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Bride Valley News July 2005

Diary of events for all Parishes July 2005

Church Services July 2005


             FROM THE CLERGY             

The season for Church fund-raising is upon us, with Litton Cheney's Fête on Spring Bank Holiday providing a superb start.  For me anyway we continue with fêtes or events at Long Bredy, Puncknowle / Swyre, Shipton Gorge, Burton Bradstock and Broadoak / Symondsbury.  An enormous effort goes into all such events with most running on well-oiled wheels whilst a few "hope it will be all right on the night".  I'm sure I don't need to detail precisely what has to be arranged in advance, carried out on the day, and tidied up afterwards.  If I did it would probably take up all the pages of this monthly magazine.  All I do know is that Churches are hugely thankful to all who help in any way, and to all who care to take part come wind or weather; and yes, despite considerable "knee work" by the Vicar it can be exceedingly and off-puttingly warm or devastatingly wet.

It's interesting to compare the expressions on people's faces at a Church fête with those on a Saturday high street.  The former smiling, relaxed, unharassed, probably curious; the latter anxious, hassled, focussed, maybe frustrated.  Whatever the latter might say about loving shopping, it certainly doesn't show up on their faces.  On the other hand, whether or not the former buys or wins anything, his or her expression will be one of contentment.  I wonder why this is?

It is the received wisdom that any commercial organisation is about making money, and so making a profit.  It is, as they say, about the bottom line, and so shops are about selling goods or services to us, the customer.  It's not the same with Church, which is mainly about making God's love known to the world.  The Church can do this in many ways, best perhaps through the individual and their love and support of their neighbours.  But also through being Church together, not only in fellowship and mutual support, but also through the experience of their beautiful buildings and by the teaching and witness of their official (and often salaried) staff.

The two are different, very different.  One is material and involved in the physical things of life - food, clothes, furniture, computers and so on.  The other is much more spiritual, it's about blessing.  And blessing, endless blessing, is what the Kingdom of Heaven is.  It's no surprise to me that our fête visitors have a smile on their faces, for a good fête will try to bring people a glimpse of Heaven, in its joy and in the way its workers try their best to make everybody welcome.

                                                                                       Anthony Ashwell

The Rev'd Ryder Rogers

We are very fortunate in the valley to have among us the Revd Ryder Rogers, a Baptist minister who, with his wife, Heather, has recently returned to this country from their work as missioners in Albania.

I have been burbling for some time about the needs of the Parishes for more ministry, now and in particular when the Revd Anthony Ashwell retires in a couple of years time. Ryder has nobly stood forward, offering that if he could be of any help he would be pleased to lead worship among us.

The ways of the Church of England are episcopal. I got hold of the Archdeacon who got hold of Bishop Tim. They both agreed that Ryder's offer was very welcome, and that we should all be very grateful for it. And this is fine because Ryder himself did not want to start operating without the proper permission and authority.

Now he has this we will be looking forward to including him on the service plan for the valley in the leading of non-eucharistic worship. In particular he and Heather will be looking to offer all age worship with us.

A call has gone out among the Parishes for those who as Lay people feel called to lead worship in the valley. We had a time between Easter and Pentecost of prayer and reflection, asking the Holy Spirit to move among us and to call people to this service. Now we are seeing the fruits of that time of prayer in people coming forward who will shortly be learning what it is they have been let in for.

For the gift of Ryder and Heather, and for these people who have been called, let us give thanks to God. 

      Valley Notes     

From the Registers


7th May Mollie May Cousins at Burton Bradstock


7th May     Simon Malcolm Cousins and Fiona Elaine Caplen

21st May   Chris Pike and Caroline Watkins at Litton Cheney

21st May    Joel Chinn and Nina Coote Sykes at Little Bredy

21st May    Brian Puttock and Kelly Parsons at Shipton Gorge

28th May   Jason Clift and Fiona Sheppard at Burton Bradstock

Holy Matrimony

At St. Mary's Church, Litton Cheney, on 21st May 2005:

Christopher Pike and Caroline Wilkins.

We offer the couple our warmest congratulations.


 At Weymouth Crematorium on 8th June 2005:

Joyce Emmeline Thomas, widow of William and formerly of Norburton, Burton Bradstock.

Burial of Ashes

Wednesday the 1st June

The interment of the ashes of Barbara Jacqueline Chanin at Burton Bradstock

The interment of the ashes of Albert Miller at Swyre

At St. Mary's Church, Burton Bradstock, on 9th June 2005:

Maurice Ackland.

We continue to remember Margaret and her family in our prayers.

Tiny Tots/Pram Service

The next service will be in St. Mary's Burton Bradstock at 11.00am on Friday 8th July. Meet " Hattie the Clown." Our apologies for the sudden cancellation of June's service; a village funeral was taking place. We hope to see you in July.                                                                                                         Bride Valley Mothers' Union

Family Service at St Mary's, Burton Bradstock

Fridays after school  (3.30pm) during term time.

Sea Sunday 10th July 2005.

Plans are well under way for our celebration of Sea Sunday. A special evensong will be held at Burton Bradstock followed by a garden soiree.  Drinks will be available: tea and coffee free of charge, wine and beer on sale. Our supper will be "bring and share" for which lists will be available in all churches from the end of June. Evening entertainment will include sea songs and shanties performed by the Bride Valley Singers and nautical community singing accompanied by David Woodford. If anyone wishes bravely to venture a hornpipe or two, please contact the Rectory who will happily add you to the list. All profits will go The RNLI who will be sending a representative and stall with goodies to aid and abet our merriment. To help us with catering, please collect a ticket from Jean or Bob Thorn who will be happy to give training and supervision to all those needing to practise their bowlines. It should be pointed out to the nervous that we only expect the two-handed bowline and anyone demonstrating the one-handed version do so entirely at their own risk.                                                                                                Jean Thorn.

A Belated Thanks.

. to all those who supported in one way or another our knit-in for Uganda. We raised over sixty pounds for postage and knitted well over a hundred hats. All are now winging their way to the babies. Watch this space for other knitting projects in months to come.

Jean Thorn

Holiday Club 2005                     

This year the Bride Valley Churches will be holding a holiday club at Thorner's School, Litton Cheney. It is open to all children of the Bride Valley aged 5 -11 inclusive.

If you want to find out more about the "Exploding Green Jelly Beans" then come along on Monday 25th, Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th July from 1.15 - 3.30pm. There will be games, refreshments, crafts, singing, Biblical teaching, water, fun and frolics. It is free, so don't miss it. See you there.                                                         Bride Valley Churches

P.S. There will be a family service and barbeque in The Rectory Garden, Burton Bradstock on the Wednesday evening. Look out for further details.

Mothers' Union

Thursday 7th July 2.00pm

Deanery Service at Bothenhampton


Wednesday 27th July 10.00am

Wave of Prayer


Thursday 28th July

Summer Outing to Forde Abbey

The Bride Valley Team - Wednesday  Housegroups

Subject: Studies in the Book of Esther

6th July                            The Old Rectory Litton Cheney

13th July                          Westfield, Shipton Lane, Burton Bradstock

19th July*                        Old Walls, Burton Bradstock

20th July                          5 Green Barton      Swyre

* N.B. Change of date

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 and alternates between Bible Study and Prayer.  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 and through to July are on the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer.  For further details contact Paul

July  7              Prayer                                2 Napier Close, Puncknowle

July 14             1 Corinthians 14                       West Lodge, Littlebredy          

No further meetings until September

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 

The end of term approaches.we meet on Wednesday 6th, 13th and 20th July, then that is it until September. The health visitor will be joining us on the 6th. We are open to anyone in the Bride Valley and meet at Long Bredy Village Hall every Wednesday during the school term, starting at 10:00 and finish 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.

Bride  Valley  Fledglings Playgroup

Excellent news - our Sponsored Trike Ride raised £182! So a big thank-you to all the families and friends who supported us - especially as we only have a small number of children.

We had a fun time at the Moore's where we saw lambs, vegetables growing, and chickens. We also collected eggs and fed fish, as well as playing on equipment and being treated to cakes and drinks before we walked back to the Hall. Thanks to John and Valerie.

Dave Bird brought his Police Car to show us and talked about how to keep safe in cars and on the roads.  Dental Debbie has visited us with her new laptop slideshow to remind us how to look after our teeth. Our local Health Visitor, Terri, popped in and Thorners Reception Class teacher, Mrs Hooper, also visited twice to meet children starting school in September.

More about our visits to Modbury Farm and the Sealife Centre in Weymouth next time plus the results of our Coffee Morning / Photographers visit.  Hattie (Sue Brown) will have been to visit us for a playful session again.

All parents, except for one abstention, voted for the move to premises offered at Thorner's School . The next step is that Ofsted have to register and approve them,  other permissions  have to be sought,  and, if all goes well, the actual move has to be organised.  Playgroup Committee Officers and staff are now liaising with school staff  and  organisations which support Playgroup in order to go ahead.  Apparently, toddler group/playgroup all started in a hut in the front garden of the school!   So watch this space.

We have places for children to start in September - please contact me - or ring playgroup mobile - phone numbers to follow.

           Carol Bennett (Playleader) 01308 897771Playgroup Mobile : 07967 400385


Burton Bradstock CE VC School

Last month I promised news of various Cluster tournaments. Unfortunately these are too late in order to reach the print deadline, so apologies, but I really will report in the next issue! Meanwhile, we are into probably the busiest time of the year, with all the usual activities associated with summer (music concert, sports tournaments reports, leavers' service etc.) During the holidays our large west window overlooking the churchyard will undergo renovations to the stone mullions and woodwork. We are also excited at the prospect of a first floor extension to the staffroom in the next academic year. This will provide us with a much needed resource room and small group teaching area.

I read with interest Ruth Kelly's proposal for extending the school day. Whilst many support these ideas in principle, the detail has yet to be thought through. I will be interested to note how it might be suggested we could accommodate additional provision when we have no room for expansion beyond that already planned. Who will be the providers? Will they be easier to recruit than lunchtime support staff? There is much water to pass under the bridge.                                                         Mark Stratta

100 Club  May winners:     

          £20   -   R. Coerner      £10   -   A. Filsell         £  5   -   D.J. Cole


Thorner's CE VA Primary School

Once again we are fast approaching another end of year and time to say goodbye to the year 6 cohort.  This year there are 8 pupils all moving on to Sir John Colfox and we hope that they have enjoyed their time here at Thorner's .. however short or long it has been, we wish you well for the future and hope that you achieve everything you want for yourselves.

These last few weeks of school are full of activities such as class trips and sporting events and we trust the weather will be kind to us so that we can really utilise the swimming pool. 

In June a sponsored event took place at the Leisure Centre, the majority of the pupils taking part, raising over £1200 which will be used to heat the pool during the summer months.  It was fantastic to see so many of our pupils, ex-pupils and future pupils taking part, the youngest being only 2 years old all smiling as they swam their 788 lengths, what an achievement.  Thank you to everyone who sponsored any of the children.

100 Club Winners

£15      Mrs Pip Roper (friend of school)

£10      Mrs Coo Jones

Producer's Market - Saturday 16 July - The White Horse Inn

The Second Producer's Market takes place on Saturday 16th July at The White Horse Inn, Litton Cheney from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm.  We hope to have even more local producers at this market, and also River Cottage HQ are attending.  Please come along and join the fun of the fayre.  For further details please read the Litton Notes.

                          TRAFALGAR DORSET

Celebrating the passage of the New Trafalgar Dispatch through our County

At Burton Bradstock

 On Sunday 21st August 2005

Part of the national celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar and the death of Horatio Nelson

See Page 20 for further details

25th Burton Bradstock Festival 

Festival Concerts  18th,19th& 20th August

See Page 18 for further details

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.

Plant Sale

Warmest thanks to all who supported the Plant Sale at The Red House, Burton Bradstock, on the 13th May. This raised £222.60 for the Church Mission society.                                                                 Hilary Mousley

Dorset Police Community Contact Unit

The villages covered by the Bride Valley News that the van goes into currently are; Burton Bradstock and Puncknowle, although this can change over the course of the year dependent on how much demand there is in a particular area. In July the van will be going to Burton Bradstock on Wednesday the 20th July and will be parked near to the Church from 10:15 until 12:15. The van will also be going to Puncknowle on Tuesday the 12th July and will be parked near the Church from 6:15 pm until 7:30pm.

Basically the Community Contact Unit is best described as a mobile police station. People that go on board the van can expect to find the same service as if they walked into any other police station. Annie offers a number of services; she can offer practical advice, carries a range of leaflets and can perform tasks such as post-coding horse tack. I spent a day on the van with Anne in March and observed a number of elderly people coming onboard to raise a few problems they had been experiencing in the area, but didn't feel were serious enough to warrant calling the police. With incidents such as this Annie not only

offers a sympathetic ear, but when she returns to headquarters she inputs these details on to our main computer system so a record is made of the complaint. All in all Annie is a very friendly person and doesn't mind if people just want to pop on board for a general chat and a look round the van to find out what is available.

Fiona Rose  


tel:- 01305 226570 Monday to Friday 12:40 until  5.00 pm


                                      A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

                                    SATURDAY 16th July

                                           9.00 am - 1.00 pm
                                          LITTON CHENEY
                                    PRODUCERS' MARKET

                                         WHITE HORSE INN







Bride Valley Gardening Club

Our big news this month     - we have at last heard from Highgrove, the home of Prince Charles  and after waiting several years we have been given the 9th August for our visit.  Members will have received a newsletter with more details of this.  Briefly 25 people can go  - we have a Club membership of l50.  We have had an Extraordinary Committee Meeting to discuss the visit and the Chair and Committee have decided that there will be priority given to past working members, current working members and long term members.  We hope you feel this is fair.  We have also been sent several sheets regarding security checks  - these will go out to people who go  - once we have submitted the names of members wishing to go to Highgrove  - several weeks before the planned visit - unfortunately they will not accept any additions or changes.   It will also be a long day - 3 - 4 hours to get there   - 3 hours there and 3-4 back and will involve a lot of walking, sometimes over difficult paths and cobbles, we are told.  Hopefully when you read this in the BVN you will have received your Newsletter. Also anyone who has visited before is excluded by Highgrove from visiting again! Sorry if it sounds very formal  - but it is and as they have told us stringent security has to be in place.

We look forward to seeing all at the Show  - come along and submit something or just come and visit and vote for your favourite flowers/vegetables/plants/fruits etc.

Norma Millard   Club Secretary      West Bexington  897774

Summer Show  10th July

A  word from your new Chairwoman   Dianne ffoulkes -   We  had the Plant Sale in May and despite a very wet day managed to sell some good plants and raise some more funds.  We don't meet for our Speaker meetings until October - more about that later. This month we have the Mini Show -July l0th in Thorner's School as before.   Schedule herewith:

10.00am - 12 noon     Show entries delivered

2.00 pm - 3.00 pm     Entry for Voting and Tea/Coffee @ 50p

Cakes for sale

3.00 pm Voting closed

18 Classifications

  1. A single rose
  2. Flowering annuals - 3 stems all one variety or mixed
  3. Flowering perennials - 3 stems all one variety or mixed
  4. Flowering shrub single stem (not rose)
  5. Pot plant not to exceed 8 inches diameter
  6. 3 named herbs
  7. Fuchsia potted 10 inches
  8. Fruit 5 of same variety on white cardboard plate
  9. Vegetable 3 of any one variety on white cardboard plate
  10. Mixed vegetable display on tray, maximum 18 inches x 18 inches
  11. Floral arrangement size 12 inches x 12 inches base
  12. Handcraft made in the last year 18 inches x 18 inches maximum
  13. Mothers nature mistakes, something unusual - fun
  14. Photograph classes - A close up from the garden
  15. Sweet pea - 6 stems
  16. Childrens _ A flower picture/collage     -                  3 prizes (gift)
  17. Childrens - make a flower - in a jar      -                  3 prizes (gift)
  18. Childrens - make a flower - in a jar      -                  3 prizes (gift)

Entry cost 20p per entry up to £1

Prizes £5, £3, £2

Helpers needed: Kitchen - teas - setting up and putting away, please!

Donations: Cakes, please!


gardens open

for charity

The Scented Garden

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

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                17th July           Church Mission Society

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

Tiny Tots / Pram Service will be held at 11.00am on Friday 8th July at St. Mary's Church, Burton Bradstock. Our apologies for the sudden cancellation of June's service; a village funeral was taking place. We hope to see you in July.                                               Bride Valley Mothers' Union

St Mary's Church Fete

The annual Church Fete will take place on Thursday 4th August 2005, 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 for all the offers of help to date.  We still need someone to organise the book stall, and someone to organise the plant stall (along with some helpers).  If you can help out with either of these then please contact Ann Read on 897445.  Helpers for one or two games would also be welcomed, if you would like to run a game then please contact Peter Broomhead on 897408.  Many thanks. 

If anyone is willing to help with the site setting-up on the evening of Wednesday 3rd August and the clearing away following the end of the fete on Thursday 4th August then please contact Steve Dove on 897695.  Thank you. 

Donations for the various stalls can be dropped off on the morning of the fete from 10.30am onwards or given to the persons listed below in advance:

General Tombola



Bottle Tombola - contact Kate & Bernard Chennels 897066

Toys/Games/Jigsaws - contact Pat Broomhead 897408

Books - contact Pauline Woodford 898327

Auction Gifts - Susan Moores 897673

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 897419

White Elephant - 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

Christian Aid Week

A grand total of £609.83 was raised by the people of Burton Bradstock. Well done! My thanks to all who collected, contributed or helped in any way with the collection.                                                        Janet Proctor


The May Miscellany

This proved to be a very enjoyable and successful evening and a profit of f417.56 was raised from ticket and bar sales due to the extreme generosity of those who donated food items for the buffet meal. In addition to this f323.38 was raised from the craft table, auction and personal donations, making a total of £740.94. The event was in aid of St.Mary's Project 2005, to help build and equip a medical clinic in our link diocese of Maridi in Southern Sudan. The total raised so far is now over £1,500 and the PCC would like to thank all those who have enthusiastically supported the project so far.

There are three more events planned this year in aid of the project so please book them in your diary now. They are a concert by the Casterbridge Male Voice Choir on Wednesday 21st September and a concert by Parnham Voices on Saturday 15th October, both to be held in St.Mary's. In addition there will be an "Around the World" supper on Friday 4th November in the Village Hall. Details of tickets for these events will appear in the August issue of the BVN.

St.Mary's P.C.C.


Church Bell Ringing

St. Mary's bells will ring out at 5.00pm on Sunday 10th July. This will be our part in nationwide ringing at that time to coincide with H.M. the Queen appearing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to witness the fly past of a memorial flight of war time aircraft as part of the celebrations to mark the end of World War II.                                                    Basil Dent

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

Treacle mine.

Good news for the sweet of tooth! Just as we thought that we had met with an insuperable difficulty with regard to planning permission for the development of a treacle mine in the Rectory garden at Burton Bradstock, it appears that we have been saved by a royal patron from the past. John Packenham Walsh has been burrowing his legal mind into rolls and scrolls of yore, and has come up with the following treasure.

Henry the Eighth, by the Grace of God, King of England and His      other realms and territories

To all and singular as well, Greeting.

Whereas it has come to our notice that traces of the sweetnesse of the land, commonly known as Trekele have been observed in the precincts of the Parish of Burton Bradstock in the County of Dorset,

And whereas having examined the circumstances, We have thought fit to permit Our trusty and well beloved yeomen of the said Parish to delve into the land of the said Parish for the purpose of producing that sweetnesse aforesaid,

Now wherefore We by these presents do give, grant and assign to the said Yeomen and their posterity the sole right to extract such as is known to be Trekele from the said land

Provided that in consideration of these presents it shall be incumbent upon the said Yeomen and the posterity in each and every calendar year to deliver to Us at least ten firkins of the sweetnesse or Trekele so extracted for Our sole use and enjoyment.

Given to Our Court at St James under Our sign manual this Fourth day of August 1505 being the Fourteenth year of Our Reign

I was delighted that this ancient document should have been found to give an historical base to our recent discoveries. But John went on to point out that there is no record of this edict ever having been revoked, and that this being the case it is still a legal permission to mine treacle. The other even more astonishing fact, that the numerically minded will already have noticed, is that the granting of this licence will be exactly five hundred years old on the very day of the Burton Bradstock fete itself. Yet more of a reason to celebrate.                                     Bob Thorn

Burton Bradstock Village Hall

200 Club

Congratulations to:        1st    No. 111   Daphne Hewlett            £23.20

2nd     No.  20    Jean Still                       £11.60

3rd    No.  95    Bet Palmer                   £  5.80

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. Over 16's only. We now have 116 members. Total cost if joining for the remaining 6 draws is £6 with double prizes in December.

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

Village Fayre

The Village Hall Committee would like to thank all those people who worked so hard to make our first Village Fayre such a resounding success.  The weather and the setting were perfect and on the day we raised nearly £3,600 which will go towards maintaining the Hall and up-grading its facilities.  The Committee can now begin to investigate and cost improvements to the Hall for users with particular special needs.  Once again, many thanks to all those villagers who helped on the day and/or gave so generously to the stalls.  Thanks must also go to the whole village which turned out in strength to support the event and made all the effort put in worthwhile.

Susan Moores - Secretary, Burton Bradstock Village Hall Committee.

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.

25th Burton Bradstock Festival

St Mary's Church      18th - 20th August 2005

London Festival Players (Leader David Juritz)

Soloists will include

                                                  David Mason (trumpet)       Mary Ryan  (flute)

    Victoria Soames (clarinet)  Neil Black (oboe)

    Janice Knight (oboe)           David Juritz  (violin)   

    Christopher Wellington (viola)

    Adrian Bradbury (cello)      Hubert Dawkes (keyboard )

    Simon Lindley (organ)

Programme highlights

Thu 12-30pm               Organ music

                                    "Ferdinand the Bull"

Thu  7-30pm        Mozart - Clarinet Quintet                       

                                    Haydn - "Sunrise" Quartet

Fri    7-30pm        Mozart - E maj Flute Quartet

                                    Hummel - Military Septet

Sat    7-30pm        "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba"

                                    Telemann - Concerto for trumpet & two oboes

                                    Tchaikovsky - Serenade for Strings

Tickets:   Season (all concerts) - £30

        Evening (good view) - £10   (restricted view) - £8

        Lunchtime - £7

   Available from            Mike Southgate 01308 897487 or    

                           BB Post Office (after 25th July)

Who is the Black Dog?

Over many months now a black dog has been roaming the streets of Burton, causing concern to residents and motorists.  He is not unlike a certain other dog, Minty, my dog, who also lives in the village.  At a quick glance or in darkness it would be hard to tell these two dogs apart, however, should a closer look be possible, there are three main distinguishing features:

1.      The black dog that roams free is a male, Minty is female.

2.      He has pointed ears, Minty has soft ears that drop.

3.      He has a tail that curls across his back, Minty does not curl her tail.

One other important factor is that Minty is never unaccompanied.

Liz Mackay

Burton Bradstock Parish Plan   Spring update

The Parish Plan Steering Group is continuing to work through the issues raised at the Parish meeting and through the questionnaire survey. Meetings are being arranged with a wide range of outside agencies to explore options for action and connect with funding opportunities.

The Group is aiming to run a second open public meeting in October (date to be confirmed). At this meeting practical options will be presented that address the key issues raised during the Parish Plan consultation. From this meeting we will be able to draft a Parish Plan and share it widely both inside and outside the village.

So far the Steering Group has looked at:

Environment and Coast issues (Richard Overend)

Community health and well being (Elise Ripley 898010)

Transport (The Group will be developing the ideas discussed at the Parish AGM)

Further sessions organised for the summer and autumn include:

Activities & opportunities for the community (Darren Batten)

Local Prosperity (Karen Venn 897094)

Accessibility (Dave Dixon 898620)

Community safety (Celia Cummings)

Housing (tbc)

Dates for these sessions will be published in BVN when available

We will be using the Village website to keep people informed with reports of meetings (with hard copies available in the library). If you would like to attend any of the issues meeting or want to talk to the Steering Group about any of the issues please contact the appropriate person.                                                                                       Dave Dixon

Burton Bradstock Parish Plan - Local Prosperity

Trevor Hedger, a senior Economic Development Officer for West Dorset District Council has agreed to be available for the local prosperity session on Wednesday 3rd August in the Reading Room at 5.30pm.  The session will be of particular interest to businesses and commercial ventures in the parish.  If you would like to attend please contact Karen Venn (897094) or Dave Dixon (898620) either to obtain more details or to register an interest.






Planning, Website,

Shadrach, Church St.


Area Partnership

Darby Lane, Donkey

Applegates, Grove Rd,


Lane, Mill St.

Burton Bradstock.


DT6 4QT. Tel: 897487.



Hive Beach Committees

Southover, Beach Rd

Vice - Chairman

Parish Plan

Cliff Rd, Hive Close,

Bridges, 88 High St.



Burton Bradstock


DT6 4RA, Tel: 897010.


D. Batten

Planning, Website

Barrowfield, Howarth

37 Barrowfield Close

Parish Plan

Cl, Rosamund Court.

Burton Bradstock


DT6 4RH. Tel: 897944



Post Office, Tree Warden

Bennetts Hill, Shipton

2 Furzey Corner

Hive Beach Committees Lane,

Furzey Corner.

Shipton Lane


DT6 4NQ. Tel: 898025



Footpaths, Allotments,

North Hill Close,

15 Northover Close

Hive Beach Committees

Northover Close,

Burton Bradstock


Anning's Lane (odds)

DT6 4RX.Te1: 897020



Planning, Traffic, DAPTC

Roberts Close, Mill St

3 Roberts Close


High St.

Burton Bradstock


DT6 4RX.Te1: 898333


Grove Rd, Grove


Grove House, Grove Rd

       Post Office, Parish Plan

Grove Rd, GroveOrchard,

 South Annings

Grove House,  Burton


   South Annings 

DT6 4QU.Te1: 898196.



Village Hall, Broadmayne

Barr Lane, Burton Rd

23 North Hill Close


Charles Rd.

Burton Bradstock


DT6 4RY.TeI: 898668



Play Area

Lower Townsend,

Norburton Hall



Shipton Lane


Anning's Lane (evens)

DT6 4NQ, Tel: 897094


F. Moore

Donations, Grants.




261 St Andrews Rd




DT6 3DU. Te1:459001.


All Councillors are on the Finance/General Purposes Committee and the Emergency Liaison Committee.

The Alzheimer's Society- Bridport Branch

We shall be holding our annual Garden Party in the Rectory Garden on Thursday 14th July from 2.30 - 4.30pm. with Cream Teas available in the Village Hall. There will be all the usual stalls, plants, books, cakes, bric-a-brac, raffle etc; items for any of these will be greatly appreciated. Collection can be arranged by ringing 897125.                         Basil Dent

Burton Bradstock Players will be holding another series of play readings on Thursdays in September.   Everyone is welcome.   More details in the August edition.                                                     Daphne Ekins


Celebrating the passage of the New Trafalgar Dispatch through our County

At Burton Bradstock On Sunday 21st August 2005

Part of the national celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar and the death of Horatio Nelson

The passage of the New Trafalgar Dispatch is a re-enactment of the journey of Lieutenant Lapenotiere, Captain of HMS Pickle, by Post Chaise from Falmouth to London, carrying Admiral Collingwood's Dispatch to the Admiralty containing news of the victory at Trafalgar and the death of Admiral Horatio Nelson. A replica Post Chaise will carry an actor playing the part of Lieutenant Lapenotiere and a junior officer representing the Navy of today who will present copies of "The New Trafalgar Dispatch" to Civic Authorities at a series of ceremonies along the original route.

A diversion from the original route has been authorised to allow the presentation of a copy of the New Trafalgar Dispatch to Burton Bradstock Parish Council acknowledging the participation of Midshipman Richard Roberts in HMS Victory whose home was Grove House Burton Bradstock.

Present plans are for the presentation of the New Trafalgar Dispatch to be made to the Parish Council on the south side of village green between 1500 and 1520. The ceremony will be preceded by recorded nautical music from 1430 and will be followed by a celebratory peal of church bells re-enacting the village's celebration of Midshipman Roberts survival. Tea will be served from the village hall and there will be opportunities for photographing this historic occasion. The Post Chaise will arrive via Burton Road and Church Street and depart via Mill Street. The indulgence of car owners is requested to ensure maximum road space for spectators and the safe passage of the Post Chaise in the narrows and corner of Mill Street. Details of the final programme will be published in the August Edition of the Bride Valley News

Burton Bradstock W.I.

The June Meeting took place too late for the report to be included in this issue; a report will appear next month.

My most grateful thanks to everyone who sent Get-well cards or telephoned me. I look forward to seeing you all in the not too distant future.                                                                                            Jim Reeves

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 All Age Communion Service

Sunday, 3rd July at 11.00am

This service is being introduced to encourage everyone, especially our young people, to participate in the celebration of Holy Communion, the most convenient date being the first Sunday in the month. It will be in modern language, and will include some traditional hymns and other more up to date songs of worship and praise.

All are very welcome to join us, whether confirmed or not.

St. Martin's Church Fete Saturday, 16th July 2 - 4.00p.m.

Preparations are going well for our summer event, and as our feature page shows, there is a lot going on! We are keeping our fingers crossed for a dry day.

Please contribute as much as you can to our stalls, details of which are in the June issue, and if you can help in any way, or have any queries, please contact Gillian or myself on 897346 or 897241.

We look forward to seeing you all on the 16th when our Rector, Bob, will open the fete at 2.00p.m.                                                   The Churchwardens

Tower news

The bells of St.Martin's will be rung for half an hour at 5.00pm on Sunday 10th July as part of the  country-wide commemoration to mark the 60th  Anniversary of the end of World War II.

Shipton Gorge Village Society

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 

This will be judged prior to the Summer Show, when the Simon Hardie Trophy will be awarded to the Judge's favourite. Entrants will be notified of the judge's visit. There's still time to enter your garden! Phone Sally, 897168 or Ed, 898278.

23 July           Summer Show

Schedules enclosed for Shipton Gorge residents. Judge the best between 11.30 am and 1.30 pm. Results at approx 3.30 pm. 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. Books, Bric-a-brac, Cakes, Games, New-to-you,    Raffles, Teas, Tombola, and many more! Please contact Sally (897168) with your donations. 


Pictures of people in village scenes are needed to compile a calendar of former times and present.-day. Does anyone have any suitable photos they would care to lend for this purpose? Contact: Sally, 897168.   

Sue Brown

Shipton Gorge Parish Council

The Parish Council meets at the Village Hall every two months- Amongst the Council's responsibilities are two important activities:­-

. Planning.

Meetings on planning application, take place at the Village Hall when required. The meetings are well advertised beforehand. Under the chairmanship of Robert Cornish the planning committee considers the applications in detail and provides the District Council with recommendations. The support the committee receives from parishioners is fundamental in preserving the village as the residents wish.

.Playing Field

The Parish Council is responsible for the finance and upkeep of the playing field. The Parish Council is indebted to Grayham Rosamond who keeps the field in such good order. The field is well used by the village children, adults and visitors.

Parish Councillors and their responsibilities.

Charles Errington (Chairman of Parish Council: member of Playing Field Committee and Website responsibility)}

Richard Hewlett (Vice-Chairman of Parish Council; Chairman of Playing Field Committee; member of Planning Committee)

Robert Cornish (Chairman of Planning Committee)

John Epplestone (member of Planning Committee)

Mary Boughton (member of Planning and Playing Field Committees; responsibility for the Parish Plan)

Robert Langran (member of Planning and Playing Field Committees; Liaison Officer for Footpaths)

Brian Lavelle (member of Planning Committee; Highways responsibility)

David Smith (member of Planning and Playing Field Committees) Gillian Maxfield (member of Planning Committee)

Parish Clerk is Jeff Fisher who can be contacted on 0807 583272

Dates of Parish meetings:

­2005    13th July 2005, 14 th September,  9th November,

2006    11th January, 8th March, 12th May

Many congratulations to Mary Boughton on being made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (M.B.E.) in H.M. The Queen's Birthday Honours List. Mary, who is a Broad Member of the Dorset Local Strategic Partnership was honoured for her services to business and the local community.

                               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.                              C.Hewlett

Shipton Gorge Village Hall 100 Club

June Draw Winners



David & Yvette Smith



Dick & Barbara West









Jane Evans

Nigel Hyde

Alec Johnson

Shipton Gorge Village Website


Village Correspondent: Sid Marshall

3 Green Barton, Swyre Tel: 897318


Holy Trinity

Holy Trinity Church, Swyre.

Churchyard working party.

Saturday 9th July, 10am - 12noon.

Come along and do some gardening, painting of railings or general maintenance in our lovely churchyard, in the company of friends and neighbours. A great way to appreciate the countryside, keep fit and get to know people, whilst caring for our local heritage!

Swyre, Puncknowle and West Bexington Garden Fete

Saturday 30th July from 2.30pm,

in Puncknowle Manor grounds.

 Please support this in any way you can, by offering to man a stall, contributing goods for the stalls, and coming along with family and friends on the day. We would be particularly grateful for help with the Tea Stall, and donations of cakes to sell there would be most welcome. Tray bakes are especially good for this.

 Please contact Yvonne on 898 492.

Holy Trinity Church, Swyre.

Songs of Praise.

Sundays at 7.30pm, starting on 31st July.

As usual there will be 5 weeks of Songs of Praise through the summer holiday period. An opportunity to join in singing favourite hymns chosen by different members of the congregation each week, with a poem, a reading and a prayer .Friends old and new and visitors will be made most welcome at these popular services.

Coffee Morning Saturday 28th May.

 The PCC  would like to thank all those villagers who made cakes, preserves, produced plants and helped on the day. Thanks to all your efforts we made a sum of £160 to help with the electrical refurbishment.

The Church Wardens



Another month and another rhyme,

But this time is written as a Limerick.

Who's writing the poem this time?

It's somebody who is clever and slick.



But as on this part of the coast,

The mist does finally clear,

I will now be able to boast,

As their identity is beginning to appear


This may be a clever smoke screen.

For the poets to conceal their I.D.

Safe in the knowledge they cannot be              seen,

People will still wonder who they can be.

With my final verse I can now bask,

By giving their names in full.

To end their word games has been a task,

It's Sue and Chris, landlords of the Bull.                                            Anon?


Temporary address:-


Puncknowle and Swyre Parish Council

Parish Council Meeting and Annual General Meeting

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Tuesday 5th July in the Puncknowle Church Hall at 7.30pm.

Puncknowle and Swyre Summer Fete 30 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.

Some raffle tickets are still available telephone David on 898492.

Entry will be by programme this year at the bargain price of 50p. If you buy one in advance please be sure to bring it with you on the day.

Several 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 or 898492            

Bric a Brac and White Elephant                   Anthony Edwards  897435

Cakes for the teas and Coffees                     Yvonne Buckland  898492

Fancy Goods                                                 Ruth Brierley         898283

Home made preserves, sweets

& garden produce                                          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

Chocolates for chocolate tombola                Julie                       897178

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

Bride Valley Fledglings Playgroup

See Page 6 (Valley Notes Section ) for report. 

Text Box:  This is a call for all budding artists. We are to have an art competition to be judged on fete day and with prizes for the best in each age group. The themes will be either the Jurassic Coast or The Fete. So get your brushes dusted off and get the paint flowing. Age groups will be 0-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16. Maximum size A3 please and your name, age and telephone number should be written on the back. Please deliver to David at Hollybush in Puncknowle by 26th July.

PUNCKNOWLE & WEST BEXINGTON                          

Village Correspondent:  Elizabeth Slater

1, Lytton Close, Puncknowle, Dorchester DT2 9BH

Telephone: ( 01308 ) 897751


Church Pews For Sale

Two Victorian 5 foot pews, one 5 foot book rest and one 7 foot book rest in need of a good home.  If you are interested please phone Ann Roberts on 01308 907716.

Pun Fun - A Barbecue Evening

For all the people of  Puncknowle, Swyre and West Bexington

Friday 5 August, 7.30 - 10pm at Silkhay 30 Springfield

A Barbecue Evening for everyone to meet, chat and enjoy themselves.  Bring your own meat/fish/veg to BBQ, and tipple as required and a cushion/rug to sit on.  Bread, salad etc provided.  Everyone welcome. Come and go as you please.  Donations towards costs would be appreciated.

Contact Nos. 897953/897751

Puncknowle Art Group

We had a most enjoyable morning printmaking with Annabel Wilson who brought a great deal of equipment for us to use. Our thanks go to Annabel for all her hard work and to Alison for hosting the event and making us so welcome. On the 27th we were pleased to welcome Graham Watts and his wife to open our 2005 exhibition and to speak to us about the Multiple Sclerosis Society which is our chosen charity for this year

Dates for July:- 8th - painting with Maureen at Slape,

  22nd - still life.

There are no meetings in August.

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***

Josie Belasco,  11 Manor Farm Close, Litton Cheney

Telephone: (01308) 482484

***Please note:  new correspondent***


St Mary's

Our fete on Bank Holiday Monday was a tremendous success, raising nearly £4,000 with wonderful weather, a lovely location and lots of people, it was a very happy occasion.  We should say a big "thank you" to everyone who helped and to all those who came to join in the fun and make it such a great day.

Another fund raising event is planned for 12th August when Paul Cheater will again be delighting us with a musical evening in the Church.  Tickets will be on sale in early July, so look out for details on the village notice boards.

In an effort to improve facilities in the Church and to make it a more versatile venue for village events of all kinds there are plans well under way for the installation of a sound system.  This will make services, concerts and any events involving the spoken word, much easier to hear.  There are also plans to enlarge the open space at the back of the Church on the south side by removing the three remaining pews.  This will provide a useful area for serving refreshments at events, or as a space for meetings etc. whilst chairs can be used there for major services.

It is hoped that the sound system will be installed during the summer and the enlarged social area will be created during the autumn once the necessary permissions have been obtained from the church authorities.                                                                                                St Mary's PCC

Litton Cheney Social Committee

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Annual meeting and reflected upon the activities of the past year and learnt how the funds raised have been spent this year.  Steve gave an interesting talk about his work as a footpath officer in Purbeck.

Saturday 2nd July - Summer BBQ 6.30 for 7.00pm at The Cottage.  If you have not yet got your ticket there will be some for sale on the evening.  Please bring your own cutlery.

Saturday 16th July - Village Walk, meet at the bus shelter at 10.00 am.

                                                                Kathy Kourik Secretary LCSC 482552

Lithe Litton Ladies

This popular exercise class will continue on Monday evenings (6.00 - 7.30pm) in the Church Hall right through the summer (except on the Bank Holiday).  Newcomers are welcome - just wear comfortable clothes and bring a towel and a bottle of water.  For further details contact Alison Davidson 482661

Litton Cheney Youth Club

Friday 8th July, 7pm to 8.30pm - Football and Volleyball at the Playing Field.

Tuesday 19 July, 7pm to 8.30pm - Trampolining and Football at Thorner's School.

Sunday 24 July, 6pm to 9.00pm - Canoeing please contact Paul Kingston 482384 for further details.  The Youth Club is open to all those between 8 and 17 years who live in Litton Cheney and the surrounding area.  There will be no Youth Club sessions during August.

Parish Council

There will be a meeting of the Parish Council on Tuesday 12th July at 7.30 pm in the Church Hall.

Producer's Market - Saturday 16 July - The White Horse Inn

Our Second Producer's Market takes place on Saturday 16 July at The White Horse Inn, Litton Cheney from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm.  We hope to have even more local producers at this market, and also River Cottage HQ are attending.  Please come along and join the fun of the fayre.  Tony will be opening up early for those who need their daily dose of caffeine and bacon rolls perhaps followed by something a little stronger as the day wears on.

Rob Talbot is organising transport for villagers with mobility or transport problems and he can be contacted on 482523 and if you would like to join the communal village table with your own local produce please call Wendy Taylor on 482532.

We look forward to seeing you in July, and also at our third market on Saturday 20 August.

Mobile Library - The dates for July are Thursday 14th and 28th.  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.

Village Lunch - Thursday 28th July - The White Horse Inn

The Litton Cheney Relief in Need Trust - as in previous years the Trustees of this Charity invite applications for a Grant from students residing in Litton Cheney who have recently finished their full time education and intend to commence either full time employment or a course in higher education such as university.  Please apply by letter in confidence explaining your need for a grant to Mary Anderson at Talisman, Litton Cheney, or to one of the other Trustees.

18th July - On this day 50 years ago 7.32 inches (183mm) of rain fell in Litton Cheney!

Molly and Norman Gardener would like to say farewell to all their friends in Litton Cheney.  They have moved back to Lymington in Hampshire, where their family are, after ten happy years in the village.  We shall be back to see you all from time to time - we are not so very far away.

A warm welcome to all those who have recently moved into the village we hope that you will be happy and enjoy village life.

Litton Cheney has a new correspondent for the Bride Valley News.  Josie Belasco lives at 11 Manor Farm Close, telephone number 482484 and can be emailed at  Please continue to write or email the details of events or news in the village to Josie by 10th of each month.  Litton Cheney's Notes in the Bride Valley News depend on contributions from the village.  Thank you to Josie for taking over the role of correspondent and to everyone who has made the job of the correspondent in the village so easy and enjoyable.             

Elizabeth Kingston 482384

..... & may I add my thanks to those of Elizabeth? Ed.

The first weekend in July marks an important celebration for Andrew and Peggy Patterson.  Congratulations on 60 years of married life in Litton Cheney.

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 )


Long Bredy and Kingston Russell Parish Council

The Parish Council were delighted to welcome so many people to the first Parish Meeting held on the 12th May and would like to thank everyone for giving up their evening to attend. Several proposals have been put forward to improve the playing field and the debate on the proposed 30mph speed limit was thought provoking. The majority of electors present were not in favour of the speed limit, the difficulty in enforcing it was a major factor. Please can we all be aware of our speed through the village and drive carefully with consideration to all road users. Thanks must be given to Jackie Cain and Jane Solley for the excellent refreshments.

The AGM of the Parish Council has taken place and Adrian Harrison was unanimously voted as Chairman. He was warmly thanked for the time he has given to the Council in the past year and particularly for the work he puts in to keep the playing field so tidy. 

Belated thanks to the litter pickers of Long Bredy who came out once again and collected a surprising amount of litter. This included a large amount of tyres, a motor, a television and a stand (different ends of the village) and the stream yielded several wine bottles and plates!! The Parish Council would like to thank most sincerely everyone who took part in the litter pick and supplied the refreshments. Also many thanks to everyone who helps keep the village and surrounding roads litter free by picking up the litter as they are out walking.

Dorset Mobile Library

The Mobile Library Van will be parked in Long Bredy by the Telephone Box on Thursday 14th July and Thursday 28th July - 2.25pm - 3.10pm. The van then travels onto Litton Cheney and parks by the Bus Shelter. It is well worth a visit.

 Gwen Kinghorn (Parish Clerk)

Long Bredy Fete 16th July

A reminder to all able-bodied and willing men, short, tall, fat, thin, young or old to come to the Village Hall on the morning of the Fete at 9:30am to help transfer the tables and chairs to the grounds of Kingston Russell house.  Remember that many hands make light work!

A big thank you!

On 8th May I walked fifteen miles from Shaftesbury to Salisbury to raise money for Save the Children.  I was the first one to finish from my school, Colfox.  I was thrilled with the generosity of the people in Long Bredy village who sponsored me and I raised £100.  Thank you again.

Holly Scott

Long Bredy & Litton Cheney WI

The group will meet on Tuesday 5th July at Cowleaze Corner (Janet Cuff's bungalow) at 7:30pm.  The speaker is Miss Catherine Owen - Memory Albums.

Welcome to Peter and Annie James who have moved into No.3 Long Bredy, Cherry Tree Cottage with children Joe and Alistair, plus dogs.  We hope they will enjoy life in Long Bredy.   


First, a reminder of various dates already notified:  John & Patricia Barker's Barn Dance in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Research and CancerCare Dorset is at Longlands Barn from 7.30 p.m. on Saturday 2nd July.  Although this is now short notice, all will be welcome to buy tickets at the door.

The Scented Garden's opening dates this month are from 2.30 - 8.00 p.m. every Tuesday afternoon: the 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th July.  Cream teas also available in aid of Church and Village Hall funds.  Let's hope for four fine days and good attendances.

Nicki Armstrong would welcome volunteers to help with activities for children while the Valley Churches' Holiday Club is in action locally from the 25th to the 27th July.  Please contact her on 482452 for further information.

Early notice too of the Dorset Historic Churches Trust Cycle Ride, which will be held this year on Saturday 10th September.  This is a sponsored ride - or walk, or however one wants to do it (other than by car!) - visiting as many Dorset churches as possible, with half the sponsorship proceeds going to the Trust and half to the Church of the participant's choice.  It can be a great family day out, and (once White Hill is surmounted), there is a comparatively flat circular route to the east of here taking in at least half a dozen Churches.  Please make a note of the date, and details of organisation within the village will follow next month.

Congratulations to Annette Hallett, who successfully joined over 2,000 other competitors at Kingston Maurward on the 12th June for the "Race for Life" in aid of Cancer Research.  If anyone is belatedly interested in supporting her, please ring 482239.

Those who are enjoying the Sunday evening BBC1 series "A Picture of Britain" may like to know that David Dimbleby and his team were here on the 3rd June, filming at the cricket ground, which was the subject of David Inshaw's "The Cricket Game" painted in 1976.  David Inshaw himself took part, and the evening sun came out to create almost identical shadows as those shown in the painting.  A "mock" game in the background was provided by various local players.  The programme is due to be broadcast at 9.00 p.m. on Sunday 10th July.

That same weekend is the occasion set aside by the Government for the national commemoration of the joint 60th anniversaries of VE Day and VJ Day.  The Social Club may mark this with a suitable event in the village, which will be notified by individual posters in the meanwhile.

 As 3rd July is St. Thomas' Day it seemed appropriate to include the following poem, written by a Bride Valley Resident.


(Thomas remembers the time when he doubted the Risen Lord)

Ever the practical one, I doubted

And that very doubting has brought me fame

Even though they clamoured and they shouted

And keep repeating His beloved Name.

I demanded a proof that brought me shame

"Except I see His wounds with my own eyes

I'll not believe". Some dark deluded game

Had gripped their minds. Their frenzied heated cries

Left me unmoved. I wasn't wavered by their sighs.

Perhaps for His own reasons, wise and deep

God quarantined me on that other day

Not with the others their meeting to keep

But on a different mission held at bay

Did He keep those minutes ticking away

To make my doubting like some flaming light

Casting its own radiance another way

Lighthouse for future stumblers trapped in night

Transforming doubt and error into something bright?

My reproach? Something all men remember

My lack of faith goes shrieking down the years

Evidence, like some dark glowing ember

Was something I would water with my tears

Nor would they quench its blinding heat that sears

Wide-eyed and trembling, I touched all His scars

Doubt leaves you breathless when it disappears

Fear and cynicism, both like prison bars

When wrenched apart by Love will take you to the stars!         Anon.

How carefully do you read the B.V.N. each week? Do you know..

When  will you  have a chance to see a painting by David Inshaw?

                Where will you be find a policewoman at 7.00pm on 12.07.05?

                Where might you find yourself in a sticky spot in August?

                Why should Shipton be appealing for photos?

                Where might you see (hopefully!) a Saturday gang of gardeners & painters?

                On which day of the week do a group of lithesome ladies meet to-gether?

                Where will you be able to bounce up and down while watching racing?

All answers can be found somewhere within the pages of this month's issue!

Editor: Susan Paul  Old Walls  Mill Street   Burton Bradstock  Bridport  DT6 4QZ