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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.   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

Cerne Abbas Seaonal Flu Immunisation Clinics

‘Flu’ vaccinations are recommended if you are: Aged 65 or over and/or Are in a clinical risk group e.g. Diabetes, COPD, Heart Disease or are Pregnant Eligible children will be invited for a nasal spray flu vaccine. Open Clinics will be held on the following days:    Tuesday 16th October 9.30 am - 1.00 pm Cerne Abbas Village Hall    Wednesday 31st October 9.30 am - 11.00 am Hazelbury Bryan Village Hall    Tuesday 6th November 10.00 am - 11.00 am Wightmans Orchard, Piddletrenthide Please come suitably dressed for your vaccination as you will be seen in a public space We will also be holding a clinic at Cerne Abbas Surgery for workers and children.  Please call reception to BOOK an appointment    Monday 22nd October 5.00 pm - 6.30 pm Cerne Abbas Surgery

Buckland Newton Village Fete

Full Financial Results are now available and can be viewed here

Neighbourhood Alerts

Click for the latest Neighbourhood Alerts  Please help report rural crime: Dorset Police are asking people to be vigilant and to report rural crime.  Click here to see more.

Other Buckland Newton Websites

Please note that apart from 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.

Buckland Newton Village Fête

The Village Fête took place, as usual, on the Parish Field on Bank Holiday Monday August 27th. Please see the Village Fete page for full information and initial financial results.  Please note:   Any unclaimed raffle prizes are at the top of this page alongside the corresponding winning ticket number.  rizes may be collected from The Old Chapel Stores, Buckland Newton DT2 7DA on production of the winning ticket.  All prizes must be claimed by 14th September 2018.   Next year will see some changes as the Fête Chairman, Steve Workman is retiring, as are several members of the Fête Committee.  Steve writes: “I know that the Fête is very important to the village, so I wanted to let you know about some key team changes that may affect continuity in 2019.  Jenny and I have served on the committee for 7 Fêtes in 8 years since moving to Buckland Newton, and I’ve been Chairman for the last 4.  We had planned to stay on for one more year but due to a change in our family circumstances we need to be free of any other commitments for at least the year ahead. We have decided that it is now time to move on, and allow someone else to take over, hopefully with the time, energy and fresh ideas to build on what we as a team have achieved together. We will remain on the committee until the final meeting of the year in September, after which we will both step down. Jenny has also said that she does not wish to continue running the raffle, and 2018 will be her final year. Jane Willis has served on the committee for 5 years, initially as Publicity Coordinator and latterly as Deputy Chair.  She also will step down after this year’s Fête. I hope you will join me in thanking Jane for her wonderful contribution to the success of the Fête, and on a personal note, I’d like to thank her for all the support she’s given me. I wish her and Pete every happiness for the future. Please be assured that we all remain fully committed to seeing this year’s Fête through and our decision will not in any way impact on our contribution to this year’s event. There’s never a good time to make such announcements but I felt I should provide the best opportunity to anyone interested in putting themselves forward for any of the vacant roles while the Fête is still fresh in everyone’s minds.  In particular, the team needs a new Chairman, as none of the remaining members wishes to take over. Please let me or any of the team know if you are interested in joining the committee.....or indeed rejoining. Finally, I’d like to thank you all for your support, you’ve been an excellent group and we have brought the Fête a long way together. Jenny and I are really looking forward to this year’s event and hope that our final year will be a good one! Good luck with your preparations! Kind regards”

Open Gardens and Flower Festival May 2018

As a result of fantastic weather, a wonderful variety of gardens and a super team of

stewards, not to mentions delicious teas and cakes, ice creams and plants, the whole

weekend was a great success.  After all expenses, Marie Curie received a cheque for

£1,100, the Church Flower fund now has £500 and Holy Rood Church a further £400

which it is hoped will go towards the new kitchen and WC facilities, making life for the

flower arrangers so much easier.  A selection of photographs from the 2018 Flower

Festival can be viewed here, as can photos from the 2016 Flower Festival.

The Gaggle has re-opened!

Simon and Sarah have re-opened The Gaggle of Geese after refurbishment.  At last the village has its pub back…  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.  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.


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 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 Autumn dates are: Tuesday 25th September Tuesday 30th October Tuesday 27th November No Fish and Chip Van in December The Fish & Chip Van will also be at the Village Fete on August Bank Holiday Monday. 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.


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.  There is an online version; current (September 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: October 2017 November 2017 December 2017 January 2018 February 2018 March 2018 April 2018 May 2018 June 2018  July 2018 August 2018 September 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.  Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OldChapelStores 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 years 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.  Please note that the church will be closed from the beginning of September whilst work takes place on renewing the heating system.  Services will instead take place in the Village Hall until further notice. 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 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

Sunday 23rd September.  No service this week as the roads around the village will be closed for the IronMan event. Sunday 23rd September.  Weymouth IronMan.  Please note that many roads will be closed or have restricted access during this all-day event.  On-line map and information here.  For details of Traffic Management Order click here •          For any questions concerning this notice or access while this order is in operation, please contact Ironman on 03330 11 66 00, or email Weymouth@ironmanroadaccess.com  •          For event information visit www.ironman.com/weymouth70.3 •          For road access and travel information visit https://news.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/2018/09/07/travel-advice-for-ironman-in-dorset-2018/ •          For live updates on event day, follow @TravelDorset on twitter #IRONMANtraveldorset Tuesday 25th September, 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm (last orders), Old Bus Shelter opposite Buckland Newton School.  Fish and Chip Van.  Thursday 27th September, Gaggle of Geese.  Pizza Nights - Thursday evenings throughout September - pop in for a homemade pizza made to order from our wood- fired garden oven. Eat-in or takeaway. Weather dependent so keep an eye on our Facebook Page. Thursday 27th September, 7.30 pm, Gaggle of Geese.  Wine and Cheese Club.  Booking essential, £15.00 per head.  Contact Simon or Sarah on 01300 345249. Friday 28th September, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon, Village Hall.  Village Cafe.  The start of the new rota for the year. Our popular voluntarily run cafe is in the Village Hall Buckland Newton on the last Friday of the month 10.30 to noonish. All are welcome to come along for a cuppa (tea/coffee) and a slice of homemade cake £1.20. Not a bad price when you can meet the locals, meet up with your friends, get the latest gossip. Strictly a non fund raising event, the cafe is there solely for people to just have coffee and a chat. No one will anyone ask you to do anything or join anything! Great for locals and people new to the area!  For more information ring Fizz Lewis, 345521. Saturday 29th September, 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm, Village Hall.  Apple & Potato Day.   Apple day was a great success last year and it’s coming back to Buckland Newton with added potato!  You can expect: Apple & potato based activities for children and cider apple pressing for adults. Apple & potato dishes to try or why not bring your own to share? Ways to preserve apples & potatoes. Competitions: Best plate of 5 apples Best plate of 5 potatoes The scabbiest potato, the funniest shaped potato And of course teas & cakes! Sunday 30th September, 11.00 am.   Benefice Harvest Festival at St Mary’s Church, Cerne Abbas. Sunday 7th October, Gaggle of Geese - an afternoon of live music with Lil Dave & the Sun Sessions. Music starts from 3.30pm. Book a table for a roast and a post-lunch boogie! Sunday 7th October.  6.00 pm Buckland Newton Harvest Festival in the Village Hall. Saturday 13th October.  Buckland newton Harvest Supper.  More details in due course. Tuesday 16th October, 9.30 am to 1.00 pm, Cerne Abbas Village Hall.  Open Flu Vaccination Clinic.   Please come suitably dressed for your vaccination as you will be seen in a public space.  ‘Flu’ vaccinations are recommended if you are: Aged 65 or over; and/or are in a clinical risk group e.g. Diabetes, COPD, Heart Disease or are Pregnant. Saturday 20th October, Village Hall.  The Village People - Mexican Train Evening.  A Mexican Train evening with supper is being planned to raise funds for Marie Curie and we would be pleased to hear from anyone who has a Mexican Train set that we could use on the night. More details next month or contact Jan (345560) or Amanda (345367) For those of you that don’t know Mexican train is a domino based game and lots of fun to play, Wednesday 31st October (Halloween), Gaggle of Geese.  Spooky grotto game for kids and brave adults. Monday 5th November, Gaggle of Geese. Join us for a bonfire, food and fun. Weather permitting! Wednesday 31st October, 9.30 am to 11.00 am, Hazelbury Bryan Village Hall.  Open Flu Vaccination Clinic.   Please come suitably dressed for your vaccination as you will be seen in a public space.  ‘Flu’ vaccinations are recommended if you are: Aged 65 or over; and/or are in a clinical risk group e.g. Diabetes, COPD, Heart Disease or are Pregnant. Tuesday 6th November, 10.00 am to 11.00 am,  Wightmans Orchard, Piddletrenthide.  Open Flu Vaccination Clinic.  Please come suitably dressed for your vaccination as you will be seen in a public space.  ‘Flu’ vaccinations are recommended if you are: Aged 65 or over; and/or are in a clinical risk group e.g. Diabetes, COPD, Heart Disease or are Pregnant. Saturday 22nd December 7.00 pm, Buckland Newton Village Hall.  Piddle Valley Players Talent Night.  Click on graphic to left for details.
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