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Village Newsletter June 2024
a village in the Bride Valley Litton Cheney Dorset
Photo by Claire Moore 3_7_2021
Bridport Local Area Bulletin 21 st May 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)
BLAP Annual Assembly The BLAP Annual Assembly will be held this Thursday 23rd May at the Bridport WI Hall, North Street, Bridport, DT6 3JQ. There is also the option to join virtually via Zoom. Arrival from 5.30pm for networking and light refreshments. The meeting will start at 6pm and should finish by 7pm, with guest speaker Jenni Douglas-Todd Chair of the NHS Dorset and the Dorset Integrated Care Board. The agenda (with Zoom link) can be viewed here. Age UK North, South & West Dorset - Bridport Forget-Me-Not group Bridport Forget-Me-Not Dementia Support Group will be re-opening on Thursday 23rd May at Bridport Youth and Community Centre, Gundry Lane, Bridport, DT6 3RL from 1.30pm - 3pm. The group will meet every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Sessions costs £2.50pp and include an opportunity for those with dementia to engage in activities and games. West Bay Discovery Centre West Bay Discovery Centre will have free pirate themed activities during half term week, from Saturday 25th May to Sunday 2nd June between 11am - 4pm. West Bay Days - Pirates Day Pirates Day will be held on Sunday 26th May with live music on the Mound at West Bay from 1.15pm. From 12noon there will be refreshments available from the Salt House with craft stalls and games on the greens plus an outside bar and BBQ. The Firework display will be held at 10pm. There will be free parking in Dorset Council owned car parks in West Bay. Burton Bradstock - Village Fayre Burton Bradstock's village fayre will be held on Monday 27th May from 2pm - 4.30pm at the Rectory Gardens and Village Hall. Craft, children's stalls, plants, produce, cakes, refreshments, tombola and more will be available. 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 1st June from 10.45am - 12.15pm. All welcome and everything is free. For further information please email Bridport Museum - Volunteer Manager post Bridport Museum is seeking a paid, full time Volunteer Manager to work with their team of 65 volunteers. Further information about the role, and how to apply, can be found in the Role Specification document. The closing date for applications is Sunday 2 June at 6pm and shortlisted candidates are expected to be interviewed on Friday 21 June. Please contact the Interim Museum Manager, Victoria Northwood by email if you would like an informal conversation about the role. Wessex Water - Around the bend tours Wessex Water is once again holding free tours of Bridport's water recycling centre based at Wessex Water Recycling Centre, Burton Road, Bridport, DT6 4PS on Thursday 6th June from 2pm - 5.30pm. The Around the Bend tours are suitable for all ages, however pets are not permitted. Each tour will last between 30 and 45 minutes. To book a ticket please click here. Bridport Youth and Community Centre Trust Bridport Youth and Community Centre Trust has launched a Crowd funder page to raise funds that will help it pay for activities offered by the youth club as well as cover core costs. Future plans include modernising facilities at the centre. The Centre hosts an array of activities, services, and initiatives for people of all ages. Community Action Network - training and webinars Community Action Network works to strengthen and champion Dorset's voluntary and community sector. CAN offer training events and webinars covering a variety of topics including finance for trustees, writing grant applications, DBS workshops and more. For the list of May and June events please click here. NHS Dorset START (Support, Transition and Recovery Team) - Bridport events START offer support to people across the central Dorset Locality. Supporting people in the community with engaging in therapeutic activities, voluntary work, education and employment. START's open groups meet weekly in Bridport, Dorchester and Lyme Regis. Bridport events include: Tuesdays - Talking café at The Chapel in the Garden, East Street from 2.15pm - 3.30pm. Wednesdays - Swimming group at Bridport Leisure Centre at 12pm. First Monday of the month - Book club at Bridport Library from 2pm - 4pm. To view the full list of events please click here. Park Yoga Bridport Park Yoga has re-started at St Mary's Playing Fields, Bridport and is held every Sunday from 9.30am - 10.30am until the 15th September. Open to people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Free to attend, please bring a mat or towel. Melplash Garden and Allotment Competition The competition is open to everyone within 12 miles of Melplash Village Church. Prizes for the best small, medium and large garden and allotment. Entry forms are available from the Melplash Agricultural Society Office at 23 South Street, Bridport or can be downloaded at The closing date for entries is Monday 10th June. The competition is free to enter and judging takes place on the 18th-19th June. Dorset Council - Digital Champion sessions Dorset Council's digital champions are volunteers who offer digital support for a wide range of issues. This can include the set up of mobile phones, tablets and computers, how to access the internet, online shopping, digital NHS services, setting up Skype or Zoom etc. Sessions can be booked every Friday from 10.15am to 11am and every Wednesday between 10am and 1pm at Bridport Library, South Street. Sessions can be booked online or call the digital hotline on 01305 221048. Dorset Council's UK Shared Prosperity Fund and Rural England Prosperity Fund Dorset Council has opened Round 2 of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and Rural England Prosperity Fund. The fund aims to invest in communities and places, supporting local businesses, people, and skills. Through the Shared Prosperity Fund groups and organisations in the Dorset Council area can apply for a grant between £1,000 and £15,000. Whereas, Town and Parish Councils in the Dorset Council area can apply for grants of between £20,000 to £100,000. Businesses can also apply for grants through the Rural England Prosperity Fund. To apply please click here. The closing date for both applications is Sunday 30th June. Rural Services Network - Rural Funding Digest The latest edition of the Rural Funding Digest is now available. This includes the water restoration fund, VCSE energy efficiency scheme, community ownership fund, building improvement grants, small grants trust, help the homeless grants and lots more.
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Litton Cheney Parish Council The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Tuesday 9 th July, 7.30pm at LATCH. Residents are actively encouraged to attend. Democratic time allows for local points and concerns to be brought to the attention of the council at the meeting. Our thanks to David Hearn and Gwen Kinghorn for their assistance in providing detailed information on the part played by Litton, Long Bredy and the Bride Valley in the lead up to the D-Day Landings in 1944. Lest we forget. At Thorner’s School, Local Food Links laid on a D-Day Lunch on 6 th June for the school children commemorating the 80 th Anniversary, and Headmaster Mike held a special Assembly ensuring the children were aware of the happenings on that day and why we should never forget. Litton and Thorner’s Community Hall (LATCH) Weekly: Mondays: 3.30 – 4.30 pm Big Q Church (Term time only) Tuesdays: 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) Fridays: 10.00 – 12.00 Art Class in meeting room (5 th and 12 th ) Special: Thursday 4 th : General Election Polling Station in Meeting Room Saturday 6 th : Grand Village Café in aid of St. Mary’s 10.00 am – 12.30 pm. Tuesday 9 th : Parish Council meeting 7.30 pm Friday 26 th : Bingo Night Note: The hall will be unavailable from 29 th July to 2 nd August for floor maintenance. Village Cafés: 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 482532 Artsreach Entertains - the whole family in one day Save the date! Three shows in one day from Artsreach! THURSDAY 8 th AUGUST, AT LATCH in Litton Cheney 11.00 am.: Children’s show (4+ years), first sitting: ‘The Indian Story Den’. 3.00 pm: Children’s show (4+ years), second sitting: ‘The Indian Story Den’ with colourful myths and music inside a bell- shaped tent. Book now, places limited! Under-18s, £5; adults, £7; families, £20. 7.30 pm.: Adults’ show: ‘HOLY COW!’ Heroes, mothers and tenderness are found in stories of a world held up by elephants. Bursting with humour, dance, occasional bubbles and unpredictable watermelons. Featuring Emily Hennessey and Sheema Mukherjee (sitar). Tickets £12 from or Patricia, 01308 482 514. Thorner’s School The last half of the summer term has started brilliantly with an action packed week for the children. We had a Fossil themed week with a Theatre Production, from As One Theatre, looking at the incredible story of Mary Anning - covering everything from being struck by lightning as a child up to her battle to win recognition from the scientific community for her discoveries - the children were in no doubt afterwards how hard a life Mary had been through and how difficult it was for her as a women to gain the plaudits and respect her incredible work and discoveries clearly merited. After the whole-school performance, Bredy and Eggardon also took part in a drama workshop where they themselves took to the boards to explore and convey the incredible discoveries Mary made at that time. On Friday we also took the older children to Lyme Regis for the Fossil Festival organised across the weekend. There was an incredible range of speakers and presentations from organisations such as The Natural History Museum, Bristol University, The British Antarctic Survey, Steve Etches and Lyme Regis Museum. The children loved all the activities and talks and the experts were impressed with how much the children knew about evolution and the dinosaurs that lay under their feet! On Wednesday we started our Forest School sessions with Rachel Ellman in our wildlife area - with each class building on their skills from last year when they also worked with Rachel. We are most grateful to Rachel for her sessions and knowledge about the Discovery Area as well as to Sian Hennessy for his contribution of woodchip to school for the paths in that area. We look forward to more sessions such as cooking and forest art as the weeks continue. We also continued with our whole class Violin lessons and the children are working towards a concert for parents at the end of this term. Lastly, on Wednesday we are delighted to report that the children were victorious in the Bridport Kwik Kricket tournament - winning all their matches. The children played brilliantly and also enjoyed the chance to compete against other schools after such a wet start to the summer. The swimming pool also opened this week and the children are having lessons from both staff and Dan Drew, our local swim teacher, who is coming in on Mondays to work on the children's confidence and strokes. Thanks again to parents, the TSA, Cresta Leisure and Nick Bowring for all their help and support in getting the pool ready for the swimming this summer. Our sailing series after school on Mondays also starts this week and we are taking approximately 20 children to Portland Harbour for sailing for the next 6 weeks - so we hope for some sunshine and a gentle breeze or two as we learn the ropes (sheets)! Mike Sitch Headmaster The Duck Race by Quentin Blacke Episode 3 – The End is in Sight One Way or Another! Our two intrepid heroes, Frank and Ida Down, drifted on downstream, contented now that they had been reunited by their new friend, Dave, the Heron. They sailed past the pumping station, under Chick Bridge and across the meadows, past Modbury Farm. The river began to flow much faster now, boosted by the rains of the last few days and the waters of the numerous waterways that flowed into it. By the time they reached Burton Bradstock, it had turned into a raging torrent and the two plastic ducks shot under the bridge like two white water rafters! ‘Whahey!’ thought Frank, ‘this is fun,’ but he was unaware that they were heading straight for Freshwater Bay, where the stormy waters of the English Channel were crashing mercilessly against the beach. Where sea met river, the water was like a washing machine; a maelstrom of relentless churning in which the ducks would stand no chance. Frank and Ida reached the final bend in the river. The roar of the storm ahead filling the air. They were helpless! Will the two survive? Is their bid for freedom over? Will there be yet more plastic waste on the beaches of Dorset? Find out in the final episode of The Duck Race, in August’s edition of the Bride Valley News!