© 2019 Buckland Newton Community Website Committee                         Last updated 21st August 2019 14:30              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

“Smoke on; Go”

A visit from the Red Arrows, on their way from Armed Forces Day (29th June) at Salisbury to Exeter airport for a display at Plymouth.  A small diversion to fly over Buckland Newton en route, with the Red Arrows led by Squadron Leader Martin Pert.  Just out of picture is Red 10 (Squadron Leader Adam Collins) in the tenth jet, acting as photo plane to get a shot of Buckland Newton as they passed.    In early August, the team departs for a 9-week tour of North America and Canada, flying the flag for Britain and encouraging trade. Click photo for a view of the Red Arrows over Buckland Newton

New Facebook page for Buckland Newton

Join in and share your love for where we live. The Buckland Newton Community Page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/bucklandnewton/  is a Facebook group for residents of Buckland Newton and its surroundings to celebrate our beautiful village and all that goes on in our community. The page will seek to: •            share & promote positive news relating to our village & its surroundings.  •            support our thriving local groups, societies, committees & businesses. •            buy, sell, swap pre-loved possessions. •            enable the village community to advertise their skills, to promote their events, ask for trader recommendations or get advice on a local issue. Anyone can join the community page, and once you do you can post your event of views.  A team of moderators will oversee the site and make sure that all those posting respect the rules of the community page. At present your moderators are Amanda McKenna, Keith Darbyshire and Simon Colquhoun.


The village has its own defibrillator, housed in an unlocked cupboard on an outside wall of the Village Hall by the kitchen door, under the veranda.  In an emergency, ring 999, then click here for list of runners who will bring the defibrillator to you.

Weather Forecast

The nearest Met Office Weather Forecast location is Minterne Gardens. click for a 7- day weather forecast.

Recycling and Refuse Collection and Calendar


The Gaggle of Geese

Simon and Sarah at the Gaggle of Geese welcome bookings from those looking for a venue for special occasions - such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, children’s parties, fundraisers etc. Just get in touch for a chat about how we can help you celebrate at the Gaggle. How to contact us: Aside from popping in to the pub, you can also reach us or leave a message on 01300 345249 or e-mail on hartandhops@gmail.com  Latest news and details of events can be found on our Facebook page -  https://www.facebook.com/gaggleofgeesepub/  - website at https://gaggleofgeese.co.uk/ . 

Old Chapel Stores

Sue, Pete and their family welcome you to their village shop.  Opening Hours:  Monday to Saturday 7.00 am to 6.00 pm, Sunday 8.00 am to 12.00 noon.  Pop along for more information on what is available and support your local shop.  Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheOldChapelStores and don’t forget upstairs with Carol at The Buckland Gallery where there are beautifully crafted, original presents to suit all pockets.   An eclectic mix of crafts and art designed and made by local artisans including Crafts by Hare Styles, Peter Thomas (woodturning and stick making) and Gyllawood Pens, Art by Carole Barnett.  Wednesday to Saturday, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.  Tel 07870 642443. www.bucklandgallery.co.uk

Outreach Post Office

The outreach Post Office is open in the Village Hall on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays

from 9.00 am to 12.00 noon. 

Lydden Vale News

The local printed Newsletter, the Lydden Vale News, is delivered free to every household in the village.  Editorial: lyddenvalley@gmail.com  Advertising: lyddenvaleadverts@gmail.com  There is an online version of the newsletter; for current (August 2019) issue, click on Lydden Vale News.  There is also a rolling 12-month archive, so that you can refer back to earlier issues; click on the month to access: September 2018 October 2018 November 2018  December 2018  January 2019  February 2019  March 2019 April 2019  May 2019  June 2019  July 2019  August 2019 Superfast Fibre Broadband Fibre broadband is available to most residents in Buckland Newton.  You will need to contact your broadband supplier (ISP) to change over to fibre; this is not automatic and will usually cost more than a non-fibre connection.  houses served by Cabinet 2 (by the church) still cannot get fibre and there do not appear to be any plans to change this situation.

Flood Warden

The village Flood Warden (01300 345707) or e-mail floodwarden@sky.com    In case of flooding, the village now has a supply of sandbags. If you are unlucky enough to require use of these at some time in the future please contact the Flood Warden to find out how to obtain sandbags.

Travel Information


Regular Events

The Fish and Chip Van visits Buckland Newton, usually on the last Tuesday of the month at the old bus shelter opposite Buckland Newton School from 5.00 pm with last orders at 7.00 pm.  If you want to read about the van and see the menu go to www.mobilefishnchipsdorset.co.uk Future dates are: No Fish and Chip Van in August Buckland Newton Pre-School.  This operates 8.45 am to 3.15 pm, Monday to Friday in term time.  Breakfast Club available from  8.00 am.  All at Buckland Newton School during term time.  It caters for children aged from 2 years, if space available.  For further information, contact the school office on 01300 345393 during school hours or e-mail the School Office.   Lunch Club.  A 2-course meal with tea/coffee on the second Friday of each month, at Buckland Newton Village Hall or a Pub. Over 90 or 80? Maybe in your seventies?  Living alone and no longer driving, except to potter around the village?  You have a disability or long-term health problem, and would love to get out to meet old friends or make new ones?  If so, we would be delighted to see you. Village Cafe.  10.30 am to 12.00 noon, every last Friday in the month (except August and December) in Buckland Newton Village Hall.  A great opportunity to meet people in the village if you are new to the area or just meet your friends for an hour to catch up with them.  £1.20 buys you cake and coffee/tea. 

Dates for your Diary

Takeaway Tuesdays at The Gaggle of Geese.   We know that there are some days where you just want to sit on the sofa & have a takeaway. We offer takeaways throughout the week but on Tuesdays during August you can call, order & collect any of our Mains for just £10 each. Feet up, TV on! Check out the menu on our website www.gaggleofgeese.co.uk Pizza Nights - Thursdays - enjoy our popular wood-fired pizzas Thursday evenings from 6pm. Eat in the gardens, in the pub or pick-up & takeaway. Saturday 24th August, Gaggle of Geese.  Steak Night.  A special evening at the Gaggle where you can enjoy two steaks for just £26. Booking recommended. Offer available from 6pm til we sell out. Sunday 25th August.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Holy Communion (Common Worship, modern language). Monday 26th August (Bank Holiday Monday).  Buckland Newton Village Fete.  The village charity fete hosted at the Gaggle. Stalls, live music, good food, fun & games. From midday til 4pm.  For all the latest news on the Fete, please see the information in this month’s Lydden Vale News - click here Friday 30th August.  No Village Cafe this month - recovering from the Fete! Friday 30th August.  Visit to Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton.  Please note this is open to all.  This promises to be an interesting day out, even for people that may have visited before.  In addition to the displays in the exhibition halls, every Friday in August (inc. 30th) there will be falconry displays throughout the day by Pitcombe Rock Falconry. This is included in the price of the Museum admission.  The museum itself is comprised of four large exhibition halls. Each hall has ground floor and upper levels telling the stories of naval aviation from the first manned kites towed behind naval vessels, to helium filled airships, seaplanes, bi-planes and the carrier borne aircraft of WW2 and modern Sea Harriers and helicopters.  The Museum's opening times are 10:00 am - 5:30 pm.  The restaurant is open from 9:30 am - 5:00 pm.  Suggest we could meet at Buckland Newton Village Hall at 10:30 am with car-sharing arrangements made beforehand once we have confirmed numbers of people.  With lunch, that should give over 6 hrs at the Museum which is probably more than enough time to get around all the exhibits!  Ticket prices, as follows:  Adult (16-64 years) £17.00 walk-up price £13.50 online price; Concessions (Over 65s) £15.00 walk-up price £12.00 online price;  Child & Student (16-64 years) £12.50 walk-up price £10.00 online price.  The online discounts offer the best value and it is suggested that everyone purchases their individual tickets in advance.  For more information please click on (or cut and paste) the link https://www.fleetairarm.com/ Please confirm your interest to Keith Darbyshire on darbykj@aol.com Sunday 1st September.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  6.00 pm Evensong. Tuesday 3rd September, 5.30 pm.  PCC (Parochial Church Council) Meeting.  We are actively seeking new members to join the parochial church council. If you would like to be involved in future developments at Buckland Newton Parish Church, please contact Jon Sulkin for further information. Saturday 14th September.  ‘Ride + Stride’ event.  Ride + Stride is a national event which raises money for the maintenance of our historic parish churches - including that at Buckland Newton.  Half the money raised by participants in our parish will be returned to either Holy Rood Church or a charity of the participant’s choice.  The idea is to visit as many local churches as you can, by cycle, horse, or on foot, and raise sponsorship to do so.  A lot of fun and a chance to see inside some very interesting parish churches; refreshments are often available as well!  For sponsorship forms and more details, please contact Jeremy or Jane Collins on 01300 345136, or by e-mail  through this website. Advance notice that the Ironman event will be taking place on Sunday 22nd September 2019.  The Bike Route, Run Route and road closures will be the same as last year and further information will be posted here as and when available. Tuesday 22nd October, 9.30 am to 1.00 pm, Cerne Abbas Village Hall.  Flu Clinic.  Please make a note of the date for our main annual flu clinic at Cerne Abbas Village Hall.  If you are eligible for a flu vaccination, please make every effort to attend this clinic as this is the most efficient way for us to ensure we have time to vaccinate everyone. Thank you.
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