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.
- CASUAL VACANCY FOR CHIDEOCK PARISH COUNCIL Continue reading →
NOTICE OF VACANCY
IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR
PARISH OF CHIDEOCK
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
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
- CHIDEOCK COMMUNITY CAFE – Friday 15th November in the village hall Continue reading →
FRIDAY 15th November 2019 From 2pm
Come along with friends or meet some new ones.
Everyone is welcome
Tea/Coffee & Cakes/biscuits available
We look forward to seeing you!!
- Film night for November features ‘SWIMMING WITH MEN’ Tuesday 26th November Continue reading →
CHIDEOCK HALL EVENT
TUESDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2019 – 7PM FOR 7.30PM
A man suffering from a mid-life crisis finds new meaning in his life after joining an all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronised swimming team.
£7.00 Non Members … £5.00 Members … Membership £2
Tea/Coffee & Popcorn. Choc Ices on sale during the interval.
Wine now on sale!!! Bring your own Beer, Nibbles, Blankets !! Relax and Enjoy….
- GREAT TURN OUT FOR LAST QUIZ OF THE YEAR! Continue reading →
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.
- WI CHRISTMAS FAYRE Continue reading →
- CHIDEOCK NEWS – NOVEMBER 2018 Continue reading →
Here’s the November 2019 Chideock News.
- THE FUTURE OF THE CHIDEOCK SOCIETY Continue reading →
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 – chideockhistory.org. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or talk to any Committee Member.
- CHIDEOCK ART GROUP WORKSHOP – MONDAY, 2ND DECEMBER Continue reading →
- CHIDEOCK ART GROUP NEW PROGRAM Continue reading →
Monday Dec 2nd – Art Day with Richard Turner and watercolour and pastel £25 per person.
Monday Dec 9th – Christmas Lunch – venue to be decided.
- A35 CHIDEOCK SPEED REDUCTION TRIAL Continue reading →
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.
- CLAPPS MEAD PLAYING FIELD AND PLAY AREA Continue reading →
A Very Big Thank You to all who helped at Clapp’s Mead Playing Field.
A considerable amount of maintenance and refurbishment has taken place in the
Children’s Play Area with the painting of the picket fence, refurbishment of the two
seats and general painting and decoration of the See Saw, Slide/House, Cross Bars and
the Baby Swing. Many thanks must go to Shay Divine for his work on the two seats,
Lyn Crisp, Teresa Mudford and Lee Martin for the work on the Play Equipment and
Lyn Crisp, Teresa Mudford, George Dunn and Mick Kelson for the fence painting.
Also, to Alex Daniel who popped along to help as well. Thanks also to Shay Divine
who made such a magnificent job of the Grafton Commemorative stone – the
inscription can be read very clearly for the first time in many years. A reminder –
Clapp’s Mead Playing Field was granted to the Parish Council in 1938 by the Grafton
family to be held on behalf of the village for recreation in perpetuity – it is YOUR playing field.
- CHIDEOCK’S FIRST BLUE PLAQUE – CHRISSIE SQUIRE ‘THE CHIDEOCK EGG LADY’ Continue reading →
Chideock’s First Blue Plaque
Blue plaques are a nationwide symbol designed to commemorate outstanding achievements by an individual and we are delighted that Chideock now has its first blue plaque, installed to acknowledge the remarkable life of our Chideock Egg Lady, Chrissie Squire.
Chrissie Squire lived in Chideock all her life (1894 – 1976) and was a well-known and popular figure in the village. In the midst of the horrors of WW1 she found a way – by contributing fresh eggs to the National Egg Collection for wounded soldiers in France and by decorating those eggs with little paintings and messages as well as her name and address – not only to provide vital nourishment for those soldiers, but also to connect with them in a very real way and offer friendship, kindness and support. Many of the soldiers who received her decorated eggs wrote back to her, and the collection of letters shows just how much she touched their lives. More information about Chrissie’s remarkable story can be found on this website, or by contacting Chideock resident Frances Colville.
This story has been researched and written about by Frances, and has resonated with all the villagers who have heard it. In recognition of this, the Chideock Society decided to organise the installation of the blue plaque on Hollow Cottage in North Road where Chrissie spent much of her life. Many villagers contributed generously to the funding of this project and Howard and Deirdre Coates kindly gave permission for the plaque to be installed on the wall of Hollow Cottage.
On Monday 15 July, representatives of various Chideock groups, as well as the Chideock museum and the Bridport Museum, one of Chrissie Squire’s descendants and Frances met in the beautiful garden at Hollow Cottage for the unveiling of the plaque. There were speeches, tea and cake, and the chance to hear readings from some of the letters sent to the Egg Lady from soldiers who received her decorated eggs.
The Chideock Egg Lady plaque on the side of Hollow Cottage can be viewed from North Road and is well worth going to see.
Frances Colville 17/7/19