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Around the Village

There’s plenty to do around the village, from clubs and groups, regular and one-off events to Keep Fit and Pilates classes and scheduled walks.  Whatever your interest, you are almost certain to find activities or groups to suit.  We have a fine Village Hall, a well-stocked village shop (The Old Chapel Stores), Primary School, Pre-school and Toddler group and an historic parish church.  The Gaggle of Geese pub has now re-opened after refurbishment - check here for details. Use the buttons below to find out about other activities and facilities in and around the village:

General Information

Below is a list of regular events and events taking place over the next few weeks.  If you want your local event publicised here, please e-mail Webmaster

The Gaggle has re-opened!

Great News!   Simon and Sarah have re-opened The Gaggle of Geese after

refurbishment.  At last the village has its pub back…  The Gaggle is open from 11.30 am

every day except Monday.  On Sundays closing time is 8.00 pm.  If you have any

queries the email is  hartandhops@gmail.com

The Gaggle of Geese has its own Facebook page at

https://www.facebook.com/gaggleofgeesepub/ and there is an article about Sarah and

Simon in April’s Lydden Vale News.

The Parish Council page has moved….

The Buckland Newton Parish Council page has moved to a separate website at

www.bucklandnewtonparishcouncil.org.uk  as part of the new General Data Protection

Regulations (GDPR) which come into force in May 2018.  All the links to the current

Parish Council page will still work normally; you will just be automatically redirected to

the new website.  This will open alongside this website and you can move freely from

one to the other. 


The village has its own defibrillator, housed in an unlocked cupboard on an

outside wall of the Village Hall by the kitchen door, under the veranda.  In an

emergency, ring 999, then click here for list of runners who will bring the

defibrillator to you.

Royal British Legion

The Buckland Newton area is part of the district covered by the Cerne Abbas & District

RBL.  The Branch Committee would like to hear from members who may not be

registered with the branch and therefore not included on its e-mail distribution list. 

Should you wish to contact the branch for this or any other reason please e-mail to:


Youth Club Committee Members needed!

Some additional help to run the Buckland Newton Youth Club is needed.  Could you

help?  Please see the Youth Club page.

Attention “Dog Walkers” who use the footpath through Lydden


Please remember these grounds are private and should be treated as you would your


Make sure you stick to the public footpath which runs along the gravel drive through the

entrance, behind the houses and past the meadow to the field gate.  Most importantly,

please keep your dogs on a lead throughout the grounds and if they get caught short,

make sure you pick up any foul material and take it home for disposal.  The

overwhelming accumulation of dog dirt from dogs being walked through the grounds is

not just highly unpleasant for the residents, but a real health hazard to the several

young children who live in Lydden Meadow and love to play in the grounds…… even in

winter!  The bridge across the river is a private, not a public footpath. Although access

to all villagers was freely given in the past, from henceforth the gate will be locked to

reduce dog fouling.

Neighbourhood Alerts Click for the latest Neighbourhood Alerts 

The Fish and Chip Van

The Fish and Chip van visits Buckland Newton, usually on the last Tuesday of the

month.  We will be at the old bus shelter opposite Buckland Newton School from 5.00

pm with last orders at 7.00 pm.  If you want to read about the van and see the menu go

to www.mobilefishnchipsdorset.co.uk

Friday 11th May, 1.00 pm, last orders 1.45 pm, Village Hall car park

Tuesday 29th May - normal times

Just a thought - if you have a neighbour who might enjoy a meal from the van, but who

would find it difficult to get there and back, with their food still hot and crispy, perhaps

you could offer a home delivery service.  I hope you enjoy the van’s visits and to see

you there. 

Recycling and Refuse Collection and Calendar

To find out which day is your recycling or rubbish collection day, go to

www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/recycling-and-rubbish-collections and enter your postcode,

select your address, 'return to content', then 'view all data from My Local'.  Then click to

view your next collection day.


Now is the beginning of the season; allotments are available from £20, it is not just

about growing vegetables - people can grow fruit trees, soft fruit, flower arranging

flowers or wild flowers. We are a friendly bunch of people, and even if your crops don't

grow you are bound to find some companionship!  There are several plots available

which have been under cultivation for several years. The ground is nice to dig and well

manured. If anyone would like to take a plot 8 x 8 or 8 x 16 sq. metres, please contact

John Simpson 01300 345401.

Piddlehinton Gym

Piddlehinton Gym is located on the Enterprise Park in Piddlehinton. The Gym was

constructed for the American Army back in the 1930s and contains a large indoor space

with 2 full size Badminton courts. Besides a large car park one of the key distinguishing

features is a sprung wooden floor making it excellent for sports. A 99-year lease was

secured back in 2007 by the charity that runs the Gym and it is currently used for

Badminton, Junior Tennis, Archery and Motorcycle training (Saturday in car park) as

well as Drama storage. In the past, a bowling club (long mat bowls) as well as a

Zumba/exercise club have also used the facilities. The Badminton clubs in particular

have space for new members. Contacts and times of the clubs are: Gill Hadley 01300

348081 (Monday from 10.00 am), Alan Wiseman 01258 817512 (Monday from 7.30

pm), Pauline Adams 01300 345459 (Tuesday from 8.00 pm). The radio-control car club

also welcomes new members; contact is Al Mailer 07787 380541.

The charity that runs the club aims to provide the facilities at a reasonable cost, whilst

increasing the diversity of sports; Hiring costs for the hall and facilities are currently £17

for 2 hours regular bookings. Our goal is to improve utilisation, increasing investment to

refurbish and improve the facilities, hence benefiting all users.

For more information phone Paul Hayes, Chairman on 07930337459 Get inspired, get


Lydden Vale News

The local printed Newsletter, the Lydden Vale News, is delivered free to every

household in the village.  There is an online version; current (May 2018) issue now

available, click on Lydden Vale News.  There is also a rolling 12-month archive, so that

you can refer back to earlier issues; click on the month to access:

June 2017 July 2017 August 2017 September 2017 October 2017 November 2017  December 2017 January 2018 February 2018 March 2018 April 2018 May 2018

Weather Forecast

The nearest Met Office Weather Forecast location is Minterne Gardens.  (The

observation station for this forecast is RNAS Yeovilton); click for a 7-day weather


Superfast Fibre Broadband

Following further work by the Superfast Dorset project, faster broadband is now

available to more residents in Buckland Newton, including Henley.  You will need to

contact your broadband supplier (ISP) to change over to fibre; this is not automatic and

will usually cost more than a non-fibre connection.  Please note however that those

houses served by Cabinet 2 (by the church) still cannot get fibre and there do not

appear to be any plans by Superfast Dorset or BT Openreach to change this situation. 

You can now register to be advised if and when fibre broadband is available for your

address.  Go to https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/broadband/registration

Old Chapel Stores

Sue, Pete and their family welcome you to their village shop.  Opening Hours:  Monday

to Saturday 7.00 am to 6.00 pm, Sunday 8.00 am to 12.00 noon.  Facebook page at


The Buckland Gallery, at the Old Chapel Stores.  A new venture providing an eclectic

mix of crafts and art designed and made by local artisans including Crafts by Hare

Styles, Peter Thomas (woodturning and stick making) and Gyllawood Pens, Art by

Carole Barnett.  Wednesday to Saturday, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.  Tel 07870 642443.


Outreach Post Office

The outreach Post Office is open in the Village Hall on Mondays, Tuesdays and

Fridays from 9.00 am to 12.00 noon. 

Flood Warden

The village Flood Warden is Doug Morse (01300 345707) or e-mail

floodwarden@sky.com    In case of flooding, the village now has a supply of sandbags.

If you are unlucky enough to require use of these at some time in the future please

contact Doug Morse on 01300 345707 to find out how to obtain sandbags.

Travel Information

See under Parish Council

Village Hall

Postcode DT2 7BZ.  The Village Hall is located on the B3143 approximately 150 yards

south (towards Dorchester) of the recreation ground / primary school crossroads, and

300 yards north (towards Pulham and Sturminster Newton) of the Old Chapel Stores.

Tennis court - Glanvilles Wootton

Glanvilles Wootton Tennis Court is open to all who live in the Lydden Vale every day of

the week at any time except when there is occasional Saturday morning tennis

coaching.  Bookings can be made at the court.  Playing fees are as follows: Children up

to 14 years old £1 for the court per hour; Young people 15 to 19 £1 per person per hour;

Adults £1.50 per person per hour; or Annual Membership £40 per year, accompanied

guests free.  Children’s Tennis Coaching takes place every other Saturday in early

summer for 7 to 18 year olds. Please contact Michael Anderson on 01300 345375 for

details.  Any other queries please contact Sarah Wade on 01963 210607.


Regular Events

Buckland Newton Pre-School.  This operates 8.45 am to 3.15 pm, Monday to Friday

in term time.  Breakfast Club available from  8.00 am.  All at Buckland Newton School

during term time.  It caters for children aged from 2 years, if space available.  If you use

your Early Years Funding Vouchers, there is no additional cost.  Non-funded hours are

charged at £4.25 per hour.  For any further information, please contact Emma in the

school office on 01300 345393 during school hours or e-mail the School Office. 

Little Goslings.  Bumps, Babies and Toddlers, every Wednesday 9.30 am - 11.30 am,

Buckland Newton Village Hall.  £2.00 per session; drop in for coffee and a chat.

Lydden Ladies / The Village People  If you thought we were all ‘Twinset and Pearls’,

making cakes and jam whilst knitting and drinking tea, then think again!  We are all

about friendship, fun, fabulous food (and drink) and lots of laughter.  In 2018 we have a

packed itinerary of events and activities including an update on the hugely successful

and enjoyable ‘Taste of Nepal’ fundraising evening, a pub night/skittles at ‘The Gaggle

of Geese’, BBQ, Mexican Train evening, visit to Brownsea Island, Octagon Theatre visit

and the ‘occasional’ pub meal to name a few.

As quite a few of these events and activities include partners, husbands, friends, family

and residents of Buckland Newton and the surrounding villages, we have decided to

advertise these under a new name: “The Village People”.   If you would be interested

in joining us for any of the years events or would like more information please contact

Amanda McKenna on 01300 345367 or email amandat62@outlook.com

Lunch Club.  A 2-course meal with tea/coffee on the second Friday of each month, at

Buckland Newton Village Hall or a Pub. Over 90 or 80? Maybe in your seventies? 

Living alone and no longer driving, except to potter around the village?  You have a

disability or long-term health problem, and would love to get out to meet old friends or

make new ones?  If so, we would be delighted to see you.

Village Cafe.  10.30 am to 12.00 noon, every last Friday in the month (except August

and December) in Buckland Newton Village Hall.  A great opportunity to meet people in

the village if you are new to the area or just meet your friends for an hour to catch up

with them.  £1.20 buys you cake and coffee/tea.  Please let me know if you would like to

volunteer taking a turn either ‘hosting’ on the morning or baking a cake for it. I will be

very pleased to hear from you.  More details from Fizz Lewis 345521.

Church Services.  Please see ‘Dates for your Diary’ below or the church services


Keep Fit Association 'Youth Moves'.   Pulham Village Hall 5.00 pm - 6.00 pm; ages

11 and over.  Contact Sarah Mitchell on 01258 81728

Yoga.  Buckland Newton Village Hall.  Mondays (term time only), 2.00 pm - over 60’s;

5.45 pm - mixed ability; 7.30 pm - mixed ability.  Contact Suzanne Stringer (British

Wheel of Yoga trained, with over 20 years’ experience) 01935 873594.

Pilates.  Buckland Newton Village Hall. I now teach Pilates 9.30 am and 10.30 am on a

Thursday, term time only. Discount for block bookings.  E-mail info@4everpilates.co.uk 

or call 07807 090 013.

Art Class.  Expert watercolour tuition on Wednesday afternoons from 1.30-4.00pm in

the Village Hall during term time, this is a very friendly, relaxed and popular class for all

levels.  Please ring 01305 871178 for more details.

Dates for your Diary

The Gaggle of Geese has re-opened after refurbishment.  Simon and Sarah have re-opened The Gaggle of Geese and at last the village has its pub back…  The Gaggle is open from 11.30 am daily, except Monday.  On Sundays, closing time is 8.00 pm. Saturday 26th and Sunday 17th May, 12.00 noon to 5.00 pm on both days.  Buckland Newton Flower Festival and Open Gardens. A weekend of celebrating some of the lovely gardens in our Village and our Church which will be beautifully decorated by not only the Holy Rood church flower ladies but also flower teams from surrounding parishes.  The event is from 12.00 noon to 5.00 pm on both days with refreshments served in Holy Rood Church.  There will be Organ recitals on both days, the Church bells will be ringing out across the village and with ice creams too, it promises to be two most enjoyable afternoons.    Picket Lane Nurseries will be there to tempt you with a selection of plants and hanging baskets from Kate Parrish will also be on sale.  Add to that the Scarecrow Competition (see below) and we hope to raise as much as we can for Marie Curie Nurses and the Church Flower fund.  Entry is £5.00 to cover all gardens and the Church.  Tickets and free car parking at the Gaggle of Geese pub. Scarecrow Competition    Fancy a go at creating a scarecrow?  During the Open Gardens and Flower Festival on the weekend of 26th and 27th May there will be a Scarecrow Competition sponsored by Bailey Ridge Plants of Leigh.  Anyone can have a go, so make yours as scary or as friendly as you like, the more unusual the better and each entry must have a name.   The scarecrows can be in your front garden visible from the road or if you prefer, in the Gaggle of Geese Pub Garden.  They need to be in place by Saturday 19th May for judging.  Judging will take place over that weekend and the winner will be presented with a Bailey Ridge Voucher.  If you want a chance to win, Scarecrow entries must be registered beforehand on 01300 345 119 or at carolgrant.sw@gmail.com Sunday 20th May.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  9.30 am Family Service, suitable for all ages, songs, stories, activities. Time for coffee and biscuits and chat after this service. Sunday 20th May, 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm, Alton Pancras Church.  Alton Pancras Village Fete.  Click on the graphic at left for more information. Friday 25th May, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon, Village Hall  Village Cafe.  It is a public cafe with coffee, tea and homemade cakes. Cost £1.20. It is open to anyone in the village no age or weight restrictions. No one will sell you a raffle ticket or ask you to join anything. It is run by us for us on a rota basis of ‘hosting’ (setting up and making the tea and coffee) and providing the cakes. Usually it is pretty busy and certainly friendly, so do try us out if you haven’t already. Visitors to the village also welcome.  Contact Fizz on 01300 345521. Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May.  A Buckland Newton Flower Festival and Open Gardens event is planned from 12 noon till 5.00 pm with refreshments served in the Church.  It will be in aid of Marie Curie Nurses and Holy Rood Church's Flower Fund.  Provided we raise sufficient funds, Holy Rood Church itself will also benefit.  There will also be a Scarecrow Competition around the village.  A special weekend of celebrating some of the lovely gardens in our Village and our Church which will be beautifully decorated by not only the Holy Rood church flower ladies but also flower teams from surrounding parishes.  There will be Organ recitals on both days, the Church bells will be ringing out across the village and with ice creams too, it promises to be two most enjoyable afternoons.    Picket Lane Nurseries will be there to tempt you with a selection of plants and hanging baskets from Kate Parrish will also be on sale.  Add to that the scarecrow competition (see link above) we hope to raise as much as we can for Marie Curie Nurses and the Church Flower fund.  Car parking is at The Gaggle of Geese Pub, postcode DT2 7BS where entry tickets of £5 can be purchased to cover all the gardens and Holy Rood Church.  Please put the date in your diaries.  The organisers are looking for business sponsors to help cover costs so if anyone is able to help, please contact Carol Grant at carolgrant.sw@gmail.com Sunday 27th May.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Holy Communion (Common Worship, modern language), taken by Jonathon. Tuesday 29th May, 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm (last orders), the old bus shelter (opposite Buckland Newton School).  Fish & Chip van. Wednesday 30th May, 2.00pm for 2.15pm, Liberty Fields Orchards, Closworth Road, Halstocks BA22 9SZ.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club.  Our first outing of the year will see us going just over the border into Somerset to Liberty Fields Orchards where owner Alison Lemmey will take us on a tour of the orchards (fingers crossed for good weather!) before guiding us through a tasting of their apple drinks, aperitifs & vodka.  £8 per person.  Viviane (345111) vivianebernhard@hotmail.co.uk Thursday 31st May.   Lydden Ladies/ The Village People.  Skittles Night at The Gaggle of Geese.  Details to follow. Sunday 3rd June, 4.00 pm, Rew Head Farm.   All family and farm service. A farm service is an important date in the Christian Calendar when traditionally we “bless the seeds and fields.”  Farmers Tim and Emily Jones will host our 2018 Farm Service at Rew Head Farm and we invite you, your friends and happy animals to join us when the children will “plant” a seed and enjoy the service in a special family way. After the service simple refreshments. will be offered.  Please bring a plate - sandwiches or cake or biscuits or anything you wish to share.  This replaces our normal ‘in church’ service for this day. Saturday 9th June, 1.00 pm-4.00 pm, Church Farm, Glanvilles Wootton, DT9 5QE.  Glanvilles Wootton Village Fete.  Flower Festival and Photography Competition in the Church, Gillingham Imperial Silver band, fun dog show, have-a-go dog agility and display.  Barbeque, Pimms Tent and Teas, games for all and lots of stalls. For more information please look on our website https://glanvilleswootton.org/fete/ or contact Annie on 01300 345450 or Georgina on 01963 210857. Tuesday 12th June, 7.30 pm, Parish Room.  Parish Council Meeting, preceded by Democratic Half Hour.  All welcome to attend. Thursday 21st June, 10.00 am to 12.30 pm, Warmwell House, Warmwell.  Barnardo’s Coffee Morning.  Stalls, coffee and homemade biscuits.  Please click on graphic at left for more information. Saturday 23rd June, 7.30 pm until late, Village Hall.  FBNS (Friends of Buckland Newton School) Band Night.  £5.00 per ticket, in advance from schoolfbns@gmail.com  Cheap bar, great music!  Over 18’s only please.  Put the date in your diary - don’t miss it! Saturday 30th June, Lydden Vale Walking Group.  The West Lulworth to Kimmeridge, section of the Hardy Way of about 9 miles will take place on Saturday 30th June 2018, as it is across the firing ranges, and will be a whole day walk, stopping for a packed lunch probably at Tyneham.  E-mails with details will be sent a week or so prior to the walk. Saturday 30th June, 1.00 pm, The Old Rectory Pulham.  Pulham Church Fete.  Barbecue and beer.  All the old favourite stalls including comic dog show.  Live music by EQUINOX. Saturday 14th July, 7.00 pm, Buckland Newton Village Hall.  The Piddle Valley Players are having a ‘Talent Night’ evening as a fundraiser for their next show in February 2019. Members will be performing songs, sketches and comedy … and it is open to the public to join us. If you would like to show off your talent, please contact our director, Holly Royle, on 07775 436075.  Tickets are available NOW from Old Chapel Stores in Buckland Newton … £5.00, including a light buffet, (£3 for performers) Saturday 21st July, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, Leigh Village Hall.  13th Leigh Food Fair & Vintage/Classic Car Display.  A variety of Food Stalls, Barbecued Hamburgers & Sausages, Refreshments, Ice cream, Beer and Cider will all be here! Entertainment includes children’s activities.  It will be opened by Katharine Wright of Dorset Food and Drink.  Adults £2.00, Under-15’s Free.  For full details click here. Bank Holiday Monday August 27th, 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm, Village Recreation Ground.  Buckland Newton Village Fete.
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THE PIDDLE VALLEY PLAYERS PRESENT  SATURDAY 14TH JULY 2018 - 7PM  BUCKLAND NEWTON VILLAGE  HALL  'There's talent in the valley'  Come and enjoy an evening of entertainment,  featuring local band 'BUZZ'  TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM BUCKLAND NEWTON VILLAGE SHOP  Any talent wanting to  perform,  please  contact  Holly on 07775436075 Dorchester Barnardo’s Helper Group  invites you to our   COFFEE MORNING  To be held at WARMWELL HOUSE     WARMWELL, DORCHESTER By kind permission of Mr and Mrs Sam Ross-Skinner  THURSDAY, 21st JUNE 2018     10.00 a.m until 12.30 p.m Dorset Perennials:- “Unusual cottage garden plants”   01963 210643    sales@dorsetperennials.co.uk     Caroline Dawe:- “Designer shirts, gilets, jackets and accessories”caroline.dawe@btinternet.com 01722 741539   07957 881861   Gemma Bluett:- “A range of the finest award winning British fish and meat, gently smoked over oak and peat” www.chesilsmokery.co.uk   gemma@chesilsmokery.com   01308 456306   Marcus Dancer:- “Specialist nursery producing clematis and other climbing plants, shrubs and perennials”   info@clematisplants.co.uk    07709 922730    01425 652747    Harriet Whinney Pearls:- “Cultured and fresh water pearl jewellery” www.harrietwhinney.com    pearls@harriet-whinney.co.uk  01823 480550     Trisha Hayman:- “Botanical and still life painting, prints and cards”  trisha.hayman22@gmail.com    01297 444024  Vivien Graham:-  “Boiled wool garments in vibrant colours” viviengraham@hotmail.co.uk    01202 571778  Joanne Selfe:- “Natural, hand-painted Fair Trade  textiles from Zambia” joanneselfe@hotmail.com   07968 225269    01305 852138    Maiden Candles:- “Beautiful and unique candles made in Dorset”sales@maidendorset.co.uk   01305 458688    Jenny Sibthorpe:- “Contemporary screen printed Textiles and Homeware” hello@jennysibthorpe.com 07825 045260 Admission: £3.00:   to include coffee and homemade biscuits BARNARDO’S CAKE AND HOME PRODUCE STALL                      Please bring your cheque book as not all stallholders have the facility to accept credit/debit cards  Dorchester Barnardo’s Helper Group thank you for your support.    Linda Bowditch, Tia Bunkall, Charlotte Chichester, Louise Clarke, Julie Gibbs, Susie Harland, Judy Hammick, Pomme Lowis, Tessa Russell, Jane Sutton, Penny Wykes-Sneyd, Jane Yates.  If you are unable to come to our coffee morning but would like to make a donation, it will be gratefully received.   Please send your cheque, payable to Barnardo’s, to:-                                                     Mrs Penny Wykes-Sneyd                                                                                                                                Garden Cottage                                                                                                                              West Compton                                                                                                                            Dorchester  DT2 0EY  Barnardo’s adheres to the Fundraising Promise and Fundraising Standards Board Guidelines  Barnardo’s registered charity numbers 216250 & SCo57605  ! WARMWELL HOUSE  WARMWELL, DT2 8HQ  Take the A352 from Dorchester towards Wareham. After 4.6 miles from the bypass turn left at the roundabout, signed to Warmwell.   Warmwell House is 0.4miles on the right.