The March 2024 edition of the Bride Valley News can be read HERE
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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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Village Newsletter February 2024
a village in the Bride Valley Litton Cheney Dorset
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Bridport Local Area Bulletin 20 th February 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 - diary date The BLAP Annual Assembly will be held on Thursday 23rd May at the Bridport Wl Hall, North Street, Bridport. Arrival from 5.30pm and the meeting will start at 6pm. This year's guest speaker is Jenni Douglas-Todd who is Chair of the NHS Dorset and the Dorset Integrated Care Board. More information will be circulated in due course. West Bay Discovery Centre West Bay Discovery Centre will be holding an illustrated talk by Trevor Ware, Maritime Art Historian on 'Smuggling and the Dorset Connection.' This will be held later today Tuesday 20th February at 2.30pm at the Salt House, West Bay. For information and to book tickets contact the Bridport Tourist Information Centre on 01308 424901. Dorset Police - Bridport Neighbourhood Policing TeamThe Bridport Police Team covers the towns of Bridport, Lyme Regis & Beaminster and smaller, dispersed communities of West Dorset. Residents can speak to members of the Neighbourhood Policing Team at the following locations: Wednesday 21st February at 10.30am to 11.30am - Burton Bradstock Village Hall, Church Street, DT6 4QS with PCSO Alex Bishop Friday 1st March at 10.30am to 11.30am - Charmouth Library, The Street, Charmouth, DT6 6PE with PCSO Kat Newman. For a full list of events and for details on the Neighbourhood Policing local priorities please click here. Bridport Community Allotment - Free weekly sessions Bridport Community Allotment is offering free weekly teaching sessions on ‘How to grow your own food’. Whether you are waiting for an allotment, plan to use your garden or just some containers, the team will teach you the skills required at each stage of the growing season. Everyone is welcome and sessions start Thursday 22nd February at 1pm, continuing every Thursday, on the Bridport Community Allotment, next to the Community Orchard behind St Mary’s Church, South Street, Bridport. Although free, you need to register your interest by email or leave a message on the Facebook page, Bridport Community Allotme6 nt. River Char Community Project The River Char Community Project is holding a talk on 'Flooding, Farms, and Wildlife'. To be held on Thursday 22nd February at 7pm, at Whitchurch Canonicorum village hall, DT6 6RF. The evening will include four short talks; natural flood management on the Char; landscape recovery; testing the water; and West Dorset rivers and coastal streams. Free entry with refreshments available by donation. To reserve your free ticket please click here. The Bank of Dreams and Nightmares - volunteer induction session The Bank of Dreams and Nightmares is Bridport’s creative writing charity giving children and young adults a voice. All of the programmes are run by a team of volunteer writing mentors. The team are always looking for new volunteers to help at the daily weekday workshops with primary and secondary school classes, evening, weekend programmes and summer camps. Anyone who enjoys working in a creative environment and is a good listener is welcome to volunteer. You don’t need to be a writer or a teacher to be a Writing Mentor. For more information and to complete a submission form please visit the website. The next Volunteer Induction session will be on Tuesday 27th February from5-7pm at The LSi Building, East Street, Bridport. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator by email if you would like more information. The Allington Hillbillies - Celebration event The Allington Hillbillies are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Cooper's Wood on Sunday 3rd March at Coopers Wood, Hospital Lane, North Allington, Bridport. From 10am - 12noon Oops Wow messy art (in Cooper's Circle) and at 12noon there is a parade through the woods to the wellbeing area followed by light refreshments and a tree planting ceremony. Everyone is welcome to attend. 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'sChurch Hall, North Allington, Bridport on Saturday 6th March from 10.45am - 12.15pm. All welcome and everything is free. For further information please email Age UK North, South & West Dorset - Forget Me Not Group and Cognitive Stimulation Therapy A new Bridport Forget-Me-Not Dementia Support Group will be opening on Thursday 14th March at Bridport Connect, St Andrews Road, Bridport, DT6 3BJ 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 an activity, along the theme of Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy, whilst giving carers a chance to enjoy some peer support and respite. More information on Cognitive Stimulation Therapy can be viewed here, email or call 01305 269444. Symondsbury Parish Council - Community Champion Awards 2024 Symondsbury Parish Council have announced that nominations for its Community Champions Awards 2024 are now open. The awards scheme highlights the outstanding activities of individuals within the local community, which can be anyone who gives their time to enhance and benefit that local community and its surroundings. Individuals must be nominated by another person or organisation. The awards are not limited to volunteers but could be paid employees that exceed their work commitments. The nominee’s activities must benefit the community living or working in the parish. Nominations need to be submitted by 31 May 2024 via the website. Dorset Council - Local Transport Plan 4 survey Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council are working on a new joint transport plan. The plan will set out how transport is delivered to meet challenges facing the area, covering all types of transport, as well as road safety and maintenance. Residents, businesses and visitors are invited to share their views. This will help the councils understand the different transport needs of the diverse communities who live and work in Dorset. The survey covers improving transport across both rural and urban areas; more opportunities for affordable, available and accessible public transport; reducing congestion & carbon emissions; and improving digital and real time information. The closing date is Sunday 3rd March. For more information and the full list of events please click here. A response will be submitted by the BLAP Management Team. If members complete the survey we would welcome hearing how they ranked the challenges and transport priorities. You can do so via email to help inform that response. Puncknowle and Swyre Parish Council - Clerk Vacancy Puncknowle and Swyre Parish Council is looking for a new Parish Clerk. This is a part time post and training, including New Clerk training can be arranged. The job role can be viewed here or email John Marsh (Parish Vice Chairman) for more information. The closing date is Sunday 31st March. Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Authority - draft Community Safety Plan 2024-28 consultation Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service have launched a consultation on the draft Community Safety Plan. The document sets out the key challenges & risks, and details the intention to carry on doing and reviewing what needs to be done differently. The service welcomes views from residents, businesses, voluntary groups and charities. The consultation closes on Friday 3rd May 2024. Rural Services Network - Rural Funding Digest February's edition of the Rural Funding Digest features the VCSE energy efficiency scheme, rewilding innovation fund, fuel & food poverty grants, open grants programme, project viability grants, building improvement grants and more. Bridport Community Shed - Newsletter Bridport Community Shed's winter newsletter includes recycling, repurposing & redistribution, projects, community support initiatives, pop up fabric larder and events.
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DCC Transport Survey
Please complete a survey on transport in Dorset. Dorset Council and BCP Council need your views to help them develop a new local transport plan to travel safely and easily around the county, while protecting its special landscape. This is essential to help the two councils shape a transport plan that works for everyone in Dorset. Find out more and complete the survey Survey closes Sunday 3 March 2024.
Superfast Broadband - Update 15th February 2024
After everyone’s effort to pledge their votes with Openreach, they tell us that ultrafast fibre should be starting to go live in the main streets of Litton and Long Bredy around April this year (2024). This looks to be about 2 years earlier than if we’d all sat back and waited for it to come. For those who pledged, you may be asked to reconfirm your pledge prior to actual connection to your property. Anyone in more outlying areas who is worried they will be left out of the build, please contact Angus 07770582877 and we’ll try to check for you. Background During the first few months of 2024 you will perhaps have seen Openreach engineers up poles and in roadways cleaning out existing ducting. As we understand it, work had already been going on during December in the main exchanges. From those, main spine cables were installed taking the main cabling to areas for distribution at a splitter (1-32). From here the cabling fans out to Customer Box Terminals on poles (CBT terminals). CBTs may be installed before cabling connections from the splitters are made, so if you see them don’t expect an immediate connection. Then, when all these main cables are up and running the connection to properties will begin. Delays and road closures Homes that have existing cabling underground may suffer delays as it is more difficult to connect them, in which case the new supply may have to go above ground. You may have to negotiate the installation route with Openreach. Openreach may have to arrange road closures such as Whiteway in Litton for the work to take place, or where poles are jointly used with other utilities. At some point it may even be necessary for the partial road closure of the A35 to enable a safe working environment whilst installing and extending these cables to the likes of Kingston Russell and beyond. Please be patient. After all the effort that’s been put in by everybody, Fast Fibre is on its way and with fingers crossed we should be connected soon. Litton Cheney and Long Bredy main streets will probably be the first to go live, followed by Compton Vallance, then the more outlying areas. That’s the current plan but schedules may change, and we will try and keep you up to date as much as possible.
Litton Cheney Parish Council The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Tuesday 12 th March, 7.30pm in the Meeting Room of LATCH. This will be the last meeting attended by our outgoing Clerk, Maggie Walsh, and the first by our new Clerk, Lucy Beasley, who also clerks for Shipton Gorge Parish Council. We will be saying a final goodbye to Maggie at the Village Assembly in May giving us the opportunity to recognise her superb service to the Parish Council and the village since 2017. Council Elections On Thursday 2 nd May local elections will be held for Dorset Council, Town and Parish Councils and the Dorset Police & Crime Commissioner. If you would like a greater say in what happens in your county, town and/or parish then seriously consider standing for election. Details regarding how you go about standing for election in any capacity can be found on the Dorset For You website and village notice boards. An informative video can be found on the village website and Facebook. Lambing – Aide Memoire Responsible dog owners will be fully aware of the need to keep their dogs under control when near livestock, and as we enter the lambing season that need intensifies. Please report stray or loose dogs, and reiterate to others the need to maintain absolute control over their dogs at this time. Bins & Potholes Please do not put out your bins too early. If you come across a pothole, whilst hopefully avoiding it, please make a mental note to report it on the Dorset Council website rather than leave it for someone else to do so. Thank you. Events at Litton and Thorner’s Community Hall for March 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) 6.15 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) 7 th and 21st Fridays: 10.00 Art Group in meeting room (fortnightly) 8 th and 22nd Special: Saturday 2 nd : morning - Singing with Sammy Hurden ( Saturday 9 th : morning - Village Café run by NCI - see below Tuesday 12 th : 7.30 pm Parish Council meeting Saturday 16 th : 9.30 am Tai Chi (Andrew Howard 07912 107950) Monday 18 th : Evening – BV Garden Club meeting Friday 22 nd : Bingo Evening (see separate announcement in Valley Notes and below) Saturday 23 rd : morning - Village Café run by BV W.I. 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 482532 Bride Valley Bingo Fundraising Group will be holding an Easter Bingo at LATCH, School Lane, Litton Cheney on Friday March 22nd to raise funds for Riding For The Disabled (Dorset). Doors open 6.30pm and eyes down at 7.30pm . Great prizes:Raffle: Refreshments: Bucket Draw. All welcome, but No dogs please) The Great Annual Easter Sunday Duck Race Hi Everyone, Just to let you all know that the Annual Easter Sunday Duck Race will take place on Sunday 31st March . We will be selling ducks from 10.30 at the start line ready for the off at 12 midday. If you want to be super organised, Andy and Liz at The White Horse will be selling ducks during the week before the big day from 19 th - 28 th March. There will also be a BBQ at the pub for post race refreshments, weather depending. Really hope to see you all there! Ralph and Sam Daubeney The White Horse Writing this almost halfway through February it’s hard to know where the time has gone since Christmas and here we are heading rapidly towards an early Easter! That brings the duck race on Easter Sunday, hopefully with a barbecue, but who knows? Could be snowing! Before that we’ve got Mother’s Day, St Patrick’s, and Andy’s busy working on the Sunday music schedule, which this year is going right through from Easter to the end of September. Just a few dates to fill in now and he’ll put it ‘out there. Can’t wait! After the horrible wet winter, what we all need now is a bit of sunshine, so without wishing our time away ‘roll on Spring’!’ Andy & Liz BRIDE VALLEY FILMS Next films at Litton Cheney Village Hall! THURSDAY 29 FEBRUARY THE GREAT ESCAPER ‘a masterclass from two legends’ In the summer of 2014, Bernard Jordan (Michael Caine) made global headlines. He had staged a “great escape” from his care home to join fellow war veterans on a beach in Normandy, commemorating their fallen comrades at the D-Day Landings 70th anniversary. Bernie’s adventure, spanning a mere 48 hours, also marked the culmination of his 60-year marriage to Rene (Glenda Jackson). Cert. 12 1.5 hrs. THURSDAY 4 APRIL A HAUNTING IN VENICE ‘the 'little grey cells' are at it again!’ In post-World War II Venice, Poirot, now retired and living in his own exile, reluctantly attends a seance. But when one of the guests is murdered, it is up to the former detective to once again uncover the killer. Starring Kenneth Branagh and Michelle Yeoh. Cert.12. 1 hr. 40” Doors Open: 7.00 p.m. Films start 7.30 p.m. TICKETS: £5.00 (to include a glass of wine) Tickets in advance from: Sally Dyke 482752, Elizabeth Kingston 482162, Bella Spurrier 482367 or on the door. (All nos. 01308) A HAUNTING IN VENICE will only be shown at Litton Cheney Look out for further details on posters, on the website and in the BVN. And sadly, finally: Barbara Moxom It is not always possible to know when someone of long standing in the village dies as it tends to be very much a family matter and it is for them to decide if the news is given wider circulation. A visit to the Litton Cheney village website acknowledges the death of Barbara Moxom. Locally born Barbara, together with her late husband, Gordon, were prominent in and around the village for many years, Gordon heading up his precision engineering company at what continues to be known as Moxom’s Yard in Chalk Pit Lane, even though the company closed several years ago. Barbara’s son, Alan, remains in the village and our thoughts are very much with him and the family at this saddest of times.