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Bride Valley News - October 2004

Diary of events for all Parishes October 2004

Church Services October 2004



            FROM THE CLERGY            


October, and the harvest season is upon us again. "We plough the fields and scatter the good seed" we sing, even though I for one have never ploughed so much as a scrape, let alone a furrow, and seed has not been scattered in the traditional, biblical way since the invention of the seed drill in the 18th century. And then again, such is the cleverness of modern agriculture that almost every season is one of planting and harvest of one crop or another. What we like to remember at Harvest is the memory of the way the world was in a gentler time, even though it may not actually have been all that gentle, and perhaps never did exist as we like to try to remember it.           


We do love Harvest Evensong, and Harvest supper, and that is a love that is not to be despised just because things are not what they used to be, and were not even then. What we are remembering is the way the world should have been, and even could have been if the facts would not always get in the way. We like to remember people, so unlike us or even perhaps anybody who has ever lived, being gentle and jovial and hard working and honest and wise and trustworthy and all the things that we are not, living in communities that were well ordered and supportive and kind. And we remember a world untroubled by greed and selfishness, where the sun shone on the golden sheaves and the golden figures who set their sickles to the corn.       


There is no harm in any of this remembering. It is a romance, a lovely dream which alike reminds us of how far we are from the ideal of living, and of what that ideal might consist. We choose to place this picture in the past, even though we know that it was not really like that. We could equally well place it in the future, as some cultures have seen perfection in times to come. But most of us in our time have sadly rather given up believing in a bright future for the world.


What we are actually dreaming about is heaven; placing on our heart the hope of it, and trying for a little while, in worship and at the festive board, to give heaven a place on earth. Just for an evening, the glimpse of a moment, a reminder and an assurance of God with us. Now that is a thing worth a festival.      


"All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above;
Then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord for all his love."

God bless. Bob.



Valley Notes


The Vicar's Other Services

People may be interested to know that as Rural Dean I have been in Bridport on 12th September and Lyme Regis on 26th September.  This month I shall be in Symondsbury on 3rd and 31st and the Beaminster area on 24th


Symondsbury Parish (with Eype and Broadoak) is now in Interregnum, and I have taken over Pastoral responsibility for the Benefice.  This will include regularly taking Sunday Services, liaising with their school and leading a weekly assembly (as I do at Thorner's School), and covering their Baptisms, Weddings or Funerals.  This will continue until it is decided whether Symondsbury will be given another retired priest officially to look after them (and live in the Vicarage), or they join an adjacent Team Ministry or United Benefice.  All this will take time........

Anthony Ashwell


From the Registers


Holy Baptism

Blaize Daphne and Slade James Collins

at St Peter's Church, Long Bredy on 22nd August 2004.

Three year old Blaize encouraged nine month old Slade, and both were baptised in joy. 


Holy Matrimony

David Thorner and Imogen King on 31st July 2004

at St Martin's Church, Shipton Gorge. 

A glorious day, and it wasn't the best man who dropped the rings, but the Vicar!!


Funerals at Litton Cheney


On 23rd July 2004, Janet Anne Gosbee, aged 66. 


On 5th August 2004, Eric Henry Barber, aged 82. 


On 31st August 2004, Richard Guy Hill Shipton, aged 78. 


We offer our sincerest condolences to all the families. 


Anthony Ashwell

United Bride Valley Family Service

Our next United Family Service, led by the Thursday Fellowship Group, takes place on 31st October 2004.  This is a Service for all ages and for all the people of the Bride Valley parishes, their families, friends and visitors to the area.  All will be made most welcome.  The Service, for this 5th Sunday, will take place in St Martin's Church, Shipton Gorge at 11.00am. 


Following the Service all are invited to stay for refreshments in Shipton Gorge Village Hall where there will be a 'Bring & Share' lunch.  Please bring a plate of savoury or sweet food to share with everyone.  Tea, coffee and squash will also be available. 


If you would like further details of this Service, or would like to take part in it, or would like to help with the planning of it, then please contact Paul. 


Tiny Tots/Pram Service

The next service will be at 11.00am on Friday 8th October.

All welcome.



Mothers' Union       Thursday 28th October at 2.30pm

There is a change in the programme owing to the speaker's illness - so

a "Surprise Meeting"

at St. Catherine's Cross, Shipton Lane, Shipton Gorge.




The Bridport and District Bible Society Action Group

The Cream Tea on 11th August at Roger and Jan Williams' home, Bethany, Charmouth, was a great success. Together with the proceeds from the "White Elephant" stall, £288.00 was raised. To all our supporters "Thank you".                                                John McDougal


The Bible

With our keeping of Bible Sunday in the Bride Valley this month (on the 24th October) when we think particularly of the Book,  there are one or two matters to mention:

Bible Notes   Anyone not already taking Bible Notes for the daily reading of the Bible and interested to do so is invited to contact Mrs. Ann Read (Westfield, Shipton Lane, Burton Bradstock - tel.897445) for Scripture Union Notes or Miss Hilary Mousley (The Red House, Middle Street, Burton Bradstock - tel.897849) for Bible Reading Fellowship Notes. (Those on the list to have them regularly will continue to be supplied with each issue automatically).


The Bible Society Annual Lecture   This year's lecture will be delivered by Bishop John Baker, formerly Bishop of Salisbury, in St. Mary's Church, South Street, Bridport, on Thursday 18th November, at 7.30pm. His subject will be "How should we use the Bible?"


Bride Valley (Wednesday) Bible Study Group

Meetings begin at 7.30pm with coffee and biscuits and finish by about 9.15pm

Peter's First Letter

Session 3

1 Peter 2:1-12 Do I want to grow up?

Oct 6

The Old Rectory, Litton Cheney

Oct 13

7 Norburton, Burton Bradstock

Session 4

1 Peter 2:13-3:7 In His steps

Oct 20

Pitcombe, Littlebredy

Oct 27

Westfield, Shipton Lane

Session 5

1 Peter 3:8-22


Nov 3

11 Barges Close, Litton Cheney


Nov 10

Cairnhill, Shipton Gorge


Session 6

1 Peter 4


Nov 17

Hillside, West Bexington


Nov 24

Westfield, Shipton Lane


Session 7

1 Peter 5


Dec 1

The Old Rectory, Litton Cheney


Dec 8

7 Norburton, Burton Bradstock




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.

Oct 7         Prayer              West Lodge, Littlebredy

Oct 14      Bible Study      Matthew 7.15-23    6 Baglake, Litton Cheney

                                               (How to discern false prophets)

Oct 21       Prayer              7 Norburton, Burton Bradstock

Oct 28       No meeting


Save the Children

Autumn Fair 2004

at Herrison Hall Charlton Down

3 miles N.W. of Dorchester


Saturday 16th October 2004

10.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Entrance £2.50 Children under 16 free

Refreshments available all day


Thorner's CE VA Primary School

 We have come to that time of year when all parents are invited to attend the Annual Governors and School Association meetings.  We hold them on the same evening in the hope that as many parents as possible do attend, it is their opportunity: to see who the people are, hear what is happening and ask questions of those who are making various decisions in relation to the education of their child or children.  Do please come along it would be good to see you.


I am delighted to report that all the new pupils have settled in well and seem to have been with us for more than a few weeks.  Change is always a difficult time and many children will take time to settle into new routines with new faces however many different opportunities to 'experience' school occurs before they start.  Many of you may well be faced with choosing a school for the first time and wonder how to go about it.  Secondary schools generally have 'Open Days' where you, as a prospective parent, can walk around with lots of others and presumably see the school in action on that day.  We here at Thorner's would like to offer all prospective parents the opportunity to see how much school life has changed since they were at school and welcome the opportunity to show them around school on a normal working day when you can see how we operate on a daily basis.  So if you are looking at schools for the first time or want to just see what is available please do get in contact and come along, we would be delighted to show you Thorner's.


On a not so pleasant note can I ask all dog owners to please take care and clean up after their dogs.  The bank outside school is a favourite fouling point for them but it is not so pleasant for those families who park near it.  I must thank a number of parents who regularly clean up after these thoughtless owners, but surely they should not have to do this if we all took responsibility for our own dogs: by not allowing them to roam the village freely and also by cleaning up after them.  Thank you to all those responsible owners who already take little parcels home.

Alison Johnstone



Burton Bradstock CE VC School

We are now well and truly back into the groove after the holiday.  The plates are spinning again and thus the circus is once more on the road.  Last month we hosted the full Cluster Staff Meeting at which the schedule of sports and other events for the year were fixed, so the fun and action will continue for some time to come.


An unusual excursion for one member of staff and two children was to take a return trip from Weymouth to Lyme Regis on the Waverley Paddle Steamer.  This was to celebrate the launch of the 'Friends of the Jurassic Coast' and was a wonderful opportunity to view the World Heritage Coast from the sea. 


Our Harvest Service takes place in the church at 9.15 on Friday 1st October - all are welcome.  The other significant events this month are the Governor Parent and PTA Annual General Meetings.  Also for those into nostalgia and keep fit, there is the PTA run 60's disco. 

Mark Stratta.


100 Club

August Winners:                                               September Winners:

            £20      F. Herbert                                            £20      J. Bowles

            £10      D. Maude                                             £10      T. Loudon

              £5      P & R. West                                          £5      E. Makay




Bride  Valley  Fledglings  Playgroup

We want to say a Big ThankYou to Mick at the Crown Inn, who once again played host for our Family Fun Night on 24th July - also to all the Crown Puncknowle Fundraisers who helped us on the night with the BBQ. The weather was great, as was the music played by the volunteer band from London, The Vintage, who had people up dancing in the dark by the end of the evening - they were a big hit!


Our treasurer tells me a profit of around £250 was made on the night, and the winner of the Raffle first prize (a DVD) was Elinor Frost from Long Bredy. The children had fun on the Bouncy Castle and stalls, some of us adults had Body Shop mini-hand treatments by Kelly, and an enjoyable evening was had by all who supported us. Thanks again. 


Our Summer Quiz is still on sale at the usual places so test out your General Knowledge again - first prize is £20.    This term our theme is all about "Nursery Rhymes", some old favourites and some less well known. The children's favourite and most requested is still  "Baa Baa Black Sheep".

For information about Playgroup, please ring me anytime.

 Carol  Bennett (Playleader)  01308  897771



Litton Cheney Youth Club meets on Tuesday evenings, for those between 8 and 17 years in Litton Cheney and the surrounding villages.  For information contact Paul Kingston 482384.



First Steps Parent and Toddler Group:  The new term is well underway now and welcome to all faces old and new.  In October the Health Visitor will be coming on the first session of the month (6th) for baby-weighing, advice etc.  This term, the group will meet at Long Bredy Village Hall every Wednesday except the second one (13th October) when we will be at Littlebredy Village Hall.  Each session will start at 10:00 and finish at 12:00.


The group has toys and activities for all pre-school age children; after successful fundraising last year, we have some lovely new resources. For parents and carers we offer coffee and friendly chat and the chance to meet other parents in the area. Parents with new babies are especially welcome. For further details, please contact:  Bridget 898600, or Jo 482346, or Julie 897178, or Rachel 482246



Litton Cheney Social Committee's next monthly walk will take place on Saturday 20th November.  Everyone very welcome.



Royal British Legion

This month's Social will be held at The Bull Inn, Swyre on Monday 25th October at 7.30pm.                                                  J.Reeves (Hon. Secretary)


Bride Valley GardeningClub

 See STOP PRESS (page 38) for this month's report




Litton Cheney Social Committee's monthly walk usually takes place on the 3rd Saturday of each month (weather permitting).  For further details please read the Litton notes.  Everyone very welcome.



Would Anyone Like My Sheds?

I have a ten-year-old 18' x 12' wooden chalet which cost £4,000 originally, is still in excellent condition, and which makes a comfortable office or summerhouse. I also have a 14' x 10' wooden shed only about three years old, with double doors one end and a single door at the other. These garden buildings are now both surplus to our needs and I'd like to dispose of them, free of charge,  to anyone who's prepared to dismantle them and remove them from our garden at West Bexington. Anyone interested can contact me during office hours on 01308 898132, or on my mobile 07785 392892, or you can e-mail me -










·          Are you hiding a talent or longing for acting, singing or dancing?

·          Do you want to make new friends?

·          Do you need to make the long winter months go more quickly?

·          Are you aged between 8 and 80 years?


Cheer yourself up, and others, by coming along to the first reading of Burton Bradstock Players' winter/spring production of 'Wind in the Willows', to be directed by Liz Slater, on Friday 15th October at 7.30pm, followed by auditions on Thursday 21st October at 7.30pm.  Both  are to be held at the W.I. Hall in Burton Bradstock.


Come and watch the 'Monty Python' crew version at the same venue and time on Thursday 7th October


If you want to find out more in advance ring Daphne on 897415.


We also need dress-makers, prompts, scenery and prop makers etc. if you do not want to appear on the stage. 




Burton Bradstock Players

We will once again be holding a series of informal playreading evenings in the autumn.   These evenings are great fun and you will not be asked to 'do' anything, except read a part if you want to - and you can come just to listen if you wish!   If you have not been before, do come along - everyone is welcome.  These are not being held with a view to production!   Dates will be:   Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 13th October - at 7.30 p.m. in the Reading Room, Burton Bradstock.



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                         24th October    The Bible Society


The next Service of Prayer for Healing at St Mary's will be held on Monday  11th October at 7.00pm.


Tiny Tots / Pram Service will be held at 11.00am on Friday 8th October at St. Mary's Church, Burton Bradstock.



A reminder .. Christmas Greetings for St. Mary's Church & BVN Funds.

If you are intending to participate, please give me your name(s), as you would like it/them to appear in the BVN list, plus your donation (cheques should be made payable to St. Mary's P.C.C.).  I need this information, including the donation, no later than 10th November, in order to catch the deadline for the December issue.

Ken Pett, Mill Gate House, Annings Lane, Burton Bradstock, Bridport, Dorset,

 DT6 4QN. Tel: 01308 897 550

Further details of this scheme appeared in the September issue of the B.V.N.



A VARIETY SHOW will be held in the W.I. Hall, Burton Bradstock on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th October 2004 starting at 7.30p.m.   Tickets £3.50, on sale at Burton Bradstock Post Office from Tuesday 12th October.  First come, first served, as seats will be at tables and this will limit the numbers.  You are invited to bring your own drink and nibbles.  Choc ices, tea and coffee will be on sale during the interval.  To get in the mood wear your hats and feather boas, if you wish!

Elaine Colbert - Pound House Productions                          


Artsreach Event at Burton Bradstock Village Hall

The very popular "Old Rope String Band" will be performing their unique brand of music and comedy at Burton Bradstock Village Hall on Thursday 14th October Doors open at 7.00 p.m.. There will be a bar available.

Tickets: £7. Under 18 £5. Family tickets £20 (2 adults plus 2 children)

These three talented men play beautiful traditional music from all over the world whilst indulging in hilarious antics and bizarre visual nonsense.


Book early! You are in for an evening of delight and hilarity. These entertainers stop at nothing in their quest to bring joy to the face of an audience.


"The Old Rope String Band" is a unique combination of music and comedy. Tickets will be available from the Post Office, and bookings may be made by phone: 01308 897214. You are advised to get your tickets as soon as they become available. This trio of musical funsters has a strong following on the Artsreach circuit, so don't be disappointed. There is sure to be a run on tickets for this musical laughter filled show for all the family.

Norman Saunders-White. The Retreat, High Street. Burton Bradstock


Burton Bradstock WI

Due to the oddities of the British calendar, September's WI meeting takes place too late to be reported in this month's BVN, but to kick start us into the Autumn events, members enjoyed a coffee morning on Thursday September 8th. Lots of chat, of course, after the Summer recess and Wendy Green gave a very interesting talk on the history of the 73 year old WI hall, soon of course to be Burton Bradstock Village Hall.


Forthcoming events include the Autumn Council of the Dorset Federation in Weymouth on October 20th when the guest speaker will be Gyles Brandreth.


Locally, a creative writing group is starting on October 6th under the guidance of Sheila Spencer-Smith, tel:898012 and an art day takes place at the Hall on October 27th, tutor Mr. Michael Chappell; further information from Joan Dady, te1:898084. The walkers meet on October 19th to ramble round Bradpole and Pymore and the readers meet on the 26th.


Just one seat is still available on the theatre/shopping trip to Southampton on November 25th to see a matinee performance of "Blood Brothers", please contact Audrey Hayward, tel: 898528.


Nearer Christmas, members will enjoy a festive coffee morning on Saturday November 27th, a quiz night on December 3rd and a Christmas lunch at Highlands End, Eype, on December 8th.


The Bridge Group will continue to meet on Tuesdays at 2.00pm in the WI hall from September 28th, come and join us for a friendly game. For further information ring Chris Clarke, tel: 898117.


The next meeting is on October 12th at 7.15pm, the speaker Mr. L Phillips on "My Life", visitors are welcome.

Heather Seadon


Burton Bradstock WI are holding a

One-Day Art Workshop with Tutor Michael Chappell

on Wednesday 27th October l0.00am - 4.00pm

in the WI. Hall.


Morning session - "Figures"

Afternoon session - "Mood and Atmosphere"

Cost to non-W.I. members £15

Please ring Joan Dady on 898084 to reserve a place.



The Casterbridge Male Voice Choir

The choir will give a concert in St. Mary's Church, Burton Bradstock at 7.30pm on Wednesday 6thOctober. The choir was founded in 1941 and raises money for churches and local charities. Admission is £6 at the door, and all proceeds will be donated to Chideock Aid for Romania (Registered Charity No: 1015239). This will be the choir's first visit to Burton Bradstock, and will be an evening to remember!



Burton Bradstock Festival - 19th to 21st August 2004

The 24th Festival opened with a Thursday lunchtime organ recital, with the welcome return of Simon Lindley. His programme, beginning whimsically with a finale in the form of an overture by Hollins, ranged from the splendour of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor to a Scott Joplin rag and Billy Mayerl's "Marigold". Christopher Wellington (viola) played two contrasting Bach chorale preludes and Mary Ryan (flute) a Mozart Andante. Lemare's Fantasy on Themes from Bizet's Carmen officially concluded the recital on familiar territory but the light hearted encore, Hornpipe Humoresque by Noel Rawsthorne, with its variations in the style of Bach, Vivaldi, Arne and Handel, sent us home smiling.


Both evening concerts by the London Festival Players opened in lively manner with a concerto for two trumpets: Molter's on Friday and Torelli's on Saturday. David Mason and Stephen Cutting, in fine form, dominated the livelier movements.


On Friday, a superlative performance by David Juritz, Susanna Candlin, Christopher Wellington and Adrian Bradbury of Mozart's String Quartet No 19, The Dissonance, held the audience's attention from its intriguing opening to its final bars. The Haydn trio was less exciting but most enjoyable. Tribute was paid to Dvorak on the centenary of his death with two warmly romantic works: Rondo for cello and piano and Romance for violin and ensemble. Soloists Bradbury and Juritz both played beautifully, supported by sensitive accompaniment. Between these two attractive works were two well-loved Ravel pieces arranged for cor anglais and piano. Janice Knight and Hubert Dawkes were on top form. Back to Mozart for the finale: his oboe quartet played with characteristic distinction and beautiful phrasing by Neil Black and the accompanying strings.  


After the opening trumpet concerto on Saturday, we enjoyed Albinoni's  concerto for two oboes in C major, performed brilliantly by Neil Black and his wife Janice Knight with faultless technique and rapport. Hilary Kenway, with delicate artistry, sang two arias from Handel's setting of Ode to St Cecilia's Day with superb cello obligato playing by Adrian Bradbury. Mozart's Adagio and Rondo for piano, flute, oboe, viola and cello brought us in fine style to the interval.  Vivaldi's Alla Rustica was crisp and the suite for violin, viola and strings by the Swedish composer Kurt Atterberg, probably new to all of us, was one of the highlights of the festival - wonderfully rich and expressive writing for these instruments. In Gluck's "Dance of the Blessed Spirits" Mary Ryan's flute playing was elegantly serene - a lovely way to mark her retirement as musical director of the festival. The finale was Bach's sublime Double Violin Concerto. David Juritz and Susanna Candlin with the other members of the London Festival Players, gave us a wonderful rendering of this masterpiece. Throughout it was light and sparkling with all the nuances sensitively emphasized and the movingly lyrical slow movement quite exquisite. It was a superb conclusion to a festival in which the standard of playing and overall musicianship has been of the highest quality throughout.


As Mary, founder of this unique Burton Bradstock event, hands over the baton (metaphorically) to David Juritz, she can be very proud of having given the village and beyond so much lasting pleasure and musical delight over the past 24 years. We look forward confidently to the 25th festival - with such a talented and happy group as the present London Festival Players the future could not be brighter.

Marion and John Surry


... and a message from Mary Ryan

This was the twenty fourth year of the Burton Bradstock Festival and I think I will be forgiven for saying that it was a great success.  The standard of playing was very high and the musicians held the audiences spellbound.  We are able to attract first class players to Burton largely because of the warmth of their reception here.  Over the years, many people in the village have given tremendous support to the festival.  This year I must give special thanks to Nancy Bushell, Peter and Elaine Colbert, John Tillman, Mark Stratta, Peter and Pat Dutton, Jim and Margaret Harding, John Surry, and most of all, Michael and Anne Southgate.  We are also grateful to have been able to hold the concerts in St Mary's Church.


It is with great regret that I have decided to step down as artistic director - it has been a project very dear to my heart since the inception of the Festival and I can hardly believe that two dozen years have passed so swiftly.  The reins are being taken up instead by my friend and colleague David Juritz, leader of the London Mozart Players:  I wish him every success and know that he can rely on the backing of the village as I have for so long.


Lavender Trust Breast Cancer Care


Coffee Morning


Saturday 9th October 11.00am - 1.00pm


Burton Cliff Hotel   Burton Bradstock


Stalls with Gifts, Cakes & Tombola



Dorset Police Community Support Unit

The next visit of the above unit will be on Friday 1st October. 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


Home Watch Burton Bradstock

Early dark nights are approaching fast and I would remind all residents of the need for special security in their homes. Our Home Watch scheme continues to be successful in deterring the potential thief. If you are out after dark, arrange for lights to come on at dusk by using an interrupter or delay switch, preferably in a room with the curtains drawn. Our local Police are always happy to advise on home security and can be contacted direct on Bridport 422266.


It is again necessary to draw your attention to dishonest workmen. They deceive the more vulnerable in our society by extorting large sums of money as payment for minor or inferior work to roof repairs, tree/hedge cutting and drive repairs. All door-step callers should be treated with caution. Use your door chain and ask for identification, leaving your door chain on while checking details with employer or police. If work is required, householders are advised to obtain written quotations from reliable local tradesmen. Items should not be sold to visiting antiques or other dealers calling.


New residents may obtain Home Watch stickers from their local coordinator, whose name can be found in the Post Office, The Bridge Cottage Stores or on the Parish notice board in the village. Stickers should be prominently displayed, clearly visible to anyone approaching the property.


Residents of Southover should note that Mrs. Mags Chue has temporarily taken over as coordinator from Mr. David Barnikel.

Freddy Tame 897957


Oliver Letwin MP

On Friday October 1st at 6.30 pm our MP, Rt. Hon Dr Oliver Letwin will be visiting the WI Hall in Burton Bradstock for one of his "On the Spot" sessions. These are completely non-party political and he comes in his position as our Member for West Dorset.


We are very fortunate in having such a well connected individual representing us. He is very frank and never tries to edge his responses. Last time over 60 people attended for a very instructive and it may be said entertaining hour with really interesting questions and follow through questions from the floor.


R.B.L. Women's Section     Annual Poppy Appeal

There will be a concert by the St. Swithun's Band in the Burton Bradstock W.I. Hall on Saturday October 23rd at 7.30pm. Tickets (£3.00 each)are on sale at the Post Office or from members: no tickets on sale at the door. There will also be a coffee morning on Thursday 4th November (details in next month's B.V.N.). Please come along and bring your friends. Both these events are worthy of your support: they are for a very deserving cause.                                    Greta Heal (Hon. Sec.)



A Happy time with Georgie Northover

I recently stayed with a friend in Worcestershire and had the pleasure of a lovely afternoon with Georgie. She is enjoying her small flat and impressed with the large window through which she loves to watch the vivid sunsets. Each weekend she is whisked off by her daughter (and husband) on exciting tours which seem to include exciting food also! Of course she is missing Burton Bradstock and all her friends. Her parting words were, "Please remember me to those who remember me", which, I think is very Georgie-ish!                                Greta Barlow


Craft Fairs - Reading Room

Over the past two years we have held six craft fairs selling top quality articles made by local crafts people in their own time. As a result £420 was raised for charity and was shared between the following:-

Bridport Community Hospital, Joseph Weld Hospice, R.S.P.B. and the Children's Society. We thank those in the village who supported us and also the local businesses who either advertised or displayed our flyers.

Annette Turney & Yvonne Green




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!



SHIPTON GORGE                                                            


Village Correspondent: Mrs. Joy White

Eastcote  3 Gullivers Orchard  Shipton Gorge

Tel: ( 01308 )897974



Wednesday 13th October 2004 at 7.30pm . Shipton Gorge Village Hall

He bought a ticket, jumped on a plane and set off. No "Rough Guide" in the world could have prepared him for the consequences..........


Our first Artsreach show for the autumn season is a one-man show, titled "Hey Gringo Through Peru," by National Theatre actor Peter Searles, recounting his adventures travelling across South America. From the moment his plane lands in Caracas (without his luggage) we're on a roller­coaster ride down unexplored tributaries of the Amazon, across the snow capped peaks of the Andes and into the depths of some of the most brutal prisons in the world. It is a catalogue of close scrapes and surprise encounters - drug-smugglers, Dutch airline hostesses, Carmelite monks, Maoist guerrillas, Mancunian ornithologists, Amazonian Indians and a French Shaman - not to mention crocodiles, jaguars and giant shit-eating centipedes. Refreshments available.       Tickets £5 from Doris Benselin 897562 or Jo Warren 897948.


Dates For Your Diary

Moviola Wednesday 3rd November 2004 at 7.30pm, Shipton Gorge Village Hall

Summer feels such a long time ago, so immerse yourself in this beautiful film, Under the Tuscan Sun. Enjoy the combination of ravishingly beautiful landscapes and the perfect escapist comedy-drama of a Californian divorcee finding a house, love and happiness in Italy. Refreshments available. Tickets £4 from Doris Benselin 897562 or Jo Warren 897948


Saturday 27th November at 7.30pm, Shipton Gorge Village Hall

Advance notice of an Artsreach evening with a difference - a Saturday for a start.!! "Piaffinitee" have put together a superb show remembering the legendary Edith Piaf in concert. They recall her well-known hits and perform them in cabaret mode, recreating the swirling atmosphere of a French cafe, with non-stop songs and dance music. This is sure to be a popular evening, so book your tickets early, and dress "with a hint of France"!  French wine bar.  Tickets £6 (including French Nibbles!) from Doris Benselin 897562 or Jo Warren 897948


Pre-Christmas Get Together

This event will take place on Sunday 5th December in the Village Hall from 12 noon onwards.


As usual, please bring a bottle and a plate of food for the table.


This is for residents of Shipton Gorge and over the past few years has proved a good way to wish friends old and new a Merry Christmas.


If you would like any more information please contact Robert or Christine Cornish on 897833.



Shipton Gorge Village Hall Trust

A Jumble Sale will be held in the hall on Saturday 9th October. Doors open 2.00pm.



Shipton Gorge Village Hall 100 Club

Winners for the September Draw



No. 84

Jo Warren


No. 45

Jeff Fisher




Shipton Gorge Village Website







Village Correspondent: Sid Marshall

3 Green Barton, Swyre Tel: 897318



Harvest Thanksgiving

Our last 6.30pm Evensong on 3rd October, before the clocks go back, and then we revert to our 3.30pm winter time; and a wonderful Service to end the Summer with.  Please do come to this traditional Service at which we celebrate and thank God for His bounty and beauty in creation, and worship in a church full of fruit, vegetables and flowers to be given to the Pilsdon Community. 


Songs of Praise Season

Holy Trinity Church reverberated on the five Sunday evenings of August to, all told, 40 hymns.  These were thoughtfully chosen, beautifully played by Paul Cheater, and enthusiastically sung, especially at our last Service on 29th August. 


Thank you, all who contributed in any way, and we look forward to our 2005 Summer Season. 

Anthony Ashwell


Dear Bride Valley Friends,

Just a note in the BVN to thank you  all so much for your kind and generous support before, during and after my trip to Uganda. At times it was hard, challenging and exhausting but as a team we were so blessed with support.  Prayers from back home undoubtedly sustained us and the trip that was more than we could possibly have imagined - awesome, eye-opening and amazing fun!


The mission hospital where we were based (Kisiizi, Rukungiri district, South west Uganda) was an amazing resource to the local people caring for their health as well as providing many well-needed jobs for the local area.  Whilst we were with them their open and tremendously giving nature made for good friendships and working partnerships.  It is so very humbling to be given so much by someone who has so little.


So as we went we understood that in everything our tasks were to work and witness.  Spread between the whole group we worked through schools, churches, local pastors and lay readers; encouraging, teaching and preaching.  Also through the hospital by leading chapel services and ward prayers, spending time with in-patients particularly the children, assisting in the understaffed pharmacy department as well as completing a full land survey of the whole hospital site which is now required by the government for Ugandan land registration.  The pace was fast, the timetable full, all leading towards a children's mission (large scale holiday club) which, on the middle weekend, saw as many as 3500 gathered on Kisiizi Hospital School Field.  It could have been logistical nightmare (having nearly double the children we had envisaged) by the grace of God it was superb!


We were then able to take a couple of days off and even ventured as far as The Queen Elizabeth National Park for an impressively close viewing of elephants, hippos, hyenas and the like! The last section of the trip was completing tasks and consolidating relationships before we returned to England. 


I am so thankful for this experience and in conclusion quote from a fellow team member ... 'Our perceptions, our compassions, our dependence on our culture ... families, friends, routines and experiences ... have all been challenged. There's so much more! Much more! And besides that, we have so much to share with others and to learn from others- to further God's Kingdom here and in the world ... We understand more now why so many are both physically and spiritually revitalised by  going on short or longer term missions ... and there are opportunities for all ages, from 18-80 - see, for example website' ...

Go it!

My thanks once again for your prayers and support.

Avril Yeates


The Bull Inn, Swyre - Nights to remember

Yes it's Winter again. It is getting colder and the nights are drawing in and it's time for the fun to begin. This year the Bull will be hosting a variety of events throughout October, November, and December to support Dorset Air Ambulance starting on the:-


2nd October - Pub Sports

Try your skills at the traditional Pub games and win a prize to boot.

£1 entry fee (lowest score wins).


16th October - Karaoke

Come all you budding Kylie Minogues, Robbie Williamses and Frank Sinatras. Pop Idol has nothing on us, sing to your hearts content and "Entertain" the distinguished panel of judges.


30th October - Curry Competition

Yes it is here again. Lets all try and beat Steve Jarvis, last years winner. Just cook a curry to serve 4 people, try the rest and judge who is best.

(Curries at the Bull by 8ish)


6th November

It's bonfire night again. This year it is going to be Bigger and Better. The Bull Inn is pleased to announce it is creating a Bigger and Better Bonfire Bash to raise funds in aid of the Air Ambulance. There will be more Fireworks, more Food, Side-shows, Stalls and more Fun. Along with our usual Guy Competition there will be a Painting Competition. There are three  Categories: 5 and under: 5 to 11: 11 and over. The theme must be Fireworks Night on no larger than A4 size. All entries must be taken to The Bull Inn before Friday 5th November. Donations of Raffle prizes would be gratefully received at The Bull Inn Swyre. Full details in next month's Bride Valley News. Please keep Saturday 6th November free and come and join in the fun.


For further information please ring Chris or Sue at The Bull Inn on 01308 897250.




Temporary address:-






Correspondents: Elizabeth Slater & Sid Marshall




Puncknowle and Swyre Parish Council

 The next scheduled meeting of Puncknowle and Swyre Parish Council will be held in the Puncknowle Church Hall, at 7.30pm on the 5th October 2004 as scheduled.


Puncknowle Swyre and West Bexington Homewatch

A meeting was held of the Puncknowle, Swyre and West Bexington Homewatch on Thursday 9th September. Representatives from Puncknowle and Swyre were present as well as Community Police Officers Mark Jones and Esther Osborne. Andy Marshall the Homewatch Coordinator chaired the meeting and issues such as communication and crime prevention activities were discussed. Nat Cameron the local beat officer gave his apologies as he was on leave but provided a crime report for the year. A copy is available from Andy. We would like to thank both Mark and Esther for attending the meeting and giving such good support and advice.


Speeding Cars in Swyre - We have been advised that a mobile camera can be placed on the B3157 at Swyre in order to enforce the 30 mph speed limit. This can be done at the request of residents. Request forms are available from the Community Vehicle. If enough requests are made the camera will be used.



Harvest Lunch - Saturday 16 October

First of all we must apologise for the change of date, which was due to double booking of the hall. The lunch will now be on Saturday 16th October, 12 noon for 1.00pm lunch.

It will be a fairly informal shared meal of quiches, salads and potatoes followed by fruit pies and ice cream.  Invitations will be required as numbers have to be limited due to capacity of hall, so please contact us at Hollybush tel: 898492 as soon as possible to make sure you get yours.  We will require donations of quiches, salads, fruit pies, or money to cover cost of drinks and incidentals.  Please let us know which you will be contributing when you contact us.  This is a community event, organised by the church, and all villagers of all ages, including families with children are invited to come and enjoy each others company over lunch, and benefit from getting to know each other better.

Yvonne and David


Punfun - Quiz Night.

 Another apology for the change of date, also due to the hall being booked for the weekend.

Our Quiz night will now take place on Friday 29th October at 7.30pm in the hall.

It is for all the people of Puncknowle, Swyre and West Bexington, and is being organised for us by Andrew Marshall.  Come with friends or make up a team of 4 or 5 when you arrive.  There will be half-time break for socialising.  Bring your own drinks and nibbles.  Donations towards costs appreciated.  For further details contact 898492/897751.


PUNCKNOWLE & WEST BEXINGTON                           


Village Correspondent:  Elizabeth Slater

1, Lytton Close, Puncknowle, Dorchester DT2 9BH

Telephone: ( 01308 ) 897751


October 10th Evening Service

This month only, our Evening Service will be at 3.30pm and is a Baptism Service for all the Church Family. 

Rebecca Larcombe will be christened and the Service will contain readings and hymns for this important occasion. 

This is the main Puncknowle Service for this Sunday, so please do your best to come along.                                                                Anthony Ashwell


 Bride Valley Fledglings Playgroup

See Page 8 (Valley Notes Section ) for report. 


Puncknowle Art Group

We resumed our meetings on September 3rd with a look at members' paintings of the 'Jurassic Coastline'. These were voted upon with the trophy for favourite painting going to Toni West. Meetings in Oct - 1st Autumn Colours, 15th -  work in progress.                                                                                Christine Molony

New Residents

A warm welcome to Elizabeth and Tony Edwards who have come to live at 'Sea Fret', The Coast Road, Sue and Steve who have moved into The Old Timber Yard and Mr and Mrs West in 'The Barn' The old Timber Yard.  We hope all of our new residents in Puncknowle will enjoy village life.


Congratulations an the A level success of Jess Booth who has gained a Warwick University to Jo Mills who goes off to Plymouth University and to Rachel Parr who goes to Kingston Maurwood. The village sends its best wishes.


Don't forget to check the village website

to keep in touch with village events and find useful information



LITTON CHENEY                                                                 Village Correspondent:

Mrs. Elizabeth Kingston, 5 Manor Farm Close


Saturday 9th October - Churchyard Working Party from 9.30 am onwards.

If you can spare an hour or two, or more, please come along and help to give the Churchyard and the 'wild area' an autumn clear up.  Lots of raking will be needed to collect the grass off the wild area, which will have been cut about two weeks before, also hedge trimming, removal of sycamore saplings and general clearing.  The more people who help, the less hard work it will be, so please come along if you can (with any tools you can provide).


Proposed Village/School Hall

The Parish Council has now applied to West Dorset District Council for planning permission for the building of the proposed hall at the site next to and south east of Thorner's and in accordance with the plans displayed last year.  The County Council have still to confirm the grant of the necessary right of way but the Parish Council consider it is unreasonable to delay matters further because the application for funding cannot be put in until planning consent is obtained.


Help will be needed in connection with the funding application, and as a prerequisite an application for charitable status; if you wish to become involved, and especially if you have relevant experience of such matters, please do contact Wendy Taylor (482532) or Freddie Spicer (482617).


Litton Cheney Parish Council Meeting - 13 July 2004

The playing field herbicide marking has been done.  The store has been damaged and motor bikes seen on the field; an overhanging branch also needs attention.  The Playing Field Committee are to be informed.


Vital Villages.  The completed questionnaires are now being analysed.

Footpaths.  All the village footpaths have now been adopted.  The footpath officer proposed the installation of a kissing gate at the stream between Court Close and School Lane; permission is to be sought from the landowner and the tenant kept informed.

Ring and Ride Bus Service - information flyers available from Mrs W Taylor (Parish Clerk).  This service is intended to be user friendly and has easy access for disabled and wheelchairs.

A donation of £50 to the Bride Valley News was approved.

Planning applications.  5 applications have been considered:  Kingsgate - the council requested that stone be used rather than render.  7 Barges Close - no comment.  Four Meads Farm - approved.  Ourganics - the council supported the applicant's self-sustaining business, but not the creation of a dwelling on the site.  8 Coombes Close - the council initially had no objection, but members of the public showed photographic evidence of the potential lack of amenity the extension would cause them; they had lodged their complaint and were advised to make their case at the next DCC planning meeting.  WDDCllr. Bartlett would also look into it.

The new Village notice board has been made.  The Clerk will liaise with Mr and Mrs Cuzens to position it on their wall on Main Street.

A number of cars and sheds had been broken into on 11 July.

DC Cllr. Coatsworth reported that DCC is considering providing a Travellers' campsite 100 yards from Hardy's Monument; he will be making objections at their next meeting.

The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place at 7.30 pm in The Church Hall, Litton Cheney on Tuesday 12th October.


Dog fouling - over the past few weeks there seems to have been a significant increase in the amount of dog fouling in the village.  The dog warden has been informed and will be increasing patrols in the area.  A dog owner or a number of dog owners have been disposing of the plastic bags after they stoop and scoop in the hedgerows of the playing field, in the church yard and in the hedges of private residents.  This is very unpleasant for those who clear up.  If anyone sees a dog fouling and knows who the owner is they can inform the dog warden, Sue Gibson on 01305 251010, fines for failing to clean up after your dog can be issued through the post as it is the owner's responsibility to clean up at the time - there should be no need to be asked.


Litton Cheney Youth Club will meet on Tuesday 5th October and Tuesday 19th October in The Church Hall, Litton Cheney.  The junior session for those aged 8 - 12 is from 6.30 - 8 pm.  The senior session for those 13 - 17 years is from 8.00 - 9.30 pm.  For further details contact Paul Kingston 482384


The mobile library will stop by the bus shelter on Thursday 7th October and Thursday 21st  October from 3.10 - 4.00 pm.


Well done to the 14 brave regulars of The White Horse who abseiled down Hardy's Monument on Saturday 4th September to raise money for The Anthony Nolan Trust.


Litton Cheney Social Committee

Litter pick Saturday 23rd October, meet at the bus shelter at 10 am.  Bring gloves.


There is no walk in September or October but we look forward to seeing you again on 20th November.                                                                                                                      Kathy Kourik    Secretary LCSC   482552


Advance notice - Children in Need

On Friday 19th November, with your help, Litton Cheney Social Committee, will be raising money for Children in Need at St Mary's Church Litton Cheney. This will take the form of a poetry and prose reading evening.  The evening will begin at 7.00 pm with children reading their piece, followed by all of us wealthy adults!  More information next month, or ring Frank Whillock 482457


A big Thank You to everyone who braved the elements to support the 5th Fun Day at Litton Cheney's Playing Field.  The event also marked 700 years since Litton Cheney was granted a yearly fair and weekly market.  The event raised around £470 and the Playing Field Association are very grateful to those whose generous donations helped to ensure the success of the day.  The Jones family won the first prize in the raffle, a Paul Adams painting, the Williams family had the lucky programme, Francesca Pike was the owner of the prize winning duck and the Puncknowle Raiders were the winners of the football tournament.


A warm welcome to Lotte Mollie, Litton Cheney's newest young resident, a daughter for Duncan and Eva.

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 )


Church Service Times

In last month's BVN, everybody got the new Service times right but me!  Both our 1st Sunday Holy Communion and our 3rd Sunday Family Service are at 11.00am.  My sincerest apologies for the muddle. 

Anthony Ashwell


A new lawnmower has been bought for the churchyard, and thanks to Frank, Ray and Sara the churchyard is well kept.  Also thanks to Jackie for looking after the brass.  An extra volunteer to help with the mowing would be very welcome.



Happy 21st birthdays to Hannah Pitcher and Lizzie Cain.

Kevin Horsley is starting university at Oxford Brooks to study Computing.  Best wishes to him.

Well done: Bel Green, Alison Batchelor and Shane Collins on excellent GCSE results.

Congratulations to Julie Ester and Jamie Woolrich Moon who were recently married.



Promises Auction:  Lots of people have made very generous promises in an effort to raise money for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and the Village Hall.  However, we will be able to accept more promises right up to the date of the auction, 16th October, please ring:

Mike and Valerie Shepherd (482250)

Kate Smith (482633)

Giles Maltby (482741)

This evening should be a lot of fun, please come along and make it a success.



Long Bredy and Litton Cheney WI had a most interesting talk in September on marine conservation off the Dorset coast; October's meeting is the annual party.  A table top sale has been arranged for Saturday 6th November at the Church Hall, Litton Cheney - see large advert.




Kitchener: Your Country Needs You










Come along and have great fun at the 'Promises Auction', including a buffet Saturday 16th October

7.30pm at the White Horse, Litton Cheney.


Help us raise a lot of money for

The Somerset & Dorset Air Ambulance & Long Bredy Village Hall.


A professional auctioneer will be taking bids for:


Two nights in a Central London apartment

A day out with a vet  ~  Computer lessons

A duck flight  ~  Meal for four

A  gardener for a day

A week's holiday accommodation for 4 adults, 4 children & baby

Christmas Tree  ~   Half load of logs

B&B for two   ~   Silk painting course

and many more exciting promises





Long Bredy & Litton Cheney WI

Saturday 6th November 1.30pm Church Hall, Litton Cheney
Entrance: £1 to include tea and biscuits - children free
Bric-a-Brac Cakes Produce Children's Stall







The academic year is under way, and there have been several changes and achievements to record.  Edmund Shackleton has started at Winterbourne Valley School, and Poppy Armstrong and Oscar Tweed have both moved from Thorners to Colfox.  Aimee Foot has left school, with her A Levels under her belt.  In between, others have been taking exams, and congratulations to all on their results.


A special mention in that regard to Bethan Burson, who, sitting her French GCSE three years early, not only achieved a top grade, but was marked as one of the top five candidates in the country.  A fantastic achievement.


Let's hope the distributors get this edition into homes as early as possible, because Friday 1st October is the date of the Social Club's next event.  It is another Quiz Evening, beginning in the Village Hall at 7.30 p.m.  As many teams of 4 or so as possible are welcome, and we're still looking forward to our first "home win", so it should be a good evening, as ever, with the bar open and supper provided.



 *****STOP PRESS*****


 Bride Valley Gardening Club

This month sees the beginning of our indoor meetings with Speakers/Quizzes - Wine and Cheese - in other words a good mixture of delights with gardening as the main theme.      Our Programme Secretary, Ann Miles, has produced, as ever, an interesting list of speakers. Do remember we always meet on the 2nd Monday of each month at Thorner's School. Litton Cheney and meetings start at 7.30pm. - but do come earlier and buy your raffle tickets etc.!!

October 11th     Philip Gamble "Millennium Gardens at Pecorama, Beer."

November 8th     Peter and Gill Pitman "A Year at Mews Cottage, Including  Propagation of Penstemons".

December 13th Christmas Party

January 10th     Paul Atterbury - "A Perfect Partnership - Gertrude Jekyll    and Sir Edwin Lutyens."

February 14th Chris Hunter "Having a Greenhouse - Management & Plants."

March 14th      Mary Benger "Gardening made Easier"

April date to be announced - AGM


The meetings are free to Members but we do have to charge visitors £2.00 to help pay for the Speaker's fees, but we welcome new members - so come along and join.


We look forward to seeing you in October and we hope that the current gales will not continue to make havoc in our gardens and orchards as they have over this weekend!!

                                                        Norma Millard West Bexington - 01308 897774




Book Review

Safety Net? By Ryder Rogers

 What is failure and why do we fail? What do we do when we fail and is it all that bad? These are the questions that local author Ryder Rogers poses in his latest book. And answers brilliantly with examples from the Bible and with many instances from his own adventurous life from failing his 11-plus to when he and his wife Heather were evacuated from Albania when that country collapsed into anarchy. Hardly a failure, more a commitment to God's work in bringing help and hope to millions. Later they found themselves back in Albania once more, working with squatters in the marshland outside the city of Durres.

In her foreword, Mary Pytches quotes Winston Churchill's words: "Success means moving from one failure to another." Ryder shows how with God's help he has accomplished this in his own life and from it learned what success, safety and security are all about. The way he surmounted each set-back, told with self-deprecation, humour and sensitivity, makes this a readable, helpful and down-to-earth book.

                Safety Net? by Ryder Rogers is published by Authentic Lifestyle at £7.99 and can be purchased from the bookstall in St Mary's, Burton Bradstock or from Good Books, Gundry Lane, Bridport.                                                        Sheila Spencer-Smith 



Save the Children

Autumn Fair 2004

at Herrison Hall Charlton Down

3 miles N.W. of Dorchester


Saturday 16th October 2004

10.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Entrance £2.50 Children under 16 free

Refreshments available all day



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