St. Mary’s, Litton Cheney, is part of the Bride Valley Benefice. Rector: Canon Stephen Batty resides at The Rectory, Burton Bradstock, DT6 4QS. Tel. 01308 898799. Associate Priest: The Rev. Ryder Rogers 01308 897780 Assistant Curate: The Rev. Sue Linford 01308 897363 Readers: Mike Read 01308 897445 James Webster 01308 898657 Yvonne Buckland 01308 898492 St Mary's is one of seven Parish Churches within the Bride Valley Benefice. Church business is dealt with on a day to day basis by the standing committee of the Parochial Church Council [Chairman- the Rector, Churchwardens Freddie Spicer and Richard Jones, Secretary Wendy Firrell]. The full Council meets four times a year including the Annual Church Meeting in April.  The pattern of Worship currently in use on a monthly basis is Morning Worship at 9.30 a.m. with refreshments afterwards,  Holy Communion with hymns at 9.30 a.m. on the 2nd Sunday, Matins at 9.30 a.m. on the 3rd Sunday and Holy Communion (by extension) at 9.30 a.m. on the 4th Sunday; the service on a 5th Sunday varies and is usually a United Valley Service at one of the Valley Churches. Copies of the Parish Magazine and Bride Valley News are available in the Church. The Churchyard: The churchyard surrounds the Church and slopes fairly sharply in places from north to south; the extension at the north end is presently a wildlife area with paths and picnic places from which you can enjoy a vast panoramic view of the coastal ridge with Hardy's monument to the east. There are many interesting old gravestones including box graves cut from Purbeck stone liberally adorned with yellow lichens. The grass is cut and the yard generally maintained by a small band of volunteers who are constantly on the lookout for additions to their number! The War Memorial is situated to the west of the church porch.  More details here
The Litton Fete and Dog Show on 28 th  May welcomed more than 300 visitors on a beautiful day, many of them accompanied by dogs of all shapes and sizes. The Rodeo Bull challenge, sponsored by Ford Farm, was perhaps not best tried immediately after a lunchtime burger, but the winning rider managed to stay on for 29 seconds – a more impressive performance than it may sound.  The barbecue, teas, stalls and games all did a good trade, with the Bottle Tombola and the gifts & bric à brac proving particularly popular.  The Grand Draw was well supported, both by advance purchasers and visitors entering on the day. The Fun Dog Show, sponsored by Wessex Water and and ably judged by Bella Spurrier, was enjoyed by participants and spectators alike.  The Best in Show award went to the lurcher Henry, entered by George. A big thank-you from the PCC to everyone who helped before and, on the day, whether it was setting up and taking down, donating cakes, bottles, plants and bric à brac, buying tickets for the Grand Draw, entering the Dog Show or simply coming along to enjoy themselves.  Our thanks also go to those people and organisations who donated prizes for the Grand Draw, and to C G Fry & Son for their general support.  The day raised £4200 for the St Mary’s Church fabric fund, a terrific result. Richard Jones & John Vercoe Churchwardens
Dorset Litton Cheney in the Bride Valley
SERVICES for July 2018
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Sunday 1 st - 9.30am - Morning Worship Sunday 8 th - 9.30am - Holy Communion Sunday 15 th - 9.30am - Morning Prayer Sunday 22 nd - 9.30am - Holy Communion Sunday 29 th - 11.00am - United Valley Service at Little Bredy
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