Belfast Telegraph

Village 'amusing' name set in stone

The people of Shitterton got so fed-up with pranksters stealing their hamlet sign that they clubbed together and bought a stone version set in concrete.

Residents in the village near Bere Regis, Dorset, held a "whip-round" and paid £20 each in the hope that the one-and-a-half-tonne Purbeck stone sign will be more difficult to steal.

Volunteers then arranged a truck and crane to cement it in place last month, costing a total of £680.

Ian Ventham, a retired RNLI director, said: "We have lived here 20 years and every two or three years somebody comes along and nicks our sign because, clearly, Shitterton is amusing.

"The last one went three years ago and we have been without a sign for three years.

"Purbeck District Council, not being over-endowed with money at the moment, would merely have replaced it with yet another sign that would have been stolen so we have got together as residents for a whip-round and bought this wonderful piece of Purbeck stone which, at a tonne-and-a-half, is going to be slightly more difficult to take away."

The 62-year-old, who is chair of Bere Regis parish council, said it was his wife's idea and added: "I think we have made our contribution to David Cameron's 'Big Society' now."

Shitterton is recorded in Norman French in the Domesday Book as Scatera or Scetra which, translated, means a little town that is on the stream of a midden or sewer.

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