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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-


If an election is called, it will take place not later than Friday 8 December 2017.  Please

click here for the full details.

Temporary road closures

Temporary road closure on B3146, Duntish Cross to Glanvilles Wootton between 23rd

October 2017 and 25th October 2017. The road will be closed between the hours of

09:30 and 15:30 daily, but will be reopened at night and at weekends, the detail of the

affected section is highlighted on the attached plan. This is to carry out carriageway


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 13th October:  Silver Landcruiser N*** FLX 26th September:  Internet provider scam 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 )

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

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 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.


An organisation called www.Oil-club.co.uk has been in touch with the Parish Council;

this club may be of interest to you if you use domestic heating oil and details of the

information sent to the Parish Council can be seen here.  Please note that this

announcement does not imply endorsement of the offer by either Buckland Newton

Parish Council or the Buckland Newton Community Website Committee.

Buckland Newton Neighbourhood Plan

Following a positive vote by parishioners for taking our neighbourhood plan to

referendum (79.5% of the 112 who expressed an opinion), the plan has now

successfully passed through the next stage, West Dorset District Council’s (WDDC)

Strategy Committee.

WDDC Democratic Services have now arranged the referendum which will be held on

Thursday 2nd November 2017. All registered electors in the parish will receive a polling

card, the referendum being run on the same lines by WDDC as any normal election.

The referendum question will be “Do you want West Dorset District Council to use

the neighbourhood plan for Buckland Newton to help it decide planning

applications in the neighbourhood area?”. This question is fixed by law in the

Neighbourhood Plan Regulations, and a simple majority of those voting in favour of the

plan will see it become a legal part of the Local Plan.

A link to the Neighbourhood Plan as modified by the Independent Examiner can be

found here.

WDDC have produced an Information Sheet with all the relevant details which can be

found on www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk as well as here . The notice of election can also be

found here.

Additionally the Parish Council are making copies of the Neighbourhood Plan available

to parishioners for inspection in the following locations as from the 29th September:

The Village Hall

The Old Chapel Stores

The Church

A display with the Neighbourhood Plan and the Information Sheet will be available for inspection at the Village Hall on the following dates and times: Friday 29th September       Post Office hours 9.00 am – 12.00 noon                               Monday 23rd October         Post Office hours 9.00 am – 12.00 noon                                Tuesday 24th October        Post Office hours 9.00 am – 12.00 noon                               Thursday 26th October      Evening session 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm                  Friday 27th October           Post Office hours 9.00 am – 12.00 noon                               Saturday 28th October       Morning session 10.00 am – 12.30 pm Please do not take away the copies of the neighbourhood plan; they are in limited supply and very expensive to print. If you wish to borrow a paper copy for a day or two please contact John Baker on 345386. Anyone who wishes to “campaign” for or against the Neighbourhood Plan in the period running up to the referendum will need to register with West Dorset District Council and meet/follow all the relevant legal requirements.

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 (October 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:

November 2016 December 2016 January 2017 February 2017 March 2017 April 2017  May 2017 June 2017 July 2017 August 2017 September 2017 October 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 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 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 18th October, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club.  “New and exciting plants for your garden”.  Our speaker this month, Marcus Dancer, is well known for the wide range of clematis on offer in his Hampshire nursery and markets throughout Dorset. We are delighted to welcome him again and look forward to his talk on “New & Exciting Plants”. Do you have space for more plants in your garden?  Contact Viviane 01300 345111 or vivianebernhard@hotmail.co.uk Thursday 19th October, 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm (Inset day Friday 20th), Village Hall.  FBNS Pumpkin Party.  See in the half-term with a spooky, hootin’ disco.  Fancy dress competitions for children and adults alike, pumpkin-carving competition and giggles at the Dad Dancing!  Contact schoolfbns@gmail.com Sunday 22nd October.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  11.00am Holy Communion, taken by Jonathan. 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. Monday 23rd October and Wednesday 25th October.  Temporary road closure on B3146, Duntish Cross to Glanvilles Wootton between 23rd October 2017 and 25th October 2017. The road will be closed between the hours of 09:30 and 15:30 daily, but will be reopened at night and at weekends, the detail of the affected section is highlighted on the attached plan. This is to carry out carriageway maintenance. Friday 27th October, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon, Village Hall.  Village Cafe.  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.  For more information ring Fizz Lewis 01300 345521. Sunday 29th October.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  3.00 pm (please note time) Commemoration service for all saints and all souls departed.  A candle will be lit for each soul remembered. Names may be entered in a book of remembrance which will placed on the small altar in the Lady Chapel. Thursday 2nd November.  Referendum on the Buckland Newton Neighbourhood Plan.  Please see details above Thursday 2nd November, 10.00 am to 12.30 pm, Holyleas House.  Barnardo’s Christmas Coffee Morning.  Click on graphic at left for details. Saturday 4th November, 7.30 pm for 8.00 pm start, Village Hall.  Quiz, plus raffle, hot supper, BYO drinks.  Tickets may be obtained from Carol and Stuart Grant and are £8.00 per head. To book a table call 345119.  Funds raised will be donated to the church heating fund. Tuesday 14th November, 7.30 pm, Parish Room.  Parish Council Meeting,  preceded by democratic half hour.  All welcome to attend. Thursday 16th November, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Artsreach presents Faith i Branko.  Tickets £9 Under 18s £6 Family ticket £25.  Serbia's leading Roma violinist Branko Ristic and UK accordionist Faith Ristic and band perform high-energy original Roma/Jazz influenced music guaranteeing a sensational, authentic experience of Roma music straight from the village of Gornja Grabovica. Following a summer of appearances at events including Camp Bestival, Ealing Jazz and Boomtown, the band arrive in Dorset for their debut UK rural tour. Expect a joyous, passionate, boisterous, fiery and spirited performance! After the show, the musicians will also be available to talk about Romani culture and music - a real insight from this leading group of musicians.  To book Katharine Hayens on 01300 345455 or get them from The Old Chapel Stores or online at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/391952 www.faithibranko.com "Musically a delight" The Guardian "Moving and virtuosic" BBC Radio 3 Friday 17th November, 6.30 pm for 7.00 pm ‘til late, Village Hall.  Buckland Bash “Eat, Drink and get Merry”.  Banish the winter blues until the Gaggle re-opens.  Tickets £7.00, to include a delicious supper of Chicken Cacciatore or vegetarian option, both served with savoury rice, followed by a selection of homemade desserts (all dietary requirements catered for).  Bring your own drinks.  Entertainment and music for dancing.  Limited tickets available from Maree Pollard 01300 345349. Monday 20th November, 7.00 pm, Cerne Abbas Village Hall.  Cerne Abbas Village Cinema presents “Churchill”. Friday 24th November, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon, Village Hall.  Village Cafe.  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. For more information ring Fizz Lewis 01300 345521. Saturday 25th November, doors open 6.30 pm Eyes Down 7.30 pm, Pulham Village Hall.  Christmas Family Bingo.  Contact pulhamvillagehall@hotmail.com  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. Wednesday 29th November, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club.  Coralie Hill “Making Wreaths”  Come and learn how to use what is available in your garden to create a festive wreath with florist Coralie Hill!  We will start the evening with a short talk and follow with a practical session.  You don’t have to join in, but if you do want to make a wreath please contact me for the list of materials you will need to bring with you.  Grab your secateurs, trim your holly and bring your baubles!  Viviane (345111). Friday 1st December.  FBNS Christmas Disco.  Put this in your diary so you don’t miss it! Saturday 2nd December, 12.00 noon to 2.00 pm,  Village Hall.  Christmas Bazaar.  All the usual soup & stalls. Make sure the date is in your diary. Saturday 9th December.  FBNS Christmas Fayre.  Lots of stalls and Christmas crafts.  Great family fun.  We even have a visit from someone special.  Donations for stalls, raffle, tombola etc all needed - please leave at School office.  Thanks! Friday 15th December, 7:30pm, Village Hall.  Artsreach presents Cornwall’s Near- ta Theatre in “Christmas. Time.”  Tickets £8 Under 18s £6 Family ticket £25. A fabulously funny festive treat, putting the 'cell' firmly back in to celebration! Charlie and Toby are feeling low, and why wouldn't they? It's Christmas Day and they are serving time at Her Majesty's pleasure. But why shouldn't they be having a Merry Christmas in spite of their incarceration? What's stopping them from creating Christmas around them? Absolutely nothing! And so they set off on their festival of carols, Claus, Christ and custody! Join them on a fantastical adventure through Dickens, pantomime, musical, Christmas dinner and festive films! See as they build a wonderfully Merry Christmas around them with songs, snowmen and lots of laughs in this truly seasonal show that puts the 'cell' firmly back in 'celebration'!  Written by Daniel Richards and Ciaran Clarke, and directed by Simon Harvey (Kneehigh and o-region), Christmas. Time. is a musical comedy for all the family and is a whole lot of fun, for all 10+ www.neartatheatre.co.uk   To book Katharine Hayens on 01300 345455 or get them from The Old Chapel Stores or online at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/391952
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Dorchester Barnardo’s Helper Group  invites you to our    CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING  to be held at  HOLYLEAS HOUSE  BUCKLAND NEWTON, DT2 7DP  by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Julian Bunkall    THURSDAY, 2nd NOVEMBER 2017  10.00a.m. until 12.30p.m.  Coffee and Homemade Biscuits      Harriet Sandys: Jewellery from Central Asia and India.  Glassware, candles and decorative items from Afghanistan and Pakistan.     BARNARDO’s CHRISTMAS CARDS         BARNARDO’S HOMEMADE            CHRISTMAS FAYRE      BOOK STALL  Dorchester Barnardo’s Helper Group thank you for your support    Linda Bowditch, Tia Bunkall, Charlotte Chichester, Louise Clarke,  Julie Gibbs, Judy Hammick, Susie Harland, Pomme Lowis,  Tessa Russell, Jane Sutton, Jane Yates, Penny  Wykes-Sneyd,    Barnardo’s registered Charity Numbers: 216250 & SCo 57605  Barnardo’s adheres to the Fundraising Promise and Fundraising Standards board Guidelines LY D D E N V A L E G A R D E N I N G C L U B Buckland Newton Village Hall  Wednesday 18th October 2017 7.30pm  All welcome, visitors £3.00 “New & Exciting Plants” with MarcusDancer