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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

Buckland Newton Fete Raffle 2017

Please note:  Any unclaimed raffle prizes will be listed on this website alongside the

corresponding winning ticket number. Prizes may be collected from The Old Chapel

Stores, Buckland Newton DT2 7DA on production of the winning ticket.  All prizes must

be claimed by 16th September 2017.

Latest Neighbourhood Alerts

13th July: Suspicious Vehicle, reg P*52*XH

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!

We are pleased to confirm we completed the purchase of the Gaggle of Geese pub on

Monday 17th July. 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 will soon be creating 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.

“We just wanted to email to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to all those who

helped with clearing the gardens at the Gaggle. Really appreciate the help from all

those that were able to spare some time.  We were amazed by how much was

achieved over just two days! It would have taken us months to do it on our own!

We plan to be down again for the Village Fete and will be aiming to do some more

gardening on Tuesday 29th August (weather permitting). It would be lovely to see

everyone again - so if you fancy popping along to help chop, clear and strim then you

would be more than welcome anytime from 9.30am.  Look forward to seeing you all


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

A big THANK YOU to all who came along to the Gaggle to help tidy up the outside

areas.  Everyone's help was greatly appreciated by Sarah and Simon - you've all been

able to see what a rather daunting challenge they have ahead of them to get the pub up

and running again and every little bit of assistance we can provide will certainly help. 

The 'pond' area (that very few people were aware of) has been partially revealed but

there is still a lot of site clearance to be carried out.  So.........we are organising another

working party in a couple of weeks' time (Tuesday 29th and possibly Wednesday 30th


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 usually visits Buckland

Newton, LAST WEDNESDAY of each month,

parking at the old bus shelter opposite Buckland

Newton School.  If you want to read about the

van and see the menu go to:

www.mobilefishnchipsdorset.co.uk  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. 

Would you be interested if the van continued visiting, starting again in

September? The original van should be mended then and the visits back to the

last Wednesday of each month.  Please send me an email and let me know your

thoughts.  Jane Willis wildasbar@tiscali.co.uk

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.

Flower Festival

Photographs of the Flower Festival in June 2016.  Click here to see them.

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 is holding a number of drop-in events at the Parish Room for those

who would like 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 must be with the Parish Council by no later than the 21st August as it has

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 (August 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:

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

Wednesday 23rd August, 2.15 pm.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club.  Visit to Sally Gregson’s garden at Henley Mill, Wookey, Somerset BA5 1AW.  We all enjoyed Sally Gregson’s talk on hydrangeas last March and we now have the opportunity to see the plants in situ.  Henley Mill nursery is located within a 2 acre garden which she has gradually developed over the last 25 years.  Please note that the river Axe runs through the property with steep banks and open bridges.  The entry price of £6.00 includes tea. Contact Viviane 01300 345111 vivianebernhard@hotmail.co.uk Friday 25th August.  No Village Cafe this month - we are getting ready for the Fete on Monday.  Back in September! Sunday 27th August.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer - traditional language). Monday 28th August (Bank Holiday Monday), 1.00 pm to 4.30 pm Parish Field.  Buckland Newton Village Fete.  Please put the date in your diary and tell all your family and friends. We aim to make it another real village event and fun for everyone.  Less than a week to go and lots to do so if you would like to help, in any way, please contact Mandy Jarvis on mandyjarvis78@yahoo.co.uk or call 01300 345264.  For more details see Village Fete page. Tuesday 29th August, from 9.30 am (weather permitting), at the Gaggle of Geese.  Can you spare an hour or two helping to clear the garden/field area at the Gaggle?  Everyone’s help on the 15th/16th was greatly appreciated by Simon and Sarah and we’ve been able to see what a challenge they have ahead of them to get the pub up and running.  Every bit of assistance we can provide will certainly help.  The ‘pond’ area (that very few people were aware of) has been partially revealed but there is still a lot of site clearance to be carried out.  So... we are organising another working party to crack on with the job.  Hope to see you there! Thursday 31st August, 10.30 am to 1.00 pm, Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide.  Artsreach Event - Dragons Hope.  Storyteller Lizzie Bryant and musician Caellia Leuniss will be leading an exciting craft workshop followed by a performance titled Dragons Hope - A Woodland Adventure. Children are invited to come and enjoy a carousel of craft activities using willow weaving, feathers, clay, natural and recycled materials to create headdresses, dragon masks and percussion instruments. The children will then use these as props to support and interact with the storytelling. The workshop starts 10.30am and at midday there will be an interactive performance of Dragons Hope.  Tickets for workshop and performance £8.00. Tel: Felicia Webb on 07775 902516 or felicia@feliciawebb.co.uk Sunday 3rd September.  Services at Holy Rood Church.  6.00 pm Evensong. Monday 4th September, 12.30 pm, Holy Rood Church.  Funeral of Barbara Caplen, who died 14th August.  All welcome at the service and at the Village Hall afterwards. Saturday 9th September.  Dorset Historic Churches Trust “Ride & Stride”.  Dorset Historic Churches Trust provides funds to help parishes keep their churches weatherproof, warm and available for worship and wider public use.  The event takes the form of a leisurely (or as strenuous as you wish to make it!) ride or walk, visiting as many of Dorset’s many historic churches as you like.  Refreshments will be available in many of the churches.  Sponsors can sponsor participants by the number of churches visited or in total regardless of how many are visited.   In recent years, Dorset Historic Churches Trust has helped with grants for the addition of kitchens and loos to increase the usability of buildings which have traditionally only been used on Sundays.  Last year, the Trust awarded grants totalling £100,000 to 25 churches.  Most of the Trust’s income comes from the annual Ride + Stride event.  In 2016, almost £81,000 in sponsorship was raised by hundreds of participants of all ages and abilities.  50% of all money pledged was returned by the Trust to the churches nominated by the riders and striders, so everyone benefited.  Please sponsor one of our riders or striders when they approach you.  Half the sum pledged will be gratefully used by the Trust to sustain our wonderful churches and the other half will be given back to the parish that they nominate, ot other nominated charity. For details of how to take part, or sponsor a cyclist, horse-rider or walker please contact Jeremy or Jane Collins (01300 345136) or  by e-mail Tuesday 12th September, 7.30 pm, Parish Room.  Parish Council Meting.  All are welcome to attend. Saturday 16th September, 10.30 am, Buckland Newton Village Hall.  Macmillan Coffee Morning.  If anyone would like to donate a Cake, Biscuits or anything for the Raffle or tombola, it would be most welcome. There will also be a bric-a-brac stall. If you can help in any way please phone 01300 345707. Sunday 17th September 2017, 7.00 pm, St Mary the Virgin Church, Glanvilles Wootton.  “Music for a Summer’s Evening” with Andrew Bernardi together with friends from the local area.  Andrew will playing on a violin by Antonio Stradivarius. Tickets for the concert are £12.00 to include interval drinks and may be purchased from: Richard Clarke 01963210267 / richardsally91@gmail.com or Lucy Parrott 01963210642 lucyhparrott@gmail.com.  More details can be found on our website: www.glanvilleswootton.org  Sunday 17th September.  The IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth Event (IMWEY) advance information.  Route and Road Closure Overview  IMWEY Road Access South West  IMWEY Road Access South East  IMWEY Road Access North  Monday 18th September, 7.00 pm, Cerne Abbas Village Hall.  Cerne Abbas Village Cinema presents “Viceroy’s House”.  Viceroy’s House stars Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson as Lord and Lady Mountbatten during the transition to British Independence.  Tickets are £5.00 from the shop in Buckland Newton or on the door. If you are interested in participating in future film selection surveys (it only takes a couple of minutes!), please contact Julia, CAVC Secretary, by emailing: cerneabbasvillagecinema@gmail.com Monday 16th October, 7.00 pm, Cerne Abbas Village Hall.  Cerne Abbas Village Cinema presents “Sense of an Ending”. Monday 20th November, 7.00 pm, Cerne Abbas Village Hall.  Cerne Abbas Village Cinema presents “Churchill”.
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