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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.

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 19th January:  Suspicious Vehicle 57 reg white Transit 10th January:  Theft from Garden Shed in Duntish 20th December:  Bought someone a Drone this Christmas?  Please read this. 13th December:  Fake Government Grants Fraud 12th December:  Fake Police Investigation Scam 17th November:  BT / Openreach Internet Scam 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 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 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

Please see the Parish Council page under Neighbourhood Plan

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 (January 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:

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

Sunday 21st January, Service at Holy Rood Church.  9.30 am Family Service.  All ages welcome at this informal, relaxed service, with songs, stories and activities. Refreshments served after this service. Sunday 21st January, 11.00 am to 4.30 pm, Rectory Tea Room, Holwell.  Afternoon Tea.  Do you long for warm summer days, cream teas and cake?  Come and join us for one day only at the Rectory Tea Room, Holwell on Sunday 21st January 2018 from 11am to 4:30pm.  Shorts/Summer dresses preferable, but optional.  Enquiries 01963 23570. Proceeds to Benefice funds. Wednesday 24th January, 6.30 pm, Village Hall.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club AGM, + 7.30pm - Susannah Applegate “Peonies and Irises”.  We will start our meeting at the EARLIER TIME OF 6.30 pm in order to hold our AGM.  The rest of the meeting promises to be bright and colourful!  Come and shake off those winter blues with Susannah Applegate’s talk on “Peonies and Irises”. Viviane (345111) vivianebernhard@hotmail.co.uk

Friday 26th January, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon, Village Hall.  Village Cafe.    Contact

Fizz Lewis 01300 345521 for more information.

Sunday 28th January, Service at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Holy Communion (Common Worship, modern language) taken by Jonathan.

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

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

Tuesday 30th January, 7.45 pm for 8.00 pm, Rose Villa.  Wayfarers’ Meeting. “Should rationing be brought back?”.  Please come, bring your friends. Share, listen and discuss thoughts, experiences, feelings, beliefs and research on these questions. Free, but bring some drink or nibbles to share.  Contact Helen Simpson on 01300 345401. Saturday 3rd February, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon, Pulham Village Hall.  Coffee Morning. Sunday 4th February, Service at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Matins, taken by David Bowen. Saturday 10th February, 7.30 pm.   Lydden Ladies.  Evening meal at The Rose and Crown, Longburton.  Could you let me know if you would like to come. I am presuming there will be at least 15 of us, so they have asked if we pre-order. The pub are sending me menus so I will e-mail everyone if you could let me have your choices by 2nd February please.   Contact Amanda on 01300 345367. Tuesday 13th February, 7.30 pm, Parish Room.  Parish Council Meeting, preceded by Democratic Half Hour.  All welcome to attend. 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. Wednesday 21st February 2018, 7.00 pm, Village Hall.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club.  There is still time to book your place for our Annual Dinner held in Buckland Newton village hall.  Once again we chose Helen Furness to cater for us.  The doors will open at 7.00 for a 7.30pm sit down and you will need to bring your own drinks.  Looking forward to seeing you on the night. Viviane (345111) vivianebernhard@hotmail.co.uk 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.

Thursday 1st March, 12.30 pm for 1.00 pm, Frampton Village Hall.  Dorchester Barnardo’s Helper Group invites you to our “SPRING is in the AIR” Lunch.   Tickets: £22.50 (Canapés and a glass of wine, two course lunch and coffee). Please click on graphic to left for details or contact Pomme Lowis on 01300 320595 or e-mail pommelowis@hotmail.co.uk Wednesday 14th March, 12.30 pm for 1.00 pm, Frampton Village Hall.  Dorchester Barnardo’s Helper Group invites you to our “SPRING is in the AIR” Lunch.   Tickets: £22.50 (Canapés and a glass of wine, two course lunch and coffee). Please click on graphic to left for details or contact Pomme Lowis on 01300 320595 or e-mail pommelowis@hotmail.co.uk 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.

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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 LY D D E N V A L E G A R D E N I N G C L U B Buckland Newton Village Hall  Wednesday 24th January 2018 6.30pm AGM followed at 7.30 by  “Peonies & Irises”  with Susannah Applegate  All welcome, visitors £3.00 Dorchester Barnardo s Helper Group  invites you to our    “SPRING is in the AIR” LUNCH  To be held in FRAMPTON VILLAGE HALL  TICKETS: £22.50 Canapιs and a glass of wine  Two course lunch and coffee  THURSDAY, 1st MARCH or  WEDNESDAY, 14th MARCH 2018     12.30 p.m for 1.00 p.m Dear Barnardo’s Supporter  We hope you will be able to join us again for our lunch. We will be serving the same menu on Thursday 1st March and on Wednesday 14th March.   Please return the slip below with your preferred date clearly marked by the 24th February. We will not send tickets but will confirm your reservation via email or telephone.  I  If you have any queries please contact Pomme Lowis on 01300 320595 or email pommelowis@hotmail.co.uk   We look forward to seeing you at Frampton Village Hall.  DORCHESTER BARNARDO’S HELPER GROUP  Linda Bowditch, Tia Bunkall, Charlotte Chichester, Louise Clarke, Julie Gibbs, Judy Hammick,   Susie Harland, Pomme Lowis, Tessa Russell, Jane Sutton, Penny Wykes-Sneyd, Jane Yates ✄……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. please return to:-       Mrs Pomme Lowis  The Old Rectory  West Compton Dorchester   DT2 0EY I enclose a cheque for  £.............   (Payable to Barnardo’s)   to reserve........seats on 1st March/14th March 2018.  I am unable to come but enclose a donation Name………………………………………………………….  Address……………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………….………………..  Postcode …………………Telephone no……………………..  Email …………………………………………………………  To help with seating arrangements please tell us who you  would like to share a table with………………………….  Would you like a vegetarian meal?   Yes/ No.  Barnardo’s adheres to the Fundraising Promise and Fundraising Standards Board Guidelines Barnardo’s “Spring is in the Air” Lunch Barnardo’s registered Charity Numbers: 216250 & SCo 57605