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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

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

Other Buckland Newton Websites

Please note that apart from the Buckland Newton Parish Council website

www.bucklandnewtonparishcouncil.org.uk , this website does not have any connection

with other websites for the Buckland Newton area. Buckland Newton Community

Website Committee is not responsible for any material appearing on such websites.

Open Gardens and Flower Festival 26 and 27 May 2018 As a result of fantastic weather, a wonderful variety of gardens and a super team of stewards, not to mentions delicious teas and cakes, ice creams and plants, the whole weekend was a great success.  After all expenses, Marie Curie will receive a cheque for £1,100, the Church Flower fund now has £500 and Holy Rood Church a further £400 which it is hoped will go towards the new kitchen and WC facilities, making life for the flower arrangers so much easier.  If you missed it, what a shame, look out for news of a possible repeat performance!  Thanks to everyone who participated in whatever way.

Scarecrow Competition

In the end there were scarecrows all over the village, cropping up where you least

expected them in all guises.  After lengthy debate, Vicar Jonathan Still finally chose

Flora in Fizz’s wild flower meadow as the winner.  Well done Fizz and enjoy your Bailey

Ridge Voucher.

The Gaggle has re-opened!

Great News!   Simon and Sarah have re-opened The Gaggle of Geese after

refurbishment.  At last the village has its pub back…  Tuesday to Saturday - open from

11.30 am ‘til 11.00 pm. Food served throughout the day from midday ‘til 9.00 pm. 

Sunday - open midday ‘til 8.00 pm. Food served midday ‘til 5.00 pm (unless we sell out

before 5.00 pm).  Monday - Closed (Open on Bank Holidays).

Our menu is 'pub classics' made in-house by our chef team. The menu changes

regularly and we are now also introducing a Specials Board for those looking for

something different or to treat themselves. Sunday Roast Lunches - please book.

(Barbecue Sundays no Roast)

And with our large garden, we love alfresco dining; look out for days where we fire up

our BBQ Shack or Wood-fired Pizza Oven. 

We welcome bookings from those looking for a venue for special occasions - such as

birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, childrens 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 coming soon.  There is an article about Sarah and Simon in April’s Lydden Vale


The Parish Council page has moved….

The Buckland Newton Parish Council page has moved to a separate website at

www.bucklandnewtonparishcouncil.org.uk  as part of the new General Data Protection

Regulations (GDPR) which came into force in May 2018.  All the links to the current

Parish Council page will still work normally; you will just be automatically redirected to

the new website.  This will open alongside this website and you can move freely from

one to the other. 


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.

Royal British Legion

The Buckland Newton area is part of the district covered by the Cerne Abbas & District

RBL.  The Branch Committee would like to hear from members who may not be

registered with the branch and therefore not included on its e-mail distribution list. 

Should you wish to contact the branch for this or any other reason please e-mail to:


Youth Club Committee Members needed!

Some additional help to run the Buckland Newton Youth Club is needed.  Could you

help?  Please see the Youth Club page.

Attention “Dog Walkers” who use the footpath through Lydden


Please remember these grounds are private and should be treated as you would your


Make sure you stick to the public footpath which runs along the gravel drive through the

entrance, behind the houses and past the meadow to the field gate.  Most importantly,

please keep your dogs on a lead throughout the grounds and if they get caught short,

make sure you pick up any foul material and take it home for disposal.  The

overwhelming accumulation of dog dirt from dogs being walked through the grounds is

not just highly unpleasant for the residents, but a real health hazard to the several

young children who live in Lydden Meadow and love to play in the grounds…… even in

winter!  The bridge across the river is a private, not a public footpath. Although access

to all villagers was freely given in the past, from henceforth the gate will be locked to

reduce dog fouling.

Neighbourhood Alerts Click for the latest Neighbourhood Alerts 

The Fish and Chip Van

The Fish and Chip van visits Buckland Newton, usually on the last Tuesday of the

month.  We will be 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 26th June

Tuesday 31st July

Just a thought - if you have a neighbour who might enjoy a meal from the van, but who

would find it difficult to get there and back, with their food still hot and crispy, perhaps

you could offer a home delivery service.  I hope you enjoy the van’s visits and to see

you there. 

Recycling and Refuse Collection and Calendar

To find out which day is your recycling or rubbish collection day, go to

www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/recycling-and-rubbish-collections and enter your postcode,

select your address, 'return to content', then 'view all data from My Local'.  Then click to

view your next collection day.


Now is the beginning of the season; allotments are available from £20, it is not just

about growing vegetables - people can grow fruit trees, soft fruit, flower arranging

flowers or wild flowers. We are a friendly bunch of people, and even if your crops don't

grow you are bound to find some companionship!  There are several plots available

which have been under cultivation for several years. The ground is nice to dig and well

manured. If anyone would like to take a plot 8 x 8 or 8 x 16 sq. metres, please contact

John Simpson on 01300 345401.

Piddlehinton Gym

Piddlehinton Gym is located on the Enterprise Park in Piddlehinton. The Gym was

constructed for the American Army in the 1930s and contains a large indoor space with

2 full size Badminton courts. Besides a large car park one of the key distinguishing

features is a sprung wooden floor making it excellent for sports. A 99-year lease was

secured in 2007 by the charity that runs the Gym and it is currently used for Badminton,

Junior Tennis, Archery and Motorcycle training (Saturday in car park) as well as Drama

storage. In the past, a bowling club (long mat bowls) as well as a Zumba/exercise club

have also used the facilities. The Badminton clubs in particular have space for new

members. Contacts and times of the clubs are: Gill Hadley 01300 348081 (Monday

from 10.00 am), Alan Wiseman 01258 817512 (Monday from 7.30 pm), Pauline Adams

01300 345459 (Badminton Tuesday from 8.00 pm). The radio-control car club also

welcomes new members; contact is Al Mailer 07787 380541.

The charity that runs the club aims to provide the facilities at a reasonable cost, whilst

increasing the diversity of sports; Hiring costs for the hall and facilities are currently £17

for 2 hours regular bookings. Our goal is to improve utilisation, increasing investment to

refurbish and improve the facilities, hence benefiting all users.

For more information phone Paul Hayes, Chairman on 07930337459. Get inspired, get


Lydden Vale News

The local printed Newsletter, the Lydden Vale News, is delivered free to every

household in the village.  There is an online version; current (June 2018) issue now

available, 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:

July 2017 August 2017 September 2017 October 2017 November 2017 December 2017 January 2018 February 2018 March 2018 April 2018 May 2018 June 2018

Weather Forecast

The nearest Met Office Weather Forecast location is Minterne Gardens.  (The

observation station for this forecast is RNAS Yeovilton); click for a 7-day weather


Superfast Fibre Broadband

Following further work by the Superfast Dorset project, faster broadband is now

available to more residents in Buckland Newton, including Henley.  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.  Please note however that those

houses served by Cabinet 2 (by the church) still cannot get fibre and there do not

appear to be any plans by Superfast Dorset or BT Openreach to change this situation. 

You can now register to be advised if and when fibre broadband is available for your

address.  Go to https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/broadband/registration

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.  Facebook page at


The Buckland Gallery, at the Old Chapel Stores.  A new venture providing 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.


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. 

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 01300 345707 to find out how to

obtain sandbags.

Travel Information

See under Parish Council

Village Hall

Postcode DT2 7BZ.  The Village Hall is located on the B3143 approximately 150 yards

south (towards Dorchester) of the recreation ground / primary school crossroads, and

300 yards north (towards Pulham and Sturminster Newton) of the Old Chapel Stores.

Tennis court - Glanvilles Wootton

Glanvilles Wootton Tennis Court is open to all who live in the Lydden Vale every day of

the week at any time except when there is occasional Saturday morning tennis

coaching.  Bookings can be made at the court.  Playing fees are as follows: Children up

to 14 years old £1 for the court per hour; Young people 15 to 19 £1 per person per hour;

Adults £1.50 per person per hour; or Annual Membership £40 per year, accompanied

guests free.  Children’s Tennis Coaching takes place every other Saturday in early

summer for 7 to 18 year olds. Please contact Michael Anderson on 01300 345375 for

details.  Any other queries please contact Sarah Wade on 01963 210607.


Regular Events

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.  If you use

your Early Years Funding Vouchers, there is no additional cost.  Non-funded hours are

charged at £4.25 per hour.  For any further information, please contact the school office

on 01300 345393 during school hours or e-mail the School Office. 

Little Goslings.  Bumps, Babies and Toddlers, every Wednesday 9.30 am - 11.30 am,

Buckland Newton Village Hall.  £2.00 per session; drop in for coffee and a chat.

Lydden Ladies / The Village People  If you thought we were all ‘Twinset and Pearls’,

making cakes and jam whilst knitting and drinking tea, then think again!  We are all

about friendship, fun, fabulous food (and drink) and lots of laughter.  In 2018 we have a

packed itinerary of events and activities including an update on the hugely successful

and enjoyable ‘Taste of Nepal’ fundraising evening, a pub night/skittles at ‘The Gaggle

of Geese’, BBQ, Mexican Train evening, visit to Brownsea Island, Octagon Theatre visit

and the ‘occasional’ pub meal to name a few.

As quite a few of these events and activities include partners, husbands, friends, family

and residents of Buckland Newton and the surrounding villages, we have decided to

advertise these under a new name: “The Village People”.   If you would be interested

in joining us for any of the years events or would like more information please contact

01300 345367 or e-mail Amanda McKenna amandat62@outlook.com

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.  Please let me know if you would like to

volunteer taking a turn either ‘hosting’ on the morning or baking a cake for it. I will be

very pleased to hear from you.  More details from Fizz Lewis on 01300 345521.

Church Services.  Please see ‘Dates for your Diary’ below or the church services


Keep Fit Association 'Youth Moves'.   Pulham Village Hall 5.00 pm - 6.00 pm; ages

11 and over.  Contact Sarah Mitchell on 01258 81728

Yoga.  Buckland Newton Village Hall.  Mondays (term time only), 2.00 pm - over 60’s;

5.45 pm - mixed ability; 7.30 pm - mixed ability.  Contact: Suzanne Stringer (British

Wheel of Yoga trained instructor, with over 20 years’ experience) 01935 873594.

Pilates.  Two friendly Pilates classes run in the Village Hall on Thursdays, term time

only. Power Pilates at 9.30 am and Posture Pilates at 10.40 am. £10, in half term

blocks.  Outdoor CoreFIt - Start your day with the right way with our fun low impact

circuits using small equipment. Meet by the playground. 8.40 am £8 in half term block. 

Sammie Mcfarland  www.sammiemcfarland.co.uk FB sammiemcfarlandpilatesandhealth

Insta sammiemcfarlandpilates_health

Art Class.  Expert watercolour tuition on Wednesday afternoons from 1.30-4.00pm in

the Village Hall during term time, this is a very friendly, relaxed and popular class for all

levels.  Please ring 01305 871178 for more details.

Dates for your Diary

Friday 21st June, from 7.30 pm, Gaggle of Geese.  Wine & Cheese Club.  Help us to shape our wine list through our new monthly club reviewing a selection of wines and cheeses. Book in advance only £15.00.  Limited spaces.  Contact 01300 345249.  https://www.facebook.com/gaggleofgeesepub/ Saturday 23rd June, 7.30 pm until late, Village Hall.  FBNS (Friends of Buckland Newton School) Band Night.  £5.00 per ticket, in advance from schoolfbns@gmail.com  Cheap bar, great music!  Over 18’s only please.  Please note changed information as follows:  Buzz are playing at the Gaggle on Saturday to raise funds for Friends of Buckland Newton School. The show starts at 8.30pm, so if you don’t have any other plans, it would be great to see you. We have an exciting new lead singer, Tracy, and some new numbers, so it should be a good night! If you saw this advertised previously as being at the Village Hall, and ticketed, this no longer applies. Just wander on down and join in the fun! A small donation to FBNS would be much appreciated. Sunday 24th June.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  11.00 am Holy Communion (Common Worship, modern language) taken by Jonathan. Monday 25th June, from 7.00 pm, Gaggle of Geese.  Wessex Morris Men.  Pub open from 7.00 pm, dancing at around 9.00 pm.  Contact 01300 345249.  https://www.facebook.com/gaggleofgeesepub/ Tuesday 26th June, 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm (last orders), the old bus shelter (opposite Buckland Newton School).  Fish & Chip van. Thursday 28th June, Kick off at 7.00 pm, Gaggle of Geese.  England vs. Belgium.  The pick of England's World Cup group games. Can England make it through the group? Watch on our projector screen.  Contact 01300 345249.  https://www.facebook.com/gaggleofgeesepub/ Friday 29th June, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon, Village Hall.  Village Cafe.  This is held on the last Friday of the month whatever the date from 10:30 am to noonish at Buckland Newton Village Hall. Come along to the Cafe which we run by ourselves for ourselves every month. £1.20 for a slice of homemade cake and a cup of coffee or tea, then sit and chat, make friends, or catch up with friends. No raffles or people trying to get you to join things it is simply a cafe which over the many many years it has been running is very popular!  The cafe rota for next year will be on the table (so you might actually get asked to help out with that!!!)  Contact 01300 345521. Saturday 30th June, Lydden Vale Walking Group.  The West Lulworth to Kimmeridge, section of the Hardy Way of about 9 miles will take place on Saturday 30th June 2018, as it is across the firing ranges, and will be a whole day walk, stopping for a packed lunch probably at Tyneham.  E-mails with details will be sent a week or so prior to the walk. Saturday 30th June, 1.00 pm, The Old Rectory Pulham.  Pulham Church Fete.  Barbecue and beer.  All the old favourite stalls including comic dog show.  Live music by EQUINOX. Sunday 1st July.  Service at Holy Rood Church.  6.00 pm  A service of evensong for a summer evening, taken by Jonathan. Sunday 1st July, from 12.00 noon, Gaggle of Geese.  Shack BBQ and Music.  we will be firing up our smokers and BBQ in our garden 'shack' - food served from midday until we sell out. Live music in the garden (weather permitting from 3.30pm).  Contact The Gaggle on 01300 345249.  https://www.facebook.com/gaggleofgeesepub/ Sunday 8th July.  No Service at Holy Rood Church.  A Benefice Service will be held at St. Mary’s Cerne Abbas at 11.00 am to celebrate Jonathan and Jane’s 30th Wedding Anniversary. Saturday 14th July, 7.00 pm, Buckland Newton Village Hall.  The Piddle Valley Players are having a ‘Talent Night’ evening as a fundraiser for their next show in February 2019. Members will be performing songs, sketches and comedy … and it is open to the public to join us. If you would like to show off your talent, please contact our director on 07775 436075.  Tickets are available NOW from Old Chapel Stores in Buckland Newton … £5.00, including a light buffet, (£3 for performers) Saturday 14th July, 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm start, Pulham Village Hall.  Quiz Night with Fish & Chip Supper.  Maximum of 6 per team; come as a team or join others on the night.  £8.00 per person to include supper.  Choice of fish & chips, 2 sausages and chips, or vegetable burger and chips.  Soft drinks, tea and coffee will be available, but if you would like alcohol, feel free to bring your own Wednesday 18th July, 6.30 pm.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club Social Evening.  We are looking forward to meeting you all at Duntish Old Mill, the home of Harry & Lisa Hill who have kindly offered their garden to host our Social Evening.  Please bring a plate of finger food to share & drinks of your choice, and we’ll try to arrange the weather! Viviane (345111)  vivianebernhard@hotmail.co.uk Saturday 21st July, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, Leigh Village Hall.  13th Leigh Food Fair & Vintage/Classic Car Display.  A variety of Food Stalls, Barbecued Hamburgers & Sausages, Refreshments, Ice cream, Beer and Cider will all be here! Entertainment includes children’s activities.  It will be opened by Katharine Wright of Dorset Food and Drink.  Adults £2.00, Under-15’s Free.  For full details click here. Friday 27th July, 10.30 am to 12.00 noon, Village Hall.  Village Cafe.  This is held on the last Friday of the month whatever the date from 10:30 am to noonish at Buckland Newton Village Hall. Come along to the Cafe which we run by ourselves for ourselves every month. £1.20 for a slice of homemade cake and a cup of coffee or tea, then sit and chat, make friends, or catch up with friends. No raffles or people trying to get you to join things it is simply a cafe which over the many many years it has been running is very popular!  Contact Fizz Lewis on 01300 345521. Tuesday 31st July, 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm (last orders), the old bus shelter (opposite Buckland Newton School).  Fish & Chip van. Bank Holiday Monday August 27th, 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm, Village Recreation Ground.  Buckland Newton Village Fete. Saturday 1st September, 2.00 pm.  Cerne Abbas Village Cinema.  To celebrate the recent decision to become more independent by using the excellent projection facilities in the Village Hall, CAVC is delighted to announce an End of Summer Spectacular. By popular request, we shall screen the wonderful Paddington 2 on Saturday, 1st September at 2.00 pm in Cerne Abbas Village Hall. The screening will be free though we will be asking for donations please to CAVC and the Village Hall. If you would like to attend, with or without children, we hope to have a full house - please contact Marion Lee on 01300 341375. This will help CAVC keep an eye on numbers and provide refreshments for all ages.  Finally, if you wish to join or remain on the CAVC mailing list (which will enable you to vote on the Spring and Autumn choice of films), please contact cerneabbasvillagecinema@gmail.com as soon as you can.
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THE PIDDLE VALLEY PLAYERS PRESENT  SATURDAY 14TH JULY 2018 - 7PM  BUCKLAND NEWTON VILLAGE  HALL  'There's talent in the valley'  Come and enjoy an evening of entertainment,  featuring local band 'BUZZ'  TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM BUCKLAND NEWTON VILLAGE SHOP  Any talent wanting to  perform,  please  contact  Holly on 07775436075