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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


As there is a fair number of Coronavirus  information items coming in, there is now a separate Buckland Newton Coronavirus page on this website.  You can use this new page to find new announcements relating to the village.  Please also check the ‘Dates for Your Diary’ entries below for cancellations or postponement of events - organisers please e-mail Webmaster to let us know of changes, thank you. 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 ; also please e-mail if you have to cancel your event so that the events diary can be kept up to date.

For Sale: Shared Ownership in Lydden Meadow

Buckland Newton Community Property Trust (BNCPT) has a 3-bedroom Shared

Ownership property for sale in Lydden Meadow.

Price: £75,000 for a 25% share +  Monthly charges for remaining 75% share retained by BNCPT of £328.67/month.  For more information go to the Lydden Meadow Website.                         

Buckland Newton Play Area

Following its annual safety inspection, the Playground remains closed pending necessary repairs/maintenance.

Alert - Alcohol-based Hand Sanitiser Fires in Cars - please read

Proposed Road Closures

Proposed Road Closure, The Manor Buckland Newton to Church View Buckland Newton, 27th July to 8th August.  Wessex Water is proposing to close this stretch of road to carry out water mains work.  Click here for full details and a map, including diversion route. Church Culvert, Buckland Newton - Maintenance Work Unfortunately, owing to staff shortage this work has been postponed for one week.  It is now planned to start on Monday 3 August 2020. Masonry repairs and invert repairs to Church Culvert are planned to start on Monday 27 July 2020.  Two weeks have been allowed for completion of the work.  The work will be carried out by one of Dorset Council’s highways construction teams.  Most of the work will be carried out off the carriageway.  However, so that the work may be carried out safely, the road over the bridge may at times during the work, for example when offloading materials or equipment, be subject to short term traffic management. Proposed Road Closure B3143 Alton Pancras It is proposed to remove a small culvert on the B3143 in Alton Pancras and replace it with pre-cast concrete culvert units. To allow the works to be carried out safely, it is proposed that a small section of the B3143 be closed to vehicular traffic at Alton Pancras (see road closure map). The road closure is proposed to begin on 24 August 2020 and end on 02 October 2020. The road will be closed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the closure period. No night time or weekend access will be permitted. We are currently investigating the possibility of safely accommodating pedestrian movements around or through the works.  Due to Wessex Water’s closures on other sections of the B3143 and the grain harvest season, it is not possible to start the works earlier, however to reduce disruption we will aim to open the road with traffic restrictions (i.e. temporary traffic signals) as soon as it is safe to do so. It is proposed to utilise two diversion routes during the closure with separate diversions for light traffic and HGV traffic.  It is noted that the Ironman triathlon utilises the route on 20 September 2020, the road will be usable for this date, however it will not be reopened to the public at this point.  

Bonfires - please consider your Neighbours

With the current good weather and the chance to catch up with jobs in the garden, please be considerate if you wish to have a bonfire.  Smoke from bonfires can be a real nuisance if neighbours have washing out to dry.  Particularly with the current coronavirus outbreak, smoke can also cause extra difficulties for those with breathing problems, such as asthma sufferers - please think before lighting a bonfire.  For more advice from Dorset Council on bonfires please see: https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/environmental-health/bonfires.aspx

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 or 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

https://www.bucklandnewtonparishcouncil.org.uk/refuse_and_recycling.htm From Monday 11th May, limited re-opening of Council ‘tips’.  Sherborne Tip now re- opened, but with new arrangements.  See link: https://news.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/2020/05/27/sherborne-household-recycling-centre-to- re-open-but-your-visit-may-be-very-different/ Please find a link to a news release about the re-opening of most of our Household Recycling Centres (HRCs, or “the tip”) for waste that poses a risk of injury, health or harm.  You can also find responses to frequently asked questions around HRCs re-opening and restrictions online which will likely help with answering any enquiries

The Gaggle of Geese now re-opened

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. We are continuing the Gaggle takeaway options (see below) as well as being open for ‘in house’ dining! Tuesdays to Saturdays, 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm, the Gaggle turns in to the Village Chippy. Choice of classic chip shop options all served with our hand-cut double-cooked chips!  Collect from the pub. Pre-order only. Book a timeslot. Saturdays means Pizzas! 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm.  Made in our wood-fired pizza oven. Eat at the pub or collect & takeaway. Pre-order for collection. Book a timeslot.  Booking early is advisable! Sundays must mean Gaggle Roasts - treat yourself & pick from three sizes.  Collect or Delivery (£2 charge) available within three miles of the Gaggle. Pre-order only.  Book a timeslot.  Call to order & pay 01300 345249 or leave name & number. Menus available through our website   Our current project - a double-decker bus that has been converted to soft play.  We are currently doing the bus up and it will be ready once Coronavirus restrictions allow us to use it, for young visitors and kids’ parties. 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.  Meats from Butchers Roger Else (Stalbridge) and R & O Ball, (Puddletown). Plus all sorts of tempting bakery goodies from Evershot Bakery as well. 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 2020) issue, click on Lydden Vale News to view page-by-page or Lydden Vale News (pdf file) if you have a fast internet connection, to download the whole issue. There is also a rolling 12-month Lydden Vale News Archive, so that you can refer back to earlier issues. 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.

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. Future dates are: Tuesday 25th August Tuesday 29th September Tuesday 27th October Tuesday 24th November No visit in December Tikka Curry Van generally visits Buckland Newton on alternate Wednesdays.  See Dates for your Diary below for up-to-date information. 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.  Following advice to avoid community activities, the Lunch Club is presently suspended. 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. Following restrictions on community activities, the Village Cafe is currently cancelled - reviewing in September. Wessex Morris MenJoin us at our energetic and enjoyable practice sessions (Morris Dancing optional !!!)  Every Monday, 8.00 pm - 10.00 pm.  Pulham Village Hall (opposite The Halsey Arms) Followed by, at 10ish, crossing the road for drinks, chats, music and songs at The Halsey Arms  www.wessexmorrismen.co.uk 

Dates for your Diary

Please note that due to the Coronavirus outbreak, many events have been cancelled or postponed.  Please contact the event organisers if you need more information or are travelling a long way to attend.  The ‘Dates for your Diary’ section will, so far as possible, still publicise events.   Organisers: if your event is cancelled, please e-mail Webmaster - mind-reading is not my strong point! Wednesday 5th August, 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm.  Tikka Curry Van at old bus shelter opposite Buckland Newton Primary School. Saturday 8th August, 10.00 am to 2.00 pm, various locations around the village.  Church Toilet Extension ‘Table Top Sale’.  Sell your unwanted bric-a-brac with a table at the end of your drive/garden to raise money for this worthy cause.  For more information click here. August Bank Holiday - Buckland Newton Village Fete Cancelled Unfortunately, given the current circumstances the Fete Committee, sadly, don’t feel it’s possible to hold the village fete this year. Obviously being mindful of the government guidance, the concerns that our volunteers might have and the pressures of timescale.  We agreed it would be nice to support or facilitate some form of village event when it feels appropriate to do so. We are always hugely appreciative of the support and help we receive from everyone and it will be an event that will be sorely missed, but we plan to return with renewed enthusiasm next year. Simon, Amanda, Alan, Susan, Kate Parish, Kate Pope Tuesday 25th August, 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm (last orders).  Fish & Chip Van 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 1st September, 6.00 pm, Village Hall.  Open-air Village Hall AGM on patio outside Village Hall.  All welcome.  Please bring your own chair; Social Distancing to be observed. Sunday 20th September.  Iron Man event.  Click here for route and road closure details.
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