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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

Christmas Bin Collections

Refuse collections for the period around Christmas (Christmas Day to Saturday 13th

January) will be different.  Click here to see the revised arrangements.

Cerne Abbas Surgery Christmas Closing Hours

A reminder that the surgery will be closed over Christmas and New Year on Monday

25th and Tuesday 26th December and Monday 1st January.

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.

2018 Buckland Newton Fete

Buckland Newton Fete 2018 fete organising team vacancies.  We are seeking a

new Treasurer to join our friendly and energetic fete organising team. No special

finance experience is needed, but if you are organised, at ease with numbers and can

use spreadsheets you may be just the person we are looking for.

We also need a Stalls Co-ordinator to recruit and liaise with stallholders for 2018. This

is a key role in helping to define the shape of our fete and make it an attractive and fun

event for everyone. If you are organised, creative, and enjoy attending fetes and fairs,

then we’d like to talk to you. If you think you’d like to join us to help organise a fabulous

event in 2018 and raise funds for village amenities and clubs, please call Steve

Workman on 01300 345671 or send an email to steve_workman@hotmail.com. Thank


Steve Workman’s report on the 2017 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 30th November:  Suspicious Vehicle 2003 registered Silver Volkswagen Golf R*53*RY 23rd November:  Suspicious Vehicle 2000 Green Ford Focus Estate X***JKE 17th November:  BT / Openreach Internet Scam 15th November:  Suspicious Vehicles 2001 Grey Ford Transit S*51 *KN; 2000 Green Mitsubishi 4X4 W*5*SJH;  1994 Green Suzuki Vitara M*93*HU. 13th November:  Employment scam (The Student Room website) 13th November:  HMRC and iTunes Vouchers scam

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 )

Apple Tree Survey

The results of the village apple tree survey (carried out as part of the Apple Day in

September) have now been published on the Gardening Club page.

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


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 is visiting again, usually on the last Tuesday of the month -

except December.  As before we will be at the old bus shelter opposite Buckland

Newton School from 5pm with last orders at 7pm

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:


Tuesday 30th January

Tuesday 27th February

Tuesday 27th March

Tuesday 24th April

Tuesday 29th May

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

A total of 200 parishioners (37.8% of the electorate) voted in the referendum on the 2nd

November and 119 (59.5%) voted in favour of the Buckland Newton Neighbourhood


As there was a majority in favour, West Dorset District Council (WDDC) is now in the

process of setting up a special full council meeting on the 7th December to “make” the

plan. This means our Neighbourhood Plan will be adopted as a legal part of the existing

Local Plan for West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland, and WDDC planners will use it to

help them decide future planning applications in the parish.

You can view the Decision Statement here.

Also as a result of this, WDDC will be amending the relevant guidance notes and

webpage on the www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk website regarding the provision for affordable

housing in West Dorset. This is because Buckland Newton Neighbourhood Plan

requires a greater proportion of affordable housing on site and/or financial contributions

than anywhere else in the district; that is up to 50% instead of 35% elsewhere. Any

affordable housing contributions made by the developer will help support further

provision across West Dorset, and are in addition to the Community Infrastructure Levy

payments on open market housing.

Please see www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/developercontributions/west/weymouth for further


The result of the Referendum on the Buckland Newton Neighbourhood Plan, held on

2nd November 2017, can be viewed here.

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 

Additionally the Parish Council have made copies of the Neighbourhood Plan available

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


The Village Hall

The Old Chapel Stores

The Church

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.

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 (December 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:

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

Tuesday 12th December, 7.30 pm, Parish Room.  Parish Council Meeting,  preceded by Democratic Half Hour.  All are welcome to attend. Tuesday 12th December, 7.45 pm for 8.00 pm (9.30 pm finish), Rose Villa, Buckland Newton.  Wayfarers Meeting. “Should MPs move out of Parliament for its restoration? If so, where should they go?”  Please come, bring your friends. Share, listen and discuss thoughts, experiences, feelings, beliefs and research on this question. Free, but feel free to bring nibbles or a drink to share. Contact Helen Simpson on 01300 345401. Wednesday 13th December, 2.00 pm, Holy Rood Church.  Thanksgiving Service for the life of Chris Burnett. 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 Saturday 16th December, 10.00 am to 12.00 noon, Holy Rood Church.  Church clean for Christmas. Sunday 17th December, Service at Holy Rood Church.  9.30am Family Service.  All ages welcome to join us for this service of songs, stories and activities, with a Christmas theme. Refreshments served after this service. Wednesday 20th December, 6.30 pm, Holnest Church.  Candlelit Carol Service.  Make Christmas different this year!  More information available from 01963 210562. Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd December, Holy Rood Church.  Church decorating for Christmas.  If you can help in any way, please contact Carol Grant on 01300 345119. Sunday 24th December, 4.30 pm, Holy Rood Church.  Christingle and Carol Service.  A traditional service for all the family, with favourite carols, readings by children and an re-enactment of the story of the nativity. Mulled wine and mince pies served after this service. Sunday 24th December, 11.30 pm, Holnest Church.  Candlelit Midnight Mass with Carols. Monday 25th December, 11.00 am, Holy Rood Church.  Christmas Day Service.  A service of readings, carols and communion to celebrate this special day. Come and start Christmas Day with us. Friday 29th December.  No Village Cafe this month (too busy eating Christmas cake) but resuming in January. Sunday 31st December.  No service at Buckland Newton, but 11.00 am Benefice Communion at Godmanstone Church. Sunday 31st December, from 7.30 pm, Hunter’s Moon pub, Middlemarsh.  ‘Buzz!’ are performing live at The Hunter’s Moon, Middlemarsh on New Year’s Eve 2017 from 7:30pm.  Dance and sing your way into 2018 to a fabulous selection of hits from the 50s until the present day. Come and join the party!  No need to book, but if you want to reserve a table and dine, please call the Hunter’s Moon on 01963 210966. Sunday 31st December, 8.00 pm until late, Pulham Village Hall.  New Year’s Eve Party.  Fancy Dress optional.  Bring your own drink and a plate of food or nibbles to add to the buffet.  Tickets £5.00 per adult, children free, celebratory drink on arrival.  Contact Sarah on 01258 817288 or Sharon on 01258 817528. Sunday 7th January, Service at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Matins, taken by Allen Knott. Saturday 20th January, 2.00 pm, Cerne Abbas Village Hall.  Cerne Abbas Village Cinema presents ‘The Other Side of the Lake’, a psychological ghost story linking the 18th and 20th centuries, was made by Dorset resident Rosita Clarke who will be host a Q and A at the screening. Rosita won an international award for this film; after retiring she wrote the screenplay, directed, produced and edited the film. Respect!  Filming took place in Cerne and the surrounding area so this is a truly unique opportunity. Tickets will be free with donations to the Village Hall: please contact Marion on 341375 or Julia on 345632 to reserve a seat. Dates for Spring 2018 are 19th February, 19th March and 16th April. Wednesday 24th January, 6.30 pm, Village Hall.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club AGM, followed by a colourful presentation by Susannah Applegate on “Peonies & Irises”. In the meantime, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Viviane (345111)  vivianebernhard@hotmail.co.uk

Tuesday 30th January, 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm (last orders), the old bus shelter

(opposite Buckland Newton School).  Fish & Chip van.

13th to 17th February 2018, 7.00 pm, Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall.  Piddle Valley Players present “South Pacific”.  Tickets £10.00, to include refreshments, available from Old Chapel Stores, Buckland Newton and Piddletrenthide Post Office, from January. Monday 19th February, Cerne Abbas Village Hall.  Cerne Abbas Village Cinema. Saturday 24th February, 10.30 am, Village Hall.  Defibrillator Training Morning.  If you would like to know about Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation and how the Defib (held on the outside wall of the Village Hall) works we hold an annual training session at the Village Hall with Kate Fisher from SWAST.  She will talk and demonstrate for about an hour and a half on how to use the Defibrillator etc and then there will be an opportunity for anyone who would like to practice on her mannequin. This is a very good introduction for people who are recently arrived in the area and for those like me who need a refresher! It is the sort of general knowledge that everyone should have these days.  Cost is £5.00 on the door (all income to go towards cost of replacement needed in 2020).  Please book a place in advance by contacting Fizz Lewis on 345521 or by email on froglewis@hotmail.com

Tuesday 27th February, 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm (last orders), the old bus shelter

(opposite Buckland Newton School).  Fish & Chip van.

Monday 19th March, Cerne Abbas Village Hall.  Cerne Abbas Village Cinema.

Tuesday 27th March, 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm (last orders), the old bus shelter

(opposite Buckland Newton School).  Fish & Chip van.

Monday 16th April, Cerne Abbas Village Hall.  Cerne Abbas Village Cinema.

Tuesday 24th April, 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm (last orders), the old bus shelter (opposite

Buckland Newton School).  Fish & Chip van.

Tuesday 29th May, 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm (last orders), the old bus shelter (opposite

Buckland Newton School).  Fish & Chip van.

Buckland Newton Community Website
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presented by THE PIDDLE VALLEY PLAYERS An amateur production by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe 13th to 17th February 2018 7pm, Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall    10 including refreshments Tickets from Old Chapel Stores, Buckland Newton and Piddletrenthide Post Office from January