Bride Valley News - August 2003

Diary of events for all Parishes August 2003
Church Services August 2003

            FROM THE CLERGY             


Though many people already know, this is an informal announcement of my impending retirement as your Team Rector.  I shall be 65 in September, and will retire on the 30th.  Various services are planned so that we can make our farewells.  My last services will be on Sunday 28th September, and I plan to end my ministry in the diocese at the meeting of Salisbury Cathedral's College of Canons on the 30th.  It is a lovely coincidence that the Canons meet then, attend Evensong, and dine!


Pam and I will be moving to the delightful old market town of Ledbury in Herefordshire, where we shall be nearer some of our family in Gloucester.  We shall be pleased to see there anyone who might like to call on us.  Our address will be:-

 48 Prince Rupert Road, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 2FA - no telephone number as yet.


I confess to not having heard previously of Prince Rupert, but I know now that he was an English cavalry officer, born in Prague, the grandson of James I and nephew of Charles I.  In the Civil War Ledbury, like most of Herefordshire, was strongly Royalist.  Around the church and in the streets of Ledbury on 22nd April 1645 a brief but vigorous battle was fought between Prince Rupert and General Massey, the Roundhead commander from Gloucester.  It ended in the rout of the general, his retreat to Gloucester, and Prince Rupert's enjoying the hospitality of the big house, Ledbury Park.  The parish church boasts of bullet holes in its door!


Pam and I have enormously enjoyed our nine years in the Bride Valley.  It has been for me the greatest privilege and joy to minister to the people of our seven parishes, and especially to those with which I have been most concerned, Burton Bradstock (with Chilcombe) and Shipton Gorge.  We have made many friends and acquaintances, and enjoyed so many happy times in church and community, that while it will be very painful to leave, we shall take with us lots of good memories.  Thank you for more things than you can possibly know!

John Atkinson


Valley Notes

Rector's Retirement

Yes, it is happening, our Rector John and his lovely wife Pam are retiring at the end of September, and moving out of the Rectory to a new home in Ledbury soon afterwards.  But we are not saying our goodbyes yet.  Instead this notice is to inform the people of the Bride Valley (and beyond) that we are now collecting for a leaving present for Pam and Canon John.  If you would like to contribute, please do this through your churchwardens who will give you further information.  Here they are, in alphabetical order:

Burton Bradstock         Basil Dent and Howard Bongers

Chilcombe                    Sue Diment

Littlebredy                    Sir Philip Williams and John Laurence

Litton Cheney               Freddie Spicer and Hugh Lindsay

Long Bredy                  Elinor Frost and Janet Cuff

Puncknowle                  Ann Roberts and Jim Bailey

Shipton Gorge              Sir Geoffrey Howlett and Janet Lane

Swyre                          Vera Hirst and Ivor Lewis                   Anthony Ashwell



There will be no meetings during August.  Meetings will resume again in September. For details contact Paul ..., Tel ...

Burton Bradstock School

Last month I promised news of the summer term so here goes!  Firstly congratulations to Thorner's who won the Cluster Swimming Gala.  We were very pleased to come second.  It was an exciting and fun afternoon and the children taking part were a credit.  Following this event was one for the early years children, the 'Cluster Teddy Bears Picnic', held at St Catherine's School.  A good time was had by all. 


Our annual Music Concert was held in the W.I. Hall on Thursday 3rd July.  We enjoyed a wide range of contributions from 'Handel' to 'Girls Aloud', classical to pop, traditional to contemporary. Thus the programme contained a blend of Class, individual and group performances, including the recorder groups and band.  The children in Reception and Key Stage 1 sang some sea shanties and Class 3 performed their own pentatonic scale composition.  Class 4 sang a couple of songs based on Science concepts.  (Incidentally, the composer of these songs is a teacher friend of mine from my early days in Kent.)  These went with a fair swing and by the end the younger children were joining in the actions during the chorus.  All the children took part in some capacity and it was also an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of instrumentalists and their tutors from the Dorset Music Service.


At the time of writing we are shortly to embark on the Class 4 London trip which should be a lot of fun.  Likewise the Year 2 children are about to visit Hooke Court for a short break of fun activities.  More news on these next month.  We still have the Cluster Sports and Leavers' Service to look forward to and by the time this month's BVN is published we will have broken up for the summer break.  Our sincere thanks go to Mrs Claire Procter for teaching 'Sails' this term - she has done a super job.  In September Miss Louise Brine, a Foundation Stage and Early Years specialist joins the staff in the capacity of Assistant Headteacher.


Again thanks go to the PTA whose activities have continued to provide us with those extras that make a huge difference to the opportunities the children receive.  This year we have purchased a keyboard, reading books and paid for coach travel from PTA funding.

Mark Stratta

June 100 Club Winners:

            £20 - Mr D.R. Maude             £10 - Mr & Mrs White 

            £5 - Mrs R. Haley

Thorner's CE VA Primary School

I hope that as you read this you are enjoying the glorious sunshine of the summer, it is the school holiday so there may well be lots of noise from children playing and having fun.  School has broken up with one group of children preparing for Secondary education and another group looking forward to joining Thorner's.  We trust that both groups are anticipating the next step with enthusiasm.


The last few weeks of term were busy with various events, sports days, parent consultations, SATS results, reports, swimming galas and our handball team travelled to Manchester where we met teams from the Wirral, Haslingden, Bristol and Manchester; the journey was long, the accommodation limited but the games were lively.  The team learnt how to defend and attack with meaning, showed good sportsmanship, even in defeat, eventually ending 6th out of 10.  The experience prepared us well for the beach handball the following Thursday, here the teams were from Loders, Powerstock, Bristol, Portland and Weymouth areas.  Even though the surface is restricting in that you cannot bounce the ball, what is good is that the sand allows more diving!  Harder for the goalkeeper as the players can reach that much further!  The day was enjoyed by us all and one of the first opportunities for our spectators to stand alongside encouraging us, many of our parents had been hearing handball, handball, handball without having watched a game!  This day was more rewarding for us, we won our group of 5 teams, beat Loders in the semi-final and then lost to Southwell in the final 6-4.  I preferred the atmosphere on the beach, with players supporting each other. In the same way, support from the local community is valued.


At the end of term, as we do every term, we walked to church for our last assembly together, where we join as a community, pupils, staff, parents and members of the church, to thank God for the caring of our school and all the pupils in it.  One of the advantages of being a church school is that sharing together, in church or side by side at the Caribbean Fair in May, working together members of church and pupils bell ringing greeting the rest of the school as they walk through the village or actually in school with all the volunteers who come in and work with groups or individual children.  The links with the church are important, not just today, but for the future of our pupils; it gives them positive values to take with them through the rest of their lives, gives them good role models and offers a choice which they may never obtain otherwise.  Thank you for sharing and extending those values, your contributions towards school are appreciated throughout the year, each and every year in many different ways, from the joint fair in May to the individual care shown to each and every one of the pupils and staff.  

Alison Johnstone



As the summer term draws near to an end I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved with Thorner's School; Mrs Johnston, teachers, staff, helpers, governors, parents, and children have all put a lot of time and effort into the school. They have been caring, hard working and giving an input, all of which have been very much appreciated.


There have been a lot of enjoyable events this term including Beach Day, cooking and a surprise for the children.


I would like to wish everyone a happy summer time, what ever you are doing, and may God watch over you all. The next PTA meeting will be:

Monday 22 September PTA meeting in school staff room 7.30 -9.00pm.

Everyone is welcome so please try and come. New and Established members are always welcome!


100 CLUB

Lucky winners - Jack Bailey and Wendy Collinson

Kind Regards                                                            Dianne ffoulkes (chair)

First Steps Parent and Toddler Group will not be meeting in August.  We offer toys and activities for all pre-school children, coffee and chat for parents and carers.  The group meets at Long Bredy Village Hall on the first, third and fifth Wednesdays of the month.  On the second Wednesday we meet in Little Bredy Hall and on the fourth Wednesday we meet in either Little Bredy or Puncknowle.  The first session is free so why not come along to Long Bredy Village Hall on Wednesday 3rd September between 10.00am and 12 noon.  For further details contact:  Jo (Litton Cheney) ... or Julie (Puncknowle) 897178 or Rachel (Kingston Russell and Long Bredy) 482246


10.00 am - 6.00 pm

Saturday 13th September, 2003


Cycle or walk around some of Dorset's churches and chapels to raise money for the church of your choice and for the Dorset Historic Churches Trust.




Charity Commission Registered Number 282790


Over £35,500 was raised by the Cycle Ride last year and half of this was returned to parishes immediately. The Trust has been able to help churches (of all denominations) in Dorset with grants and loans for repairs and it is essential that this work can continue. Rarely is a request turned down.


Those who take part, on a bicycle, on foot, in a wheelchair or indeed on a horse, will be helping to raise money not only for the Dorset Historic Churches Trust, but also the church of their choice.      The great thing about this sponsored ride is that it is very flexible - you can visit as many (or as few) churches and chapels as you wish and start and finish at your choice of times. Those unable to take part in the actual ride, can help out by staffing their local church to welcome visiting cyclists and if that is impossible, anyone can be a sponsor!                So there really is a part for the whole community to play.


Organisers ( from whom Sponsorship forms may be obtained ) are as follows:-              Burton Bradstock  Howard Bongers897029

                        Litton Cheney         Freddie Spicer  482617 

                          Puncknowle             Ann Roberts   897716

                          Shipton Gorge         Janet Lane  897241


Litton Cheney Youth Club is having a summer break during August and sessions will recommence in September.  In the Giant Sunflower Competition the leading contenders have reached 1.35m so keep watering and contact Paul Kingston 482384 if you need your sunflower measured.    


Mothers' Union  

There is no meeting in August


R.B.L. Women's Section

There will be a Sale of All Sorts in the W.I. Hall, Burton Bradstock at 2.00 pm on Thursday 21st August 2003 with all the usual stalls. Donations of items for any of the stalls will be greatly appreciated.

Joyce Hyde



Bride Valley News readers may be interested to know that over the August Bank Holiday weekend, 23rd, 24th and 25th August, six of the Valley's local artists will be opening their studios to the public for Bridport Open Studios.


Peter and Anna Southall, at Chilcombe, will be offering refreshment, demonstrations and a view to end all views. Cece Mills, Jane Ashdown, Barbara MacKay and Tim Sage are showing a large collection of paintings in various mediums, as well as a variety of printing techniques. Tea and scones are also on offer in Cece's wild Swyre garden. Brian Cocks will open his studio too, just a few steps from the car park on the beach at West Bexington


Cece is giving 10% of her profits to Swyre Church. You can obtain a free guide to the event from her. Tel. 01308 897073.


Delicious Dorset Cream Tea

Once again this ever popular afternoon occasion will be held at Bethany, 7 Hammond's Mead, Lower Sea Lane Charmouth ( by kind invitation of Jan and Roger Williams ) so come along and enjoy this very traditional event in a beautiful garden close by the beach on Wednesday 13th August from 3.00 - 5.00 pm. There will be a White Elephant Stall and Christian literature. Bibles will be on sale.

John McDougal



Women's Health Road Show.

Calling all women over 40 plus - wise up on your well-being!


Practical advice and support from your local health professionals on subjects such as:-

~ menopause ~ H.R.T. ~ breast aware ~ osteoporosis ~

~ continence advice ~ healthy living ~


Exhibits and Speakers.


Join us for an informative evening and a chance to ask questions.


When and where?

Portesham Community Centre

on Thursday 18th Sept.6.30 - 10.00 p.m.


Bridport Town Hall on Thursday 25th Sept.6.30 - l0.00 p.m


Book now by phone 01308 426800 

Ring between Mon.-Thurs  ( 11.00am - 1.00 p.m.)

Ask for Veronica stating your name and choice of venue.


Light refreshments will be served. No charge.


Terry Harrison, Health Visitor: Portesham Surgery.





Please see Burton section ( page 16 ) for details


¯  Concert at St. Mary's Litton Cheney   ¯

In aid of the Church


Friday 15th August at 7.00pm


Paul Cheater(Organ)   

Tom Cheater



Bride Valley Gardening Club                         

Hello to all our members, potential members and gardeners in our area. As you will have noted, our Mini Plant and Vegetable Show this year will be on September 14th rather than the usual mid summer one. 


The Committee felt it would allow for a different range of flowers, vegetables and fruits this year and would make a pleasant change. We do hope you are having success in your gardens, after a mild if not wet winter most seem to be flourishing!


Dorothy, our Chairman asks that all cup winners from last year's Show return their cups either to her in Litton Cheney or pass them to the village representative in your village.


Mr Michael Michaud of The Chilli Farm, Lyme View, Swyre Road, West Bexington has kindly invited the Club members to a special meeting at the farm on Wednesday 27th August starting at 7.00 p.m. On the basis of Michael's talks to us previously this will be an interesting and lively evening. Please phone Ann Miles on 482301 if you wish to go and if you need transport.


We hope to see you at the above outing or at the Mini show. The usual indoor meetings with speakers start again in October.

                                    Norma Millard  Club Secretary  West Bexington 897774.


 BURTON BRADSTOCK                                          


Village Correspondent  Mr Basil Dent

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



Mid Week WorshipHoly 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                            17th August      Visible Communications.

 There will be no Tiny Tots / Pram Service in August.  The next service will be on Friday 12th September at 11.00 am.


Thank you very much indeed to all my helpers at the Tots Service, especially to Elaine Tame, who is now retiring;  Elaine has made the refreshments since we started in February 1995. From September the Mothers' Union is taking over the running of the service, under the leadership of Yvette Smith, the Branch Leader of the Bride Valley Mothers' Union. I thank the Play Group leaders and children for their gift of a lovely bowl, together with a card signed by all the play group children, which they gave me on Friday 4th July, a lovely surprise.

 I wish Yvette and the Mothers' Union well in running the Tiny Tots/Pram Service in the coming years.                                  Pam Atkinson


The next Healing Services at St Mary's will be held on Mondays 18th August and 8th September, each at 7.00 pm.


Funeral                       16th June                      Elsie M. Hunt

Thanksgiving Service for the Life of Elsie Hunt      13th July


The Parochial Church Council next meets on Monday 15th September at 7.00 pm.


St Mary's Church Fête  A warm welcome awaits our readers and holidaymakers at The Rectory garden on Thursday 7th August at 2.00pm.  There will be a variety of stalls and sideshows, and much more - plenty to amuse and enjoy.


Patronal Festival  On Sunday 17th August we celebrate the Feast Day of our patron saint Mary the Virgin with Holy Communion at 8 am; Matins at 11.00 am, followed by drinks in The Rectory garden; and Evensong at 6.30 pm.  Do come and join in the day at St Mary's.


About People  We send our best wishes to those who are ill, at home or in hospital.  We hope you will soon be well again.  Please be assured that you are remembered in our prayers.

A warm welcome to those moving into the village.  We hope you soon feel at home here, and find Burton Bradstock a good place to live.  Our good wishes also go with those moving away to new homes.

John Atkinson


Retirement of Our Rector

The last service to be taken by our Rector before he retires will be the 11.00 am Parish Communion on Sunday 28th September. Following this service there will be a presentation made to John and Pam in the W.I. Hall and financial donations towards this presentation are invited. A buffet will be provided and whilst attendance at this event is not dependent on having attended the service or made a donation, it is imperative that all names must be given by Sunday 21st September in order to facilitate the catering.

Names and donations to either Basil Dent or Howard Bongers, cheques payable to St. Mary's P.C.C.                                                                                                                                                            Churchwardens



Church Fête - Thursday 7th August

Items for the Fête can be delivered to the Rectory garage on:

Wednesday 30th July  -  4.30pm till 7.00pm

and      Saturday 2nd August  -  10am till 12noon


Grand  Draw  prizes  and  items  for  the  Hamper  to  be  delivered  to 7  Norburton, please.


Wanted: Help to set up stalls at 6pm on Wednesday 6th August.  If you can assist please contact Tom Holmes on 897046. 



Piper and Scottish Dancers will be giving a display at the Fête. 

Howard Bongers




Burton Bradstock W.I.

After the president Pat Raven had welcomed 41 members and 4 visitors to the meeting on 8th July we were harmoniously entertained by Mrs Dee Thorne and Mrs Hilary Charlesworth with their entertaining talk and singing presentation "Two's Company." They have been singing together for five years, cutting their teeth in folk clubs. We enjoyed their delightful arrangements of such old favourites as Linden Lee and Scarborough Fair as well as some songs less familiar to us. They soon had us joining in too.


A Quiz Night (open to all) is to be held on 10th October. Tickets price £2.50 to include refreshments can be bought from Joan Allan and Heather Thompson. The Christmas Lunch is at Highland End on Thursday 11th December and bookings will be taken in September.


Margaret Holmes said that she will arrange a walk for the Walking Group on 19th August if members are interested. Please see the notice board for details. Anyone interested in Pitch and Putt please contact Wendy Green.


Although it has been decided to purchase new stage curtains for the WI Hall with some of Trudy Hodgson's legacy suggestions are still needed for the money remaining.


Pat Raven thanked Joan Gillett and Lilian Brown who were in the kitchen and the tea hostesses Margaret Ackland and Shirley Gilbert.


Hundred Club winners were: 1. Jeanne Hill 2. Mary Burr 3. Jill Spinney 4. Brenda Cheney. Margaret Ackland's salpiglossis won the Flower of the Month competition. Anne Rees was thanked for her flower arrangement.


Dates for your Diary: Walking Group 19th August. Quiz Night: 10th October. Christmas Lunch: 11th December.


The speaker at the next meeting at 7.15 pm on 9th September is Inspector John Pollock who will talk to us about the work of the RSPCA.

Sheila Spencer-Smith






Have you thought of hiring the W.I. Hall for a child's birthday party?

For example, the price for a Saturday afternoon would be £15.00

Please contact the Booking Secretary, Wendy Green ( 898119 ),

for further information and/or for making a booking.




Alzheimers Society - Bridport Branch

Sincere thanks to all those who supported the Garden Party on 10th July, and especially to those who helped with setting-up and clearing away and to the many kind friends who gave items and donations. Special thanks to our Rector, John and his wife Pam for the use of their garden. Whilst the total for the event is not to hand in time for insertion in this month's issue, we know that it was our best effort yet.

Basil Dent



New Computer Courses in Burton Bradstock

Following the Open Evening in May, local education and training providers have been contacted to see which courses they can run locally.  Thank you to everyone who completed a questionnaire to enable us to reach this stage.  


As you will see from the table below, most of the courses will be held during the daytime together with a couple of the more specialised areas in the evening as the availability of trainers is more limited for the evening sessions, although, this is an issue that the providers are looking into.  Some courses receive higher subsidies through government funding and you will see that Burton Bradstock Website Committee has been able to offer these at particularly low prices. 


The first courses including Word Processing, Databases and Digital Photography will start during the week commencing 8th September.  Introductory courses for complete beginners or those of you that wish to develop more confidence in computing will start the following month, on Tuesday 14th  October.  All courses will need a minimum number of people in order to run and in the case of the introductory courses the minimum is as high as 10.


We intend to offer courses in response to demand throughout the year with a gap through the summer months and will keep you informed through the Bride Valley News.  For details of the next courses please see the table below. You will see from the number of sessions indicated that the Digital Photography courses are only single sessions whereas the other courses all have multiple sessions, up to a maximum of 6, running for consecutive weeks. 



Starting Date


No. of Sessions


No. of Places



8th Sept





Digital Photography


8th Sept






Digital Photography




10th Sept










Word Processing




11th Sept










Web Design




17th Sept










Gentle Introduction to Computing




14th Oct








Min 10

Max 18



*  The introductory course is offered by Weymouth College and is subsidised as a taster course consequently we regret that we cannot take bookings from people who have already attended this particular one.


Bookings can be made by e-mailing Karen Venn on or phoning 01308 897094 between 5pm and 7pm weekday evenings.


The Great Cycle Ride

 Keen cyclists are invited to take part in this annual event Details and sponsorship forms are available from Howard Bongers - 897029  ( See page 6  for further details )





I would like to thank everyone who very kindly sponsored my grandson, Jonathan Carrivick, and his friend Hugh Deeming who successfully trekked across the Vatnajokull  ice cap in Iceland - the largest ice field in Europe. They did the trek in June over ten days in aid of Cancer Research at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

                                                                                                               Eileen Carrivick.






A series of three classical music concerts



(leader David Juritz)

with Neil Black , oboe, and other soloists



Thursday 21st,  Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd August



Programme highlights


Thurs 21st Aug      Schubert - Quintet in C, op 169,   Gaubert - Sonatine for flute and  piano,            

                                Mozart - Adagio for cor anglais and string trio,  

                                Telemann -  Concerto for two oboes and continuo.


Fri 22nd Aug         Mendelssohn - Octet, op 20,   Tartini - Sonata "Devil's Trill",  

                                Bach - Cantata No 51,   Beethoven - Cavatina from quartet op130.


Sat 23rd Aug         Bach - Brandenburg Concerto no 2,   Bellini - Oboe concerto in Eb,

                                Telemann - Concerto for flute, oboe d'amore and viola d'amore,

                                Vivaldi - Concerto in D minor for two oboes, 

                                Handel - Concerto Grosso  op 6, no 11.


Prices:   For each concert - £8 and £5 (restricted view).

            Season ticket -      £20

Available from:

·                     Mike Southgate, Applegates, Grove Rd, Burton Bradstock,    Bridport, Dorset DT6 4QT.  Tel no: 01308 897487.

·                     Post Office, Burton Bradstock.   Tel no:  01308 897243

Please note:-     SAE, please, for return if requesting by post. Make cheques payable to "Burton Bradstock Festival"

                                                                                                        Mike Southgate


Burton Bradstock Village

Web Site Address

Did you know that the Bride Valley News

is published on this web site every month?

In addition, did you know that old copies of the magazine

can also be viewed on the web site?






Village Correspondent: Mrs. Joy White

Eastcote  3 Gullivers Orchard  Shipton Gorge

Tel: ( 01308 )897974




Wedding         5th July             James A. Bowers and Tania L. Akehurst


The Parochial Church Council next meets on Wednesday 10th September at Burgay House.


Shipton Gorge Parish Council -  Playing Field

There have been three trees planted in the Playing Field over the past 20 years or more as memorials for residents who used to live in the village. These trees each had a commemorative plaque with the name of the person in whose memory they were planted but over the years these plaques have been lost. The playing field committee would like to replace these but needs the help of villagers who may be able to recall the names and trees allotted to each person. We know that a turkey oak tree was planted in memory of Matthew Thompson and that one of the other trees was in memory of Ralph Mansell but we do not know about the third tree.

Can anyone help us with the name for the third tree and/or the dates for the other two as well? If you can help please contact either Mary Boughton on 01308-897958 or Richard Hewlett on 01308-897278.



THE STREET FAIR will be on Saturday 23rd August in and around the New Inn starting at 2.00pm. All donations of items for the following stalls would be much appreciated Cakes, Bric­Brac, Tombola, Books and Raffle. People to contact are Sally 897168, Bob Simpson 898317, Terry Hunt 898301, Sue Hawksworth 897106 or Heather Puttock Rosamond Ave. On the day, anyone wishing to have their postcode engraved on cycles, lawnmowers, hedge trimmers, or any gardens tools etc, will be able to have them done at 50p per item.



The Village Society would like to say thank you to John and Jean at the New Inn for the lovely meals they have done for us once a fortnight. It has been much appreciated by everyone and we all look forward to October when they start again. Thank you very much from us all.



May I say "Sorry it's late".. but on behalf of the Village Society Committee may I say a big thank you to Jill Parsons and Geoff Shepherd for all their hard work as committee members over the years.


The Great Cycle Ride

 Keen cyclists are invited to take part in this annual event. Details and sponsorship forms are available from Janet Lane - 897241. (See page 6 for further details)



Shipton Gorge Hall 100 Club                                                                     

During September members of the Village Hall Management Committee will he inviting current participants to renew their membership of the 100 Club. In the event of there being any vacancies the Committee would be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to support this important fund-raiser and become a member. The cost is £10 for one year's membership If sufficient new entrants register an interest the Committee will consider increasing the membership of the Club.

Please contact Brian Shaw at Peas Hill End on 897524.


Winners for the July Draw

No. 65


Alice Townsend

No. 49


Fred Stanton





Village Correspondent: Sid Marshall

3 Green Barton, Swyre Tel: 897318




Holy Matrimony

28th June 2003             Martin Yeates to Annmarie King


What a wonderful day this was!  We started with a most moving Service of Joy and Blessing at the Chapel in the Woods (with glorious weather), moved on to the formalities in Holy Trinity Church, and finished at the barn with partying into the night.  We wish Annmarie and Martin every blessing and all happiness in their life together. 

Songs of Praise Season

This is upon us, and we look forward to five glorious Sunday evenings on 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st August.  Each 35 minute or so Service begins at 7.30pm and includes eight (!) hymns, prayers, reading and a poem.  At the time of writing the arrangements look like this:

3rd August         Hymns chosen by Brian and Janet Lane

                        Organist - Brian Lane

10th August       Hymns chosen by Vera Hirst and Ivor Lewis

                        Organist - Paul Cheater

17th August       Hymns chosen by Peter Northover

                        Organist - Paul Cheater

24th August       Hymns chosen by Ken and Vera Howard

                        Organist - Paul Cheater

31st August       Hymns chosen by Deborah Wordsworth and Madeline                                                                                          Marshall

                        Organist - Paul Cheater

Anthony Ashwell



One of the youngsters in the village has put together a web site for the village, which has a temporary address of:-                                                                     

It was mainly constructed for viewing the progress of this year's archaeological digs in the village.  Pay it a visit and see what you think.




Dr Peter Northover has kindly put together an historical walk around the village.  It is hoped that it will be available at various establishments throughout the valley and all proceeds will go towards the church at his request.



The community support vehicle will be at Puncknowle Bottom on Thursday 28th August between 5.30pm and 6.30pm.


Please also be aware there have been a large number of thefts from motor vehicles in recent weeks in the West Dorset area. Always ensure that valuable belongings are safely hidden from view. Also be extra vigilant in August with the increased numbers of visitors over this period - remember this little rhyme:-

  "If you see a crime ring 999.

If you're in doubt at all give Bridport Police a call"

 Andy Marshall Area Co-ordinator





Temporary address:-





Village Correspondent:  Elizabeth Slater

1, Lytton Close, Puncknowle, Dorchester DT2 9BH

Telephone: ( 01308 ) 897751




Burial of Ashes

10th July 2003              June Audrey Bryant      aged 70

We laid Audrey's Cremated Remains quietly to rest with those of her husband Fred.  Audrey died in hospital on 15th June, and her neighbours in Looke Lane especially will miss a cheerful, chatty soul.  We send our commiserations to her family (two sisters, two brothers and their families). 

Anthony Ashwell


Puncknowle Art Group

In June we were lucky with a fine day for painting in Punknowle. Spots of rain however could not dampen our trip to the Pierpoint Gallery in Bridport where we had coffee, cakes and a talk on framing.       There are no meetings in August.




"Fun for Puncknowle, Swyre and West Bexington People"

Friday 29 August, 7.30 - 10pm at Puncknowle Hall.  The theme for August will be 'Holidays'.  If you have any memorabilia or tales to tell please bring them with you along with your tipple.  Nibbles will be provided.  Everyone welcome. Come and go as you please.  Donations towards cost of hall/evening would be appreciated.                                                                                                   Contact Nos. 898492/897751



The Great Cycle Ride

The Dorset Historic Churches Cycle Ride will take place this year on Saturday 13 September.  It is a great day out for young and old alike so please support your local church. Sponsor forms may be obtained from Ann Roberts of Burwell Cottage, Puncknowle - phone 897716. ( See Valley Notes page 6 for further details ).


Homewatch - Puncknowle, West Bexington & Swyre

The community support vehicle will be at Puncknowle bottom on Thursday 28th August between 5.30pm and 6.30pm.Please also be aware there have been a large number of thefts from motor vehicles in recent weeks in the West Dorset area. Always ensure that valuable belongings are safely hidden from view. Also being August be extra vigilant with the increased numbers of visitors over the period and remember this little rhyme:-

            "If you see a crime ring nine nine nine!"

            "If your in doubt at all give Bridport Police a call"

Andy Marshall Area Co-ordinator




Firstly, I would like to thank Mick and Anne for letting us again use their car park for our sponsored trike ride. Our end of term outing was to Monkey World on the 10th July; all the children, along with their parents, enjoyed a really lovely day. The end of term party took place on the last day of term when a bouncy castle was the high‑light of the day. There were ten leavers this year and I would like to say good bye and best wishes to them all:-. All leavers received a PE bag embossed with their names and a certificate of their time with us. Fun Night news will appear next month.


The Summer Quiz is on sale from the end of July at the usual places, including Bridport and Dorchester TIC

AGM   10th September 2003 - at the Play-group.

Christmas Bingo   21st November - at the Play‑group, Puncknowle

Sue Talbot, Administrator.01308 482204



Don't forget to check the village website

to keep in touch with village events and find useful information


LITTON CHENEY                                                          

Village Correspondent:

Mrs. Elizabeth Kingston, 5 Manor Farm Close





Funeral and Burial

9th June 2003               Leonard Charles Earnest Southey         aged 82

Leonard, as many Litton Cheney residents will know, was one of the great village 'characters', and although he became increasingly eccentric in his latter years, we were able sincerely to give thanks to God and remember a kind and sociable man. 


Evensong - 31st August

We try, when we can, to have an Evensong on a fifth Sunday, and here we are at 6.30pm.  It cannot be too long, as both organist and Vicar have to get to Swyre's Songs of Praise by 7.30pm!                    Anthony Ashwell


Litton Cheney Social Committee

You are invited to join us at 6 pm for a BBQ on Saturday 16th August at The Cottage.  There will be live music, plenty of food and drink and hopefully some sunny weather.  Committee members will visit you to sell tickets at the beginning of August but please ring 482552/482260 after the 10th if we miss you.  (Tickets are limited.)


Future events include a walk via a pub on 13th September, Harvest Supper on 11th October and Carol singing on 18/19 December.  We are also hoping to arrange a trip to a show or panto later in the year.  We look forward to seeing you all at these events.                                                                                                           Kathy Kourik LCSC Secretary


The Mobile Library visits Litton Cheney fortnightly and stops by the Bus Shelter between 3.25 pm and 4.10 pm.  The dates in August when the library van will be visiting are 14th and 28th so why not go along.


The Dorset Police Community Support Unit will be in Litton Cheney by the Bus Shelter on Thursday 14th August from 7.00-8.00 p.m.



Congratulations to The White Horse Inn Abseil Team who jumped from the top of the Hardy Monument a few weeks ago.  The event was in aid of The Anthony Nolan Trust, the leukaemia charity, and with over £600 in sponsorship already received, it looks as if our team's contribution will be in excess of £700.  The event in total raised over £7000.  In addition to jumping from a height of 70 feet, the team also had to endure the threat of being struck by lightening as a thunder storm rumbled away nearby!  Well done again to Rachael, Dave, John and Paul.  What's next?



The Great Cycle Ride

Calling all cyclists - visit as many (or as few) churches as you wish on Saturday 13th September between 10.00 a.m. and 6.00p.m. - half the money you raise through sponsorship will go to the Dorset Historic Churches Trust (which provides financial support to churches in need in the county) and the other half will benefit your own nominated church.  There is an existing record for the most number of churches visited by a Litton rider - 38 - can you beat this?  Details of participating churches and sponsorship forms are available from Freddie Spicer 482617. (See page 6 for further details)


Litton Cheney Playing Field Association

The Annual Family Fun Day will be taking place on Sunday 21st September.  On the day there will be a Silent Auction, for which we would be grateful for more items.  If  you are able to help on the day we would be most grateful and those wishing to take part in the 6 a side football tournament or the volleyball competition please contact Paul or Elizabeth Kingston 482384.


A test pit was excavated in The Paddocks as part of  the Time Team 'Big Dig' ably assisted by several enthusiastic junior archaeologists from the village.  There were a large number of interesting finds but most were comparatively recent. 


A belated  welcome to Tess Green who lives on Main Street.


Well done to Ross Jones who completed the London to Brighton cycle for the Heart Foundation raising over £160.00.

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.


LONG BREDY                                                         

Village Correspondent:

Mrs. Elinor Frost, Bridelands ( 482269 )


Parish Communion - 31st August

This 5th Sunday gives us an opportunity to have a Sung Communion, which will be the United Service for the East End of the Valley.  We will use the modern order but in either traditional or modern language, and I would be pleased to hear preferences before the day. 

Anthony Ashwell


Village Fete

A fine day and a beautiful setting set the scene for a successful fete.  Thank you to Mr & Mrs Carter for letting us have the use of their beautiful gardens and to Mrs Carter for declaring the fete open.


Financially, we are looking at £2,780,  a quite wonderful result.  A copy of the completed result will be put on the notice boards when we have all the details.


The team of men, boys (ladies, too) who were at the hall at 10:00 am, had the trailers loaded very quickly, the fete was set up and packed away at the end of the day so efficiently.  Thank you all very much.


The stallholders worked wonders with the amount of produce, cakes, bric-a-brac, plants, toys and books weighing down the tables.  The tombola table did a roaring trade, as did the ice-cream on a hot day.  Teas in the cool pool area with the musicians playing were a delight.  Our young people ran the games so well and the Thorner's Maypole dancing was excellent.


So many people helped in so many ways; thank you all very much.



Long Bredy & Litton Cheney WI

July's speaker was Ethne Conlon, who joined Earthwatch about three years ago and began work in South Africa helping to clean penguins that had been victims of oil spillages.  If the birds have not ingested the oil they are washed which takes about an hour; this is a mammoth task when the numbers involved are in the region of twenty thousand.  Her travels included the notorious Robin Island, originally a leper colony and just five miles off the coast, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.  However, most of the work took place on Dassen Island, and together with other voluntary workers she used the opportunity to ring the penguins to help record their movements, age and future offspring.


The ringing continued on Midway Island, twelve hundred miles northwest of Hawaii and virtually on the international dateline.  The birds here include the Albatross, a large sea-bird of which there are seventeen species, but the Short-Tailed Albatross, for example, currently numbers only three recorded throughout world.  Their numbers are diminishing mainly due to fishing practises that entangle and drown the birds as they dive for food.  The Albatross has a huge wingspan of eleven feet and weighs five pounds; as it is five years old before it breeds, and it only produces one egg each season, its survival is seriously threatened.  Volunteers like Ethne who travel the world and spend their free time working with professionals, dedicate their lives to helping birds that have become the victims of their worst predator, man.

Valerie Shepherd




United Family Service - 29th June

Being the leader of this Service, I'm not the best person to report on it.  What I can say is that the church was full to overflowing; many helped brilliantly with the Service; about half of those who came stayed on for a  picnic  in  the  park  ( thank you  Sir  Philip and  Lady  Williams  for


allowing us to use your land in this way); the weather was perfect; and we shall do it again! 


Adult Baptism - 10th August

George and Louise who are to be married in our church next year are being baptised at our Family Service on 10thAugust at 11.00am.  Do come and support them if you can.                                 Anthony Ashwell



What a wonderful occasion the Combined Valley Family Service at the end of June was.  Even with all the Village Hall chairs pressed into service, there was standing room only as the service began.  Many thanks to the musicians for their vivacious offerings, and to everyone who took part.  A highlight was the ceremony of repeating the Promises of the Bride Valley Cubs and Beavers, who, with parents and friends, were in the Church in force, after their weekend camp on the cricket ground.  The communal lakeside picnic in the Bridehead grounds, in glorious sunshine, was a fitting end to a great event.


Congratulations to Lucy Tweed, Calum Armstrong and Ryan Kingston, who formed the Littlebredy contingent among the team of 8 from Thorner's School taking part in the National Mini-Handball Tournament in Haslingden, Lancs., recently.  A very creditable sixth place put Thorner's even more on the map of sporting achievement.  The team excelled this, though, in the National Beach Handball Championship at Weymouth, where they were runners-up.  Well done indeed.


This is being written on the day of Pat Cooper's annual fundraising Garden Party at White Hill Cottage - this year in aid of CancerCare Dorset and the Dorset Air Ambulance.  It is too early to forecast results yet, but all who have driven past recently will have seen the publicity and road signs, and will recognize just how much Pat and her team of helpers have put in to making the event a success.  An overcast day did not deter the crowds, who turned up in droves for the stalls, teas, tombola and raffle - where the donated prizes were of tremendous range and value, thanks to the persuasiveness of Pat and her friends.  Congratulations to them all.




Celebrate an angel moment in verse and enter it for this competition. Closing date 29 August. Winners will be notified week commencing 15 September and their poems will be read at the Askerswell Michaelmas Festival Concert on Saturday 27 September. Entries from schools welcome as well as from individuals. Good prizes. Entry forms available from Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport Library or send an SAE to the competition address:

Askerswell Angels Poetry Competition, Village Hall, Askerswell, Dorchester DT2 9EW.

 For more information contact Richard Mabb on

 01308 485351

 or e-mail:




Anniversary Events for August

Sun 3rd - RNLI Songs of Praise, The Green, West Bay (weather permitting)


Wed 6th - Carnival Bingo

Sun 10th - RNLI  Fun Day and Trawler Festival

Thurs 14th - Carnival Darts Final


Sat 16th - Bridport Carnival

Sun 17th - Carnival Fete and Torchlight Procession

Thurs 21st -- Melplash Agricultural Show


Sun 24th - RAFA Summer Fayre, Haddon House Hotel, West Bay



The Parson Knows

Bishop Street Press: ISBN 0-9531802-1- 2: 258pp


This book is taken from the Parish Notes 1953-1968 by the Rev'd Oliver Willmott. It is the sequel to Yours Reverently, which covered the years 1948-1953. Oliver Willmott was for many years the vicar of Loders, Askerswell & Dottery.   

This extract was written in August1965

 IOf fêtes and umbrellas

The English summer is wet often enough to support those who argue that we should stop growing hay and corn and confine ourselves to silage. But hope springs eternal, and we go on trying to make hay when the sun doesn't shine. So it is with outdoor functions. We go on holding garden fêtes because of the lovely things they could be, turning our backs on the painful memories of what they often are. Our hearts went out to our neighbours in Bradpole over their recent experience of a garden fête. Much thought and work had been put into it. Sir G.. G.. had brought his garden to the peak of perfec­tion for the occasion. The morning of the fête was sunny, warm and cloudless, but in the afternoon when the jollity was about to begin a wetting drizzle descended, punctuated by sharp showers, and fog fell on the neighbouring hills. Stallholders had to put their wares under the counter if they had no covering ofcellophane. But those who queued for tombola tickets could not be put off by the dripping down their necks of each other's umbrellas. Under the circumstances the fête did well to bring in £100. As might have been expected the Saturday following behaveditself and was gloriously fine, when it wasn't required to be. We hope that the long run of good luckenjoyed by Loders fête may hold this year, though we must not grumble if it does not.


Don't forget The Flowers of Dorset Exhibition at The Dorset County Museum, Dorchester.


The Exhibition is a celebration of the life and work of J.C. Mansel- Pleydell and is open every day in august from 10.00 am - 5.00 pm