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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

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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 will take place, as usual, on the Parish Field on Bank Holiday Monday August 27th. Please see the Village Fete page for full information.  Next year however, 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 Tuesday 31st July 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 (July 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: August 2017 September 2017 October 2017 November 2017 December 2017 January 2018 February 2018 March 2018 April 2018 May 2018 June 2018  July 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. 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

Thursday 26th July, 11.00 am, Holy Rood Church.  Funeral of Janey Cromwell. Thursday 26th July, 7.30 pm, Gaggle of Geese.  Wine and Cheese Evening. Limited spaces, book in advance - £15.00.  Contact Simon or Sarah on 345249. Friday 27th July, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon, Village Hall.  Village Cafe.  This is held on the last Friday of the month whatever the date from 10:30 am to noonish at Buckland Newton Village Hall. Come along to the Cafe which we run by ourselves for ourselves every month. £1.20 for a slice of homemade cake and a cup of coffee or tea, then sit and chat, make friends, or catch up with friends. No raffles or people trying to get you to join things it is simply a cafe which over the many many years it has been running is very popular!  Contact Fizz Lewis on 01300 345521. Saturday 28th July, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Meeting for all Fete Stallholders.   Contact Steve Workman steve_workman@hotmail.com Sunday 29th July.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Benefice Service at Buckland Newton Church. All welcome from across the benefice, all invited to stay for refreshments. Monday 30th July, time t.b.c., Lydden Vale Walking Group.  Hardy Way Challenge - West Lulworth to Kimmeridge.  Contact Bridget Hodges on 345493 Tuesday 31st July, 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm (last orders), the old bus shelter (opposite Buckland Newton School).  Fish & Chip van. The Gaggle of Geese.  Kids Club - Tuesdays throughout August - during the school holidays accompany the kids to the Gaggle on Tuesday afternoons from midday for indoor activities and fun in the garden. Starts Tuesday 31st July. 3rd August to 6th August and 14th to 16th September.  Plush Festival.  Tickets are now available for another inspiring programme of music in the unique surroundings of Plush in Dorset. Founded by Music Director Adrian Brendel 22 years ago, the 2018 Plush Festival is guest curated by pianist Tim Horton. Season highlights include acclaimed vocal group Fieri Consort singing Gesualdo, virtuoso Italian pianist Filippo Gorini performing Schumann, the Heath Quartet and an outstanding "Plush Ensemble" juxtaposing Berg, Webern and Brahms on Friday 14 September. View the full festival programme and book tickets at their website: www.plushfestival.com/whats-on Saturday 4th August, Gaggle of Geese.   'Gaggle Fest' -  a day of live music, BBQs, wood-fired pizzas, garden cider bar and more. Limited camping available. Saturday 4th August, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon, Pulham Village Hall.  Coffee Morning.  Contact Sarah Mitchell on 01963 817288. Sunday 5th August.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  6.00 pm Evensong. Wednesday 22nd August, 2.15 p.m.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club.  Visit to Tintinhull Gardens, near Yeovil, BA22 8PZ.  Tintinhull is an Arts & Craft garden modelled on Hidcote Manor with “rooms” including a kitchen garden, orchard, secluded borders and ponds.  The house started as a small farmhouse in 1630 and was enlarged in the 18th century.  It is a National Trust property, entry is free to NT members otherwise £7.90.  If you want to extend your afternoon, you could consider adding a visit to nearby Lytes Cary, also NT, which is only 10 minutes drive away.  Both properties have a tea room.  Viviane (345111) vivianebernhard@hotmail.co.uk Bank Holiday Monday August 27th, 1.00 pm to 4.30 pm, Village Recreation Ground.  Buckland Newton Village Fete. Saturday 1st September, 2.00 pm.  Cerne Abbas Village Cinema.  To celebrate the recent decision to become more independent by using the excellent projection facilities in the Village Hall, CAVC is delighted to announce an End of Summer Spectacular. By popular request, we shall screen the wonderful Paddington 2 on Saturday, 1st September at 2.00 pm in Cerne Abbas Village Hall. The screening will be free though we will be asking for donations please to CAVC and the Village Hall. If you would like to attend, with or without children, we hope to have a full house - please contact Marion Lee on 01300 341375. This will help CAVC keep an eye on numbers and provide refreshments for all ages.  Finally, if you wish to join or remain on the CAVC mailing list (which will enable you to vote on the Spring and Autumn choice of films), please contact cerneabbasvillagecinema@gmail.com as soon as you can. 14th to 16th September.  Plush Festival.  Tickets are now available for another inspiring programme of music in the unique surroundings of Plush in Dorset. Founded by Music Director Adrian Brendel 22 years ago, the 2018 Plush Festival is guest curated by pianist Tim Horton. Season highlights include acclaimed vocal group Fieri Consort singing Gesualdo, virtuoso Italian pianist Filippo Gorini performing Schumann, the Heath Quartet and an outstanding "Plush Ensemble" juxtaposing Berg, Webern and Brahms on Friday 14 September. View the full festival programme and book tickets at their website: www.plushfestival.com/whats-on Saturday 22nd September, 10.00 am to 12.00 noon, Village Hall.  MacMillan Coffee Morning in memory of Sue Douglass.  If you are able to help by baking a cake, please contact Sylvia Morse on 01300 345707. 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!
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