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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 are 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

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.

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.

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. We have suspended the takeaway option from the Gaggle whilst we consider options. We have asked our team to observe the 'stay at home' policy, are wary of how we would manage large numbers of takeaways in a safe way and also feel it is irresponsible to encourage the movement of people within the village during the lock-down period.  We will let you know once we are in a position to offer takeaways again 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. Easter Opening Hours:  10th April (Good Friday) - 8.00 am to 12.00 noon; Saturday 11th April - 7.00 am to 6.00 pm; 12th April (Easter Sunday) - 8.00 am to 12.00 noon; 13th April (Easter Monday) - 8.00 am to 12.00 noon.  Please note no prescriptions will be delivered on Good Friday. 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.  The Outreach Post Office in the Village Hall is closed

for the foreseeable future on account of the Coronavirus outbreak.  No

information yet on when it may re-open.

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 (April 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 magazine. 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.  If you want to read about the van and see the menu go to www.mobilefishnchipsdorset.co.uk Future dates are: Tuesday 28th April Tuesday 26th May Tuesday 30th June Tuesday 28th July No visit in August Tuesday 29th September Tuesday 27th October Tuesday 24th November No visit in December 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 advice to avoid community activities, the Village Cafe is cancelled for March and April. 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, some events may be cancelled or postponed at short notice.  Please contact the event organisers if you need more information or are travelling a long way to attend.  Organisers: if your event is cancelled, please e-mail Webmaster - mind-reading is not my strong point! Friday 10th April.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  Good Friday, 11.00 am ‘Bun Service’.  Services suspended until further notice Sunday 12th April, Easter Day.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Celebratory Service for Easter Day.  Services suspended until further notice Tuesday 14th April.  April Parish Council Meeting.  Due to the current coronavirus restrictions implemented by the Government there will be no Parish Council meeting held in April.  In the meantime if you have any Parish concerns please contact the Parish Clerk bucklandnewton@dorset-aptc.gov.uk or any of the Councillors. Friday 24th April, 10.30 am to 12.00 noonish, Village Hall.  Village Cafe.  Following advice to avoid community activities, cancelled; we’ll review in May.  Coffee, Tea and as much homemade cake as you’d like.  The café operates in the Village Hall, Buckland Newton from 10.30 to noonish every last Friday in the month.  £1.20 per person.  It’s very friendly and no one will ask you to buy a raffle ticket or join anything - perfect if you just want to meet a few of the locals on a very informal basis and chat!  For more information please ring Fizz Lewis 345521. Saturday 25th April.  Village Plant Sale.  Cancelled  As Winter begins to fade (we hope) perhaps you could spare a moment or two to think about what to grow from seed for the Plant Sale on Saturday April 25th. Browse through those catalogues. Choose some unusual plants or vegetables, or perhaps grow some old favourites that everybody likes in their garden. Start to look for signs of new growth in the garden, seedlings which have happily germinated that you can pot up, mentally log the perennials that could do with splitting and put aside some bits for growing on for the sale. We’ll need everything you can muster for the bonanza of plants we always have to sell in aid of Weldmar. Thank you. Fizz Lewis and Jan Marpole Saturday 2nd May, Gaggle of Geese.  Birthday Celebration –  help us to celebrate the Gaggle being re-opened for two years. Fun in the garden, annual community photo, good food & live music (including Nina Garcia & Stomping Dave). Date for your diary! Saturday 6th June, 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm, Church farm, Glanvilles Wootton DT9 5QE.  Glanvilles Wootton Village Fete.  Flower Festival and Cookery Competition (Open to all) in the Church, Fun Dog Show, Children’s Races, Barbecue, Pimms Tent and Teas, games for all, a ceilidh band and lots of stalls.  For more information and/or donations, please look on our website www.glanvilleswootton.org  or contact Annie on 01300 345450, Georgina on 01963 210857 or Louise on 01963 210256.
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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