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Bride Valley News June 2005

Diary of events for all Parishes June 2005

Church Services June 2005

             FROM THE CLERGY             



I have been trying to set up a website for my book only to find that it is not as easy as I think it should be. On the other hand, Jean is telling me that these things are designed for ease of use, and that I am therefore being the best part of a lummox not being able to work it out.


And she is right, of course. When I make the next breakthrough it will be by discovering the perfect simplicity of the thing, in contrast with the mazes of complication that my brain has created completely unnecessarily, and which it is equally unnecessarily trying to solve. My experience of life says that something that looks that difficult must be that difficult. The work ethic in me resists getting something easily and for no effort. And so I have built up the difficulty in my head (processes and paths, system and sequence) when the solution is as easy as a single button touched with a single finger.


Now that is really annoying, as I am sure you will understand, and especially if you muck about with computers. It is even more annoying, I dare say, if I were now to tag on to this nerdy complaint of this letter a little piety about how prayer is just like this, or some moralising about understanding ourselves. It was so obvious. You knew it was coming from the beginning of the first sentence.


And  so  I  will  not  say  that, just to be awkward. Only Jean has just told me that I should say it anyway, because that will be even more awkward in a double-bluff sort of a way. It's easier just to give up, and so I will do that.  All the same, I wish I could get this thing to work.

Bob Thorn





      Valley Notes     


 From the Registers


Monday, the 25th  April at St Mary's, Burton Bradstock, the funeral of  Norman Thompson


Saturday the 7th  May at St Mary's, Burton Bradstock, the wedding of Simon Cousins and Fiona Caplen, and also the baptism of Mollie May Cousins


Holy Baptism in Puncknowle

Annabelle Rose Donaldson, within our Parish Communion Service on 1st May 2005. 


Holy Baptism in Litton Cheney

Lotte Mollie Wright on 24th April 2005.  New life in the old mill! 




Tiny Tots/Pram Service

The next service will be in St. Mary's Burton Bradstock at 11.00am on Friday 10th June. You are all welcome; we would love to see you.


Family Service at St Mary's, Burton Bradstock

Fridays after school  (3.30pm) during term time.


Sea Sunday

Advance notice of a soiree at Burton Bradstock Rectory, following Evensong (from 7.30 pm onwards) on Sunday the 10th of July. All are welcome whether or not they have been to Evensong.  The purpose of the evening is to celebrate Sea Sunday, and so there will be a nautical theme, with a hoy there me hearties, and splice the main brace. Proceeds will be passed on to the R.N.L.I. Entry will be by turning a bowline, and practice is advised. This is an advanced notice for the diary, and details will follow in next month's B.V.N.


Stop Press, Stop Press!

Looking for something to do this summer?  How about joining us at holiday club?  It will run from Monday 25th July to Wednesday 27th July inclusive. All 5-11 year olds in the Bride Valley are invited. You'll hear the good news about Jesus as well as enjoying craft and games sessions, and it's all free - it won't cost you a penny!! Look out for more details in the June and July issues of the Bride Valley News.                                                                              From the Holiday Club Team and Bride Valley Churches



Mothers' Union

Thursday 23rd June 2.30pm

St.Catherine's Cross  Shipton Gorge

Speaker: The Rev'd Bob Thorn

"The Pilgrimage"

Please feel free to join us at this meeting



The Bride Valley Team - 'Wednesday' Housegroups

Subject: "The Twisted Fate of Twisted Faith" - Jude

1st June     Fir Tree Cottage, Shipton Gorge

8th June    Pitcombe, Littlebredy


Subject: Studies in the Book of Esther

15th June          16 Northover Close, Burton Bradstock

22nd June,        The Rectory, Litton Cheney

29 June            Fir Tree Cottage, Shipton Gorge


Please note that all meetings begin at 7.30pm, finishing at 9.15pm.



The Bride Valley (Thursday) Fellowship Group

The group meets on Thursday evenings.  Arriving from 7.30pm we begin at 8.00pm aiming to finish by about 9.30pm.  Our studies leading up to the celebration of Pentecost will be on the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer.  For further details contact Paul

June 2             (No meeting)

June 9              Prayer             12 Napier Close, Puncknowle

June 16            1 Corinthians 12.13-31

                           The Threshing Barn, Higher Kingston Russell

June 23            Prayer                         6 Baglake, Litton Cheney June 30                     1 Corinthians 13         7 Norburton, Burton                                                                                                        Bradstock


Sudan Sunday June 26th

As readers will have been aware over the past few months, St. Mary's Burton Bradstock Project 2005 is supporting the Sudan Medical Link as part of the Diocesan Link. Every diocese in the country is linked with one overseas, the Sudan being that which is Salisbury's responsibility. Every parish is urged by the Bishop to make June 26th a Sunday when we particularly remember Sudan in our prayers.    


The Sudan Garden Party will take place the fortnight beforehand on June 12th between 2.00pm and 5.00pm. Bishop David and Mrs Sarah Stancliffe have kindly given permission for the annual garden party to be held at South Canonry, Salisbury. There will be many stalls, strawberries and cream tea, music from the Shrewton Silver Band and pony rides for children. Admission is £1 per adult and 50p for children. All proceeds go to the Sudan Medical Link. If you are unable to come  but still wish to show your support raffle tickets are available from Richard Yates on 01985 844374 in books of five at £1 a ticket. Prizes include a week in a holiday cottage and a day with Bishop Peter Hullah.



Bride Valley Fledglings News

Our sponsored Trike Ride was rained off - twice- so we went ahead with it inside the Hall in the dry, as there were only 10 children taking part. They did really well and pedalled for 15 minutes - practically non-stop.  Next month we will be able to tell you just how much was raised by their efforts.  Also many thanks to the Crown  Puncknowle Fundraisers for their welcome cheque and ongoing support.

We have been to Littlebredy Hall and village on Polling Day where we went for a walk, fed the ducks and fish in the lake. The day was sunny and warm so we were also able to visit Lewis's garden where the children played on his trampoline, swings, slide and other garden toys. Thanks a lot Mandy and Lewis. We will be going to see Mr. Moore's lambs and visit Modbury Farm next.

Visitors coming to Playgroup include Dave Bird, our friendly policeman, to talk about road safety and seat belts, Dental Debbie to help us look after our teeth, our local Health Visitor Terri - who comes every term plus Hattie the Clown again!

Our last Committee meeting was held on 9th May when all our parents were considering and debating an offer of accommodation at Thorner's School premises - to which Playgroup might move in September. Advice has been sought about such a move as it would be a big step - more news to follow next month. If it goes ahead, we will very much miss our walks around Puncknowle, especially to the Playing Field, but we could always come back to visit and have a picnic - or two.


DATE to RememberSaturday  25th  June  10.00  in the Puncknowle Hall

Playgroup  Coffee Morning and  Photographer in session - all invited.  Bring the family for a group photo  

Carol Bennet  (Playleader)

 01308 897771  Playgroup Mobile : 07967  400385 


Litton Cheney Youth Club

The Youth Club is open to everyone between the ages of 8 and 17 years who live in the Bride Valley.  For further details please look in the Litton Notes


First Steps Parent and Toddler Group 

Firstly a big thank-you to everyone who contributed in any way to our Coffee Morning on 30th April. We made £200, which is a great result.


Wednesday 1st June is half term week, so we don't actually get together this month until 8th June when the health visitor will be joining us too. We are open to anyone in the Bride Valley and meet at Long Bredy Village Hall every Wednesday during the school term. Each session starts at 10:00 and finishes at 12:00. We have toys and activities for all pre-school children (0-4years). For parents and carers we offer coffee and friendly chat and the chance to meet others. For further details, please contact:  Julie 897178 or Rachel 482246.


Burton Bradstock CE VC School

The election is behind us and the colours of summer are before us.  The party manifestos got me thinking about what would be useful initiatives to improve the quality of life at school and, I suspect, more generally too.  Here is my list of starters:

1.      Junk mail should be banned (including catalogues - if we need anything these days we can easily go on line to get them).  This would save us time and space and also prevent the loss of an enormous amount of trees.

2.      Prohibit canvassing from charities (worthy though all of them are it feels as if schools are a soft target since we receive at least two requests for support per week).

3.      E-mails that fit onto one piece of A4 paper - how many do we receive that are one page + a second with a couple of lines on?!?  This is another waste of resources.

4.      When the government announce extra funding for education they should send a cheque directly to schools - that way it can't get lost in layers of bureaucracy.

There are other bugbears too, like the amount of research that either tells us what we probably know already, or directly contradicts last year's findings.  Such is life, but it's good to dream of what might be.  Now back to reality...


This month sees the Cluster Swimming Gala, our Summer Concert and Book Fair.  News of these will follow in the July BVN.  Meanwhile, towards the end of June the Cluster schools are celebrating a 'One World Week'.  Participating schools are choosing a theme or country on which to base some creative curriculum activities.  It's good to have the opportunity to do something a bit different from time to time.  This kind of activity is endorsed by the government 'Excellence and Enjoyment' document and creativity is now recognised as being a valuable catalyst for learning.  But there is a dichotomy here because recent history illustrates that instead of measuring what we value, we are being forced, against our better judgement, to value what has been measured, i.e. SATs and the dreaded league tables.  These should come with a government health warning that points out the limitations.  We need to keep a grasp on the big picture.  Rudyard Kipling had the right idea - 'I keep six honest men, they taught me all I knew: Their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who.' (The Elephant Child)


Mark Stratta


100 Club

April Winners:                                                                                                                  

            £20      - S. Price

            £10      - S. Rattenbury

              £5      - Mrs Starkey


Thorner's CE VA Primary School

During this coming month all the Bridport Schools will be joining together in events exploring the Creative world with a variety of activities being organised such as: Indian dance, pottery, drumming, willow weaving, digital art.  There are times when we are very insular and isolated so we appreciate the opportunity to spread our wings and meet with others to extend our knowledge and experiences . I speak for pupils and staff.  In a small school it is hard to be experts in all areas of the curriculum and life, so we need to make use of the experience and enthusiasm of others to engage our pupils in their learning.  Why not look at our website to find out more


Saturday 11th June is the day of our Sponsored swim at Bridport Leisure Centre, this event is taking place to raise funds for our swimming pool, in particular to heat it!  A warm pool will ensure that the pupils will have the pleasant experience while learning to swim and improving their skills.  All pupils have a daily swimming lesson this half-term as part of the curriculum, our thanks go to all the people who make this possible.


Alison Johnstone



100 Club Winners:                 £15      June Oakford

                                                £10      Sara Hannam


25th Burton Bradstock Festival 


Fund Raising Concert  


7-30pm   Friday 10th June 2005     Village Hall

David Juritz - violin                Mary Ryan - flute

Hubert Dawkes - piano          John Surry - narrations

The programme will include

            Sonata in G for piano and violin             Grieg

            Tales from the Vienna Woods   arr  Dawkes

            Sonata in A minor "Arppegione"           Schubert

            Poupé Valsante                                    Poldini

            Musical Monologues

Tickets   £10  (including wine / soft drinks)

available from the Post Office and at the door.

Festival Concerts  18th,19th& 20th August

Programme details and ticket arrangements in later issues of the Bride Valley News.                                                          Mike Southgate 897487



10th Anniversary of Beaminster Arts Festival

When a small group of business people gathered over 10 years ago to discuss whether they could put on a few arts activities in Beaminster over a weekend they never dreamed that 10 years later they would have an internationally renowned Festival extravaganza over a 17 day/evening period.  The Festival runs from 24 June to 3 July 2005 and a free Festival catalogue is available now from John Grantham on 01308-897935.                                                                 John Grantham


The Concentus Choir                   

Ann and Mike Read invite you to a performance by the Concentus Choir from Brasov, Romania, at Bridport United Church on Thursday 14th July at 7.30pm. Tickets £5 are available from us, telephone 897445, or at the door.          Concentus is a mixed choir with 35 members aged between 16 - 35 years. They are visiting this country to compete in the Eisteddfod. They have performed extensively in Romania, and have toured in France, Spain, Greece and America.


We plan to find beds for them for the night of 14th July; and offers of accommodation will be much appreciated.



Bride Valley Gardening Club

The Election has come and gone - no I don't mean  Blair v Howard v Kennedy - ours and we have a new Chairwoman   -  Dianne ffoulkes ! -   As one member has commented what more could we want   -   she's young, beautiful and most of all she is a qualified Garden Designer

and Horticulturalist.  Our thanks, too, go to Dorothy who has been our Chair for the last 4 years and has directed the Committee to keep the Club going.  We were delighted to have some offers to help with various posts from Hazel Stirgess and Irene Colville and others who said they will help with the monthly mundane tasks of putting out chairs, clearing etc.


The next event for the Club is our Mini Show to be held on Sunday   July  l0th   - schedules and more details will be available later.  Do think about entering something from your garden/allotment   -  we are not too competitive and the winners are judged by people present on the day  -   but we do give little Cups and small cash prizes  - most of all it's fun!


A reminder that the Club have an evening outing on June l7th to Mews Cottage, on Portland to see the gardens full of penstemons  - the National collection.   There will be drinks and a full supper - cost is £7   -   members only.  By the time you get this newsletter (in about 3 weeks time) the places may have gone, but do check with Pam Jukes on 897267


We hope your gardens are now beginning to flourish after what seems an endless winter!     Norma Millard   Club Secretary  West Bexington   897774.






gardens open

for charity




The Old  Rectory  Litton Cheney

Tuesday 14th June 2 - 6.00pm   £3.00 (chd free)


The Scented Garden

Tuesdays in June & July 2.30pm - 8.00pm   £2.00 (chd 50p)


Innsacre  Shipton Gorge

Wednesdays 1st & 8th  June  2.00 - 6.00pm   £2.00 (chd 50p)

Plant Stall, Cream Teas & Cakes in aid of St. Martin's Church on 1st June & Elizabeth Finn Trust (formerly Distressed Gentlefolks Association) on the 8th June.





Take Tea and Talk Antiques

with Paul Atterbury of "Antiques Roadshow"


Sunday 12th June 2:30pm at Loders Village Hall.

£3.00 for cream tea and 1 valuation

£1.00 for each additional valuation

Tickets from: Paperchain, East Street, Bridport

In aid of Barnardo's



Children's Society

Once again I should like to thank all Box Holders in the East End of the Valley for continuing to support the work of the Children's Society; your generous giving is greatly appreciated. The sum total of the collections in the past year was £99.77. If anyone would like to have a collecting box please contact me (01308 897765).    

                                                                                                Pam Coventry

Editor's Note. The article above was submitted last month and was erroneously omitted from the May edition, for which my apologies






The Bride Vale Cricket Club has begun its season, and would welcome new members or spectators at any of its home or away matches.  Remember that our pitch at Bridehead, Littlebredy, was recently described in "Dorset" magazine as "indeed the world's most scenic cricket ground."


New players are also very welcome, and should please feel free to make themselves known.  We play entirely "friendlies" (i.e. no leagues), mainly on Sunday afternoons, but with occasional weekday evening games.


If anyone feels they have a talent for other things - umpiring, tea-making, groundsmanship, etc. - which they would like to put at the disposal of the Club occasionally or regularly, it would be good to hear from you.


If you are interested in any of the above opportunities, please contact Sir Philip on 482232, and you should then receive a fixture list, with various contact phone numbers on it.


To whet the appetite, and keep you informed, we hope there will be space for some match reports in future editions of the magazine.



Ladybirds' barbeque will be held on 8th June at Jenny Prentice's house.


Needed  - a new correspondent to compile the Litton Cheney Notes.  For further information about this rewarding role contact Elizabeth Kingston 482384



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.


Family Service              Fridays after school  (3.30pm) during term time.



Bell Ringing Practices Thursdays at 7.00pm


Gift Sunday                   19th June       C.M.S.

For the work of  Steve & Cathy Burgess


The next Service of Prayer for Healing at St Mary's will be held on Monday 13h June  at 7.00pm.


Tiny Tots / Pram Service will be held at 11.00am on Friday 10th June at St. Mary's Church, Burton Bradstock.

St Mary's Church Fete

Preparations are now well under way for this year's annual Church Fete, the proceeds of which are to be given towards the annual running costs



and upkeep in the life and work of St Mary's Church in Burton Bradstock. 

Thank you to everyone who has so far volunteered their help on the day.  We are still looking for some more help on the Book Stall (someone to co-ordinate please) and the Plant Stall (co-ordinator and helpers please) and the Ice Cream Stall (another strong arm required to scoop ice cream onto cones).  If you can help out with any of these please contact Ann Read on 897445.  Many thanks. 


Donations are needed for the various stalls so please could you start putting items to one side for the following:-

General Tombola

Bottle Tombola





Auction Gifts

Filled Jars (value 50p) - contact Margaret Oldridge

Baby Goods - contact Margaret Ackland 897872

Fancy Goods - contact Joan Gillett 897656

Cards & Crafts - contact Jane Stubbs 898002

Garden Produce - contact Tom Holmes 897046

Cakes & Preserves - contact Betty Champkins

White Elelphant - contact Pat Broomhead 897408

Lucky Dip (wrapping paper only) - contact Thelma Skues 898032

Grand Draw prizes - contact Pauline Woodford 898327


Your help is much appreciated, the fete cannot be a success without it.  Many thanks.                                     Ray West Fete Working Party Co-ordinator




Burton Bradstock Village Society - Flower & Produce Show

Advance Notice - Saturday, 9th July 2005 in the Village Hall

Please note the date of this year's Show and do please enter into the spirit of things by submitting an entry.  It is always such a happy, fragrant, colourful event and your exhibits are essential to its success.  Entries are welcome from members of the Village Society and residents, and this year we have extended it to Parish allotment holders living outside the Village.  Members will have their Schedules and extra copies are available from the village Post Office.   

Carol Lumley, Hon. Sec. (897365



Music Festival will be held this year on 18th, 19th and 20th August, fund raising concert in the Village Hall at 7.30pm on Friday l0th June. See page 8 for further details                                                                                              



Treacle mine.

In last month's B.V.N. I made an unfortunate comment about having been sent anonymous representations, in particular from Mr A. Resident, and Mrs A. Householder. I have apologised in person both to Archibald and Arabella over what was, I believe an understandable mistake, and was glad to repeat that apology now.


I can quite understand that as far as the treacle mine is concerned they will continue their intention to block any move to seek planning approval for the development of the treacle mine. I am sorry if my unfortunate error has been, even in a small part, the cause of their decision.


For those have been so kind as to ask about the future of the mine, and to wish us well , the above may sound a bit sticky, if I may be excused the pun. Help may be at hand in the shape of legal advice from a member of the congregation, pursuing a suggestion from a paper given at the National Conference of Treacleminers. There is a possibility, insomuch as it has proved to be the case elsewhere in the country, that a licence granted under ancient charter given, in our case to miners in Dorset, may not have been revoked. If this proves to be the case we will be able to bypass more recent planning legislation, and the project may again be steaming ahead.

Bob Thorn


Burton Bradstock Playgroup

Huge thanks go to Adam Simon at Tamarisk Farm for giving Burton Bradstock Playgroup children a fantastic lambing experience. It is a great farm to visit and Adam was so relaxed and informative it was as if he had 18 children visiting every day!  The Barn Dance is in 2 days time - more in the next issue.                                                         Bridget Pearse


Lazy Sunday Afternoon Tea at Norburton Hall

A charity fundraising afternoon tea is going to be held at Norburton Hall on Sunday 26th June from 3pm - 5pm in aid of Joseph Weld and Cancer Care.  There will be live classical music - a string quartet and a cappella singing on the terrace where tea and biscuits will be served.  Home made cakes and a quiz will also be available.


Tickets £3 are on sale at Bridge Cottage Stores, Burton Bradstock Post Office, The Anchor and The Three Horseshoes.                       Karen Venn


British Heart Foundation

On Sunday, 19th June, we will be having our garden open (2.30-4.30pm) to support the BHF so come along and help us to raise a penny or two! There will be teas and various stalls - plants, books, bric-a-brac, cakes, raffles etc. along with musical entertainment. Gifts for any of the afore-mentioned would be gratefully accepted and we can arrange collection (tel:897609). If wet bring your brolly!

John and Veda Bull  Linden Cottage, Grove Road, Burton Bradstock.


Tea Party

In memory of past president Wendy Green, Burton Bradstock WI will be hosting a Tea Party at Manor Farm, in aid of Joseph Weld Hospice. 2.00-5.00pm, Saturday 25th June with the garden open, cream teas and stalls. (Marquee if wet!). Everyone welcome.

Contact Heather Thomson for more details:- 01308 897196


Burton Bradstock Bridge Group

Bridge has now finished for the summer break and will start again at the end of September in the Village Hall on a Tuesday as usual. Further information please telephone Chris Clarke - 898117.


Burton Bradstock Village Hall


200 Club - Congratulations to:

1st        Miss J Fuller                             £20

2nd       Mrs Annie Grantham                £10

3rd        Mrs M. Gooderham                 £5

If you would like to join in please call John Grantham, 'The Promoter,' for and on behalf of the Burton Bradstock Village Hall Trust on 01308-897935.

The Village Hall Trust is a trust registered with the local authority, the West Dorset District Council. Lotteries Licence No. LA005.


Village Fayre - Monday 30 May 2005 - 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm

You have seen the notices so please turn up to enjoy what will be a great day and help support your Village Hall.


Village Weekend - Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th August 2005

A date for your diary: we are hoping to organise a weekend to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of VJ Day and the end of the Second World War.  There will be an exhibition concentrating on "The Forgotten War" - the war in the Far East.  On Sunday morning there will be a church service and in the afternoon a Village Tea in the Rectory Gardens (entry by ticket only) and all residents of Burton Bradstock will be eligible for complimentary tickets.  More details to follow and look on Village Notice Boards for posters advertising the event nearer the time.

Susan Moores - Secretary, Burton Bradstock Village Hall Committee



Burton Bradstock W.I.

The evening opened with a welcome to our new President Heather Seadon. There were 41 members present.

Two resolutions for the National AGM were then reported on:-

  1. Farm Gate milk prices
  2. On care in the community

Both were discussed and voted on; both motions being carried.

The Spring Council Meeting, when Kate Adie was the guest speaker, was well reported by Margaret Oldridge.

The watercolour Challenge Trophy was won by Joan Dady with an artistic painting of Venice.

The Flower of the month was won by Joan Allan.

A competition and quiz ended the evening.                            Nancy Bushell



A Message from Margaret Ackland

I would like to say thank-you to everyone who has helped me so much over the long difficult time during Maurice's illness, from a hug to a kind word and so many cards, letters and beautiful flowers - it has been just wonderful to have such support. To our dear friends who have given so lovingly to Maurice and me a thank-you seems inadequate but nevertheless I do thank you all for having been there at all times for us both. God bless.                                                                 Margaret Ackland




Burton Bradstock Village Website Address


Loads of information on the village including maps, videos, current events, useful contacts and history.


And, did you know that the Bride Valley News is published on this web site every month?

It  includes every back issue of the magazine, as far back as January 2000.

 All this, and it's in colour too!



SHIPTON GORGE                                                          


Village Correspondent: Mrs. Joy White

Eastcote  3 Gullivers Orchard  Shipton Gorge

Tel: ( 01308 )897974



St. Martin's Church Summer Fete

Sat. 16th July, 2.00 - 4.00p.m.

Preparations for our summer fundraising event are well under way, and there will be some exciting new events for all the family, including: Teddy Bear Para-gliding from the church tower, novelty races for children, souvenir photography and lots more!


Stalls and contact numbers are listed below - all your contributions will be very welcome. This year we shall need lots of "new" bric-a-brac, and can we make a big effort to fill our cake stall - there are lots of super cooks in the village, so let's get baking!

Preserves and Produce: Gillian - 897 346

Plants : Doreen - 897 821 Bettie - 897 490

Bric-a-brac: Linda - 898 278

Bottle Tombola: Gary and Jo - 897 948*

Books: Gerald - 897 562 Ambrose - 897 446

Cakes and Sweets: Janice and Nesta - 897 570

Arts Crafts and Toys: Margaret - 898 776

* Please bring bottles to Gary and Jo by Friday, 15th July for labelling.

Contact Janet on 897 241 if you have any queries about the fete, and watch this space next month!

The Churchwardens


Floodlighting the Church

Once again we would like to floodlight the Church every evening during the winter months, starting from the beginning of September through to the end of March. It has been agreed that the cost will remain at £5.00 per week for this year. So, if you would like to support this worthwhile cause please contact Christine Cornish on Tel. No. 897833 to book your week(s). Many Thanks.


Shipton Gorge Village Society

11th June         Village Walk All ages welcome. Leader: Bob Simpson Explore the countryside around Shipton Gorge with other villagers. We'll set off from the New Inn at. 10.30 am, where food will be available afterwards. Stout walking footwear and bottled water advisable. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult- dogs on leads.


2nd  July          Treasure Hunt & Barbeque

Collect your clues from the New Inn Car Park after 5.00pm, @£1. Return with your completed quiz and enjoy the barbecue in the evening. The answers are to be found in the house names and at the roadside. Treasure will be awarded to the best! All in the Bride Valley are welcome.


Garden Competition 

All gardens in Shipton Gorge are eligible. This biennial event will be judged prior to the Summer Show, when the Simon Hardie Trophy will be awarded to the Judge's f'avourite. Enter your garden now! Phone Sally, 897168 or Ed, 898278.


23 July           Summer Show

Look out for the schedule next month, classes will include Cheese Scones, Dahlias & an Old Dorset Door (photo).

Please make every effort both to enter as many classes as possible and to join in the voting.

13 August       Village Fair in and around the Village Hall starting at 2.00pm Contact: Sally - 897168


London Marathon 2005

Many thanks to everyone who sponsored me for my London Marathon run. I completed the 26 miles in 3 hours 28 minutes; this was slower than last time but I did get cramp at mile 20 and have to walk for 3 miles! Once again CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) have benefited from the £1,250 sponsorship you so generously helped me to raise.

Martin Hewlett


                  Coffee Morning

                Saturday 2nd July from 10.30am

Shipton Gorge Village Hall

There will be a raffle in aid of the National Deaf Children's Society and the chance to see if you can help to fill an Aquabox. But most importantly come for a chat. Offers of help would be most welcome.Tel:897278.                                     C.Hewlett


Shipton Gorge Parish Plan

It is essential that any resident, who has not yet completed their survey, should do so as soon as possible and return it to the Clerk, Mr. J Fisher Courtfield Cottage. Shipton Road, Shipton Gorge DT6 4NJ.It is a fact that if the Parish Council do not understand the residents' views, we cannot produce a Plan that does justice to our village. Thank you for your co-operation.

Shipton Gorge Parish Council


Shipton Gorge Village Hall 100 Club

May Draw Winners



No. 39

Brian & Brenda Lavelle


No. 32

Gary Warren



Shipton Gorge Village Website



Village Correspondent: Sid Marshall

3 Green Barton, Swyre Tel: 897318


Holy Trinity

Sunday 5th June, 6.30pm.

Avril will be coming to our evening service at Swyre Church, to tell us about the time she spent in Uganda last summer. This is sure to be an interesting evening, so do come and enjoy it with us.


Saturday 11th June, 10am to 12noon

Time for another working party in our churchyard. Hopefully there will be some good summer weather to encourage us in our continuing efforts to maintain this lovely area. Newcomers and those who have helped before will be made most welcome, and there are tasks to suit most abilities. Paint, brushes etc. are available for anyone who may like to paint railings around the graves. Even an encouraging word and some refreshment to keep the workers going are appreciated. Hoping to see you there, Yvonne.  


Tea Stall at the Puncknowle, Swyre and West Bexington Fete on Saturday 30th July.

As usual Swyre will be running the tea stall at the Fete this year. Volunteers are needed to man this busy stall throughout the afternoon, so if you can offer your services, even if it is only for 45minutes or so, we would really appreciate hearing from you. We also need plenty of cakes to sell, so please get baking - tray bakes are particularly useful. Please contact Madeline on 897318 or Yvonne on 898492 with offers of help or for more information.


Looking Back, Looking Forward: Uganda 2004

This time last year, many readers of the BVN were amazingly helpful to me in their support for my trip to Uganda.  This month, if you would like, there is an opportunity to learn a little more about that trip.  On Sunday June 5th I will be at the family service in Burton Bradstock at 11am and at the evening service in Swyre at 6:30pm.  Part of the service will be looking back to what the group did, with the mission and the trip in general, the other part will be looking forward to the small but necessary part that we can each play on a global scale.  I'm hoping that if technology and I get along well enough there will be a multi-media aspect to the service to help you get a flavour of Jesu Namarra (Jesus Satisfies) Uganda Mission 2004. A warm invitation is extended to all, for both services. Many thanks once again.                                           Avril Yeates


Flush Me Out


A poet from deep down in Swyre

Sat writing a rhyme by the fire

He/She said with some glee

If you want to find me

A detective you'll need to hire





A poet maybe 2,3, or 4

Pushed another through old Sidney's door

They chuckled with mirth

As you'll never unearth

Who is writing this literary score.


Now here is a challenge to you

Before 2005 is through

Just name me by name

And I'll end my game

And stop without further ado.




Temporary address:-





Puncknowle and Swyre Parish Council

Parish Council Meeting

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Tuesday 7th June  in the Puncknowle Church Hall at 7.30pm.


  Puncknowle and Swyre Summer Fete

                         30th July 2005

We are still keen to hear from anyone who would like to help with stalls on the day. Please contact a fete working party member who will be pleased to hear from you.


Puncknowle & Swyre      It is still not too late to join the village band to play Summer Fete    before and during the fete. Peter Thorpe or fete   organisers    would like to hear from any of you who would like to join

Some raffle tickets are still available.

Several of the stalls need donations so these are the people to contact or any member of the working party so please get making, collecting or growing. I am sure the stallholders who have kindly offered their services would be pleased to know that you will be able to support their efforts.

Books                                      Raymond Peto    c/o 897435 or898492


Bric a Brac and White Elephant                    Anthony Edwards 897435

Cakes for the teas and Coffees                      Yvonne Buckland 898492

Fancy Goods                                                         Ruth Brierley 898283

Produce - Jams, marmalade, pickles etc                      Liz Slater 897751

Bottles for bottle stall                       Steve & Rebecca Crabtree 898457

Cakes for cake stall                                                   Sue Collier 897044

Clothes                                       Lois Edwards      c/o 897435 or 898492


Plants                                                                         Ken Martin 897622

Sweets                                                                          Liz Slater 897751

  Collecting of goods can be arranged; please let us know.

Working Party members are:

David Buckland 898492

Anthony Edwards 897435

Steve & Rebecca Crabtree 898457

Mervyn West 897920

Chris Gregory 898596

Andy & Sandy Marshall 897732

Beryl Truscott 897058

John Holker 898261

Dorset Police Community Support Unit

(Described best as a mobile police station)

Will visit Puncknowle Tuesday 14th June 2005 and Tuesday 12th July 2005. Near the Church.

 (Community Contact Officer Anne Bosomworth 01305 226570)

PUNCKNOWLE & WEST BEXINGTON                           


Village Correspondent:  Elizabeth Slater

1, Lytton Close, Puncknowle, Dorchester DT2 9BH

Telephone: ( 01308 ) 897751


Pun Fun - Cheesy Poems

For all the people of Puncknowle, Swyre and West Bexington

Friday 24 June 2005 from 7.30 - 10 pm in the Hall

An evening of favourite cheeses and favourite poems.

Come with a poem, funny or sad and/or a lump of cheese and share both - biscuits provided.  Don't forget to bring your choice of drink, and donations towards costs would be appreciated.



Many thanks to everyone who supported the recent Coffee morning in aid of Save the Children Fund and Colfox School Minibus Appeal.  A total of £360 was raised, which included several generous donations.  Thanks to those who helped run the stalls:  Ann Roberts, Chris Gregory, Katherine Jones, Marion Foot plus Colfox students April Foot, Calum Armstrong, Andrew Moore and Patrick Moore.

Ruth Brierley


Annual General Meeting

The annual general meeting of the Puncknowle and Swyre Village Hall Committee will be held in Puncknowle Hall on 27 June at 7.30pm.  All residents are invited to attend.


Bride Valley Fledglings Playgroup

See Page 4 (Valley Notes Section ) for report. 



Puncknowle Art Group

It is with great regret that we have to report the death of Jean Kadera who was a member for many years and regularly exhibited her work. She will be sadly missed.


At our meetings in April we took a look at our favourite artists and paintings. We then had a look at our own work in progress in the hope of some helpful comments. Many thanks to Rosie for her hospitality and an interesting video of Napier, New Zealand which was completely rebuilt in the Art Deco style after an earthquake in 1931.

Dates for June: -   10th A Talk by Michael Chappel on mixed media.                        24th Painting outdoors.     

                                                                                          Christine Molony



Don't forget to check the village website

to keep in touch with village events and find useful information



LITTON CHENEY                                                      

Village Correspondent:

Elizabeth Kingston  5 Manor Farm Close, Litton Cheney


Church Fete - Monday 30th May in Court Close at 2.00 pm.


Mobile Library - The dates for June are Thursday 2nd, 16th and 30th.  The new time is from 3.20 pm - 4.15 pm, the library van stops close to the Bus Shelter in the centre of the village.


Litton Cheney Youth Club

Tuesday 7th June, 7pm to 8.30pm - Trampolining and Football at Thorner's School

Tuesday 21st June, 6.30 pm onwards at Litton Cheney Playing Field a Family Fun Night for all club members and their families.  Potential members very welcome.

The Youth Club is open to all those between 8 and 17 years who live in Litton Cheney and the surrounding area.  For further details contact Paul Kingston 482384


Producers Market - Saturday 18 June - The White Horse Inn, Litton Cheney

There will be a Producers Market at The White Horse Inn from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm on Saturday 18 June.  Local food producers and artisans have been invited to display and sell their wares to the discerning folk of the Bride Valley and visitors to the area.

You are invited to attend and support this new venture which we hope will become a regular feature on the Litton Cheney/Bride Valley event calendar.  Other markets will be held on Saturday 16 July and Saturday 20 August.

A community stall will be available for local residents to trade their products, and more information on this and stall availability can be obtained from Wendy Taylor on 482532.  We will also be providing transport for village residents who have mobility or transport problems so if you are in that category please call Rob Talbot on 482523 who will arrange a chariot for you.

We look forward to seeing you at the market.  Please see our display advertisement elsewhere in the BVN.                   Litton Retailers Association


Litton Cheney Social Committee

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the litter pick.  It was a great turnout and we collected lots of bags of litter.


Saturday 18th June - Walk around the Village Treasure Hunt/Quiz, 7.00 pm meet at the entrance to Fry's yard on Main Street.  There will be a Quiz for adults and one for children.  Prizes for the most deserving.  Look out for the posters around the village for more details.


Advance notice - Saturday 2nd July - Summer BBQ 6.30 for 7.00pm at The Cottage.  We look forward to seeing you at these events.                                                                 Kathy Kourik Secretary LCSC 482552


Needed a new correspondent to compile the Litton Cheney Notes.  For further information about this important role contact Elizabeth Kingston 482384   If you have recently moved to the village this may be a good opportunity to have contact with other villagers.


Village Lunches recommence at The White Horse Inn on the last Thursday of the month.  The date for June is Thursday 30th.  The lunches give everyone a chance to get together meeting old, young and especially new people.


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 )



Plans are well ahead for the Fete on 16th July.  So, please help to supply the stallholders.

Teas                                         June Clewlow

Bottle Tombola                       Frank & Jackie Skipwith, Sara Winter

Cakes & Preserves                 Jackie Cain & family

Plants                                      Ann & Brian Peppiat

Bric-a-Brac                              Gwen & Alan Kinghorn

Gifts & Crafts                         Ruth & Margaret

Draw                                       Elinor

Books & CDs                          Jane & David Dowling

Children's Toys & Clothes

The Draw Tickets will be available shortly and the first prize is up to £100.  The popular ferret racing team are making a return visit.


Tresco Marathon

We arrived in sunny Tresco the day before the race and "walked" the course.  The locals were all saying that the weather forecast wasn't good and how right they were!  Sunday 17th April rained and blew in the Scilly Isles, though we did hear that it was sunny in London..  So, round and round the island (seven and a half laps) we went in the rain.  94 started and 93 finished, the 94th (who was running with an 'injury') returned to complete the distance the next day.


The organisers wanted everyone to have finished within 6 hours, and this was the target I had set myself at the outset of training: to complete 26.2 miles within 6 hours and not be last.  I think I hit "the wall" at 17.5 miles as I saw the timer, I was convinced I couldn't get round before 6 hours was up.  However, in spite of the weather and tired legs, I finished in 5 hours and 58 minutes (still running, I didn't give up and walk) and in 89th place.

The winning time was 2 hours 55 minutes.  Trevor came in 24th in 3 hours 38 minutes.  We have raised about £2,800 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, so many thanks to all our generous sponsors.  It is not too late to contribute and we will accept any further donations most gratefully, cheques to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, please.                                Hilary Green

The Victoria Hospital, St Lucia

Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way to the Coffee Morning held in aid of the Victoria Hospital.  The amount raised on the morning was £296.80, with a further £100 in donations received.

I cannot thank you enough for your support.                               Elizabeth Cain

Long Bredy & Litton Cheney WI

The WI will be hosting a Ploughman's Lunch on Thursday 16th June 12:30 - 2:00pm in the gardens of The Cottage, Litton Cheney.  £4.50 to include a drink; we will be using local produce.  So, leave the kitchen that day and come and join us!


The June outing will be to Portesham on the 21st June to join the group meeting 7:00pm.  An exhibition 'What the Bride Wore'!




At the end of May, we say farewell - or au revoir, we hope - to Mike and Nina Hannigan, who depart Beech Tree Cottage for pastures new, after 15 years in the village.  Our best wishes go with them.


June's gathering of the Social Club moves to the cricket ground on Friday 3rd June, where the bar will be open from about 7.00 onwards, and there will be rounders and field games for all ages, as well as a barbecue supper.  As many Club members as possible are welcome to a slightly more active evening than the events in the Village Hall.  However, that is where we shall be if it's wet that night - but there will be bar games to play there instead.


Chris and Judy Yates would like to give their annual notice that they hope that visitors to The Scented Garden will not cause any inconvenience to neighbours on their Open Days under the National Gardens Scheme.  These are on every Tuesday afternoon in June and July, from 2.30 - 8.00 p.m.  June's dates are therefore the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th.  The Church and the Village Hall both hope to benefit from sales of cream teas in the Hall on those dates, and if anyone would like to volunteer to join the stalwart band who provide and serve the teas on any given day or days, please could they get in touch with Ann Peppiatt on 482768.


Prior notice too of John and Patricia Barker's forthcoming Barn Dance in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and CancerCare Dorset, at Longlands Barn on Saturday 2nd July, from 7.00 p.m. onwards.  Tickets are £10 for adults, £5 for youngsters over 12, and free for the under 12's, and the price includes a beef roast supper.  The Club bar will be in operation, with its usual range of soft and alcoholic drinks.  Live music will be provided by "Jump at the Sun".  It should be a great evening, so please make a note in your diary now.