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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 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.

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


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. 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 in the spring 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.  Pop along for more information on what is available and support your local shop.  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 (January 2020) 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: February 2019  March 2019 April 2019  May 2019  June 2019  July 2019  August 2019  September 2019  October 2019  November 2019  December 2019  January 2020    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

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

Wednesday 22nd January, 6.30 pm, Village Hall.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club.  AGM + Annual Dinner. Viviane 01300 345111  vivianebernhard@hotmail.co.uk Wednesday 22nd January, 8.30 pm start, Gaggle of Geese.  Quiz Night.  Teams of up to 6.  £2.00 per person or free if you dine first.  Book a table for your team. 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 Sunday 26th January.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Holy Communion (Common Worship, modern language). Tuesday 28th January, 5.00 pm (last orders 7.00 pm), Old Bus Shelter, Buckland Newton.  Fish and Chip van. Friday 31st January, 10.30 am to noonish, Village Hall.  Village Cafe.  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.   Contact Fizz Lewis on 345521. Saturday 1st February, 10.30 am to midday, Pulham Village Hall.  Coffee Morning. Come along for delicious homemade cake, a cuppa and great company.  Everyone welcome. Sunday 2nd February.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Matins Service, led by Rev. Allen Knott. Tuesday 11th February, 7.30 pm, Parish Pavilion.  Parish Council Meeting,  preceded by Democratic Half Hour.  All welcome to attend. Thursday 13th February, 12.30 pm for 1.00 pm, Frampton Village Hall.  Dorchester Barnardo’s Helpers Group invites you to their ‘Valentine’s Lunch’.  Tickets £25.00 to include canapes, a glass of wine, two-course lunch and coffee.  Click on graphic at left for full information and a booking form to download and print. Saturday 29th February, 6.30 pm, Village Hall.  The Mexican Train will be leaving the station  - the ultimate Domino game!  Fun and Challenging!  Tickets £5.00 to include Supper - bring your own drinks - available from Amanda 345367 or Maree 345349. Thursday 5th March.  Giggle @ The Gaggle - Comedy and Curry Night.  Tickets available from early January (limited numbers).  £10.00 for the Comedy Night.  £8.00 for the Curry Buffet (optional). Wednesday 11th March.  Village People visit to ‘The Sound of Music’ – Octagon Theatre, Yeovil.  Lyn Cox is organising this so she will be sending out an email to everyone with details – if you would like to go you need to have ordered your tickets from her by 1st February.
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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Dorchester Barnardo s Helper Group  invites you to our    “VALENTINE’S LUNCH”  To be held in FRAMPTON VILLAGE HALL  TICKETS: £25.00 Canapιs and a glass of wine  Two course lunch and coffee  THURSDAY, 13th FEBRUARY 2020     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 Valentine’s Lunch.   Please either return the slip below by the 30th January, or send a BACS payment to  Barnardo’s Helper League, Account number 00017512, Sort Code 30-92-69, giving your name as reference. If you are paying by BACS, please email Penny with your name and the the number of tickets you have reserved.  We will not send tickets but will confirm your reservation via email or telephone.  I  If you have any queries please email pennysneyd@gmail.com     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 Penny Wykes-Sneyd Garden Cottage  West Compton  Dorchester   DT2 0EY I enclose a cheque for  £.............   (Payable to Barnardo’s)   to reserve........seats on 13th February 2020.  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 “VALENTINES LUNCH” Barnardo’s registered Charity Numbers: 216250 & SCo 57605