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Welcome to the Chideock and Seatown Community Website. This website belongs to ‘the community’ and is all about Chideock, North Chideock and Seatown. We hope these pages will be of interest to both local residents and visitors to our village.

Chideock is an amazingly busy village with lots of groups that anyone can join and lots of entertainment and events that are happening so please take your time to look through our website – not forgetting our stunning Photo Galleries.

If you are a visitor to this beautiful part of West Dorset please check out our Accommodation Guide.

  • Planting of a Rowan Tree in Memory of Kate Geraghty


    It was lovely to see so many friends and family attend the tree planting in memory of Kate Geraghty in the Clapps Mead Playing Field on Saturday afternoon. The family had chosen a Rowan Tree and the plaque bearing the inscription ‘He who plants a tree – plants hope’ was placed near to the tree.  Thank you to everyone who gave donations for the tree, tree guard and plaque.

    Kate loved this park and as a Parish Councillor gave much time and energy to making it a safe and beautiful place for all.  I remember so many events shared with Kate on this field – Bopper Bus Mini Fetes, Chideock Society Picnic in Park, Easter Egg hunts, Torchlight procession, Edwardian Games afternoon – the list is endless and all with Kate supporting with her usual abundant enthusiasm.

    Around forty people gathered including family and friends.  Lyn Crisp spoke a few words as did both Billy & Sean Geraghty – Kate’s sons.  We can all watch this beautiful tree grow and remember Kate.

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    Please see below a letter from the Managing Director of South West Trains for information about travelling by train over Christmas and New Year.

    Dear All, I am contacting you regarding the prospect of industrial action taking place on the South Western Railway network and the impact this could have on passengers in your local area.

    The RMT union has called 28 days of strike action which will disrupt our train services throughout December. The action is due to commence on 2 December and last until the New Year.

    I very much hope we can avoid the strikes happening at all and we’re still open to discussions with the RMT.

    However, we are working very hard planning for how we keep our passengers moving if the strikes do go ahead.

    This dispute centres around the role of guards on SWR’s trains.  We have publicly promised that there will always be guards on our trains, helping deliver the train service passengers need and want, and that our guards will have a safety critical role.

    All we’re asking is that our guards work with us to bring in our new trains, which our estimates show could mean over 10 million more passenger journeys arrive on-time in peak hours every year.

    We still hope these promises will help avoid strike action. However, we are putting plans in place to keep as many passengers as possible moving throughout the strike should it proceed:

    • By early next week we will publish downloadable, detailed timetables for services that will still be running during the strike, once these have been finalised. We will also be publishing some frequently asked questions to help passengers plan their journey


    • We are working with other transport providers so as many tickets as possible can be accepted on other rail and bus networks


    • We are committed to doing everything we can to provide people, business, councils, community groups and other organisations with the most detailed and up-to-date information we have and will be providing the latest travel information on our website

    I don’t want this strike to happen. It doesn’t need to happen, and I hope the promises we’ve made to our guards will help reassure them that the strike is unnecessary.

    However, if the strike does go ahead we will be doing everything we can to get our passengers to where they need to go in the run-up to Christmas and New Year.

    We will provide you with regular updates as and when new information is available.

    You can find the latest information at

    Kind regards

    Andy Mellors, Managing Director of South West Trains.

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    Chideock News

    Dec/Jan 2020Chideock News

    Here’s the December/January 2020 Chideock News.

    Chideock News December/January 2020

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    16th DECEMBER

    Christmas Lunch at Bridport Golf Club

    7th JANUARY 2020 – 2pm start

    WI Resolutions and Fun Activity

    4th FEBRUARY – 2pm start

    Speaker: Sam Hanbury from Baboo Gelato
    Competition: Homemade wine/alcohol
    Raffle, Trading Stall and Flower of the month

    3rd MARCH – 2pm start

    Speaker: Carrie Gamble from Cupboard Love
    Competition: Homemade Jam
    Raffle, Trading Stall and Flower of the month

    7th APRIL – 2pm start

    Soup and a Roll Lunch followed by Fun Activity
    Trading Stall and Flower of the month

    For more info on Chideock WI, see our page on the Chideock and Seatown website.

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    that due to the resignation of Cllr Laurie Elliot , a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.

    If by 19 November, 2019 (14 working days, after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill the  vacancy is made in writing to
    The Returning Officer, Dorset Council, South Walks House, South Walks Road, Dorchester Dorset DT1 1UZ

    by TEN electors for the Parish, an election will be held to fill the vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option by the Parish Council.

    If an election is called, it will take place not later than 27 January, 2020.

    S A Robinson

    Clerk to the Parish Council             Dated 30 October, 2019



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    quiz night

    Super turn out for our October Quiz Night in spite of the appalling weather.
    Look forward to seeing everyone at our January 2020 Quiz
    Thanks to all for excellent support  John Tilley – Quiz Master. 

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    Chideock News

    Chideock News

    Here’s the November 2019 Chideock News.

    Chideock News November 2019

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    A Wander through Chideock

    THE CHIDEOCK SOCIETY: Report from Lyn Crisp.

    As many of you know just over a year ago on 3rd October the main ‘stalwart’ of the Chideock Society – Kate Geraghty – sadly lost her long fight with cancer. The current committee together with myself, have carried on over the last year but it was always the situation that many of the committee wished to leave the committee to follow other projects and commitments.  Fortunately, two new committee members – Frances Colville and Sandra Conroy have been elected to the committee who, together with myself and Sal Robinson, hope to secure the future of The Chideock Society for some time to come.  Our thanks go to the past committee, Richard Benjamin, Julia Greenshields, Jean Jones, Pam Fuller and Paul and Gill Simpson for all their hard work over the past years.

    Our thoughts are to make the Chideock Society more ‘history’ based and are in the process of setting up a new website – Partly the reason for this is the large amount of archive held by the Chideock Society which we hope to ‘scan’ and place on to the website so the ‘originals’ can be held in either Bridport or Dorchester archives.  The large number of photographs will be retained by the Society and it is hoped that maybe once a year they can be ‘put on show’.  The ‘Wander Through Chideock’ book continues to sell well as does the Chideock Map.  Due also to a smaller committee it is thought that instead of having monthly events we will pursue the idea of two or three events a year but on a better scale.  It is also felt that ‘membership’ and membership fees is both time consuming and a little unnecessary albeit we will be asking everyone if they would like to stay on the email list to be advised when events are happening.

    The above made changes to the Constitution necessary and these were ‘voted’ for an approved at our AGM held on 8th October 2019.

    The talk at our AGM by Steve Marsh, retired Mounted Police Officer for the Metropolitan Police, was well attended and an excellent event with everyone agreeing how informative and entertaining the talk had been.  Those who missed it missed a great evening!

    All Chideock Society members (those on email) will shortly receive an email asking them if they wish to stay on the email list of events.

    We will shortly be arranging the planting on a Rowan Tree in Clapps Mead Playing Field in Memory of Kate and more details will follow after discussions with the family.

    In any event, if anyone has any questions or would like to discuss the changes made please contact me, Lyn Crisp on 01297 489098 or email me on or talk to any Committee Member.



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    Monday Dec 2nd – Art Day with Richard Turner and watercolour and pastel £25 per person.
    Monday Dec 9th – Christmas Lunch – venue to be decided.

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    Hopefully, everyone will have received a letter from Highways England detailing the proposed new 30 m.p.h. limit up Chideock Hill to the West as far as Muddyford Lane.  However, there was a mistake in this letter inferring that the 30 mph speed limit would start at Ruins Lane and this was open to misinterpretation so for clarity

    The eastern end of the 30 mph limit HAS NOT CHANGED. The letter from Highways England is wrong but this was not picked up until after it had been sent.

    Should you not have received a letter a copy can be seen on the Chideock Parish Council website.

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