© 2018 Buckland Newton Community Website Committee                         Last updated 16th December 2018 20:15              Website design and update by Jeremy Collins

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.   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

Neighbourhood Alerts

Click for the latest Neighbourhood Alerts .  Dorset Police are asking people to be vigilant and to report rural crime.  Click here to see more.  Latest alert posted 8th December 2018 at 10:15 am.


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.

Calling all Skittlers!

The Gaggle of Geese has had some ad hoc skittles fun over the summer months but are now looking to start a more structured village league at the Gaggle for the Winter/Spring period - starting in January. We are looking for teams and individuals to get involved with teams of 6 +.  If you have a team organised then get in touch to register. Or if you are an individual looking for a team, let us know and we can direct you to those who are short of members. Simon & Sarah will also each be having a team. We have a variety of match days / times available each week.  We are suggesting a Captains Meeting on Thursday 3rd January at 7.30 pm to agree rules and fixture list, with the league starting from week beginning 14th January. For more information call 01300 345249 or info@gaggleofgeese.co.uk

Village Personalities Page

Eagle-eyed followers of this website may have noticed that the ‘Village Personalities’ page disappeared from the website some time ago.  This was because some of the characters described had moved away from the village, or the information had become out of date.  If you have something to celebrate, in terms of achievements or interesting life stories, please get in touch and we can always reinstate this page - let me know by e-mail at  Webmaster

Proposed Temporary Road Closure B3143

Proposed Temporary Road Closure on the B3143 near Bookham Lane.  For more information, click here.

Cerne Abbas Surgery Christmas Closing Dates

Over the festive period the Surgery will be closed on 25th and 26th December 2018 and 1st January 2019.  Open as usual on other days.

Buckland Newton Village Fete

Full Financial Results are now available and can be viewed here After another very successful Buckland Newton Village Fete which raised literally thousands of pounds for community groups, it is with great sadness we say goodbye and a huge thank you to several members of the Fete Committee - Steve and Jenny Workman, and Jane Willis, all of whom have given several years of their lives to organising the Fete for everyone to enjoy.  New Fete Committee members and helpers are now being sought to join the remaining Committee members (you won't be alone), and to this end we would like to invite anyone who would like to help and get involved, to contact me, Kate Parish 07860 582362 / 01300 345497 or parishkate0@googlemail.com

Other Buckland Newton Websites

Please note that apart from maintaining the Buckland Newton Parish Council website

www.bucklandnewtonparishcouncil.org.uk , this website does not have any connection

with other websites for the Buckland Newton area. Buckland Newton Community

Website Committee is not responsible for any material appearing on such websites.

The Gaggle of Geese

Simon and Sarah have re-opened The Gaggle of Geese after refurbishment.  Tuesday to Saturday - open from 11.30 am ‘til 11.00 pm. Food served throughout the day from midday ‘til 9.00 pm.  Sunday - open midday ‘til 8.00 pm. Food served midday ‘til 5.00 pm (unless we sell out before 5.00 pm).  Monday - Closed (Open on Bank Holidays). Our menu is 'pub classics' made in-house by our chef team. The menu changes regularly and we have introduced a Specials Board for those looking for something different or to treat themselves. Sunday Roast Lunches - please book. (Barbecue Sundays no Roast).  And with our large garden, we love alfresco dining; look out for days where we fire up our BBQ Shack or Wood-fired Pizza Oven. Thursdays  throughout the autumn -  pick from a choice of our homemade wholecase pies and from a range of types of mash. All come with veg and a jug of gravy. We welcome bookings from those looking for a venue for special occasions - such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, children’s parties, fundraisers etc. Just get in touch for a chat about how we can help you celebrate at the Gaggle. How to contact us: Aside from popping in to the pub, you can also reach us or leave a message on 01300 345249 or e-mail on hartandhops@gmail.com  Latest news and details of events can be found on our Facebook page -  https://www.facebook.com/gaggleofgeesepub/  - website at https://gaggleofgeese.co.uk/ .  There is an article about Sarah and Simon in April’s Lydden Vale News.

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 own private garden. Please be fair and thoughtful to the residents.  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.

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 Winter dates are: No Fish and Chip Van in December Tuesday 29th January 2019 Tuesday 26th February Tuesday 26th March 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.  Click for Christmas & New Year Recycling and Refuse


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 on 01300 345401.

Piddlehinton Gym

Piddlehinton Gym is located on the Enterprise Park in Piddlehinton. The Gym was constructed for the American Army 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 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 (Badminton 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 involved…

Lydden Vale News

The local printed Newsletter, the Lydden Vale News, is delivered free to every household in the village.  Please note revised e-mail addresses for the Lydden Vale News  -  Editorial: lyddenvalley@gmail.com  Advertising: lyddenvaleadverts@gmail.com  There is an online version of the newsletter; current (December 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: January 2018 February 2018 March 2018 April 2018 May 2018 June 2018  July 2018  August 2018 September 2018 October 2018 November 2018  December 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 forecast.

Superfast Fibre Broadband

Fibre broadband is now available to most 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.  The Old Chapel Stores with Sue and Pete tell me that they will be doing the usual Meat Orders with butchers Roger Else (Stallbridge) and R and O Ball, (Puddletown). Plus all sorts of tempting bakery goodies from Evershot Bakery as well.  Pop along for more information on what is available and support your local shop this Christmas. If everyone makes an effort to buy at least some of their Christmas fare……Sue and Pete won’t be rich but at least it will help things along.   Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheOldChapelStores and don’t forget upstairs with Carol at The Buckland Gallery where there will be beautifully crafted, original presents to suit all pockets. 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. www.bucklandgallery.co.uk

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 (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 the Flood Warden 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. https://glanvilleswootton.org/tennis-club/

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 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 year’s events or would like more information please contact 01300 345367 or e-mail Amanda McKenna 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 on 01300 345521. Church Services.  Please see ‘Dates for your Diary’ below or the church services page.  The church will re-open on 24th December for the Carol Service, following renewal of the heating system.  Services prior to this date will instead take place in the Village Hall. Tuesdays, 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm from 18th September, Buckland Newton Village Hall.  New Exercise Class.  New class - seated exercise class to music.  Improve your mobility, strength, posture and balance. Exercising in a fun and friendly atmosphere.  £5.00 per session.  Come along and have a go, no need to book.  Contact Sarah on   01258 812788. 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 instructor, with over 20 years’ experience) 01935 873594. Pilates.  Two friendly Pilates classes run in the Village Hall on Thursdays, term time only. Power Pilates at 9.30 am and Posture Pilates at 10.40 am. £10, in half term blocks.  Outdoor CoreFIt - Start your day with the right way with our fun low impact circuits using small equipment. Meet by the playground. 8.40 am £8 in half term block.  Sammie Mcfarland  www.sammiemcfarland.co.uk FB sammiemcfarlandpilatesandhealth Insta sammiemcfarlandpilates_health

Dates for your Diary

Monday 17th December - Tuesday 18th December, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm.  Closure of  B3143 near Bookham Lane, Buckland Newton from its junction with Bookham Lane, to the access road to Holcombe Dairy Lane, Henley, a distance of approximately 740 metres. The closure has been requested to allow BT to provide new telegraph pole for new customer connection in the highway. These works are programmed to commence from 17 December 2018 for 2 days with an end date of the 18 December 2018 between 09:30 and 15:30. The road closure is necessary for safety reasons, as the works will take place within the whole width of the carriageway.  For more information, click here. Saturday 22nd December 7.00 pm, Buckland Newton Village Hall.  Piddle Valley Players Talent Night.  Click on graphic to left for details. Sunday 23rd December, 11.00 am, in the Village Hall.  Holy Communion (Common Worship - modern language), led for us by Jonathan.  Monday 24th December, 4.30 pm, Holy Rood Church.  Carol Service.  The heating system has now been renewed and services will resume in the church.  A traditional service for all the family, with favourite carols, readings by children from Buckland Newton School and a re-enactment of the story of the nativity.    Everyone is welcome and all the children of Buckland Newton are invited to attend dressed as a Shepherd, an Angel, a Wise Man or Mary or Joseph.  Please note that the Christingle Service is on 16th December, as part of the Family Service in the Village Hall.  Mulled wine and mince pies served will be offered after this service. Tuesday 25th December, 11.00 am.  Holy Communion (Common Worship - modern language), led for us by Jonathan.  The heating system has now been renewed and services will resume in the church. Wednesday 26th December (Boxing Day), Gaggle of Geese.  Buckland Newton Whelbarrow Race.  Could you be the wheelbarrow champions of 2018?  Teams of 2 (over 18s only).  Up to the church and round!  Register you team now!  £10 per team (money does to village school); pub open from midday to 5.00 pm.  Food from midday to 3.00 pm. Friday 28th December.  A reminder that there is no Village Cafe in December because we will all be eating mince pies and plum pudding instead, not to mention chocolate, nuts, turkey, bread sauce….. and sprouts. Sunday 30th December, 11.00 am.  No service at Buckland Newton, but Benefice Communion at Godmanstone Church. Monday 31st December (New Year’s Eve), Gaggle of Geese.  If you don’t have a childminder, then join us for the Gaggle Family Disco, 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm.  And then from 8.00 pm, the Buckland Newton NYE Party!  Cocktails, good company and a boogie!  Come as you are or dress to impress. Sunday 6th January, Service at Holy Rood Church Buckland Newton.  11.00 am, Matins, led by Jon Sulkin.  Wednesday 23rd January 2019, 7.30 pm, Buckland Newton Village Hall.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club.  “Wild Flowers of the Western Cape”- David & Wendy Morris.  Come banish the grey winter skies and join us for an evening of sunshine and flowers with David & Wendy Morris who will share with us their pictures of the fauna of South Africa. Monday 11th February.  Cerne Abbas Village Cinema.  Details to follow. Tuesday 19th to Saturday 23rd February 2019, 7.00 pm, Buckland Newton Village Hall.  The Piddle Valley Players present “Oklahoma!” by Rodgers and Hammerstein (an amateur production by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe).  £10.00 including refreshments.  Tickets from Old Chapel Stores, Buckland Newton and Piddletrenthide Post Office from January.  Please click on graphic at left for more information. Monday 11th March.  Cerne Abbas Village Cinema.  Details to follow. Monday 29th April.  Cerne Abbas Village Cinema.  Details to follow.
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