - open to public in the afternoon. Sunday 22 nd 10.30 - 12.30 Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra with Nadiya Wynn ( Mobile: 07800 712998 Thursday 26 th :18.00 Circus Round & About Artsreach Show – see detailed announcement in Valley Notes. It’s a family affair. Car park maintenance is planned from 31 st August – 3 rd September so parking will be restricted on those days. First Steps Toddler Group will be starting up again from Thursday 9 th September in the early afternoon. For details contact Claire Moore 07796 694052. Messy Church will be starting in September on Monday afternoons straight after school – details to follow from Revd Jane Williams ( Looking ahead to 23rd October - “The Judgment of the Bride Valley” grand wine-tasting evening – see separate announcement in Valley Notes and below. Book your place early 01308 482532 Hall Bookings: Wendy Firrell 01308 482532 Wine Tasting Par Extraordinaire – A Must Attend “I Was There!” Event In celebration of the life of our own globally recognised wine guru Steven Spurrier, we will be holding a commemorative wine tasting event at LATCH on Saturday 23 rd October. It will be organised 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 the “Judgment of the Bride Valley” plus how to reserve your judging place is available on 01308 482532 or 482313. Understandably, management of the event will be dependent on any restrictions in place at the time. Superfast Broadband – The Lull before the Storm? Little has changed since the last communique but come September’s BVN we would hope to provide you with a large dollop of good news. Relaxation of Covid Restrictions – for your consideration It is tempting to suggest that everything will return to as it was before 23 rd March 2020 but of course it cannot. This is now a period of adjusting to the new “norm”, consideration of others whose new “norm” may vary from our own perception and the application of large dollops of common sense and social responsibility. There is still a need please to look out for your neighbour and play your part in your community. There were positive elements that have come out of the last eighteen months which suggests we really do care about others – let’s hope those positives persist as we head into the unforeseeable future. The White Horse – A Full Welcome Awaits – Just bring yourselves! As we move into the realms of greater freedom (yay!), we still feel very strongly that we have a huge responsibility to our customers, staff and ourselves, so have taken some steps towards "normality" but not all. You can now come to the bar to order your drinks in your own time; no table service in the garden, but we are continuing with the one-way system and asking you to wear a mask whilst approaching the bar. Don't forget that Monday night is pizza and ice-cream night, Fridays are Fish and Chips and we are offering a lovely roast on Sunday lunchtimes. Normal pub menu is being served around that. We are planning to be open all day during August and have music afternoons on Sundays, so are looking forward to a great summer. Andy & Liz Hope to see you soon