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Village Newsletter April 2024
a village in the Bride Valley Litton Cheney Dorset
Photo by Claire Moore 3_7_2021
Bridport Local Area Bulletin 2 nd April 2024
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: 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)
Bridport Museum - Easter Activities and weekly guided walks Bridport Museum has re-opened for the summer period. Opening hours are Tuesday's to Friday's 10am - 5pm and Saturday's 10am - 4pm. Over the Easter holidays a Dinosaur Egg hunt will take place in the Museum. Entry costs £5 per adult and under 21s, carers and school visits are free. The Museum's weekly guided walks around Bridport will re-start on Thursday 4th April at 11am from Bridport Museum. No need to pre-book and walks cost £5pp, under 21s go free. (Please note walks are weather dependant.) Bridport 2024 Town of Culture Bridport has been chosen as the first Town of Culture in Dorset. Delivery will be led by Bridport Arts Centre and a 'Bridport 2024' advisory group will be established to offer ideas into the events programme. The second advisory group meeting will be held tomorrow Wednesday 3rd April at the WI Hall, North Street, Bridport at 6pm. For more information please click here. Bridport Town Council - Service 7 bus route changes Bridport Town Council provides a round-town bus service that runs on Market Days (Wednesday and Saturday). The route has been revised taking onboard customer feedback. The bus route includes stops at Morrisons, Bridport Community Hospital, Co- op and Skilling Stores. The timetable can be viewed here or a hard copy can be picked up from the Bridport Tourist Information Centre. Fares are priced at £2 per single journey, £1 for those aged 8-19, and under 7's are free. Concessionary passes are also accepted. Bridport Stage Company Bridport Stage Company (previously Bridport Shakespeare Company) presents 'The Importance of Being Earnest' on the 4th, 5th and 6th April at 7.30pm in The Bull Hotel, Bridport. Tickets cost £12 and can be purchased from The Bull, with all profits going to the Samaritans. Bridport Clothes Bank The Bridport Clothes Bank offers free clothing, shoes and bedding to anyone in need. Come and browse their stock and meet the volunteers at St Swithun's Church House, North Allington, Bridport on Saturday 6th April from 10.45am - 12.15pm. All welcome and everything is free. For further information please email Litter Free Dorset - Great Dorset Beach Clean This year's Great Dorset Beach Clean will be held on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April, and will include West Bexington and Cogden beaches. All events are free for anyone to attend and all equipment is provided but please bring your own gloves. To book your free place and for more information click here. West Bay Car Boot West Bay Car Boot sale will be returning on Sunday 7th April to Sunday 27th October. Traders can attend from 6.30am and must vacate the car park by 12noon. Costs for this car boot sale are £7 for all vehicles and £15 for commercial catering. Armed Forces Veterans - Breakfast Club The next Armed Forces Veterans breakfast club meet-up will be held on Sunday 14th April from 9am - 11am at The Greyhound Hotel, East Street, Bridport. Serving Armed Forces Personnel, Veterans, their partners and relatives are all welcome. Bridport United Church Bridport United Church (East Street) hold messy church sessions for children up to 11 years old, with their adult carers. Sessions are held on the 4th Thursday of the month from 3.30pm - 5.30pm and include songs, craft activities and a meal. Bridport Tourist Information Centre - opening hours The Bridport Tourist Information Centre's opening hours have now changed to 9am - 5pm Monday - Saturday until the end of October. Dorset Council - Recycling Centres opening hours All of Dorset Council's recycling centres are now open from 9am to 5pm Monday - Sunday. To view further information on what can be taken to Bridport's household recycling centre please click here. Bridport Community Shed - Young people sessions Bridport Community Shed (Mountfield, Rax Lane, Bridport) hold an Arts Group for those aged 11-18 years old, on the first and third Saturday of the month. Sessions are free but donations are welcome (£3 suggested). Spaces are limited and can be booked via email. NHS Dorset - Digital Public Engagement Group NHS Dorset's Digital Public Engagement Group is looking for people to join to help shape and develop Dorset's digital health and care services. The key role is to provide advice for the system-wide development of Dorset’s digital health and care technologies, services and communications. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 1st May. For more details please click here. Community Action Network - Training and Webinars CAN provide professional and practical information to support charities and community organisations. A number of webinars and training events will be held throughout April. These sessions are aimed at community and voluntary sector groups and include topics such as an introduction to fundraising, HR, risk & insurance, safeguarding for trustees, volunteer management and lots more. To view the whole range of training sessions and to book please click here. The Pilsdon Community - Easter Newsletter The Pilsdon Community Easter Newsletter is now available and includes updates from members, Pilsdon's upcoming 66th Anniversary and a thank you to members past and present. The Living Tree The Living Tree's April newsletter features volunteer opportunities, news, amblers walk, the allotment, Book of Words, events, advice and support. The Bridge Magazine This months edition of the Bridge Magazine features updates from Bridport and surrounding parish churches, the centenary of St Mary's church bells, Bridport Food Bank, Bridport parish's new team vicar, Bradpole Buzz group and more. Eggardon and Colmers View Magazine The April edition of the Eggardon and Colmers view magazine is now available. This includes updates and events from Askerswell, Broadoak, Dottery, Eype, Loders, Powerstock and Symondsbury. Bride Valley News The latest edition of the Bride Valley news includes updates and events from Burton Bradstock, Litton Cheney, Shipton Gorge and Puncknowle & Swyre. With parish council updates, information on a wide range of groups, Bride Valley gardening club, coffee mornings, lunch clubs, and more.
Litton Cheney Parish Council – Village Assembly/Annual Meeting - 14 th May Along with the rest of the Bride Valley villages, other than Burton Bradstock, there will not be a contested parish council election on 2 nd May. Nominations were received from five residents:- Bill Orchard, John Firrell, Andrew King, Quentin Blacke and new councillor, Rob Matthews. As Litton Cheney has capacity for seven councillors, in due course we will be given permission to co-opt two more people. After more than 17 years on the Parish Council, Bella Spurrier sadly decided it was time to step down. As sheep farmer and vintner, Bella’s brief was to keep the council informed and advised of various happenings on the local agricultural scene and countryside. Thank you, Bella, for your dedication and sage advice over many years. Rest easy – time for others to pick up the spoils of farming and viticulture. As previously mentioned, our former Parish Clerk, Maggie Walsh, has retired, and the position has now been assumed by new Clerk Lucy Beasley who also clerks for Shipton Gorge. We will be formally saying goodbye to Maggie at the Village Assembly on Tuesday 14 th May at 7.15pm. Please make every effort to come along and join in our thanks to Maggie for a job very well done. At the Village Assembly we will also be discussing affordable rural housing. This subject is being discussed throughout the shires of England in an effort to identify appropriate places where affordable houses could be located. A cross section of residents in Litton have been asked to offer up their written opinion, and the results of that “consultation” will be revealed at the Village Assembly. You will have a chance to add your own thoughts to this important issue at the assembly. Please come. Bridge over Tranquil Waters After the amazing success of the Litton Cheney Bench Fund, we do not intend to rest on our laurels or indeed our benches! There is an urgent need for a new bridge over the stream at Chilcombe. Walkers of all types who walk that way (so to speak!) will no doubt be very aware of the state of the current bridge. Dorset Council have offered to match fund us if we can raise £500 towards a sustainable and lasting bridge. The public right of way is virtually impassable at the moment, so your help would be greatly appreciated. Please contact:- Quentin Blacke 07919 905588 if you would like to make a donation or obtain more details. A fund-raising Village Cafe will be held in the near future and we look forward to your support at this event. Full Fibre – Superfast Broadband For the latest news on our transition to full fibre via Openreach click here Litton and Thorner’s Community Hall - LATCH Events at LATCH – for May Weekly: Mondays: 3.30 – 4.30 pm Big Q Church (Term time only) Tuesdays: 4.45 – 5.45 pm Short Mat Bowls (Ron Davidson 01308 482661) 6.00 pm – Pilates ( 07920 421783) Wednesdays: 4.45 pm - Table Tennis (Ron Davidson 01308 482661) 7.00 pm – Mindful Movement with Jane Hutchins (07882 527697) Thursdays: 9.15 – 11.15 am First Steps Toddlers (fortnightly, term time only) Special: Thursday 2 nd : POLLING STATION in Meeting Room Thursday 2 nd – Film Night “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frystarts at 7.30 pm Tuesday 14 th - Village Assembly – starts 7.15 pm Monday 20 th – Gardening Club meeting 7.00 pm Saturday 25 th – 9.30 am Tai Chi (Andrew Howard 07912 107950) 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/viewings: Wendy Firrell 01308 48253 Litton Cheney – May’s BVN 2024 D-Day 80 th Anniversary On 6 th June this year we as a Nation will be commemorating the 80 th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings in 1944. Much of the coastal area along our Dorset shores were used in the lead-up to the invasion to ready the allied troops and that very much includes the Bride Valley. We will be commemorating this anniversary in various ways, but if you have a story to tell we would like to hear it. Please contact John Firrell, initially by email, so we can piece together the story of the D- Day Landings, and the part the Bride Valley played in making it happen. Many thanks. Easter Sunday’s Great Litton Duck Race A superb event organised by Sam/Ralph Daubeney and Andy & Liz at The White Horse which resulted in proceeds after payment of winnings of £744. £500 has been donated to children’s hospice, Julia’s House, with £244 being held in reserve for village causes. Details of how this amount is accounted for will be made known in the BVN in due course. Well done, and thank you to all who participated and made the day special. Bride Valley Bingo Fundraising Group On March 22nd the Bride Valley Bingo Fundraising Group held an Easter Bingo event at LATCH. Thanks to the wonderful people who turned up to play bingo and support Riding For The Disabled (Dorset), we were delighted to raise £825. I would also like to thank all of the Fundraising Group for all of your loyalty and hard work at every bingo event. The Bingo Group started as an experiment in 2019 and I am proud to have the pleasure (along with the rest of the Fundraising Team) of being able to present these Dorset based charities with a worthwhile donation. We are trialling a Summer Bingo this year on FRIDAY JULY 26TH and hope that lots of Bride Valley residents will support us in our next endeavour. Watch this space!! Jackie Horsley
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