© 2019 Buckland Newton Community Website Committee                         Last updated 22nd February 2019 15:50              Website design and update by Jeremy Collins

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

Neighbourhood Alerts

Click for the latest Neighbourhood Alerts .  Dorset Police are asking people to be vigilant and to report rural crime - click here to see more.  Latest alerts posted: 22nd February at 15:50 (Tenancy Deposot Scheme Fraud); 21st February at 12:45 (Witness Appeal Serious Accident at Tiley Knapp); 11th February at 16:50 (Suspicious Vehicle GU**SKK); 7th February at 13:45 (Suspicious Vehicle  OU** WHJ)); 28th January at 14:35 (Suspicious Vehicle MW**UFH).

Defibrillator

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.

Smart Meter Rollout

The government has issued some further information on Smart Meter rollout: UK Smart meter guide: https://selectra.co.uk/guides/smart-meters Smart meter implementation program:  https://selectra.co.uk/energy/guides/smart-meters

Proposed Road Closure - Ridge Hill, Buckland Newton

It is planned to close the road at Ridge Hill on 25th February from 09.30 to 15.30 for work by Openreach.  Click here for details and the diversionary route.

Temporary Road Closure, C20 Duntish Cross to Hazelbury

Bryan

It is planned to close the road from Duntish Cross to Hazelbury Bryan from 25th February to 28th February.  More details here.

Temporary Road Closure - Hilling Lane

Hilling lane will be closed on 22nd February for patching work.  More details here.  If you would like further information: •            concerning access or the work being undertaken, please call Dorset Highways on 01305 228100; •            concerning this notice please call Dorset Highways Traffic team on 01305 221020; •            concerning these and other roadwork’s in your area visit: www.roadworks.org

Is there anyone with a little time to spare to help out on the

Village Hall Committee or as a Trustee on running Lydden

Meadow?

Both groups need someone with a little spare time, but neither jobs are onerous. The Village Hall is looking for someone for the occasional liaising with the cleaner and gardener. Plus someone who lives near the hall who could nip over and turn the lights off or shut the front door on the rare occasions they have been inadvertently left on or open. The Trustees of BNCPT (Buckland Newton Community Property Trust) who manage Lydden Meadow are looking for one or two new trustees who could act as a backup and support to existing Trustees when they are away. It would involve such things as being the liaison between the residents and service engineers on occasional maintenance issues and joining other Trustees in management decisions. We also need to fill the formal post of a new Company Secretary, although again this involves little time input year on year. Any willing volunteers please contact Nicki Barker on petroleumeng@btinternet.com or Andrew Stone on andrewstone389@btinternet.com

Buckland Newton Village Fete

Full Financial Results from the 2018 Fete can be viewed here New Fete Committee members and helpers are now being sought to join the remaining Committee members (you won't be alone), and to this end we would like to invite anyone who would like to help and get involved, to contact Kate Parish 07860 582362 / 01300 345497 or parishkate0@googlemail.com

Other Buckland Newton Websites

Please note that apart from maintaining 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.

The Gaggle of Geese

Simon and Sarah re-opened The Gaggle of Geese last year after refurbishment.  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. Thursdays  throughout February  -  Curry Nights -  enjoy our curry buffet from 6.00pm.  Help yourself to a choice of three homemade curries and sides;  £10.00 per person.  Takeaways - beat the winter blues with a Gaggle takeaway. Check out our new look menu; many of our dishes (including pies, fish & chips, curries and burgers) are available for you to pre-order and collect. And new for 2019, we have taken delivery of our first letting Shepherd Hut. King size bed, en-suite and woodburning stove. Taking bookings for dates from end of February. Contact us for more details.   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.

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

Meadow

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.

Banning Dogs from the playing field???

The Parish Council does not want to take this step, but if the present level of dog fouling persists, it may be forced to. Toxocariasis picked up from dog faeces is a very real and serious health issue and can cause children to go blind. The school uses the field for sports and is very worried. Mistakes happen, but offenders, you must take your cue from the majority of our responsible dog owners and pick up after your dog. The village has eyes. If you walk the field in the dark, take a torch! Buckland Newton Parish Council  

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

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.  Please note revised e-mail addresses for the Lydden Vale News  -  Editorial: lyddenvalley@gmail.com  Advertising: lyddenvaleadverts@gmail.com  There is an online version of the newsletter; current (February 2019) 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: March 2018 April 2018 May 2018 June 2018  July 2018 August 2018 September 2018  October 2018 November 2018  December 2018  January 2019  February 2019

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.  Pop along for more information on what is available and support your local shop. If everyone makes an effort to buy at least some of their fare……Sue and Pete won’t be rich but at least it will help things along.   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. The Buckland Gallery, at the Old Chapel Stores.  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. 

As from January 1st 2019 Ian and Katherine take over the Bookings;  telephone

number 01300 345 455 or ian@knappshill.plus.com . 

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/

Village Personalities Page

Eagle-eyed followers of this website may have noticed that the ‘Village Personalities’ page disappeared from the website some time ago.  This was because some of the characters described had moved away from the village, or the information had become out of date.  If you have something to celebrate, in terms of achievements or interesting life stories, please get in touch and we can always reinstate this page - let me know by e-mail at  Webmaster

Regular Events

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 Future dates are: Tuesday 26th February Tuesday 26th March Tuesday 30th April Tuesday 28th May Tuesday 25th June Tuesday 30th July 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. ‘Tikka’ Curry Van visits Buckland Newton (generally alternate Tuesdays) at the old bus shelter opposite Buckland Newton School from 5.00 pm 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 year’s 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. Tuesdays, 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm, Buckland Newton Village Hall.  Seated Exercise Class to Music.  Improve your mobility, strength, posture and balance. Exercising in a fun and friendly atmosphere.  £5.00 per session.  Come along and have a go, no need to book.  Contact Sarah on  01258 812788. 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

Dates for your Diary

From 1st February.  Snowdrops at Minterne Gardens.  Well-loved for its simple beauty & distinct honey-like scent, snowdrop flowers have a surprising and varied history in both folklore and modern storytelling. Today they are thought to be a simple, delicate symbol of hope, purity and consolation.  Often described as having the appearance of 3 drops of milk spilling forth from a bright green stem, expect to see carpets of these dainty white flowers adorning the banks in Minterne’s 27-acre wild woodland garden.  Visit Minterne Garden and enjoy their appearance from 1st February onwards. Gardens open daily 10.00 am to 6.00 pm.  2-for-1 while the snowdrops last – (£6.00 for 2 adults.) Season tickets available.  More information at www.minterne.co.uk  or call 01300 341370. Tuesday 19th to Saturday 23rd February 2019, 7.00 pm, Buckland Newton Village Hall.  The Piddle Valley Players present “Oklahoma!” by Rodgers and Hammerstein (an amateur production by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe).  £10.00 including refreshments.  Tickets from Old Chapel Stores, Buckland Newton and Piddletrenthide Post Office from January.  Please click on graphic at left for more information. Saturday 23rd February, 9.00 am to 11.00 am, Glanvilles Wootton Village Hall (DT9 5FQ).  Community Breakfast and countryside walk.  Breakfast £5 under 10’s free with the purchase of a full price breakfast. Raffle.  With optional free countryside walk! Meet at 8:30am from the hall car park. Approx: 1- 1 1/2 hours - some stiles - stout footwear advised.  For more information on 01963 210562. A community event organised by Holnest Church. Sunday 24th February.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Holy Communion (Common Worship, modern language). Monday 25th February, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm.  Proposed Closure of road at Ridge Hill, Buckland Newton.  It is planned to close the road at Ridge Hill on 25th February from 09.30 to 15.30 for work by Openreach.  Click here for details and the diversionary route. Monday 25th February to Thursday 28th February.  Proposed Closure of C2 road from Duntish Cross to Hazelbury Bryan.  More details here. Tuesday 26th February, 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm (last orders), Old Bus Shelter opposite BN School.  Fish and Chip Van. Thursday 28th February, 7.30 pm, Gaggle of Geese.  Cheese and Wine Club.  A social evening reviewing at least five wines along with a cheese & biscuit supper. Book in advance only, £20. Limited spaces.  Contact Simon or Sarah on 345249. Saturday 2nd March.  ‘Village People’ Games Night at The Gaggle of Geese. Enjoy an evening of traditional Pub games like Shove Ha’penny, Cribbage and lots more.  Competition, skill, brains, tactics, maybe a bit of light gambling!, but most of all – FUN!    Traditional pub games like Shove Ha’penny, Cribbage, Bar Pong, Drubbers and much more.   Show off a talent or learn a new game.    (Btw – Drubbers?? If you don’t know what that is, you’ll just have to come along to find out). Your Pub Needs YOU! Do you have, or do you know someone who does have, any of the following that we could borrow for the evening: Dart Board and Darts Backgammon Draughts Shut the Box Table Football or Blow Football Or any other game that you think would be fun to play. Please contact Amanda McKenna or Sarah and Simon if you can help, thanks. Sunday 3rd March.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Matins.   Monday 11th March, 7.30 pm, Cerne Abbas Village Hall.  Cerne Abbas Village Cinema.  “The Little Stranger”.  Doors open at 7.00pm for 7.30pm; tickets are £5.00 at the door.  CAVC looks forward to welcoming you. Wednesday 13th March, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Buckland Newton Parish Council Meeting, preceded by Democratic Half Hour.  All welcome.  Please note that while the Parish Room is being refurbished, Parish Council Meetings will be held in the Village Hall and on the Wednesday following the second Tuesday of the month. Sunday 17th March, 7.30 pm, Buckland Newton Village Hall.  Artsreach  presents “Alec Dankworth's World Spirit”.  Formed out of renowned bass player Alec Dankworth's love of music from the Iberian Peninsula, World Spirit crosses the Straits of Gibraltar into Africa and beyond. Alec has joined forces with daughter Emily Dankworth, leading tenorist Brandon Allen and world percussionist Paul Clarvis to explore melodies from Africa, South America and other continents from a jazz perspective. With tunes by Duke Ellington, Bela Flek, Antonio-Carlos Jobim, Abdullah Ibrahim and WC Handy originating from Ireland, Venezuela, Bulgaria, South Africa, Mali and Brazil, World Spirit offers an evening of global song and improvisation.  Alec is the son and Emily the granddaughter of Cleo Laine and Johnny Dankworth.  www.alecdankworth.com  Please book early as demand is sure to be high for this Artsreach event!  Tickets: £10.00, £7.00 u18s, £28.00 (family of 4, max 2 adults) on door if available, or in advance tel: 01300 345455 (Katharine Hayens) or 01300 345401 (Helen Simpson), or from The Old Chapel Stores, or book online at: www.artsreach.co.uk Wednesday 20th March, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club.  Susannah Applegate “From Plant to Plate”. Saturday 23rd March, 12.00 noon to 2.00 pm, Village Hall.  Lent Lunch.  Come and enjoy a simple lunch of homemade soup (choice of flavours), bread and cheese. Sunday 24th March, 3.00 pm, Village Hall.  Children’s Charity Concert.  Pete and Jane Willis are organising a charity concert as part of Pete’s 90th year celebrations. The two small charities, supported by young women who were members of a Recorder group, which Pete tutored in Dorchester, are both concerned with children: Juliet is working with Bristol Deaf Children’s Society, organising self-support groups for families who have children with profound hearing problems. Jo runs a voluntary group as part of Free Cakes for Kids, which ensures that children whose families might find it difficult to provide one themselves, are always given a cake on their birthday. Serendipity Consort was started by Pete soon after his arrival in this village in the 80’s and they perform on a large range of recorders, with repertoire spanning from 16th century dances to popular tunes like Tea for Two. For this concert, and for obvious reasons, there will be an arrangement of Teddy Bears Picnic! The readings will be poetry written either for, or about, children.  Jane and her merry band of helpers will supply coffee/tea and cake during the interval.  We ask you to please support this venture: Tickets – £7.50 adults and £2.50 children of school age. Available from Jane 345477 or Bridget 345386  Tuesday 26th March, 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm (last orders), Old Bus Shelter opposite BN School.  Fish and Chip Van. Wednesday 27th March, 7.30 pm, Octagon Theatre, Yeovil.  ‘Village People’:  YAOS (Yeovil Amateur Operatic Society) present ‘42nd Street’. Tickets are £19.00. Tickets are on sale from 4th February so if you would like to come please can you let me know by 1st February and, if possible, could you let me have payment by then too.  Amanda – 01300 345367 or by email. Tuesday 2nd April, 6.30 pm, Village Hall.  The Annual Parochial Church Meeting  will be held in the village hall.  All parishioners welcome. Please come and hear of forthcoming plans for the church and give YOUR views. Saturday 6th April, 12.00 noon to 2.00 pm, Holy Rood Church, Buckland Newton.  Lent Lunch.  Come and enjoy a simple lunch of homemade soup (choice of flavours), bread and cheese. Wednesday 10th April, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Buckland Newton Parish Council Meeting, preceded by Democratic Half Hour.  All welcome.  Please note that while the Parish Room is being refurbished, Parish Council Meetings will be held in the Village Hall and on the Wednesday following the second Tuesday of the month.  Friday 12th April, evening time t.b.a., Cerne Abbas Vilage Hall.  In aid of Barnardo’s:  A talk by Harriet Sandys on her travels in the North West Frontier, Afghanistan, Iraqi Kurdistan and Bosnia Herzogovina, with wine and canapes. Wednesday 24th April, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Buckland Newton Gardening Club.  Kevin Pope “Bees”. Saturday 27th April, 7.30 pm to 11.30 pm, Village Hall.  ‘Village People’ 60’s, 70’s, 80’s Disco – in aid of Marie Curie.  Details to follow. Monday 29th April, 7.30 pm, Cerne Abbas Village Hall.  Cerne Abbas Village Cinema.  “King of Thieves”.  Doors open at 7.00pm for 7.30pm; tickets are £5.00 at the door.  CAVC looks forward to welcoming you. Saturday 4th May, 1.00 pm, Village Hall.  Esmee Godwin Fund "Charity Auction of Promises, Objects, Art & Events".  The auction will, as last year, comprise of ceramics, glassware, art, collector's items, furniture, along with some wonderful & luxurious days out, trips and stays away, both here in Dorset and across the UK, as well as some very special "one-off lots" that simply shouldn't be missed! There will also be side stalls, raffle, delicious hot & cold food, ice cream van and much more besides. The auction is again raising money for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Southampton General Hospital, who cared for, and tried so hard to save the life of our daughter Esmee back in 2007. Tragically Esmee was just too poorly, and passed away in our arms after nearly three weeks of fighting. Since that most dark of times Esmee's Fund, with the kind generosity of its supporters has raised over £30,000 for this amazing hospital department, who treat some 1000+ babies and young children each and every year. The first auction held back in 2017, was an absolutely amazing day, raising thousands of pounds for PICU through peoples amazing generosity, while at the same time enjoying a really fun occasion. We would dearly love to beat the last auction total, and with your help raise even more money for this very special life-saving unit, which holds a very special place in our hearts. Viewing will take place from 11.00 am to give plenty of time to have a look at the many Lots, and register for your bidding/paddle numbers. Equally, if you have an item or experience, which you feel might be suitable as a "lot" in the auction, and would like to kindly donate it, please just get in touch. ‘Star’ lot at present is a VIP Visit for 2 to the Red Arrows base at RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire. Christopher Godwin, tel: 07770 546499 or email chrisgodwin07@hotmail.com Monday 9th May, 7.30 pm, Cerne Abbas Village Hall.  Cerne Abbas Village Cinema.  “Leave No Trace”.  Doors open at 7.00pm for 7.30pm; tickets are £5.00 at the door.  CAVC looks forward to welcoming you. Wednesday 15th May, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Buckland Newton Parish Council Meeting, preceded by Democratic Half Hour.  All welcome.  Please note that while the Parish Room is being refurbished, Parish Council Meetings will be held in the Village Hall and on the Wednesday following the second Tuesday of the month. Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May.  ‘Village People’ visit to River Cottage Food Fair.  Tickets £15.00 plus parking £7.50 – go to  https://www.rivercottage.net/festival/food-fair-2019  for details and to purchase tickets.
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