© 2019 Buckland Newton Community Website Committee                         Last updated 14th December 2019 11:45              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

Opening of the refurbished Parish Pavilion

A hugely successful Celebratory Opening of the Parish Room took place on Sunday the 22nd September 2019.  For a full report and details, click on ‘Parish Pavilion’ button at left.

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

The Buckland Newton Village Calendar (The Very First!) Now

Available - and only £5!

Following the Buckland Newton Village Fête Photograph Competition, the winning photographs have now been featured in a 2020 calendar (published as “Our Village”) with the overall winning photo by Sophie Trim taking pride-of-place on the front cover. They are not only excellent value at just £5 each but ALL the profits will be going to the School, Church, local groups and other village projects.  Available at The Old Chapel Stores and The Gaggle of Geese.

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.  The Old Chapel Stores with Sue and Pete will be doing the usual Meat Orders with 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 this Christmas. Christmas hours:  Tue 24 Christmas Eve 7.00am - 6.00pm (normal); Wed 25 Christmas Day CLOSED; Thu 26 Boxing Day 8.00am - 12.00 noon; Tue 31 New Years Eve 7.00am - 6.00pm (normal); Wed 01 New Years Day 8.00am - 12.00 noon.  All other days are normal hours.  Please note, there will be no prescription deliveries on the Wednesdays of 25 December or 1 January (Friday deliveries will be normal). 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 (December 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: January 2019  February 2019  March 2019 April 2019  May 2019  June 2019  July 2019  August 2019  September 2019  October 2019  November 2019  December 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

Please click on the link below for information on the South West Railways strike and how it may affect your travel plans.  An amended timetable is available for passengers online at www.southwesternrailway.com/strike along with further information on how the strike will impact travel on weekdays and at the weekend.

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 28th January 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

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. Sunday 15th December.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  9.30 am Family Service.  In addition to songs and stories, the activity will be offering everyone, all ages, to make their own Christingle oranges, and to learn something of the work of The Children’s Society.  The word Christingle comes from the German word Christkindl to represent those who bring gifts for baby Jesus to celebrate the Light of the World.  Our Christingle service follows this belief and the collection will raise funds for the Church of England Children’s Society.  Please join us; refreshments will be offered after the service. Thursday 19th December, 2.00 pm, Holy Rood Church.  Buckland Newton Primary School Carol Service. Saturday 21st December, from 8.30 am until 11.00 am, Pulham Village Hall.  20th Community Breakfast.  Breakfast £5.00, 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- 1 1/2 hours – maybe some stiles - stout footwear advised.  Raffle.  For more information: 01963 210562. Sunday 22nd December.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Holy Communion, traditional readings and carols, led by Jonathan. Refreshments served after this service. Sunday 22nd December, 6.30 pm, Pulham Church.  Carol Service.  This is always an enchanting event with much candlelight, children bringing the nativity to life and an opportunity for all the favourite carols to be sung with gusto.  This is followed by wine, fruit juice, mince pies, Christmas treats and friendship.  Do please come and join us. Monday 23rd December.  Gaggle of Geese serving food & open, midday until 3.00 pm and then from 6.00 pm. Tuesday 24th December (Christmas Eve), 4.30 pm, Holy Rood Church.  Carol Service.  A traditional service, with readings by children from Buckland Newton School and well known Christmas carols. Children are invited to dress up as wise men, shepherds, angels, even donkeys and sheep are very welcome. Alex and Orlando Henshall will be playing the organ for us. Mulled wine and mince pies will be offered after the service. Tuesday 24th December.  Gaggle of Geese open all day from 11.30 am. Food served until 9.00 pm. Wednesday 25th December (Christmas Day).  Service at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Holy Communion, (Common Worship, modern language). Join us for joyous hymns and traditional readings. Wednesday 25th December.  Gaggle of Geese open for drinks & mince pies 11.30am until 3.00pm. Christmas Lunch on a pre-book basis (limited numbers). Thursday 26th December (Boxing Day), 12.00 noon, Village Square, Cerne Abbas.  Wessex Morris and Mummers.  Join us at our energetic and enjoyable practice sessions (Morris Dancing optional !!!)  Every Monday, 8 - 10 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 Thursday 26th December (Boxing Day), 12.30 pm, Gaggle of Geese.  Wheelbarrow Race.  Could you be the wheel barrow champions of 2019?  Teams of 2 (over 18s only). Up to the church and round!  Register your team now!  £10 per team (money going to the village school). Pub open from midday until 5.00 pm. Food from midday until 3.00 pm. Race heats start from 12.30 pm. Friday 27th December.  Gaggle of Geese open from 5.00 pm. Food served until 9.00 pm. Sunday 29th December.  No service at Holy Rood Buckland Newton, but Benefice Service at Godmanstone Church with musical accompaniment in the style of Thomas Hardy’s era.  All welcome from across the Benefice. Tuesday 31st December, Gaggle of Geese.  Pub open from 11.30 am and serving food all day until 9.00 pm.  If you don't have a child minder, then join us for the Gaggle Family Disco 4.00 pm until 7.30 pm.  Fireworks at 7.30 pm (weather permitting); and then from 8.00 pm, the Buckland Newton NYE party!  Cocktails, good company, DJ and a boogie!  Come as you are or dress to impress. Free entry. Book a table if you would like to eat. Wednesday 1st January 2020.  Gaggle of Geese open from Midday. Food served all day. Thursday 2nd January to Thursday 9th January.  Gaggle of Geese closed so the Gaggle team can have a break! Lydden Vale Gardening Club.  There is no meeting of the Lydden Vale Gardening Club in December, so snuggle up by the fire with a glass of mulled wine and your seed catalogues!  Our next meeting will be our AGM + Annual Dinner on Wednesday 22nd January 2020 starting at 6.30pm in Buckland Newton village hall which, at the time of writing, seems far far away.  We would like to wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and hope to see you next year in exceedingly good health! Viviane 01300 345111  vivianebernhard@hotmail.co.uk Friday 24th January, 7.30 pm, BN Village Hall.  Artsreach presents Les Gloriables,  a rousing riotously silly slapstick comedy from French/English duo Spitz & Co. Based upon their very odd interpretation of Victor Hugo’s classic French novel ‘Les Miserables’, and the world famous musical it inspired, Legendary French actress Gloria Delaneuf has come to these shores determined to create a piece of theatre with the power to reunite Europe.  She has dreamed a dream, and her hapless UK tour manager Josephine Cunningham is going to help her make it happen. Performed in French and English with music and visual effects, lots of audience interaction and singing, Les Gloriables will be a riot. Vive La Revolution – what could possibly go wrong! Tickets £9, £6 (U-18s), £25 (family 4, max 2 adults) on door, if available, or in advance from The Old Chapel Stores, or from Katharine Hayens (tel: 01300 345455) or online at www.artsreach.co.uk  For a flavour of this performance please have a look at their trailer:  https://youtu.be/6WXO908-ZMU   "Catch them now before they’re selling out the Albert Hall!" Mel Giedroyc  www.spitzandco.com
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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