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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

Please note that The Lydden Vale News for June will be a little late owing to the illness of editor Mandy’s sister, which has taken up a lot of Mandy’s time.  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 (May 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: July 2018 August 2018 September 2018 October 2018 November 2018  December 2018  January 2019  February 2019  March 2019 April 2019  May 2019   June 2019  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 25th June Tuesday 30th July ‘Tikka’ Curry Van visits Buckland Newton (generally alternate Tuesdays/Wednesdays unless this is a Fish & Chip Van evening) either at the old bus shelter opposite Buckland Newton School or in the Gaggle of Geese car park from 5.00 pm; (look for information board at School crossroads). 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

Wednesday 19th June, 2.00 pm.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club visit to Stable Court, Chalmington  DT2 0HB.  This month we will visit a garden described as “delightfully exuberant” which was only started in 2010 by new owners. It features an ancient lime tree, gravelled areas with shrubbery, a wild garden and pond and a mass of roses scrambling over hedges, walls & trees which should be quite a display at this time of year.  Chalmington is near Cattistock on the other side of the A37 and it’s only a 20 minutes drive! Hope you can join us.  Cost is £4.50.  Contact Viviane on 01300 345111. Thursday 20th June, 10.00 am to 12.30 pm, Warmwell House, Warmwell.  Barnardos Coffee Morning.  Click for more details and Stallholders. Friday 21st June, 12.00 noon to 5.00 pm, Gaggle of Geese.  Pop-up Barber Shop.  Contact Simon or Sarah on 01300 345249. Saturday 22nd June, 10.30 am, Holy Rood Church.  Have Fun with Flowers.  A morning of fun and creativity, no experience needed and no need to join the Church Flower Team either.  Just a chance to enjoy watching or having a go at a variety of styles using different flowers, foliage, containers and accessories.  Bring anything you need to use or need advice with and take home your efforts afterwards.  As the title says, it aims to be fun and inspirational so bring your camera.  The morning will start with tea or coffee at 10.30 am but please book in as soon as possible.  Ring Carol on 01300 345119 or e-mail carolgrant.sw@gmail.com  There is no charge for this event, but donations for refreshments would be much appreciated. Sunday 23rd June.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Holy Communion (Common Worship - modern language) led by Jonathan. Tuesday 25th June, 1.00 pm-ish, Village Hall.  Fish and Chip van here for lunch. Thursday 27th June, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Buckland Newton Village Hall AGM.  All welcome. Friday 28th June, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon, Village Hall.  Village Cafe.  Every last Friday in the month whatever the date we hold a village cafe in the village hall starting at 10.30 until 12 noonish. Relaxed and friendly not at all scary. Tea/coffee and homemade cake all for the amazingly cheap contribution of £1.20. It’s been going since 1989 - we love our cafe.  For more information Fizz Lewis on 345521. Saturday 29th June, from 1.00 pm, The Old Rectory Pulham.  Pulham Church Fete. Saturday 29th June, from 6.00 pm, Gaggle of Geese.  BBQ and Band. Sunday 30th June.  Benefice Service at Holy Rood Church.  All welcome from across the 4 parishes in the Benefice at this service of communion. Wine and nibbles after the service.  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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