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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 will re-open in due course - check here for progress. 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

Parish Council Vacancy

A casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for Buckland Newton Parish

Council following the resignation of Cllr R Cuff.

Rule 8 (1) of the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (Amendment) Rules 1986 provides that if by Monday 9, October 2017 (14 working days from the date of this notice), a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at the address given on the link below by TEN electors for the Parish, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co- option. If an election is called, it will take place not later than Friday 8 December 2017.  Please click here for the full details.

2017 Buckland Newton Fete Report

Steve Workman’s report on the August Bank Holiday Village Fete, including the

financial results, is now available to read here.  Congratulations to all involved for

another great day and excellent financial results!

Neighbourhood Alerts 19th September:  Theft of tractor near Buckland Newton 1st September:  Suspicious Vehicles, registration number **54 XVH or **02 ZRU

Advance notice - Buckland Newton Flower Festival and Open

Gardens May 2018

A Flower Festival and Open Gardens event is planned for next year, Saturday 26th

and Sunday 27th May from 12 noon till 5.00 pm with refreshments served in the

Church.  More details will be added here as the year progresses as we are well into the

planning.   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.  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

(Photographs of the Flower Festival in June 2016 can be seen here )

Weymouth IronMan Road Closures

The Weymouth IronMan takes place on Sunday 17th September and will involve road

closures.  For an overview of the Route and Access click here.  Further information

under Dates for Your Diary.

Temporary Road Closure - Hylands Farm

Work to replace a deteriorated culvert under the D20616 road at Hylands Farm,

Buckland Newton is planned to start on 29 August 2017.  To enable the work to be

carried out safely the road at the culvert will be closed to vehicles. The road closure will

be in place 24 hours per day from 08:00 on 29 August 2017 to 16:00 on 22 September

2017. Temporary measures will be put in place to allow pedestrians and cyclists through

the closure.  Click here for a plan showing the location of the road closure and the

diversion/alternative route.  If any emergencies in connection with the works occur

outside of normal working hours, please telephone 01305 221000 (option 4, highways


The Gaggle has new owners!

If you would like to see how the refurbishment is coming along, and for news from the

Gaggle, The Gaggle of Geese now has its own Facebook page at


We are pleased to confirm we have purchased the Gaggle of Geese pub.  Our next

challenge is that the building needs a great deal of repairs and refurbishment; starting

off with a new roof! These works are likely to take several months and it is hard at the

moment to say for certain when the pub will be ready to open. It has been lovely to hear

from so many of the local community and we look forward to meeting everyone over the

coming weeks. We have a Facebook page to provide a journal of photos of

refurbishment progress. Keep an eye out for updates or feel free to pop by and say 'hi'

when you see us at the Gaggle.

Best wishes, Simon and Sarah.  If you have any queries or think you could help in some

way then feel free to email us via hartandhops@gmail.com

Pop-up Pub

Following the success of the Buckland Newton Village Pub Nights we plan to hold

further evenings - until the Gaggle of Geese re-opens.  Details in Dates for your Diary

If you are not already receiving emails about the Pub Nights and would like to be kept

up to date please email andy@andywaring.com to be included on the distribution list.

Andy Waring 345111, Nick Baker 345386

The Fish and Chip Van

The Fish and Chip van will start visiting again in September, usually on the last Tuesday

of the month. As before we will be at the old bus shelter opposite Buckland Newton

School from 5pm with last orders at 7pm

We will be here on:

• Tuesday 26th September

• Tuesday 31st October

• Tuesday 28th November

We will not be in the village at the end of

December and will then resume again at the

end of January. If you want to read about the

van and see the menu go to:


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.


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.

Neighbourhood Plan Update - August 2017

The meeting with West Dorset District Council planning and legal officers on the 17th

July was not fruitful; they insist we have to accept the Independent Examiner’s

modifications to our plan in full and cannot alter them if we now wish to go to


There are now three options available to us:


accept the changes and let our current plan go ahead to the referendum


withdraw the plan and do some more work on it, more consultation, and then get

it re-examined


withdraw the plan and abandon the project

Each option has it pros and cons. These are listed together with more details on the

options in a circular being delivered to every household, also available here. This

circular invites feedback from parishioners to enable the Parish Council to make a

decision on the way forward.

The Parish Council held a number of drop-in events at the Parish Room for those who

wanted more information:

10.00 am – 12.30 pm

Tuesday 15th August

2.00 pm – 4.30 pm

Wednesday 16th August

7.00 pm – 9.00 pm

Thursday 17th August

All feedback had to be with the Parish Council by no later than the 21st August as it had

to make a decision and report this to the District Council by the 23rd August.

Currently the Parish Council has a preference for Option 1. Please see the circular for

the reasons why.

The Neighbourhood Plan with the modifications made by the Independent Examiner

can be seen here. This may be subject to change as we are still waiting for West Dorset

District Council to agree we have made the changes correctly (5th August).

A list of the summarised main modifications is here.

Buckland Newton Parish Council

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 2017) 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 2016 November 2016 December 2016 January 2017 February 2017 March 2017 April 2017 May 2017 June 2017 July 2017 August 2017 September 2017

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 current 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, Jewellery by Liz Whittingham, Art by Carole Barnett.  Wednesdays and

Saturdays, 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. 

War Memorial

The War Memorial in Buckland Newton Churchyard commemorates those villagers who

lost their lives in the two World Wars.  Recent research has filled in some of the details

of those named and this information can be viewed here.

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 or Rodney Cuff on 01300 345309 to find out how

to obtain sandbags.

Travel Information

See under Parish / District Council tab at left.

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,

Wednesday and Friday, 8.45 am to 12.45 pm Tuesday and Thursday.  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.

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. Classes are £8.00 from September, with 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

Sunday 24th September.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Holy Communion (Bookof Common Prayer - traditional language) taken by Rev Rosemary Bassett. Tuesday 26th September, 8.00 pm, Rose Villa, Buckland Newton. Wayfarers Meeting.  “Is violence ever morally justifiable?” - a discussion.  Please come, bring your friends. Share, listen and discuss thoughts, experiences, feelings, beliefs and research on this question. Contact Helen Simpson on 01300 345401 to find out more. Tuesday 26th September, 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm (last orders), Old Bus Shelter opposite BN School.  Fish and Chip Van. Friday 29th September, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon, Village Hall.  Village Cafe.  The Buckland Newton Village Cafe will start its new year in September after the break for the Fete.  Always the last Friday in the month from 10:30 am to noonish. Coffee and Tea and homemade cake are on offer for the extremely reasonable price of £1.20.  Everyone in the locality is welcome to drop in and out again. No one will ask you to buy anything, join anything, it is strictly a community ‘asset’ for the villages around - charity fund raising free!  We run it ourselves for ourselves so people can catch up/meet with others, especially useful for people new to the area. If you haven’t been for a while make it a date in September.  For more information ring Fizz Lewis 01300 345521 Friday 29th September, 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm start, Buckland Newton School.  FBNS (Friends of Buckland Newton School) Autumn Bingo Evening. Friday 29th and Saturday 30th September, Holy Rood Church.  Decorating the church for harvest festival celebrations.  Contributions of flowers, fruit vegetables and produce welcomed and may be left in the church porch during this week. All produce will be auctioned at the Harvest Supper on October 7th in the village hall. Saturday 30th September, 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm, Village Hall.  Apple Day celebrations with the Lydden Vale Gardening Club.  Click here for more details. Saturday 30th September, 7.00 pm, Pulham Village Hall.  Quiz night and fish and chip supper.  Contact Sharon Calcutt on 01258 817528. Sunday 1st October.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  4:00pm Please note time for this service.  A celebratory service of Harvest Thanksgiving and Evensong, come and sing traditional harvest hymns and give thanks for the harvest and for the work of our farmers. Tea and cake will be served after this service. Saturday 7th October, 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm start, Village Hall.  Village Harvest Supper.  More details can be obtained from Jon Sulkin on 345 251. Tuesday 10th October, 10.00 am to 11.00 am, Village Hall.  Open ‘Flu Immunisation Clinic. Thursday 12th October, 7.00 pm, Village Hall.  Lydden Vale News Annual Meeting.  The Lydden Vale News is produced on a monthly basis by the Editor. She is supported by the Advertising Manager and the Treasurer. There is a group of regular contributors as well as a lot of input from villagers about the events which take place. In addition there are 17 people who ensure that the magazine is delivered to every household in Buckland Newton and Pulham. This year the post of Advertising Manager is becoming vacant. Bridget has done a really good job over the last 3 years and the advertising revenue is sufficient to keep the magazine running. The position entails liaising with advertisers and ensuring that they pay! There is a dedicated email for advertising. Adverts are taken out for a year, so mostly the work is concentrated into the 3 months before the changeover in April. For the rest of the year it is mainly dealing with one off adverts and any changes required to annual advertisers. The treasurer keeps tabs of who has paid and liaises with the Advertising Manager.  Anybody willing to take on this position should contact Bridget Baker 01300 345386 for more details. In order to keep the magazine fresh, each year we hold a meeting on any interested parties to get their ideas and views of how the magazine is run. The accounts are also presented and we cordially invite you to this meeting. Friday 13th October, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Lydden Ladies: Ceilidh; contact Amanda McKenna (345367) Monday 16th October, 7.00 pm, Cerne Abbas Village Hall.  Cerne Abbas Village Cinema presents “Sense of an Ending”. Monday 23rd October, 4.30 pm to 6.00 pm, Cerne Abbas Surgery.  Flu Immunisation Clinic for ‘workers’ and children.  Please call reception to book an appointment. Friday 17th November, 7.00 pm ‘til late, Village Hall.  Buckland Bash, organised by The Usual Suspects.  More details later. Monday 20th November, 7.00 pm, Cerne Abbas Village Hall.  Cerne Abbas Village Cinema presents “Churchill”. Monday 27th November, 4.30 pm to 6.00 pm, Cerne Abbas Surgery.  Flu Immunisation Clinic for ‘workers’ and children.  Please call reception to book an appointment.
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