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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 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

Opening of the refurbished Parish Pavilion

A hugely successful Celebratory Opening of the Parish Room took place at 3pm on Sunday the 22nd September 2019.  Despite a downpour, some 100 villagers turned up and crowded into the new hall and under the veranda. Nicki Barker, Chairman of the Parish Council, stood on a chair within the hall and welcomed everyone saying: “This has been a real village Project.  The original ideas came from you as villagers during our 6 year long consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan , followed up by refining ideas via the village newsletter in spring a year ago.  As for contractors, we were thrilled when we opened the bids to find the best ones were from 2 village companies, Nick Baker of N and J Baker for the pavilion conversion and Buckland Newton Hire Ltd.  for the new running track.   Both have done a fabulous job, as you can see, and it must be a rare thing to reach the end of a project saying they have both been a joy to work with. As chairman, I am hugely indebted to ‘Team Parish Council’.  They have freely given their spare, and not-so-spare time, and personal skills to ensure this project is a success.  I particularly want to pay tribute to Cllr John Baker who designed this building and drew up the specifications, and gained the planning permission, all in very short order to meet the grant application deadline, and to Cllr Andy Foot who was our Project Manager. And last, but certainly not least, to our “one-in-a-million” Parish Clerk, Sarah Mitchell, who  has been our Finance Officer and my right hand woman. So how did we fund it?  Well, we just managed to slip in at the last minute and acquire an EU grant via the “European Union Agricultural Fund for Rural Development”  before this line of funding closed.  It is sad that Sarah Harbige, who manages this fund in Southern Dorset, was not able to be here with us to see how well these grant funds have been used and how much benefit it will bring to the village. This EU grant covered 80%  of the project costs, and we had to find the remaining 20% very rapidly in order to support our application.  Hence I am equally indebted to 3 groups within the village who came forward to offer us help: The United Charities of Buckland Newton, whose roots go way back to the time when the parish was responsible for supporting their poor; Buckland Newton Community Property Trust, who most of us know as the Trust who built and looks after Lydden Meadow; and a contribution from last year’s 2018 Fete. Alongside this, we dipped heavily into the small legacy that Sir William Aykroyd left us, ring-fenced to support projects such as this.  In due course this will be repaid so it can support new projects in the future.” Nicki Barker then went on to describe the fascinating history of both the Parish Field and this newly converted building. She explained: “This field was originally part of Buckland Common, a common which stretched from here across towards the Gaggle of Geese and up to the shop.  There were several commons in the parish, one at Cosmore, one at Duntish and one near the top road, but this one was the most important as it was in the centre of the village. Up until the early 1700’s, parishioners had Common Law Rights on these such as grazing animals and collecting firewood.  When the land was enclosed in 1734, in lieu of these lost common rights, this field was allotted to the parish for recreation and exercise.  Cricket and football were very strong in the village with teams playing right through the 1800 and 1900’s.  The last Gaggle of Geese home cricket match was played on the field in 2015, so it would be splendid to bring this back. This building dates to 1871.  It was built as the Parish Coal Store, hence its 3-brick thick walls and these unusual buttresses along both sides. We don’t know whether it was built commercially or by the parish as there are no records, but  rural villages in those days were very self-sufficient, making most of what they needed, and this crossroads area was the commercial centre in this village.  It had a wheelwrights, several large carpenter shops, several stores, a shoemakers and a vet cum dentist just down the road,  and of course a carrier, hence Carrier’s Cottage. Coal made that vital improvement in the lives of villagers, who up until then used wood for their cooking and heating needs, and its availability was intrinsically linked to railways.  Coal here would have come from the Bristol and Somerset coalfields by goods train on the Dorchester and Sherborne lines. Both lines only became open for goods in the late 1860’s and coal would have been brought here by horse and cart for storage and onward distribution around the village. For 50 years this building served as the coal store. It was only with the coming of motorised vehicles in the 1920’s that lorries would have replaced the carrier bringing house to house deliveries and the coal store became redundant. The Parish Council took over the redundant building  in the 1920’s and turned it into a Reading Room.  They blocked up the big entrance on the roadside and installed a chimney and fireplace.  How much actual reading took place is debatable as the room was poorly lit by a small windows at each end, but it would have served as the only meeting room in the village, a quasi-village hall, as well as a changing room for matches on the field.  This continued for 30 years until 1950 when, in turn, it too became redundant with the building of a new, prefabricated village hall on the site of the current hall.    Briefly during WW2 it served as a First Aid Post .     From then on it was a somewhat neglected place, being dark, damp and cold.  It went on being a sports pavilion, and a meeting place for the cubs and scouts and the Parish Council, and it briefly served as an Outreach Post Office. So this new revamp in 2019 brings it back into full use again in its full glory, situated as it is right on the edge of the playing field and new running track,  As a small public room, it fills a valuable niche between what the Village Hall can offer and that of the Gaggle of Geese, and we are proud of its conversion.”

More from the Village…

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

2019 Buckland Newton Village Fete Results

The full report on this year’s Village Fete, including the Financial Results and Allocation of Funds (3 pages) is now available.  Click to view.

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 (November 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: December 2018  January 2019  February 2019  March 2019 April 2019  May 2019  June 2019  July 2019  August 2019  September 2019  October 2019  November 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

Autumn Friendly Skittles League.  Fixture List now available. 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: Tuesday 26th November 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

The Gaggle of Geese - Thursdays - see our changing specials on Thursdays in the Diary below.    Thursday 14th November, Gaggle of Geese.  Burger Night.  Take your pick from a selection of special burgers & sides. From 5pm until we sell out! Friday 15th November, 7.30 pm (doors open 7.00 pm), Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall.  “Out of This World”  Two speakers - Keith Wright on “Apollo 11 and Science on the Moon - Some Personal Memories from inside the program” and Kevin Quinn on “Stargazing - a Virtual Intoruction to our galaxy and beyond”.  Bar.  Tickets £8.00 from 01300 348670 or Piddletrenthide Shop. Saturday 16th November, 8.30 am to 11.00 am, Glanvilles Wootton Village Hall.  Community Breakfast and Walk.  Breakfast £5, under 10’s free with the purchase of a full price breakfast - with optional free Countryside Walk!  8.30am from the hall car park - approx. 1-1½ hours Maybe some stiles, stout footwear advised.  Raffle.  For more information: 01963 210562.  A community event organised by Holnest Church. Saturday 16th November, 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Village People “Race Night”.  Proceeds in aid of Air Ambulance.  Tickets £7.50 to include a Ploughman’s Supper.  Contact Amanda on 345367 amandat62@outlook.com / Maree  on 345349 mareepollard@gmail.com for details. Sunday 17th November.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  9.30 am Family Service.  A service for all ages, songs, stories, activities. Wednesday 20th November, 8.30 pm, Gaggle of Geese.  Pub Quiz.  Teams of up to 6, ring Simon or Sarah on 01300 345249 to book your place.  £2.00 a head, or free if you dine with us.  This month, raising money for the local school.  Contact Simon or Sarah on 01300 345249. Thursday 21st November, Gaggle of Geese.  Folk & Pie Evening –  an open session of local folk musicians. Bring an instrument & join in ... or just listen & enjoy. And perhaps pick from our choice of pies & sides - £12 each or 2 for £20. Saturday 23rd November,  Buckland Newton Village Hall.  Artsreach presents a performance and dance workshop by leading UK klezmer band Shekoyokh . Performance at 7.30 pm. Balkan Dance workshop with live music at 4.00pm.  Please book early for this one as there is sure to be great demand! Enquiries please tel: 01300 345455. Sunday 24th November.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Holy Communion (Common Worship - modern language).  ‘Stir up Sunday’ - ‘Stir the Christmas pudding and make a wish!’  Service led by Jonathan Tuesday 26th November, 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm (last orders), Old Bus Shelter (opposite BN Primary School).  Fish & Chip Van. Wednesday 27th November, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club.  Talk by Katherine Crouch on “My Favourite Perennials: Plants that should be better known”.  Somerset based Katherine Crouch has been designing gardens all over the South West since winning the BBC Gardener of the Year competition, 1999. She also won BBC Gardener of the Decade, 2008 and a Gold medal at the 2013 Chelsea Flower show. We can therefore be assured that she knows a lot about the plants which thrive in our region’s gardens and look forward to her talk on “Plants that should be better known”. All welcome to join us! vivianebernhard@hotmail.co.uk Viviane 345111 Thursday 28th November, 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 6.00pm until we sell out. Friday 29th November, 10.30 am to noonish, Village Hall.  Village Cafe.  Everyone in the area is welcome to come and drink some tea or coffee and have some homemade cake, as much as you like all for £1.20. It is run by us for us, just as a monthly place to meet up.  No fund raising - promise! Fizz Lewis 345521. Friday 29th November, Gaggle of Geese.  Pamper Afternoon.  Book with ‘Transform Naturally with Megan’ for a pamper session at the Gaggle. Choose from a Thai foot massage or a facial. £15 each. Midday until 5.00pm. Friday 29th November, Minterne House.  Concert In aid of St Andrew's Church, Fabric Fund.  “Me and Mario Lanza” with Tenor John Hudson.  Tickets £15.00 (inc. glass of wine). Payment to: ‘PCC of Minterne Magna’ to The Box Office, 9 Abbey Street, Cerne Abbas (incl.SAE) (No ticket sales on the night).  Further information: email: sfoulser@decisionman.co.uk Saturday 30th November, 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm, Gaggle of Geese.  Christmas Fair.  The build-up to Christmas at the Gaggle starts with our Christmas Craft Stalls and Guest Ales. Fayre from 4.00pm – free entry. Sunday 1st December.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Advent Service.  Join us for a traditional matins service, which will include lovely Advent carols. This service will be led for us by Brother Hugh from Hilfield Friary. We look forward to welcoming him again to Buckland Newton. Saturday 7th December, 7.00 pm, Holnest Church DT9 5PU.  Stanchester Choir presents Candlelit Christmas Carol Concert.  Admission: £8.00 to include mulled wine and mince pies.  Tickets from Graham 01963 210632.  Limited seating, booking advisable.  Proceeds 50/50 to Stanchester Choir & Friends of Holnest Church. Wednesday 11th December, time t.b.a., Gaggle of Geese.  Riding for the Disabled Association Charity Quiz Night & Silent Auction.  In aid of The Stella Hayward Group (RDA),  Reg. Charity Nos. 244108 (Eng & Wal) SC039473 (Sco). Saturday 14th December, 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm, Village Hall.  Holy Rood Church Christmas Bazaar and Tea.  Cake, mince pies, crackers and stalls to browse for last minute Christmas gifts. Activities and ‘pocket money’ stalls for children. Offers of help on the day and/or cakes, produce, crafts very welcome. Also items for a Grand Raffle! Contact Jon Sulkin 01935 389179, Wendy 345 427 or Diana 345 434.
Parish Pavilion and Running Track   Improving sporting facilities in the Parish of Buckland Newton     P art funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development                       Support funding from the United Charities of Buckland Newton, BNCPT and the  village fete 2018.   Loan funding from the Sir William Aykroyd Legacy
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Members of the Parish Council, prior to the official opening