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Bride Valley News June 2004

Diary of events for all Parishes June 2004

Church Services June 2004



           FROM THE CLERGY            

From the Rector:-

There is a game that is played when moving into a new house.  One has to make sure that, when leaving the old place, the boxes are marked according to those rooms they are going to have to go into on arrival.  There is absolutely no point in doing this, but nevertheless one becomes obsessed with the importance of doing it.  On arrival the boxes are dumped in their respective rooms.  On having been opened, the first thing to notice is that all the precious things they contained, family remembrances and personal treasures have, in the course of the journey, turned themselves into a pile of useless junk fit only for the dustbin.  The next thing that becomes apparent is that the boxes, having been slightly more than half unpacked, are discovered to be in the wrong room.  Clearly some transmogrification of contents has occurred on the journey which means lumping them from one room to another and back again.  This is the game that goes on for an indeterminate length of time, until suddenly, by the providence of some strange and merciful centrifugal force, everything is flung against the walls in such a way that it sticks in place. 


This was the game that Jean and I and the dogs had become thoroughly tired of playing by the time we set off back to Whitchurch for the last time.  The people of my last Parish were having a grand fete, and wanted to say goodbye to us there.  So we went, waved a tear-stained hanky, and walked away back down to Bristol. 


Our first walk was well into the night, ending with putting the tent up in the dark in a noisy campsite just off the A37.  Just on the point of leaving the world of cold and damp for the kindliness of sleep, we were roused by a loud man with a searchlight of a torch, who demanded that we pay and register NOW.  We could not be trusted till the morning, and anyway it was health and safety regulations.  A big contrast with the site the next day, where, after a long and hot day's walk, a very quiet and gentle man talked to us about celtic crosses, and the ways of the saints of old. 


Yet again a change at Sherborne, the weather going to the bad, and there being no camp sites at all.  "Not in Sherborne" we were told.  Do not go to Sherborne with dogs.  They will not like you.  But, to be fair, at least they will have the courtesy of making their dislike abundantly clear - except at the Antelope, God bless its ancient walls, where we slept soundly listening to the rain falling and the storms brewing outside. 


We walked the next day in squalls of hail and sleet and bursts of sunshine, up on to the high ground south of Sherborne.  A wild night was followed by an early start when we couldn't be bothered to lie in the tent being cold any more.  And then half way through the morning we turned the map, and found we could walk up over the hills to the Bride Valley for lunch. 


There is a cushiony bank of ivy and whatnot by the junction of the A35 from where the by-road leads down to Long Bredy, and there we sat for some time, looking down into the valley and up and out to sea.  It would be hard to describe the sense of joy in arriving with which we stumbled, sore footed down the hill, and along to the White Horse, many more blessings up it, for soup and chips and pudding.  Nor could I adequately tell of the yearning we felt in toddling the last few miles home.  Home to warmth, soft sleeping, and the kindly welcome that we have so gratefully received from so many people - thank you one and all.  And home to all those boxes which, naughty things they are, had been playing hide and seek, or some other mysterious game of their own, while we were away, and were now in more of a muddle than ever. 

Bob Thorn     

From the Vicar:-

"Loose him, let him go."  So quoted Bishop Tim in his address as he commissioned me to be Rural Dean of Lyme Bay.  This is a verse from Jesus's Raising of Lazarus from the Dead, and the Bishop was applying it, rather loosely I hope, to the Bride Valley churches and me in my new role.  My Rural Dean's Licence contains completely new words (at least in Salisbury Diocese) and I will be required to work with both people and clergy across the 48 Churches of the Deanery, in addition to being Vicar in the Bride Valley. 


What has to give, as the Bishop implied, is my local involvement, and the people of our eight Churches are being asked to loose me and let me go, at least for some of my time.  How this is going to affect the Bride Valley Churches is a matter for consultation with our new Team Rector, the Bride Valley Team Council and P.C.C.s. 


By the time you read this, these consultations will be well underway, with any changes, which will almost certainly have to be made, being implemented in the autumn.  To Anna's and my (selfish) relief, it is very unlikely that we will be moved from Litton Cheney, but don't be surprised when, enjoying an ice-cream in Lyme Regis for example, you come across your Vicar! 

  Anthony Ashwell

Valley Notes

 From the Registers

Holy Baptism

At Shipton Gorge on Sunday 18th April 2004

Jessica Louise Hardie, baptised in a special Easter Family Service. 


At Litton Cheney on Sunday 2nd May 2004

Rose Megan Bronwen Jones, a ninth Lindsay grandchild. 


Congratulations to both sets of parents and their beautiful new daughters. 

Holy Matrimony

At St Mary's Church, Puncknowle, on Saturday 3rd April 2004

Richard Evans and Amy Blackmore

Police Officer and Teacher; and a most loving combination. 


At St Martin's Church, Shipton Gorge, on Saturday 17th April 2004

Sebastien Mounoury and Sarah White

French and English together in "entente aimante". 


Sunday 6th June - D-Day Remembrance Service

A Special Service to mark the 60th Anniversary of D-Day will be held at St Mary's Church, Burton Bradstock beginning at 10.00am and lasting approximately half an hour.  This will replace the usual monthly Family Service.  All welcome. 

Thank You BrideValley Churches

May we take this opportunity through the pages of our BVN to thank most sincerely ALL church members throughout the Valley who donated such splendid finger foods for the buffet, which followed our Rector's Institution Service on 7th May.  We are most grateful for the generosity of so many church members. 

Many thanks to the team of hardworking helpers, especially Pat Lepine, Susan Paul, Pauline and David Woodford, Peter Broomhead, Jim Harding, and all those other kind persons who helped to set up and clear up.  A special thank you to Burton villager Gill Redford who gave so much of her time and talent all afternoon and evening, which we greatly appreciated. 

Ann Read and Lesley Dove


P.S. The person who made lovely cheesy sables for Friday 7th did not collect their basket. If they want to retrieve it please ring 897445.                                                                                                                  A.R..


Tiny Tots / Pram Service will be held at 11.00am on Friday 11th June at St. Mary's Church, Burton Bradstock. (The change from the first Friday is due to the Half-term holiday.)                                                                                                                            Yvette Smith ( 898219 )


Mothers' Union      

Thursday 24th June   The Annual Outing.




The group meets on Thursday evenings and alternates between Prayer and Bible Study.  Arriving from 7.30pm we begin at 8.00pm aiming to finish by about 9.30pm.  All are most welcome. For further details contact Paul ..., Tel ...


June 3              No Meeting

June 10            Prayer                          7 Norburton, Burton Bradstock

June 17            Bible Study      Matthew 6.25-34         

12 Napier Close, Puncknowle

June 24            Prayer                          West Lodge, Littlebredy



Bride Valley (Wednesday) Bible Study Group

For the next two months we will be studying a selection of Psalms. As usual we will be meeting at 7.30pm on alternate Wednesdays and repeating the study at each end of the Valley.

Session 3         Psalms for black days when faith comes hard


June 2              Hillside, West Bexington

June 9              7 Norburton, Burton Bradstock

Session 4         Psalms of confidence and trust in times of trouble


June 16            11 Barges Close

June 23            Westfield, Shipton Lane

Hugh Lindsay 482383



Quiet Day organised by the Bible Reading Fellowship     

Canon David Winter is conducting a Quiet Day on the theme of "Hope in the Wilderness" on Thursday, 15th July (9.45 am - 4.00pm) in a C17th farmhouse near Taunton (exact location unknown). The cost is £16. Anyone interested please be in touch with me as soon as possible and not later than 10th June.

Hilary Mousley, B.R.F. Group Secretary for the Bride Valley

The Red House, Middle St,, Burton Bradstock, Bridport, DT6 4QR  01308 897849



Bridport and District Bible Society Action Group warmly invites you, your family, supporters and friends to a shared Picnic Tea by the lakeside in the grounds of Bridehead, Littlebredy (by kind permission of Sir Philip and Lady Williams) on Sunday 20th June at 3.00pm (if wet in the Village Hall). The Scented Garden will be open from 4.00pm till 5.00pm. A short informal Bicentenary Service will be held at 5.15pm in the Parish Church

Hilary Mousley, Acting  Secretary of  Bridport and District Bible Society Action Group

The Red House, Middle St,, Burton Bradstock, Bridport, DT6 4QR 



Flower Festival

'For all the Saints'

St Michael & All Angels, Askerswell

3rd & 4th July 2004

Morning Coffees & Afternoon Teas

10.00am - 5.00pm each day




When Long Bredy Branch Surgery closes on June 28th, the following arrangements for repeat prescriptions, Health Visitor clinics and transport for our patients will come into effect:


1.      Repeat Prescriptions - The surgery will deliver ordered prescriptions to the drop-off points (detailed below) each week on a Wednesday afternoon for collection by patients from the Thursday onwards.  (Please remember that 48 hours' notice will be required for all repeat prescription orders.  Please also remember to state clearly when ordering where you wish to collect from, or tick the appropriate box on the repeat ordering slips). Any patients who pay for their prescriptions or need refrigerated items, please contact Portesham dispensary for advice.


The following two pubs have kindly offered their services as collection points:

·        The Crown at Puncknowle -

Hours when you may collect:  10.00 am - 3.00 pm daily and     6.30 - 10.30 pm daily.

·        The White Horse at Litton Cheney

Hours when you may collect: 11.00 am - 3.00 pm daily and from 7.00 pm onwards in the evening.

(NB. Burton Bradstock Post Office will continue to offer their collection service, where delivery is also on a Wednesday afternoon, as will Abbotsbury Butcher's, where delivery is on a Monday afternoon.)


Our thanks for the many kind offers of help as drop-off points, or as collectors, received from our patients.


2.      Health Visitor clinics will be at Long Bredy Village Hall from 10.30 to 11.30 am on the first Wednesday of each month, in the First Steps Parent & Toddler Group session.


3.      Transport - for those whomay have difficulty in travelling to Portesham for appointments, the Bride Valley Car Service is able to offer transport for a reasonable charge.  Details may be obtained from Mr Frank Whillock on 01308 482457 or Mrs Meg Turner on 01308 482537.  Additional volunteer drivers for the Car Service are always needed - please contact Frank Whillock.


Farewell to the Surgery.

As readers now know, the Long Bredy Surgery is closing on Monday 28th June.  The building was originally a Chapel for the local Methodist congregation, until Dr. Rankin converted it when he took over Dr. Dewhurst's practice in the 1970's.  For a while it was the principal Surgery, but the subsequent provision of bigger and more modern premises in Portesham has ended that.


In a new age of targets, key performance standards, etc., etc., this building which has been a much-appreciated asset as a friendly outpost of the N.H.S. now falls far short of the government's minimum requirements for a Surgery, and the doctors, faced by the authorities with a choice between an expensive renovation and extension, or closure, have regrettably but understandably opted for the latter.  Portesham's medical facilities are fuller and better, and ways are being found to mitigate the inconvenience of the journey wherever possible.


All the same, it is a sad day for the local community as yet another small-scale amenity closes.  Thanks to everyone, the doctors and back-up staff (especially perhaps our own Margaret Elliott and Ruth Pitcher), who have provided the friendly medical facilities in Long Bredy over the years.  That personal touch will be missed, as we await a new and different future for the little building in our midst.


Thorner's CE VA Primary School

I am writing this just after our 'big' event, the sponsored swim.  This seems to be a very popular event with the pupils, and that includes past, present and future.  I ask myself why so popular?  The children have the hard work of swimming the lengths, the parents have to ask for the sponsorship and yet everyone enjoys the afternoon.  To see so many of the pupils taking part to raise funds is fantastic . the reason? To heat the pool, making it relevant for them, they are the ones who benefit with warm swimming lessons during the summer months in a warm, if not hot pool.  It is so much easier to teach a child how to swim in warm water, rather than spending time trying to persuade them to enter the cool pool.  We as staff appreciate the effort made by all those involved on Saturday with the organisation and running of the afternoon.  Thank you.


Looking to the future, we are keen to take part in a number of sporting events, especially in the cluster.  Hopefully we will win at least one trophy as our entrance lobby is looking a little bare!  Giving all children an opportunity to represent the school is so important, we often have to make hard decisions as to who we should send to the different events.  We are a church school and as such want to be fair to all members of the community and this does mean that we take the development of the whole child into account and base our decisions on that rather than on individual skills at times.  To see a child represent the school grow in confidence because of it is so gratifying, inevitably it has a knock on effect on other aspects of school life.   So please do not be too disappointed if your child is not always chosen to represent the school, we are trying to give the experience to as many of our pupils as possible.


This is also the time when our Year 6 pupils start to look beyond Thorner's, various visits are organised so that the transfer between Primary and Secondary school is as smooth as possible.  Our Year 6 will enjoy two days at Sir John Colfox School and staff will visit the pupils in their classroom at Thorner's.  It is so important that this ease of transition takes place as it is a big step in any young person's life going from a small rural school into town, meeting with all the other children and being the youngest once again. 

Alison Johnstone




On Saturday 8th May the PTA organised a school sponsored swim and pool splash party at Bridport Leisure Centre to help raise funds towards heating our cool outdoor pool.  61 children took part in the event, impressive for a school with a total roll of 71, and swam in teams for 50 minutes.  They covered a total of 582 lengths and have so far raised just over £1,400.  The children worked very hard and did themselves proud and thoroughly enjoyed taking part and we would all like to take this opportunity of thanking anyone who was kind enough to pledge sponsorship (the people of Puncknowle took a particular bashing with so many children in the village involved!).  Your continued support for the children and the school is much appreciated.


Bride Valley Fledglings Playgroup

The next event for your diaries is Saturday 12th June when we will be organising a school summer fair and fun day.  This event will include a bouncy castle, trampoline, stalls and side shows and the school pool will be open for all to enjoy.  The afternoon will round off with a barbeque and some music.


It's Summer Term already and by the time you read this, our Open Morning will have happened and also a Group Photo taken by our friendly photographer.  Our Photo/Coffee morning raised £140 and Sue's Winter Quiz raised £72 towards funds - thanks to all.  We also want to thank the Parish Council for their annual donation.  The children's Trike Ride this month will be sponsored - no doubt by good old families and friends again - as a fund raiser on June 15th or 17th, depending on the weather.  If really wet, we do it in the hall! It did happen one year.


The pre-school Lunch Club is going well and I am impressed as to how well they change their own clothes already!   We have welcomed Blaize Collins from Little Bredy into the group and another little visitor from Litton Cheney - Ben Jones.  The Reception Class teacher from Thorner's school will be coming to visit us, especially the pre-schoolers - who in turn visit the school this term. The Summer Outing is being planned but no decision made yet. 


Carol Bennett (Playleader)   01308 897771



First Step Parent and Toddler Group meets on Wednesdays between 10.00am and 12 noon.  We have toys and activities for all pre-school children, coffee and chat for parents and carers.  The group has new resources and toys.  We meet 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.  For further details contact:  Bridget (Burton Bradstock) 898600 or Jo (Litton Cheney) ... or Julie (Puncknowle) 897178 or Rachel (Kingston Russell and Long Bredy) 482246


Litton Cheney Youth Club meets on Tuesday evenings, during term time, for those between 8 and 17 years in Litton Cheney and the surrounding villages.  For further details of the sessions read the Litton notes or contact Paul Kingston 482384.


              Royal British Legion

             Cream Teas & Garden Open

Sunday 27th June 2.30 pm - 5.30

 Manor Farm  Burton Bradstock

 By kind permission of Heather & Bill Thomson

Bride Valley Gardening Club

At the time of writing we have just had the Plant sale May 8th which was so supported by members willing to help and by people wanting to buy. A good event. Also we are delighted to say that the Committee's continuing nagging about volunteering must have been taken to heart and we had several members offering to take up positions at the AGM - which is great.            Thank you to particularly James, Maureen and Anna from the Committee for help at the plant sale.

The Committee for 2004/5 is :-

Chairwoman Dorothy Randell - Litton Cheney

Vice Chair - Diana Ffoulkes- Kingston Russell

Treasurer- Phil. Hyde - Shipton Gorge

Secretary- Norma Millard - West Bexington 

Prog. Organiser - Ann Miles - Litton

Outings Sec.- Pam Jukes  Burton Bradstock

Mini show Org.- James Davy Puncknowle

Village Reps:- Liz Jacoby - West Bexington & Swyre.

                       Gerald Benselin - Shipton

                       Eddy Miles and Ann (Barges Close) - Litton

                        Val Campbell - The Bredys

                        Pam Jukes - Burton Bradstock

                        Penny Pither - Puncknowle

As you can see we have good representation over the valley - it's a good way to make friends with the common interest of gardening!


Note for your diary- Mini Show will be on July 11th- make a note - more details later.           Norma Millard  Club Secretary 897774.


Car Share Possibility..Puncknowle / Dorchester?

Please see page 25 for further details.


The National Gardens Scheme - Gardens Open in The Bride Valley


This month -


Tuesdays during June and July The Scented Garden, Littlebredy 2.30 - 8.00 pm

Tuesday 15th June The Old Rectory, Litton Cheney 2.00 - 6.00 pm

Sunday 20th June   Tithe Barn House, Litton Cheney 2.00 - 6.00 pm


Langebride House, Long Bredy also opens for The National Gardens Scheme but for private visits by appointment.


Litton Cheney Social Committee invite all recipients of the BVN to join us for a walk on the 3rd Saturday of each month (weather permitting).  We aim to walk about five miles with a stop for lunch at a pub.  Please check the Litton page for details and to confirm the event each month.  We hope you can join us.

                                                                                        Kathy Kourik Secretary 482552          


Ring and Ride Bus Service - Meeting Friday 4 June at 7.00pm in Puncknowle Hall

We are to have an extension to this service to the east of Bridport, commencing later this month.  It will serve the valley and the villages immediately to the north of the A35.  It will have wheelchair access and easy to board steps and is intended for the less able and those who are wheelchair bound, or who have difficulty accessing public transport.  It will be possible for a door to door service and at present it is planned to run on Wednesdays to Bridport at a return cost of £1.50.

To implement the scheme we need to have knowledge of the people likely to use it.  Now that we have all the formalities done, we plan a meeting at Puncknowle Village Hall on Friday 4 June at 7.00pm.  This is for interested people and potential users.  Please make contact with your own parish clerk or ring 897322.

Anna Lovell



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.



Choir Practices                       Fridays at 6.00 p.m.


Bell Ringing Practices           Thursdays at 7.00pm


Gift Sunday                            20th  June        Christian Blind Mission


The next Service of Prayer for Healing at St Mary's  will be held on Monday 7th June at 7.00pm.


Tiny Tots / Pram Service will be held at 11.00am on Friday 11th June at St. Mary's Church, Burton Bradstock.      

                                                                         Yvette Smith ( 898219 )


Sunday 6th June - D-Day Remembrance Service

A Special Service to mark the 60th Anniversary of D-Day will be held at St Mary's Church, Burton Bradstock beginning at 10.00am and lasting approximately half an hour.  This will replace the usual monthly Family Service.  All welcome. 


A Very Special Thank You

This goes to the team that arranged all the seating in church for the Induction Service for our new Rector, Bob, and in particular for putting it all back to normal afterwards. 


This very special thank you also goes to those who contributed to the refreshments in the W.I. Hall and especially so to Lesley Dove and her team of helpers who made such a first class effort in supplying us all with such a fantastic spread.                                                          Churchwardens



A  contributed article:

Cleeve Arscott, who died last month aged 93, was a remarkable man. He and his wife, Mary, came to live in Burton early in the 70's, designing his own bungalow in Shipton Lane where he lived. He had worked most of his life with the Admiralty in Bath, Hong Kong  and Northern Ireland. After retirement he took a great interest in bee keeping; many a swarm were located and saved in Burton and the surrounding villages, one in the Rectory chimney! He was secretary of the Bee-keeping Association of Dorset and presided over the exhibitions at the Melplash Show for many years.


His great love was his knowledge of Music; he was for many years a member of the Recorded Music Society in Bridport, becoming their Chairman and finally President.


He was well known in the Recorder Group in Burton, being their Treasurer and teacher.


He was a fount of knowledge in so many things, a kind and lovely man.


His ashes were scattered on Burton Beach.



Advance Notice

The Bridport Branch of the Alzheimers Society will be holding their annual 'Garden Party' in the Rectory Gardens, Burton Bradstock, at 2.30pm on Thursday 15th July.  All the usual stalls with cream teas available in the W.I. Hall. 

Basil Dent



Burton Bradstock Church Fete in the Rectory Gardens on Thursday 5th August

We have already commenced planning our annual Church Fête and much help is needed not only on the day but help with planning the event.  If you could spare the time and would like to be involved in helping on a stall contact Gill Robertson (897097) or with a side show Game contact Peter Broomhead (897408) or available to help set up and clear up the fete contact Tom Holmes (897046).  Miscellaneous goods for the various stalls are much needed.  So following your Spring Cleaning if you have any useful items we could have, keep them to one side please, but no electrical goods.  Thank you. 

Peter Colbert - Chairman


Items for the Fête can be delivered to the Rectory garage on the following dates and times:-

Wednesday 28th July from 4.30pm - 7.00pm and 

Saturday 31st July from 10.00am - 12 noon


But specific items for the following stalls may be left with the following persons:-

Filled Jars (value 50p) - contact Joyce Tillman - 897040

Baby Goods - contact Margaret Ackland - 897872

Bottle Tombola - contact Kate & Bernard Chennells - 897066

Fancy Goods - contact Joan Gillet - 897656

Cards & Crafts - contact Jane Stubbs - 898002

Plants - contact Wynne Hughes

Garden Produce - contact Tom Holmes - 897046

Cakes & Preserves - contact Shirley Gilbert - 897385


Thelma Skues has plenty of gifts for the children's Lucky Dip BUT does require brightly coloured wrapping paper in which to wrap the gifts.  This can be new or used (if in good condition) please contact Thelma on 898032.


Donations for the Hamper in the Grand Draw

The first prize in the Grand Draw at the Church Fete has traditionally been a Food & Drink Hamper.  We have made up some good ones in recent years.  Once again I would like to request donations for this year's Hamper - tins, jars, bottles, packets of something special or just that little bit different from usual.  Please drop your donation to 7 Norburton or give me a call on 897695 and I shall gladly collect.  Many thanks. 

Lesley Dove



Thank You

Very many thanks to all who helped to make our Easter Sale such a success, especially the men who carried all the heavy things for us.  Grateful thanks to those who donated goods for all the stalls.  The final amount raised was £490. 

Royal British Legion Women's Section





D-DAY COMMEMORATION                    WEEKEND       


Saturday 5th June, 2004


10:00 am to 4:00 pm - Exhibition of memorabilia in the Reading Room


5:00 pm until 9:30 pm.  Commemoration family event on Hive Beach and at Hive Beach Café (by kind permission of Steve Attrill)


5:00 pm to 6:00 pm: Informal judging of 'Themed Dress'


5:30 pm Tug-of-war between The Anchor and Three Horseshoes


6:15 pm Punch & Judy


7:00 pm to 9:30 pm Musical entertainment including:

Burton Bradstock Country Band, wartime songs from Mezzo

and sing-along with other guest singers


Stuffed roast pork baps, bottles of wine and beer available from the Café at very reasonable prices.   Bar from 6:00 pm & food from 7:00 pm.



Sunday 6th June, 2004

10:00 am at St. Mary's Church Burton Bradstock.  

    Service of Remembrance to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of D-Day.


All proceeds will be donated to the Royal British Legion &

the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance Trust


As part of Burton Bradstock
D-Day Commemoration Weekend







SATURDAY 5TH JUNE     10.00 am - 4.00 pm


If you have any items that we could borrow for this exhibition, then please contact either Jim Reeves (897091) or June Fox (897919).  Many thanks.




Dorset Police Community Support Unit

The next visit of the above unit will be on Friday 4th June at 10.00am to 12 noon.  The subsequent dates will be on Fridays 2nd July, 6th August and 3rd September.  The vehicle will be located near the gates of the Rectory Garden or if unable to park there, it will be in the bus lay-by opposite The Three Horseshoes car park.

                                                                                                Freddy Tame




Village Society

A most interesting season of talks came to a close on 23rd April when Susan Hounsell gave a presentation to the society entitled 'The Hestercombe Gardens Story'. 


This site near Taunton has been in existence since Anglo Saxon times but was later owned by the Warre family (Portwine) for 500 years.  It was Coplestone Warre Bampfylde who initially created the landscape garden in the 1750's and this was complemented by the stunning Edwardian gardens designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. 


However, after passing into the hands of the Portman family, the gardens fell into disuse and it was Philip White who, only a few years ago noticed a tangled mess at the back of the house and started to recreate the gardens.  He re-mortgaged his house to buy the first digger and then with help from various sources renovated the valley garden, lakes, temple, waterfall, mausoleum, witchouse, and gothic tower. 


The garden is now fully restored and is presently owned by the Hestercombe Trust and Somerset County Council - well worth a visit! 


A perfect conclusion to a great set of talks through the season.  See you all in the Autumn.                                                                      Peter Dutton




Burton Bradstock W.I.




Monday 31st May    2.00pm

On the Village Green


~ Cake Stall ~ Toys ~ Crafts ~ White Elephant ~ Raffles ~

~ Bottle Tombola ~ Ice Cream ~ Cream Teas ~




The 24th Burton Bradstock Festivalwill be

held this year on Friday 20th & Saturday 21st August


Burton Bradstock Women's Institute

At the May meeting after three very informed presentations, the members voted unanimously in favour of the resolutions re.

1. Trafficking of Women and Children - Norma Willard.

2. Growing of G.M. Crops in the U.K. - Shelagh Morgan.

3. Air Ambulance Funding - Felicity Tattersall-Craft. (Who says WI Members are only interested in cakes and jam).


The Southampton outing to see 'CATS' was thoroughly enjoyed by members, husbands and friends; many thanks to Audrey Hayward  for all her hard work in arranging this.


Jill Spinney our delegate to the Spring Council Meeting in Weymouth was thanked for her amusing report.


Flower of the month was won by Noreen Short.


After the close of business the members and guests had a very pleasant evening taking part in individual and group competitions whilst enjoying wine and snacks prepared by Joan Allan and her team.


Next Meeting June 8th at "Bedouin Jewellery & Palestinian Costume."                                                                                 June Fox



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?

And, it is in colour too!






The garden at Chilcombe will be open

on Saturday 26th June from 12 noon - 6.00pm

Entrance £3.00 - children free

~ Dogs on leads welcome ~ Plant Stalls ~

~ Exhibition of paintings by John Hubbard ~

~ Furniture by ITRE Workshop ~



Village Correspondent: Mrs. Joy White

Eastcote  3 Gullivers Orchard  Shipton Gorge

Tel: ( 01308 )897974


Family Service 27th June at 3.00 p.m.

Come along to St. Martin's church, and celebrate the summer season with our new Rector Bob and his wife Jean. We shall sing joyful songs, and our young people will give us some food for thought. After the service, everyone is invited to the Village Hall for tea and treats.                                                                                          The Churchwardens.


Advance Notice - St. Martin's Summer Fair-Saturday

10th. July  2.00-4.00p.m.

This year's fair has some exciting new attractions, and will take place a week earlier than usual. It will be opened by our new Rector Bob and his wife Jean, at 2.00 p.m; so come along with family and friends to meet them, and have a great afternoon - there is something for everyone!


We are grateful to Denis and Ann Jones for their kind permission to use their land, also to Roger and Rose Sorrel for kindly allowing us to use their field.


A new event to look forward to is a visit from Melplash Ferret Rescue, and we welcome the handlers with their beautiful racing ferrets - this will be great fun for all the family, so don't miss it!


We look forward to trailer rides round the farm fields with Jason and Natalie - this proved very popular last year, so come and join the queue!


Did you know that Colin Chambers has taken his Humber Olympia Tandem on the London to Brighton run? Well now is your chance to see this spectacular vehicle, as it will be on display near the village hall - have your photo taken in the driving seat!


St. Martin's church tower will be open all afternoon, supervised by Colin and Christine Green - this is well worth a visit, with beautiful views of our village and surrounding countryside.

Christine Cornish will be taking bookings for the highly successful Church Lighting Scheme, details of which can be found near this article.


There are lots of bargains to be found on our stalls as usual, and Cream Teas will be available in the village hall. We will be very grateful for contributions to the Fair, and please use the stallholder's list below, or contact the churchwardens:


  • Plants and Preserves   Geoff and Bettie Shepherd: 897 490 *
  • Cakes and Confectionery   Janice Symes: 897 570
  • Books   Gerald Benselin: 897 562 and Ambrose Smith: 897 446
  • Bric-a-brac   Linda Buck: 898 278
  • Children's Stall   Margaret Fisher: 898 776
  • Bottle Tombola   Gary and Jo Warren: 897 948
  • Raffle    Bettie Darby: 897 541


* Please bring plants to the hall for labelling etc. on Friday, 9th July, between 2.00 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. Other stalls will be set up on Saturday morning from l0.00 a.m. onwards.

The Churchwardens



Light Up the Church

Once again we would like to light up the Church every evening during the winter, starting the beginning of September, through until the end of March. The cost is remaining the same at £5.00 per week (payable in advance please). Bookings are now being taken.

Please contact Christine Cornish on 897833



Shipton Gorge Village Society

All residents of' Shipton Gorge are automatically members of the Village Society. Different activities are held throughout the year and new ideas are constantly sought.


If you have any suggestions/would like to know more, come to the AGM on Tuesday, 8 June at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall. All residents welcome!


Plant Swap

Bring any well-rooted plant in a pot to the Village Hall on Saturday, 12 June from 10.00 am to 12 noon. Enjoy a coffee and a chat. When you return home, you may have a better plant, or even the one you brought with you! If you don't want to swap, come along for a drink & biscuits, anyway. All are welcome.


Advanced Notices

Treasure Hunt This light-hearted quiz, featuring house-names and roadside, will be on Saturday, 10th July at the New Inn Car Park, after 6.00 pm. It will be followed by a Barbecue in the car park. All in the Bride Valley are welcome


Summer Show This year's show will be on Saturday, 31st July. All details will be in the July issue.


Garden Competition This has become a biennial event, in odd-numbered years, e.g. 2005, 7 etc.


Street Fair   Saturday 21st August starting at 2.00 pm

Sue Brown


Shipton Gorge Parish Council

Village website

We are pleased to announce the launch of The Shipton Gorge Village Website which can be found at


The site contains comprehensive information about our village, including footpaths in the parish, the Parish Council and Councillors, the Playing Field, St Martin's church, the Homewatch scheme and lots more up-to-date information. You can also view parish council minutes, agendas for future meetings, the 1989 and 1999 Village Appraisals and a range of other things about our village past and present.


Any villagers who would like to have a village e-mail address

( contact the webmaster for further details.


The site is continually being improved with more information being added all the time, so log on and have a look!


A warm welcome to new Rockway residents:- Mrs J. Pettit at No. 15

          and also Mr F. & Mrs J. Filby at No. 14


Wishing Mrs Sylvia Wrigley of Rockway a speedy recovery after her spell in hospital.


Shipton Gorge Village Hall 100 Club

Winners for the May Draw



No 42

John Epplestone


No 51

Sheila Stanton



Shipton Gorge Village Website


PUNCKNOWLE & WEST BEXINGTON                          


Village Correspondent:  Elizabeth Slater

1, Lytton Close, Puncknowle, Dorchester DT2 9BH

Telephone: ( 01308 ) 897751



My thanks to so many friends and neighbours for their sympathy cards, telephone calls and support on the sudden passing away of my sister Win on the 9th April this year.  She would have greatly appreciated everyone's kind thoughts so much.

Ruth Rees


Car Share

Dorchester lady desperate to move to Puncknowle to be near family but needs to get to Dorchester for work (she doesn't drive).  Is there anyone who also works in Dorchester who could give her a lift 2 or 3 days a week in return for help towards petrol?  Please ring Jill on 897479


Bride Valley Fledglings Playgroup - ( See page10 of Valley Notes for this month's report )


Puncknowle Art Group

Swyre churchyard was covered in primroses for our first outdoor painting session of the year. This was followed by a morning in The Crown sketching driftwood, pebbles and shells. Dates for June are:-

11th   painting at Eype

25th a visit to Jennifer's shed - er - art gallery. (That's what I call emancipation, having your own shed in the garden!)

Christine Molony


Don't forget to check the village website

to keep in touch with village events and find useful information




Correspondents: Elizabeth Slater & Sid Marshall



 PUN FUN - Cheese, Wine and Ideas Evening

For all the people of Puncknowle, Swyre and West Bexington.

Friday 25 June 7.30 - 10pm in the Hall

Come along and enjoy a drink and savoury snacks while sharing ideas for future meetings.  Don't forget to bring your choice of drink, and donations towards costs would be appreciated.


Please put this date in your diary now.

April saw a very happy group of bookworms sharing comic verse and hilarious readings amid much good humoured talk.  There will be no Pun Fun in July as this would be the eve of the Fete, but watch this space for future plans.

Contact Nos.898492/897751


Puncknowle and Swyre Parish Council 1 June 2004

The Parish Council will meet on Tuesday 1st June in Puncknowle Church Hall at 7.30pm.


LITTON CHENEY                                              

Village Correspondent:

Mrs. Elizabeth Kingston, 5 Manor Farm Close


Litton Cheney Vital Villages

The Steering Group are pleased to inform you that we have received the funding to develop a Parish Plan.  As part of the process all of you should have received the questionnaires.  There are two parts - a questionnaire for each household, for a member of the household to fill in and a personal questionnaire for each individual.  We hope everyone in the parish, from all those in secondary education to the young ninety year olds, will take this opportunity to have their say and possibly influence village life.  The questionnaires are anonymous.  If you would like further information about initiatives or wish to volunteer for future activities please complete the information/volunteer form.  The information/volunteer form can be collected with your questionnaires or to ensure the anonymity of your questionnaires can be returned to 5 Manor Farm Close or Watercombe, Main Street

If anyone has skills in data analysis and would be able to analyse the results, of the questionnaires, in June/July please contact Sally Dyke, Watercombe, Main Street. Payment is available for this work.



Village Textile Project

We have just begun our meetings to plan the Litton Cheney Village Textile.  It doesn't matter if you are a brilliant stitcher/embroiderer or a beginner.  All approaches will contribute to the project.  You are very welcome to join us.  Why not ring 482301 for more information?                                                                                                        Ann Miles


The Mobile Library will stop by the Bus Shelter between 3.25 and 4.10 pm for the final time on Thursday 3rd June.  The Mobile Library will continue to visit on Thursday's but will be at the Bus Shelter between 3.10 and 4.00 pm.  The first date for the new time is Thursday 17th June. 


The Police Community Support Vehicle will stop by the bus shelter from 2 o'clock until 3.30 pm on Wednesday 9th June.


Litton Cheney Social Committee

Our first monthly walk was attended by 25 people from all corners - or should I say ends - of the Bride Valley.  (Also eight apologies were received)  Everyone agreed it was a most enjoyable day and good to meet new faces.  This month's walk is on Saturday 19th June, meet at 10.00 am at the bus shelter - weather permitting - all BVN recipients welcome.


Thursday 17th June 7.00 pm - Brewery visit to Palmer's in Bridport.  Make your own way there and back, share a car with a friend or two.  The cost is £4 each, which includes a buffet supper at the White Horse on our return.  Tickets, which are limited, are available from Eddy Fry on 482260.


Saturday 3rd July Summer Barbeque.  We hope you will buy a ticket when we call on you nearer the time, but if we miss you please phone me.

We look forward to seeing you at all of these events.

                                                              Kathy Kourik LCSC Secretary 482552


Gardens Open

Tuesday 15th June - The Old Rectory, 2.00-6.00 pm

Sunday 20th June - Tithe Barn House, 2.00-6.00 pm


New a Ring and Ride Service, which includes Litton Cheney, will commence on Wednesday 16th June.  The service will provide transport from your home to Bridport and back.  This is a new initiative initially for a year, if you or someone you know might benefit from this service please contact Elizabeth Kingston 482384.  Please read the Valley Notes for additional details about this new service.


Litton Cheney Youth Club

During June there will be mountain boarding and trampolining sessions.  For further details contact Paul Kingston 482384


The Village Lunch will take place on Thursday 24th June at The White Horse Inn.


Well done to ex Thorner's pupil and Beryl Peach's grand-daughter Robyn Wakely who received a certificate and voucher for Overall Excellence in Year 8 at the The Sir John Colfox School.


Malcolm and Patricia Munro wish to thank the many people in Litton and elsewhere in the valley for their thoughts and kindnesses expressed to us on our leaving for Wales.


A belated welcome to Pat and Terry Marsh who live in Coombes Close.  We hope all the new residents in Litton Cheney are made to feel welcome and enjoy village life.

Visit the web site for the latest news.

The group meets at The White Horse Inn

at 8.30pm  on the first Monday of each month.

All welcome.




LONG BREDY                                                         

Village Correspondent:

Mrs. Elinor Frost, Bridelands  ( 482269 )


On Monday 14th June at 7:30pm there will be a Village Hall meeting at the hall followed by a FETE meeting.  Please come and help with the final organisation.

The Stallholders are:

Draw                           Elinor Frost and Tracy Linwood

Bottle Tombola           Ray and Sara Winter, Frank and Jackie Skipwith

White Elephant           Mike and Valerie Shepherd

Books, tapes, CDs       David and Jane Dowling, David and Jane Peretz

                                    Collection Point - Juniper's Garage

Garden & Produce     Brian and Ann Peppiat, Valerie Cameron

Cakes                          Jackie Cain and family

Children's Stall           Harriet Sykes

Teas                             June Clewlow and Gwen Kinghorn


Do try and support the stallholders, lots of baking, planting and cupboard searching to do.


The collection for the National Society for Blind Children raised £33.60.  Thank you very much.

                                                                                            June Clewlow

Long Bredy & Litton Cheney W.I.

The June meeting of the WI is to be a visit to Mapperton Gardens on the 1st at 2:30pm.





In June, we say goodbye to the Tweeds from Orchard Cottage.  Jeremy and Susan, with Laura, Oliver, Lucy and Oscar, are moving to a new home in Bridport, and our best wishes for the future go with them all.  We trust that Littlebredy will still seem like home for them, and we shall see them back again from time to time.


The Social Club's second Quiz Night was again an enormous success (with another predictable win for the Outsiders, from Litton Cheney).  Nearly half the households in the village were represented in the Hall during the evening, and many congratulations are due to those who organised everything, set and called out the questions, and ran the busy bar.  The Club's next event will be a Social Evening at the Village Hall on Saturday 5th June, with a video for the youngsters and the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" challenge for anyone who'd like a go.  Supper - a barbecue, weather permitting - will be laid on.  Anyone there who has not been approached for their 2004-05 subscription in the meanwhile may find themselves being relieved of it on the night...


Chris and Judy Yates are again opening The Scented Garden under the National Gardens Scheme this year, so extra traffic can be anticipated around the village green on all the Tuesday afternoons in June and July.  This month, the dates are: June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th.  Chris and Judy apologize in advance for any inconvenience caused to their neighbours by an influx into the village on those days.  A team of volunteers will be serving delicious cream teas in the Hall in conjunction with the Garden Openings (in aid of the Church and the Village Hall) - many thanks indeed in advance to them. 




Can't pray?

Won't the words come?

Dried up? Sorrowfully dumb?


Fear not,

There were others so

That stood amid the straw

The night that I was born.


The ox, the ass...... they knew

And silently

They gave their homage due

With loving silent hearts.


And you, who hang your head,

Fear not to be my ox, my ass,

And, in your tacit way,

Pour out your love in silent song

For soundless words are often sweet and strong.'

Bride Valley Resident



Beaminster Festival

26th June - 4th July

Festival Office 01308 862299

Free brochure available from John Grantham 07990 583167





Art and Flower Festival - 26th/27th June 2004

Holy Rood Church, Buckland Newton, Dorset

Further information on or from Richard Bonnie on 07788 757 197