Bride Valley News

July 2002


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

During the first part of June, my 'little' brother Nigel (aged 55) came over from Johannesburg for his annual visit. He is employed as Catering Manager by a large Country Club on the north-western outskirts of the city, and has in his charge many black 'indigenous' staff. I use the description 'black' to place them in a particular culture, for most are male with relatives who live in traditional villages some hundreds of miles away. Not only does Nigel have to contend with tribal loyalties (or enmities!) but all kinds of folk-beliefs and practices, as well as huge problems connected to the spread of, and attitudes to, sexually transmitted disease. The stories he has to tell are sometimes amazing, mostly shocking, to people like myself from a so-called westernised sophisticated culture. I'd like to repeat a few, but for the sake of brevity, and decency, I'd better not.

Nigel also has to contend with large parties for white guests at the club, many of which end in the wee small hours with the normally young partygoers more than considerably worse for wear. When a wedding reception is involved, then he has seen violent, abusive, immoral behaviour across the generations, behaviour which we might condemn as being 'third-world' when the reality is that Nigel's black staff are themselves shocked. As distant white observers, it is inappropriate for us to make holier-than-thou judgements on local black behaviour when our white 'relatives' with their westernised first world culture are behaving in equivalent ways. We should not claim cultural superiority when it comes to the judgement of moral behaviour.

But it seems to me that moral judgements have to be made somewhere, and moral absolutes recognised, in our society especially, which is becoming increasingly permissive. Some of us will have seen 'Balearic-binge' TV programmes or been mugged in Bridport, others will be aware of the evils of Internet porn and date rape drugs. Most of this immorality seems to be about thrills for one individual at the expense of another, and sometimes many others.

Surely we have to begin with a moral absolute to apply to all cultures everywhere and forever : "Do for others what you want them to do for you" (St Mark's Gospel, chapter 7, verse 12).

Anthony Ashwell

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Valley Notes


Men's Breakfast

Every third Saturday of each month, the Bride Valley Churches are holding a men's breakfast at Puncknowle Village Hall from 8 am to 10 am. There'll be a cooked breakfast, of course and a chance to chat. For more information phone Paul ... on ... or Jonathan Jevons on 897068.

Mothers' Union

For our Summer Outing this year we are going to Moreton Gardens and afterwards to the Tea Rooms. This will be on Thursday 25th July. Cars will be leaving Burton Bradstock and Puncknowle at 2.00pm.

Bridport & District Bible Society Action Group Forecourt Sale

This will take place on Wednesday 10th July at the United Church East Street, Bridport from 9.00 am to 12 noon in aid of the Bible Society. There will be Produce, Plants and Cake Stalls. Coffee will be available in the Hall from 10.00am onwards.

Burton Bradstock School

On the afternoon of the last Wednesday in May I picked my way through the children from my seat at the side of the hall, lowered myself slowly onto the stage and looked up with a heavy heart into a sea of expectant, carefree faces. The occasion was a Good Work Assembly, one of a series of strategies that I introduced early in my Headship to blur the boundary between school, parents and community. The purpose of the assemblies is to let those adults interested have a chance to see what has been going on in the classrooms over the previous week. It also acts as a means of communicating to children, parents and teachers and I knew that the announcement that I was about to make was one of the most important that I had delivered to my school.

Two days earlier I had started a series of interviews for the Headship of St Mary's Middle School, Puddletown. It was the first job that I had applied for since moving here and the decision to go for it was not an easy one. I have spent the last six months taking Burton Bradstock School through a comprehensive review that involved parents, children, staff, governors and members of the wider community looking hard at the school's effectiveness. The outcomes have been really positive, showing the school to be in excellent health, but with areas for continued development identified.

The very nature of the review process encourages reflection and introspection and by Christmas I had come to recognize that for both the school's sake and mine a change would be no bad thing. A new Head with a fresh pair of eyes would take the school forward, guided by the strong structures in place and by the wonderfully supportive village and parent community. I also felt the need for one more challenge before I retired. Burton Bradstock School would continue to offer challenges, but deep in my heart I knew that it would be very tempting to accept the status quo and slip into the dangerous territory of complacency. I love this school and its community and that love guided me to the decision that I came to.

I threw myself into the process of applying for the Puddletown job and, somewhat to my surprise I was shortlisted for interview. Not wanting to worry anyone unnecessarily I told only my teaching staff, Chair of Governors, Hil Bosworth and, of course my family. Barbara was brilliant in her support for me at this difficult time. I arrived at Puddletown determined to spell out my Primary school beliefs and philosophy, only to find myself up against three Middle School Headteachers! "Oh well," I thought, "in for a penny." Two days later I phoned Barbara from the school's car park to tell her of my appointment.

I am very excited at the prospect of working with over 400 children and taking a good rural school forward, but equally saddened to be saying goodbye to our village school. There is no clever strategy for delivering this sort of news to people that you love, except face to face honesty and I watched those carefree expressions alter as I began speaking. I explained my move to the children and reassured them that it had nothing to do with them personally, that adults had the right to choose. I chose to stay at Burton Bradstock School for twelve brilliant years and I have now chosen to move on.

I don't go until Christmas, and there is much to be done at our school before I enough of this hand wringing. I'm determined to enjoy my last few months with you all, and anyway I'm not moving from the village, so you'll still be pestered by me at the weekends.

Best wishes

David Powell

Lucky 100 Club Winners for May

£20 J Tillman

£10 L Hounsell

£5 J Still

First Steps Parent and Toddler Group meet on Wednesdays from 10.00am till 12 noon and are based at Long Bredy Village Hall. We offer toys and activities for all pre-school children, coffee and chat for parents and carers. For further details contact: Jo (Litton Cheney) ... or Julie (Puncknowle) 897178 or Lavinia (Long Bredy) 482397

Litton Cheney Youth Club continues to meet in the Church Hall for further details please read the Litton Cheney notes.



If you enjoyed last year or just want to find out what all the fuss was about, come and join us at this year's holiday club. It runs from Wednesday 24th July to Friday 26th July inclusive from 1.15pm - 3.30pm at Thorner's School. If you are 5-11 years of age do join us for fun and games, learn about Jesus, sing songs and get wet!

Look out at school and on village notice boards for posters and information. For more information phone Paul on ... or Sally on 897068. See you there!!

Thorner's School, Litton Cheney

Firstly I must thank everyone, and I do mean everyone, who made the Jubilee weekend special. What a weekend! For the days leading up to it there was rain, rain and more rain, but someone was really looking out for us because the day of our Jubilee Tree Planting was glorious, the sun shone and we were able to carry on with plan A. This involved Mr Jack Bailey, a previous Headteacher at Thorner's doing the ceremonial bit of planting the tree along with the help of two pupils. He was reminiscing about the field and how, when he was there, the football pitch went down the slope and it was very difficult for the goalkeepers to even see each other (the toss must have played an important part of any game then). He told the assembled audience how our present 'flat' field was prepared and developed. Thank you Mr Bailey for all those stories and I hope you enjoyed meeting friends again. We were then able to give our first ever performance as a Maypole team, and didn't they do well, not one ribbon tangled or one foot put wrong on this our first season .. even Miss Sheldrick congratulated the children as she can remember teaching dancing to the pupils and it was never easy on grass. This was followed by refreshments for all and a time to relive the years which have flown past. Each pupil also received a medal to remind them of the day. I wonder how many of you still have mementoes from the Silver Jubilee or the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II .. or others?

The combined Jubilee fete day started very wet and gradually improved during the afternoon ending with a warm, sunny and very pleasant day. Again I must thank everyone who helped to make the day special by donating items, offering their services to set up or clear away as well as those who 'entertained'. Our maypole team yet again showed their expertise, it was only the person in charge of the music (me) who made the mistake .. my excuse .. it was the first time I had been allowed control of the CD! Our challenge for next year is to make use of not just 12 but all 24 ribbons and have two circles of dancers travelling in opposite directions. Considering how the morning started, none of us expected the day to turn out the way it did with lots of visitors and lots of enjoyment and making lots of money for both the church and school in the village. An enormous thank you.

Alison Johnstone Headteacher.


To mark the Queen's Golden Jubilee, the School organised a TREE PLANTING CEREMONY and we would like to thank Mr and Mrs Perrin for kindly donating the beautiful Maple Tree and also Wakeley Funeral Directors for donating the plaque. Many thanks to Mr Jack Bailey for planting the tree and talking to the children and also for donating a tree guard to protect it from both kinds of "little animals"! Each of the children received a Jubilee Coin in a presentation case, which included the school's name. There was also fantastic Maypole Dancing performed by some pupils with Mrs Johnstone's help and thank you to Nik Armstrong for organising themed refreshements for everyone.

The FETE held on Monday 3rd June was very well attended and the sun shone gloriously making all the hard effort put in very worth while. A big thank you from TSA to Liza Adams-Smith and Mandy Wakely for their enthusiasm and dedication to this particular challenge! Thank you also to those who donated some lovely items for the Jewellery Stall and to those who brought cakes etc. Particular thanks to Mr Spicer, Mrs Slark and Mr Punter of the Fete Committee whose help and organisation we could not have managed without. Also thanks to Mrs Johnstone, the Rev'd. Anthony Ashwell and Jethro for going in the stocks where they got a soaking (at a price!)! Many thanks to all those who helped behind the scenes, the stallholders and for the last minute "fillers in' - too many to mention - ALL your help was very much appreciated - you know who you are!!

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Litton Cheney for their on going support in all aspects of school life.

The 100 Club Winners were:-

£20 - Mrs E Fry

£20 - Valerie Shepherd

£15 - Jackie Durrant-Corbett

£10 - Wendy Collinson

£10 - Mandy Wakely

£5 - Jo Lee

Future events include the Barn Dance in July and the Parents Disco on Friday 11th October and a Cheese and Wine Evening planned for 7th February 2003.

Lastly, we still need a Social Secretary so if anyone would like to get involved, please come along to our next meeting on Tuesday 18th June at 7:30pm in the Staff Room; all parents and ideas welcome. Contact Liza Adams-Smith 01308 482440 or Mandy Wakely on 01 308 482272.


Gardens open

Tuesdays in July and on 6 August

The Scented Garden, Little Bredy 2.00-8.30pm

Sunday 14th July Steddings and Tithe Barn, Litton Cheney 2.00- 7.00 pm



Thank you

Many thanks to everyone who supported the Coffee Morning held at Hive Beach Café on Friday 7th June for West Dorset Mencap. Despite being a most dismal day, weatherwise, many people turned up and a total of £162.05p was raised from the sale of hot drinks, donated homemade cakes & biscuits, and Grand Draw tickets between 10am and 11am that morning. West Dorset Mencap are most grateful to Steve Attrill for offering to hold this charity event at Hive Café and for his contribution from the sale of drinks. Thanks also to Burton Bradstock Parish Council for allowing free car parking to all during that hour.

Lesley Dove Secretary West Dorset Mencap



Warmest thanks to all who supported the plant sale on 17th May at The Red House, Burton Bradstock, in aid of The Church Mission Society. this raised £234.35.

Hilary Mousely


St. Giles Chideock

Art & Craft Show and Flower Festival

at The Village Hall & St Giles Church

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 9th, 10th & 11th August

10.00am - 5.00pm daily

Contact for exhibitors: 01297 489121


Many thanks to those of you who have volunteered to help us over the weekend. Final details have yet to be finalised at BVN going-to-press date. So we would ask everyone to watch out for the posters that will be put up at the beginning of July and flyers that will be available from the Tourist Information Office. Further information on events within Dorset and the UK can be obtained over the Internet by visiting (sorry it is such a long address) this is the national site for information on the archaeology days.


To coincide with the National Archaeology weekend, Modbury Organic Farm will be having their open day on Sunday 21 July 2002, so there will be even more reason to come and visit us at the Modbury site!

There will be lots to see, beautiful Jersey cows and their calves, rare breed pigs and poultry etc. There will be a barbeque and cream teas available and of course their farm shop will be open for business. Come along and make a day of it!

Dr Peter Northover/Julie Lewis


Ladybirds next meeting is on Wednesday 3rd July at 8 o'clock when Police Inspector Tim Warren will talk about aspects of his work as a police officer including domestic violence. The meeting takes place at the home of Diana Spicer, Litton Hill, Litton Cheney.

Bride Valley Gardening Club Mini Show will take place on Sunday 7th July 2002, Thorner's School at 2.00 pm. The arrangements will be the same as last year with registration between 9.30 am and 12.30 pm. Judging will again be by popular vote with results announced at 4.00 pm. Tea and cakes. Admission free. Queries to:-Penny Pither 897742

There will be an exhibition in St Mary's Church Litton Cheney of work done to the Altar Kneelers and refurbishment of one of the Altar Chairs. This will take place on Friday 2nd August and Saturday 3rd August from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm on each day.

Do come and talk with us about what we have done - and even share a cup of tea or coffee with us! We look forward to seeing you. Mary Slark


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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.

Bell Ringing Practices Thursdays at 7.00pm

Gift Sunday 21st July Scripture Union

The next Tiny Tots / Pram Service will be held on Friday 5th July at 11.00 am.

The next Healing Services at St Mary's will be held on Wednesday 24th July and Monday 26th August, each at 7.00 pm.

The Parochial Church Council next meets on Monday 22nd July at 7 pm.


Holy Baptism 9th June Holly F. Elsworth

9th June Joseph A. Elsworth

Wedding 1st June Benjamin T. F. Bailey and Lyndsay A. Bowditch

Burial of Ashes 25th May Frances Laurence

The Queen's Golden Jubilee

The Tiny Tots began St Mary's celebration, with a party and service in church. We sang Jubilee song with actions, and the children went home with balloons, flags, cake, and pictures of the Queen to colour. Thank you to Lesley who made the cake, and to everyone who helped.

Pam Atkinson

St Mary's celebrated the Queen's Jubilee with a service on the Sunday morning, during which symbols of the Coronation were carried in procession and held in view of the congregation:- a Bible, a flask of oil and a spoon for anointing, a towel and a bowl of water.

At Her Majesty's Coronation she was presented with a Bible with the words: 'This Book is the most valuable thing the world affords. Here is Wisdom; this is the Royal Law; these are the lively oracles of God'. Central to the Coronation was the anointing of the Queen, to bless and consecrate her for her holy office. Every Maundy Thursday our Sovereign demonstrates the majesty of service, as our Lord Jesus did when he washed the disciples' feet and said, 'You are to do as I have done for you'.

The children also sang their song, 'Thank you, Lord, for our good Queen'.



John Sinfield died 21 ST May

Cremated 29th May at Weymouth Crematorium

Rosemary, son John and daughter Amanda and family, would like to say 'thank you' for the thoughts and prayers that have been said on our behalf. We have been very happy living in Burton Bradstock. We always knew the people were 'special', but at a time like this it brings home 'just how special'. Your words will help us through this sad time.

Rosemary Sinfield


As Chairman of the above I would like to thank the members of the Committee - David Powell, Peter Colbert, Greta Heal, Joyce Hyde, Basil Dent, Howard Bongers, Janice Bernardini, Barry Tebbs and Fel Moore - who gave of their time so willingly to ensure the success of the Jubilee celebrations.

No tea party would be complete without food - and the generosity of parents who supplied it for the Children's Party on Monday, was clearly visible by the great variety of it on the laden tables! My thanks to them and the volunteers who 'waited at table'. It was a joy to see so many children taking part in the fancy dress parade, that the judging was made quite difficult for Mrs Pritchard. My thanks too for the use of the venues of the Rectory Garden and the W.I. Hall.

For the Over 60s Tea Party on Saturday 8th June, our thanks are due to Joan Gillett, Gillian Redford and Barbara Pursey for all the arrangements; also to all their helpers and the car drivers involved in conveying the housebound who would otherwise have been unable to attend. There was an abundance of cakes supplied by many of the ladies from the village, which supplemented the sandwiches made by the team. Some 120 villagers were present and they seemed happy with their afternoon outing.

Freddy Tame


Burton Bradstock Church Fete Thursday 1st August

Commences at 2.00 pm. in the Rectory Garden


In order to help sort out goods for various stalls in preparation for the fete on 1st August your co-operation would be greatly appreciated.

All goods destined for the White Elephant Stall and the Bookstall:-

please bring all these items to the Rectory Garage (entrance opposite W.I. Hall) on

SATURDAY 27th JULY between 10.00 am and 12.30 pm

MONDAY 29th JULY between 4.00 pm and 5.30 pm.

Miscellaneous items please deliver as follows:-

Filled Jars to Joyce Tillman 2 Northover Close Children's Lucky Dip -value 40p (not pens pencils) to Thelma Skues 19 Northover Close

Red, White & Blue (anything) to Margaret Ackland

7 Northover Close

GeneralTombola (anything) to Pam Atkinson The Rectory

Hamper/Grand Draw prizes to Lesley Dove 7 Norburton

Bottles/cans for Bottle Tombola to Graham Rees Manor Cottage

VOLUNTEERS required for setting up fete on Wednesday 31st July at 6.30pm and clearing the fete on Thursday 1st August 4.15 pm. Please help if you can. Contact Tom Holmes 897046

Please deliver Cakes and pastries (No savouries) Plants/Vegetables direct to the Rectory on Thursday 1st August during the morning from 10.00am

We need all your help in preparing for the fete and ensuring all the stalls are more than adequately stocked. Thank you for your co-operation. Barbara Ivall (Chairman)


Any young person under 17 years resident of Burton Bradstock, or attending the Village School who has not already received a Jubilee mug, can collect one from the Parish Clerk who will be in the Reading Room between 7.00pm and 9.00 p.m. on Friday 5 th or 12th July.

Jubilee mugs are now available for sale at the local Post Office.

Thanks again..

Jubilee Celebrations Over 60's Afternoon Tea

A warm thank you to all who supported our Afternoon tea, especially the Parish Council, helpers and cake makers.

Joan Gillett, Gillian Redford and Barbara Pursey

Burton Bradstock Village Society

The 29th Annual General Meeting of the Village Society was held on 17th May in the W.I. Hall where members were warmly welcomed by the Society's President, Nancy Bushell.

It has been a very successful year for both the society and the village with an extremely interesting series of talks on subjects ranging from The Tower of London, Punch and Judy, William Barnes to a History of Personal Hygiene, to name a few. In addition, a much enjoyed outing to The Eden Project in Cornwall plus an extremely successful Flower and Produce Show contributed to an outstanding year which culminated in the purchase by the Parish Council of the Village Post Office for the posterity and future security of the village.

What a happy and friendly village to live in!

Peter Dutton

Alzheimers Society - Bridport Branch

There will be a Garden Party in aid of the above on Thursday July 11th from 2.30pm till 4.30pm in The Rectory Garden, Burton Bradstock with Cream Teas available in the W.I. Hall. There will be various stalls including cakes, books, plants, bric-a-brac etc. plus raffles. Items for any of the stalls will be greatly appreciated; ring 897125 if collection is required.

Basil Dent

FOR YOUR DIARIES Madalina-Alexandra Rusu from Constanta, Romania, will be visiting us again this year, and will give a PIANO RECITAL in the W. I. Hall, Burton Bradstock, at 7.30pm on Thursday 8th August. Tickets at the door.


Burton Bradstock W.I. Fair Committee would like to thank all W.I. members, their family and friends and anybody else who helped to make The W.I. Fair another success.




The June meeting followed a successful Spring Fair raising £2144.75 for W.I. Hall Funds - and a Fashion Show held during Jubilee week celebrations. Joan Dady welcomed Mrs Chris Yeazey from Dorset County Council who talked about 10 trading standards and the work she and colleagues undertake giving consumer advise to the public. She explained how they keep a keen eye out for substandard goods, counterfeit clothes and perfumes as well as regular Supermarket checks on sell by dates.

The Flower of the month was won by Joan Allan with a blue Clematis. Outdoor activities this month include Croquet, Pitch & Putt and Walks also get togethers for Tapestry and Tea in the Hall.

Jill Spinney


The May House to House Collection 2002 Well done and a big "thank you" to everyone who gave so generously to our village total of £292.83. Our special thanks to the collectors.

Jill Spinney

Burton Bradstock Music Festival

There will be a music festival this year as Mary Ryan is planning for our enjoyment another series of concerts in St Mary's church on 15th to 17th August. Many of the well known players we have so enjoyed listening to in the past will be back to bring us more wonderful music. Full details will be given in next month's BVN.

On 13th June a lovely and most venerated old lady celebrated her 100th birthday..Lyn Lingley.

Lyn was born in London in 1902, just missing the Victorian Era; her mother sadly died when she was six so she came to live with her grandparents; after her father's re-marriage she returned to London where later she trained in accountancy. Her numeracy skills resulted in her becoming Chief Cashier at Rothmans and later A.C.Layton. After some years of happy marriage, to end too soon in bereavement, she returned to Dorset and accountancy, living a fulfilling village life, especially within the church. She made the vestments for the Lady Chapel and was the inspiration behind the Chancel carpet which she, with others, helped to make.

Lyn is an example to us all and she now lives a peaceful life in Bymead Nursing Home, Charmouth. Her relations and friends gathered from far and wide to celebrate her birthday - a truly wonderful old lady


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SHIPTON GORGE St Martin's Shipton Gorge

Village Correspondent: Mrs.Joy White


3 Gullivers Orchard Shipton Gorge


St. Martin's Summer Fair Saturday 20th July - 2.00pm

This will take place in and around the Village Hall. There will be a Raffle, and we look forward to enjoying cream teas and other refreshments provided by Doris and helpers. We have our usual friendly team of stall-holders, including:

Geoff, Betty and Doreen Plants etc - 897490

Janice and Nesta Cakes - 897386

Ambrose and Gerald Books etc. - 897446

Elizabeth and Jo Sweets - 897513

Kit, Linda, Jackie & Pam Bric-a-Brac - 897296

Jo & Gary Bottle - Bola - 897948

Please bring bottles to Jo by Friday, 19th July for ticketing purposes. We are grateful to John and Diane Bredemear who have kindly agreed to co-ordinate the event. Any queries or early deliveries to them please at: Copleston, Church Lane - 898255.

Janet Lane

St.Martin's Church Tower

As a post-script to the above notice, we are sorry to say that the trips to the church tower have had to be cancelled this year because of the dangerous state of the tower steps. However, we hope that things will be back to normal at next year's fair. The Churchwardens



The committee would like to thank:-

( i ) the Village Hall Committee for the use of the hall free of charge

( ii ) the parish council and the church for their donations for the jubilee mugs to give each child in the village

( iii ) all the residents who help with the lovely food

( iv ) Heather Puttock who made the cake

( v ) all those who helped to decorate the hall and clean up afterwards

( vi ) the bell ringers for ringing the bells

We hope you all enjoyed your afternoon as much as we did. Our thanks from the committee to you all. Sally Parker


We still have a few seats left for the coach trip to Bicton Gardens on Thursday 25th July, leaving The New Inn at 10.30am. The cost is £7.00 which includes the coach and Gardens. Cream teas can be ordered in advance at the cost of £2.75. Please ring Sally Parker on 897168 to book your seat.


To Andy and Louise on the birth of their son, Benjiman Simon, born on Monday 3rd June; a brother for Natasha and Sam.


Walkabout treasure Hunt cum Quiz Saturday 27th July

Come to the Village Hall around 6.00pm. Bring £1.00 for your clues!

All children must be accompanied. Sue Brown



Saturday 31 August

2002 is the 50th year of the Show and villagers may like to remember this in their entries.

The different themes in the home-baking, photography and modelling classes will complement all your favourite plants.

Bring your entries to the hall ( see separate schedule ) with10p for each entry. No entry form required.

An extra schedule will be displayed outside the hall.

Garden Competition

Anyone who would like their whole garden judged on an August evening, please contact either Sally - 897168 or Pete - 897364.

This year, 2002, the focus is on kindness to wildlife e.g. water, compost heaps, nectar sources, log piles, food plants for butterflies.

Entry Fee: £1.00

Changes in Brook Street

In the last issue of The Bride Valley News it was reported wrongly that Mr. and Mrs. Connor had moved into "West Court". They have in fact moved into "Lauderdale", the Ingrams being now resident in "Church View". The Crabtrees in West Court have new neighbours in East Court and we offer a warm welcome to Richard and Margaret Graham and hope that they will enjoy living in Shipton. Masons Cottage also has new owners having been acquired by Mr. and Mrs. Eason.



The Red Cross Collection for Shipton Gorge amounted to £60.22. Thank you for your contributions. Gerald Benselin

Shipton Hall 100 Club

Winners for the June Draw

£50 No.93 Kit Laughton

£20 No.18 Leslie Crutchley

£10 No. 6 Renee Sorrell

£10 No.86 Ann Thompson

£10 No.96 Janet Lane



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SWYRE Holy Trinity Swyre

Village Correspondent: Mrs.Julie Lewis

4 Green Barton, Swyre

Songs of Praise

Our annual Summer Songs of Praise Season starts on Sunday July 28th and runs across the four Sundays of August. All are most welcome to this half- hour of hymns and short readings beginning at 7.30pm.


Many thanks to those of you who have volunteered to help us over the weekend. Final details have yet to be finalised at BVN going-to-press date. So we would ask everyone to watch out for the posters that will be put up at the beginning of July and flyers available from the Tourist Information Office. Further information on events within Dorset and the UK can be obtained over the Internet by visiting (sorry it is such a long address) this is the national site for information on the archaeology days.


To coincide with the National Archaeology weekend, Modbury Organic Farm will be having their open day on Sunday 21 July 2002, so there will be even more reason to come and visit us at the Modbury site!

There will be lots to see, beautiful Jersey cows and their calves, rare breed pigs and poultry etc. There will be a barbeque and cream teas available and of course their farm shop will be open for business. Come along and make a day of it!

Dr Peter Northover/Julie Lewis


The Police Community Support Unit will visit Puncknowle Bottom on Thursday July 18th between 7.00 pm and 8.00 pm.

Many thanks to all of those who visited the vehicle last month, please pop along and visit PC Richard Symes on board this month, he gets very lonely if no one calls in on him.

Julie Lewis - Home watch



Vera and Ken Howard recently invited friends to celebrate their Golden Wedding at Eypes Mouth Hotel. Donations in lieu of gifts raised the sum of £280. This was generously donated to Helen House, Oxford and Joseph Weld Hospice, Dorchester.

Reminder to Dog owners please

Dog owners should be aware that allowing their pets to foul pavements, roads, footpaths and bridleways are risking a hefty £50 fine. Please poopa scoop after your pet.

Gilly Doar



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Village Correspondent: Mrs Dorothy Barlow

Collingbourne, Hoopers Lane, Puncknowle

Telephone: (01308) 897761

Midsummer Church Weddings

June 29th at 12 noon : John Mooney and Rachel Edwards

July 20th at 2.00pm : Mike Hannam and Sarah Samways

July 31st at 1.00pm : Matthew Burt and Rebecca Watson

We wish these three couples all happiness and every blessing in their lives together.

The Golden Jubilee

A belated THREE CHEERS for Mick Lawless and the Puncknowle Fund Raisers for the wonderful Golden Jubilee Garden Party they gave the village on June 3rd, a day we all will remember.

Ann Roberts

Puncknowle Art Group

In May we launched our 16th annual exhibition, which will run throughout the summer at The Crown. This year we are supporting Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

Dates for July are 12th painting at the Kingcombe Centre and 26th at The Crown. Christine Molony

Puncknowle & Swyre Fete July 27th 2.30pm

An appeal to EVERYONE to support the stalls listed below.

Turn out unwanted gifts, books, toys and bric-a brac.

Make jam and chutney for produce, cakes for cake stall and also for the teas.

A central collecting point Telephone 897716

Any queries or offers of help:-

Ring David Jenkins 897225 or Ann Roberts 897716


First of all I would like to thank, on behalf of the Fledglings and all those that attended the PUNCKNOWLE JUBILEE PARTY on the 3rd June, MICK, ANN and ALL THE PUNCKNOWLE FUND RAISERS for giving the village a lovely time.

As a play-group we felt we should put on a small party for the Jubilee. This took place on the 31st May following the play-group session; I would like to say thank you to all the parents for supplying the food and drink. The children enjoyed a feast of food and a few games and each child was given a flag before beginning the Half-term holiday. Thank you, too, to those who kindly donated to our party.

It will not be long before we lose a number of children who will be off to school in September, my daughter being one of them. It does not seem so long ago that Rachel, Lucie and William, without mentioning them all, were toddling into play-group to pick-up their older siblings. Final farewells next month.

Later in the month the play-group will be off on their end of term outing. On the last day we, hopefully, will be having a picnic in the park, when the children will receive their leaving gifts.

This month we welcome ALICE PALM from Longbredy.

Finally, GOOD LUCK Sarah on your forth-coming wedding to Mike on the 20th July.

FUN NIGHT AND BAR-B-QUE 27th JULY at the CROWN 7.00pm onwards. Sue Talbot [chair] 01308 482204



The Police Community Support Unit will visit Puncknowle Bottom on Thursday July 18th between 7.00 pm and 8.00 pm.

Many thanks to all of those who visited the vehicle last month, please pop along and visit PC Richard Symes on board, he gets very lonely if no one calls in on him.

Andy Marshall - Home Watch

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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


Jubilee Fete

The Fete Committee wish to thank all who attended or contributed in any way to the Fete on Jubilee Monday. The net takings amounted to a record £3727 which has been divided equally between Thorner's PTA and St Mary's Church. Many thanks also to the Puncknowle Tug of war team who may well feel aggrieved at being pulled over the line twice by a somewhat suspect Litton team! Congratulations are due to the Maypole dancers who performed expertly.

Proposed Village/School Hall

A Committee has been formed to take this proposal forward under the Chairmanship of Freddie Spicer (482617) with Alison Johnstone as Vice Chairman, Helen Horsley Treasurer and Ian Slark (482280) as Secretary. Preparatory to a detailed design for the hall and the submission of an application for planning permission a survey of the site has been carried out. Plans are now in the course of being drawn up and it is proposed, probably during July, to hold a public consultation exercise when anybody who may wish to do so will have the opportunity of seeing the plans and commenting upon them. It is intended therefore to display the plan together with an architect's sketch drawing for public viewing and comment via a suggestion book for a limited period. To give maximum opportunity for parishioners and other interested persons to see this display you will be able to do so at Thorner's during school hours and at St Mary's Church generally between about 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. The object of this announcement is to give as much advance notice as possible, notes will be displayed at the school and on the village notice boards as to the exact date the display will be available for viewing and comment.

Gardens Open for Charity on Sunday 14th July Steddings and Tithe Barn from 2-7 pm

The Dorset Police Community Support Unit will be in Litton Cheney on Thursday 18th July from 5.00 pm to 6.30 pm.

Litton Cheney Social Committee invite you to celebrate the QUEEN'S JUBILEE at The Cottage, Litton Cheney on Saturday 20th July, starting at 6.30 pm

Lamb Roast, BBQ, jacket potatoes, etc, etc, etc,

Live music by local musicians

Bouncy castle for the younger ones from 6.30 - 8.30 pm

Fireworks when it's dark

Drinks available for a donation

Committee members will be calling at houses in the village offering you a ticket at £3 per person - under school age children free. Visitors most welcome - anyone wishing to purchase a ticket who has not had the opportunity please call Eddie on 482260 or Kathy 482552 Kathy Kourik LCSC Secretary

Altar kneeler exhibition. Have you read the notice under Valley Notes? We look forward to seeing you in the Church on 2nd or 3rd August. Mary Slark

Litton Cheney Youth Club continues to meet for those aged 8 - 17 years who live in Litton Cheney and the surrounding area. The club meets on Tuesdays running two sessions from 6.30 to 8.00 pm for juniors and from 8.00 to 9.30 pm for seniors. Last month a group of members went on a canoeing trip and this month's activities include archery and trampolining. For further details contact: Paul Kingston (Youth Leader) 482384 or James Williams (Chairman) 482779.

Amy Smith and Kayleigh Roots walked the fifteen miles between Shaftesbury and Salisbury in 4 hours on Sunday 12th May raising about £200 for Save the Children.

On Sunday 19th May Daniel Brewster was the first Thorner's pupil home in the Jurassic Fun Run. He ran the 5.5 km in 30 minutes with his Dad. (Walter was the fifth veteran home.) Katy Murphy also completed the run with her Mum, Natalie. Well done to them all, there were over 500 runners. Andy House completed the Jurassic Coast Challenge of 12.5 km coming 25th out of 120 runners.

Farewell. Betty Cresswell sadly passed away and we hope George will find peace and rest living closer to his son and daughter on the edge of the New Forest.

We hope Mrs Wilcox continues to make good progress after her operation on 5th June.

Visit the web site for the latest news.

The group meets at The White Horse Inn

at 8 o'clock on the first Monday of each month.

All welcome.

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St Peter's Long Bredy LONG BREDY

Village Correspondents: Mrs Elinor Frost


Tel ( 01308 ) 482269


Long Bredy Village Fete

on Saturday 13th July 2:30pm Kingston Russell House

To entertain us we have St Swithin's Silver Band, sponsored by Harmony Music, Ferret Racing, Bouncy Castle, games and teas by the pool.

Grand Draw £50 First Prize, sponsored by HY & Son Duke, Dorchester.

A children's art competition, Classes: 0-6 years, 7-11 years, 12-15 years.

Do come and have a go.

Lots of ice cream.

Please get baking for the teas and cakes stall.

Search the attic for bric-a-brac for Mike and Valerie Shepherd.

Peter Palm would like bottles and cans for the tombola.

Children's games and toys to Harriet Sykes.

Plants to Brian and Anne Peppiatt, produce to Helen Fox and books to Juniper Greener.

Prizes for the draw to Elinor Frost or Ruth Pitcher.

If you have not been allotted a job, do come and help with games and competitions, also with the setting up and clearing after the fete.

Let's make it as good, if not better than last year!

Golden Jubilee Village Party

On behalf of everyone who attended the Golden Jubilee Party we would like to express our grateful thanks to Rose-Marie and Albert Pitcher, their family, friends and helpers who organised a wonderful party.

A special thanks to Andrew Bailey who yet again travelled from Harlow to be Master of Ceremonies for this village event.

Long Bredy and Kingston Russell Parish Council

Rose-Marie, Albert and family would like to thank all the people who attended the Golden Jubilee Party in the village who made it such a wonderful, very successful afternoon. Also a very big THANK YOU to all their many helpers.

The party was completely self-funded from the money raised from the Bingo, Buffet Evening and money raised from the Raffle, soft drinks and Donation Pot on the day.

Many thanks, Rose-Marie and Albert Pitcher

Jubilee Flowers

Many grateful thank you's to everyone who helped make this such a happy and successful weekend. The loving care and attention to detail inside the Church and outside in our beautiful churchyard delighted and welcomed our many visitors.

The music was a continuous source of pleasure; and a special thank you to our two younger players who gave their precious holiday time to practise and perform.

A list of names would take two pages - but you all know who you are. From the florists right round the alphabet to the floor-sweepers, for the time and effort expended, and for the generous contributions to the stalls and the teas, thank you and thank you to each and everyone. Approximately £900 was raised to be shared between the Church and the Hospice.

Jubilee weekend was doubly celebrated by Eleanor and Charlie Pack with the arrival of Maisie, a lovely sister for Toby.

Welcome to the village

Julie and Jamie Moon with daughters Scarlet 9, Rose 4 and a new baby due any day, one cat, four guinea pigs and one rabbit, who have come to live at 2 Rookery.

Also Sara Deane and Ray Winter who have arrived at Fresh Fields.

We hope they will all enjoy living at Long Bredy.





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LITTLEBREDY St Michael & All Angels Littlebredy



A warm welcome to Daniel Barrett and Emma Byrne, who have moved into 2, Riverside Cottages. Daniel, of course, has spent much of his life in the village, and it is good to have them living among us full time. We hope their time here will be happy and fulfilled.

Many thanks and congratulations to all those who made such a success of the Golden Jubilee Social at the Village Hall on the Bank Holiday Monday evening. To pick out a few key contributions, a special mention must be made of the great efforts made by Mike Hannigan and his team to have the refurbished Hall ready for use again (and very fine it looks, for those who've not yet seen it), of Bryan Hansford's organisational abilities in ensuring such a collective feast was available for all, of the Tweeds, who dismantled then re-erected their trampoline on site in double quick time with such skill, of Chris & Judy Yates, who have presented the Village Green with a "golden" Robinia tree, to match the silver jubilee tree nearby of 25 years ago and "Prince William's Birthday" tree since then, and of all those who so lavishly decorated the scene with flags and bunting. Thanks to all who gave it their support; it was a most memorable village event as a result.

A reminder that a Harvest Supper is being planned in aid of the bells appeal at the end of September, which we hope will be equally well supported. Further details later. Are those smartie tubes in aid of the bells fund filling up?

Finally, the Scented Garden will again be open every Tuesday afternoon this month - as ever, Chris & Judy hope that the inconvenience to others will be slight.



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Editor: Susan Paul Windy Gap Shipton Lane Burton Bradstock DT6 4NQ