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July 2003


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


Day-in, day-out, our television screens and papers are full of images of violence, tragedy and disaster.  So often these seem to strike in those parts of the world which are least able to cope with their aftermath.  Yet another famine, for example, lurks in the horn of Africa, where it is difficult to farm at the best of times, where communications are primitive if not non-existent, and where disease is rife.  We look at the appalling photographs and comment that life for such people must be a real struggle.  Our conversation turns to our own affairs and we relate the state of slug-wars in the garden, the problems we are having with our plumbing, the condition of our trains, and the exorbitant rate of Council Tax.  Brows are furrowed and teeth clenched as we remember our last attempt to make a complaint to the gas board.  What battles we have, what a struggle life is for us too.  So we switch on our multi-channel television, take a cold beer from the fridge and settle down in our armchair in our snug and secure sitting room.  Nevertheless it is still very easy to conclude that life in the first world is a fight against all kinds of pressures, and if we don't make these for ourselves then others can always invent them for us, especially when they are connected with health.

Many of our struggles today arise from cultural pressure, above all perhaps the quest to look younger and live longer, so that we can put off what we consider the indignity of ageing, and most importantly the finality of death.  To 'grow old gracefully' is no longer a hope or even a prayer, to grow old at all is just not acceptable.

Thoughts like these were written down by the author of the Biblical Book of Ecclesiastes, a book of reality amongst what many people consider to be the idealism of Holy Scripture.  Ecclesiastes surprises us, pulls us up short, persuades us to look at our lives and ask ourselves "is it really such a struggle as all this, does it have to be, is there anything we can do?"  Its Epilogue points the reader firmly back to God, and this is to whom, I believe, we should be looking as we consider our daily struggle.  For God has given us life as a blessing and as an opportunity to give and receive love.  Of course there will be problems because our earthly existence is physical, but if we accept that we are created for goodness, and live in this light then the shadow of struggle so often against the inevitable effects of our physicality, will diminish.  A lessening of physical anxiety will be replaced by a growing spirituality and awareness of Heaven.

Some will know my favourite prayer (after J.H. Newman): "O Lord, support us all the day long of this troublous life, until the shades lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over, and our work is done.  Then, Lord, in thy mercy, grant us a safe lodging, a holy rest, and peace at the last; through Jesus Christ our Lord."

Anthony Ashwell

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Valley Notes

Valley Notes The Bride Valley (Wednesday) Bible Study Group
Our two courses end this month, and details of the final meetings this summer are given below.  Planning for the autumn will begin at our meetings on 9th and 16th July.  Please contact me for further information. 
East End
9th July          Pitcombe, Littlebredy       'The last Deadly Sin'
West End
*1st July (2pm)    7 Norburton, B. Bradstock        St Mark, Chapter 15
16th July       Westfield, Shipton Lane                  St Mark, Chapter 16
* Please note: the Bible Study session at the West End for the beginning of July has been changed to Tuesday 1st July instead of the Wednesday and the time of meeting has also changed to 2.00pm in the afternoon instead of the evening.

Anthony Ashwell

The group meets on Thursday evenings and alternates between Prayer and Bible Study.  Arriving from 7.30p.m. we begin at 7.45p.m. aiming to finish by about 9.15p.m.  All are most welcome. For further details contact Paul ..., Tel ...
JULY 3      PRAYER                 West Lodge, Littlebredy
JULY 10      COLOSSIANS 3. 5-9      6 Baglake, Litton Cheney      
JULY 17      PRAYER                  7 Norburton, Burton Bradstock
JULY 24 & 31         No Meeting

Mothers' Union   Thursday 24th July   2.30pm
We will meet at St. Catherine's Cross to hear the Rev'd Canon John Atkinson speak about his forty year ministry. Yvette Smith ( 898219 ) P.S. No meeting in August

N.G.S.Gardens Open in July Gardens open under the National Gardens Scheme in the Bride Valley in July
Every Tuesday in July The Scented Garden, Littlebredy is open.  Roses and delphiniums.
Sunday 20th July Tithe Barn House, Chalk Pit Lane, Litton Cheney 2.00-6.00 pm.  Roses, climbers and herbaceous plants.  Teas.


Concert at St. Mary's Litton Cheney
In aid of the Church
Friday 15th August at 7.00pm
Paul Cheater (Organ)   
Tom Cheater
Including from Early English to Contemporary Music
Followed by
3 course Buffet Supper with wine at The Old Rectory
Tickets: Concert & Supper      £15 ( limited to 50 )
Concert £6
For tickets apply to:
Antony Longland (482219 ) or Carol Lindsay ( 482383 )
Cheques made payable to St.Mary's Litton  Cheney P.C.C.
( if outside Litton please send SAE to The Old Rectory, Litton Cheney DT2 9AH )
Tickets for Concert only also available at the Church door on the day.


Please see Burton section for details


Madalina Rusu will give a PIANO RECITAL in the W.I. Hall, Burton Bradstock, on Wednesday 9th July at 7.30pm. Admission £5.00 at the door; all proceeds to assist with her studies.
Bach Prelude & Fugue in E Flat No: 7
Mozart Sonata in A Minor
Chopin Fantasie in F Minor Op 49
Schumann Scenes from Childhood
Schubert/Liszt Waltz
Rachmaninov Study Op 33  No:7  in E Flat
Op 39 No: 5 in E Flat Minor Prelude
Op 32 No: 12 in G Sharp Prelude
Op 23 No: 4 in D Major Musical Moment
Op 16  No: 4

Madalina will also perform this recital at the Beaminster Festival on 3rd July, and in St. Mary's Church, Dorchester, on 12th July. On 25th October, she will appear as soloist with the Dorset Chamber Orchestra in a performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No: 25.



1 July            PTA meeting in school staff room 7.30 -9.00pm
9 July            Sports afternoon
23 July           Years 4/5 End of term party

100 CLUB
Lucky winners -- Mrs Berrington and Mrs Collinson
New members always welcome  

The Fete was a fun day and although it was disappointing that there were not any adult brave souls to enter the decorated knees competition there were plenty of children who made a splendid effort. Many thanks to the budding artists!

Thank you to everyone who helped in any way what so ever - stall holders, tea helpers, villagers, football referees, assemblers, dismantlers, steel band, cashiers, invited guests and all organisers of the day.

Thank you to Mrs Johnstone and Village committee for all their dedication.

Dianne ffoulkes


Burton Bradstock School

As I look through my diary I am struck by the variety of 'interesting' facts that are included and cannot help but wonder, 'Who made the decision to include them?'  Some entries have had an obvious and notable impact on world history, for example, 14th July 1789 saw the beginning of the French Revolution, whilst on 16th July 1918 Tsar Nicholas II and his family were murdered by Bolsheviks.  Somehow the opening of Euston station on 20th July in 1837 seems less significant although it was the first in London.  Likewise the introduction of potatoes to Europe on 28th July 1586, by Sir Thomas Harriot, at first sight appears trivial yet who can imagine Sunday roast without them?   Mick Jagger was born on 14th July 1943 so you've still got time to send him a card, and on 12th July 1982 'ET' broke all box office records in motion pictures.  Facts such as these have the power to fascinate or irritate.  The challenge for us all whether in school or out is to help children make some sense of this amazing world of ours particularly with regard to the values we share. 

One thing I have really valued in my time here since January is the teamwork amongst all the school's interested parties.  I hesitate to mention them for fear of missing anyone out: staff, parents, governors, the church, and a host of helpers from within our community.  What is certain is that everyone has the children's best interests in mind.  As a church school loving our neighbour and treating others how we would like to be treated lies at the heart of our values.  If only we could aspire to the quality of relationships Saint Paul wrote about in his first letter to the Corinthians.  Substituting the word 'love' for 'we' or 'I' transforms the passage into a self-evaluation format:

'We are patient and kind; we are not jealous or conceited or proud; we are not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; we do not keep a record of wrongs; we are not happy with evil but are happy with the truth; we never give up; and our faith, hope and patience never fail.'

It's certainly a tough challenge to live up to and we may feel that we are fighting against the odds at times, but then I guess Drake did too - it was on 29th July 1588 that the Spanish Armada was defeated.

Mark Stratta
P.S..  This term is as busy as ever - we'll tell you about it next month!

May 100 Club Winners:      
£20 - B. Neale      
£10 - R. Haley        
£5 - M. Banks

Please see Stop Press for the this month's Thorner's Report


The Bride Valley Churches present
Who is Larry Trotter?
Want to find out?  Then come and join us for Holiday Club 2003.  There will be music, stories, fun and games.  So if you're between 5 and 11 years of age we'd love to see you there. Venue - Thorner's School
Dates -  Thursday 24th July,  Friday 25th July Time -  1.30- 3.30 pm
There will also be a Family Service at 6.00 pm followed by a BBQ on the Friday evening.  Look out for posters and information at Thorner's School.
For further details call Paul and Jo ... on ... or Sally and Jonathan Jevons on 897068

First Steps Parent and Toddler Group meets on Wednesdays from 10.00am till 12 noon during term time.   Balloons, stickers and teddies were the order of the day on Wednesday 11th June when we met at Littlebredy during Pre-school Playweek.  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.  First session free.  For further details contact:  Jo (Litton Cheney) ... or Julie (Puncknowle) 897178 or Rachel (Kingston Russell and Long Bredy)

482246 Litton Cheney Youth Club is open to all young people between the ages of 8 and 17 years from Litton Cheney and the surrounding area.  For details of their meetings in July please read the Litton Notes.

Ladybirds The July meeting will take place on Wednesday 9th in the home of Diana Spicer, 1 Litton Hill, Chalk Pit Lane, Litton Cheney at 8.00 pm.  The speaker will be Wendy Holton from the charity Age Concern.


SATURDAY 5th JULY 2003 2.00pm
Totally under cover if wet ~ plenty of free parking

Warmest thanks to all who supported the Plant Sale in Burton Bradstock on the 16th May in aid of the Church Mission Society. This raised £210.25

The 4th annual show of the Long Lothers Model Making and Craft Club. 21 exhibitors & 7 artists will be there to show a wide variety of skills with items for sale and a 1901 LOCOMOBILE steam car will be demonstrated.
Entrance fee which includes light refreshments £1 - Children under 14 free


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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 20th July  The Pilsdon Community

The next Tiny Tots / Pram Service will be held on Friday 4th July at 11.00 am.  

The next Healing Services at St Mary's will be held on Mondays 21st July and 18th August, each at 7.00 pm.

Wedding         17th May         Elliott J. Dodge and Sharon L. Pattinson
Burial of Ashes 24th May         Marjorie A. Jarman

The Parochial Church Council next meets on Monday 28th July at 7.00pm.

Church Mission Society Visit  Steve and Cathy Burgess, our CMS Link Mission Partners, are to visit the parish for a time of informal fellowship on Wednesday 23rd July, at 7.30 pm in the W.I. Hall.  The Parochial Church Council request a volunteer to organise this event.  Names, please, to Mike Read on 897445.

OUR WARMEST THANKS go to Steve Attrill at the Hive Beach Café for a cheque for £400 and to Saj Vij of Burton Bradstock Cars for a cheque for £250, the result of their respective fund raising over the winter and spring for St Mary's Church financial appeal.

RENAISSANCE BRASS OF LONDON, at their concert on Saturday 24th May, raised £2280 for St Mary's Church. Our thanks go to Ross Brown and his fellow musicians, to Chris Wilkinson, Chris and Sue Brown, sponsors and patrons for an excellent concert and a splendid contribution to our funds.

The Burton Bradstock Village Society
The Annual General Meeting of the Society took place on 16th May in the W.I Hall to an almost capacity audience. The Society's President, Nancy Bushell, extended a warm welcome to everyone and reported on a very successful year with a wonderful series of lectures, a very well supported Flower and Produce Show and to cap it all, the Post Office renovations were now complete and the business up and running.

Following further addresses from Society Chairman Peter Colbert, Hon. Secretary Carol Lumley and Finance Secretary Sheila Pett who, along with the rest of the committee was re-elected, the evening concluded with a short video presentation showing past village events. This was followed by a buffet supper and wine!

What a lovely evening it was, enjoyed by all present.

Please remember to come along to support this year's Produce and Flower Show to be held in the W.I. Hall on 12th July.

Peter Dutton

St Marys Church Fete
Thursday 7th August 2003 in the Rectory Gardens at 2pm

Church Fête - Arts & Crafts Stall
If you have any of your own art or craft work which you would be willing to donate to this stall we should be most grateful. Please contact Jane or Margaret on 898002 or 898333

Plea for Help with Village Research.
At the recent Open Meeting of the Burton Bradstock Web Site Committee a number of useful ideas & requests were put forward which were most helpful. One particular request from the committee was for help with research activities on various aspects of the village, and we are grateful to Jean Leach for being the first volunteer!   I must emphasise that this has nothing to do with computers, we can handle that side of things - but where we really would appreciate some help is in digging out useful/interesting data on the village to further build up our section on the History of the village, its organisations etc.   This might mean gathering data from locals, a visit to a museum, contacting the media or broadcast companies for old sound or video clips or news clippings etc..   Or perhaps you know of the existence of material somewhere that would be of interest, but which we might not be expected to know about.

For example, we recently came across a film clip from the BBC interviewing a villager about the last war with several fascinating film clips from various archives.   It makes an interesting little story.   The question is, what else is there around the country that we don't know about?   It could be printed articles, old photos (preferably with names, dates etc.), perhaps details of old clubs (e.g. the village had several sports clubs over the years) etc., or it could just be finding someone who has memories of days gone by and a story to tell, or has old artefacts that we could photo or film. 

If you can find the person to contact or arrange for the loan of material, we can do the rest (unless, of course, you want to be more involved).  We promise to return all loaned material promptly, and will look after it carefully while it is in our hands.

We hope you would like to help - if so, please call me on (01308) 897550. Ken Pett


Saturday, 12th July - W.I. Hall 
OPENS 2:15 pm. Cup awards & raffle 3:30 pm then Auction

Anyone who lives in the village, or who is a member of the Burton Bradstock Village Society can enter!   This is a village show to be enjoyed!  It is not a serious competition, so don't be put off entering.   Its success depends on your support!

There are many different categories within the main headings listed below.   You must have something you can enter in at least one of them??

Main Categories are:
??Children's entries (4)
??Cookery & home produce (14)
??Open Floral arrangements (4)
??Open Classes of plants, vegetables, salad items, fruit, cut flowers, hanging baskets etc. (34)
??Handicrafts (5)
??Photography (1) - 6" x  4" colour print of our village

In addition to the monetary prizes, there are 11 cups to be won!
Entry forms are available from Burton Bradstock Post Office or from any of the committee members.  They give full details of all the categories and tips on how to present your entry.

Remember that Entry Forms must be in by Wednesday, 9th July.

Please support this important village event.


Breath of Spring:  An Appreciation

This great little comedy by Peter Coke, set in a flat opposite the Albert Memorial in London's Kensington in 1960, has an easy plot to follow.  A modern-day Robin Hood and his band of Merry Maidens, who rob furs from the rich and sell them in order to send money parcels to deserving causes.  We see old people behaving disgracefully at their tea-time of life, and having a lot of fun at the same time.  The title of the play and plot are inspired by the sad Lily Thompson, played sympathetically by Sue Linford, who has served time in Holloway, gaining a valuable insight into habits, hobbies and holidays of hardened criminals, as well as gleaning everything there is to know about the quality of fur.  She is so grateful to Dame Beatrice Appleby for employing her since her release from prison that she feels compelled to prove it by stealing a 1st quality "Breath of Spring" mink wrap from an unpleasant next-door neighbour, to replace the Dame's poor old "Mothie".   Beatrice is horrified and insists on giving it back.  Following the complex combined effort of the group to return the fur to its rightful owner, the surge of adrenaline is tangible. They sit down and devise cunning plans, formulated with military precision, strategy and meticulous timing by Brigadier Bertie Rayne, played by Mike Read.  A veteran of the greasepaint and boards of the W.I. Hall, Mike's polished performance successfully achieves credibility with his suave, upright bearing and newly cultivated moustache. However, they cannot risk exploiting Lily's specialist skills and knowledge, so she is left out of the action, all robberies taking place on her day off.  When she finally reveals that she knew what was going on all the time, she is justifiably sarcastic when they mistake common Canadian squirrel for an expensive ermine. Great care has been paid to the appropriate props and furnishings, with an array of fabulous furs, magnificent millinery and colourful costumes.  Daphne Ekins has shown great skill in selecting and directing her cast members, most of whom have a very great deal to say and do.  Gillian Knight must have been a very lusty baby, sound in wind and limb and with a fine pair of lungs.  Her diction and elocution are superb and her shrieks blood-curdling, throwing herself into the part of Nan Parry with her usual verve and energy.  Her side-kick is an excitable, het-up and sometimes hysterical little lady called Hattie, played well by the lively Liz Mackay.  Perpetually nervous, but a keen team-player, Hattie declares herself always in search of targets of fleeting opportunity.  Unfortunately, her enthusiasm drives her to steal a moleskin jacket belonging to one of the gang, with the inevitable consequence that the police are alerted when the indignant Nan reports her loss and they come to investigate.  I was amused when Hattie said she took several buses to Herne Hill to throw off the scent of her trail, before returning to Kensington.  Having lived in Herne Hill for the first 20 years of my life, I feel it would have taken her all day to get home - unless, of course, she had taken the quick 10-minute rail journey to Victoria!  After her leading role in "Relative Values" last year, Joan Armstrong returns to prove she has lost none of her acting skills and amazing ability to learn lines.  As Alice, Lady Miller, she is drawn into the plot as close friend and confidante of Dame Beatrice, owner of the flat and landlady to the Brigadier, Nan and Hattie.  Lady Miller does not have a home of her own, preferring to live in elegant hotels.  However, she feels the time has come to settle down and find another husband.  She has designs on the Brigadier but so, too, does Beatrice.  Liz Slater looks and acts every bit a lady, with her fine clothes and elegant appearance, and her gracious, well-groomed manner and air.  Amongst the scenes of plotting and crime, there is fine interplay with the Lady and the Dame using their feminine guiles to charm dear Bertie, who, flattered by their attentions, eventually tends to favour Dame Beatrice's invitation to paint the French Riviera red.  Detective Sergeant Pape is played by Leon Sea and he shows kindness and infinite patience amongst the bedlam of barmy old bats trying to cover up their misdemeanours.   In fact, Hattie almost gives the game away by confessing, but somehow gets away with it.  Last but not least, the talented Len Green who arrives with the detective, but does not have a speaking part.  I always enjoy watching Len, who is equally good as pantomime dame or vociferous villain, with his natural stage presence.  This time he is the strong, silent type who goes off in search of a blanket for the swooning Dame Beatrice, exhausted by all the goings-on.  Good luck to this likeable bunch of senior citizens in search of the elixir of life, rejuvenated in their quest to help others and spread a little happiness amongst people who have fallen on hard times.  

"Breath of Spring" contains no violence, sex or swearing (apart from Gillian's "Tollderollderoll") and it succeeds because it is well written, well acted and funny.  Thank you, Daphne, for introducing a breath of spring and also of fresh air into the excellent repertoire of Burton Bradstock Players.  Congratulations to you, your cast and your wonderful supporting team in front and at the back of the House.  You have done us proud and the people of Burton Bradstock look forward to your next production.
Carol Lumley

Burton Bradstock W.I.
The President, Chris Clarke, welcomed 3 visitors and 43 members to the June meeting and introduced Mr Michael Davies from Sturminster Newton who gave a talk on Farmhouse Cheeses.  Mr Davies told us that the first cheese was reputedly made by an Arab, who having ridden on his camel for some distance, found the milk in his pouch had curdled.  He then went on to explain the rise and fall of cheese-making by farmers in this country over the years.  There are now 450 different Farmhouse Cheeses made in Britain and he feels that British cheeses are the finest in the world!

Although not from a farming background he became very interested in cows from the age of 10 when his family moved to Yeovilton and he helped out on a farm.  At one point during his farm training he did take a course on cheese and butter making but it did not make a great impression on him at that time and he continued climbing up the farming ladder until he became the tenant of a dairy farm of his own.

It was only after a friend suggested that he should be making soft cheeses with his milk, some years later, that he began to think seriously about it, deciding eventually to specialise in Dorset Blue Vinney.  He started in a very small way with one small vat set up in his garage and using his wife's pantry for storage of the cheese.  The first attempt was a disaster as the whole cheese turned blue and probably had a shelf life of about 20 minutes!  There was local competition from two others at the time but they eventually bowed out.  Mr Davies decision to turn to cheese-making seriously came when his wife gave him notice to quit her pantry as the cheese was making all her other foodstuffs turn blue!  So he spent some money converting another area of his farm and his Dorset Blue Vinney production began in earnest.

Dorset Blue Vinney (Vinney being the old English word for blue veining) is a hand skimmed milk cheese using unpasteurised milk and requires lots of hands-on labour, taking 12 to 16 weeks before a cheese is ready to sell.  Mr Davies had many ups and downs on the way, he recalled the time when his cows ate turnips as feed and it had a disastrous effect on the cheese, when blowflies got into the cheeses, and a particular visit from the pinstripe suited Environmental Officer with the briefcase!  He eventually proved to the authorities that he was making Dorset Blue Vinney properly and was awarded his food merit mark.  Since then he has appeared on TV programmes as well as in newspapers and Dorset magazines with his cheese.  He has also won many Gold medals.  It took 4 years to get a P.G.I. (Protected Geographical Indicator) for his cheese - this means that Dorset Blue Vinney has to be made in Dorset and to his recipe.  Mr Davies is the only Dorset Blue Vinney cheesemaker in the county and supplies highclass delicatesens and Waitrose supermarkets.  He also attends Sherborne and Poundbury Farmers' Markets where Prince Charles has sampled his cheese and given his approval, even inviting Mr Davies and his staff to his home at Highgrove in Gloucestershire where he provided the food and drink if Mr Davies supplied the Blue Vinney, which he duly did!  Mr Davies ended his fascinating, and at times amusing, talk with a question and answer session before inviting members to take a free sample of his Dorset Blue Vinney home with them.  Anne Rees gave the vote of thanks. 

During the business part of the meeting thanks were given to everyone who helped in anyway with last month's fair which made a profit of £2018.78 for Hall Funds.  Questionnaires from the National Federation of W.I.'s were circulated amongst members for completion by 31st July.  The Autumn Council Meeting will be at Weymouth Pavilion on Wednesday 29th October with the speaker being Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall.  An outing to Southampton to include shopping and a matinee theatre visit to see 'Miss Saigon' was suggested for October/November and members were asked to sign the board if interested.  .  Tickets for the BBQ at the home of Joan Allan on Saturday 19th July were on sale at a cost of £3.50.  Numbers are limited to 50, so first come, first served.  The BBQ starts at 5.30pm, so please do not arrive any earlier!  During the summer months there will be two afternoons in a member's garden where members are invited to attend for tea, cakes and chat, these being on Thursday 3rd July at the home of Pat Raven, 10 Hive Close and on Thursday 14th August at the home of Joan Dady, 1 Furzey Corner, Shipton Lane, both starting at 3pm.

The Flower of the Month was won by Joan Allan with her Foxglove and thanks were given to Joyce Tillman for the table flower arrangement.  The winners of the 100 Club Draw were: 1st Tom Holmes, 2nd Sheila Pett, 3rd Ken Pett, 4th Mary Burr.

The speaker for the next meeting on Tuesday 8th July will be Hilary Charlesworth on 'Harmony Singing'.  Visitors most welcome.
Lesley Dove

A Celebration of Brass
What a spectacular evening we were treated  to on the 24th May when the RENAISSANCE BRASS of LONDON performed in concert at St. Mary's Church, Burton Bradstock. Ross Brown and his ensemble gave us a varied recital to include works from Henry VIII, Jeremiah Clarke and Fats Waller to finish up with a repeat performance of 'A Nightingale Sang in Berkely Square.'

We were all deeply impressed by the huge musical talent, professionalism and enthusiasm of the players and all so young! The blending of the instruments was pretty well perfect and this produced a terrific sound within the wonderful acoustics and setting of the church interior.

Many thanks to Chris Wilkinson for organising this event in support of St Mary's; we feel sure that any future presentation of this sort would be warmly welcomed.
Peter Dutton

Alzheimer's Society, Bridport Branch
We shall be holding our annual Garden Party in The Rectory Garden (Burton Bradstock) on Thursday 10th July 2.30pm. There will be stalls in the garden and Cream Teas will be served in the W.I. Hall. Any help by way of gifts for any of the various stalls - bric-a-brac, plants, books, raffle, tombola etc. -will be greatly appreciated. Collection can be arranged by telephoning 897125.
Basil Dent

The London Festival Players will be giving three concerts in St Mary's Church on 21st, 22nd and 23rd August 2003.

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.

For each concert - £8 (unrestricted view) and £5  (restricted view).            
Season ticket for all three concerts -  £20

After Tuesday 1st July from Mike Southgate, Applegates, Grove Rd, Burton Bradstock, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4QT, tel no: 01308 897487. SAE please for return if requesting by post. If booked by phone, tickets should be collected within 48 hours. Make cheques payable to "Burton Bradstock Festival"

At the Fund Raising Concert on Friday 18th July. ( See details below )

From Monday 28th July at the POST OFFICE, Burton Bradstock, tel no:  01308 897243. If booked by phone, tickets should be collected within 48 hours.


Friday 18th July,   7-30pm,   W.I. Hall,  Burton Bradstock.
David Juritz, violin, Mary Ryan, flute and Hubert Dawkes , piano
Programme will include music by Mozart and Sarasate  (Gypsy Airs) and the piece Ferdinand, the Bull.

Tickets: price £6 available from Mike Southgate (as above for main festival) and at the door.
Mike Southgate

Between July and September 2003 the Mobile Police Vehicle will be located on the 2nd Thursday every month, between 4.30 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. outside the W.I Hall or main road by the bus stop.
The dates are:
Thursday 10th July 2003
Thursday 14th August 2003
Thursday 11 th September 2003

The Police Officer is available to answer questions you may have within their orbit and will security code your mobile phone free of charge. Do please use this facility, or like the Library, we will lose these excellent assets REMEMBER - USE IT OR LOSE IT!
F W Tame

Now summer is here we often spend time in the garden and are sometimes out of sight of our front, back or French doors, which are left unlocked. Recently there have been a spate of "opportunist burglaries" with the prospective thief trying the door and if unlocked, entering stealing money, handbags or anything else of value. Please ensure you don't become another victim.
F W Tame

Computer Training in Burton Bradstock
Thank you to everyone who completed a questionnaire to help establish demand for computer training in the local community.  We received almost 40 responses and will be supplying information to LymeNet, Weymouth College and Adult Education to enable them to run appropriate courses.

From past experience we know that demand is low during the summer months so we will not schedule any courses to start before September and will be using the time to plan course provision.  The Bride Valley News will be our main method of communication to inform you of forthcoming courses and activities.  I am sorry that we cannot respond to people who have completed questionnaires on an individual basis but we will keep you informed of any relevant courses as they become available.

In the meantime if anyone wants to arrange a LearnDirect computer- based course or speak to an adviser about community learning then please contact Mo Wyrill, Community Learning Co-ordinator for Learning Action Dorset on 07952 704280.
Karen Venn

Marjorie Jarman
"My mum was always proud to belong to Burton Bradstock; I now understand why. The wonderful love, friendship and support Mum received over the past few years from you all, especially Greta, Joyce and Josie has been overwhelming. My brother, Brian, myself and our families can only say a heartfelt thank you to you all. Our thanks also go to all who sent cards, messages and donations ( total not yet known ) and attended Mum's funeral service - a lovely tribute to a lovely lady. Mum's pride in Burton will live on in me. God bless."
Rita Wilding.

Mrs. Josie Hope would like to thank all friends and neighbours for their caring support, cards and messages whilst she was in hospital. Particular thanks to The Rev'd Canon John Atkinson for his kindness and prayers during that time.



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SHIPTON GORGE St Martin's Shipton Gorge

Village Correspondent: Mrs.Joy White

Eastcote, 3 Gullivers Orchard, Shipton Gorge


Weddings      31st May   Justin G. B. Lee and  Emily L. Ham
              7th June      Nicholas A. de Serra and Celia Uden
Thanksgiving Service for the life of John Earnshaw         28th May

Light Up the Church
Once again we are hoping to light up the church every evening throughout the winter months. It has been agreed that the cost of £5.00 per week will remain the same ( this is payable in advance please ). To book your week(s) contact Christine Cornish on Tel. No.01308 897833. All profits to  St. Martins church fund

Shipton Gorge Village Society
The WALKABOUT TREASURE HUNT is on Saturday, 26 July. Come along to the NEW INN CAR PARK after 6.00 pm and bring £1.00 for your clues. All in the Bride Valley are invited to this light-hearted village event. All children must be accompanied. Treasure awarded to the highest score!

Afterwards, there will be a BARBECUE in the CAR PARK.

The SUMMER SHOW is on Saturday, 16 August - see separate sheet for schedule and timetable. NEW classes this year! No entry form required. 10p per entry.

GARDENS - These will be judged at the end of July, by a keen lady gardener, whose garden plants are grown from her own cuttings. If you would like to enter your garden in the competition, please call either SALLY on 897168 or Eddy on 898278 Entry £1.
Sue Brown

Sincere and heartfelt thanks to all good friends who have supported and helped me in many ways during the last two difficult months.
Rosemary Earnshaw

Shipton Gorge Hall 100 Club                                                              
Winners for the June Draw                                                              
No. 94 £50 Geoffrey Howlett
No. 54 £20 Mary Lister
No. 71 £10 Table Tennis
No. 28 £10 Elizabeth Howlett
No. 99 £10 Mrs.Graham ( East Court )


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SWYRE Holy Trinity Swyre

Village Correspondent: Sid Marshall

3 Green Barton, Swyre


From the Registers
Holy Baptism
Amelia Kate Patricia Pritchard
The Vicar, as always, was privileged to christen a lovely little girl (born 03.03.03.), baptised from the house of her doting grandparents Paul and Wendy.
Anthony Ashwell

Vital Villages
This is your chance to have your say!  

The aim of the Vital Villages scheme is to help villages to help themselves. A steering group, under the auspices of the Parish Council, was set up at the beginning of the year, to take the scheme forward. First a Vital Village plan has to be made and consultation with the whole community is essential to find out the wishes of all villagers.  

You will recall that open meetings in the Church Hall, Puncknowle and the Bull, Swyre were held to identify areas of concern in the villages, this was the first stage. We have now reached the second stage which is the production of a questionnaire. The questionnaire will be delivered to you in July, and will be collected one week later. We stress that at all times the answers that you give will be treated as confidential.  

After the collection of all the questionnaires the results will be analysed. Those results will be published so that everyone will be aware of the needs which have been established and upon which future action plans will be based.  

Puncknowle and Swyre Parish Council 1st July 2003  
The Parish Council will meet on Tuesday 1st July in Puncknowle Church Hall, at 7.30pm...  

Farm Open Day and Digs combined  
Modbury Farm is having their Open Day on Sunday 20th July in conjunction with National Archaeology Days for 2003 who will be excavating a 17th Century Farmhouse at Swyre and a deserted Village site at Chilcombe.  

The 'Finds Centre' for the Digs will be located at Modbury Farm over the two days. 19/20th July.  There will be an opportunity to see the results of last year's dig and view the film that was made by Meridian TV.   There will also be some activities for children to take part in this year.

On the Sunday only there will be the opportunity to see the workings of the Organic Farm with Jersey cows and calves, rare breed pigs and other animals on the farm.  There will be a barbeque, cream teas and the opportunity to buy Modbury Farm and other local Farm produce.  Everyone welcome to watch the digs, and visit the farm.

Admission to the digs and find centre over the two days and the Farm Open Day on the Sunday will be free and there is ample parking available

For further information telephone either Julie Lewis in Swyre on 897003 or The Garry's at Modbury Farm on 897193.  


Would you like an evening out without driving?
Please see notice under Puncknowle and West Bexington .    

Swyre Church Weathervane  
A Golden Cockerel now overlooks the village from the top of the church tower. Its gleaming white pole firmly fixed to an angle iron frame which is bolted to the stonework. Thanks to Mike and Jenny Radcliffe for all their help and to Mr Moxon of Litton Cheney for the use of the welder.                                                                         
Barry Pye

Holy Trinity Flower Festival
At the time of writing there are 4 days to go until the Flower Festival, so you will have to wait until the next issue for news of our success. However, I would like to take this opportunity of thanking the following people for their financial support during our endeavour to raise funds for our Community Fund:-
Joyce Derby, Modbury Farm, Val Martin, Vurlands Farm, A C Moxom Limited, Gorselands Caravan Park, Barry Pye, Ashley Cooper, ASB, Tiling, R A Poole, The Crown at Puncknowle, The Bull at Swyre and the Manor at West Bexington. Without their support we would not have been able to organise this event and we offer them our sincere thanks.                                                                              
Community Fund Committee



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 Village Correspondent: Elizabeth Slater

1, Lytton Close, Puncknowle, Dorchester  DT2 9BH

Telephone: (01308) 897751


From the Registers
Funeral and Burial of Cremated Remains

On 22nd and 24th May 2003 Hilda Laver aged 96
We remembered with thanksgiving a lady of really good works who contributed so much in her life to our village.  We send our deepest sympathy to her daughters Betty (Lee) and Daphne. 

Holy Matrimony on 24th May 2003 Rebecca Lodge to Daniel Blackstone
The Vicar sometimes has to tell bride and groom to look and smile at each other in a Wedding Service.  He did not need to on this day, and all rejoiced in the happiest couple. 

Ascension Day
This really important Christian Festival is easily overlooked as it always falls on the Thursday 40 days after Easter.  But a Sunday congregation's worth attended our traditional Holy Communion Service and joyfully celebrated Jesus Christ's everlasting King-ship of Heaven.  
Anthony Ashwell


The last Friday in May saw two dozen people from Puncknowle and Swyre enjoying a variety of dishes from around the world at our International Supper Evening which was deemed a great success. Together with much friendly and informal talk, we learnt what is involved in Badger Watching, and look forward to making our first trips to watch our local badgers.  Anyone interested in joining one of the visits should contact via one of the phone numbers below. There will be no 'PUN FUN' meeting in July all our effort will be focused on preparing for the village fete on the Saturday.  See August BVN for details of the next event for Puncknowle, Swyre and West Bexington.
Contact Nos. 898492/897751

Puncknowle and Swyre Fete July 26 at 2.30 pm
An appeal to EVERYONE to support the stalls listed below.  Your help is vital for a successful Fete
Books                   Mike and Barbara Brennan      897753
Bottle Tombola*                Joanna Armandies
Nic and Debbie
Bric-a-brac            Carolyn Buckland        897726
Cake Stall              Lynn Hopkins                 898107                        
Veronica Hanks                897728
Cakes for Teas              Vera Hirst             897335
Clothing New to You also Children's Clothes            Chris Gregory                 898596    
Fancy Goods            Ruth Brierley                898283
Filled Jars  about 50p         Yvonne Buckland          898492
Lucky Dip               Katie and Sarah Fry         897731
Plants                        Ken Martin                  897622
Produce                       Liz Slater                  897751
Scarves, Ties, Jewellery*        Sarah Inskip     
Sweets*                       Dorothy Barlow  & Betty Marchant   
Toys                    Marian Derbyshire        897758
Toy Tombola            Joyce Hardy             897783   &   Doreen Print             897749
White Elephants               Steve Jarvis                  897280

Where stalls are marked * please leave contributions with Ann Roberts.  A central Collecting point.  Telephone 897716.  Queries or offers of help please contact:- David Jenkins 897225 or Ann Roberts 897716.

Children's Society
Thank you to everyone who braved the inclement weather to come to the coffee morning at Puncknowle Manor.  You will be pleased to know that £150 was raised for the society.  Very many thanks to all who helped in anyway and to Jim and Sarah Wild for loaning us their home.

Vital Villages
Please see article in the Swyre Section

Puncknowle and Swyre Parish Council 1st July 2003
The Parish Council will meet on Tuesday 1st July in Puncknowle Church Hall, at 7.30pm.

Would you like an evening out without driving?  
On Tuesday 8th July you can.  
Perhaps a visit to the cinema (Tuesday is cheap seat night), a meal out, meet friends for a drink, ten pin bowling or whatever .....  

Transport available at £4 per person for a return journey.  
Pick up         
6.25pm   Puncknowle Church Hall, Puncknowle                      
6.35pm   The Bull Inn, Swyre  
7.00pm  Weymouth, (Debenhams)  
10.45pm Weymouth, (Debenhams)
(if you miss the pick-up you must make your own way home)

Phone 897743 - leave your name and how many seats on the bus you require. Pay for the return ticket when you get on the bus - simple.  The above is a trial service - if it is popular enough it could become a regular monthly bus service.  

We are looking at other destinations - e.g. Bridport Leisure Centre or Arts Centre, Dorchester etc.
Please look out for more information on your village notice board and in the Bride Valley News.

Well it's July already, and I am nearly at the end of my first year as play assistant at the group. The children will be off on their end of term outing, hopefully this year to Monkey World and their end of term party will be on the last day of term; the morning usually starts later than usual and will continue for a picnic lunch. All the leavers, of which there are ten, will receive a present and certificate. The sponsored trike ride has taken place, more details next month. We would like to thank Tim and Julie Garry of Modbury farm, who kindly let the children come and have a look at the animals and to walk around the farm. Thanks again. The final farewells will come next month. Finally we would like to welcome Lewis Wilkinson, who started at the play-group in June.                                                                       
Sue Talbot

Fun Night and Bar-b-que At The Crown, Puncknowle, Sat July 26th at 7.00pm
Christmas Bingo              21st November at the Play-group, Puncknowle
Summer Quiz on Sale from end of July
at the usual places, including Bridport and Dorchester TIC

Puncknowle Art Group
As we are supporting Guide Dogs for the Blind this summer, Mrs. Sylvia Tyrrell and her guide dog, Janis, came to open our annual exhibition. Over coffee she talked to us about how Janis helped her daily and gave us an insight into their lives together. A big "thank- you" to Rosie for her hospitality. It was very relaxing painting in and around her garden.
Dates for July are:- 11th - painting at Slape, 25th - mosaic card
Christine Molony

Dont forget to check the village website to keep in touch with village events and useful information

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St Mary's Litton Cheney LITTON CHENEY

Village Correspondents:

Mrs. Elizabeth Kingston, 5 Manor Farm Close

The Fete Committee would like to thank everyone who helped to make this year's event a happy and action packed occasion - particularly those who gave generously to the selling stalls, those who manned the stalls and games and to the Tug of War teams and the Maypole dancers.  The net proceeds, almost exactly as last year at a little over £3700, have been divided equally between School and Church both of whom are most grateful.

Litton Cheney Social Committee
A big thank you goes to everybody who joined us for the annual village meeting.  It was a great success and it was good to know that we are getting things right.  For those who couldn't make it - don't forget to let us know if there is any event you would like us to arrange - and what an extremely entertaining and amusing talk you missed by David and Wendy Taylor on 'Life as a BBC producer'.  There was plenty of laughter and tears rolling down cheeks as we watched video clips of The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right, and the Paul Daniel's Magic show and other programmes that David had produced.  Thank you again David and Wendy - it's going to be difficult to have such a lively AGM again!
Kathy Kourik LCSC Secretary

A date for your diary:  On Saturday 16th August a Village Barbeque at The Cottage.

Litton Cheney Playing Field Association
The village now has posts and nets for short tennis, badminton and volleyball which are available for use, they are kept at the playing field and a key can be bought from Katharine Jones, Townsend Barn, Chalk Pit Lane 482589 or borrowed from Sheila Barnes, Laurel Cottage, Main Street  482534 Anne Brewster, Minstrels Cottage, Main Street 482593, Sarah Nobes, 2 Manor Farm Close  482716
We are very grateful to Mr Edwin Kingston and Mr Freddie Spicer who spent 3 hours scything and strimming the playing field verges.

A date for your diary:- The Playing Field Association will be holding it's Annual Fun Day on Sunday 21st September.  New for this year Volleyball - start your practice now!

Garden Opening Tithe Barn House, Chalk Pit Lane will be open on Sunday 20th July  from 2.00-6.00 pm.  Roses, climbers and herbaceous plants.  Teas.

Litton Cheney Youth Club will be meeting in July at the Church Hall, Litton Cheney on Tuesday 1st  July.  The session for juniors (8-12 years) is from 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm and for the seniors (13-17 years) 8.00 pm - 9.30 pm.  The cost is 60p per session.  During July the Youth Club will also be going on a canoeing trip and there will be an archery and sports day at  the Playing Field.  For further details of the Youth Club please contact Paul Kingston 482384. - 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

Springtime Arrivals:
Congratulations to Rory and Di Shearing at 2 Higher Kingston Russell Cottages on the birth of a son, Alex.
Also congratulations to Dan and Kate Smith at 2 Lower Kingston Russell on the birth of a daughter, May.

12th July  The Village Fete 2:30 - 4:30pm in the gardens of Kingston Russell House.  A full programme of stalls and entertainment has been arranged.  All we need is a fine day and your support.

Please bake cakes, scones, biscuits, etc for the teas and the cake stall. Would draw ticket sellers hand back the counterfoils and money to Tracy, Elinor or Margaret a few days before the fete.  Offers of draw prizes would be welcome.

in the beautiful grounds of
Kingston Russell House
Saturday 12th July 2.30pm





The four talented young musicians of the For Real folk band will be entertaining us and the children of Thorner's School will be dancing round the maypole.  The Ferret Racing will be on the main lawn.

Please try and supply each of the stalls and the Bottle Tombola.

Contributions to the Bottle Tombola can be left at Knowle View or Mike and Valerie Shepherd will be coming round to collect.


Long Bredy & Litton Cheney Women's Institute
The June meeting was a visit to Forde Abbey and most people managed to see plenty of the beautiful gardens and surroundings before the weather deteriorated.  There was then a chance to explore the rooms of Forde Abbey with their wealth of history and fascinating contents. Ethne Conlon will be talking about the ringing of birds when the group meets at Long Bredy on 1st July.                        
Valerie Shepherd


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LITTLEBREDY St Michael & All Angels Littlebredy

Many congratulations and all best wishes to Chris Neill and Kim, who "tied the knot" on the 21st June.  There were various local celebrations, and they should by now be settling into married life.  May it be long and fulfilling for them, and the young.

The July dates on which Chris & Judy's "Scented Garden" is open to the public are all the Tuesday afternoons, from 2.30 - 8.00 p.m.: July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th.  Those who have already visited will tell you how spectacular it is.

The Village Hall social evenings are proving very enjoyable, but feedback suggests that a later start time would be appreciated.  The next social evening is on Friday 4th July, and the bar will be open to Club members - and anyone else in the Village after they've joined on the spot if they aren't already members! - from 7.30 p.m. onwards.

Now that Spring Cottage is fully restored, and the Baxters have returned there, we welcome Mrs. Annie Burson and her daughter Bethan to No. 1 Riverside Cottage.  We hope that both families will enjoy life in their new homes, and that the Bursons will quickly find new friends among their neighbours.

*******STOP PRESS*******
Thorner's CE VA Primary School

The Caribbean Fete was an enormous success, thank you to everyone who came, child or adult, or helped in any way by organising, contributing or manning a stall.  Thanks to your efforts we have raised £1800 for the school and I am hoping that we are able to use that money to buy an electronic piano, I promise not to even attempt to play it!  After my efforts on the steel drums you will all realise that I am not at all musical, I enjoy listening to music but that is as far as it goes, sorry to disappoint you Johnathan but maybe my mother knew better than to send me for piano lessons as a youngster. I cannot believe the beautiful weather we had, weather forecasts had not been promising but it was alright on the day, thank goodness.

By  the time you read this our Year 6 Handball team will have taken part in National Championships, the highlight of their term.  For those of you not sure of the game it is a game played by a team of 8 with 5 players on the court at any one time, very much more energetic than football or netball.  The ball is fairly soft, though not sponge, and one that children can hold in one hand. It can still hurt if you are hit by it, as the goalkeepers will tell you!  The game can be played on any surface, generally indoors but the Weymouth Festival is played on Sand, quite a challenge not to bounce the ball there.  The ball is passed or dribbled along the court and thrown very hard into the goal.  The adult game is quite physical with quite a few bumps and bruises.

We are now looking forward to the end of term when we have 16 pupils who will be moving on to the next stage of their education, the majority of this cohort has been with Thorner's since the day they started school.  They have grown up together, shared many 'firsts' and are a very caring close knit group of children who are very aware of the feelings of one another.  Most of them will be moving on to Sir John Colfox School and mixing with children from a variety of backgrounds with different personalities, meeting new teachers and challenges.  We hope that their time here at Thorner's has been fruitful and prepared them adequately for this next step in their emotional, social and educational lives.  We hope you all continue to grow and develop making the most of what is available to you and trust that you find the transition easy.

The end of term also sees us saying a big cheerio to Mr O'Farrell and the end of an era for school with the retirement of Mrs Barry, this will mean quite a change for the teaching staff with 40% of the staff leaving!  There is no need to worry because we have appointed replacements.  We wish Mr O'Farrell well in whatever direction he chooses and thank him for his contribution to Thorner's during the past year.  As for Mrs Barry, after so many years at Thorner's, having seen so many children, parents, volunteers, teaching assistants, (previously known as AWAs), teachers and headteachers pass through the doors there must be a number of people who would like me to say on their behalf a very big thank you for all you have done for the children, as well as the friendship you have shown to the colleagues who have had the privilege of working alongside you.  During your time you have had numerous different responsibilities so will leave a large gap, it will be very hard to follow in your footsteps but the whole community wish you well in your retirement, may both you and Mike enjoy quality time together and fulfil all your dreams and wishes.  Thank you and au revoir.
Alison Johnstone Headteacher


Sunday 13th July starting at 2.00 A number of private gardens will be open for the afternoon together with an arboretum and wild flower meadows.  Refreshments, teas and ice creams will be available, together with a plant stall, a swimming pool and a treasure hunt for the children.  Free car parking. [No dogs please]
All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Dorset Air Ambulance and the local church.
Contact for further information- Richard Bonnie Tel 07788 757 197


Anniversary Events for July 2003 - Bridport Royal Charter 1253-2003   
5th - 6th       BRIDPORT Medieval Festival  
25th - 27th  Flower Festival  St. Mary's Bridport  
26th            Charity Charter Fair South Street  
31st            RNLI Raft Race


Don't forget The Flowers of Dorset Exhibition at The Dorset County Museum, Dorchester; it has now been extended until the end of August.


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