Bride Valley News

July 2001


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St Mary's Burton Bradstock FROM THE CLERGYSt Mary's Litton Cheney

Last month saw the thirty-fifth anniversary of my ordination as deacon in St Albans Cathedral. In 1966 in the Hertfordshire deanery in which I began my ministry every village church but one had its own resident, paid priest. The exception was a 'plurality'; the Vicar had the care of two parishes.

Times and people change. Things have moved on considerably. Thirty-five years ago every priest trained full-time for two or three years in residence at a theological college. They were all men then, living apart from their wives and families in term-time. They were younger, too. Nowadays many are women, and training may be done whilst living at home.

On ordination deacons served as full-time paid clergy in their parishes, continuing with their practical training. Some of that practical training now takes place alongside the academic study.

Over the years new ways of ministry have developed. Teams of ministers and groups of parishes have been formed. There are fewer stipendiary clergy, more non-stipendiary. Whilst the number of people offering themselves for ordination seems to be increasing, it will be some years before they appear in parishes such as ours. And many will serve their own parishes as non-stipendiaries.

So what of the future? Lay people will surely be taking an increasing responsibility for the worship and work of the Church. Parishes will not be 'run' by priests. Hopefully there will be a priest in every parish, the focus of Christ and of ministry, but they may well be earning their livings in the secular world as other men and women do.

From Norman times churches were required to have a house for the parson, and glebe land, which could either be cultivated by the priest himself or let to tenants. In 1978 all glebe was transferred to Diocesan Boards of Finance, which now manage it to provide income for the payment of clergy. These days church members are asked to pay an increasing proportion of clergy stipend, housing and pension costs. Salisbury Diocese, for example, must find an extra £250,000 in 2002 for pension costs.

Clergy are expensive! Maybe we shall soon see the end of stipendiary priests as we have known them. There will be a different kind of priestly presence in our parishes - local people ordained, some earning their own livings in secular trades and professions, others retired. Already some nearby parishes are experiencing these new ways. The Bride Valley will be affected, too, sooner or later. Whilst such change is not necessarily a bad thing, care will need to be taken to ensure that the most is made of the opportunities that will be offered - and they will be many.

These are exciting and challenging times for the Church, but they always were. Thirty-five years ago things were neither better nor worse, just different.

John Atkinson.

Church Calender

Church Calendar - July 2001

1 The Third Sunday after Trinity John & Henry Venn, Priests, Evangelical Divines, 1813 & 1873.

3 Thomas the Apostle. John 20, v.24-29.

6 Thomas More, Scholar, and John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, Reformation Martyrs, 1535.

8 The Fourth Sunday after Trinity 11 Benedict of Nursia, Abbot of Monte Cassino, Father of Western Monasticism, c.550. "Single-minded, composed and upright, a man of peace and moderation, a loving father who combined insistence on good discipline with respect for human personality and individual capabilities; thoroughly practical".

14 John Keble, Priest, Tractarian, Poet, 1866.

15 The Fifth Sunday after Trinity Swithun, Bishop of Winchester, c.862.

16 Osmund, Bishop of Salisbury, 1099.

18 Elizabeth Ferard, first Deaconess of the Church of England, Founder of the Community of St. Andrew, 1883.

19 Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa, and his sister Macrina, Deaconess, Teachers, c.394 and c.379.

20 Margaret of Antioch, Martyr, 4th Century.

Bartolome de las Casas, Apostle to the Indies, 1566.

22 The Sixth Sunday after Trinity Mary Magdalene. John 20, v.1-2, 11-18.

23 Bridget of Sweden, Abbess of Vadstena, 1373.

25 James the Apostle. Acts 11, v.27-12, v.2.

26 Anne and Joachim, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

27 Brooke Foss Westcott, Bishop of Durham, Teacher,


29 The Seventh Sunday after Trinity

Mary, Martha and Lazarus, Companions of Our Lord.

30 William Wilberforce, Social Reformer, 1833.

31 Ignatius of Loyola, Founder of the Society of Jesus, 1556.

We are most grateful to Rosemary Earnshaw who, for several years, has prepared The Church Calendar for the B.V.N. In June she completed her last calendar. Would those who might be interested in compiling The Calendar please contact the Editors.

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Valley Notes

Mothers' Union

To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Mothers' Union Wyn Smith will give a Lunch Party for all Branch members at her home at West Allington on Thursday, 26th July at 12.30 p.m. Pam Coventry

Bring & Buy Sale

The 1st Bride Valley Brownies are holding a bring & buy sale on Wednesday 4th July 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. at the Church Hall, Litton Cheney. The money raised will be donated to the charity "Hope HIV" which supports Aids Orphans in Africa. Please come along and support the girls in their fundraising effort. All donations towards the sale will be gratefully received. If you need anything collected, call 482501.

Recital of Music - Advance Warning!

A return visit of the young Romanian pianist, Madalina Rusu, (here in 1999). Recital on 9th August *** in the W.I.Hall, Burton Bradstock at 7.30 p.m. More details later. Watch out for possible return of Ionut Ulita from last year - recital with a cellist in mid July - maybe!

Ann & Mike Read

*** PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DATE WAS INCORRECT IN LAST MONTH'S EDITION ..... it should have read Thursday 9th August ***


Welcomes Everyone

to share with


leading us on


Four aspects of our loving response to God.

on our


THURSDAY JULY 5th 10.30am - 4.00pm



on the B3157, 2 miles east of Burton Bradstock

£4.00 for coffee, soup and tea. Please bring your own sandwiches

Burton Bradstock School

I'd like to present:

Rather than my words this month I'll let Burton School Junior children take you for a lyrical walk through the village. All schools have now completed and performed their 'One World Week' songs.

What the songs all declared was a sense of place and a love of the area the children live in. I have already heard a couple of the songs that are emerging from The Gambia, Chile and India and this is evident in these songs also.

We are aiming to perform all of the Bridport songs at a special concert for parents and others near Christmas followed by the release of the C.D.'s

Standing Quietly on the Green

1. Standing quietly on the green

Against the old familiar tree,

I see a common village scene,

These things are special to me.

Chorus: This village is special to me,

It's deep within my heart.

Even when I'm far away

We'll never grow apart.

Watch the sunlight disappear.

2. Listen to the church bells ring

Children sing in harmony,

Flowers bloom in early spring..

These things are special to me


3. See the river flowing past

In the park they're playing free.

The roundabout is spinning fast.

These things are special to me.


4. Climb the cliffs without a fear,

Looking out across the sea,

Watch the sunlight disappear.

These things are special to me.


5. Thinking of our future days,

Wondering what lies ahead.

Our lives may change in many ways.

These things are special to me.




Best wishes,

David Powell

Lucky '100 Club' winners for May:

£20 - Mrs. S. Rattenbury

£10 - Mrs. J. Still

£ 5 - Mrs. H. Thomson

Thorner's School, Litton Cheney

We are gradually approaching the end of another academic year when we will look back on what has happened be it good or be it indifferent. A number of significant events took place for us this year. The largest and most important to our parents, both present and future was the Ofsted inspection. Reflecting on that now, I wonder what it has actually achieved for the school. A lot of time and energy has been taken up by staff preparing, surviving and then recovering from the process. As a staff it only confirmed that we were heading in the right direction; the pupils will have more assessment tasks which the staff will have to record and analyse, and parents have it confirmed that we give value for money . whose money? Some people might think that keeping these records makes us better teachers; by saying the correct things in our planning, it shows we are delivering the correct subject matter, by having extra adults in the classroom we are able to fill our children's minds with all they need to know, to pass a test. Comparing that to the World Music project we have been through . or even continuing, as this was just a first step, .. when teaching staff were instructed by professionals as to the process for song writing and how to inspire the children to put their own lyrics to music. The pupils enjoyed an afternoon of music sharing experiences, being part of a bigger group . admittedly the buying of refreshments was more important for a few, but then you always have some people who do not take advantage of opportunities which are given to them, or forced on them! The afternoon in June was well worth the effort. Thank you, David, for the initial idea and the enthusiasm to take it and us along with you. It showed what children are capable of producing, given the correct stimulus. We as teachers are trying to provide the correct environment for our pupils, so that they can make the correct choices for themselves, but however much you take the horse to the water, you cannot make it drink!

During the half-term break we had our successful Summer Fair, members of the church and school communities working together for the advantage of both. We at school are very grateful for the funds as they are going to help us buy some much needed outdoor 'play' equipment, football nets and resources for the conservation area, so all the pupils in school will benefit one way or another. A big thank you to all adults and children who helped before, during and after to make it so successful - and roll on next year!

Members of the school community will already be aware of the fact that Daphne Hawkins will be leaving us at the end of this term due to family commitments. She will be missed by all, as her special interests and knowledge, as well as her quiet, calm and caring nature contribute much to the overall running of the classroom and the school. She has been at Thorner's for a number of years, working mainly in the lower end of the school, where she has guided various children in the first steps of their education. We all wish her well in the future and hope that she takes away with her some happy memories.

Alison Johnstone Headteacher.

On behalf of Thorner's School Association, I would like to thank everyone who helped to make the fete such a wonderful success. We are grateful to all those who organised stalls and donated items such as toys, plants, bottles, produce and cakes. Congratulations to the ladies who did such a marathon on the teas and to those great cooks who baked all the goodies. We appreciated all the valiant efforts of the kind souls who helped set up and clear away afterwards.

We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude for all the help and support that the villagers of Litton Cheney give to our school.

Until next year, goodbye from me.

Lisa Adams-Smith Chairperson Thorner's School Association

A Coffee Morning will be held at Westfield, Shipton Lane, Burton Bradstock on Thursday, July 12th 10 - 12.30 p.m. in aid of UNICEF. We are hoping to raise a little money for children in India, some as young as 8 years old, who work long hours from morning to late evening for 30 rupees (about 40p) a week. Unicef can give them a chance to go to school, learn some skills and so better themselves. £15 will fund a child for 2 years' schooling! Also Unicef aids the poor families, who need the money these children earn, with a self-help group borrowing to buy tools and animals and so earning a better income for themselves. All welcome!

Ann & Michael Read

Bridport Market Day Wednesday 11th July Visit the Forecourt Sale ( produce, cakes etc. ) in the morning at the United Church, East Street, and refresh yourself with coffee in the Hall to benefit the Bible Society.

Cream Teas, also in aid of The Bible Society, will be served at Bethany, & Hammonds Mead, Charmouth, on Wednesday 1st August from 3.00 - 5.00 pm. Do come. All are welcome.

On Saturday 14th July a display of Bible Society material willl be amongst other displays in a marquee at Charmouth featuring Christianity.

Bridport & District Bible Society Action Group


The next meeting is on July 11th at 8.00pm at Thorner's School for a demonstration and making a birthday card with Rosemarie Pitcher. New members are always welcome.

Music for your Wedding

The local String Quartet, 'Brindisi', is available from September, to provide music for your special day. Our repertoire includes music from Beatles to Bach, and lots more! Enquiries to Janet Lane on (01308) 897241.

Advance Notice to lovers of Classical Music

By popular request our friends, the Wessex Chamber Ensemble, will be giving a string quartet concert in St. Martin's Church, Shipton Gorge on Saturday, August 4th at 7.30 p.m. So make a special note in your diaries, as all the proceeds from this event will go towards the 'New Scout Hut' Appeal. Programmes, price £4 (including a glass of wine) will be on sale from the middle of July, and can be purchased from the Churchwardens, also from Brian & Janet Lane, or at the door. Please come and support this worthy cause. Bring your friends, and enjoy some beautiful music in a lovely setting.

Phone (01308) 897241 for more details.

Brian & Janet Lane

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BURTON BRADSTOCK St Mary's Burton Bradstock

Village Correspondent Mr Basil Dent

2, Norburton, Burton Bradstock. Tel:- (01308) 897125

Mid Week Worship - Holy Communion Wednesdays at 10.00 a.m. followed by coffee in the Rectory

Choir Practices Fridays at 6.00 p.m.

Gift Sunday 15th July Chideock Aid for Romania.


Funeral 8th June Annie S. Oldridge

The next Tiny Tots / Pram Service will be held on Friday 6th July at 11am.

The next Healing Services at St Mary's will be held on Monday 16th July, and Monday 6th August (Holy Communion with Healing on The Feast of The Transfiguration) at 7 pm.

The Parochial Church Council meets on Monday 23rd July at 7 pm in church.

Steve and Cathy Burgess, our CMS linked mission partners, are coming to Burton Bradstock - Friday 27th July. Details later, in church.

Thank you to all those who did a house collection for Christian Aid. The total amount collected in Bridport and District was £6796.

Pam Atkinson

Parish Council

There will be a Parish Council Meeting in the Reading Room at 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 11th July


The Burton Bradstock Players are pleased to announce that following the break in productions last winter, they are planning to present two shows this coming season.

First on November 8th, 9th and 10th we plan to stage the Noël Coward play "RELATIVE VALUES", directed by Daphne Ekins and then well into the new year, the pantomine "ALADDIN", directed by Mike Read, during the week 25th February to 2nd March.

The dates for Readings, Auditions and Rehearsals are ;


Reading Tues 24th July, 7-30 pm. Reading Room

Auditions Thurs 26th July, 7-30pm. W.I.Hall

Readings Tues 28th and Thurs 30th August, 7-30pm. Reading Room

Rehearsals Start on 4th September, ( Tues & Thurs )


Reading Thurs 11th October, 7-30pm. W.I.Hall

Auditions Thurs 18th October, 7-30pm. W.I.Hall

Rehearsals Start on 15th November.

The dates have been arranged so that members can participate in both productions if they wish. As always, the success of these shows will depend very much on getting the necessary level of enthusiastic support, both on-stage and back-stage. If you are interested in joining in with either or both these productions, please come along to the relevant start-up meetings or get in touch with me or any other member of the committee.

Mike Southgate, Chairman BB Players. - 897487

Burton Bradstock W.l. - Spring Fair

A BIG THANK-YOU to all who helped to make the W.I Spring Fair a successful day. Thanks go to the the W. I Members, the husbands (without whose help we couldn't manage), the kind friends and villagers, whose help was greatly appreciated. Thanks also to the local businesses who donated gifts for the Raffle and to Billy Bragg for opening the Fair.


Pat Raven and Carol Beeton

British Red Cross Week

Thank you to all who gave donations to our 'house to house' collection. Our village total was £297.59. Your support is much appreciated, and a special thank you to the collectors.

Jill Spinney

Children's Society

A Sale of 'All Sorts' in aid of the Society will be held in the Reading Room on Saturday, July 28th from 10 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Greta Heal

Garden Party

Thursday, 5th July - 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. in the Rectory Garden. Various Stalls and Cream Teas in the W.I.Hall. Proceeds for the Bridport Branch of the Alzheimer's Disease Society. Everyone welcome. (Please note change of time). Gifts for Stalls and Raffle very much appreciated. Phone 897125 to arrange collection.

Basil Dent

Report on Burton Bradstock Village Society Annual General Meeting.

There was an extremely good turnout for the 28th Annual General Meeting of the Burton Bradstock Village Society meeting held on Friday, 17th May. The meeting opened with an address by the President Mrs. Nancy Bushell who reported that the Society's membership remained constant with 324 members. Nancy was particularly complimentary in her thanks to John Ivall for arranging such high quality speakers covering a varied range of subjects over the last twelve months.

Thanks were given to Jane Stubbs who retired after 7 years on the committee. Peter Dutton takes Jane's place and was welcomed on the committee. It was proposed and seconded that the rest of the committee be re-elected on bloc.

Chairman Peter Colbert reported another successful year. The Flower Show had been a success even though it coincided with the Millennium Week celebrations, where the Sunset Café Stompers had played to a good turnout helping to raise £95 for the Joseph Weld Hospice.

Peter was particularly concerned about the waste transfer site, as Sita have now put their planning application in. Sita's figures on the increase in traffic do not reflect those compiled by Peter and helpers. Peter pointed out that now was the time for individuals to write in and express any objections they might have over the application.

Peter also reminded members that we have our own village computer which is located in the village Reading Room. Anyone wishing to book time on the computer may do so at the Post Office.

Carol Lumley explained her reasons for her decision to stop sending the monthly reminders out, explaining that every member had a yearly programme of events and whilst she welcomed the exercise, she calculated that up to date she had delivered some 15,000 slips reminding people of the forthcoming meetings. In future she intends putting a reminder on the W.I. notice board.

Sheila Pett reported on the year's accounts which had been presented in a very readable and professional format.

Sue Herman was the speaker for the evening giving a talk on 'The History of British Theatre'. Sue explained that it was an impossible task to cover 2,000 years of theatre in just half an hour and that normally she would give a minimum of eight 2-hour lectures to start to cover this fascinating subject. Sue was both enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable on her subject. A vote of thanks was given by Nancy Bushell followed by an excellent finger buffet which had been prepared by Margaret Holmes and her helpers. Wines were chosen and served by Dennis Lumley.

As the evening drew to a close, everyone was reminded about the forthcoming Flower & Produce Show which will take place on 14th July. Entries will cover the following categories:

Cookery Flowers Wine Vegetables

Flower arrangements Handicrafts Photography

Graham Hallewell Press Officer

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SHIPTON GORGE St Martin's Shipton Gorge

Village Correspondent: Mrs.Joy White


3 Gullivers Orchard Shipton Gorge



Wedding 26th May Stephen M. Sorrell and Wendy A. Campbell

The Parish Council meets on Wednesday 5th July at 7.30 pm .

Village Society

4th August Flower & Veg. Show

18thAugust Street Fair

The Society is hoping to organise a Flower and Vegetable Show on the 4th August in the Village Hall and area surrounding. A co-ordinator to oversee this event is urgently needed, and also a team of four. Please help this popular event.

Peter Bowditch 897364

95 not out!

The Church was floodlit as Mr. Jack Willy reached his 95th Birthday. Congratulations - and the garden still looks perfect!

Shipton Gorge Village Society Summer Show

This year's Show is on Saturday, 4th August. The programme (see separate sheet) has been extended to include photography and cookery. An entry form is not required.

8.30 a.m. - 11.00 a.m. Bring your exhibits and entry fees to the Village Hall.

11.00 a.m. - 1.30 p.m. Please return and cast your vote for the winners of each class.

3.30 p.m. Results and trophies will be awarded - with Tea. If you have any queries, please consult Sue Brown, 5 Gulliver's Orchard.

Gardens Competition

Anyone who would like their whole garden judged (owner maintained only - i.e. no professional help) on Saturday, 28th July, please phone either Sally (897168) or Pete (897364) by 14th July. Entrance Fee £1.

The awarding of results and trophies will take place at the Village Society Summer Show on 4th August at 3.30 p.m. Open to residents of Shipton Gorge parish only.

Saturday 4th August at 7.30 p.m. in St. Martin's Church Concert in aid of the Bride Valley Scout Hut Appeal. Further particulars from Mrs. Janet Lane (897241).

Shipton Gorge Hall 100 Club

£50 No. 57 Nesta Symes

£20 No. 93 Kit Laughton

£10 No. 44 Jo Fulford

£10 No. 78 Mabs Johnson

£10 No. 6 Renee Sorrell

Plant Swap Coffee Morning

Well, it was different! The Plant Swap Coffee Morning in the village hall on 9th June proved to be a very pleasant occasion. An excellent and varied selection of pot plants was donated, and coffee and chat enjoyed. 34 plants were swapped - only one person drawing their own plant. Thanks are due to all helpers and everybody who came along to support the event.

Geoff Shepherd

St. Martin's Summer Fair

Saturday 21st July - 2.00 p.m.

We hope for a fine day when tower trips will be really worthwhile, and we anticipate that Robert and Christine will be available to monitor these. We know that Doris and helpers will be providing cream teas and refreshments as usual, and that the Laughton family will be found behind the 1st and 2nd class bric-a-brac! Some of the other helpers are:

Geoff and Betty - Plants, etc. 897490

Nesta - Cakes 897386

Ambrose and Gerald - Books, etc.897446

Elizabeth and Jo - Sweets 897513

We have a Raffle and a Bottle-Bola which this year is being run by Jo and Gary Warren (897948). Please let Jo have bottles by Friday, 20th July for ticketing purposes. John Bredemear and Diane (Coppleston, Church Lane - 898255) have kindly agreed to act as "anchormen", so will be able to help with any queries or early deliveries, and will be available (with help) to set up stalls and plan arrangements on the day. Please publicise the Fair, and do come and bring your friends.

Molly Roast

St. Martin's Church

This is written as a post-script to the notice regarding the Summer Fair.

Most would surely agree that the Church, positioned as it is on a hill overlooking the village, is a particular feature. It is lovingly attended and cared for, and the Summer Fair provides its main fund-raising facility. This year St. Martin's will be asked for an even larger 'share' (a contribution to the Diocese annually) and this will be over £6000. This is a very large figure for our village church to find and, consequently, a successful Summer Fair is of great importance to us.

The Churchwardens

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SWYRE Holy Trinity Swyre

Village Correspondent: Mrs.Gilly Doar

Paddock Lodge Swyre

From the Registers

Funeral and Burial - Elaine Margery Ida Yeates, aged 80, on 19th May 2001.

It seems hardly believable that just 4 weeks after Joan's funeral, we should be laying to rest Peter's mother. A full church heard of a hard-working, supportive and loving lady who gave so much to family and community. Please do pray for Peter and his family at this really sad time for them.

Songs of Praise

Our Summer Season of 7.30pm half-hour or so Services, begins on 29th July, and will continue throughout the August Sundays. Do come along, it's a lovely way to end the day.

Anthony Ashwell

Leaving Swyre

Two long-standing residents of Swyre are moving to Dorchester this month. Vera and Ken Howard have lived in Swyre for 17 years and have been very active in the community. Both were members of the Parochial Church Council and Ken was the Homewatch Officer.

Vera compiled two albums for the church. One, a beautifully researched and presented history of the church from the thirteenth century to the present day. The second, an album of the needlework kneelers.

Vera was the president of Puncknowle and Swyre Women's Institute for six years and Ken was the Puncknowle Art Group chairman for three years. Both were instrumental in transforming the quagmire by the telephone box to a nice clear dry grass verge.

We wish them every happiness for the future in their new home.

Red Cross

The collection from Swyre for Red Cross Week was £31.02

Sheila Body

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Village Correspondent: Mrs Dorothy Barlow

Collingbourne, Hoopers Lane, Puncknowle

Telephone: (01308) 897761

From the Registers

Funeral and Burial

Reginald William Wheeler (Reg), aged 93, on 24th May 2001.

Did Reg outlive his friends and admirers? No, because his friendship encompassed all. We had a full church to pay him our last respects and to commit Reg, a man of peace, to an even greater, heavenly peace. We extend to his daughter Margaret, and her family, our sincerest condolences.

July 29th - 5th Sunday Service

Fifth Sunday Services can be opportunities to use liturgies new to the Church. On this Sunday we shall be using the Common Worship Holy Communion Order One, in contemporary language (our normal Parish Communion is Order One, traditional language). I've only used it once myself, and found the language and options greatly improved over the A.S.B.

Anthony Ashwell

Puncknowle Art Group

Many thanks to Maureen for her generous invitation to Slape Manor Cottage to paint.

Dates for July are:-

Friday 6th - a talk by Claire Ring

Friday 20th which will include planning our exhibition for the Fete.

There will be no meetings in August.

Christine Molony

The Crown Puncknowle Fundraisers


Sunday 8th Brunch from 10.30am and The Wessex Military band from Noon.

Saturday 28th Bride Valley Fledglings Fun Night & BBQ with Music from All Shook Up, from 7.30pm.

Emma Foster (Treasurer)

The Bride Valley Fledglings

It's now the final half term for the children who will be leaving us in July to go to Thorner's, and we are well into arranging their presentation day on the 24th July. The children will be having a couple of visits by the reception teacher at Thorner's (Becky Comden); also they will be visiting the school on four occasions.

Our End of Term outing has been arranged for the 17th July and we are all off to The Sea Life Centre at Weymouth. So let's hope for fine weather.

We have had a few more visitors this term. We had Nic the Nurse, Charlie the Fireman, Dave the Policeman, Karen the Pet Nannie. We also had Pam from Puncknowle, who, being a founder member of the Bride Valley Fledglings, came in to read a book to the children. Thank you all for giving your time for our Playgroup.

Our Open Morning was a success and we have been able to put a few more names down for the playgroup next year. We are up to eleven at the moment. It has been requested that we have a new supply of Sweat Shirts, which we have on order. It was also decided to change the colour from Navy Blue to a Jade Green. The staff will be wearing the same colour too.

Just a reminder of our Annual Bar-b-que Evening at The Crown, Puncknowle on the 28th July, starting at 7.00pm. There will be many stalls including Lucky Dip, Face Painting, Toy Tombola, Balloon Popping and Pick a Lolly. There will be a Raffle, the tickets hopefully being on sale beforehand at various places. We hope to see you there.

Sue Talbot, Chair (01308 482204)

Thank you Everyone at Puncknowle Manor Farm would like to thank sincerely all the local walkers and hikers for their help in keeping the Bride Valley free of foot and mouth disease.

The footpaths are now open and we are looking forward to the fete.

James and Sarah Wild.

THE MUSICAL EVENING in St Mary's Church on 27th May was enjoyed by an appreciative audience. Many thanks to the musicians and the Wilds, Jim for his permission to use the Manor Gardens, and Sarah for being with us and supporting us so generously.


We regret the passing of Reg Wheeler who was one of the last "old timers". He was born and lived all his life in Puncknowle. He will be greatly missed.

Ann Roberts.

Puncknowle & Swyre Fete

Please try to contribute as much as possible to the stalls listed below:

*Books Mr.&Mrs. Peto 897734

*Bottle Tombola Mrs. J. Armandias

Bric-a-brac Mrs. C Buckland 897726

Cake Stall Mrs. S. Ikin 897692

Cakes for teas Mrs. V Hirst 897335

Fancy goods Ruth Brierley ( 898283 ) & Miss D. Yeates

Lucky Dip Katie & Sarah Fry 897731

Plants Mr.& Mrs. Martin 897622

Produce Mrs. E. Slater 897751

New to You Clothing Lois Edwards 897809

*Sweets Mrs. D. Barlow & Mrs. B. Merchant

*Scarves, Ties, Jewellery C. Armandias

Toy Tombola Miss D. Print 897749

White Elephants Alan Fry 897731

Where stalls are marked with a * please leave contributions with Ann Roberts - a central collecting point. Tel. 897716.

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St Mary's Litton Cheney LITTON CHENEY

Village Correspondents:

Mrs. Gaynor Jones, 10 Manor Farm Close Tel.482517

Mrs. Elizabeth Kingston, 5 Manor Farm Close Tel.482384

From the Registers

Holy Baptism - Samuel Duncan Mills on 27th May 2001.

(Brian and Jennie Prentice's second grandson)

The Village Fete

All the Vicar would like to add is his sincerest thanks to all who organised and supported this wonderful day. The hard work put in by so many reaped a generous reward.

Did anyone spot the deliberate cheat in the 'Ball in the Bog' competition? Honest - The Bridport News photographer forced me to stand at the toddlers' line to ensure I could actually achieve success. My prize was a small lolly, which I was told it was made to suck while talking. All in a day!

Church Service on July 29th (5th Sunday)

This will be the Holiday Club Service, at 9.30am. Please refer to the article on that club.

Anthony Ashwell


By the time you read this the Fete may just be a distant memory but the murky weather for the afternoon did not keep a good crowd away who appeared thoroughly to enjoy themselves and who generously supported the various stalls, games and events boosting the net takings to just over a record £3500 for the benefit of the Church and School. Huge thanks are due to those who helped in any way, particularly to all in the village and elsewhere and Thorner's parents from other parts of the valley who gave so generously to ensure that the selling stalls were well stocked and manned. A big thank you also to those from Puncknowle who made the Tug of War an entertaining event; the men's team had their revenge on two years ago but could it have been just the luck of the toss and the slope!?

Litton Cheney Social Committee A Wine Tasting on Friday 20th July at The Cottage, Litton Cheney

Litton Cheney Playing Field Association

Design a Logo Competition If you are aged under 18, we need your help. Design a logo for the Association on an A4 piece of paper. Further details and entries to Elizabeth Kingston, 5 Manor Farm Close (Tel. 482384) by Monday 9th July. Prizes and entries displayed on Sunday 15th July at the White Horse Inn.

Skittle Sunday On 15th July the Playing Field Association are holding a fundraising day at The White Horse Inn from 12 noon - 4 pm. Barbeque, Games, Raffle, Skittles. Come and join the fun.

The Bride Valley Churches present Holiday Club 2001

"The Oasis Café"

Are you aged between 5 and 12?

Are you ready to travel through the desert to the Oasis Café and become a reporter for the Daily Desert newspaper?

It's a great place for sport, games, art and craft activities, singing songs, meeting friends and meeting Jesus.

If you're up for the challenge, then book

Wed 25th July to Fri 27th July inclusive

1.00 - 3.30 pm at Thorner's School.

Watch out for posters and invitations at school.

It's completely free!!

See you there!

(For more information or answers to queries phone

Paul and Jo ... on ...)

P.S. If anyone can donate old white sheets, we'd be very grateful.


Every Thursday evening during term time a small group of us study God's word. It starts at 7.30pm and aims to finish around 9.15pm. Venue varies each week. This term we are studying Revelation. Coffee and biscuits afterwards! For more information call Paul and Jo ... on ....

The Litton Cheney Web Group meets on the first Monday of each month at The White Horse. Villagers who have any interest in, or problems with, computers are invited to join this informal group.

Next meeting:- Monday 2nd July, 8.30 pm onwards

Congratulations to Judy from Barges Close on Murphy being awarded fifth place in his breed at Crufts 2001. Good luck in his next competition.

Caroline Smart had some outstanding results at the British Super Grand Prix in Manchester, including a thrilling televised 50m butterfly series where she finished second. She also won bronze medals in the 200m butterfly and 400m freestyle and a fourth place in the 100m butterfly. Following this event Caroline represented the England team competing at events in Rome and Monaco.

Juliet Potter won the inter-counties 5000m event in Bedford with a championship best time. Paul Kingston recently won the triple jump at the Dorset County Track and Field Championships at Bournemouth.

We welcome Steve, Josie and Louis to 11, Manor Farm Close. We hope they will be very happy in their new home.

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St Peter's Long Bredy LONG BREDY

Village Correspondents: Mr & Mrs Patrick Frost


Tel ( 01308 ) 482269

Congratulations indeed to Duncan Green, who went to Portsmouth recently to compete in the British GMPD (Gymnastics and Movement for People with Disabilities) National Finals, and came back with the Individual Gold Medal (at Level 1 in the Under-12 category).

Duncan and two boys from Devon also formed the South West's team in the Finals, and they won the Silver Medal in the Under-12 team event as well. Well done to them all, but especially to Duncan! Long may this effort, commitment and success in his chosen sport continue.

Two other pieces of good news: First, congratulations to Clare and Guy Schwinge, of Watergate, on the safe arrival of baby Ben, a brother for young Anna. Welcome to Longbredy's newest resident, and we wish happiness to the whole family.

Welcome home too to Emma Batchelor, following her operation at Great Ormond Street Hospital. She has a frame on her leg to help the lengthening process, and an ever-smiling Emma is getting to grips with her crutches. All very best wishes to her.

More sadly, we say farewell to Damian, Nicki and Ben Patterson, as they leave Lattice Cottage for their new home in Fontmell Magna. They go with all our best wishes for their new home.

Only two weeks to go now before the Fete, at Kingston Russell House, at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday 14th July. Please try to supply each stall with anything you can produce, buy raffle tickets and/or bake for the teas and cake stall [full list of stall organizers in last month's Bride Valley News]. This is THE village day of the year, so let's make it a huge success.

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LITTLEBREDY St Michael & All Angels Littlebredy

From the Registers

Burial of Ashes - Juliet Susan Harriet Williams on 31st May 2001, the 79th anniversary of her Birthday.

Susan's earthly remains are united with those of Mark, and we extend to their family our continuing prayers.

Anthony Ashwell


""I would draw your attention to the curious incident of the dog in the night-time." "But the dog did nothing in the night-time." "That was the curious incident." remarked Sherlock Holmes." Nobody else had noticed that the failure of a guard dog to bark meant that the miscreant intruder (in "Silver Blaze") must have been known to him. On similar lines, how many people have actively noticed the complete silence of our Church bells, whether on Sundays or before Canon Pouncey's short weekday services, since March? The reason is that a recent inspection has revealed worrying weaknesses in their supports, as well as tuning and other deficiencies, and we are advised not to ring them at all until further advice about the appropriate action can be obtained. It is the aim of the P.C.C. to restore the traditional sound of bells as soon as practical, but, by whatever means this will be done, it will not be cheap, and some specific fundraising before too long will almost certainly be necessary. Residents will be kept posted as this matter unfolds, but any enquiries in the meanwhile can be directed to Bridehead (482232) or to the Peppiatts at Pitcombe (482768).

Talking of fundraising, many thanks and congratulations to Nicki Armstrong for all her hard work in the recent Christian Aid collection round the village. It was certainly crowned with success, as she reports a collection of nearly £350.00 from this small community. Therefore thanks and congratulations also to all those who contributed so generously.

Even with no bells, we were very pleased to welcome the staff and pupils of Portesham School, with the Rev. Pam Thomas, to a short service in the Church, followed by a picnic beside the lake, as their marking of Ascension Day at the end of May. We hope it made a memorable occasion for them all.

Now that the building works which have been in progress at White Hill Lodge since January are complete, John Barker and Patricia Scott-Moncrieff have moved there from Littlebride. We wish them all happiness in their new home.

Mentioning White Hill reminds me that Pat Cooper is again organizing a Garden Party in aid of CancerCare Dorset this summer, at No. 1, White Hill Cottages . The date is Saturday August 11th, at 2.30 p.m., and there will be a reminder closer to the time in next month's magazine. No doubt Pat would be grateful for any offers of help, or contributions in any form to the success of her event.

Come and visit "THE SCENTED GARDEN"!

The Victorian Walled Gardens in Littlebredy

are Open to the Public

by kind Invitation of Chris & Judy Yates

from 2.30 - 8.00 p.m.


JULY 3rd, 10th, 17th 24th & 31st.

(In Aid of Various Charities : National Gardens Scheme)

As well as noting the progress of the restoration works in general, visitors will see in particular some splendid roses and part of the National Lavender Collection

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Thought for the Month


At Good Books, St Mary's Old School, Gundry Lane, Bridport, we have two very different books to describe this month. The first is a little book, bound to have a huge impact; we hear that copies are selling so fast that the next stock delivery in Bridport will be in early July. This influential little book, retailing at £5.99, is 'The Prayer of Jabez' by Bruce Wilkinson. Jabez is found in the book of Chronicles, and this little book is about Prayer, and Blessings, and blessings at an unimaginable level. Bruce Wilkinson's belief is that this prayer can change our lives too; his subtitle is 'Breaking through to the blessed Life'. Do come and look at a copy.

The second book we feel is unusual, despite several titles in stock here centred on modern Consumerism. This is a collection of essays called 'Christ and Consumerism'. This book looks at the spirit of our age from biblical, ethical, sociological and economic viewpoints, and seeks to contribute to the on-going challenge of discerning how Christians should respond to the forces shaping our western society. This book is one for the specialist, and retails at £14.99.

These books are of contemporary challenge; but do not forget that at 'Good Books' we are happy to help you in the search for a traditional, special Christian gift. We have an excellent 'Sale Shelf'.

A warm welcome awaits you - we are now open on the first Saturday of the month as well as our usual weekday openings from 9.00am - 1.00pm. Tel 01308 420483

Good Books & Services Limited is a Registered Charity No. 1085241

Incorporated as a Company in England & Wales limited by Gaurantee No. 4121675

Registered Office St Mary's Old School, Gundry Lane, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3RL


Corfe Castle Parish Church 7.30pm on Saturday 14th July.

Favourite Music from the English Cathedral Repertoire along with some lighter items.

Wine in the Churchyard during the interval.

The Choir of Collegium Vocale.

Programmes £6 by telephoning 01202 632980 OR AT THE DOOR

Collegium Vocale is a locally based choir, which sings mainly in the South's cathedrals in the absence of the resident choir. This summer, we have been asked to undertake residencies at Westminster Abbey and Christ Church, Oxford. Whilst the singers are delighted to sing the services in such prestigious venues, the cost of accommodation and food is obviously a consideration, particularly to the several students within the group. Consequently, the Reverend Maurice Strike has kindly agreed to a concert in Corfe Castle Parish Church, which will both raise funds for the activities of Collegium Vocale and for Corfe Castle Church.


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