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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


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:


Wanted - handyperson; paid position

The Parish Council are looking for someone to help out with strimming, hedge cutting

and other small tasks/jobs that arise during the year around the village.  If you are

interested, please apply to the Parish Clerk at bucklandnewton@dorset-aptc.gov.uk

Attention “Dog Walkers” who use the footpath through Lydden


Please remember these grounds are private and should be treated as you would your


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.

Neighbourhood Alerts 22nd March:  Nat West Bank Phone Scam 20th March:  Suspicious Vehicle 2007 white Ford Transit Tipper K*57*ZL 16th March:  TPS (Telephone Preference Service Scam 5th March:  Suspicious Vehicle 2007 white Ford Transit Connect B*57*FR 28th February:  5 Door Volkswagen Golf in Silver registration X2**HMR 27th February:  Suspicious Vehicle 2000 reg black Door Nissan Almera W*21R*W 20th February:  HMRC and BT telephone scams 20th December:  Bought someone a Drone at Christmas?  Please read this.

Buckland Newton Flower Festival and Open Gardens in May

A Flower Festival and Open Gardens event is planned for 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.   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


(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


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 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 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.


Now is the beginning of the season; 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 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.

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 (March 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:

April 2017 May 2017 June 2017 July 2017 August 2017 September 2017 October 2017  November 2017 December 2017 January 2018 February 2018 March 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


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 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, 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.


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 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.


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.

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

Amanda McKenna on 01300 345367 or email 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 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. 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

Friday 23rd March, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon, Village Hall.  Village Cafe.  The March Cafe would fall on Good Friday this year (30th March) so the date of the cafe has been changed to the week before i.e. Friday 23rd March. Friday 23rd March, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  “Brave Folk” performed by Farnham Maltings Theatre Co.  Tickets : £9, £7 (under 18s), and £28 (family of 4, max 2 adults) Available from Old Chapel Stores, online @ www.artsreach.co.uk, or telephone 01300 345455.  Around 10 years ago Farnham Maltings brought us an amazing production called ‘The Polish Play’. Those of us who were lucky enough to be there will remember a joyful performance on the floor of the village hall in the middle of the audience with music, drama and lots of humour. ‘Brave Folk’ promises to transport us with an evening of story and song from the lands of the far, far north. Yorgjin Oxo is a carefree young man who has been taught the sounds of storms and how to sing into the rain, until one day everything changes as the familiar disappears. This is a Nordic tale fizzing with humour about love and courage and knowing when to act.

Saturday 24th March, 12.00 noon to 2.00 pm, Village Hall.  Lent Lunch, hosted by

Sue and Jon Sulkin.  Come and enjoy an informal and sociable lunch of soup and

bread.  Donations are invited for Buckland Newton Holy Rood Church and People First

Dorset, supporting people with learning difficulties in Dorset.  So that we may have an

idea of numbers to cater for, please telephone Jon (01300 345251) if you are attending.

Sunday 25th March.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  Palm Sunday 11.00 am Holy Communion (Common Worship, modern language) led by Jonathon.

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

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

Tuesday 27th March, 7.45 pm for 8.00 pm (9.30 pm finish), Rose Villa, Buckland Newton.  Wayfarers Meeting.  “Is the present the future we predicted?”  Please come, bring your friends. Share, listen and discuss thoughts, experiences, feelings, beliefs and re-search on these questions.  Free, but bring some drink or nibbles to share.  Contact Helen for more details 01300 345401. Friday 30th March.  The March Village Cafe would fall on Good Friday this year (30th March) so the date of the cafe has been changed to the week before i.e. Friday 23rd March. Friday 30th March, Good Friday Service at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am The ‘Bun’ service. Taken by Jonathon. Sunday 1st April, Easter Day Service at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am A celebratory service of Holy Communion (Common Worship, modern language), taken for us by Jonathon Saturday 7th April, 1030 am to 12.00 noon, Pulham Village Hall.  Coffee Morning.  Bring the children along for an Easter Egg Hunt and activities.  Delicious homemade cake, a cuppa and great company.  Everyone elcome. Tuesday 10th April, 10.00 am to 2.00 pm, Dorford Centre, Dorchester (near Top of Town roundabout).  The Association of Dorset Watches in partnership with Community Speed Watch are hosting a Community Safety Awareness Event.  Meet people who can give you tips on how to avoid being scammed, along with crime prevention and safety advice, road safety, how to set up your own Community Speed Watch Group and lots more.  This is a drop in session so there is no need to book, just turn up on the day and gain the benefit of the excellent advice given by the experts that have gathered together for this event. Tuesday 10th April, 7.30 pm, Parish Room.  Parish Council Meeting, preceded by Democratic Half Hour.  All welcome to attend. Monday 16th April, Cerne Abbas Village Hall.  Cerne Abbas Village Cinema.  “Death of Stalin”.

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

Buckland Newton School).  Fish & Chip van.

 Wednesday 25th April, 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm start, Village Hall.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club.  “Frogs Bottom - my wildflower meadow” with Fizz Lewis.  Fizz and Geoff Lewis open their wildflower meadow, Frogs Bottom Meadow (opposite The Gaggle) to the village every June and July.  It is an example of a part restored, part created Hay Meadow and won a Judges Award at the Dorset Wildlife Garden Competition run by the Dorset Wildlife Trust in 2014.  Fizz will give a light-hearted but informative presentation on the history of how it came about and its management. Viviane (345111) vivianebernhard@hotmail.co.uk Saturday 27th April, 10.00 am, Village Hall.  Plant Sale for Weldmar.   We will be needing lots of plants to sell!  So could you please have a look in your garden to see what you can spare?  Perhaps you have perennials needing dividing soon and could spare a little piece to put in a pot for the sale?  You could perhaps sow a few seeds…. and or dig up a few self sown seedlings in the garden and pot those up?  Vegetables of all sorts are very welcome - go easy on the tomato plants though, I think we were inundated with them last year. Annuals and bedding are very very welcome and houseplants of course also sell well.  Everything for the garden (maybe not Shasta daisies!) is valuable to us. And to support the plants we will be having Carol’s Wigwams and plant supports again!  Give us a ring if you have problems of any sort, storage, potting, collecting etc etc. Oh and we could do with a couple more volunteers to sell on the day.      Fizz Lewis 345521 and Jan Marpole 345560. Saturday 28th April, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Artsreach presents Panta Rei Danseteater – ‘Promise of Departure’.   We are thrilled that Norwegian dance troupe Panta Rei, a highly acclaimed company known for the overall immersive feeling of their productions catching the imagination of audiences worldwide, is returning to our village hall after a gap of several years. Their new show, Promise of Departure, looks at how vulnerability and strength come to play in the relationships we have, and the struggles we are forced to overcome. It explores the promise of connection and the departure from our comfort zone, and challenges the dancers to share personal stories and push their physicality over and over again. Promise of Departure is a co-production between Panta Rei Danseteater (Norway) and Teater Innlandet (Norway), a double bill created in collaboration with British choreographer Rachel Erdos. A fantastic life affirming performance is promised!  Tickets £10, £6 (under 18s) are available from Old Chapel Stores, Buckland Newton, online @ www.artsreach.co.uk, or telephone 01300 345455 www.pantareidanseteater.com/en Tuesday 29th May, 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm (last orders), the old bus shelter (opposite Buckland Newton School).  Fish & Chip van. Saturday 14th July, 7.00 pm, Buckland Newton Village Hall.  The Piddle Valley Players are having a ‘Talent Night’ evening as a fundraiser for their next show in February 2019. Members will be performing songs, sketches and comedy … and it is open to the public to join us. If you would like to show off your talent, please contact our director, Holly Royle, on 07775 436075.  Tickets are available NOW from Old Chapel Stores in Buckland Newton … £5.00, including a light buffet, (£3 for performers)
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THE PIDDLE VALLEY PLAYERS PRESENT  SATURDAY 14TH JULY 2018 - 7PM  BUCKLAND NEWTON VILLAGE  HALL  'There's talent in the valley'  Come and enjoy an evening of entertainment,  featuring local band 'BUZZ'  TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM BUCKLAND NEWTON VILLAGE SHOP  Any talent wanting to  perform,  please  contact  Holly on 07775436075