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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

New Facebook page for Buckland Newton

Join in and share your love for where we live. The Buckland Newton Community Page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/bucklandnewton/  is a Facebook group for residents of Buckland Newton and its surroundings to celebrate our beautiful village and all that goes on in our community. The page will seek to: •            share & promote positive news relating to our village & its surroundings.  •            support our thriving local groups, societies, committees & businesses. •            buy, sell, swap pre-loved possessions. •            enable the village community to advertise their skills, to promote their events, ask for trader recommendations or get advice on a local issue. Anyone can join the community page, and once you do you can post your event of views.  A team of moderators will oversee the site and make sure that all those posting respect the rules of the community page. At present your moderators are Amanda McKenna, Keith Darbyshire and Simon Colquhoun.


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.

Weather Forecast

The nearest Met Office Weather Forecast location is Minterne Gardens. click for a 7- day weather forecast.

Recycling and Refuse Collection and Calendar


The Gaggle of Geese

Simon and Sarah at the Gaggle of Geese 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/ . 

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.  Pop along for more information on what is available and support your local shop.  Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheOldChapelStores and don’t forget upstairs with Carol at The Buckland Gallery where there are beautifully crafted, original presents to suit all pockets.   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. 

Lydden Vale News

The local printed Newsletter, the Lydden Vale News, is delivered free to every household in the village.  Editorial: lyddenvalley@gmail.com  Advertising: lyddenvaleadverts@gmail.com  There is an online version of the newsletter; for current (April 2019) issue, 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:  May 2018 June 2018  July 2018 August 2018 September 2018 October 2018  November 2018  December 2018  January 2019  February 2019  March 2019  April 2019

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. Buckland Newton Parish Council Superfast Fibre Broadband Fibre broadband is available to most residents in Buckland Newton.  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.  houses served by Cabinet 2 (by the church) still cannot get fibre and there do not appear to be any plans to change this situation.

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


Regular Events

The Fish and Chip Van visits Buckland Newton, usually on the last Tuesday of the month 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 Future dates are: Tuesday 30th April Tuesday 28th May Tuesday 25th June Tuesday 30th July ‘Tikka’ Curry Van visits Buckland Newton (generally alternate Tuesdays unless this is a Fish & Chip Van evening) at the old bus shelter opposite Buckland Newton School from 5.00 pm 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.  For further information, contact the school office on 01300 345393 during school hours or e-mail the School Office.   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. 

Dates for your Diary

 April.  Road Surface Dressing.  Surface Dressing will take place on Court Farm road  and Castle Lane.  Dates are weather-dependent.  Map of affected stretches can be viewed here. Easter Weekend at The Gaggle of Geese.  Enjoy the bank holidays & weekend at the Gaggle. Friday BBQ from 6.00 pm. Easter Sunday roasts & Kids Egg Hunt from midday. Bank holiday Monday wood fired pizzas in the garden from midday til 3.00 pm. Wednesday 24th April, Kingston Maurward College.  Armed Forces Community Careers and Lifestyle Event.  The Dorset Armed Forces Covenant Programme is hosting the county’s first careers fair specifically aimed at the Armed Forces community. It will showcase the employment and training opportunities available both here in Dorset and nationally for those in the process of leaving the Armed Forces, as well as veterans and the families of serving members of the Armed Forces.  Click here for more details.  Wednesday 24th April, from 6.30 pm, Village Hall.  Buckland Newton Gardening Club.  Pop-up Plant Sale, plus Kevin Pope on  “Bees”.  Have you grown more plants than you need? Then please pot them up and bring them along to our POP UP PLANT SALE on 24th April. starting at 6.30 pm. Our guest speaker, bee inspector Kevin Pope will follow at the usual time of 7.30 pm with a talk on the challenges of maintaining a healthy bee population. Viviane (345111) Thursday 25th April, 7.30 pm, Gaggle Of Geese.  Cheese and Wine Club.  £20 per head, limited places - booking essential.  Contact Simon or Sarah on 01300 345249. Friday 26th April, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon, Village Hall.  Village Cafe.  A village Cafe run by volunteers is held in the Village Hall at Buckland Newton the last Friday in the month from 10.30 to noonish. £1.20 will buy you a beverage (tea/coffee) and a slice of homemade cake. It is a popular meeting place for villagers so if you haven’t tried it come along.  Contact Fizz Lewis on 345521. Saturday 27th April, 7.30 pm to 11.30 pm, Village Hall.  ‘Village People’ 60’s, 70’s, 80’s Disco – in aid of Marie Curie.  Disco, bar and bring & share buffet Dress code: pick your favourite decade!  (Optional but spot prizes will be given!) Tickets £8 in aid of Marie Curie available now at Old Chapel Stores. Once you have bought your tickets (which I’m sure will be all of you! As its for such a good cause) could you please email either Alan or Karen to let them know what plate of food you will be bringing so that we don’t end up with 50 prawn cocktails or the like. I have listed a few dishes that were popular during these 3 decades to give you a bit of inspiration, if that is what you can call it! Prawn Cocktail - Chicken Liver Pate - Golden Wonder crisps!! - Devils on horseback - Sausage Rolls - Cheese straws - Cocktail sausages - Scotch Eggs - Pineapple Upside down cake - Angel Delight (Butterscotch flavour) - Cheese and Pineapple hedgehog - Quiche Lorraine - Curried Eggs - Gala Pie - Banoffee Pie - Vol au vents (chicken and mushroom filling) - Garlic Bread - Pizza - Salted peanuts - Open finger rolls with fish paste - Ritz crackers with dollop of Primula from tube - Viennetta - Trifle - Battenberg cake - Black Forest Gateaux Can’t wait to see what delights you’re going to bring!!  Look forward to seeing you all then.  For any more details clíck on graphic at left or ring Alan 01300 345688. Sunday 28th April.  Services at Holy Rood Church. 11.00am.  Included in this service there will be a baptism for Edie House. All most welcome.  Service taken by Jonathan.  2.00 pm.  Baptism service for Mathilda (Tilly) Tuke, again taken by Jonathan. Monday 29th April, 7.30 pm, Cerne Abbas Village Hall.  Cerne Abbas Village Cinema.  “King of Thieves”.  Based on the Hatton Garden jewellery robbery, it is “an old-school film about an old-school crime that brings together an impressive array of British legends” (Empire).  Doors open at 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm; tickets are £5 at the door. If you would like to join our mailing list and help select our film choices, please email cerneabbasvillagecinema@gmail.com.  CAVC looks forward to welcoming you. Tuesday 30th April, 5.00 pm (last orders 7.00 pm), Old Bus Shelter opposite BN School.  Fish & Chip Van. Tuesday 30th April, 6.00 pm, Gaggle of Geese.  Buckland Newton Community Trust 2019 Annual General Meeting.  The meeting will, by kind permission of Simon the publican, be held in the skittle alley at the Gaggle of Geese.  Friends and supporters of the Trust and Lydden Meadow are welcome to attend. Tuesday 30th April, 7.45 pm for 8.00 pm start, Rose Villa, Buckland Newton.  Wayfarers’ Meeting.  Discussion - “Do we have right to terminate our own life? ” Please come, bring your friends. Share, listen and discuss thoughts, experiences, feelings, beliefs and research on these questions.  Free, but bring some drink or nibbles to share.  Contact Helen on 345401. Saturday 4th May, 1.00 pm, Village Hall.  Esmee Godwin Fund "Charity Auction of Promises, Objects, Art & Events".  The auction will, as last year, comprise of ceramics, glassware, art, collector's items, furniture, along with some wonderful & luxurious days out, trips and stays away, both here in Dorset and across the UK, as well as some very special "one-off lots" that simply shouldn't be missed! There will also be side stalls, raffle, delicious hot & cold food, ice cream van and much more besides. The auction is again raising money for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Southampton General Hospital, who cared for, and tried so hard to save the life of our daughter Esmee back in 2007. Tragically Esmee was just too poorly, and passed away in our arms after nearly three weeks of fighting. Since that most dark of times Esmee's Fund, with the kind generosity of its supporters has raised over £30,000 for this amazing hospital department, who treat some 1000+ babies and young children each and every year. The first auction held back in 2017, was an absolutely amazing day, raising thousands of pounds for PICU through peoples amazing generosity, while at the same time enjoying a really fun occasion. We would dearly love to beat the last auction total, and with your help raise even more money for this very special life-saving unit, which holds a very special place in our hearts. Viewing will take place from 11.00 am to give plenty of time to have a look at the many Lots, and register for your bidding/paddle numbers. Equally, if you have an item or experience, which you feel might be suitable as a "lot" in the auction, and would like to kindly donate it, please just get in touch. Christopher Godwin, tel: 07770 546499 or email chrisgodwin07@hotmail.com Saturday 4th May - Monday 6th May, Gaggle of Geese.  On the bank holiday weekend of the 5th May, we will be celebrating our first 'birthday' with live music and good food in the gardens. Hoping the village will join us in marking the special occasion. As part of the day we are planning to take a Community photo; a snapshot of the pub goers on that day in 2019. We plan to make this an annual event so as to continue to collate the history of the pub and its community over the coming years. Sunday 5th May.  Service at Holy Rood Church. 6.00 pm  Evensong.  Friday 10th May, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Artstreach presents Modou Ndiaye & Band.   Join us for our last Artsreach event before the summer break, a Maytime celebration of West African music with Modou Ndiaye, brother of Seckou Keita, who memorably played here in March 2007.  As with Seckou, Modou’s principal instrument is the mesmerising classical 22 stringed West African harp, the kora, but he is also a virtuoso percussionist and songwriter. Both are members of the famous Cissokho  family of griot musicians from the Cassamance region of South Senegal. With a superb repertoire of rhythms and melodies, Modou fuses together modern and traditional beats, and together with his band will feature material from his latest album ‘Londo’, which draws on inspiration from his homeland, and his life experiences. Uniting traditional and modern sounds, this energetic band will leave you invigorated and inspired!  Tickets: £10, £7 u18s, £28 (fam 4, max 2 adults) on door if available, or in advance tel: 01300 345455 (Katharine Hayens) or from The Old Chapel Stores, or book online at: www.artsreach.co.uk  www.modoundiaye.com Wednesday 15th May, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Buckland Newton Parish Council Meeting, preceded by Democratic Half Hour.  All welcome.  Please note that while the Parish Room is being refurbished, Parish Council Meetings will be held in the Village Hall and on the Wednesday following the second Tuesday of the month. Sunday 19th May, 4.00 pm, Sunninghill Community Hall. Dorchestra presents “Music in May”.  Click on graphic at left for more details. Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May.  ‘Village People’ visit to River Cottage Food Fair.  Tickets £15.00 plus parking £7.50 – go to  https://www.rivercottage.net/festival/food-fair-2019  for details and to purchase tickets. Saturday 20th July, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, Leigh Village Hall DT9 6HL.  14th Leigh Food Fair & Vintage/Classic Car/Bike Display.  Taste and buy some of the best food and drink on offer from local producers.  Also a variety of interesting Vintage/Classic cars & motorbikes will be on display.  Barbecued Hamburgers & Sausages, Refreshments, Ice cream, Beer and Cider will be here!  Entertainment includes children’s activities.  Contact Elizabeth Turnbull on 01935 873846 or elizabethturnbull70@btinternet.com  Full details at  www.leighfoodfair.co.uk Advance notice that the Ironman event will be taking place on Sunday 22nd September 2019.  The Bike Route, Run Route and road closures will be the same as last year and further information will be posted here as and when available.
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