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.
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- CHIDEOCK NEWS – AUGUST 2021
- ALAN BARR. R.I.P.
BARR Alan Died peacefully at The Check House Nursing Home, Seaton on Wednesday 23rd June 2021, aged 91 years. Formally a long standing resident of Cannons Mead, Chideock who will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Alan and his late wife Day Barr had many friends in our village. Alan was an Architect by profession. Alan & Day had a daughter Lisa and a grandson Danny. Funeral Service to be held privately. Family flowers only please. All enquiries c/o A. G. Down Funeral Directors, 66 South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NN. Tel. 01308 422643Continue reading →
- THE CHIDEOCK CAFE IS BACK IN JULY
- CHIDEOCK NEWS – JULY 2021
- WI CREAM TEA THURS 19TH AUGUST
- MORE MEMORIES OF TONY FULLER
Richard and Diane, in remembering Tony, have already mentioned his prolific writing. As they say, he wrote fascinating memoirs of his life, including as an evacuee to Dorset during WW2, but his first love was always writing poetry. He said that he found it the best way to express his feelings. And of course he continued to write his poetry until almost the very end of his long life. Chideock residents may not know that Tony was also in the last few years an active member of the wider Bridport writing community. He frequently attended our open mic evenings, Apothecary, at the Beach and Barnicott, and was both a good performer of his own work and an avid listener of everyone else’s. We – his writing friends – will all miss him.
Frances ColvilleContinue reading →
- CONGRATULATIONS TO JAMIE AND AMY AT THE GEORGE
Congratulations to Jamie and Amy at The George Inn in Chideock for being chosen as the winner of the Special Award for Outstanding Service of the local Lockdown Hero Awards 2021.
AWARD: SPECIAL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE
WINNER: GEORGE INN, CHIDEOCK (https://georgeinnchideock.co.uk)
The George is a traditional village pub run by Jamie Smith and Amy Day. From the first lockdown in March 2020 Jamie and Amy have done all they can to support the village. Not only delivering hot meals but also delivering milk, groceries and newspapers to the vulnerable and elderly in the village. They have continued to do so despite the pub being closed and becoming new parents to a baby boy.
VERY WELL DESERVEDContinue reading →
- ST.GILES CHURCH NEEDS YOUR HELP
Dear Chideock Villagers
Do you like having a church in the village? Do you enjoy knowing the fascinating history of St Giles Church and thinking of all the stories those ancient stones could tell? How good it is to know we have such a wonderful venue for our Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals.
But have you any idea of the day to day running costs of our Grade 1 listed building?
There’s the insurance which is nearly £3,000 per year
The utilities bill which comes to about £2,000 per year
The cost of having the grass cut in the Cemetery £650.00 per year
The cost of having the grass cut in the Churchyard about £450.00
Then there are the repairs to the fabric of the church. The five yearly architect’s inspection report on the building dictates the obligatory repairs, like replacing broken tiles, repairing the mullion windows and securing the grotesques on the bell tower and clearing gutters and repainting rain water goods to name just a few.
All this has to be paid for by our congregation. This does not include the money we have to pay the Salisbury Diocese to pay for our clergy.
During the time of Covid we have been unable to hold our popular quiz nights or other fund raising events. This has left us short of funds. If you would like to help us to preserve this beautiful church, please consider giving a contribution by
1) Opening a Standing Order or fixed Direct debit. PCC of Chideock Sort code 30 91 21
Account No: 00167630
2) by BACs to PCC of Chideock Bank TSB Sort code 30 91 21 Acc no 00167630 with your name as reference
3) by cheque made out to PCC of Chideock and sent to Mrs V Hunt, Longwood, Chideock Hill, Chideock Bridport DT6 6JW.
If you would like your cheque to go towards a specific cause eg grass cutting in the church yard, please put a note in with your cheque.
Please ask Val Hunt or any of the PCC if you would like a Gift Aid form to fill out so that we can claim tax back.
The Parochial Church Council of St Giles thank you in anticipation of your generosity.Continue reading →
- Thanksgiving Service for both Tony & Pam Fuller.
On Wednesday 16th June at 12 noon there will be a Thanksgiving and Memorial Service for both Tony and Pam Fuller in St Giles Church, followed by a Committal Service for Tony at Yeovil Crematorium. Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions, attendance to both is restricted in numbers and is by invitation only. However, anyone who would like to can join a live streaming of the church service via this link:
The password is Giles
Of course if anyone would like to stand on the pavements outside of the church to show their respects this would be appreciated.
- In Memory of Tony Fuller 1933-2021
Tony Fuller 1933-2021
Percival Anthony Fuller, better known as Tony. A man I knew of through our wives rather than knew but discovered that strangely we had places and people in our past that linked us. Tony was born to poor parents at The Middlesex Hospital, a place I was to know well in later life. Tony’s early years were very hard until he was evacuated to Swyre during the Second World War where life here was a revelation and he flourished. He was later to return to Swyre, a place which was always special to him for the rest of his life. Tony had, had hard start in life with many ups and downs until he met and married Pam. Not everything was rosy, but they had many good, fun years together.
Pam & Tony moved to Chideock in 2002. It was sometime after this that we met up at Chideock village hall at one of the many lunches or such like. We got talking like old men do, he happened to mention the Bristol Unicorn’s a youth marching band, my mistake was to reply “Oh! I know of them. My son was in a marching band which competed against them and won on one occasion.” Then the conversation started when, where and how? It transpired that we both attended many band competitions during in the 1980’s, either supporting each other’s band or me in an official capacity policing the event. Feelings could run high with up to a thousand young and high spirted band’s people with their supporters. Pam was always at the competitions with her majorettes giving support and encouragement to the Band. While in Bristol Tony set-up A One Hundred Club and raised many thousands of pounds for the Bristol Unicorn Band.
It is Tony that we have to thank, for setting up the Chideock One Hundred Club in 2012 which is still running today, and the funds raised support local projects.
Tony like to write; he wrote and published the story of his life, but dear to his heart was writing poetry. I am sure many of us have a book of his poems on a shelf somewhere and the recent one he wrote for the Chideock WI’s 100th anniversary has gone Dorset-wide, if not further.
In May 2010 Tony started his campaign to try and make safety changes to the A35 after many promises by local councillors and our then MP. The campaign was halted in August of that year and as we all well know the only thing that has changed on the A35 since then is the increase in the volume of traffic, but it is surprising how many people visiting still ask if this is the village where a man brought traffic to a halt for miles!
Both Pam & Tony were very active in Chideock. Pam was an active member of the Theatre Club, served on the Village Hall Committee, assisted with the fortnightly Bingo and was on the WI Committee, as well as a reliable pair of hands as a member of the Friends of St Giles Church, willing to help wherever she could. Tony was a willing door keeper at Village Hall or the Friends of St Giles events and running raffles. If ever there was an opportunity to raise money for a good cause Tony would be there to put his shoulder to the wheel. Both Pam and Tony were great supporters of the Chideock Society and regular church goers; wherever Pam was, Tony would not be far behind supporting and vice versa. It was a sad night in early 2020 when I drove Pam and Tony to the Hospice in Dorchester where Pam sadly lost her fight with cancer. Tony was not in good health himself but after this the light went out of Tony’s life. May they both rest in peace.
Diane & Richard.
On behalf of the Family.
We would like to thank everyone for welcoming them both into the village and for all the love and support they provided to both Mum and Tony in their later years.
As we’re so far away it has been a source of comfort to know they both had such caring friends looking out for them….
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts…
Nicola, Mark and partners Mick and Donna.Continue reading →