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.
- further revision to the X51 and X53, commencing this Sunday 9th August. TO 5TH sEPTEMBERContinue reading →
Weymouth – Bridport – Axminster X53 via Portesham – Chideock – Charmouth – Lyme Regis
Dorchester – Bridport – Axminster X51 via Poundbury – Chideock – Charmouth – Lyme Regis
Monday to Friday from 9 August 2020
Service Number X53 X51 X53 X51 X53 X51 X53 X51 X53 X51 X53 X51 X53 X51
Weymouth King’s Statue 0530 …. 0707 …. 0846 …. 1046 …. 1246 …. 1446 …. 1708 ….
Fiveways 0534 …. 0711 …. 0856 …. 1056 …. 1256 …. 1456 …. 1712 ….
Chickerell Meadow Close 0538 …. 0715 …. 0902 …. 1102 …. 1302 …. 1502 …. 1716 ….
Portesham Kings Arms 0544 …. 0721 …. 0910 …. 1110 …. 1310 …. 1510 …. 1722 ….
Abbotsbury Ilchester Arms 0549 …. 0726 …. 0916 …. 1116 …. 1316 …. 1516 …. 1727 ….
Three Horseshoes 0601 …. 0738 …. 0929 …. 1129 …. 1329 …. 1529 …. 1739 ….
West Bay George Hotel 0605 …. 0742 …. 0936 …. 1136 …. 1336 …. 1536 …. 1743 ….
Dorchester South Station …. …. …. 0806 …. 1006 …. 1206 …. 1406 …. 1606 …. 1745
Dorchester Trinity Street …. …. …. 0810 …. 1010 …. 1210 …. 1410 …. 1610 …. 1749
Dorset County Hospital …. …. …. 0815 …. 1015 …. 1215 …. 1415 …. 1615 …. 1753
Poundbury Queen Mother Square …. …. …. 0820 …. 1020 …. 1220 …. 1420 …. 1620 …. 1757
Winterbourne Valley School …. …. …. 0828 …. 1028 …. 1228 …. 1428 …. 1628 …. 1804
Lee Lane …. …. …. 0841 …. 1041 …. 1241 …. 1441 …. 1641 …. 1818
Bridport West Street 0613 0650 0750 0846 0946 1046 1146 1246 1346 1446 1546 1646 1751 1822
Bridport Bus Station 0616 0653 0753 0849 0949 1049 1149 1249 1349 1449 1549 1649 1754 1825
Bridport Bus Station 0619 0656 0756 0851 0951 1051 1151 1251 1351 1451 1551 1651 1757 ….
Chideock Bridge 0626 0703 0803 0859 0959 1059 1159 1259 1359 1459 1559 1659 1804 ….
Morcombelake Ship Knapp 0631 0708 0808 0904 1004 1104 1204 1304 1404 1504 1604 1704 1809 ….
Charmouth Church 0637 0714 0814 0911 1011 1111 1211 1311 1411 1511 1611 1711 1815 ….
Lyme Regis Square 0646 0723 0823 0921 1021 1121 1221 1321 1421 1521 1621 1721 1824 ….
Woodroffe School …. 0728 0828 0927 1027 1127 1227 1327 1427 1527 1627 1727 1829 ….
Hunters Lodge Inn …. 0736 0836 0935 1035 1135 1235 1335 1435 1535 1635 1735 …. ….
Axminster Railway Station …. 0745 0845 0945 1045 1145 1245 1345 1445 1545 1645 1745 …. ….The basic pattern of the service is unchanged, but extra time has been allowed for journeys between Weymouth/ Dorchester and Bridport, which means that buses leave Weymouth and Dorchester earlier. I must also highlight the X53 18.17 [Sat+Sun] Bridport CS – Weymouth. Whilst this is shown as a connection out of the X51 17.25 [Sat+Sun] Axminster – Dorchester, it is not a guaranteed connection! The X53 will wait up to 5 minutes for the X51, but not any longer. We have asked First Wessex to guarantee the connection, but – so far – this has been refused. Of course, passengers on the X51 travelling to Weymouth itself may travel to Dorchester and transfer to a no. 10 service.
- RESUMPTION OF PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGSContinue reading →
EXTRAORDINARY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
An Extraordinary Parish Council Meeting will be held at 10 am on
Tuesday 25 August at Clapps Mead Playing Field if weather permits,
otherwise at the Village Hall at 10 am on Monday 31 August.
The following business will be conducted: –
- Approval of the 2019 – 2020 Annual Governance and
Accountability Report, which must be signed in person before
- Retrospective formal approval of
▪ The Emergency Delegation of Parish Council Functions
▪ Invoices paid in March, April, May, June, and July
- Approval of invoices payable in August.
Members of the public are welcome to attend. The formal agenda
will be published on or before 20 August.
Social distancing will be required
Resumption of Parish Council Meetings.
In-person Parish Council Meetings at Chideock Village Hall will
resume with the first meeting at 10 am on Tuesday 29 September,
subject to government guidelines.
The Parish Council will follow the COVID-19 instructions issued by
the Village Hall Management Committee.
- Hirers will be required to do a risk assessment for their own activities.
- Hirers will be required to sign up to the supplementary T&Cs for Covid-19 bookings.
iii. Based on this assessment, a cleaning schedule to be undertaken by each hirer will be
agreed with Hall Management.
- Hirers will be required to clean equipment and used surfaces before and after their
session. We will supply cleaning materials.
- The hall will be closed to everyone for a minimum of one hour between hire periods.
- The maximum number of people allowed in the hall is 30.
vii. Only the main hall and the accessible toilet will be available in the initial restart (i.e.
kitchen, gents & lady’s toilets, stage, and dressing room area will be out of bounds).
viii. A visitor log will need to be completed by the hirer to aid NHS test and trace. The
completed form should be left with hall management who will retain it for 21 days
after which time it will be shredded.
Ms. Sal Robinson
- CLOSURE OF VENN FARM LANE 2ND AUGUSTContinue reading →
- Roadworks on Chideock Hill.Continue reading →
Road Works on Chideock Hill.
You may have noticed, as you come down Chideock Hill, that a road sign is leaning over rather dramatically – this is because the land is slipping away from the road. This movement has been monitored by Connect Balfour-Beatty for some time, on behalf of Highways England.
The lane closure on Chideock Hill is in place ready for access for repairs to this land slip, which are planned to start imminently.
Connect-Balfour-Beatty has provided the following information to the Parish Council: –
Though the actual works will not be on the carriageway, due to the nature of the works being carried out there will be a need for a large number of vehicular movements in and out of the site during construction. The access to the work site was assessed and it was agreed that this was the safest way in which to carry out the works for road users and work force alike.
The timing of these works is not perfect – the original intention that they would be carried out during Spring 2020. Due to COVID-19 this was not possible. Consideration was given to postponing the works till the Autumn / Winter but due to likely weather conditions this was ruled out. Further assessment of the slip was carried out and it was decided that the works could not wait a further year without the risk of further damage being caused.
Chideock Parish Council, 27 July 2020
- ST GILES CHURCH NOW OPEN EVERY WEDNESDAYContinue reading →
St Giles church will be open every Wednesday from 10am to 4pm for private prayer.
Soon, some occasional Sunday services will start and please check here again for updates.
- CLAPPS MEAD CHILDRENS PLAY AREA WILL RE-OPEN ON SATURDAY 4TH JULY. PLEASE FOLLOW GUIDANCE!Continue reading →
CHIDEOCK PARISH COUNCIL
WHEN USING THE PLAY AREA PLEASE FOLLOW THE GOVERNMENT COVID-19 GUIDELINES INCLUDING
• BRINGING YOUR OWN SANITISER
• APPLYING SANITISER BEFORE ANDAFTER USING ANY EQUIPMENT
• COMPLYING WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING
• WASHING HANDS WHEN YOU GETHOME
SIGNS WILL BE IN PLACE. STAY ALERT – CONTROL THE VIRUS – SAVE LIVES
- A MESSAGE FROM BRIDPORT MUSEUMContinue reading →
Do you have a Museum Object for the Future?
Bridport Museum Trust is working with Bridport Lockdown to capture a selection of Covid-19 objects to add to its collection as a record of these times.
Over the next few weeks they will be asking people to submit photographs of objects relating to different themes. The photographs themselves will become part of the Bridport Lockdown digital archives. Members of the community will then be asked to select their favourite objects themselves to be archived by the Museum.
Eddy Pearce, who set up the Bridport Lockdown project, said ‘This week, local people have already sent in photographs of their most creative NHS rainbows following a request from the Museum, and we’ve had some lovely submissions. Although our project is based around photos we are asking everyone to include in a few words to tell the story behind them. It adds so much to the overall picture when people share their thoughts on what the period of lockdown has meant to them and those around them, or what inspired the artwork and what it means to show support for the people who have worked so hard to keep our world turning and safe.’
Museum Director Emily Hicks said: ‘we are living right through ‘history’. It’s the Museum’s job to capture this ‘history’- but we want the local community to help decide what we keep. We can’t keep everything- we’d run out of space in our stores- but we do want to capture the essence and the heart of Bridport’s response for generations to come. We’ve got some initial ideas for different themes, but we’d love to know if you can think of more- we want to capture objects that really tell the unique story of our town’
To get involved, keep an eye on both Bridport Museum’s (www.bridportmuseum.co.uk) and Bridport Lockdown’s websites (https://www.bridportlockdown.org/sendphotos), or their Instagram and Facebook accounts. @bridportlockdown @bridportmuseum
Emily Hicks- Director
Bridport Museum Trust
Thank you for getting in touch. Due to the most recent Government advice on Covid-19, all of our sites are now closed until further notice.
Please refer to our website for further information www.bridportmuseum.co.uk. Staff are still working hard behind the scenes, and will respond as soon as we can.
- PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITIONContinue reading →
- JUNE 2020 – CHIDEOCK NEWSContinue reading →
Here’s the July/August 2020 Chideock News.
- THE HAIR HAS GONE!Continue reading →
Well done, Lily Bailey, on raising well over target for HOPE Not Hate
Here’s a ‘before’ and ‘after’
- CHANGES TO BUS TIMETABLE FROM 8/6/2020Continue reading →
- WHY IS A CHIDEOCK TEENAGER SHAVING HER HEAD?Continue reading →
Being a teenager in Chideock can lead to alienation if you let it. It took me until I was 16 to realise that there was a whole community I had never attempted to reach out to. I wanted to change this, so I joined the choir at the end of last year and sang in the Christmas carol service. There, I met several people who I’d lived alongside for my whole life but had never spoken to. We’d shopped at the same little shop by the traffic lights, walked the same coastal path to Golden Cap, caught the same bus to Bridport, yet we’d never so much as shared a glance. My eyes were opened to the amazing determination and generosity demonstrated by the members (and organisers) of that choir who gave up their time to give back a little to their village. What I’m trying to say here is that sometimes you overlook things.
I was always aware that racism was a thing. I always knew that it was an issue, but until the news of George Floyd’s death reached England, I began to acknowledge how much I’d overlooked the prevalence of this fact. Slowly, I attempted to educate myself. And slowly, I realised that it was never enough to just be not racist – you have to be continuously and deliberately against racism, otherwise you choose the side of the oppressor.
I started thinking about what I could do. I wanted to protest. That was the most active thing I could think of. But there’s a global pandemic (which I’d almost completely forgotten about) and I’m clinically vulnerable, so is my mother.
I’d donated to organisations in America which were fuelling the Black Lives Matter movement, but I have little money as I’m not working my usual Saturday job so it felt ineffective. I’d signed petitions, watched Netflix shows, read poetry, listened to people’s stories, but I wanted to give back.
It’s been a decade since I changed my hairstyle. That being said, the bob I had when I was 7 was a terrible idea, but it’s still been ten years so I think I’m more than ready for a change, especially since it’s well past shoulder length. America is certainly ready for a change. I thought that maybe, in propelling a personal change that I have longed for, I could help give back a bit to propel a change that needs to happen all over the world.
On the 9th of June, I’m going to shave my head. I wanted to do something permanent, so that for months, and hopefully even years to come, I will be reminded of the injustice and my privilege every time I look in the mirror. I’ve started a GoFundMe to raise money for a charity called HOPE Not Hate, which actively campaigns against extremist racist organisations, such as the EDL. If you can, please donate. I’m not getting anything from this, as all the money goes straight to HNH, I just want to be a part of a cause which I wholeheartedly believe in. It’s important for us to realise that there are still things we can do, even though it feels like we’re far away from all the violence. I promise you it’s closer than you think.
If you’d like to give a donation to Lily’s charity you can do so here: HOPE Not Hate